We distance ourselves from the faith to the extent it interferes with our passions.
College students who participate in fornication [sin], report declining interest in religion and religious services, according to a new study by Pennsylvania State University. [Duh!] Skipping church relieves the mental stress / discomfort [conviction] which comes from holding two conflicting thoughts in the mind at the same time [obedience vs. doing what we know is prohibited but feels good].
Søren Kierkegaard says it’s wrong to always assume objections to Christianity stem from doubt. They instead “spring from insubordination, the dislike of obedience. . . .” Willful immorality, in other words, undermines our faith. We, as Paul says, suppress the truth in unrighteousness.
Speaking in human terms, we might be able to ignore and endure some low level discomfort [conviction] for a while, but the more grating our behavior becomes the more we’re forced to mute the truth that says our behavior is wrong [hardening of the heart]. And in a Bible preaching church muting the truth, eventually requires absence from confrontation by the truth [John 17:17] – avoiding church, fellow Christians and Christian influences like Bible reading, prayer, music etc.
There are two options at this point. One can repent, reconcile and obey the truth. Or, change the truth so that is approves our passions instead of interfering with them – which is no truth at all.
You can repent or redefine. Your choice. Choose wisely [Proverbs 9:10].