“Practicing” Church

Without a saving relationship with Jesus Christ all information about the church is lost. But we must not mistakenly reason that one’s relationship with Christ minimises the importance of His Local Church. Yet this is precisely what multitudes of Christians assume and act out. Church attendance is infected with
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a dissatisfaction of conditional loyalty, which has produced an army of church hitchhikers. The hitchhiker’s thumb says, “You buy the car, pay for repairs and upkeep and insurance, fill the car with petrol — and I’ll ride with you. But if you have an accident, you are on your own! And I’ll probably sue you.” So it is with the statement of belief of so many of today’s church attenders: “You go to the meetings and serve on the committees, you clean, you grapple with the issues and do the work of the church, the ministering to others, witnessing, and pay the bills and I’ll come along for the ride. But if things do not suit me, I’ll criticise and complain and probably bail out — my thumb is always out for a better lift.”

This supposed loyalty is fuelled by a “consumer philosophy” — a “Burger King – Have It Your Way” – Or a McDonalds “McChristianity—I’m Lovin’ It” mentality — which picks and chooses here and there to fill one’s religious shopping list. There are hitchhikers who…
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