On going to church

Patrons of Mike’s Place know that I rarely post external links; I figure you wandered in here to read my stuff not somebody’s else’s!    However, an article appeared in the Jacksonville Sun that is too good not to share.  It’s entitled Being a Christian cannot be separated from being in church.  Here is a snippet:

The God of the Bible and Jesus Christ are a package deal. You get one, you get the other, and what’s expected by God — and even expedient — is clear in Scripture, to “not forsake the assembling of yourselves …” (Heb. 10:25).

If you choose to ignore this, you will not grow spiritually, neither will you develop the desire to help others do likewise.

This is a real bugaboo for me; “Christians” who say they don’t need to be in church on a regular basis or, even worse, those “stealth Christians” who “have church at home.”  Don’t even get me started on that one, my eyes bug out and steam comes out my ears.  While the church is not a mechanism of salvation, not going to church is being in willful disobedience to the revealed will of God.  If you think you are a Christian yet skip church, that puts you in a very precarious position, at least if you believe the Bible.  Of course, if you don’t go to church, then you probably don’t know what the Bible says, anyway.  Still, ignorance is not bliss when it comes to God’s will:

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.  (1 John 1:7)

We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.  (1 John 2:3-6)

If you run around claiming you are a Christian, then prove it!  Get off the dime and do what Christ has told you to do in His Word:  get your backside in church on Sunday!

What a great witness to your neighbors!

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