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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All of the abuses that are popularly attributed to the Church are perpetrated and endured even without churches, even christinaity religion. Thirdthough, and most importantly: If they’re disillusioned, it’s not with God, it’s with the way the Church asks them to do God. What the Bible says about the Kingdom of God Preaching the Cross to wounded people Post-natal depression in dads linked cchristianity emotional problems in teenage daughters More married couples putting off divorce for the churchlesx of their children.

People are sick and weak and easily mislead. What it seems to say, from the headlines so far, is that the idea that people leave the Church because they have lost their faith or are hostile to religion in general isn’t right.

God without church: Why churchless believers don’t do much for Christianity

Why churchless believers don’t do much for Churchleds. No, sick people are everywhere. 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. I read that a Protestant acquaintance of mine was writing some articles for a magazine called Plain Truth. They might be lost to the church, but they are not lost to the Church. 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.


There was a time, many years ago, when I imagined a structureless Christianity. The Invisible Churchto be published next month, claims the Christian community in the UK is much bigger than it seems. For most Christians it works very well. It’s through our combined weight that we can influence debate and help shape public opinion. True, many in the Church do not live up to its teaching.

That doesn’t come through private reading and thinking. However, sooner or later, you start to read the Bible a little more carefully. And then there are the abuses. Around two-thirds of those who stop attending church maintain a strong personal faith afterwards. However, the Church preserves something that churchless Christianity longs for and cannot find. There are more Christians out there than we know. Firstthe whole ‘churchless Christianity’ thing is a contradiction in terms.

It’s made up, in good part, of people who’d like to belong if they could only be persuaded the Church was worth belong to. They have the luxury of leaving the Church without leaving the faith because the Church has rooted the faith so deeply in them. All of this, and a few crackpots as well.

Plain Truth Ministries is an organization that promotes the teachings of Greg Albrect who propagates an sort of churchless Christianity. The Church preserves a tradition of holiness, a tradition of healing, a tradition of everyday growth through good times and bad.

I looked them up. Your email address will not be published. Someone’s private beliefs might be meaningful and precious to them, but they are still private. It comes through learning the discipline of prayer and worship through turning out Sunday by Sunday, often when we have other things to do.

And there are plenty of ‘Fresh Expressions’-type gatherings in small groups, not necessarily tied in to a denomination but lively and flourishing nonetheless.

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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. What were these bishops that Paul was establishing in every city?

Churchless Christianity? – Praying in the Rain

It’s not full of fhurchless. The Apostle Paul traveling around preaching and exercising dynamic spiritual gifts, starting little home groups, and then blowing into the next town: They leave because it doesn’t work for them.

The Victorian prime minister Lord Melbourne, not a great churchgoer but a great wit, used to say: So, two cheers for the research. I could easily read my romantic view of things back into the New Testament: But what about their children? Now and Not Yet: New research by the Church of Scotland claims to show there are a good number of Lord Melbournes about today.

Christiaanity answer is not, though, to lose confidence in the Church and imagine it has to be entirely reinvented. I knew nothing of history in those days. If the churchless Christians aren’t part of that, they might be shining brightly enough in their little corners, but they are not being lights to the world.

It’s an attractive and not unconvincing picture. Christianiy is done together or it is not really religion. Most Read Oscar Pistorius running Bible study group in prison, says father Syria’s Christians are begging Trump not to withdraw US troops The truth about Christians who sexually assault others Christians in the New Year’s Honours List More married couples putting off divorce for the sake of their children.

Religion that isn’t shared is more of a philosophy than a faith.