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I’ve heard it and I’m sure you’ve heard it, too: “You don’t have to go to church to be a Christian.” Someone from our church shared this fairly typical example: “I remember asking a guy (a professed Christian) where he went to church, and he told me he had church every Sunday on the first tee of a golf course. For him, church was about being in nature and it was him and God. Now, there’s nothing wrong with being out in nature, but if you look at the Bible, Christianity is not just about me and God, it’s about us and God. That is, it’s about relationship with God, but it’s also about a relationship one to another.
“Maybe you’re not being constantly tempted with a drink or to take pills…However, maybe you do have this lone ranger mentality that says, “I don’t need people…I don’t need church…I can do it on my own.
“All I can say from many years serving in ministry and working with people, if you try to “battle” sin on your own, you’re ‘toast.’”
Can someone be a Christian without going to church? I suppose it is possible. After all, someone in solitary confinement may not be able to go to church, but they could still be a Christian. That kind of situation, however, is the exception, not the rule.
Bottom line: I need you. And, as hard as it may be to believe, you need me, too. That’s how God planned it. And He’s wiser than we are.
Let’s not go to the tee next Sunday morning, or into the woods as a matter of practice on a Sunday. We can do better than that! There was only one Lone Ranger…and he had nothing to do with Christianity.
Perhaps if we do our part, our churches will be better able to fulfill this command and more people will find being in church irresistible: Romans 12:10 (KJV) – Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another…
PRAYER: Keep us from foolishness and foolish ideas that we don’t need the fellowship, accountability and encouragement that only the church can provide! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
© 2015, Galen C. Dalrymple.
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