Do I Have To Go To Church?

One of the prevailing feelings about spirituality in our day is that you don’t have to go to church, or participate in organized religion, to be “Saved”.

What does the Bible say about it? Does God’s word contradict this idea?

Hebrews 10:24-25

“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”

1 Corinthians 1:21

“For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.”

Romans 10:17

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

Romans 10:15

“And how shall they preach, except they be sent?…”

Acts 20:7

“And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them..”

Considering these scriptures, in light of the question of Church attendance, let’s consider these following thoughts:

1. God commands us to not forsake “assembling together”. So, we can plainly see from the word of God that we are to come together in a group format with exhortation given. (Hebrews 10:24-25)

2. God chose the “foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” It takes preaching from a God called preacher to save your soul! (1Corinthians 1:21; Romans 10:17; Romans 10:15)

3. Faith comes by hearing a God called preacher preach the word of God to us on a regular weekly basis. God knew that we needed this preaching diet to offset the influence of sin, and stay saved. (Acts 20:7)

 

It is plain to see that regular weekly church attendance is a God given gathering to strengthen and save us with direction from heaven.

So, what about house meetings as a substitute for church meetings…?

There are examples of house meetings in the bible. For example:

Colossians 4:15

“Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house.”

Observe that the house was being used as a church, and not, the house was an escape from attending church. Also, the church that was in Nymphas’ house was pastured by a God called man-of-God. Having as pastor is necessary for a facility to be called a church and for our salvation.

Finally, it would be safe to say, we have the privilege of going to church to have a God called Pastor preach the truth to us so that our souls will make it to Heaven! What a privilege.