Why I Quit Going To Church…

Before you jump to conclusions, make sure you read this. It might just help you also!

You’re probably wondering why I quit going to church. I’ve been going to church for 32 years, why quit now?

I hate to break it to you, I haven’t stopped going to church, in fact I’m enjoying it more! I think church is an important part of the Christian life! Being a member of a church provides opportunities to serve others that I couldn’t do on my own. Going to church faithfully is an outward show of my inward belief. Being able to worship and serve at church brings happiness and joy to myself and my family!

So what am I talking about when I say “I quit going to church!”

I quit going to church with a critical spirit!

The definition of criticism and having a critical spirit that defines what I had is one that finds fault with or points out the faults of.

Everywhere you go, you can be critical. You can find faults of people and you can find things wrong. Church is definitely one of those places. You can be critical of people. You can be critical of what is said. You can be critical of what’s being done and how it’s done. You can be critical of anything and everything if you wanted to!

When I went to church with a critical spirit, I missed so much that God wanted me to get out of the services. I missed so many opportunities to serve people. Having a critical spirit and going to church is not profitable for a healthy Christian life.

Don’t get me wrong, there are still things that I may not agree with, but I’m not looking for them. If something came up doctrinally that I disagree with, then I would handle that accordingly. If something happens that’s illegal, I would handle that accordingly. But to get bent out of shape because someone states their preference or does something a certain way, just hinders my own spiritual life.

My duty as a church member is to be faithful to church. I’m to support the pastor as long as he stays biblically correct. I’m to be a witness for Christ. I am to help disciple others to grow in Christ. I should be willing to pray for fellow church members, whether they are faithful or not. I should be willing to serve others, encourage others and just be a help to the body of Christ.

I quit going to church with a critical spirit. I quit going to church with a negative attitude. I know what I’ve been called to do and I can start doing that now. I don’t have to be paid to be a good church member. I don’t have to have a position or be in the spotlight to be a good church member. I just have to be willing to serve.

I didn’t quit going to church physically. Mentally and emotionally, I’m now more involved in church! Don’t let your critical spirit keep you from being the best church member possible!

Empty Minded Christians

“This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:17-19‬ ‭KJV‬‬

I have enjoyed reading through Paul’s Epistles. There is so much we can learn through these books from being a good Christian, to a good church member, to a good citizen, he covers it all!

As I was reading through Ephesians, chapter 4 really stood out to me. As Paul was writing to the church of Ephesus, he told them to walk not as other Gentiles did, in the vanity of their mind. That phrase ‘in the vanity of their mind’ is an interesting phrase.

When I think of the word vanity and what it means, the first definition I think of is empty. The Gentiles walk about in the emptiness of their mind. As a Christian, if our mind isn’t on Christ, it’s empty. If our mind isn’t on His work, it’s empty. If our mind is on our wants and our desires and the pleasures of this world, it’s empty.

Gentiles or unsaved people, have minds that aren’t focused on spiritual and eternal things, they are focused on temporal and selfish things. They are focused on things that are eternally empty. Many Christians, saved children of God, are empty minded! They are too worried about their career, making more money, buying cars and houses and stuff, they want fill their coffers down here on earth but leave their heavenly treasures empty, all because they are empty minded.

As I was looking into that word vanity, another definition I saw was morality. The Gentiles or unsaved walk in their own morality. Essentially, they do right in their own eyes. Many Christians, live life through the eyes of their own morality. They do not measure it up next to the Word of God. There are so many Christians who measure their morality against the world’s. They think they are better because they don’t do that or they don’t go there. They think they are a great Christian, but they fail to see that they fall short when measured with the Word of God.

“But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:20-24‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Whether you are empty minded and focused on earthly things or you try to be morally better than the rest of the world, Ephesians 4:23-24 tells us what we need to do be a better, biblical Christian. We need to have a renewing of the spirit of our mind. We have to refocus our mind to on the things of Christ!

So many Christians are focused on self, on fulfilling their own desires while still being morally right. They aren’t worried about the things of God or serving Him. They aren’t worried about reaching people for Christ. They are empty minded!

Don’t be an empty minded Christian!

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An Interview With My Dad

On my Podcast, I’m starting a new series where I interview different people who have been faithful in serving Christ.

I decided that I had to kick this series off with the person I look up to when it comes to this attribute of being faithful, Doug Hutton.

My dad has been the picture of faithfulness over the years and he has been a great example when it comes to faithfulness and loving the Lord.

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