I think we all agree that God gave us a brain to think for ourselves, right? There are so many denominations and we need to look at the core values of the church and compare them with God’s Word. There’s never going to be a perfect church – the church is people, and people are imperfect. God is perfect – He is the standard by which we measure the place we go to worship Him.I’ve been in congregations that don’t believe exactly as I do – but there are times when a person has to make allowances and, while not adopting the parts that I disagree with, show respect for others because as long as the whole Bible is preached, I can be a part.
Not every minister preaches the whole Bible – they are known as false prophets and ear ticklers. If every sermon you hear makes you smile and giggle, chances are you are listening to an ear tickler – which is not helping you grow in your faith. Unless you are challenged a little along the way, you will stagnate and stay immature. Some churches just want money, which is sad because the goal of those in God’s house should be to help one another spiritually, not bilk them of their finances.
It’s okay to tithe to your local church – but if you feel pressured to give until it hurts, you may want to rethink that. Finances are such a personal thing, but we do know that all we have comes from God’s hand. If the Lord had not given you the ability to work for what money you get, you wouldn’t be able to work and that would be bad. We give our first fruits to God because we’re so thankful to Him for His provision.
We can’t expect to find a perfect church, but we need to hold the beliefs of the church up next to God’s Word and make sure it’s a Bible-believing congregation that has godly priorities and is focused on outreach in the community. 🙂