What Is The Purpose of The Church?

I am knocking on all the church doors on the world wide web, I am tickling the brains of all Christians,…as a matter of fact, I am searching all over to find an answer to my question, what is the purpose of the church?

Now, don’t be too hasty with your answers, because I’m tired of the lies! I don’t want to hear that the purpose of the church is to worship God, to study his words, and to pray – those are lies. Neither do I want to hear that the purpose of the church is to help one another, and to love one another because these two are BIGGER lies!!!

Now, you are, or maybe wondering why I’m attacking the church, or you may even be thinking that I’m an atheist. But don’t get it twisted; just read my story.

My Sister and The Church

May 2017 my sister was hospitalized because she was diagnosed with a rear type of cancer that was moving rapidly. and she was given a few weeks to live.

Now, take a trip down memory lane with me to June 2014. I will not stay long.

I visited the United States in June 2014 and stayed with her for a while. I noticed that whenever she collected her wages the first thing she did was to take out her church money…what they call it? dues or tithes? and put it in a little brown envelope with a happy and pleased countenance.  Quietly, she would place it in the Bible while giving thanks to God, then waited eagerly for Sunday morning to deposit it at her church. Believe it or not, she did this every single week for the five months I was with her.

I asked her how long she has been paying tithes to the church, she replied,”long enough.”  I said: “stop paying it!” and she looked at me quizzically but I didn’t utter another word.

I assumed that she continued this routine up to the time she was hospitalized. My assumption was right because I found the book that she recorded all the money she gave to the church…and don’t ask; I’m in shock!!!!! But that is for her church and God to discuss.

Let’s return to May 2017, I will get straight to the point now!

So, there she was in the hospital for 2 1/2 months. Church sisters visited like crazy, praying for her recovery (now, I’m laughing as I remember how hard they prayed…this is for another post though).

Anyhow, the hospital got tired of my sister because they said that there was nothing more that they could do for her, so she was discharged. But listen to this: My sister had nowhere to go because where she lived had many stairs and due to her back surgery she became helpless and was unable to walk. She had no other immediate family in the United States apart from me, who was just visiting, to assist her.  So she was relying on the church to assist us. In fact, she was sure that they would be there for her, so she told me not to worry and I believed and trusted her.

Big mistake!! All the church sisters disappeared, except one! Pastor and his wife? They disappeared too!

I watched as tears rolled down my sister’s face and she looked at me with blood-shot eyes. Slowly shaking her head from left to right, she whispered gently to me, “Dehan, the church let me down.” I couldn’t cry in her presence, but her pain ripped through my body and I was torn apart!

My sister died in August 2017 and buried in October 2017.

I am still waiting on the church that she gave her hard earn cash to ask when is her funeral, or to buy her a wreath, or to send a bible verse, or a letter of condolence to her family, or simply, send some love. But the church is still silent!!!! So, I guess I will be waiting in vain.

Now, if you have just finished reading this, maybe you can explain to me the purpose of the church so that I can understand. Most of all, I need to know, what is the purpose of the tithe that churches are collecting, shouldn’t it be there to help a brother or a sister in need? I just don’t understand.

What about genuine love that 1st Corinthians 13, speaks about? Didn’t it says: “love never fails?”

Tell me, what is the purpose of the church?



7 thoughts on “What Is The Purpose of The Church?”

  1. I’m sorry for your pain and for your loss but I honestly can’t answer your question. I was brought up a practising Catholic but have, in the last two years, taken a step away from the church. I honestly believe that it’s more important to practice acts of love, kindness and compassion in our every day lives than worshipping in a building and then not following through.

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  2. Dear Dehan,

    Your words pierce through me like the cuts of a razor and I can feel your pain.

    “All the church sisters disappeared, except one! Pastor and his wife? They disappeared too!”

    I am lost for words. The issue of paying tithes to the church has been a serious discourse in recent times. It is a sensitive issue that I really don’t like to participate in since people are entitled to differing opinions. I personally don’t frequently attend church services like I used to and this is due to my personal convictions that one can pray and stay connected to God without the physical appearance in church. I know some people will condemn this act.

    According to Miriam’s words above, “It’s more important to practice acts of love, kindness and compassion in our everyday lives…! To me, being one’s brother’s keeper, showing sincere love to people portrays the true acts of godliness.

    Accept my deepest sympathy for the demise of your Sister. May God console and comfort you and your family for this loss. Sending you hugs. 🙂

    Peace and Love,

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  3. I am so sorry to hear this. I think most people have forgotten the true essence of Christianity. It pains my heart to see that a lot of christians are rather insensitive and selfish. We claim that Christianity is the better religion and hope to get every one converted, yet our lifestyles leave very little to be desired.

    When there’s an upcoming church project, there’s a call for fundraising. Yet when a brother or sister needs help, the church calls for prayer. Not to say prayers are not important, but even the bible says Faith without works is dead!!

    James 1:27 says “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” No amount of church-going or prayer will make up for the lack of sympathy towards brethren in distress. The church has failed and seriously needs to re-evaluate its motives!

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