"Why I Left the Institutional Church..."

Wow, you've got to read this article. Viola is brave to make some of these suggestions. If he's right, could that mean the end of Christendom?

by Frank Viola
Since the release of Pagan Christianity? (Tyndale, 2008), I’ve been asked numerous times, “What caused you to leave the institutional church?”

When I stepped out of the institutional church back in 1988, I thought I was only one of a handful of people who had taken that particular plunge. Today, one million Christians a year leave it, and the number is increasing.

As Reggie McNeal shockingly said, “A growing number of people are leaving the institutional church for a new reason. They are not leaving the church because they have lost their faith. They are leaving to preserve their faith.

If I had to nail it down to a list, there were essentially four things that led me out. In this piece, I’ll walk through each of them briefly...


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