One of the biggest things holding people back from attempting the risky endeavor of changing the church to look more like Jesus is the fear of mistakes.
We believe (wrongly) that over 2000 years, through trial and error, the church has found the best way to be the church, and it is dangerous and possibly even sinful to deviate from the tradition handed down to us.
Let us be honest:
Trying Something New is Risky
Attempting new ways of doing things is dangerous, and may actually lead into mistakes, and possibly even sin.
This thought of possibly leading the church into sin so terrifies people that they attempt to change nothing, and stick instead with the tried and true methods of traditional Christianity.
But Not Trying Something New May be Sinful
The problem is that sticking with the tried and true methods of traditional Christianity may in fact be sinful!
While it is quite possible that the tried and true methods of traditional Christianity are exactly what Jesus wanted for the church 1900 years ago, or 1500 years ago, or 500 years ago, or even 50 years ago, what Jesus wants for the church may be very different today.
By sticking with the traditions of the past, we may be sinfully ignoring the new things that Jesus wants for today.