Question: Why is church attendance important?
Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 1 Cor 3:16
The Church, because of the infinite Sprit of God at work, is the body of believers in Christ that transcends time and space. This explains why believers may be intrinsically edified by the historical contents of Scripture alone corporately and individually, that is, as the Redeemed of the Lord and yet personally as a beloved child of God purchased by Christ Himself. We are therefore just as edified by His indwelling be it in the privacy of our study at home, in small groups, in isolated prison cells as well as teeming mega churches.
There’s also the church online that may have more soul than a churchy institution. As a little-known prophet said some decades ago, “For the times, they are a-changin’ ” (Bob Dylan).
But where mere ‘churchianity’ feigns for biblical doctrines, there lies the marks of a different gospel, a different spirit and another gospel (Acts 20:27; Gal 1; 2 Cor 11:3-18). Church may then be better off with two or three gathered in His name to worship Him in spirit and in truth sans an adulterated Gospel. ‘Why is church attendance important?’ then if it be but the antithesis of the Gospel, that is, to draw the gullible to feed on the fallacies of the post-modern church viz. The Emergent Church, the New Age Church, the WOF Church, etc.
27 May 2014
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