Why Some Leave the Church.

One of my earliest blog posts was on this topic.  This is not a repeat of that post, but you can read the early post here. Today’s post is simply a list of why some are Falling Away from Christ and the Church.

  1. Hearts not kept pure – Prov 4:23, “Keep your heart with all diligence for out of it flows the springs of life.”
  2. Attacks from Satan.  Our enemy looks for our weaknesses like a lion looking for weakened prey (1 Pet 5:8).
  3. Choosing relationships (friendships) poorly – 1 Cor 15:33, “Do not be deceived. Bad company corrupts good morals.”
  4. Sin is fun.  If sin were not fun, why would we find it tempting? Moses forsook the “pleasures of sin.’ (Heb 11:25).
  5. What is good becomes bad.  Not everything fun is sinful, but if we allow them to control us they can become our idols (cf. Matt 13:22 – the cares of the world choke the seed).
  6. What is bad becomes good. “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil . . .” Isa 5:20.
  7. Persecution.  When we stand for right, we will have opposition.  Some buckle under the pressure of conformity.
  8. The Cost is high.  God expects our total commitment (Luke 14:26ff).

There are many other reasons people give up on God.  What do you want to add to my list?

Tomorrow I will give some ways we can remain faithful.


3 thoughts on “Why Some Leave the Church.

  1. 9. Frustration with the all talk no action, I’ve got mine social club of complacency, constant urgings of the holy spirit to find a more real experience than that.

    I would contend that most people don’t give up on God, but that they leave because they are starving for a much more authentic genuine expression of His body.

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