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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God without church: Why churchless believers don’t do much for Christianity
It’s an attractive and not unconvincing picture. Follow Mark Woods churchlexs Twitter: The answer is not, though, to lose confidence in the Church and imagine it has to be entirely reinvented.
True, many in the Church do not live up to its teaching. Someone’s private beliefs might be meaningful and precious to them, but they are still private. Certainly the abuses people experience in religious structures seem to suggest that Christ never intended such oppressing institutions to exist—at least not in His name. Religion is done together or it is not really religion.
Secondthe institution of the Church, expressed in the little local fellowships that make it up and in the councils, synods and assemblies where they come together, is what makes it visible and influential. The Church preserves a tradition of holiness, a tradition of healing, a tradition of everyday growth through good times and bad.
Firstthe whole ‘churchless Christianity’ thing is a contradiction in terms.
Amazingly gifted people who heal the sick and seem to save thousands also embezzle funds, sexually assault vulnerable people, and punish those who oppose them in any way. The Invisible Churchto be published next month, claims the Christian community in the UK is much bigger than it seems. So, two cheers for the research. Modern Christians are turning to the internet and other less formal surroundings to practise their beliefs, it says. And yes, every now and then outright deceivers in the leadership of the Church are exposed.
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. All of this, and a few crackpots as well.
People are sick and weak and easily mislead. The Victorian prime minister Lord Melbourne, not a great churchgoer but a great wit, used to say: Heck, even trusted friends with whom you have shared your very soul can secretly betray you:. So while the Church is declining, it’s not declining as much as all that; there are plenty of Christians operating below the radar.
Churchless Christianity? – Praying in the Rain
There are more Christians out there than we know. Facebook Google Reddit Twitter. Churcbless research by the Church of Scotland claims to show there are a good number of Lord Melbournes about today.
I could easily read my romantic view of things back into the New Testament: Thirdthough, and most importantly: However, sooner or later, you start to read the Bible a little more carefully. It’s when they are activated by contact — perhaps uncomfortable, irritating or frustrating contact — with other believers that they become truly Christian.
If the churchless Christians aren’t part of that, they might be shining brightly enough in their little corners, but they are not chritianity lights to the world.
And it means, perhaps, that churches can be less defensive about the world outside their doors. Around two-thirds of those who stop attending church maintain a strong personal faith afterwards.
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. I looked them up. Who will give them the spiritual grounding they had themselves? The church which is seeing its congregation grow less month by month needn’t worry too much.