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Why You Have Left A Church

Trying to write a paper on why young Christians are leaving church, I must search for real stories. Have you left a church because it judged you by your appearance, scientific belief, or background/past? If you could help me by giving real names, quotes, and stories, I would gladly appreciate it! :)

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One of the silliest arguments is when people try to shove their music preference upon others. I love the old hymns too, but there are lots of good contemporary music out there also. If we sang like they did in Jesus' day, it would be totally different than the old hymns too. You're an "old fogey" if you can't like some of the new music.
---KarenD on 3/27/12

I find another place that has the Old Paths, the Good Ole Timey Hymns etc.
---Lawrence on 3/26/12

Most hymns were bar and drinking tunes. So at the time they were created they were the modern contempary rock - roll music. I love hymns more than most praise music but patterns repeat themselves.
---Scott1 on 3/27/12

I'm 64. I'm 1 that Doesn't go for this So called modern - contemp like rock - roll gospel music - singing.

I find another place that has the Old Paths, the Good Ole Timey Hymns etc.
---Lawrence on 3/26/12

NurseRoberts, That really was impracticle and wrong for the new pastor to demand that all the parishoners be at the church every time the doors are open.
---Eloy on 3/26/12

They never seems to like people that ask too many questions.
---lee1538 on 3/22/12

Lee, you asked some good questions. I have found the AOG is more intuned to emotions instead of substance. One AOG pastor, just called to be the pastor of the church stood up on his first Sunday and castigated the entire congregation, demanding they are at the church EVERY time the doors are open. He lost 1/4 of the church that day.

KarenD... that was Swaggert's problem. He rejected the discipline of the church, deciding that HE knew what was best. Jim Baker would have done the same, except the STATE decided on his discipline.

---NurseRobert on 3/26/12

KarenD//Ours isn't that way. The youth attend Sunday School, Sunday morning and evenings services as well as Wednesday nights.

My son was active in Awanas, but when the church youth minister decided that his class should read the entire Bible, memorize key verses all in one semester session, my son bailed out never to come back. Most kids are not the academic types.

Youth groups should emphasize fellowship and introduce what they can with the teachings of the Bible.

And we can see that despite what youth programs a church may have, the statistics tell us that most kids still drop out of church upon reaching high school or adulthood.
---lee1538 on 3/26/12

KarenD, You offer no answer to my question. Quite boring and predictable misbehavior.
---Eloy on 3/26/12

Jesus commanded, "Love one another, even like I have loved you, so likewise you all love one another." Many churches are failing at this commandment, and that is why people leave the church. You cannot preach blasphemy and expect people to have any respect for you, as long as you spout hate and condescension, then you will rightly drive God's flock away, and you will end up with a dark house.
---Eloy on 3/26/12

During testimony time this morning, one of the college students shared about inviting unsaved classmates to join him, and other believers, to learn about God. They plan to share the Gospel.

A high schooler shared how he and a friend were praying in the hall before a play, and other friends asked to pray with them.

We have many teens and young adults who are on our worship team, and working in our youth ministry. Our youth ministry is for outreach. Our teens are taught the Gospel, and encouraged to share with their friends. Their friends are welcome in our youth ministry, and on the retreats.
---Trish on 3/25/12

Lee1538...I know churches like that which have only old people there. Ours isn't that way. The youth attend Sunday School, Sunday morning and evenings services as well as Wednesday nights Family Night where they have their own Bible Study. A couple of these kids are even on probation, but they are in the right place to help get their lives on track. It's like being in the inner city only it is a small town. Not all churches are only old people.
---KarenD on 3/25/12

if you bad-mouth the church and other Christians what can you expect in return?
We need to built each other up and not tear down.

The church is an institution that has been granted authority by God Himself. We need to obey its leaders especially if they endeavor to be an example in following God's law.

And we need not strive to find faults in others using that as excuse to go elsewhere.

Why do young people today leave the church? Primarily competition from other interests.

Go to church today and you will find most of its members are elderly.

Young programs are usually poor and are too centered on entertainment.
---lee1538 on 3/25/12

Remember the children of Israel & their willful disobedience to God's word? Remember the divisions (schisms) they had within their congregation? Rebellion (sin) caused them to wander 40 years in the Wilderness of Sin until they died.

In church-houses (congregations) everywhere, the Parable of the Wheat & the Tares (Matt. 13:24-30) significantly applies. Within Christian congregation, there are saved (born again believers, THE CHURCH) & unsaved people (tares).

The wheat is God's "good seed". When it matures, He ultimately harvests & puts it in His barn (place of safe keeping). Tares/weeds are bad (demon) seeds. They're saboteurs bent on destroying the God-man, Jesus' wheat. Eventually, they're burned...
---Leon on 3/25/12

\\Does it require much thought for you to bear antiChristian witness, and bad mouth born-again Christians from Christ?\\

I've been meaning to ask youm that same question, Eloy.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 3/25/12

Eloy...You just proved my point.

Sag...I agree with you regarding the divorce and remarriage issues. My husband (the pastor) preaches against all sin including living together without being married. People are listening and straightening up their lives. We do need to be careful when dealing with new Christians who have been forgiven for their sins which they committed prior to conversion. They need to understand not to repeat the same sins.
---KarenD on 3/25/12

karenD, Does it require much thought for you to bear antiChristian witness, and bad mouth born-again Christians from Christ?
---Eloy on 3/25/12

Stephen, One of the main reasons that people leave churches is because of the rude behavior of the unsaved pastors and unsaved pastor's wives. When the leaders have zero love of Christ, and only express sinuous antiChristian and antiChrist behavior, then the Christians will not be there. We abide and worship where Christ is, not where there is boring death in the house. And there's an old saying, When the blind lead the blind, then both will fall into the ditch. You will hardly find any of us real Christians inside of any dead synagogue of satan.
---Eloy on 3/25/12

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Eloy keeps me laughing.
---KarenD on 3/24/12

I think that it must be very stressful, and frustrating, being a Pastor or Pastor's wife.

I must confess that I've been somewhat like Eloy in the area of Divorce & Remarriage. I feel bad if I made some people feel bad, and/or, leave my church because of what I thought was just reading what the Bible says. There is often more that only GOD understands.

I often wonder WHY -- with so many examples around us about what NOT to do -- people seem to be clinging to sinful things more than ever.

Examples: Extra-Marital Affairs, Drinking, Gambling, etc.

When will people EVER learn?
---Sag on 3/24/12

Craig, I see your point, you're saying that they did not really care that smoking was unhealthy to you, but they were just fault-finding you for whatever reason, maybe to make themselves feel better by finding fault in you. And perhaps they don't know or don't even care that they themselves are 100 lbs overweight. It sounds like they still need to get the Spirit from Jesus into their personal lives. Anyhow, CONGRATULATION! for quitting the bad habit of smoking, now you will be healthier and have more vitamin C in your body to fight off colds.
---Eloy on 3/24/12

I think it is a common occurrence for people to leave churches because of the rude and unsaved dissers like Craig experienced. It is bad enough that we Christians are maltreated by sinners in the world, so when we come to church you do not expect to find the same maltreatment in our holy sanctuaries. Else why would anybody want to go to church, if they are just going to be maltreated like the worldly treat us? What manner of love is that, that you show to one another? Christ said, "Love one another, even like I have loved you, so likewise you all love one another."
---Eloy on 3/24/12

Eloy, I quit 4 years ago. They are still overweight.

Thats not the point. Dont tell me that Christians dont smoke (the plank in my eye) if you are 50-100 lbs overweight (the beam in your eye). See my point?

Now if they lost 100 lbs and came to me trying to HELP me quit smoking instead of judging me for it, thats different.
---CraigA on 3/24/12

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Eloy keeps me laughing. One minute he is self-righteously telling us how he doesn't want to submit to the authority of any pastor and the next he is telling someone how that they need to stop smoking and how to stop. We see people like this all the time in church. They walk in the door and tell us just what we are doing wrong and how we should change things to suit them. Usually, they want a position or to be accepted as some kind of special prophet or minister immediately. They stay a few weeks and then go on to the next church where they bad mouth our church like they bad mouthed the last church they were at before coming to ours.
---KarenD on 3/24/12

CraigA, When a person is addicted to a substance, sometimes they make excuses to support their addiction, and blaming others because they want to see you healthy will not help you quit. It is too easy to look at another person and say, "See, their problem is bigger than mine, so they have no right to address my problem." I would think that the overweight people were probably already working on losing their weight, and their personal problem has zero to do with your personal problem. You should quit. There is prayer and fasting, and those hard lemon candies to substitute, and they have a thing called "the patch" that has helped people quit.
---Eloy on 3/24/12

I left a church once because I was a new believer and still smoked cigarrettes for many years. The peering eyes made me feel like an outsider when I would smoke in the car before coming in.

The ones who would tell me I was damaging the temple of the Holy Spirit were 50-100 lbs overweight! But thats no sin or damage to the Lords body! Of course not.

Other would claim that no real Christian smokes because all things are become new and the old is passed away judging me as lost. Then youd find out a nice dirty secret of theirs in a few weeks.

I finally grew tired of the hypocrisy and didnt go to church for almost 10 years before the Lord showed me that wasnt TRUE Christianity because it lacked love.
---CraigA on 3/23/12

Sag, Some pastors commit the sin of "quenching the Spirit". I have been stifled more than once in services, and indeed it is a sin par equal to slapping the Spirit across the face and telling the Holy Spirit, "Be quiet, and sit down, its my service, not yours." And if you do this, its no wonder churches have become empty buildings with no power of God in them, because if the truth be known it is not the pastor's service, but it is the Holy Spirit's service. Truly, truly I say to these prideful ministers, offensive pieces of clay, If you want to be arrogant, not letting God have his place in HIS house, then get out of the business, and let another whom knows how to be led by the Spirit take charge.
---Eloy on 3/24/12

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lee1538, I am already Holy Spirit-filled, and my theology is complete, there is nothing to add and nothing to subtract. And no good pastor would try to selfishly usurp authority over me, because Christ Almighty is already my head and Christ can never be replaced by any lesser. Christ and pastors and I all know this fact.
---Eloy on 3/24/12

Sag, Keep looking, and visit a new church on Sundays, check the yellow pages of the phone book under churches, they are usually grouped by denominations. The church denominations usually also have "church locators" on their websites.
If you're looking for an AOG:
ag dot org forward-slash top forward-slash church underscore directory forward-slash index dot cfm
For directions just put the address in here:
www dot mapquest dot com
---Eloy on 3/24/12

\\Anyway, this probably offended one of the Pastors who told me that I had "A Spirit Of Absalom".\\

And what exactly is that supposed to mean?

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 3/24/12

I don't think it is always the church's cause that a person leaves a church, sometimes it is the person's cause. They may be having too high of expectations from the church, or else they are unhappy at the church for whatever reason.
---Eloy on 3/23/12

I've been guilty of this. I wanted to start up a Men's Ministry group. Many churches struggle to keep a Men's Ministry going. I only intended to HELP, not HURT, the church!

Anyway, this probably offended one of the Pastors who told me that I had "A Spirit Of Absalom".

Still not sure how this was "Spiritual Rebellion", but I left the church on bad terms with the Pastors. :<(
---Sag on 3/23/12

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I have found that those who attend several different churches with different doctrinew (oneness and Trinity for instance) are very confused. I've also noticed that the most confused people are those who have tried all denominations they can find. I especially find it odd that someone who says they are apostolic would attend a Trinitarian church. In the end, those kinds of people are really looking for a church that will agree with their own beliefs which do not measure up to the Bible.
---KarenD on 3/23/12

\\KarenD, My postings are Biblical and Christian.
---Eloy on 3/23/12\\

Except when they are not, which is the case of most of yourm postings.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 3/23/12

KarenD// am shocked that Eloy attends an Assembly of God church.
Yes, but like many will NOT subject themselves to the discipline of that church. Eloy is developing his own peculiar brand of theology that is hard to defend from a traditional and Biblical standpoint.

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

And poor spiritually naked Eloy believes he is one of higher intelligence than those trained in Biblical studies.
---lee1538 on 3/23/12

KarenD, My postings are Biblical and Christian.
---Eloy on 3/23/12

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I don't think it is always the church's cause that a person leaves a church, sometimes it is the person's cause. They may be having too high of expectations from the church, or else they are unhappy at the church for whatever reason. So I think it is not always that the church is being unChristlike, but sometimes it is because the individual whom leaves the church has personal issues that are not from the church.
---Eloy on 3/23/12

Cluny...You are right.

Eloy...Now I know where you are coming from with all your self-righteous posts.
---KarenD on 3/23/12

KarenD, I'm shocked too, I just started attending a few weeks ago. It is only that there are not many Apostolic churches in my area where I live, which Apostolic doctrine on the deity I prefer over the AOG's doctrine, therefore I attend the AOG. Hopefully they won't dis my Jesus Almighty, to where I leave.
---Eloy on 3/22/12

I read Jim Bakker's book 'I Was Wrong.' It would have been more honestly titled, 'I was sort of wrong but it wasn't all my fault.'
---Pat.pat on 3/23/12

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\\Jimmy Swaggart and Jim Baker have both repented of their sins and are preaching today.\\

But neither are preaching as ministers of the AOG.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 3/22/12

Family,my upmost respect to anyone here,regardless their church.Sadly,years AOG congration,No,they don't like alot of questions,yes!constantly,my Past often "joke for all"tried ignore,too much
pressure.Left years ago.ELENA
---ELENA on 3/22/12

Jimmy Swaggart and Jim Baker have both repented of their sins and are preaching today. It is sad that some of your posts are giving a wonderful denomination a bad name. I too have seen pastors who said stupid things. But, I found that if you just wait, that stupid pastor will go on to his just rewards. There are thousands of wonderful ministers who are living Godly lives in the Assemblies of God.
---KarenD on 3/22/12

I am shocked that Eloy attends an Assembly of God church.
---KarenD on 3/22/12

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NurseRobert //Remember, the AOG brought us Jimmy Swaggart and Jimmy Baker..

Its all very sad.
What do you believe is the cause of all these problems found in the AOG churches?

Is it because they emphasize religious experiences over learning of the Word of God?

The AOG people were largely responsible for leading me to Christ, however, I could never identify either with their religious services or their doctrinal viewpoints. They never seems to like people that ask too many questions.
---lee1538 on 3/22/12

NurseRobert, That is sad. The AOG has some good doctrine, but it's just that some of the pastors need to get saved. I currently go to an AOG, and some people there manifest the common sin of misjudging the congregation of the saints as sinners. People really need to stop listening the voices and misjudgments of the world, and instead start listening the voice of the Holy Scripture and what God says, "Call you not that which I myself has sanctified unclean and imperfect, says the Lord." I pray that the unsaved pastors get saved, then they will preach truth rather than NonChristlike things. We hear enough of antiChrist garbage in the world, so we don't need any of it in our holy sanctuaries also.
---Eloy on 3/22/12


have you denied yourself? meaning you have to divorce yourself from the world & just sit down & hopefully god will answer your prayers. i did my best to obey, be selfLESS even to the point of being treated like a doormat. be christ confident (???) don't rely on your own strength. but all of us HAVE TO WORK TO PROVIDE FOR ourselves. but that pastor is able to afford a house + a luxury car without a job but we are told to be contented with a $11.00/hr job bec. god will provide.
---mike on 3/22/12

Eloy, the sad part was when we were asked by one of the leaders in that church why we left, he told us "well, he always says things like that, we just ignore it."

As far as AOG churches.

After leaving the first a second one (an off shoot of the first) fell apart becuase of the pastors actions.

When we moved to TX, the first AOG split right down the middle, the old guard couldn't work with the pastor, the second on had a pastor who was a control freak and ran the church into the ground financially.

Remember, the AOG brought us Jimmy Swaggart and Jimmy Baker..

Its all very sad.
---NurseRobert on 3/22/12

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NurseRoberts, That's terrible! Such vile sin from a leader in a church. That blind pastor was comitting two evils. One, he presumes that all Israelite people are righteous: and two, instructing people in church to pray to God asking him to kill other people whom do not support Israel. Instead, he should be instructing people to pray asking God to lead all Israelites into becoming saved and born-again Christians.
---Eloy on 3/22/12

Darlene, I agree with you. These blind leaders are giving God and the AOG denomination a bad reputation. I wish that somehow the Spirit of God would totally baptize his entire earth, flooding all people and all places with his pervasive holiness of light and wisdom and love: and that his Spirit would totally dispell all darkness and destructive malevolence, which is so hurtful and damaging to all of us so much.
---Eloy on 3/22/12

Family,must say bro.WillieC.,read very carefully,over...excellant post!found it clear,inspiring,that's the way believe the Lord truly dealing with me,had my own issues with sm concerns,must say return humbled,my pastor & the flock have "really showed love"
---ELENA on 3/22/12

Not all Assembly of God Churches do what has been reported happened to people in a few of them. What you all have shared is about the man in charge,Pastor,not the denomination. Denomination has no monoply on ignorance,in all of them there are preachers/Pastors who overstep their position and do something not in the Bible but born out of their own prejudice and personal beliefs.
---Darlene_1 on 3/22/12

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I left a church once because a few tried to run the church. They treated the pastor very badly. I will never have a part in Messing a pastors life up.
---shira4368 on 3/22/12

\\lee1538, Your fruits are showing. "Wherefore by their fruits you all will know them."
---Eloy on 3/21/1\\

And we all know what kind of fruit YOUM bear, Eloy.

\\Cluny, I draw attention to Christ, and Christ commands you to get right and stop posting vanity.
---Eloy on 3/21/12\\

He told me to tell youm that He never told youm any such thing and that youm have been listening to an impostor.

He also told me to tell youm to repent before youm go into deeper delusion.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 3/22/12

//If an antiChrist posing as a Christian asks you, Have you ever lied? Say, I always tell the truth. ...

OTOH, if you get caught with your hand in the cookie jar, you can always do what the Lord would have you do and confess your sin.

1 John 1:9-10 IF we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. IF we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

Eloy Jesus is constantly speaking to you!

2Co 10:12 Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.
---lee1538 on 3/22/12

\\Back then I found protestants to be strange people.\\
---francis on 3/21/12

They still are. With strange doctrines
---James_L on 3/22/12

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My wife and I left one AOG church when the pastor stood up and said we "should pray God would kill anyone who doesn't support Isreal."
---NurseRobert on 3/21/12

Sag, A-men. When God converts a soul into holiness, then whom is the foolish sinner to malign the righteous child of God? If an antiChrist posing as a Christian asks you, Have you ever lied? Say, I always tell the truth. If they ask, Have you ever cheated? Say, I am always honest. If they ask, Have you ever stolen any thing? Say, I never steal. Then ask the accuser of the brothers, Would you like to become a Christian saint, and have Christ's Spirit and his holy life, like me? Who knows, you may get a chance to lead them in the sinner's prayer and witness them personally accepting Jesus and becoming born-again.
---Eloy on 3/21/12

Name people and places? Oh no! By now that information could be out-of-date, and they could have changed. There may be churches no longer there. People die.

For a while, the reason I left was because I was not being the example of love that I myself needed to be. And I could misunderstand people, because of how I was.

But now I understand Jesus has me go somewhere in order to love people, not just to get them to do and treat me the way I expect and demand and dictate. But humbly offer myself and be good (c:

We are here to love . . . not to just judge about how churches are wrong, but judge how God wants us to love and do good to each person, so they have our example so they can find out how to love > 1 Peter 5:3 (c:
---willie_c: on 3/22/12


Great posting on 03/21/12.

Both myself, and my Christian friends, had trouble with the Assemblies of God (AG). We were born into Mainline denominations:


On Sundays, and at Prayer Meetings, we were asked to REPENT of our Sinful backgrounds and upbringings. We didn't have any unconfessed sins to confess!

GOD is the one who chose our parents. We did NOT need to feel guilty that they were religious.

Seems like the AG keeps you in bondage about your family heritage.

I wonder how the AG, Teen Challenge, YWAM, etc. expect to win the world for Jesus Christ when they treat other people like sinners beyond hope.
---Sag on 3/21/12

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lee1538, Your fruits are showing. "Wherefore by their fruits you all will know them."
---Eloy on 3/21/12

//I draw attention to Christ, and Christ commands you to get right and stop posting vanity.
There are always those who think they have the spiritual credentials to speak for Christ but they really have nothing to offer.

The fact is they are so very steeped in their own sin to the point they really cannot see the speck in anothers eye for the log that is in theirs. Matthew 7:3f
---lee1538 on 3/21/12

\\Cluny, I draw attention to Christ, and Christ commands you to get right and stop posting vanity.
---Eloy on 3/21/12\\

Apparently youm are saying that Christ commands YOUM to post vanity all the time.

And I thought youm said you would never respond to my posts any more.

Just one more example of why we can trust NOTHING youm say.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 3/21/12

I left my last church because it was where I worshiped with my husband, and it was too painful to sit alone where I had been sitting with him.

When he and I were married, we left a church that was preaching that women should only wear skirts to church, and that only the KJV Bible would be used in that church.

We also left a church that was dying a slow painful death, which did not have a youth ministry. Our kids needed to learn outreach and to have opportunities to serve and worship. We took them to one that had a great youth ministry.

I now attend a great church, which has a food bank for the poor, participates in a local homeless ministry, and has great youth ministry.
---Trish on 3/21/12

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Cluny, I draw attention to Christ, and Christ commands you to get right and stop posting vanity.
---Eloy on 3/21/12

Hi, I left one church years ago because of blatant and sickening sexism, to be honest. Have found other good and godly churches since, including the one I now call home and am grateful beyond belief to be where I belong! :)
---Mary on 3/21/12

The reason that I left the last church was because of the leadership's failure to maintain the primacy of Scripture - PCUSA.
---lee1538 on 3/21/12

\\I left the church bec. of the HYPOCRISY I see.\\

mike, no matter how full of hypocrites the church is, there is ALWAYS room for one more.

I'm sure that anyone who has been with you for 15 minutes can point out to you how you fall short of what you profess.

**And another one the Pastor said I could give my personal testimony on Sunday, I was happy but he never called me up, and instead he called others in the congreagtion up to testify, after three weeks of this treatment I stopped going.**

How mean and unspiritual that pastor was not to allow youm to show off and draw attention to yourmself, Eloy.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 3/21/12

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Sag...How sad that you portray the Assemblies of God like that. About 75% of the members of the church we pastor were once Catholics. Only one family in our church was actually raised AG. By the way, Jimmy Swaggart repented of us his sins and is still preaching. You seem to blame everyone but yourself for not attending church.
---KarenD on 3/21/12

I think often a person leaves a church because he considers himself more righteous than the other church members, holding them to impossibly high standards.
---Pat.pat on 3/21/12

MIke, I'm really sorry to hear what happened to you. We must realize that there are a lot of wolves in sheeps clothing, sinners in churches disguising themself to be saints when they themself are still not born-again. It is a very hard life, and it is bad enough that we get maltreated by sinners that we must work with every day in the world, but then to also be maltreated by those in the church makes us think that there is no goodness nor any help from people to be found any where, not even in the churches.
---Eloy on 3/21/12

Sag, You are right. I do not think that it is the AG church as a whole that is prejudicial, but only some people in the AG denomination church that are still unsaved that are prejudicial. It is that immature elitist behavior that says, that you must be born and bred in our AG church in order for you to be acceptable 100% as an AG member. Holding people's passed sins against them, which passed sins have all been removed by God, is sin on the part of the accuser.
---Eloy on 3/21/12

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I grew up as a Roman catholc. Made first communion, went to church every sunday. Did everything that a young catholic should do. LOVED IT. Back then I found protestants to be strange people.

When I turned 14 I started reading the bible. Back in my Catholic days all mass was said from one of the four Gospels.

I was exposed to seventhday adventists at about age 15. After that I studied with a variety of christians, mainly baptist, non-denominationals and penticostal for 5 years, and in 1988 I was baptized as a seventh day adventist, because I found that SDA beliefs were based on the bible.
---francis on 3/21/12

I left the church bec. of the HYPOCRISY I see. a pastor told me S I N the middle of sin is I when I ask him about self confidence. it put me in bondage, destroyed my ability to choose. when I lost my job, it affected me in my job search. it destroyed a potential relationsip w/ a woman. pastors tell you to be contented with a small pay but they are making more than I make in a year. hypocrisy. it is ok for pastors to do their own thing then call it faith but accuse you of sin when you do yours. they accuse you of cafetria christian but they do it too. i don't see any faith but exploiting, manipulating the bible in the name of god.
---mike on 3/21/12

I left different churches for different reasons. One I praised the Lord saying, Hallelujah!, and an usher tapped me on the shoulder and put his forefinger up to his lips and sounded, "shhhhh, we don't do that in here." At another one, they spent over 45 minutes talking about money, paying the organist, the annual budget, cost for maintenance, et cetera. In another one an usher tapped me on the shoulder and said, Dude, could you move to a another seat." And another one the Pastor said I could give my personal testimony on Sunday, I was happy but he never called me up, and instead he called others in the congreagtion up to testify, after three weeks of this treatment I stopped going.
---Eloy on 3/21/12

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---tom2 on 3/21/12

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I left the Assemblies of God (AG) church because of their HATRED of Catholics. An "Evil" Jimmy Swaggart spirit lives within the AG. Spiritual Abuse at it's worst.

The RCC is another worldly religion. I told the AG that I had "Turned Away" from the RCC, received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, and wanted to be accepted as an AG member. Not a chance.

Liturgical church members are sinfully contaminated. Unless you were "Born into an AG family", or attend an AG college, you'll always be an UNCLEAN outcast. The AG denies this, but several other people have had the SAME experience as me.

100% contrary to what Jesus Christ taught. GOD wants ALL people to come back to HIM. Not just AG members!
---Sag on 3/20/12

are you looking for people who left one church and went to another, or people who have left church altogether?

Are you asking for real names of the people who left church, or real names of others who might have been involved peripherally?

I have concluded that there are three reasons for someone to be invovled with a congregation:
1) to feed others (spiritually)
2) to be fed
3) to worship God

If there are not at least two of the three present, one might look elsewhere. I have left a few churches because there weren't at least 2
---James_L on 3/20/12

Hi Stepehn
I dont know if this is the kind of thing youre looking for.
But I dont go to a church anymore, not because there not helpful.
And not because something I could call something bad happen.
For the most part I think churches are a good place to start your search.

But I also think, looking inside the four walls of a building.
Make people think you must be inside the four walls to be with God.
I guess I just decided to take the walls with me or leave the wall and take God with me.
Seems I can walk into anybody church in the world, and find God now!
Kind of more with me then the building, hope this help!
---TheSeg on 3/20/12

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