Stop Going to Church!

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STOP GOING TO CHURCH

If you are going to church for these reasons listed below; you are going for the wrong reasons and should just stop going unless you’re prepared to get into the rhythm of life as God desires

1. Stop Going to Church Because You’re Obligated – if this is how you feel, then obviously you are going for the wrong reason. God doesn’t get joy seeing people flock to church because they feel obligated to do so. Worshiping God should be pleasurable and entering into a sanctuary to worship and praise Him should be the ultimate goal of all attendees

2. Stop Going to Church Because You’re Made to Go – no one should be made to go to church unless you’re a child under the supervision of your parents. Being made to go to church doesn’t do you or the person who makes you go any good and it makes for a miserable time

3. Stop Going to Church to Perform – If your reason for going to church is to show off your vocal pipes or to show off your Sunday best; then your reasons are carnal minded and doesn’t do you any good. The most you will receive are some hand claps on your performance and a few gasping at your outfit

4. Stop Going to Church to Find a Mate – You may not agree with me on this one, but hear me out. If going to church is to find a possible spouse; you’re going for the wrong reason. Church is meant to worship and praise God. Church was not formed to be a meet and greet for singles to mingle

5. Stop Going to Church to Be Entertained – First, you don’t have to even leave the comfort of your home to be entertained, but for those of you who go to church to be entertained; again, you’re going for the wrong reason

6. Stop Going to Church to Convince God to Bless You – Too many people think that if they go to church God is obligated to bless them with their hearts desire, but this is a misconception as God is not someone to be played or bribed

7. Stop Going to Church Because The Preacher is Popular – Beware!!! Don’t turn a pastor into an idol and never go to church because of a famous pastor. You go to church to worship God not to worship your pastor

8. Stop Going to Church to Sell Your Services or Products – Remember, Jesus overthrew merchant tables and another passage in John 2:15 stated Jesus making a whip and drove out those who were selling and buying in His Fathers house. He said “It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer” Matthew 21:13

9. Stop Going to Church Because You Hold a Title – With God, we are all sinners and those of us who repent and give our lives to Jesus are still sinners, but now we are saved by grace. No matter what man-made title you may possess, to God you are either a sinner or a sinner saved by grace. He doesn’t particularly care about your licenses or titles; what He cares about is your soul

10. Stop Going to Church to Clear Your Conscious – You may think going to church on Sunday morning will clear your conscious, but until you truly repent, your sins will forever follow you and besides; only Jesus can clear your conscious

Conclusion: If you are going to church for any of the reasons above, you’re not doing yourself any justice. Stop going to church and allow God to get you in the rhythm of truly worshiping and praising Him the way He desires…anything less is meaningless

God bless you!

Article by Missionary Laraine Turner

Image by Dr. Kathy Pickett

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