Question: I’ve been saved for nearly ten years. I’ve gone through four different churches and visited many in between, among different denominations, and I can’t seem to find one that’s suitable. I’m not looking for the perfect church, just something that is biblically sound and where I feel welcome. I’ve noticed a number of pastors teaching false doctrines to the congregation. I could write volumes on how much false teaching I’ve heard. I can’t seem to find any kindred spirits. I’m becoming increasingly isolated and wondering why I’m unable to connect.
Response: Have you considered the implication of Hebrews:10:24-25? These verses are often used to motivate people toward regular church attendance, but the passage also implies that fellowship, even in the darkening times in which we live is still possible. The passage reads: “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is]; but exhorting [one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching [emphasis added].”
The Lord will never admonish us to do something that isn’t possible. The direct implication is that there will always be a remnant of people who gather to exhort one another. We need to learn from the example of Elijah, who, in 1 Kings 19, said twice, “I, only I am left.” When the Lord finally drew him out of the cave where he was hiding, He gave Elijah some tasks, and, in what seems like an afterthought, stated, “Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him (v. 18).”
There is always a remnant, though finding them may take time. If the denominational churches have compromised their official teachings, it would certainly be good to seek out independent Bible-based churches exempt from such actions that have impacted affiliated churches. Whether meeting in rented buildings, homes, community rooms, or other facilities, faithful saints still gather.
One of the principles by which the Lord operates is summarized in Isaiah:59:19: “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.”