We’ve talked about church shopping, church hopping, and the surge in the home church movement. These are trends that are impacting the church more in 2013 than at any other time. Why? Out-of-church Christian author Andrew Strom shares something we hear a lot at Stand Up For The Truth:
If it’s one thing I hear over and over from people, it is this. They literally look everywhere they can think of in their town, and cannot find a fellowship that seems in any way “right”. Many will heap blame on these people. But I am not one of them. What are you supposed to do when you go right around a town and cannot find good, sound, anointed teaching anywhere? What if you are left with a choice of hyper-grace, prosperity, dead formalism or anti-Charismatic “King James only”? Which one do you settle for?
For years I have been hearing this cry and it is only getting worse. There simply seems to be a “famine” of the true word of the Lord in many places. This is the overwhelming reason behind a lot of the “Out-of-church” Christian phenomenon – no doubt about it. We would love to hear your own experiences and comments on this topic, my friends. Below is a message that somebody sent me just this week on this very subject:
“Hi Mr. Strom, I live in America.. Our churches (most of them are
in apostasy). My family & I always get hurt, persecuted because
of the calling on our lives and our stand for the truth… Each time
it hurts worse and worse, and we feel like we don’t even fit in
anywhere. It has caused our kids, who are now grown, to not
even want to go to church. Where we live now, we are currently
looking for a place to worship and almost all churches here only
have church on Sunday Morning.. No service Sunday Night or
Wednesday night.. We need fellowship with true believers.
We have been in churches that seem like CIRCUSES (apostle
movement) where the Pastor insisted he was my “father” and
I was his “spiritual daughter” – weird.. We left and he threatened
we would not be blessed or doors would not open because we
left “his covering”! We’ve been at churches where the pastor was
blind and followed the flesh instead of the Spirit.. Putting demon
possessed people over prayer teams, etc.. Etc.. We have had
enough.. Been hurt because of our stand for righteousness…
To the point we are fearful of even connecting with a church ??
I know these are the last days but I am so disheartened. Will you
please pray for us? Offer any advise of wisdom you may have.
America and our churches are backslidden and it is seriously
so sad.. Where are his true people?”
As I said, it would be easy to blame the people and call them “uncommitted” or ‘church hoppers’, etc. But the simple lack of GOD in so many fellowships today seems to be what is driving a lot of true believers away. How can they be blamed for leaving? Does anyone have the answer? How many others have similar tales to tell?
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- Church at home: Why the “House Church Movement” is growing (standupforthetruth.com)
- How to spot the “Emergent” trends in your church
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