Christianity without church/community?
From Scott McConnell with Lifeway Research (hat tip: Touchstone)...
McConnell's survey found that 86 percent believe they "can have a good relationship with God without being involved in church."
McConnell: "Unchurched people do not understand the connection between having a relationship with God and being with other believers in church. In the Christian faith, these are inseparable. Jesus’ last prayer before being arrested, as recorded in John 17, was that everyone who believes in Him would be unified and work together to let the world know that God loves them and sent Jesus. People on the outside see the church as candles, pews and flowers, rather than people living out their love for God by loving others. Such skepticism can only be overcome by churches and believers who demonstrate the unity and love for which Jesus prayed."Starting with a trinitarian God in community with "Himself" (vs. a unitarian God) to the simple observation that loving one's neighbor implies having a neighbor, Christianity is relational and communal at its core. Failure to understand this and to practice it leaves a sparse life and largely irrelevant faith.