People who despise the Church will use any occasion they can to besmirch the Church as a means to justify their disdain of it. Whenever you hear someone denigrating the Church – the Body of Christ – ask yourself when the last time you saw them in it was. In no time at all you’ll discover that it has indeed been a very long time, and probably never.
They hate the Church because it is a constant visible reminder that they are living outside of the will of God. Recall the words of Jesus-
18 “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 “Remember the word that I said to you,`A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. 21 “But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me. 22 “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 “He who hates Me hates My Father also. 24 “If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father. 25 “But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law,`They hated Me without a cause.’ (Joh 15:18-25 NKJ).
It was true in the First Century and it remains true now.