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  • "I read more of Stealing Sheep at the gym, and I'm finding it interesting, but I'm worried about the way that he (so far) seems to think that it's never, ever OK to leave one local church for another. Still, I'm less than half done."

    While I don't agree with "never", I do think that people do take being a church member way to lightly. That is why you see a church on every corner in some places. People get offended over one thing and they leave. It doesn't matter how petty that thing was or even if it was biblically correct and they just didn't want to hear it. So they leave for a church to isn't so "meddling". My church split because the pastor died and a divorced man wanted to be the new pastor. Well that isn't biblical. So instead of staying, he split the church and started his own knowing full well he wasn't biblically qualified. Unfortunately, that happens all the time.

    I can see leaving over dotrinal differences but little else should make one leave a church that they are a member of.

    • That's pretty much what I think. I think there are a few reasons that it makes sense. So far, the author seems to be implying that any departure from your "home church" is rending the flesh of Christ. I'll post more when I find out whether he gets around to exceptions, or makes it clear that he's not trying to assert this for every single case.