Yes…. You Do


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Lately, it seems I have run across many people who believe regular church attendance is not necessary for their Christian walk. I have heard such statements from these people:  “It doesn’t take all that.” Or “I can still be a good Christian, even if I don’t go to church.” Or “I’m doing better than the people who are there all the time anyway, so why should I go?” This prevailing attitude reveals three things:

1 – A lack of understanding: people who feel this way do not understand the concept of what it means to be a collective body of believers. As believers in Christ, we are better positioned to thrive when we have the support of one another. (See Hebrews 10:24-25)

2 – Pride: it may be that such a person may feel they are “better than” those believers who attend church regularly. This is a deception of the enemy. God resists those who are proud. (See 1 Peter 5)

3 – Disobedience: the bible tells us not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, in other words, not to give up the practice of regular church attendance. (Again, see Hebrews 10:24-25)

I will close with a story I heard years ago:

“A pastor heard that one of his parishioners was going about announcing to one and all that he would no longer attend church services. This rebellious parishioner was advancing the familiar argument that he could communicate with God just as easily out in the fields with nature as his setting for worship. One winter evening, the pastor called on this reluctant member of his flock for a friendly visit. The two men sat before the fireplace making small talk, but studiously avoiding the issue of church attendance. After a while, the pastor took the tongs from the rack next to the fireplace and pulled a single coal from the fire. He placed the glowing ember on the hearth. As the two watched in silence, the coal quickly ceased burning and turned an ashen gray, while the other coals in the fire continued to burn brightly. The pastor’s silent message was not lost on the parishioner. After a long pause, he turned to the pastor and said “I’ll be back at services next Sunday.””

(In Community Is Strength. From The Sower’s Seeds, copyright 1990 by Brian Cavanaugh, T.O.R., p. 72. Paulist Press, Mahwah, NJ 07430.)

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