According To The Scriptures
Church AttendanceHebrews 10:23 says:
"Forsaking the assembling of ourselves together" has become the style in most places in recent years, a time when "so much the more" it should not be. It is the fault of the churches. We can not blame it on the Devil. We can not blame it on "so much going on." What has happened? Check the old minutes and record books. Common procedure in most Baptist congregations used to be that, two or three would be appointed to visit the careless member and "invite them to fill their seat at the next meeting or give just cause for not doing so." If reconciliation was not made, the member was excluded. Such is the responsibility of Jesus' congregations. It is part of "teaching them to observe all things." It has become stylish to consider one hour almost every week as regular attendance. Someone may argue,"they didn't used to assemble as often." They stayed longer. Remember the verse above said, "so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."
When a person is joined to a congregation, it is an indication of the person's approval and acceptance of the faith and practice, and submission to its teaching. The member should assemble himself as faithfully as is practical. What would happen if an employee accepted a five days a week job, but only showed up on Fridays? What would you think of a wife who would make no attempt to come home but one night out of four? What does Jesus think when a member of one of His churches will attend Sunday morning preaching but make no attempt to attend Bible study, Sunday night, nor Wednesday night?
The context within which the above quoted verses are found in Hebrews 10, and the verses immediately following them, show that "forsaking the assembling of ourselves together" is considered presumptious sin, and that to sin presumptiously is to trod the Son of God underfoot, to count His blood as an unholy thing, and to do despite unto the Spirit of grace.
It is a great blessing of the grace of God to be added by the Lord to one of His true churches. In Luke 12:48 Jesus said,"For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required." I Corinthians 4:2 says:
II John 5-6 says:
In John 14:15 Jesus said:
In verse 21 He said: