I know a lot of very well-known teachers and preachers. Some of them are good friends.
What’s interesting is that many of them don’t belong to any church. None at all. And neither do their families. Nor are they part of any ministry team wherein there is close-knit fellowship and mutual submission.
Some of them have confessed to me behind close doors: “I don’t attend [institutional] church because I find it boring. It’s the same thing all the time. And I have many friends in ministry who feel the same way. I agree with what you’ve written about the modern church, but don’t tell anyone I said all this.”
God is witness.
If I named these people, most all of you would know who they were. Believe it or not, some of them are regularly invited to speak at pastors conferences!
This comports with the following unmovable statistics:
- Over 1 million Christians leave the institutional church per year in the United States.
- Over 112 million Christians worldwide do not attend an institutional church, but fellowship in other modes of church life.
- 1700 pastors leave the clergy system per month in the United States.
Just sayin’ . . .