Churchless Christianity [Herbert Hoefer] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The purpose of this book is to describe and reflect on the fact that. known as churchless Christianity, which is one response to the church as it has brought the Gospel to the non-Western world. In his book Churchless Christianity . The Invisible Church, to be published next month, claims the Christian community in the UK is much bigger than it seems.
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The whole secularisation thing is vastly overblown. People are sick and weak and easily mislead.
That doesn’t come through private reading and thinking. But it does mean that people need to be given the freedom to criticise, to be honest, and to feel they’ve been heard and that the Church will respond and change where it can. The Apostle Paul traveling around preaching and exercising dynamic spiritual gifts, starting little home groups, and then blowing into the next town: If they’re disillusioned, it’s not with God, it’s with the way the Church asks them to do God.
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Plain Truth Ministries is an organization that promotes the teachings of Greg Albrect who propagates an sort of churchless Christianity. And there are plenty of ‘Fresh Expressions’-type gatherings in small groups, not necessarily tied in to a denomination but lively and flourishing nonetheless.
They leave because it doesn’t work for them. The answer is not, though, to lose confidence in the Church and imagine it has to be entirely reinvented. The Church preserves a tradition of holiness, a tradition of healing, a tradition of everyday growth through good times and bad.
There are more Christians out there than we know. I looked them up. The evidence also shows that churches which are resistant to change and those which are dominated by a single group are more likely to decline.
It’s made up, in good part, of people who’d like to belong if they could only be persuaded the Church was worth belong to. The Invisible Churchto be published next month, claims the Christian community in the UK is much bigger than it seems.
The Victorian prime minister Lord Melbourne, not a great churchgoer but a great wit, used to say: The church which is seeing its congregation grow less month by month needn’t worry too much. True, many in the Church do not live up to its teaching. They might be lost to the church, but they are not lost to the Church.
There are scandals everywhere you look—even in the Church. For most Christians it works very well.
Religion is done together or it is not really religion. What it seems to say, from the headlines so far, is that the idea that people leave the Church because they chrustianity lost their faith or are hostile to religion in general isn’t right.
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So while the Church is declining, it’s not declining as much as all that; there are plenty of Christians operating below the radar. Amazingly gifted people who heal the sick and seem to save thousands also embezzle funds, sexually assault vulnerable people, and punish those christuanity oppose them in any way.
I could easily read my romantic view of things back into the New Testament: And yes, every now and then outright deceivers in the leadership of the Church are exposed. It comes through learning the discipline of prayer and worship through turning out Sunday by Sunday, often when we have other things to do. All of this, and a few crackpots as well.
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And then there are the abuses. So, two cheers for the research. If the churchless Christians aren’t part of that, they might be shining brightly enough in their little corners, but they are not being lights to the world. Thirdthough, and most importantly: How do you live an everyday Christian life? Why churchless believers don’t do much for Christianity. Follow Mark Woods on Twitter: Churculess was a time, many churchlrss ago, when I imagined a structureless Christianity.
But what about their children? Firstthe whole ‘churchless Christianity’ thing is a contradiction in hcurchless. They have the luxury of leaving the Church without leaving the faith because the Church has rooted the faith so deeply in them. What the Bible says about the Kingdom of God Preaching the Cross to wounded people Post-natal depression in dads linked to emotional problems in teenage daughters More married couples putting off divorce for the sake of their children.
Who will give them the spiritual grounding they had themselves?
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Religion that isn’t shared is more of a philosophy than a faith. All of the abuses that are popularly attributed to the Church are perpetrated and endured even without churches, even without religion. And it means, perhaps, that churches can be less defensive about the world outside their doors.