Most (hopefully all) Christians would strongly disagree with the title of today’s article but my question is this: do we act as if having the local church is not all that important? Do we attend church faithfully or haphazardly? Do we endure the services or enter into them with excitement? Do we give sacrificially or only what is convenient? Do we work in the local church regularly or only when we’re not too busy? Would it really matter if the local church were discontinued? (In China today, Christians consider church so important that they risk torture, loss of income, suffering, ridicule, rejection and even death to attend a local church, or even one that is located a long distance away). I am afraid that many claiming to be born-again Christians are like the young man who called his girlfriend on the phone and said, “I would climb the highest mountain, swim the deepest ocean, or cross the hottest desert just to be at your side. Oh, by the way, dear, I’ll be over tomorrow night if it doesn’t rain.” Just how important is the local church to you? One of the marks of a disciplined disciple is his or her dedication to the local church. Selah! Do our lips proclaim the importance of the local church while our lives advertise that it really doesn’t matter all that much? Think that over! Ron
Hebrews 10:24-25: 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.