Here I've compiled a list of eight signs that your church is in need of a check. There are certainly more, but this list will give you a very good idea if you've been having doubts about your church lately.
These red flags should alert any Christian that their church may not be exactly what it claims to be on the outside, and it's important as the Body to hold our leaders, teachers, and pastors accountable. If you decide to check your church, or you've noticed that we have and it came back with a negative result, it may be time for you to find a new church.
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Now, onto the list.
8 Signs That It's Time To Check Your Church
1. You feel obligated and/or pressured to give money to the church.
This one is easy to spot, and a giant red flag in case you didn't know. Tithing isn't contextually supported by Scripture, and giving should never be compelled by the church, or anyone. How much, when, or if you decided to give at all is 100% up to you, your heart, and between you and God.
2 Corinthians 9:7 - "Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."
2. You feel pressured or condemned by the church for not living up to their standards in some way.
Here is another issue that veers into legalism in whatever form the church chooses to push it. Some small groups have a main purpose of holding church members "accountable" in case they slip into some practice of "sin." Other churches focus their sermons on pressuring church members to perform works and live a certain lifestyle, rather than preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
If you feel pressured to perform for the church, its members, the pastor, or have been told that you must perform or live up to a certain standard in order to be acceptable to God, you are being burdened under the law, and should find a gracious church that preaches Christ.
Ephesians 2:8-9 - "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast."
3. You can't remember the last time your pastor used the Bible in context.
Many non-denominational Christian churches today have abandoned teaching the Bible through verse by verse studies during the Sunday service in an attempt to keep churchgoers entertained.
It might feel good to hear a sermon that applies directly to your life, and it may be less "boring" to hear a seminar on how to improve your marriage rather than a verse b