Shall I Leave My Church ?
Shall I leave my church ? Sunday 27th March 2016. Written By Manashantii
To answer this question you need Spiritual Discernment and you need to Obey the Holy Spirit. You need to be Holy Spirit filled and Holy Spirit led. Pray. Ask God to guide you to make the right decision in prayer. You must repent of all your sins. Forgive those who have offended you. Spiritual Discernment comes from reading The Holy Bible and speaking to God in prayer. Pray for Holy Spirit Discernment. Discernment is a Spirit led gift.
You need insight into the situation, spend time listening to your feelings and ask God to guide you, seek guidance from The Holy Bible. Listen and observe your thoughts, then own your thoughts. Know when to trust your feelings and know when to act according to your feelings. Listen to your feelings and know when and how to respond appropriately to your thoughts and desires. Reflect on the problem and contemplate the solutions.
Don’t let people or a person decide for you. The decision making has to come from you. You also need to know what is a good church from a theological point of view in order to make the right decision. Trust the Wisdom of God.
You may have commitment issues concerning your church, if you keep changing churches you may need to think about staying and committing to one church. It is not good to keep changing churches for spiritual reasons. Pray for and love your church members and Pastors expecting nothing back. Love in truth and in Spirit, commit to your church and you will grow in the Spirit. Christianity is about relating to God in the Spirit. Don’t make decisions solely on your logic, because sometimes spiritual warfare is blinding you from seeing what is happening in the spirit realm. We Christians walk by Spirit and faith not by sight and the physical. Pray for God to open your Spiritual eyes, and to strengthen your Spirit.
Ask God to speak to you through His Word in The Holy Bible. Yes, you should leave your church if you find out that it is a cult. You should leave immediately or as soon as you can. Do not discuss with anyone. Pray for the Holy Spirit to guide you and read the Holy Bible.
Sometimes the problem is not your church, the problem is your relationship with God. When you don’t spend enough time alone with God in prayer you will feel disconnected, frustrated and deeply discontent because you are spiritually out of tune with God. Make time and discipline yourself to have a routine and be with God through worship. Maybe the only time you have to be with God is when you are travelling to work or going somewhere, use that time to pray, read the Holy Bible. Make a timetable and an appointment in your diary to spend time with God.
If you are in the wrong church or denomination and you become spiritually malnourished, you must leave. You should listen to the Holy Spirit, if the Holy Spirit is telling you to leave, then you must obey the Holy Spirit. Pray for the Holy Spirit to guide you and read the Holy Bible. Take your time don’t rush into another church, research other churches first. Pray to God and take your time to decide what to do. Listen to sermons online of the new church of your interest to see if you like it, also attend Bible study in the new church that you are thinking of going to.
If you want to leave the church for personal reasons, then you should present whatever problem you have with your church to God in prayer first before you decide to leave your church. Secondly present the problem to your church pastor or a senior in your church. Keep on praying about the problem. Listen to God about what to do. Your desire to leave may be a spiritual attack, pray for guidance and revelation from God. When you are being delivered Spiritually the enemy can make you leave your church so that you remain in spiritual bondage. You can de-programme and get Spiritual deliverance from the Holy Bible and The Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will tell you what to do. Remain focused and keep your eyes fixed on Jesus. Only leave if you are told by the Holy Spirit to leave. Pray for the Holy Spirit to guide you and read the Holy Bible.
Think about what you want and need. Decide, Make a decision and stick to it. If you can’t commit to your decision then ask yourself Why? Usually the reason is conflict of thoughts within. What is your ideal church? What do you need to grow in a church? Commitment, What can you overlook? Are you prepared to sacrifice what you don’t like and accept that it is not a perfect church?
See Hebrews 12v2 which says:- We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is seated in the place of honour beside God’s throne.
Ephesians 6v10 Says :- A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.
Constantly pray for love in the church that you want to leave. There’s blessing in unity. Be the bridge.
I have been told that a church is a Spiritual hospital, even the Priest or Pastor may need Spiritual healing because there is no perfect church because we Christian humans are beginning a Spiritual cleansing whilst we are alive, a process which will be completed when we are resurrected in new bodies in heaven by Jesus.
Pray for leaders in your church, including the Priest or the Pastor. Pray for the congregation (members of the church).
Maintain an intimate relationship with God. The shield of faith is the word of God. Let God direct you and plant you where you should be. Pray for the Holy Spirit to guide you and read the Holy Bible.
Ephesians 6v12-18 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to do deeper work in you. Pray for the Holy Spirit to reveal to you what to do. Pray for God to heal your disappointment. As you pray let the Holy Spirit speak hope into your Spirit. Ask for your mind to be renewed. Grow more in love and understanding. Trust God for a breakthrough. Advance into God’s kingdom. Let go off the past and do not remember the things of old.
You can’t judge a church by it’s name and reputation, you will know if a church is good by personal experience, Spiritual discernment and by you being Spirit led. Let your soul be filled with the fullness of the Holy Spirit. Pray for the Holy Spirit to guide you and read the Holy Bible. Obey the Holy Spirit and what He tells you. Listen to God’s advice not man’s opinion.
Happy people attract happy people. Go to a church where you are happiest and where people value you. You need to be joyful in the spirit.
Don’t leave with hatred and bitterness in your heart. Pray for restoration in the church that you are leaving. Forgive anyone who has offended you in your current church. Forgive anyone who has offended you outside your church. Pray for the Holy Spirit to guide you and read the Holy Bible. Pray for the people in your church that have offended you. Make peace with your enemies. Do not leave your church if you are feeling Anger, Bitterness, Fear or Frustration, and to only leave the church if you are Spirit led and told by God to leave.
Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, as you worship God your Spiritual DNA will be changing and developing as time goes on. Know that you are being Spiritually refined. Christianity is about worshipping God and building a continual personal relationship with God and being in Spiritual obedience with God. Being committed to God is more important than where you go to worship, for God will meet you where ever you go, make quality praise and worship in your personal time a daily priority.
Read The Holy Bible and increase your prayer life. Reading the Holy Bible and praying more will help you to hear God’s voice more clearly. Avoid being a lukewarm Christian, be strong, be dedicated, responsible and loyal to God in your Christian life. Learn to let go off the rebellious spirit within you that may be making you rebel against your church or against God. In order to not block God’s blessings, be obedient to God’s will. If it is God’s will for you to leave your church to go to another church then you must leave. If you have been at a church and you have prayed and you have been unhappy for more than six months and you have forgiven everyone but still want to leave, then you should leave your church. You should ask people to pray with you until you come to a peaceful decision. It has to be your decision, don’t be influenced or persuaded by others. Pray and fast if you can, asking God to give you guidance before you leave, church should not be torture. Make building your personal relationship with God your priority. Pray. Talk to God as often as you can, within a day, throughout the day. Your communication with God should be very profound, proficient and sincere as you spiritually mature. You need a church where your gifts can be put to use and you get support to grow socially and Spiritually. You will have to answer to God as to why you stayed in a church that did encourage your Spiritual growth. Be wise.
I hope this helps.