I want to go to church but I am going to wait until I am a better person. I still battle drugs and alcohol. When I quit, I will go to church. I Don't Want To Be a Hypocrite! Do you know that God defines a hypocrite as someone who pretends to be better than he or she is? Not someone coming to church with a heavy burden and looking for Him. Matthew 6:5 says “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by man. I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room and close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
If you are worried about the judgement of man in a church, allow me to remind you of Matthew 7:1-3, “Do not judge , or you to will be judged. For in the same way you judge others you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of saw dust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” This tells us that at no time are we to pretend that we know any one persons walk with the Lord. Anything that keeps you from Him is a sin. We are as the Parable of the lost son, Luke 15:11-32. I will tell you that in Romans 3:23 “For all have fallen short of the glory of God”. Luke 19:10, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save the lost”. This doesn't mean to continue to sin willingly. Romans 6:1-23, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue to sin, that grace may abound?” ...... You can research the rest, but don't let man keep you from the Father. Go to God to build a relationship and He will deliver you to a place of peace. No it won't happen overnight and it takes work from you, too. Trust in Him and He will strengthen you.