(11/17/2015) Skipping Church A Sin?

Posted: November 17, 2015 in Backsliding, Children of GOD, Church Attendance, Commitment, Doom, Duty of Believers, Salvation, Service, Teens, Value of the Church
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Church attendance and its value to salvation are topics, today.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “WEGONEAPE” (Level 1 with 2 points, a member since October 06, 2015) posted the following:


Will I go to hell?

Was first baptized at 18 into Christianity. After attending Sunday school a few times I just stopped attending church altogether. I even started to avoid members of the church. Am I doomed??


THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And having an high priest over the house of God;  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)  And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another:  and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.  For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,  But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.  (Hebrews 10:  21-27, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Church Attendance for Prayer? (07/20/2015); Relationship With Our Creator? (03/16/2015); Understanding Spiritual Growth? (03/13/2015); Forced To Attend Church? (02/22/2015); Going It Alone? (12/16/2013); On Being Good Stewards (12/17/2013)


“WEGONEAPE”, church attendance is specially important for new members of a congregation.  While their most important need is correction, gaining strength and growth without contradictions, false doctrine, and the venom from enemies of Christ requires a believer have protection that comes by sanctification (i.e., being set apart to be used by GOD).  Also, only with other born again believers may one have access to certain sacred benefits from GOD (e.g., regular ongoing exchange and fellowship with mature believers; informed study of the holy writings among those who are committed to their sacred truth (instead of academics, critics, disbelievers and naysayers); unselfish service within the community of faith; receiving the blood and flesh of Jesus Christ in the Lord’s Supper; guidance and help for the work of spreading the Gospel).  By participation in the body, a believer receives necessary assurances, sacred knowledge, and support important for those who experience baptism (death of ones inborn spirit; rebirth having a new character and nature through spirit content from the makeup of GOD).  In effect, a person is to be permanently changed by operations of divinity, and begins with new standing as a child of GOD, yet, continues to exist as someone carnal, material and social.  The death of Christ upon the cross did not eliminate sin, however, it did provide for atonement, relief, and resistance to sin.  The believer must be nourished to continually grow in Spirit, and gradually mature by meeting the same life challenges that come against all others who are living upon the earth.  Here are some points to consider that have helped many believers avoid error and spiritual confusion:

(1.)   2nd Corinthians 6:  14, King James Version (KJV):  14 Be ye not unequally yoked to unbelievers:  for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

(2.)  2nd John 9, KJV:  9 Whosoever transgresseth and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God.  He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

(3.)  Jonah 2:  8, KJV:  8 They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

(4.)  Joshua 24:  19-22, KJV:  19 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the LORD:  for he is a holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.  20 If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.  21 And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the LORD.  22 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye are witnesses against yourselves that ye have chosen you the LORD, to serve him.  And they said, We are witnesses.

(5.)  Colossians 3:  5-10, KJV:  5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness which is idolatry:  6 For which thing’s sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:  7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.  8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.  9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

(6.)  1st John 1:  5-7, KJV:  5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.  6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:  7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (7.)  Isaiah 8:  20, KJV:  20 To the law and to the testimony:  if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC



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