Once again I am going back to an old post, from April 2006. I was chatting with someone earlier today about church attendance and the conversation reminded me of this post, so I dug it up and I am reposting it here, along with the comments made back then, as I think they need to be seen as well.
Thursday, April 06, 2006I had an interesting conversation this moring about church attendance. I was talking about how sporadic our attendance is, and that this seems to be a trend in so many churches now days. I commented that people just do not understand the concepts of commitment and faithfulness. The person I was talking to said to me, "maybe it is not a lack of commitment or faithfulness at all, but that you are too legalistic." I about choked on my tongue, because if you know me at all, I am not about being legalistic. This person went on to say that we live in a different time and that there is just so much to do and that God understands how busy we are and he only expects us to "walk with him daily and be in church when we can."
Of course, I disagreed with this person big time and asked them to please explain to me their view in light of Hebrews 10:24-25. Their explaination was again, that we live in a different time and God understood how busy life is, and if all they could make it to church is one time per month, then that was okay.
Please understand, we are not talking about work issues here. We are talking about needing to take Sunday to take a shopping trip one week, and the next Sunday is spent working on the house/yard, and so on. I just flat out disagree, and in my opinion, people who make such decisions have put these other things ahead of God. Period. Oh, there are exceptions, and I know we can become legalistic about church attendance... but consider this: Once a month means 12 services a year. At two hours a service, that's 24 hours... or basically one day out of 365 that this person actually assembles with the corporate church to worship the Lord. Does this put it into perspective?
Look at this passage for yourself, and then tell me if this is what God had in mind:
Hebrews 10:24-25 MKJV
24) and let us consider one another to provoke to love and to good works,
25) not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
Hebrews 10:24-25 MSG
24) Let's see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out,
25) not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.