When we hear what is going on in the world we can notice more people are questioning what Islam and Christendom are really saying. Many Christians in their life have had many unanswered questions by their church. Often they got the reply they just had to believe what the Bible said, but it mostly meant they just had to believe what the priest or pastor of that church said. Nowhere in the bible they could find such words like Trinity or a three-godhead and some other anomalies.
Throughout their years of practising their faith many believers could see that, in their denomination, not so much time is spend in the reading and studying the Holy Scriptures. When hearing certain Muslims talking about their Holy Scriptures they seem to make more sound reason for what they stand for. This makes that several people in the West become attracted to the Qu’ran or Koran, the Holy Book of the Muslims. Many after some time discussing with Muslims and studying the Qu’ran decide than to make the step from their Catholic or other Christian faith unto the Islamic faith.
Much too often they forget that they could find a much better alternative in Christendom itself, because there in Christianity they should be able to find other denominations which do keep to the biblical faith.
We notice that many have been looking for a biblically sound church for many years, before they find the way to a non-trinitarian church. The main problem is that form the 1960s onwards the churches did everything to make people afraid of the name of God. When people today hear the name Jehovah they still take a step back.
When people really have taken time to study the Bible they do come to know Who the Divine Creator is and what His name is. When people do want to take time to find out Who Allah or God is and what His expectations from us are, they will be able to find groups of faithful people who are really trying to worship the Only One True God.
We do agree that it will not be easy for many looking for the true God to find a church where there are enough people worshipping this Only One True God, the Most High Elohim Hashem Jehovah. It can well be that
“There isn’t a church that preaches sound doctrine within a 90 minute drive of your house.”
This should not bring you to come to say
“My husband and I have given up on church.”
Today with many people overworked, not valued, relationally hurt, with lack of quality childcare, busyness and with husbands not so much interested in attending church, putting the responsibility for a faith education unto the woman, she also starts feeling out of place because the church has groups for married adults and single adults, and she does not seem to know where she can fit in.
But in these busy times there are women and men who have such a love for Christ and fidelity to God His word that they are willing to look for a solution for the family to have a worship life that can give satisfaction. For that reason they have gone out of apostate churches and set them on the hunt for a body of believers which worships God in spirit and in truth.
Leaving an apostate church is not the end of the story. God is quite clear in His word that we are not to abandon meeting together with other Christians for fellowship, worship, and the preaching and teaching of God’s word:
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25
With the circumstances today we should come to see that coming together is even more important than in the previous years. We can not ignore signs which also were given in the bible as the things to look for and to be warned about.
Look around. Read the paper. Watch the news. Do
God says that makes it even more important for Christians to stick together, meeting regularly to encourage each other and stir one another up to love and good works. We need each other.
But how can we meet together, when it’s so hard to find a church that teaches and preaches sound doctrine?
People should know that they should have a sound reason to leave their church and to go looking for an other.
1. Make sure you’re only leaving a church for essential reasons.
There are biblical issues and then there are issues of preference.
You may not like the genre of music at your church, but is it theologically sound?
Perhaps you’d prefer that your pastor wear a suit instead of jeans, but does he rightly handle God’s word?
If you’re a member of a church that is, generally speaking, doctrinally sound, you should probably stay, even if – or maybe especially if – you see some areas that seem slightly “off,” biblically. It may be that God has placed you in that church to shed some light on the situation and to be a catalyst for bringing things back in line with Scripture.
Sometimes when a church member or leader bobbles a little it’s simply because they don’t know that what they’re doing conflicts with Scripture. See if you can come along side the person and help out. Remember, there was a time when you didn’t know any better, either.
2. Leave no stone unturned.
If your church is apostate and you do have to leave, you should immediately begin looking for a doctrinally sound church to join.
Staying home from church for a while just makes it that much easier not to go back. Ask trusted Christian friends about their churches, look on line, drive around town, but look. Don’t give up your search until you’ve checked out every single church you can get to.
Keep in mind that you may have to make some sacrifices to find a church that adheres to God’s word. It might not be very close to your house. They might meet earlier or later or be bigger or smaller than you prefer. You may have to choose a church of a different denomination than you grew up in. That’s OK. Keep looking.
3. Think outside the steeple.
It seems impossible, but some people, even in populous areas, leave no stone unturned and still can’t find a church that rightly handles God’s word. (Unfortunately, we are going to see more and more of that “as the Day draws near.”)
If you absolutely cannot find a doctrinally sound established church you may need to begin meeting with other Christians outside of the established church: in homes, community centres, after work, etc.
It is a wrong idea that we should have special built purpose buildings, ‘churches‘, to come to meet in the name of Christ. Jesus told us that where two people are together in his name he will be with them. In case there is no church near for miles why you do not start your own church at your home or in a public space nearby?
Though we must remember that there have been people who withdrew from established churches because of doctrinal problems, and instead of searching for a sound, established church, decided to form a house church, which then fell into other doctrinal problems of its own. It is true that house churches can be very vulnerable to doctrinal error, but when a good leader can be found and people want to make use of the available good material, the many wonderful, trustworthy resources such as sermons, Bible teaching, and Bible study lessons available on line for free, this can help the community grow and to have it also bringing ideas from outside the group for debate. Take advantage of the material provided by several groups who also really want to keep to the biblical truth.
4. Can’t find other Christians to meet with?
Of course you should not evangelise for the sole purpose of having other Christians to meet with. You should already be sharing the gospel with others simply because you are a Christian. Every Christian, regardless of her own church situation, is called to take the good news of Christ to those around him or her. However, whereas you might previously have shared the gospel with someone and then invited him or her to church with you, now you might invite this person to your home church or a weekly after work Bible study.
Some could say. But would that not be the easiest way to escape a certain problem?
To look for an other place to live is a pretty radical idea, but we still have the freedom in the West to move to any area of the country we want. If you absolutely cannot find a way to meet together with other Christians, you might want to prayerfully consider moving somewhere else. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and obeying Scripture is worth any sacrifice. Yes, it’s that important.
God’s word says we’re not to forsake meeting together with our brothers and sisters in Christ. God wants you to obey His Word. If you want to obey His word and you ask Him to make a way for you to do that, He will answer that prayer. It might not be in the way you’re hoping or expecting, but He will provide a way for you to obey Him.
We know it can be hard to find a biblical church, but where there’s a will, there’s a way. God’s will. God’s way. It’s our prayer that each of you reading this will find that biblical place of worship, fellowship, and teaching so that each time you get ready for assembly you can say with David:
I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the Lord!”
We have taken the liberty to use some available textfor this article
- Failing Man to make free choice
- Necessity of a revelation of creation 6 Getting understanding by Word of God 4
- Christianity to be enshrined
- Intentions of an Ecclesia
- An ecclesia in your neighbourhood
- Small churches of the few Christadelphians
- Being in tune with God
- Deuteronomy 4- Is God in Close Proximity?
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