Put down the pitchforks pastors, I can see them coming down my driveway already. Steve don’t just read the title and text me a novel about how unbiblical and dangerous I’m being and Paul, well I’ll be expecting a long reply full of words that I can’t understand.
I admit I chose this title for a reason, mainly because I can just hear the thoughts in people’s heads. “Well I knew he was heading down this path”. “Great, another extremist who thinks he has it all figured out”. I assure this post is not about any of that.
But it is true that I stopped going to church, just not in the way most people are thinking. These past months have been a complete rewiring of my mind and the way I think about church. For so long my mind was wired to say things like “Yes I am a church attender” and things like “Yes I go to church” but more and more I’m realizing that when I say things like this it only reinforces bad mindsets.
I’ve said this probably 10 times throughout my blogs, but the word Church in the Bible is never used as place people went to. To tell an apostle that you “go to church” would of made no sense to them because they always used the word church properly. The word church in the Bible always refers to people. That’s it. This for us is a major shift in our thinking because our culture uses the word church as things we attend, not who we are as Christ followers. Because of the way we use the word church we think that church is a once or twice a week thing. This creates an extremely unhealthy mindset and robs of us our identity as Christ followers. I assure you when Christ calls the Church His bride He is not referring to buildings, institutions, and sunday morning services. He is talking about His sons and daughters, coheirs to Christ, the Church.
Since I’ve been realizing this more and more, I’ve made it a point of rewiring my brain to view the word Church as it was meant to be used. No longer do I go to church. Instead I am a part of the church 24/7. Church is not a place I go to, it is who I am. I am Church. And if you are a follower of Christ, you are church as well. It is imperative that we as followers of Christ start to think of church not as Sunday morning but as a lifestyle (Sunday morning included).
So stop going to Church. Of course I don’t mean to stop meeting with your local body. I mean to stop viewing church as a place you go to because not only is the word Church never used that way in the BIble, it creates a mindset that sets up people to be content with just attending a service, going home, and doing nothing else during the week.