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arnel November 7, 2014 at 11:01 am

Can I make a suggestion? Why not make a survey on “Excuses made by some preachers when they deliver a lame message in the pulpit.” I think it’s fair to understand why there are some people really hate attending church services and they don’t want to offend their pastor by saying that. I believe that’s one of the reason why they’re making excuses because people feel or discern that their pastors do not make preparations whenever he delivers his message.

erma June 21, 2016 at 2:54 pm

Unless you live somewhere , where there is only one church in town, this is really not a good excuse. If you don’t like the service, or the preaching, or if the sermons aren’t Bibically based or whatever you are looking for, try another church. If you don’t like any of them, perhaps it isn’t the Pastor’s message, but the person hearing the message.

DocReits November 7, 2014 at 7:59 pm

Hi Pastor Peach,

Thank you for the thought provoking message. You make many great points. The sentiment I gather from your message together with arnel’s comment is that folks aren’t “getting” what “they” want from church. One of my teenage son’s once made that same comment. “Dad, church doesn’t do anything for me”, was his exact statement. I told him that was not the church’s main purpose.

Pastor Peach, you speak in almost every one of your points of receiving spiritual well being from going to church, such as your analogies to exercising and eating right…but ALL of these things center, once again, on what folks are missing for “themselves” by not attending.

That is one of my main pet peeves with what I call “Big Box Ministries” such as Joel Osteens mega church. His main draw is in “building people up”, in his words. IOW, making them feel better about themselves and who they are. Do not misunderstand, it is great to love on people and build them up and a vital ministry of the church. It’s just that it is not the “main purpose” of attending church, IMO.

The number one reason we go to church is to worship God. My prayer of reminding myself who I am in relation to God every day starts, “You are God and I am not”. I am just as selfish as the next person. I fight it daily. So when I saw all of the things church can do for “Me” in your article my red beacon light went off…sorry.

Secondly, Church is for reminding me that I am a sinner saved by God’s Grace. The preaching of the Word is to draw me to continually recognize my sin and to encourage me to turn away from sin and towards Jesus. For without this we are damned forever with no hope. None!(John 14:6)

Attending church is not about “what church can do for me” which is the main reason, IMO, churches are vacant and becoming more so in America. I live in the most un-churched state in the nation(WA). Is it any coincidence that it is also one of the most ungodly? Fortunately after ardent searching I found, not a perfect church, but really close…;-)

Find a church where you can enter into worship, through prayer, praise, giving alms, fellowship, helps and the Word. If the main focus of the church is to bless you, keep looking. The main purpose of the church is to bless God. If you get something out of it, great…but, that is just a bonus.

Blessings,

DocReits

gmercier November 10, 2014 at 2:26 pm

so I struggle with going to church. I work with a man who calls himself a believer and even the non believers I work with have more morals and ethics than he does.

He would fit into the average evangelical church rather well, most wouldnt be able to tell what he actually is. The church isn’t full of hypocrites it is full of the enemy.

I realized along time ago it was what I could offer the church not the other way around. I am empathic to those believers who fall and get back up, like me, but the evil of this individual is like nothing I have ever seen.

In battle you usually can tell who your fighting, the guy with the different uniform. In church you can’t tell, so you never see it coming.

Kari June 20, 2016 at 4:33 pm

What about not liking the new pastor of my church I’ve gone to for 20 years and unable to find a different church that I like?

Jack Wellman June 20, 2016 at 4:59 pm

Why don’t you like the pastor Kari? What are your reasons?

Cheryl June 21, 2016 at 12:47 am

I Have stopped attending church as because as I got more into the Word I discovered that unbiblical doctrine is being preached which appeals to the flesh. Our Pastor says that as our spiritual father we need to submit to him and get line with the vision of the church. I cannot do this and walk within the will of God so I have stopped attending. I feel that this is a valid reason for me not to attend this church anymore and I am trusting God that I find an alternate place to fellowship.

Cheryl

Linda June 21, 2016 at 6:33 pm

I love my church but it is four miles away and I don’t have a car. There are people who would give me rides but I feel like a burden and after almost three years without a car I decided I had to change, and said “no more rides” . . . I detest taking rides from people! I have ridden my bicycle to church twice in the last month and both times had serious exhaustion problems on the way home. I’m over 60, I should add. Won’t Jesus love me just as much if I worship here at home? That said, I really do love Him and my church, and all the people in it. There’s a great advantage in going to church because it brings me so much joy.

Mike June 22, 2016 at 12:37 am

Hi Linda, I have this difficulty, I am baptist and the nearest baptist church is 12 miles away in another town. I am presently not driving either, my friend and I are members of our church, but it is a bus ride and a train ride and more often than not also a taxi ride, each way. It is very difficult to get there, we try to get there each week but it is not always possible.

Joshua November 20, 2016 at 7:20 am

Yea okay, so my start time at work varies a lot because I don’t sleep well, and when I did go in at 8.50 everyday, I was too tired to function to the required standard. I go to bed at normal times, so sometimes it can be a real problem. I have memory difficulties and I’m always distracted, most of my family just think I’m autistic or something. So, no some people do have genuine struggles it’s difficult not to get offended when people at church are not gracious.
I spent the last year getting depressed and angry with myself after missing church, but regret and self-hatred are not Godly motivators. Now I talk to God about my regret and I try not to get angry with myself.
I’m a 23 nearly 24 yo. male and I miss church more often than not.





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