The Weekend Question: Leaving Your Church

When I had originally began this blog I had began posting a series of posts called “The Weekend Question” where I wanted to hear the opinion from my readers as well as strike some discussion on various biblical topics. I thought that I would begin this again. Please feel free to take the poll and leave a comment if you’d like to elaborate on your answer.

The first topic of discussion is on the subject of leaving your church.

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3 thoughts on “The Weekend Question: Leaving Your Church

  1. Yes it is not only ok to leave, but it could come to a we Must leave a church , we are clearly called out of the false church in the Word. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
    (Revelation 18:4 KJV)

    In Rev_18:4, John records an admonition from the mouth of Christ himself
    This is a call which the Lord our God repeatedly issues to his Church in all ages. It is an urgent call to separation, ‘Come out of her, my people!’ (Read – Isa_48:20; Isa_52:11; Jer_50:8; Jer_51:54; Zec_2:7.) The Lord does not say, ‘Stay in Babylon and heal her.’ He does not say, ‘Find a way to get along with Babylon.’ He does not say, ‘Love Babylon, pray for Babylon, and try to help Babylon.’ God says, ‘Come out of her, my people!’ (Jer_51:7-10). And all of God’s people will deliberately come out of Babylon (2Co_6:16-18). To remain a part of any church or denomination that denies the gospel of God’s free and sovereign grace in Christ is to line up with the Lord’s enemies and court eternal damnation. To come out of her is to have no fellowship with her, give no support to her, offer no hope to her, and publicly repudiate her doctrines and practices by identifying with Christ, his gospel and his church.

  2. Hi elmarie,

    Firstly, thanks for posting and welcome to the Moncton Christianity blog!

    I wanted to say that I appreciated your post and you made some very good points in your exposition of this subject. One point you made that I think might be beneficial is to elaborate on is where you said “To remain a part of any church or denomination that denies the gospel of God’s free and sovereign grace in Christ is to line up with the Lord’s enemies and court eternal damnation.” Would you be willing to share what this denial of the gospel means? Would you see this as being mainly Roman Catholics or any groups who add works to the gospel? Would Arminians fall into this category as well? What about a church that preaches a watered down rendition of the gospel?

    Your further thoughts are appreciated or if anyone else has any thoughts on this line.

  3. Hi Moncton Christian,

    Thank you for the welcome 🙂
    I will humbly attempt to answer your questions.

    1) “Would you be willing to share what this denial of the gospel means? ”

    Answer and I am quoting a good teacher as he answers better than I can :

    “Will Worship”
    Colossians 2:23

    I can think of nothing in all the world more foolish, more debasing to humanity, more dishonoring to God and more assuredly damning to the souls of men than idolatry. It is pathetic to see men and women worship- ping gods that other men have made, dumb gods made by the hands of ignorant men! Idolatry is hideously evil! “Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they,but they see not:They have ears,but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: They that make them are like unto them; so is everyone that trusteth in them” (Psa. 115:4-8). I have seen poor people in Mexico crawl on their knees before a statue of Mary, burning candles before it as they prayed. The pope of Rome attributes his life to Mary. I repeat, idolatry is hideously evil! But the most abominable form of idolatry in the world is that which Paul calls “will worship.” Will worship is the worship of yourself!

    Those who attribute salvation, in whole or in part, to the will, the work, or the worth of man are the most abominably evil idolaters in the world, for they worship themselves. Free-willism is the worship of yourself. Legalism is the worship of yourself. Free-will, works religion makes man his own savior, for it makes the will, the work, and the worth of man to be the determining factor in salvation.

    If your salvation, in whole or in part, is looked upon by you as something that is dependent upon, or determined by, your will or your works, you are lost, a Christless, graceless soul, an idolater (Gal. 5:1-

    4). You may talk about God and grace, Christ and redemption, the Holy Spirit and regeneration, but you really worship yourself. Your trust is in your decision. Your confidence is in your goodness. Your peace is derived not from what Christ has done, but from what you have done. In your opinion the thing that separates you from the damned is not the will of God, the work of Christ and the grace of the Spirit, but your own will, your own work, and your own worth.

    I urge you to flee from your idolatry. Smash to pieces the gods of free-will, good works and human worth. And trust the Lord Jesus Christ alone as your Savior. Seek salvation on the basis of grace alone, in Christ alone, through faith alone! ”

    “Would you see this as being mainly Roman Catholics or any groups who add works to the gospel? ”

    Answer :

    Yes and any Group that add works to the Gospel.

    3) “Would Arminians fall into this category as well?”

    Yes, it would and here I add a list for Heresies, false doctrines, practices and religions that falls into this category also.

    This is by no means a complete historical list. With the vast diversity of deceptions that Satan has used to mislead people, we would probably need hundreds of pages of this nature to mention them all. Even in this list there are glaring omissions, which we will gladly add if you would make us aware of them. We believe that these are all false doctrines, movements and practices, and that there are many others.

    Adoptionism, Albigensianism, All religions, Altar calls, Anglo-Israelism, Antinomianism, Apollinarianism, Arianism, Arminianism, Asceticism, Averroism, Centering prayer, Charismaticism, Christadelphianism, Christian Science, Christian Zionism, Common Grace, Decision theology, Dispensationalism, Divorce and remarriage, Docetism, Donatism, Ecumenism, Emergent movement, Eutychianism, Evolution, Extra-Biblical revelation, Feeneyism, Full preterism, Gnosticism, Hebrew Roots movement, Humanism, Iconodulism, Idolatry, Iglesia ni Christo, Institute of Metaphysical research, Interfaith movement, International Churches of Christ, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Joels Army, Kenosis, Kingdom Now theology, Labyrinth ‘walking’, Latter rain movement, Lectio Divina, Legalism, Liberalism, Manichaeism, Marcionism, Modalism, Modernism, Monarchianism, Monophysitism, Monothelitism, Montanism, Mormonism, Mysticism, Nestorianism, New Age movement, New Anointing, New Apostolic Reformation, New Calvinism, New Wine movement, Ogamisama, Oneness Pentecostals, Paedobaptism, Panentheism, Pantheism, Patripassionism, Pelagianism, Pentecostalism, Prayer ‘soaking’, Popery, Post-apostolic faith healing, Post-apostolic glossolalia, Post-modernism, Prayer ‘walking’, Prosperity preaching, Public or organized fasting, Rastafarianism, Reformed Charismaticism, Reincarnationism, Religious tolerance, Roman Catholicism, Sabellianism, Sacred name movement, Scientology, Semi-pelagianism, Sinner’s prayer, Slain in the Spirit, Socinianism, solo Scriptura, Subordinationism, Synergism, Theistic evolution, Tritheism, Unification church, Unity Church, Universal atonement, Universal World church, Universalism, Woman pastors or elders, Word of Faith movement, Xenolalia

    4) “What about a church that preaches a watered down rendition of the gospel?”

    Answer:

    Would you not say that those that preach a watered down rendition of the gospel, always includes some form of “will worship” works based salvation?

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