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...stantiated, suffocating boredom in church programs and worship service, feelings of being marginalized when there were struggles with doubt or with life patterns that formed from issues of the past. This idea puts to rest that most people leave the church because of conflict, but in fact, most abandoned the church because they drifted away and no one noticed. The fact must be understood that the majority of the people who leave the church are not rejecting Christ; rather they reject the institutional church, finding it irrelevant and unhelpful. People trust the church, but are then hurt by the church when they are pulled into believing that the church will live by the rules it teaches and preaches. Unfortunately, there are some churches that preach grace and forgiveness but deliver law and guilt. When trust is broken, the relationship has the potential to die.
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