Changing Churches

Q. We recently changed churches, for reasons not that important, now the church is not talking to us. The other day we ran into the pastor he was rather upset with us and told us of all our mistakes we made in leaving his church. Is this a Biblical thing? Where does the Bible tell us we have to come to the pastor and tell him we selected another church to attend. I thought that as the church we were all united in the same work.

A. You’re not required to tell your pastor you’ve begun to worship elsewhere, although it is the courteous thing to do. You and he apparently have personal issues that you should try to settle. The Bible tells us that as Christians we should not leave these things unresolved. It can effect our relationship with the Lord (Matt. 5:23-24) and is a poor witness to others. Matt. 18:15-35 would be a good passage for you to study.

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