|Every church claims to be "the right one", and I don't trust any of them!
That's not a bad approach, actually.
You absolutely should NOT trust a church simply because they claim to be "the right one" or "the true one." If you've read through any of my other articles, you may have noticed that the only truth I have encouraged you to trust is the truth found in the Bible, and the only person I've encouraged you to trust is Jesus Christ.
Among the myriad of available churches, there are many that get absorbed in "religious" or "social" activity, yet completely miss the whole reason for their existence. Some of these churches get obsessed with a certain leader, or a deviant interpretation of scripture (see my article on Bible interpretation), and ultimately become cultish. Others emphasize "tolerance" and "inclusiveness" to the point where they become nothing more than a friendly place to gather on Sunday mornings.
You might now wonder,
"How can I ever find the right church?"
First, I need to tell you that you will not find a perfect church anywhere. Even the most spiritually healthy churches have some problem areas and some problem people (as in "weird, arrogant hypocrites"!). The reason that all churches are imperfect is that they are made up of imperfect people; it's as simple as that.
Still, it is true that good, spiritually healthy churches do exist; they can, however, be a challenge to find. If you are really interested in finding one, here are some important questions to answer as you investigate different churches:
I guess these aren't the only areas to consider, but they're probably some of the most crucial ones. Even good churches will differ from one another in more minor areas such as baptismal practices, whether or not "tongues" is for today, musical issues, etc.
Here's a little (unoriginal) statement to keep in mind as you search for a good church:
Don't let any church distract you with their own unique agendas; keep coming back to the basics!