Why People Leave the Church (1)

Why People Leave the Church (1)

“The younger son…journeyed to a far country.” Lk 15:13 NKJV

The story of the Prodigal Son is especially applicable to backsliders. It speaks to those

who have been raised in church, know God’s Word, have felt His presence, understand

His claims, and once served Him. But like the Prodigal, they’ve “gone to the hogs.” Notice,

he’s not called the Prodigal Sinner but the Prodigal Son, because he still belongs in the

family. For the next few days let’s look at why people leave the church. First: Because the

blessings of Father’s house become commonplace. Notice, he didn’t appreciate what he

had until he lost it. Notice also, his father didn’t kick him out of the house, “[he] took his

journey into a far country” (KJV). He left of his own free will and came back the same way.

What’s the point? If God’s love can’t hold you, His power won’t force you! It’s your willing

obedience that God finds pleasure in, not conforming to a set of religious rules because you

are afraid of going to hell. Jesus told the story of a king who planned a wedding feast and

invited different guests. What a privilege. “But they made light of it and went their ways,

one to his own farm, another to his business” (Mt 22:5 NKJV). Are you too busy for God?

Have you gotten used to His blessings and decided you want something different? Be

warned, the road you are on leads to one place only: the hog pen. Stop, turn around,

repent and come home while you still can. No matter how badly you have failed, your

Father is waiting to take you back.

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