Why Don’t You Go To Church – Sunday Thought For The Day
The other day wife happened to bump into a young man who had attended our church. They exchanged hellos and he responded that he was doing great when she asked, how he was doing? She then asked, where he was now attending church? He responded that he wasn’t attending church, he didn’t have to, because he was saved. Sadly, true born again Christians realize the fallacy per his mindset.
The greater tragedy is that many people feel exactly as he does. The difference is, he actually admitted to believing it.
I, like many of you know people who will get up early Sunday morning to work around the house, go jogging, play golf or whatever; but, going to church is the last thing they will get up and do. Going to church isn’t even a thought for them. If they go at all, it’s to attend Christmas Eve services and even then, only to see children’s sing or act out the Nativity. They will watch YouTube videos and sports, but they will never open a bible and that presumes they own one.
The question I ask is, if you don’t attend a biblically based, Christ-centered church how are you learning what constitutes sin? How are you learning what pleases and/or displeases God? How are you learning about God, Christ and the Holy Spirit? How are you learning to live for Christ?
The answer is of course, these people aren’t. They’re making up their own standards for righteousness. In most instances, they’ve formed their own opinion of what is true salvation.
A person can talk and behave in ways that they believe make them a Christian, but that’s self-deception.
If you’re a true born-again Christian, you want to attend church a Christ-centered church. You want to fellowship with other believers and you want to learn the truth of God’s word, including and especially as it pertains to living righteously.
Yes, there are many people who attend church and live sinful, decadent lives; but the caveat I mentioned is “true born-again Christian.” If you’re reading this and you aren’t attending church you are out of step with the Lord whether you’re saved or not; whether you believe it or not. The question I ask: is deciding your own form of righteous and obedient behavior really worth gambling your eternity on?
Proverbs 1:24-2:9 KJV
1 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord:
30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.
31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.
33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.
9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.
About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here