What are some reasons that explain the appeal of the independent Bible churches for many Americans?

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Over the years, the news media has promulgated story after story of morally corrupt preachers, ministers, and priests. The news about such deviant behavior and devious ways of exploiting congregations has caused a great deal of disillusionment with formalized religion. Therefore, there is, indeed, an appeal of independent Bible churches for Americans both disillusioned and disgruntled. For one thing, in such churches there is no other connection of that church with others; there is no higher authority directing the church; these churches are self-governing. According to independent Grace Bible Church in California,

Each one [independent church] is self-supported through the free-will offerings of its congregation (1 Corinthians 16.1, 2; 2 Corinthians 9.6-8). This encourages prayer, faith, spiritual growth and service among its members.

Such independent churches make the decisions within their congregation and pastor who will be invited to speak, what the church's name will be, where missionaries will be sent, etc. It has a very democratic organization, an organization without all the paperwork and other intrusive mandates and organizations. The essential items of Christianity are present. 

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thewanderlust878 | Student, College Freshman | (Level 3) Salutatorian

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Many people enjoy the thought of being able to attend an independent Bible church. Everyone is different, and this is especially true for religious individuals. Most people who go to independent Bible churches feel like they have been liberated from traditional church settings, because they have more freedom to practice their religion how they want to. Quite a few people do not like how traditional churches are set up, but still want to practice a religion, so alternates such as independent Bible churches provide people with a place to practice what they want how they want. 

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