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I pray regularly and try to live a christian life. Are we doing enough for God and Jesus? I don't trust churches because of their corruption.

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Thank you for your spiritual enquiry. It is encouraging to read that you pray and live a 'Christian life', seeking to please God and Jesus. Your question regarding the Church is part of a wider issue – how we please God! The right answer to this question provides the framework for thinking about and being involved in the Church.

In the Bible we are told that faith and faith alone in the work of Jesus Christ is enough to satisfy God that we are right in his sight. If we are relying on how good we are, how much we reject the devil, on our prayers and Bible reading, then we have missed the key point that apart from Jesus no person ever has lived a life that can please God. Isaiah 64:6 makes the point that even our best actions are unclean before God, and Paul in the letter to the Ephesian church points out that salvation is by Grace, the gift of God’s unmerited mercy, rather than by our actions (Ephesians 2:8-9). It is only if our trust is in Christ’s death for our sin and his resurrection for our new life that we are made right with God.

The Bible is also full of instructions to God's people as a gathered community. In the Old Testament we find the Ten Commandments and in the New Testament Jesus and His leaders expand and develop the original commandments.

It is true, as you have said, that many ‘religions and churches’ are full of corruption. This is because they are full of sinful people like you and me. We may want to follow God with everything we have, but we are not perfect and therefore the Church is not perfect.

If you are not willing to be a part of the Church you are actually missing one of the major themes of the Bible and one of the main reasons that Jesus came to die for His people. The Church is meant to be the gathering of God's saved people. They are meant to be a witness to the rest of the world of how great God is and how amazing life under his rule can be.

The Church is described as the bride of Christ. How can you say you believe in Jesus but not in His bride? This would be like me saying to you – I like hanging around with you, but your wife is corrupt and I do not want anything to do with her. The amazing thing is that we are the corrupt wife and Jesus still loves us! So we are to love each other and encourage one another. (Revelation 19:7-9, Ephesians 5:32)

The Church is also described as the body of Christ. How can you be a part of the head (Christ) but not the body?

For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. (Romans 12:4-5)

The Church is also described as the people of God, the family of God, the Children of God. You cannot be loving to one part of the family while ignoring the rest.

Choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. (Hebrews 11:25)

"Brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to us has been sent the message of this salvation". (Acts 13:26)

The Church is also described as being a holy building or wall. Jesus is the cornerstone and the rest of the people are built around him. If you are one of the blocks, you need the other blocks to support and strengthen you, and keep you stable. (1 Peter 2:4-10)

Jesus also promised to give spiritual gifts to the Church to help encourage each other and build each other up. If you are in Christ and have a spiritual gift then you need to use that to Glorify God and build up his church.

You have rightly identified a problem in the Church; many parts of it are corrupt. But God would say to you through the Bible: instead of standing back and ignoring the problem, He wants you to be involved and be part of the solution.

There are many direct commands in the Bible about meeting with each other, loving each other etc:

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24-25)

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honour. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. (Romans 12:10-16)

Nearly half of the New Testament is compiled of letters from God's people to groups of Churches.

In summary, Jesus died to purchase a people. Christianity is not for individuals. It is meant that God's people walk with God's people and love one another. We are also meant to tell others about God and invite them to know Him through Christ and be part of God's people.

Heaven is going to be packed full of God's people. We are not to live a solitary life now, but try to show heaven on earth. I do not believe you are doing the right thing by refusing to get involved in a local Church. These reasons above are just scratching the surface. There are many other things that could be discussed, but they can come out when you start to participate in a local church! Therefore I encourage you to find a Bible preaching local Church that you can enjoy going along to. Do not go to an openly corrupt Church, but one that loves God and His people.

I hope this answer helps you to find peace with God through Jesus Christ. If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site: Watch the video

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*All Scripture references are taken From The English Standard Version of the Holy Bible unless stated otherwise

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