is a privilege, not a formula or ritual. Those who "attend church" and
imitate pre-cross worship patterns and have designated worship times
generally neglect the post-cross exhortation to exhort one another by
being the Church daily, is failing to worship in spirit and in truth.
(Hebrews 3:13; 10:24-25).
Pre-cross worship pointed forward to
the time in which all men would worship God everywhere as a communal
community of people, not just in that "place which the LORD your God
shall choose" (Deuteronomy 12:11). The Post-Cross Covenant priesthood is
decentralized and universalized, not organized and verbalized time
wise, or restricted to men "ordained" by men and the man-made traditions
Exhortation is conversational interaction, not
lectured sermonizing. Profitable preaching is more of a sharing and
caring than it is telling and yelling, more of a dialogue with people
than it is a monologue to people.
Rather than being equipped by New Testament-style exhortation and
service, church-goers can become impotent and dependent upon men
ordained credentialed "professionals" who engages in promoting his
choice of belief system which has little or nothing to do with Church
Church is best demonstrated in life living by interacting
with people on a daily basis, not in pew warming or pulpit orating a
couple of hours a week. In the "church meeting" the "dignity" of
religious pomp and "worship" is the substitute for the personal,
relational communion pictured in the Scriptures (Acts 2:46).
structured-styled sermon while viewing the back of someone's head, is
substituted for a genuine exhortational sharing and a time of
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together" (Hebrews 10:25), is a common verse cited by Christians who believe that if you're not attending weekly meetings or plugged in a church denomination that you are somehow out of sync with Scripture and, for all practical purposes, "backsliding". Some refer to the out of church crowd as rebels, or the walking wounded and this verse is often given as the prescription. But is "attending church" really what the author of Hebrews had in mind here?
YES THE BIBLE SAY’S NOT TO FORSAKE THE ASSEMBLING TOGETHER? NOTICE IT DOES NOT SAY DO NOT FORSAKE THE "ASSEMBLY" OR CHURCH BUILDING.
First of all, it is essential that we understand the meaning of the word "church" as it is used in the Bible. These comments, while being historically and biblically sound, are not meant to suggest that Christians should not meet together, share fellowship, pray or preach the Word of God. If that is the conclusion you…
Came across this on the net, no author cited to give the credit to. Whoever he or she was...did an excellent job!
The trial of Pastor Jones
Judge: Mr. Jones you have been charged with multiple counts of
extortion. Your crime spree covers 20 years and thousands of victims.
You have defrauded people out of their money with fear and manipulation,
telling them they had to tithe 10% of their income to your church and
that God would bless them if they did. You also told them that if they
didn't tithe God would curse them. How do you plead?
Mr. Jones: I
plead not guilty your Honor, I have done nothing wrong. I have only
preached what the Bible says. In the Bible Abraham tithed to Melchizedek
and God blessed him for his faithful giving. The Bible even says he was
rich in silver and gold.
Judge: Is it not true, Mr. Jones, that
in Genesis chapter 13 verse 2 the Bible says Abraham was rich with
livestock, silver and gold?
Mr. Jones: Yes, you are exactly right, that's what I j…
“Reprobate infants are vipers of vengeance, which Jehovah will hold over hell, in the tongs of his wrath, till they turn and spit venom in his face!”
Elsewhere, Edwards asked the question:
“Can the believing father in Heaven be happy with his unbelieving children in Hell?”
Now, a bit of clarification: Edwards is not referring to God when he speaks of the “believing father in Heaven”. Rather, he is speaking an earthly father who enters Heaven, while His children are sentenced to an eternity in Hell. One would assume that Edwards’ answer to this question would be something akin to, “Nay! And a thousand times nay!”.
Unfortunately, his answer was as follows:
“…it [the sight of his children in Hell] will increase rather than diminish his bliss.”
To be honest with you, I’m not sure if I’ve ever read more demonic, and putrid words in all of my life. I have a level of respect for Jonathan Edwards, and kno…