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4 Times When It’s Good to Leave a Church

3. The church embraces a culture of entertainment over serious exposition of God’s word.

Some churches might be disappointed that their awesome music, incredible activities and trendy aesthetics are not that relevant to everyone. Some churches would rather lead by their hipness than by providing real answers to questions about God’s goodness in the face of suffering. We should leave a church that cannot embrace those who are suffering.

4. The church prizes affluence over the Calvary Road.

Some churches love orderliness. They value tidiness and a certain way to do everything. This is when the standards are set so high, and are so unbiblical, that a child with disability and his or her family are incapable of meeting them. This kind of church is more loyal to their way of doing things than to serving a family in need.

In these cases, it is a gift and protection from God that he drives us away from such places, and we should leave a church.

But with that said, sometimes churches can be perplexed or even frightened by the issue of disability. Some churches might not know what to do, even though they love God and his word. In instances like this, when the church is centered on the gospel, we can show our confidence in God by being patient, by trusting God to grow the church and work in the hearts of its leaders.

Yes, God is powerful enough to give us the grace to stand in such circumstances.

And then, in some circumstances, he is gracious enough to move us on.  

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John Knight is Director of Donor Partnerships at Desiring God. He is married to Dianne and together they parent their four children: Paul, Hannah, Daniel, and Johnny. Paul lives with multiple disabilities including blindness, autism, cognitive impairments and a seizure disorder. John blogs on issues of disability, the Bible, and the church at The Works of God.