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How do I become a Christian?
Should I leave my Church?The short answer is ‘usually no’, but there are genuine reasons to leave a Church as well as bad ones. Let's take a look at some of the valid reasons as well as some of the bad ones. But look in your heart while you read this. If you are trying desperately to justify the wrong motives for leaving your Church then at least try and be honest with yourself.
When you are thinking about leaving a Church try to bear in mind what kind of impact that will have on yourself as well as the people who depend on you. Are you being ministered to at the moment in a way that you will miss when you go somewhere else? Is there someone enjoying your encouragement, teaching or friendship that will miss not having you around? Will the people be any better at another Church? Will you attend a new Church faithfully or will you start to drift away from the Lord?
Try to get unbiased and mature counselling before you leave a Church and definitely don’t leave without praying first and by praying I mean listening as much as I mean asking.
Good Reasons to leave your Church
Bad reasons to leave your Church
Reconciliation helps you to growAlways try to reconcile with other church members where you can. Try to understand and fit in with the leaders of your Church and pray that God will bless and guide them. Put yourself in their shoes, how would you feel if you were in a leadership position? You would have just about every member of your Church wanting the music either louder or softer (a real no-win situation), just about every member would want things done a little different, it would be impossible to please everyone and hard not to offend someone. Try to appreciate the pressure that they face and encourage them instead of criticizing them.
You might be thinking well I’ve heard that kind of reasoning before but I just need a fresh start where I can go forward without any baggage. That all sounds fine but God allows conflict and challenges for good reasons and some of those reasons include teaching us to love unconditionally, teaching us to forgive, teaching us to trust that God blesses Christians who are united even when decisions are made that we might not agree with. This all helps us to grow and mature. If God is trying to teach you those things then you might find that your fresh start will soon become a carbon copy of the situation that you ran away from. Wouldn’t it be easier in the long run to stay where you are and face those issues sooner rather than later?
Please don’t take this article as the ultimate authority (or any article on any website for that matter). Please pray and seek mature and unbiased guidance before you leave your Church.