The stories are without number, the pain of separation real, the hurt feelings that just won't go away, and the lingering questions that are unanswered. And the kicker is the boat load of guilt that some carry around daily because they no longer attend "church." It has been implanted in their brain that their place on any Sunday morning is in a "church" building, sitting quietly and obediently as they listen to their "preacher" speak to them what is supposedly the Gospel, but in nearly all cases it is "another gospel." Now, there is no place to go on Sunday morning, no one to listen to, no offering plate passed so that one's 'duty' can be fulfilled. There is no 'fellowship' with the brethren, never mind that what is called 'fellowship' centers around business, sports, politics, family, friends, etc. with little to no talk about the Lord Jesus. And to think that all this could have been avoided by simply keeping quiet, not questioning what is said and done in the "name of the Lord" in "His house." Some may say that it is their 'right' to speak or be silent, the option is open. But the Scriptures debunk this brainwashing that has been successfully implanted into every church goer. How can one "contend earnestly for the faith" in silence? Jude 3. How does one "expose the unfruitful works of darkness" with a closed mouth? Eph.5:11. It may be objected that "my life is a witness against their deeds." True, the life one lives is definitely a witness to something, but in this case it does not witness to the glory of God, but to the capitulation of an unsettled and weak heart to wickedness of other men. It is the duty of every believer to oppose evil.
The formerly slow encroachment of bad doctrine and ecumenical practices is not so slow any more. It has become an ever increasing torrent of lie upon lie and yet how many see what is going on in their own "church" and under their own nose? Do we sweep false teaching under the rug in the name of "unity" and misguided "love?" Yes! Too many do this and demand the same of others, especially "Pulpit Jackals" and their henchmen who demand loyalty to them and their decrees no matter how far gone they are. Is it proper to listen to, give money and time to, give allegiance to anyone (organizations included) that teaches false doctrine and it's ecumenical practices? [Any and all of these 'ecumenical practices' are nothing more than idol worship.] Good luck with trying to justify that on the Last Day standing before the Righteous Judge.
For all the evil that is perpetrated on God's people today, He not only remains faithful, but gracious as well. One of the tenants of false doctrine is that after God saves a person that man is left to "fend for himself" as God steps out of the picture and turns man loose to his own devises. What a big fat lie! These same people deny that the God they supposedly worship is sovereign, but has ceded His former sovereignty to the "free-will" of His creatures. Insanity! Although our Lord is kind to the 'just and the unjust' in supplying the necessities of life, He has a special type of "Kindness" reserved for the elect. It is the Kindness of searching out His elect like a shepherd who finds the hundredth sheep and brings him home. It is seen in the love of a father to a wayward, prodigal son who has come to his senses and returned home. It is seen in the forgiveness of our sins, the cleansing, the removal of guilt and shame. And perhaps most of all it is seen in the adoption as sons, the promise of eternity with Him and seeing His face. All this and more being done for every believer it is then unthinkable that He would neglect His children and leave them in the cesspool of idolatry and abominations that blaspheme His name.
Some may consider being "churchless" a stigma, a curse, a point of rebellion against God, but it is none of these things. On the contrary it is a great blessing on His elect to no longer be a part of a system that does nothing but undermine the truth of Scripture and does not glorify the Lord. 2 Cor. 6:11-18 spells it out clearly that believers are to have nothing whatsoever to do with idolaters and blasphemers and yet how many excuses do we find in today's "church" to do just that? During the trauma of the controversy were you not much in prayer? Did you resort to the Scriptures for answers and direction from the Lord on a more intense basis? Did not the Holy Spirit guide you and comfort you throughout the entire ordeal? Did He not teach you on many levels as you fought through the battle? When it was all over was the weight lifted, the joy of the Lord restored, and peace that passes understanding engulf your heart and mind? This is the Lord's doing, from beginning to end, from the first red flag to the exit out the door and the shaking of the dust off your feet.
There may be lingering affects due to the relentless efforts of the wicked one to cause further pain and emotional distress. The greatest temptation may be to find another "church" to join as the guilt of "neglect" is employed against you. You may question your stance or the way you went about the challenge to the false teaching and practices. But even this will drive you to your knees once again and to the Word for clarification and direction. There is no end to Kindness and the blessings of the Lord for His elect.
"Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you." Matt.5: 11 & 12.