5 Stupid Reasons People Leave the Church

Over the years since I became part of the Church of God, I have seen people come and go. There is no doubt the true Church of God is not immune to division.

However, when I try to examine why people leave the Church, most of them, if not all, leave for the wrong reasons. I can think of many stupid ideas that had caused many people to make the wrong decision.

Before I go any further, let me just be clear. There is a huge difference between leaving the church and leaving the organization. Yahshua (Jesus Christ) built His Church, and there’s only one true Church. When you leave that Church, then you are making the biggest mistake of your life. On the other hand, I have known a lot of people who leave an organization for some valid reasons.

With that being said, let’s proceed. In this post, let me share with you what I think are 5 stupid reasons people leave the Church.

5 Stupid Reasons People Leave the Church

5 Stupid Reasons People Leave the Church

1. They leave the Church because someone offends them

This is the most common reason I can see why people leave the church. When brethren are offended, and their feelings were hurt by his brother or sister in faith, they would rather leave the church rather than reconcile with each other.

There is no doubt that the Church of God is composed of imperfect people. No matter what happens, there will come a time when people will act in a way that you might get offended. However, the Bible tells us;

“Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love” (Ephesians 4:2).

We can’t do so much about what people do, but we can control how we react to it. So instead of leaving the Church because someone hurts your feeling, remember to be patient and better yet, seek counsel.

2. They leave the church because they don’t like the leaders

Some people will look into the people who hold the office, rather than looking at the office they hold. Again, people will always be people. They are imperfect humans. Just because you don’t like the leaders who hold the position doesn’t mean that you should leave the Church. No matter who holds the office of a certain position, the ultimate leader of the Church is Jesus Christ.

“And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy” (Colossians 1:18).

3. They leave the church because it’s not fun

It is sad to note that there are growing feelings over the past years that being a Christian is boring, lifeless and will only take the fun out of life. This satanic mindset is something that had caused many people, especially the younger ones, to leave the Church.

[Related: “Is It Boring To Be A Christian? 5 Reasons It Is Not].

Jesus Christ said: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10).

Being a Christian means living life to the fullest. When you stay within the Church, you are educated on how to live this life in such a way that it will yield more blessings and happiness. However, if you leave the Church, you are not allowing God to make a difference in your life. This will eventually lead to sadness, frustration, and disappointments.

4. People leave the Church because they made a mistake

Adam and Eve made a mistake when they ate of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. Instead of approaching God and ask for forgiveness, they made another error of hiding from God.

Most of us are not that different from our first parents. Most people who made a big mistake in their lives would instead leave the Church because of shame, guilt, and fear.

It is true that sin can separate us from God. But this does not mean that it should be left that way. Instead of hiding from God by leaving the Church, we need to ask for forgiveness and be reconciled to Him.

“For whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything” (I John 3:20).

5. People leave the Church because they want “freedom”

People think that the Church is just there to restrict and confine them within a set of moral rules. They think to stay in the Church is being a slave while to leave is being freed.

Actually, there are only two choices; it is either being a servant of God or a servant of Satan.

The right choice should be obvious by now, but Satan is very wise and cunning who will offer his way of life wrapped in a very attractive trappings.

Don’t be deceived; the way of Satan will lead to enslavement rather than freedom. But God’s way of life will lead to life and real freedom!

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1).

Conclusion

Don’t leave the Church for the wrong reasons. Instead, stay close to God and let Him take care of your concerns. We need to remember that God’s way of life always works. If you allow anyone or anything come between you and God, then you are making the biggest mistake of your life.

Leaving the Church is never an option.

Staying close to God while keeping the faith is the only option.

“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live“(Deuteronomy 30:19)!


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The Bible and Drugs in Reality(Revelation)

BOOK: BIBLE
TEXT: Revelation 21:8; 9:21; 18:23; 22:15
WORDS: SORCERER–SORCERERS–SORCERIES-

I am setting two guidelines in presenting my message/lesson on the Bible & Drugs.
First, I am using the KJV Bible only.
Second I am using Abingdon’s Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible (1986) edition.

You might say I am being narrow-minded and I would say you are correct. Over the years of studying God’s Word (33yrs), I found out that a stand has to be made with what Bible to honor and what material to use. With the topic of drugs, I found the word SORCER, SORCERIES, SORCERERS in the Book of REVELATION to mean something different then what is found in some of the other books of the Bible. So, let’s see what God has informed us over 2,000 years ago, for our understanding and benefit.

After reading many lessons, sermons, and other documents concerning drugs,(And all of them were so detailed and concise in their approach) I just wanted to say a few words in this lesson that says; be sober, be vigilant, be wise, and be not ignorant concerning drugs, alcohol, and any mind adjusting substance.

THE WORDS: SORCERER, SORCERERS, SORCERIES, and SORCERY.
In the Bible you will find these words fifteen (15) times, 7 times in the Old Testament and 8 times in the New Testament.  Of these fifteen times, four times they are found in the book of Revelation.

THE MEANINGS: SORCERER, SORCERERS, SORCERIES, and SORCERY.
1) SORCERER: Acts 13:6 & Acts 13:8 Greek word (Mag-os) meaning Magician, wise man, or sorcerer
2) SORCERIES:
Isaiah 47:9 & 12 Hebrew word (Kesheph) meaning practice magic, sorcery, witchcraft (Old Testament)
Acts 8:11Greek word (Mageia) meaning to practice magic, use sorcery (New Testament)
Acts 8:9 Greek word (Mageia) meaning to practice magic, use sorcery (New Testament)
Revelation 9:21Greek word (Pharmakeia) meaning PHARMACY, medication, drugs, sorcery, witchcraft, magic) (N. T.)
Revelation 18:23Greek word (Pharmakeia) meaning PHARMACY, medication, drugs, sorcery, witchcraft, magic) (N. T.)

SORCERERS:
The following 4 places of Scripture (In the O.T.) carry the same meaning.
Exodus 7:1, Daniel 2:2, Malachi 3:5, Jeremiah 27:9.
Hebrew word (Kashaph) meaning to whisper a spell, practice magic, sorcery, witchcraft.

Revelation 21:8 Greek word (pharmakeus) meaning PHARMACY, pharmacist, druggist, poisoner, magician, sorcerer (N.T.)
Revelation 22:15 Greek word (pharmakeus) meaning PHARMACY, pharmacist, druggist, poisoner, magician, sorcerer (N. T.)

THE PHARMACIST OF REVELATION: DRUGS
The most blatant form of sorcery in the book of Revelation is the multi-BILLION dollar pharmaceutical-medical industry, which just happens to be where it got its name pharmakeia. And just happens to be one of the biggest frauds being perpetrated on Americans today. Americans are deceived as more than half of all Americans today take their poison and put their faith and trust in magic pills.

THE PERFORMER OF DRUGS: SATAN
Maybe you never thought of this, but you should know that drug use opens you up to spiritual attack. Satan will use drugs and alcohol to get a stronghold in your life. He loves it when you drug yourself with alcohol and medication that gets you high.

Satan wants you to be off guard and hallucinating. There are specific demonic spirits associated with liquor and marijuana and cocaine and heroin, and opium, prescription drugs, illegal drugs, and any mixture of drugs, etc., and every time you use these substances, you could unknowingly be opening the doorway for these demonic spirits to come into your life. Satan loves it when you drink alcohol and use drugs because you are then in no shape to fight against his attacks. You are leaving yourself wide open to demonic possession.

Ephesians 6:12 warns us of such things: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

THE PROBLEM OF MISUSING DRINK & DRUGS:
A) DRUGS AND ALCOHOL DISQUALIFY YOU FROM BEING USED BY GOD
Don’t you want to be used by God? How can God use you as a witness to others if you have no self-control, are setting a bad example to others, and are behaving just like the world by drinking and getting high? God’s Word tells us that for us to be used by God; we must be sober and avoid intoxicating substances.

Titus 1:7-8, “For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not self-willed, not soon angry, not given to wine…But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just holy temperate.

Titus 2:2-6, “That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children… Young men likewise exhort to be soberminded.

B) DRUGS & ALCOHOL DEMAND A MASTER
God’s Word says, Matthew 6:24 (KJV) No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.  (Pharmakeia or the Physician?)

The law of human nature requires that supreme affections can be fixed on only one object. Jesus, the Son of the living God and God the Son says in Matthew 6:33 (KJV) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;…”

This corrupt world that we live in will tell you that to have fun and to be social and to look cool, you have to drink or get high. And then later if you become an alcoholic or a crack head, this twisted world says, “Well, that is okay. You just have a “disease.” But God’s Word tells you that your body is a holy temple, and that you are not to defile yourself with these substances. And if you insist on rebelling against God and indulging in alcohol and drugs, God’s Word calls you a drunkard and a fool. It is that simple.

You need to choose this day whom you will serve. You can serve God and ask Him to clean up your life, or you can continue serving your own fleshly lusts and drinking and getting high. And if you choose to serve God, you need to follow God’s command as found in this verse:

Ephesians 5:8-11 (KJV) For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10 Proving what is acceptable unto the     Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

CHURCH: Start worshipping God and stop being entertained by wickedness of the world. Start calling good, good, and evil, evil, prepare for the battle that is at hand by following Ephesians 6:10-18.

WORLD: Stop being entertained by the wickedness of the world, surrender to God, be born-again, and start worshipping God, Do not call evil good and good evil. Prepare for the battle by following Matthew 6:33

THE PHYSICAN OF REVELATION: JESUS CHRIST

If You Have a Drug or Alcohol Problem
Remember, regardless of where you have been or where you are now, God can turn around everything and give you a fresh, new beginning. Scripture tells us that in Christ, all things are made new (2 Corinthians 5:17) and you can become a new creature, blessed, healthy and whole! Get in a good Bible believing, Bible preaching, Christ centered church, find a good alcohol or drug treatment program (if needed) and don’t be afraid to ask for help!

Whereas the lust of your flesh for drugs and alcohol is strong, I know your partnership with Christ will make you stronger to withstand the temptation and see you through to a full recovery.

1 Cor 10:13 (KJV) There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

What is God saying about the end times concerning Drugs?
You cannot be my Disciples and be involved in Drugs
You cannot be my prayer warriors while using Drugs

What lesson do I hope that all of us will learn today, if we have not already learned it?
That substance abuse is dangerous and detrimental – physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. It lowers morals.
a. Ordinarily our conscience innately raises barriers which stop us from venturing into areas that are dangerous, immoral, or inappropriate.
b. But drugs short-circuit that safeguard. Drugs blow our moral fuses, confuse our judgment, and removes our self-   control.

CONCLUSION
Satan has conquered over many with drugs and alcohol. Let’s be wise and keep our thoughts and bodies under control so he will not cause us to lose our souls. Remember these verses;

Rev. 9:21: The Great tribulation will be a period when the use of drugs will not be controlled. I believe drugs will play a large part in the lives of the unsaved and the saved.  We all seem to partake in drugs to relieve our problems, hurts, pains, etc. Our culture today is drug infested. What we see today is only a beginning as to what it will be like in the Great Tribulation.  I believe we will do anything to deaden the pain or increase the high we can get from drugs. Drugs help us in the area of sensuality, spirit-word, reckless transgressions, crimes, stimulating our vilest passions, etc

Rev. 18:23: This world is being deceived by sorceries (drugs) in music world, Hollywood, gambling, and all antichrist activities. All nations will be deceived and drugs will have a big part in it.  I see it in my prison ministry on a daily basis.

Rev. 21:8 Read this verse and see all that is going to be cast into the lake of fire, right in the midst is the drug culture.

Rev. 22:15 OUTSIDE the CITY are whoremongers, dogs, murderers, idolaters, liars, and sorcerers (Drug culture)

Nowhere else is Pharmacy/druggist, found in the Bible as being a tool of Satan against the world (Lost & Saved) then in the book of revelation.

Some of the material in this document has been copied. I also do not believe that all physicians are sorcerers or all sorcerers are physicians. I do believe that Satan has used his powers of darkness to guide mankind towards a direction opposite of God’s way.  I also believe God will bring a delusion in the last days upon all who reject Him.

The one PILL we do need is the GOSPEL.