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Why Do Nigerians Change Church So Often?

Av been a Roman Catholic since i was born, av seen the good and bad side of being a Roman Catholic, av also seen some of the evils propagated by the Catholic church (Sex Scandals etc) and Catholics alike. But besides all this negative vices, being a Catholic has been one of the best things that has happened 2 me.

Why am saying all these is because in Nigerian the rate people change church is very alarming. And some of their reasons are very silly ranging 4rm excuses like.

1. They av seen the light in their new church.

2. The church members are not well dressed.

3. The Church doesn't read the bible or doesn't interpret the bible very well.

4. Some say they don't like orthodox church, rather they like new generation churchs.

5. Some even give lousy excuses like their pastors speak local languages, that they prefer American type preaching pastors (like Pastor Chris, Chris Oyakilome etc.)

6. Some say their previous church n the pastors are sinful n corrupt.

Infact the list of excuses is endless.

My Question is this, even though these excuses are correct or geniune, is it a enough reason 2 change 4rm one church 2 another on a regular basis. I think the best decision is 2 try n make a positive impact in ur church, try 2 convince them that they can do better n not leaving dem 4 lousy reasons n excuses. Because i know guys who av changed churches on more than ten occasion.

Am open 2 contributions pls.

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a broda of mine has to change his church just because his new apartment is owned by a church and one of the conditions he was given was that he has to attend their church.

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Well all have been said but what i see in these is that first do they (the church changers) go to church always? And do they go to church just for going sake, miracles, fashion? No matter your church, one mus be determined, focus, and of vision. Ask yourself why am i going to church? what do i intend to achieve from going to church? is it the pastors miracle or that of God. Though God perform miracles through a "living soul" i.e. someone who has a "golden heart".

People are in search of truth but i don't think that should be to the extent of changing church but it all depends on individual thinking.

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Cos most poeple are CONFUSED.

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I have just changed my church few months ago and the reasons are:

1. I don't really enjoy the sermons, I always feel empty after leaving the church and I don't believe this is good for my spritual growth. Some ppl will say why not try to improve the church? the truth is that we have different categories of faith for someone who is looking forward to be spritually uplifted and encouraged there;s no luxury of time.

2. the service is always toooooo long, abysmally poor time management.

there are are other reasons but the above are the real reasons.

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People move around and go around for truth and they do not want to be truthful.

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I was born in d anglican church n i remember years back,my anglican priest was always criticising speaking in tongues and he neva believd in miracles.at dat age,i knew he was wrong because i had come across a passage dat says 'these signs shall follow them dat believ,, '.i didn't need anybody to tell me i needed a place where i could grow spiritually.

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Nigerians change church often because they are looking for what is not lost!

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Duh!

Cause they want quick miracle, they don't want to wait for the right time.

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@ poster, you mean if you see reverend fathers who are supposed to be good examples now sleeping with minors as we hear all over the world and in Benin recently, you will still stay with your catholic church?

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Nigerians are busy looking for the truth in church

let me tell u the truth

The country called nigeria is a failure

its worse of than it was 10 years ago

the average nigerian is confused ignorant and keeps waiting for god to come and build the country

70 % of its populations lives on 1 $ a day

our government are myopic intellectually daft beyond redemption and self centered

so the truth is changing churches to get miracles which would make u rich or prosperous is a waste of time

if we want to succedd in nigeria we got to change the mindset and start doing practical things rather than looking for God to do it for us cause it wont happen

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The funny thing is that most people have made their lives "ungovernable", so instead of tryn to be under someone, they believe they can get to God by being a GO of a new Church.

The money that comes in from "new fashion" way of preaching, The tithe, the fashion craze, all the "Sowing seeds" that comes in from members, all these are mostly why people set up these mushroom churches.

God has a lot 2 judge when He comes. Lol

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Truth is truth, ignorance is ignorance, poverty is a mentality.

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What is this painfull truth a few of yall are talking about

There is nothing like a painfull truth

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The bible said when we are suppose to be teaching others we are being taught

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because they are frustrated

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no offense but the term greater truth has little meaning. isn't the truth just the truth

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People change churches not just to search for d truth but,to search for d greater truth.We all know d basics of christianity

Come to think of it,are christians finally loosing it?God forbid.

Christianity is about Christ,we ought to be followers of Christ n not of any church or pastor cos wen u discover certain atrocities which some of them commit,ur faith will crash,it's happened to me before.after it happened i decided to become an ordinary member,go to church,worship n listen to d word .

these churches r after winning more members,forgetting d essence of christianity,which is about winning souls for d kingdom.

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John 8:32 Bible says, you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

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If your church cannot change you change your church

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wat most Nigerians are looking for in a church are miracles. Very few go to church to hear God's word

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They always want miracles without workin

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I disagree with ppl that said that the truth can not be found in church.A church is a place where you are supposed to find the truth,however it is a fact that this is lacking in some assembly but there are lots of churches teaching the truth.So if a church can not change your life positively then it is not bad if you change the church.

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For many reasons.

some are;

Looking for a miracle

Admiration of a pastor

Not given a free hand to do as wished in one church

Mode of Dressing

Prayer pattern

Long or short hours of service

Looking for recognition

Running away from responsility

in search of a life partner

In search of fortune or connection or opportunities

To belong to the happening church

Lack of faith

Spiritual blindness

etc etc etc

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Really is not about bein focus, it is about connected in the Church, with that first class info come to you easy about the Church and of coause some divided too. Churches in Nigeria has move away from it original context to another context.

One sole reason had to do with the poverty and tradition in Nigeria. One thing that bother me most is the pastor lifestyle and i would sit in a church something is wrong and i say for the sake of God i wil not look at what do pastor is doing,i would just mind my own business, it is poo.

Instead of changing from one Church to another y don't you stop the church thing and read your bible from home and every other day go pay your offering and tithe cos every other church is just the same as the other.

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You ain't far from the truth.

I think the purpose of churching has almost been thwarted as a result of the funny doctrines in vogue. I'm not surprised because Apostle Paul predicted it in 2 Timothy 4:3 - 4.

As a born again christian, I'll advise you attend churches where the painful truth is still being preached. Living a born again life is not bread and butter.

Although born into the anglican family and will still continue to be identified as one, I still attend some other churches where the painful truth is being preached.It is better to keep hearing the painful truth everytime you go to church than going to the one where you get the so-called 'freedom' which will someday leave you with reprobate mind.

Please, just read 2 tim. 4.

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Conclusively,it all boils down to delusion.

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People move from one church to another cos they want to be told what they want to hear,

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this is quite a complex issue.

i must say that it is very true that we should try and make changes instead of just changing churches (cuz leavin people in the wrong isn't very Christ like).

I just think it is the case where people should check their hearts and judge the reason against the Word of who they believe in (God), because for example, leavin a Church because of the pastor's accent is very pathetic, smh. When peeps go to Church, they should have some knowledge of the Bible in order to truly no whether the pastor is saying the right stuff, or just talking rubbish by mixing tradition with God's word, being judgmental, etc.

I recently 'left' the church i used to attend. Although the preachin was nice and convicting (which can be another reason why people leave churches because they want to continue living an opposite lifestyle), i had a problem with some people there as i felt there was no love in the Church and quite a lot of fakeness. I definitely tried to not conform to that because i was like ah ahn, this is meant to be the house of God now, so I made sure i tried to love people regardless, but i left when i got invited to another Church that was the opposite, lo, thank God.  me

should always have in mind that nothing is perfect and should be prepared to face crazy stuff in life, and use the authority God gave us to make changes, and spread the word some way some how.

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you've said it all.

my concern is this, why can't a pastor serve under another pastor? they are always buzy giving birth to baby churches with funny names and marketing for members to fill in the empty plastic seats. giving rise to many muchroom churches.

In my street, out of nineteen (19) houses, twelve (12) are churches no wonder they named the street church street.

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lol!!!!!!!!people say this   lol

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I concur with the above. another major reason why people change church is when they  do wrong and would rather move away than serve out disciplinary measures imposed on them

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I rather have another opinion why people keep moving from one church to another. Only few of them are actually searching for the truth, but funny enough they have the truth in their hand "The BIBLE". Bellow you will fine some points why people keep exiting and coming in to churches.

1. Looking for miracle

2. Wanna belong to the happening church (example: so many of this kind of people are CEC)

3. Not getting recognition ( they move to be recognise in the new church)

4. Looking for freedom of worship (Like deeperlife where you can not dance and sing praises to God as a happy fellow)

5. Too much of Taxation from the the pulpit ( this very point is the most irritating one of them all)

6. misunderstanding among brethren.

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Many people may change church for some of the wrong reasons you mentioned above, but most people change church in search of Truth.

However terribly terrible the situation has become, we still have few Truth-preaching Men of God that can never be corrupted by the wave of falsehood that has eaten deep into most denominations.

You don't have to judge anyone who keeps moving, "we're where we are because of what we know, & we will remain there because of what we don't know". When you study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that need not be put to shame, rightly dividing The Words of Truth - 2Tim.215, , you will know The Truth & that Truth will make you free.

You keep moving prayerfully (with discernment) until you find The Truth.

Cheers!

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The issue wit religious proliferation among nigerians is associable wit d african-nigerian problem, which is individuality complex. Ppl compare their day-to-day surgings wit d dictates of religious commitment,thereby misplacing their priorities wit d search for a 'common' truth dt doesn't exist. Hence,till ppl realise d reason for christian worship,which is living a life of fellow-living, they'l neva quit changin churches.

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I think people change churches in search for their own truths. Only problem is the church isn't where you find the truth- its a nonsensical white man propaganda. it was created to enslave you and take away the essence of logical thinking so they can manipulate their way into your pockets, The Catholic church were pioneers, the new generation pastors are stepping up the game.

Same poo, different toilet!

My opinion; return to the values of your forefathers and stop barking over imported religions, same boats that took away our brothers to slavery, brought in the king james bibles, I think that says it all, Now go to bed!

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