When I first got saved, I went to an AME church because that’s what my family did. I didn’t stay long (maybe six months) because I wanted the word and I was not getting it there. Even as a babe in Christ, I knew that I wasn’t growing and I so desperately wanted to. I didn’t (and still don’t) understand why it has to take so long for a person to come to the realization that it’s time for a change.
“There is a big difference in Christianity and 'Churchanity',” said Apostle AR Williams in his book, My Escape from the Trap of Tradition. “Most of us have only known church and not Christ.” I think that may be the most profound statement in the book and the biggest problem in the body of Christ. Most Christians don’t want to serve Jesus, but instead they want traditions and all the trappings that come along with it. They want to be able to say that they went to church and believe in God to deflect condemnation (from themselves) or perceived judgment from others, but God knows. I think some people who go to church really don’t care about their salvation. I don’t even think that they care about having a relationship with Jesus. And that’s sad and scary.
I also think that some people see church as a social club. It’s not about God, it’s about them and their fellowship with man. It’s okay to spend time with fellow Christians, but something's not right when you go to God's house and ignore Him. It’s bad enough to not even think about Him when away from Him, but then when you’re in His presence, and ignoring Him, now that’s a slap in the face.
People need to take a step back and really check themselves. Here are some scriptures to read; Mark 7:6-9, Colossians, 2:8.