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…
There is no doubt that the Bible has lots of do's and don'ts, commands, demands, rules and rituals. But they were never meant to produce man-made-doctrines, denominated denominations, segregated buildings called the "House of the Lord" to house the different denominations, nor are they meant to determine a person's spirituality or dedication to God based on their performance in keeping the laws and obeying the rules even though the the religious denominational world is based, built and operates on such thinking. Such use of the Bible is misuse and abuse and hinders the work of God in and through His Community of the Redeemed in the Community of Humanity.
Treated in its proper context the rules, demands and commands of the scripture reveal our inability to gain or maintain a relationship with God while pointing us to Jesus Christ in order to know the character of His Father God. After the law leads us to recognize God’s character and our inability to keep the deman…
Fear mongering is an abusive tool used by religion which cripples and limits one's spiritual growth to mature to the full stature of Christ. The fear mongering propaganda that is used as a means to get people saved speaks volumes about the quality of love used to try and scare people to become Christ followers. The scriptures declare that is is the “goodness of God that leads to repentance.”
Another characteristic of fear mongering believers is that they believe that natural disasters are God’s doing and are warnings or punishment for the sin of sinning people. Their sin consciousnesses has blurred their God consciousnesses to where they see God as the big bad wolf waiting to pounce on somebody for sinning.
Natural disasters have happened at different times throughout history. Theses events have been used by money hungry fear-mongers to write books of impending doom, passed of as the gospel by using out-of-context scripture verses to validate the acceptance and sale of their wa…