Central Baptist Church of Southington Connecticut


Back Door Revival

  • Jim Townsley
  • May 21, 2019

 We live in times where loyalty is sadly missing in every aspect of our society. That is true in our churches as well. It is difficult to get people to come to church and it is especially discouraging when they become disgruntled and leave. It is inevitable that every pastor will face the reality of people leaving the church at some time. Occasionally people leave for good reasons but most often they leave for the wrong reasons. The only good reasons people should leave a church is because they are called to the ministry or their job requires that they move. There are very few other legitimate reasons for members to leave a church unless the church changes its doctrine or becomes more liberal in its practice.

Why do people leave? Sometimes they feel the church is not friendly enough or they may have a misunderstanding with another member. Periodically members have been influenced with someone teaching differently than the pastor. In addition, there may be a Diotrephes that is seeking preeminence in the church. There are many other bad reasons for which people leave that can be underscored by saying they are not right with God and their carnality is leading them astray.

When members are troublemakers, sadly, it is better that they leave the church before they influence others. Hence, the phrase “back door revival.” A bad spirit can contaminate the entire church family and with their removal a good spirit can be restored. Church discipline is a biblical response to false teaching and sinful living and occasionally it is necessary. It is painful to undergo church discipline but in the end it will spare the church additional problems.

As a pastor matures he will learn to better deal with problem people. Sometimes people could be helped if only the pastor is mature and wise enough to know how to deal with them. But in some cases there is no helping a person no matter how wise the pastor. Some situations are simply irreparable. Every effort should be made to counsel people when they have problems and hopefully through prayer and kind instruction they will respond by turning to God.

The best way to minimize defecting members is to bring them to a point of spirituality. Some situation could be avoided if the members were more grounded and more spiritual. The more spiritual people become the less likely they are to leave. This of course is no easy task. It requires diligence in prayer, Bible teaching, Bible preaching and support from church members. The stronger people are in the Lord the more faithful and loving they will be. First Corinthians makes it clear that the problem in Corinth was carnality which caused division. And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? - - 1 Corinthians 3:1-3.

When the need exists for a strong reprimand it must be done with great humility using the Word of God.All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

— 2 Timothy 3:16-17. It is preferable to experience a revival of people getting right with God; however when there is no growth in people a back door revival is predictable.