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gord January 5, 2016 at 11:18 am

It is a good standard article on the subject. The problem is that todays church, even the evangelical church does not reflect what the church was meant to be.
The church (or pastor) doesn’t practice discipleship, people come and go, maybe we get to know them some, maybe not, certainly not the example set by Jesus with his disciples.
The pastor has to be a professional, and university trained, I guess the uneducated don’t have anything valuable to share.
The assembly was meant for believers now it is open season whoever wants to come! Want your kids babysat for free for an hour come to church! Don’t believe? Well we didn’t ask! So now we expect the pastor to preach the gospel every service and the rest of actual believers never grow because they are never taught more than the basics.
I could go on but why bring people down. I am just one of the growing number of believers who stay at home on Sunday and practice my faith in the world as best I can.

Jack Wellman January 5, 2016 at 12:41 pm

Yes, Gord, that is a problem with the church today but not all churches are like this. We had to have a lady who was gossiping and slandering others removed (disfellowshiped) from the church because of this. We allow others in the church to add what they know. Seminary doesn’t mean a pastor knows everything but that he at least knows enough to teach the church. I know of no lone ranger Christians anywhere in the New Testament church. They always met together, broke bread, and fellowshipped. Acts 2:42 says “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” so how can you be devoted to the apostles teachings without assembling together and hearing teachings behind the pulpit, in Sunday school, or at a Sunday or Wednesday night Bible study? The words “one another” show up dozens and dozens of times in the New Testament and it was always in the context of the Body of Christ, the church. No, church doesn’t save you but a saved person should desire the fellowship of the saints as iron sharpens iron (Prov 27:17).

The Bible teaches that we should not be “neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near”(Heb 10:25) and that day is apparently swiftly approaching and we need one another all the more to “encourage one another” (Heb 3:13). Do you have a pastor, teacher, or other members of the Body of Christ in your home with you? Are you telling Jesus Who built HIS church that the gates of hell would not prevail against it is not necessary any more? You cannot judge all churches by what you’ve experienced. We are reaching prisoners who are set free and join us. we are growing thanks to evangelism and a nursing home and prison ministry. We have an outreach where we witness to the lost in the community. You can do this from your home on Sunday? In your own words “don’t believe it.” Paul wrote that “And He Himself (Jesus) gave pastors and teachers for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Eph 4:11-12) because Jesus is the Head of the Church so we don’t need the church is like saying we don’t need the Head of the Church.

Jesus said “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matt 16:18). He didn’t say “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” unless someone believes they don’t need it or “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” but won’t be necessary in the 21st century. The Bible never suggests that Christians together as a church, as the body of Christ, to partake of the Lord’s Supper in remembrance of Him if you feel like it (1st Cor. 11:17).

Bill Davis May 17, 2018 at 4:05 pm

Thank you for the fact based perspective, thank you for being a warrior in Christ, God bless

Jack Wellman May 17, 2018 at 4:50 pm

Thank you Mr. Davis. Only the Bible has the truth about this, so all glory to Him sir (Psalm 115:1).

Dorothy Tillis October 8, 2020 at 6:23 am

Thank you for your comment and insight. We need also to remind gord, scripture exhorts us to pray one for another.
if there is a problem ask GOD ALMIGHTY to handle the problem, fast and pray.

As for the children; have he not considered, a child saved is a soul saved plus a life. Ask GOD ALMIGHTY in the name of JESUS CHRIST what he can do to help.

mary January 8, 2016 at 4:45 am

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Gabriel Nana Mensah Abrampah July 20, 2019 at 9:55 am

May the Lord bless you give you more wisdom

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