The Christians Who Are Leaving Our Churches Today May Be Christianity’s Best Hope for Tomorrow


One of the reasons many people leave churches may be that too many churches place too much emphasis on the importance of human rules and traditions, and not enough emphasis on the key requirement of the Christian life: loving God. Christians who want to focus on loving God, and who want to be with other Christians who love God, are finding that many churches are not meeting this central need.



Jesus criticised the church leaders of his day for teaching rules made up by people:  

"You hypocrites!  Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: 'These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.  They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules'" (Matthew 15:7-9)

 Despite this teaching, the history of the Christian church is a history of people making up rules.  These rules are hindering the coming of God’s kingdom by causing division within His church.

What Did Jesus Say About the Church?

Jesus only made three references to ‘the church’. All of them are recorded in Matthew. He said nothing about how we should organise our churches or church services.

However, in John 17, Jesus does explain his vision for his followers and it is beautiful. He also said some other things that help us understand how we are to live as members of his church.

Where Have We Gone Wrong?

Where have we gone wrong? It is not surprising that many people are leaving Christian churches. Many, perhaps most, Christian churches focus their activities and energy on things that have nothing to do with the teachings of Jesus.