The chart below lists 26 actual reasons people give for why they are part of the particular church with which they attend. No doubt, there are many more that could be listed.  What would be the reason we would give to someone who asked us?  1 Peter 3:15 directs us to always be ready to give an answer for the hope within us to anyone who would ask.  And he prefaced that with the admonition to first sanctify Christ as Lord in our hearts.

Jesus built but one church, died to purchase that church, and is head over that church (Matt. 16:18; Acts 20:28; Col. 1:18).  We also are told that the church is the repository of the saved, placed there by God (Acts 2:47).  It is through His church that the manifold wisdom of God is revealed (Eph. 3:10).

26 Wrong Reasons to Attend with a Specific Local Church

1. They teach pre-marital sex or homosexuality is OK

2. Ethnic, language or race similarities

3. You really like the preacher: dynamic or handsome

4. Church building is large & beautiful

5. Support groups & exercise classes

6. It’s where your parents attended

7. It’s the church you got married in

8. Midweek daycare for your children

9. They have a popular TV program

10. Building is geographically convenient

11. Craft classes & lady’s tea afternoons

12. Family social evenings & youth groups

13. Monetary & food gifts for members

14. They run a ‘Christian' school

15. You agree with their political views

16. Summer camping retreats offered

17. You are dating one of their members

18. Opportunity for business contacts

19. Musical programs and dinner theaters

20. Bingo, raffles and bazaars

21. The people are friendly and loving

22. The church needs me

23. Important or influential people attend

24. The services are exciting

25. Large (or small) number of members who attend

26. Only members get to use the Auditorium for weddings

The church is the body of Christ (Col. 1:18), and the saved are individually members of His body (1 Cor. 12:27).  While any of these 26 reasons may seem valid and alluring, none of them is the reason for choosing a church with which to work and worship. You will notice one similar aspect to all of these erroneous reasons:  SELF.

It is not supposed to be about us, although many people want it to be.  We aren’t given the liberty by God to seek a church of our choice.  It is about Jesus Christ, the Lord, the head, the owner.  Sadly, it is easy to find groups who use devices and doctrines like these to attract members.  Until we put Christ and His commands above everything else (including our own ideas and desires), we will likely never find His church.

“…to God be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever, Amen.” (Eph. 3:21).