Ask anyone over the age of 50 and they will tell you that everyone used to go to church. You didn’t ask people if they went to church, you asked them which one they went to. It was as simple as that. If you didn’t go then there was something wrong with you. It’s fair to ask why? Why doesn’t anyone go to church anymore? A very large church recently put out the question and got some feedback. I have posted the photos below:
I do find it somewhat ironic that most of the posters get a little “judgey” about how “judgmental” they believe Christians are. I don’t know if they see the contradiction in their reasoning, but even if they don’t, I don’t think they are telling the whole truth anyways.
In this post I am going to answer the question Biblically. My source, besides scripture, is a nice video put out by Lutheran Satire. I will be presenting most of the same passages that they did. Their video is linked at the bottom if you want to watch it.
The real reason people don’t go to church anymore stems from original sin, they simply hate Jesus. Nothing has really changed over the past generations. The only thing we have lost is the social pressure that used to exist for people to go to church. Not only is that gone but it’s actually starting to swing the other way. Right now we are just seeing more clearly what has always been there.
“If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.” John 15:18-19 NASB
“For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18 NASB
“Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:11-12 NASB
“Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father’s name, these testify of Me. But you do not believe because you are not of My sheep.” John 10:25-26 NASB
“And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds” Colossians 1:21 NASB
The unbeliever is hostile to God in their very mind. They don’t want to be around the body of Christ. Why would they? They hate him. Why would one want to spend more time with someone they hate?
An unbeliever doesn’t need you to change your worship style to make them happy. The only thing that is going to make them happy is if you throw out Jesus altogether. Not so coincidentally this is what the “seeker sensitive” crowd actually does. When you do this though you end up entertaining goats instead of converting people though. It solves the problem of low attendance, but it does it in ways that quite simply just aren’t relevant to why you want higher attendance in the first place.
We need pastors that preach the word in and out every week. People need to be condemned by the law and risen by the gospel. That way no matter if there is 10 people in your service or 1000 they are at least believers.
“And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.” Matthew 13:23 NASB
“In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation-having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,” Ephesians 1:13 NASB
“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17 NASB
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:19-20 NASB
Below is the video I promised along with another that I think is relevant. Both are short and fun to watch.