Ephesians 4:14 Then we will no longer be little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching, by human cunning with cleverness in the techniques of deceit.
Some would say a person following Christ outside of the church system is a permanent victim of what is in the passage above. I counter with this:
Galatians 5:20, 1 Corinthians 1:13, 1 Corinthians 3:3, 1 Corinthians 11:19, 2 Corinthians 12:20 all speak of factions (divisions, strife) being in disobedience. Man has split the Body into conflicting camps, having some things right and many others wrong. So what are those outside of the system supposed to do? Just pick one and hope for the best?
Nay, there is a better way—seek the Father and trust that His Son and Spirit will lead you into all truth. How that will manifest will differ for each person. He may not have you ever attend church. He might have you attend a few or many churches over the years. He could ask you to leave church altogether. The whole point is to seek His will and not man’s. Who gets the glory and credit in that scenario?
As for me, He led me through a “pilgrimage of church and religion” via research and a scant church experience. This resulted in Christ guiding my steps towards the hidden good fruit (ideas, doctrines, practices, etc.) of each denomination, while leaving the bad stuff alone. I am not “tossed to and fro” but since man fractured the Ecclesia, the good stuff got scattered all over creation.
Trust nothing I or anyone else says. Do not trust another person’s or your interpretation of the Bible or Yah’s Will. Only seek and trust the supernatural Word and Will of the Father Creator. Yeshua is the only one who has earned the authority to say yea or nay to anything we present to Him.