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Unread 22nd December 2012, 09:34 PM
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Loyalty To Your Church vs. Loyalty to God

Question. Does loyalty to God directly relate to loyalty to your church? The reason why I ask is because my church has a way of making you feel like your being disloyal to God if you don't attend their church every week. My family is mult-idenominational and does not attend only one church every week. We split our Sundays between two different churches. I do not feel like I am being disloyal at all to God, but many of the members of my church have started ignoring me and making me feel unwelcome and uncomfortable because I do this.
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Unread 22nd December 2012, 10:35 PM
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Question. Does loyalty to God directly relate to loyalty to your church? The reason why I ask is because my church has a way of making you feel like your being disloyal to God if you don't attend their church every week. My family is mult-idenominational and does not attend only one church every week. We split our Sundays between two different churches. I do not feel like I am being disloyal at all to God, but many of the members of my church have started ignoring me and making me feel unwelcome and uncomfortable because I do this.
If indeed the one church is trying to make you feel guilty this way, this is wrong. Church attendance isn't something God figures in when he says this or that person is loyal or not. Loyalty to God is doing the work Jesus Christ assigned us to do: believe in the only name given under heaven, Jesus Christ, for your salvation. Put your faith and trust in him for forgiveness and justification of your souls, and be sanctified by God's Holy Spirit.

But church attendance is something the Pharisees would have nit-picked on. It's not good to totally forsake the assembly of getting together in a church. But it's not as important as believing on Jesus Christ in general.
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Unread 23rd December 2012, 08:06 AM
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Thank you. This is how I feel as well. We actually attend every week just not the same church every week. We divide our time between two different churches. One church is fine with it the other is not. We are a multi-denominational family with one spouse who was raised Penacostal/Assembly of God and the other which is Presbyterian. Since these two denominations have a very different approach and style to worship we felt it was best to split our time between both churches and give everyone a chance to experience what they enjoy about worshiping. Several people at my church however seem to take issue with it and say that both myself and my family need to be loyal to them. My son is a musician as well and performs many times there. This whole situation came to a head when they asked him to perform on Easter there and he had already committed to play at the other church. They made both him and myself feel really bad that he was playing somewhere else instead of there. Since that time it has gotten progressively worse and they have gone from a stance of asking to demanding and becoming very nasty when they are politely told no. I was starting to wonder if maybe I was missing something in my understanding of the scriptures and in my relationship with God. Nowhere have I seen that you must attend the same church every week (or time you worship) and I have never felt God place it upon my heart that what I was doing was wrong.
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I think it is good to explore around to the church groups one thinks are good and true to God; however, when one is ready to join and become a member to participate, they need to be loyal and accept the doctrines and practices there ---otherwise: why join?
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Originally Posted by melannewis View Post
Question. Does loyalty to God directly relate to loyalty to your church? The reason why I ask is because my church has a way of making you feel like your being disloyal to God if you don't attend their church every week.
Let's face it - fallen humanity wants to dominate and control; this is the source of virtually all our troubles, and it began in Genesis 3 while being outlined throughout the Old Testament accounts and martyrdom of Christ and the apostles. If someone is secure and entirely confident in their beliefs and practices, why must they try manipulate another? Just do a character study in the gospel accounts of Christ's inquisition - His accusers (Jews) were threatened by His spiritual sway over the people, and the Romans hated His potential political threat.

In other words, if church leaders really understood themselves the keys to lead victorious spiritual lives in God while communicating to their "flock" the same tools , thus enabling the congregations to think for themselves (thus turn around and question the church authority), why on earth would they threatened by your absence?

Ask yourself, who would would you rather serve - Holy, perfect God or fallen humanity who has limited understanding and tainted perception?
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It seems to me that your personal dilemma, a multi-denominational family, is something that your Presbyterian church is not prepared to address in a compassionate way. They need to do some growing, as this issue is becoming quite common with our cultural diversity and mobility. If they cannot present you with any compelling reason not to resolve the situation in the way you did, it may be time for you to search for another congregation. These situations are hard.
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I think this is an important issue to discuss even in a bigger sense. Thanks for bringing it up. I think it's so important to know the Bible well and to refer to that frequently when this issue comes up in my life. This issue is especially difficult if we've had unhealthy experiences with church in the past. We as humans err ...My point being that even the early church needed correction and whether or not we ourselves and our churches are 'on track' is something I think we continually need to question. I feel for you. I've experienced some of what you have described for various reasons and it's not right or fair.
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Originally Posted by melannewis View Post
Question. Does loyalty to God directly relate to loyalty to your church? The reason why I ask is because my church has a way of making you feel like your being disloyal to God if you don't attend their church every week. My family is mult-idenominational and does not attend only one church every week. We split our Sundays between two different churches. I do not feel like I am being disloyal at all to God, but many of the members of my church have started ignoring me and making me feel unwelcome and uncomfortable because I do this.
While I feel the way the church is treating you is wrong, I also feel that it is important that you commit yourself to one church. You can't effectively pray, fellowship, sit under teaching, and use your spiritual gifts at two congregations at the same time.

It all depends on what God wants. Has God led you to do this or was it your own decision? Ask God where He wants you and your family to go to church and how often and then do that.
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