As I am currently traveling in Africa, I am relying on other bloggers and writers to share their insights with you.
My friend at Life Beyond the Walls has written an excellent post that suggests legacy churches (institutional churches) are like a life-support machine: they are sometimes helpful but not if you stay plugged in too long.
A couple of quotes:
IC is like a life support system and those that have difficulties breathing probably need it. It’d be foolish to say that you do not need a life support machine when you are not able to breath without it. On the other hand, overstaying ones need for the life support system would be detrimental to anyone’s ability to function independently.
Without bashing any form of church, Patrick goes on to describe how our institutionalized way of viewing church often limits the fullness that we are meant to walk in. For example:
The concept of covering as taught in most institutional Christianity has largely contributed to the believers’ limitation in walking in their true standing as sons of God. We have boldness by Christ Jesus to call God, our Father:
And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Read Patrick's entire post here.