I learned growing up that you don't have to go to church to believe in god. You can praise, worship, and talk to god anywhere you are. Instead of going to church I like to sit down with my family and watch the church services on tv. It's all the same.
I am a Christian minister and I call those people, just people. Everyone worships god in their own way and if it is outdoors in god's majesty or at your own home, then that's ok. But it can be a lonely worship. We all yearn to belong. We all need to feel accepted into a group and to be supported in our lives. We need to feel loved and understood by others. The right church can fulfill those needs, but finding your needs met other places is ok too. God loves you, no matter what! : D
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Just like some of these people before me said. Just because you don't go to church doesn't mean you are any less a Christian. I don't even go to church that much, maybe every now and again but the important thing is that you believe in a higher power. Hope this helped.
I'd call that person thrifty. Organized religion is nothing more than a business and believe me behind the scenes it's run like one. They have a lot of employees and outlet malls ( churches) everywhere and they need your money to keep the cogs turning. Not a bad scam too. The product they are selling costs them nothing to make if it weren't for the fancy packaging that is. The bigger and fancier the box (church) the more likely it is to draw a crowd and then they got ya and your money and you leave with nothing tangible. You can't eat it, drink it or wear it. Yet for some reason you'll be back every Sunday to buy more....???? Bernie Madoff had nothing on the business men who started organized religion.
I suppose there are a number of things that a person like that could be called based on what God says about it. John 4: 23,24 ". . . true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.". I guess that He would say that you have to worship Him how He wants, not just everybody doing whatever they want to do. Sometimes we are (the Church is) referred to as the bride of Christ - "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;" Eph 5:25. If Jesus gave His life for it, I don't see Him where He doesn't care if you don't go to Church. I don't think that it would be all the same to Him, if He was willing to go to the extreme of giving Himself for it. Separated Maybe a person not wanting to have anything to do with the Church would be like a woman not wanting to have anything to do with her husband (maybe that person has "fallen out of love" - cf. Rev 2:4) or maybe she has separated herself from Him because she no longer wants to be one with Him. Or maybe the separation is that the individual wants to separate herself/himself from the Church (that is, the body of Christ). Cf. Rom 12:4,5; I Cor 12:12-20, 27; Eph 1:22,23; 2:16; 3:6; 4:4,16; 5:23,30; Col 1:18; 3:15. If a finger separated itself from the rest of the body what would you call it? Detached? Maybe like the son of Luke 15 you could call a person temporarily away. As someone mentioned, if you are sick, or have to work, etc. you are not expected to go, but it's the just wanting to sleep in, or I just don't feel like going that I think we have to worry about (or the habitual missing as Hebrews 10:24,25 refers to (ESV) : "and let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.". Maybe a good check is "neglecting".