There are a couple of reasons, but here’s one. Point Eleven on their Statement of Faith aka membership contract…
11. With regards to submission to authority, we believe in the principle of being in authority because you are under authority. As such, it is understood that membership shall be subject to submission to authority in matters pertaining to church governance, doctrine and personal behaviour.
They’d claim authority over my personal behaviour?! I’m sorry, I thought the point of Jesus dying on the cross was to give each believer direct access to God? This really doesn’t correspond to my understanding of the Christian tradition… Every believer, in my understanding, should submit only to God, not to some authority figure, not to one another. The alarm bells are clamouring in my head. Yes, we walk a path through life together. We learn from one another. We listen to pastors preaching, lecturers lecturing, teachers teaching. We discuss things. We respect one another. We apply the golden rule. But we don’t Lord it over one another. Will that meme ever die, or do we need Jesus to come back so that we can kill him again?
I find inspiration everywhere. I can learn from Fred May, I can learn from Richard Dawkins, I can learn from philosophy, fiction, other religions, other myths, other cultures, the Bible, I can learn from Shofar. But no man will ever play God over me. That position is not available.
I, the undersigned, freely and voluntarily subscribe to the basic principles set out in this Statement of Faith and understand and consent to the fact that should I violate such principles, I may be required by the leadership to either accept their counsel and discipline or forfeit my membership.
No can do. It goes against my beliefs.