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Should A Christian Go To

Church?
By The Christian Anarchist

One time, somebody told me that church


isnt required for somebody to be a Christian.
They told me I could just read my bible and
discern this stuff for myself and read it for my
own. I followed this teaching and was treating
my bedroom as a church where I just
attended in my underwear and I brought my
King James bible for the service as I would just
find somewhere random to read. I did this for
a while and it wasnt going well. I eventually
stopped reading the bible and my battles with

the temptations of lust were starting to


overcome me. I also noticed that this was the
same time I started becoming a Universalist
and an Easy Believism preacher. I was starting
to get involved with terrible theology
altogether and was even a conspiracy theorist
for a good bit. I then decided to go to my old
church that I havent been to in a while. The
sermon was incredible, the vibe was great and
the fellowship with fellow believers was
awesome. I decided to keep trying to go to
church as much as I could. The sermon was
edifying and so was trying to be active and
communicate with the community.
Lately however, I noticed that this phase I
went through is starting to become a trend
and is growing among the young evangelicals
and a minority in the adult population of

Christians. I eventually wondered why this


was and the answer was apparently that
some people thought churches were used to
make money and that the Bible is better than
the church. While the Bible is certainly more
authoritative and divine compared to deacons
and pastors, the church is not what some
people try to make it out to be. I personally
think that some people just dont go to church
for the same motivation that I had back then:
Laziness. If one would like to actually try to
understand the church better and not just see
it as some part of an agenda to raise money,
then youd be surprise with what you would
find in the scriptures.
For where two or three are gathered
together in my name, there am I in the midst
of them. These are the words of Jesus Christ

in Matthew 18:20 in the King James Version.


This was an instance of fellowship and one
good aspect of it. Its not just when you are
alone, but also when youre with fellow
believers that God dwells with you. You see
this fellowship going on in the New Testament,
especially in the Book of Acts. When it comes
to the church, you should consider going if the
people there are those who you would find joy
in fellowshipping with in edification. Now let
us actually go over some scripture passages
that explain the need and anointing of those
in the church services.
Hebrews 10:25 reads not forsaking the
assembling of ourselves together, as the
manner of some is; but exhorting one
another: and so much the more, as ye see the
day approaching. This is definitely a verse in

appliance to what was mentioned earlier


when it comes to forsaking the assembling of
ourselves together. One thing to notice is
that he says some were doing this. Some
people left the assembling of meeting at
church, which the author of Hebrews says we
shouldnt do as born again Christians (1). To
be fair though, the context is that this is
implied to the Hebrews, who by the way were
thinking at that time that they were justified
by offering animal sacrifices to God (Hebrews
10:1-4). However, a Scottish theologian by the
name of William Barclay explains to us
something interesting about what was going
on to some of the Hebrews that the author
was addressing: There were some amongst
those to whom the writer of the Hebrews was
writing who had abandoned the habit of

meeting together. It is still possible for a man


to think that he is a Christian and yet
abandon the habit of worshipping with Gods
people in Gods house on Gods day (2)
(3). Now I emphasized three aspects on here
that identified a particular set of people, a
house and a day with belonging to God. These
are considered holy and edifying, thus making
the point that to miss gathering with these
people in a house that belongs to God,
especially on a day that belongs to Him, is to
miss out on one glorious day that no Christian
should refuse.
What about pastors though? Are they
something we should hold to with respect,
especially as a teacher? Ephesians 4:11-12
states And he gave some, apostles; and
some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and

some, pastors and teachers; for the


perfecting of the saints, for the work of the
ministry, for the edifying of the body of
Christ. Now saint is an early term to define
what we now call a Christian. They either
used the terms saint or disciple. Now who are
the pastors and teachers mentioned here? Are
these aimed at the ones we know of in
todays modern church? Pheme Perkins, A
Professor of Theology at Boston College, gives
a nice explanation for the following terms. For
this I will give two quotes from the same
source. Concerning pastors: Though the term
pastor appears to be a particular designation
for Peter (John 21:15-17), 1 Peter 5:1-5
indicates that the term applied to those who
served as elders in the local communities of
Asia Minor (also Acts 20:28.) (4) So it was

used by people back in early times for other


areas besides just Peter. Now what about the
teacher? She goes on to explain the following:
Teachers appear in all the Pauline lists of
church offices (Romans 12:7; 1 Corinthians
12:28). Teaching may refer to basic
instruction or to ongoing exhortation
(Galatians 6:6). Furthermore, she would
summarize and explain how the Ephesians
treated these titles in their churches:
Ephesians treat these activities as service
to the body of Christ (as in 1 Corinthains
12:12, 27-30; Romans 12:4-8) (5).
Finally, we go to Romans 12:4-5, stating
For as we have many members in one body,
and all members have not the same office: So
we, being many, are one body in Christ, and
every one members one of another. So we

are dealing here with people who are different


in ranks of office in the church body, but even
though they are different in rank, they are
equal in the body of Christ. The only
difference is that they are described as a
different part of the body. Jesus is described
as the Head of the Church, but who has the
other body parts of the church? This is why
we have different ranks within the church
community like bishops and priests. This is
common sense when we read 1 Corinthians
12:12 and Ephesians 4:16. Each part of the
body of Christ plays its role, but Christ is
always established as the head of the Church.
We shouldnt destroy or claim one member of
the body is worthless (like the pastor or bible
teacher). Charles R. Swindoll once provided
an insight on this explaining it like so: What

is true of the human body is true of the body


of Christ. There is no such thing as an
unimportant or worthless believer, even
though some functions are more public than
others. (6) He also explains that, Each
human body is put together with many parts.
We have vital organs ---- none of them visible
---- that keep us alive. We have various limbs
that perform different, yet crucial functions,
such as walking or grasping. We have sensory
organs that allow us to perceive the world in
different ways. And when everything is
working in harmony, life is good. So when we
take into consideration the concept of the
body and how it is been used to compare our
relation to Christ, it is easy to see that every
believer, of different ranks, play a role in
edifying the body of Christ.

So what is my overall thought and general


message of this? It is simply that when you
read the bible, you will see the church has
defended the idea of using pastors and that
church is important for the edifying of our
fellow brethren in Christ. So the next time you
from some fellow Christian that Church is for
losers, do yourself a favor. Actually go so you
can be the loser who learns and becomes
edified in the body of Christ. Better to be a
loser than an unedified brother/sister who
withers and dies from weak faith and spiritual
immaturity in Christ.

Notes and Citations

(1.) We do not know who wrote the Epistle to


the Hebrews, though traditionally it has been
ascribed to the Pauline Epistles.
(2.) Barclay, William. The Letter to the
Hebrews. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1976.
pg. 121
(3.) The emphasis is mine and it is key to
understanding the point that is being made by
Barclay.
(4.) Perkins, Pheme. Ephesians. Nashville:
Abingdon, 1997. Abridged New Testament
Commentaries. pg. 99
(5.) Perkins, Pheme. Ephesians. Nashville:
Abingdon, 1997. Abridged New Testament
Commentaries. pg. 100

(6.) Swindoll, Charles R. Insights on Romans.


Student Study Guide Edition ed. Grand
Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2009. pg. 250