Now from that posting I just posted, it is pretty sound with the definition of the church and the scriptures to back it. this is my issue. I am soooooooooooooooooooooooo sick of people using past issues, bad experiences,grudges, or just the simple fact that they don’t like church for an exscuse to not attend! First of all, nobody in the church is never going to be perfect! Starting with me, 2nd they say church is within you. Answer me this though, if a person is married and become one, I would imagine that they would not want to be away from their other half, you can equate this to the Church why? Because The Church is Christ bride, he died for her and will return for her, why would I want to be away from His bride? Why did he leave the church here?
The bible says over in Hebrews 10:25 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. The bible speaks for itself! Where should we assemble ourselves is what you may ask? The Church! What have Jesus done to any of us? And He’s in the church! No, not just in the church but yes he is everywhere, but Make no mistakes about it, His church is very important. Jesus says that I will build my CHURCH and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.Matthew 16:18 If you think about it, we hold every other organization dear job, work, school, supermarket, even the hospital, but when it comes to church , we don’t want to go! We must go within ourselves and ask ourselves what is the problem. If we are honest which God already knows, we will discover that the problem and issue lies within us. Because we want a perfect church, but that is not realistic, as long as we are in this flesh, there will be problems and issues. These are the main reasons why people REALLY don’t want to go to church.
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We must forgive ALL who have hurt us! We must let go of past hurts,trauma,unresolved issues,grudges! All have been hurt!
We need the Church for support,on all levels, when we are newly saved and don’t know it all about salvation, and to fellowship with other believers who share our commonality of the love for God. If we can’t simply obey this command of God to NOT forsake getting together, we are 1. Disobedient, 2. Rebellious, 3.Unforgiving, and 4. Divided. God don’t want us divided. He want us to fellowship with other Christians in Church, yes I know you can fellowship in the car and in the hospital, but we still don’t suppose to undermine or take the Church for granted. Trust me, when the Christians are raptured up and taken out of here ( this earth) according to 1 Thessalonians 4:17, Matthew 24: 40-41. Where do you think the world is going to run????????? The Church! It belongs to God and it is sacred, we must honor the church as it being the Bride of Christ ! no not worship her, but honor her!
Revelation 21:2 – And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
John 3:29 – He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.
Revelation 21:9 – And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.
2 Corinthians 11:2 – For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present [you as] a chaste virgin to Christ.
Ephesians 5:25 – Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
Colossians 1:24 – Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:
Colossians 1:18 – And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all [things] he might have the preeminence.
Let go of the issues and find you a Blood purchased Church that is teaching, preaching, and exampling the life of christ! When they make mistakes, pray for them and forgive them , just like when you make mistakes somebody have to pray and forgive you!