I’ve seen people come and go from churches for all kinds of reason. Most of the time when people leave a church it has more to do with personal preference than it does with a clear biblical directive or “God’s will.” Yet it’s funny how people can sprinkle a little “Jesus dust” on their circumstances or preferences, pull single verse out of context, or poorly apply the Scriptures and turn things that are nonessential into “God’s will.” As if God really has a favorite style of music, teaching style, cares about the times of the services, the color of the carpet, or what the preacher is wearing (as long as it’s not a Speedo). If it’s not a personal preference that’s driving the exodus then it’s usually driven by relationship. Some close friends move away, leave the church, or perhaps their favorite Staff Member moves on and is no longer at the church.
While people leave churches for all kinds of reasons, I believe there are two great reasons to leave a church, but neither should be arrived at lightly.
#1 God has clearly called you to another place.
Sometimes God clearly says go here or go there. I’ve got something to do in you or through you over there. Your unique design is needed and I’ve made you to do “X” and that’s the place, those are the people, now is the time. The Bible is littered with such instances.
#2 You can no longer in integrity submit to the authority that God has allowed to be in place at the church you’re currently at.
Sometimes leaders make dumb decisions, but worse at other times lose moral standing. If you find yourself in a place where you can’t submit to the leadership of the church with a good attitude and without creating discord (speaking poorly of your leader to others) then you need to leave. By the way, before you play this card, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to remember and read up on the way David submitted to Saul. Oh yea…and remember, even if you don’t like it, for some reason God has allowed the leadership at your church to be in authority at this time.
So when do you think it’s right to leave a church? Leave your comments!
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