Posted by TJ on 9/13/2012Tags: Church, LinkedStay-at-Home Christians

True, those times alone with Christ in the secret place are invaluable. But I have to confess to you that I am doubtful that our Lord meant those should be our only times of worship! Are we not commanded to worship alongside others in Scripture (Hebrews 10:25)? How then shall you fulfill the dozens of “one another” texts in Paul’s epistles if not in the context of a local church like those to whom Paul originally wrote? Is not the first word of the Lord’s Prayer the plural possessive, “Our”?

You mentioned that the Greek word “church” does not mean a building, nor does worship require any certain number of people in order to be authentic. You even quoted Matthew 18:19 when the Lord exhorted us that “where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am among them.” But come now Eugene, surely you don’t think that your reluctance to submit to church membership or the body of elders is justified by this text, do you? In context, my brother, this passage is in regard to church discipline; a “severe grace” of God that I am afraid is quite difficult to impose upon oneself!

This is really good. You need to be a member of a local congregation submitting to the authority of Elders and partaking in communion and community.