6 Deadly Lies We Believe about Church

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These misconceptions might be common, but don't fall for these lies about the church.

One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organization do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team. The first requisite is life, always.” – A. W. Tozer

1. Church is optional.

Ah, the lone believer, hell-bent on staying out of a church community for one reason or another.

They were burned, chastised or mistreated.

And I get it. I, too, was a solo “Christian” trying to call a five-minute quiet time and a snippet of Scripture “church.” I know what it is to be community-less and long for (but never actually believe it could happen) a spiritual family, where brethren would lay down their life for one another—reminiscent of the book of Acts.

Oh yeah, but then, through a series of painful life-altering events (another post for another time), I came to see church was not optional because, I was, in fact, the church.

When scripture refers to the church as “the house of God,” “the Body of Christ,” “Christ’s bride,” it is referencing a people. The ekklesia, in Greek. It is not a place or a building, which leads me to …

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2. We go to church.

Those in the church have long believed we go to church.

But, as stated above, if we are the church, then this can’t actually be true. We don’t actually go to church on Sunday.

What we do instead is assemble where other members of the church happen to be, and we usually sit in a pew and listen to someone preach from the pulpit. This is not church.

You are the church.

Nicole Cottrell Nicole Cottrell is trained in the fine art of button-pushing. She uses her skills daily on Modern Reject where she writes about the intersection of faith and culture as well as the unpopular stuff no one else likes to talk about. Nicole is a speaker, writer, discipler, and coffee fanatic. She and her husband planted the Foundation, a network of house churches in Arizona. Nicole lives in Scottsdale with her husband and two little munchkins, three of the coolest and funniest people she knows.

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  • Owens Daniel

    The true church is not a building it is the called out ones those that are Born -AGAIN and that go out preaching the gospel to the world and are not ashamed of Jesus Christ there is one Pastor one Leader one Teacher Jesus Christ listen to his voice not to man you don’t need school to minister to others true wisdom comes from God most church building or organizations give a sugar coated message they don’t tell the whole truth if they did they wouldn’t make money they wouldn’t have people in the building so to find the truth you have to be Holy Ghost filled strive to enter through the narrow door love you and may Jesus Bless you.