Biblical Q&A: Why Are people leaving the church?

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[God’s Warrior asks] One question that I have is, why are we as Christians pushing people out of the Church? Is it because of our doctrine? Are we like the Pharisees, who want to be seen in public?


Thank you for your question

Answer

I will start with your last question first: Are we like the Pharisees, who want to be seen in public?

If some churches are like the Pharisees then that would put the church in a dangerous situation [Matthew 23]. Being a Pharisee means that you don’t belong to God, they were self-centered, loved praises from men, loved money, and taught man-made tradition that contradicted the Scriptures. Basically, that would constitute a false church or a liberal one. A false church will not necessarily push people away from a church building but will be pushed away from the truth of God, Jesus Christ.

Is it because of our doctrine?

The Truth of Scripture will either bring a person closer to Jesus Christ or will push them away. It depends on the person’s heart. A heart that is hardened will not allow the Holy Spirit to come in, but a heart that has softened, through the conviction of the Holy Spirit, will gladly open his heart to Jesus. 

2 Corinthians 2:15-16

15 For to God we are the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. 16 To some we are an aroma of death leading to death, but to others, an aroma of life leading to life. Who is adequate for these things?

Some churches could be doing something wrong, meaning they have drifted away from Christ and are starting to become more like the world [liberal ideology] and the power of Jesus in that church will not be active because of their departure from the truth.

Revelation 2:2-5          

2 I know your works, your labor, and your endurance, and that you cannot tolerate evil people. You have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and you have found them to be liars. 3 I know that you have persevered and endured hardships for the sake of my name, and have not grown weary. 4 But I have this against you: You have abandoned the love you had at first. 5 Remember then how far you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. Otherwise, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent

[The church of Ephesus] The believers were well versed [knowledgeable] with Scripture and even exposed false teachers, but the love that they used to have in the time of Paul, started to die and Jesus was trying to warn them to kindle [to ignite the passion for Christ they once had] or else the church would be dispersed [die off]. 

There could be many other reasons why people are leaving the churches, but Jesus did say that the gates of hell will not prevail [Matthew 16:17-19] as to destroy their [faith in Jesus Christ]. At the end of all things [appearing at the judgment seat of Christ], many who profess Jesus will be found out if their names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. 

Another reason would be according to 2 Timothy 4:2-4 which says, 2 Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; rebuke, correct, and encourage with great patience and teaching. 3 For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear what they want to hear. 4 They will turn away from hearing the truth and will turn aside to myths.

For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine refers to a time that will be close to Christ’s return. It will become more wicked, people will abandon and exchange the Truth for the lie. 

but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear what they want to hear. These people who are leaving the churches who preach the truth are driven by their flesh, wanting to hear teachings that will satisfy [the itch] their sinful lifestyles. 

False doctrine [a church that does not preach against sin] and one’s sinful desires for material gain will be one of the strongest motivators for abandoning the truth found in Scripture.

In the end, people will reap what they have sown. Those who preached the truth to bring people to God’s kingdom will have treasures in heaven. Those who mislead people away from Christ for personal gain, eternal darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 

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Biblical Q&A: How Do I Know God’s Calling For My Life?

 

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Edward asks:

I just want to know how would somebody know that he has the calling for God upon his life?


Thank you for your question

Answer:

First of all, we need to recognize God’s voice. By reading the Scriptures you will get acquainted with God’s character and the things that He likes and dislikes. We must be vigilant because Satan can also speak to us or even one’s flesh/desires, so knowing the difference is essential. God has a calling for all believers, the closer we are to the Lord, the clearer we can hear Him and distinguish who is speaking to us.

John 10:4-10

4 When he has brought all his own outside, he goes ahead of them. The sheep follow him because they recognize his voice. 5 They will never follow a stranger; instead they will run away from him, because they don’t recognize the voice of strangers.”

6 Jesus gave them this illustration, but they did not understand what He was telling them.

7 So Jesus said again, “I assure you: I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn’t listen to them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will come in and go out and find pasture. 10 A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.

In verse 4, only the sheep (believers) can recognize Jesus’ voice and verse 9 tells you why. Because of the Holy Spirit indwelling a person (saved) can they know the difference between the Lord’s voice and Satan’s. The more we dig deeper into the Word of God, the better our hearing becomes.

Do you want to know what God’s will is for your life? If the answer is yes, then knowing what God has already revealed in Scripture for all His children to follow must first take place before He will reveal the one that is specifically tailored for you.

God’s calling that’s tailored for a person

All Christians have different callings… 

  • Pastor
  • Street Preacher
  • Helper (all kinds)
  • Financial Supporter (generously) 
  • Speaker 
  • Greeter at church
  • Prayer Warrior
  • Visiting the elderly, and the sick
  • Giving out tracts

but the same goal, bringing people to Christ.

 

Biblical Q&A: A Question On 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. How Do We Worship God In Our Body?

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God’s Warrior asks:

In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Paul wants us to glorify God in body and spirit. But what I want to know is, how are we supposed to glorify God in Spirit when we as people only see the body?
Or…
Does glorifying God in the Spirit mean that what we listen, watch or read defines us giving glory to God in the Spirit.

Any help is appreciated to be able to understand this verse.


Thank you for your question, I hope my answer(s) help.

Answer:

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

19 Don’t you know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body.

In Romans 6:13, it reveals how to glorify God in our body which says, Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.

When we are using our bodies for sin especially, in the case of sexual immorality, we are contaminating the temple of the Holy Spirit who dwells in it meaning that God lives inside of us and we are using His home to sin.

God takes His temple (our bodies) very seriously as seen in 1 Corinthians 3:17 which says, 17 If anyone destroys God’s sanctuary, God will destroy him; for God’s sanctuary is holy, and that is what you are.

When we as believers in Jesus Christ are using our bodies for sinful practices we are playing a very dangerous game.

One example of a believer paying with his life for sinning against the Lord is found in Acts 5:1-5 which says, But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property. 2 However, he kept back part of the proceeds with his wife’s knowledge, and brought a portion of it and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
3 Then Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the proceeds from the field? 4 Wasn’t it yours while you possessed it? And after it was sold, wasn’t it at your disposal? Why is it that you planned this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God!” 5 When he heard these words, Ananias dropped dead, and a great fear came on all who heard.

Our bodies to God is precious because we have become one with Christ through the Holy Spirit living in us, making our spiritual man holy.

1 Corinthians 6:15

15 Don’t you know that your bodies are a part of Christ’s body? So should I take a part of Christ’s body and make it part of a prostitute? Absolutely not!

In verse 18 the Scripture declares “run from sexual immorality” because it is so risky to use our bodies in that way knowing full well that God dwells inside of us and the punishment could be death. 

 

Being a Christian doesn’t mean that we are safe and can do whatever we want. To be a follower of Jesus Christ is the best decision you have ever made because you have been rescued from the Lake of Fire and you will be with a loving Father in heaven forever. Saying that as Christians we must take that title very seriously, for God cannot be mocked and every bad decision we make has serious consequences. 


This is for all Christians who are being tempted with an opportunity for or are practicing any sexual immorality.

Next time you are tempted to use your body for sexual immorality like cheating on your wife/husband or are perpetually sleeping with your girlfriend/boyfriend, you better think twice and stop it. God is warning you and His patience has a limit, don’t take it for granted because the last thing you want is God’s rod.