I am a Christian. And I’m leaving the institution of church.
First some clarification. I’m not disowning the true church, the body of Christ, the ekklesia (the gathering of other believers who desire authentic community and to pursue the purposes of Christ).
What I am leaving behind is the business of church – the institutional church. The buildings, and the committees, and the budgets, and the forced hierarchy, and the one-sided sermons, and the “services” that don’t really serve anyone.
This decision wasn’t come to lightly. It’s something we’ve felt calling us for awhile. Years. We’ve lingered in the church for so. long. thinking we could help it from the inside, get it on a better track. But all that effort has gotten us is ostracized and rejected.
So, we’re done.
And it feels. so. free.
But no more. I will be free indeed.
I will be free in Jesus. Free through Jesus. Free to follow his teachings and become the person he created me to be. The person that’s been boxed in and dying a slow spiritual death inside of the institution created in his name.
I will be writing more about this in the future, trying to unravel it a bit for you guys, elaborating to help you better understand.
But for now I want you to know two things:
- I’m not mad at the institution (most of the time). I’m over it. I understand that they think they’re right about the things they do and the way they do them. There are a lot of good people inside. And they have good intentions. Unfortunately, we all know what those can pave the road to.
- I will still be gathering with other believers. I will still be pursing truth, and holiness, and peace. I just won’t be doing it in a traditional setting.
I am so excited about pursing God outside the confines of unnecessary tradition and structure, y’all.
And I’m glad to be able to share it with you. <3