Can a church service do more harm than good?

Paul told the Corinthian Christians, “Your meetings do more harm than good.’ (1 Corinthians 11:17.) When does a church service do more harm than good? Perhaps . . .

1) When it makes people think they are saved and right with God when they really aren’t.
2) When it rarely calls for deep repentance and instead makes people feel like it’s okay to hold on to their favorite sins.
3) When it quenches the Holy Spirit.
4) When it embraces the values and attitudes of worldly, carnal culture.
5) When it influences people to look to a pastor more than they do to Jesus.
6) When it treats believers as mere cogs in a religious machine and gives them no voice in the meeting.
7) When it is a “form of godliness but denying the power thereof.”
8) When it encourages people feel proud instead of humble.

Can you think of more?

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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