Q. My wife and I had been attending a country church for several years. At some point, the pastor started removing long-time members from the board that didn’t agree with his idea of a “seeker-friendly” contemporary church. Then he appointed board members who were new-comers, did away with traditional services, and caused many senior members to leave the church, including us.
Since then, we have been trying to find an evangelical church that isn’t either seeker-friendly or one of the very legalistic churches that remind me of the Judaizers that plagued the early church. I don’t want to behave like those mentioned in Hebrews 10:25, but in our area, I see apostasy in every church I’ve contacted. What to do?
A. I can’t prove this in Scripture, but I think the true church is being taken back to its beginnings, meeting in homes and in small groups. The falling away, spoken of in 2 Thes. 2:3, is taking place before our eyes as the so-called Emerging Church siphons off those who aren’t really born again and are eager to be a part of the latest trend. Comedian Flip Wilson used to call these people “The Church of What’s Happening Now”.
Jesus said that in the last days the believing Church would have little strength but would keep His word and not deny His name. He said He would come for us soon and to hold on. (Rev. 3:8,11) On the other hand, He will spew the apostate church out of His mouth because it would consider itself wealthy and in need of nothing, while He stands at the door trying in vain to get in. (Rev. 3:16,17,20).
Maybe you should pray about inviting like minded people to join you in a home fellowship.