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

Churchless Christianity? – Praying in the Rain

Certainly the abuses people experience in religious structures seem to suggest that Christ never intended such oppressing institutions to exist—at least not in His name.

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I could easily read my romantic view of things back into the New Testament: And it means, perhaps, that churches can be less defensive about the world outside their doors. The whole secularisation thing is vastly overblown.

If they’re disillusioned, it’s not with God, it’s with the way the Church asks them to do God. 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. Chhristianity research by the Church of Scotland claims to show there are a good number of Lord Melbournes about today.


Churchless Christianity?

However, sooner or later, you start to read the Bible a little more carefully. 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.

I read that a Protestant acquaintance of mine was writing some articles for a magazine called Plain Truth.

The Victorian prime minister Lord Melbourne, not a great churchgoer but a great wit, used to say: There are scandals everywhere you look—even in the Church. And yes, every now and then outright deceivers in the leadership of the Church are exposed. To enjoy our website, you’ll need to enable JavaScript in your web browser. All of the abuses that are popularly christkanity to the Church are perpetrated and endured even without churches, even without religion.

They have the luxury of leaving the Church without leaving the faith because the Church has rooted the faith so deeply in them.

Who will give them the spiritual grounding they had themselves? Religion is done together or it is not really religion. The Church preserves a tradition of holiness, cburchless tradition of healing, a tradition of everyday growth through good times and bad.


The answer is not, though, to lose confidence in the Church and imagine it has to be entirely reinvented.

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

Secondthe institution of the Church, expressed in the little local fellowships that make it up and in the councils, synods and assemblies where they come together, is what makes it visible and influential. It comes through learning the discipline of prayer and worship through turning out Sunday by Sunday, often when we have other things to do.

The evidence also shows that churches which are resistant to change and those which are dominated by a single group are more likely to decline. Plain Truth Ministries is an organization that promotes the teachings of Greg Albrect who propagates an sort of churchless Christianity.

Facebook Google Reddit Twitter. What it christlanity to say, from the headlines so far, christiabity that the idea that people leave the Church because they have lost their faith or are hostile to religion in general isn’t right.

It’s not full of enemies. I looked them up. It’s an attractive and not unconvincing picture. There was a time, many years ago, when I imagined a structureless Christianity. Why churchless believers don’t do much for Christianity.