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“Is Attending Church Important?”

For many people their thoughts and/or beliefs on attending Church on a regular basis has changed.  Some grew up in church and were faithful attendees because their parents saw that they were there.  There are those who admit they don’t attend now because they feel the church isn’t necessary for them to maintain an intimate relationship with God.  As long as they read the Bible and pray, that’s all that’s needed.

 

Of course there are those who have lost confidence in a denomination, church or church leadership because they have been hurt in the past.  And, you’ve heard this, “The church is filled with hypocrites!”  A person can rationalize just about anything today and convince a good number of people with their argument.  How about you?  What’s your feelings about attending church on a regular basis (interesting, years ago regular meant every Sunday, today it’s 1 or 2 Sundays a month – rationalization again).  L

 

I read an article this week about written by a lady who had been raised in the church, attended nearly every Sunday, but pulled away as a young adult.  She had been hurt and was convinced hypocrites definitely were in that church!  She felt close to God because of a personal connection with Him, but as she was praying one day God gave her insight on some things.  She realized everyone in every church, including all leaders are human beings.  They are Christians doing the best they can, but at their best, are prone to make bad decisions and mistakes.  They are in a spiritual growth mode just like she was.

 

While she had been accusing the “Church” of judging her, she now saw that in reality she was judging them.  Admittedly, even if there were hypocrites, at least they were in church trying to get closer to God.  As these thoughts filled her mind she felt lonely.  She was walking with God, but wasn’t receiving encouragement or help from another believer.  She wondered who in the church might she be able to help or inspire if she were there.  Hebrews 10:25 crossed her mind, “Do not forsake the assembling of yourselves together…”.  Since she wasn’t actually “attending” a church, she wasn’t giving her tithes and offerings.  According to Malachi 3, this makes her a thief.  The bottom line is, she came to the conclusion she needed the church and the church (people) needed her.  There are no perfect churches because there are no perfect people.  Truth is, there are lots of excuses given why someone doesn’t attend church.  Very few reasons (that being when it’s absolutely impossible for them to do so).  If you haven’t been to church in a while, you can change that by going the day after tomorrow.  Many reading this don’t even think about attending church – their mind is already made up – they are going!  You can make that decision right now.  If you haven’t been attending and go this week, reply to this email and let me know.  I want to celebrate with you.  Make up your mind NOW, you are going to church this Sunday.

 

Pastor Carnes