CHRISTIANS AND THE NECESSITY TO ATTEND WHEN THE SAINTS ASSEMBLE TO WORSHIP GOD….
“not forsaking our own assembling together” – Heb 10:25
Can call yourself a Christian if you don’t assemble with the saints? Certainly you can call yourself a Christian if you don’t assembly, but that doesn’t mean you are one. You can call yourself a tree, a dog, or a man can call himself a woman, but that’s make you one. Disciples of Jesus Christ don’t keep to themselves and aren’t aloof from the church family.
Because there’s no way to argue otherwise, and so some employ the tactic of maligning those who do regularly attend worship. They say, “Some people attend and are hypocrites….therefore ‘going to church doesn’t make them a christian.'” Arguing that “going to church doesn’t make you a Christian” to prove that attendance isn’t necessary is a straw man argument and it is faulty reasoning. But it is common reasoning used by not a few people. Of course “going to church” doesn’t in an of itself make you a Christian. No one would disagree. No more so than does getting wet in water “in an of itself” makes you a Christian. There are people who get wet and have no faith and there are people who attend who don’t worship in spirit. So certainly there are so-called brothers who attend worship, 1 Cor. 5. So yes, attendance alone doesn’t make you a christian. But this fact is only a diversion from answering the question at hand that IN the church assembly is the only place you find the true Christians.
A person who won’t assemble with the saints is someone who doesn’t understand God’s plan and this person needs to learn the way of God more accurately. I offer this humbly for your consideration.
By assembling we help the Leaders to account for our souls, Heb 13:17 says, “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.” This needed accountability is only part of the reason attending is necessary.