"Why is the church becoming De-churched?"
There are many that are forsaking their membership in churches. They have heard the word, and were baptized, and yet they have reached a plateau in their life where they are not motivated to continue in the church that Jesus built. There are teenagers, college individuals, middle-age men and women, and even aged people leaving the church setting. The question that is relevant today is why are they abandoning the Lord's church. Did Jesus say that this day would come that men would fall from the truth and sound doctrine?
As a leader in the Lord's house, I have witnessed for the last thirty-four years the coming and going of members in the body of Christ. People leave for different reasons: personal problems in their own lives, sin in their lives, bitterness of other members in a church setting, frustration with leaders or, they are unable to understand certain roles and the organizational structure that exists in some local churches. For some, they are hurting financially and so when they are asked to give to God a tenth or more, they can’t understand that biblical concept. In many they are hurt, wounded, tired, or just not interested in the spiritual things of God.
We as members of the body of Christ must evaluate our personal lives and our attitudes in the corporate assembly that may affect others around us in the congregation. Even as leaders, we have to be very careful with members that have not grown to the maturity of the biblical teaching and the doctrine of Jesus Christ. We would be surprised of so many who claim maturity in Jesus, but if you talk with them, they do not display a maturity in Christ at all. We will be very surprise how many people are offended whenever the preacher or the elders open their mouth to instruct the church about certain things that are contrary to biblical instructions. And even though many are offended at leaders, God asked these leaders to shepherd the flock and communicate to members when men and women violate His Will.
Now we definitely want people to continue serving Jesus to the highest. It is not in our desire to wish people to leave the church. Also, we have to find in a dynamic way or method how to encourage people not to leave Christianity, because it will pay off if one will remain faithful to the end (Revelation 2:10). However, if an individual does not root themselves deeply in Jesus, no matter who they are or what they are experiencing in their life, nothing will hold them or keep them in the church if their mind is not stead on Jesus. It is said in 1 John 2:18, 19, “18 Children, it is the last hour! As you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. From this we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they did not belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But by going out they made it plain that none of them belongs to us. Also keep in mind, when individuals begin to make excuses for leaving or becoming De-churched, it is what our Lord said would happen when we loose focus within ourselves and began to focus on the men of God more than the Word of God. God’s Word said in 2 Peter 2:1-3 (NRSV) “1 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive opinions. They will even deny the Master who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 Even so, many will follow their licentious ways, and because of these teachers the way of truth will be maligned.
3 And in their greed they will exploit you with deceptive words. Their condemnation, pronounced against them long ago, has not been idle, and their destruction is not asleep.”
Just remember, if a human or a man, or persons can cause you to abandon the Lord’s church, or leave the church where the Word is clear, you know that you have to evaluate your own life whether you understand personally your faith and conviction in Christ. You will always find in any church setting counterfeit people, fake people, vicious people, insincere people, covetous people, hateful people, rude people and so on. But they are not the authority that sustain or the standard of our walk of faith in Christ. If we remain true to God’s Word and obey Him, He will keep us from becoming de-churched. In Jude 1:24-25 (NRSV) it states, “24 Now to him who is able to keep you from falling, and to make you stand without blemish in the presence of his glory with rejoicing, 25 to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.”