Sunday, January 6, 2013

You Do Not Have To Go To Church!

You Do Not Have To Go To Church!

UNchurch is not anti-church.  If your are a happy church-goer, STOP reading; you will be offended.  I myself have been a churcher(my term) for over 20 years.  I love worship, fellowship preaching, etc… BUT, the Father has called me to a new way (an ancient way).  OK, I warned you, here we go:  Church is not the answer.  An authentic human-like relationship (paternal or marital) with God is the answer.  Church can be a starting point for many, but is never the destination.  For some, church is a way for them to serve, share, learn, and worship; for others, it can be a stumbling block.  Many cannot find God because church is in the way.  Be released from guilt; church is not required.

<Holy crap, this is heresy!>
The Bible does not demand that you worship in a certain place; consider what Jesus said, “the hour comes, when you shall neither in this mountain, nor yet in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship you know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him. God is Spirit: and they who worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” John 4

We can’t make the journey alone….I know!  We have to find another to fellowship with.  But church does not have to be the default answer.  Some people will never fit into the system.  The Body of Christ is a complex one.  There are multiple and complex solutions to uniting those who are on the Journey.  Yes, the book of Hebrews(10) does say, “not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another;” – but it doesn’t mention church.  Remember, Hebrews was written to Jews, who were used to going to synagogue; so, they are being exhorted  to still get together even though they don’t go to synagogue anymore.  Now, if you like synagogue(church), then go!

<You are being divisive>
I don’t have to be divisive; the Body of Christ is divided*.  Some are in churches, and some are ‘the Church’, and are scattered, lonely, or disgruntled.  The goal for unchurched Christians is NOT about going to church, but finding peace with God and others as the continue their spiritual journey.

<”Church” is in the Bible! How do you avoid that!>
Simple Answer: whenever the Bible mentions ‘church’, it is never referring to a building.
Problem: whenever ‘church’ is mentioned in culture, it is referring to a building or religious system.
Due to my audience, when I use ‘church’, I am talking about the institution, and NOT the Kingdom, Bride, or the Body.

There are different paths for different people;  Jesus ate and drank with sinners & went to the synagogue - He did both.  The entire first century church met in house churches.  There is NO official way to fellowship!! UNchurch says: Be free! Be free to explore God and the path He lays before you.  Don’t let religious people or rules pull you down.  You are just as important to God as the Pope, George Bush, Rick Warren, the local preacher, or whomever…..  Continue your spiritual journey NOW with freedom from religious guilt! “Wherever the Lord’s Spirit is, there is freedom.” 2Cor3

(OK, now what??? First step: your family. Family first! Ask the Father to show you how to ‘congregate’ & mutually edify your family.)