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The Church Is Not Optional

By Don Loftis | 07.16.14

In promoting Thom and Joani Schultz’s book, Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore, the publisher made an odd statement. He said, “It’s sad but true: the American church is shrinking…fast.  God-loving people are leaving in droves, and everything that attracted them in the past simply doesn’t work anymore.”

Certainly, statistics bear out the attendance decline that he mentions.  Yet, his statement is seriously flawed.  Would you find it odd to hear a news reporter to say, “local man of integrity arrested for embezzlement” or “noted American patriot burns flag”?  Such behaviors contradict the moral claims that were mentioned.  Those who truly love God could not abandon His church.

In Ephesians 1 Paul highlights what God has done through Jesus Christ. “And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”  The term church refers to “the called out ones” and is used in the New Testament to represent God’s people.  How can God-loving people reject His Son’s body and remove themselves from His blood-bought institution (Acts 20:28)?

To many, the church is a social organization that no longer has much appeal.  To them it seems outdated and rigid, so they are seeking spirituality in new places.  However, the appeal of the church is the headship of Christ and the life-changing message of Scripture.  For all of its earthly frailties, the church is not an option; it is an essential.



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