I am aware of the stages of faith. I read it and it was a huge light bulb moment for me.
I know most church people need church and I am not invalidating that, or saying their needs are wrong.
Yet, many will be quick to dismiss my decision to not attend church.
I am and I intend being a witness of my faith, without having to park my butt every Sunday morning on a pew.
I believe the Bible talks about church, because God knows how many need that – how many need constant reminders, they need herding like sheep. They need to belong and have their groups, like teenagers do. Mostly this is not about community, or being a witness, it is because most church goers, are either not Christians at all, or are at that stage 3 faith progression and will stay stuck and need church due to that.
Which is good and fine and they can do that, but it is all the more obvious what stage they are at, when they claim that all ‘Christians’ need church.
Not all witnesses and those journeying with Jesus, need church at all.
Some have a different path, to walk amongst non Christians. Be a witness to many, not within the confines of a church.
And, I have realised, this role is reserved for the very strong. The courageous. Those who do not ‘need’ herding, like a sheep.