IS CHURCH OPTIONAL?

Good day friends, how are you today? How was your weekend? The sun finally came out this morning and with it comes warmer weather.  Our weekend was a tad bit chilly, we were in the 60°s, all weekend long and that was our high temperature.  Yesterday was cloudy, wet and cold; very ‘fall’, if I do say so myself.  We had such a great summer, that I think I had forgotten that along with the absolute stunning beauty of the fall season, comes rain, clouds and much cooler temperatures.  ‘Much cooler’ is really an oxymoron in my neck of the woods; it either hot or cold, we rarely get the in-between temperatures.  As far as most of us are concerned, winter is here.  Fall does not usually stick around long enough for us to enjoy it. james 1 2That’s a good verse, isn’t it?  Sometimes as Christians, we believe God makes suggestions instead of commands.  We pick and choose which ‘suggestion’ we are going to heed to, today.  Some of us may even believe that God’s Word is negotiable. That there are no consequences to disobedience and sadly a few of us have even began to encourage the disobedience of others.  Matthew 18:6 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.  God’s Word is not negotiable, neither does He make suggestions.  Why should He? He is GODIs 46 9He knows all things because He created all things.  Nothing today and in the future in unknown to Him; He knows it all!  With that knowledge also comes active participation in everything.  Creation responds to God’s nudging and everything and everyone fall into His plans for their lives.  God isn’t in heaven twiddling His thumbs, He isn’t dependent on us, and rather it’s the other way around.  No one is perfect, my friend, NO NOT ONE! Christ gave His life for us; He took on the consequences of our sins, in our place. He brought us new life and His command is: Matt 5 48 That’s the standard, ladies and gentlemen.  When we fail, there is grace.  rom 5 20Lately along with the ‘fashion’ trends, we find the ‘church is unnecessary’ trend.  Did God suggest attending church? Perhaps He said you’ve been hurt too many times, you, just you, are exempted? There really is just one reason church should not be an option.  But I’ll give you five: if you have any doubts, read the scriptures attached. heb 10 25

  1. Because God commanded it… Hebrews 10:24,25; Acts 2:42; Romans 10:17
  2. To build up others and to be built up… Ephesians 4:11-13; I Thessalonians 5:11; I Corinthians 12:12,27; Hebrews 13:17
  3. To exercise spiritual gifts… Colossians 3:16; Ephesians 4:11,12; Romans 12:4-8
  4. To grow spiritually… Ephesians 5:15,16; I Peter 2:5; II Timothy 3:16,17
  5. To be an example…Ephesians 4:2; Ephesians 4:12; Ephesians 4:15

No, church cannot save us but neither does reading the Bible, being kind to one another, being submissive to one’s husband.  Is God’s Word negotiable? Yes, I’m so sure that anyone who has attended church, for any length of time, has been hurt by other members of that church, on more than one occasion.  Is obeying the Word of God dependent on my feelings? No, the blogging community is not church, not is it a church.  The blogging community does not afford the opportunity for you to get to know me, nor do I know you. You know about me, only what I want you to know.  I love it here, but this is not church.  Find a gospel preaching church, one that does not compromise the Word of God; be accountable to them, let them be accountable to you.   That is church and that is a church.  Yes, it’s inevitable; you will be hurt in the church. Guess what? You will hurt someone in the church.  Just remember the grace of God isn’t one-sided.  Also remember the price that was paid for your sins.  Do you go to church? What’s your church like?  closing1brenda

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