The Necessity of Belonging to the Body

Someone on SGP recently said:

" I totally understand your feelings regarding continuing attendance at
your current church. I'm in a similar boat. With all the great preterist
teachings on-line, I don't feel the need to attend our local church,
but I do, out of respect for my still-futurist husband. "

I don't have the time to develop this now, but I need to point out the danger of the above sentiment before the opportunity slips by. The above betrays a very unbiblical understanding of church, the Body of Christ, and the importance of worship. Weekly corporate worship is essential to the Christian life, and to the mission of the Christian Church. It is not about having a weekly opportunity of getting some doctrine into your skull. It's not about everybody driving their brain to a central location so that information can be transmitted from one brain (the pastor's) to all the other brains.

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Comment by MoGrace2u on January 10, 2010 at 12:36pm
I can live with doctrinal disagreements and differences in eschatological views. I think it is the religious conformity of how one must 'do' church, that provokes my rebellion. I have done the women's retreats, the vacation bible school, the alternative nights and the harvest crusades, etc. - and I just can't bring myself to do that anymore. I don't want to be a lone individual, but lonely in a crowd is no fun either.
Comment by Justin Rose on January 10, 2010 at 12:54am
Old Baptist Proverb: If you find the perfect church--don't join it...It won't be perfect anymore.
Comment by Jeff Roe on January 9, 2010 at 2:37pm
Mo:
I think you should find a church closest to your beliefs, and then just bear with the things you don't agree with. I don't think any Christian will find a church they agree with 100%. So many start their own "church of one", and then there is true unity! But this is individualism, not the Biblical faith.

Justin:
Excellent comments. Thanks.
Comment by Justin Rose on January 8, 2010 at 9:00pm
Important observation. There is no Biblical precedence for not attending church. Also, the issues that seperate preterism from furutism are realatively minor on the plate of Bible doctrines. Even Martin Luther prefered reformation to seperation, and his Roman Catholic church was not even preaching the doctrines of grace.
We should be encouraged that Jesus is continually dressing his bride, the church, in more beautiful garments of truth and peace. The dispensationalism that dominated the American Christian scene a generatation ago is being consumed by historic premillennialism. This school of thought is closer to preterism concerning the relationship of Israel and the church; and generaly puts less emphasis on future events than dispies. This move to historic premil is a step toward the church's transition to preterist understanding. This next step to preterism may not occur in our generation, but Jesus is faithful, and he will continue to grow his church in knowledge and truth.
Comment by MoGrace2u on January 7, 2010 at 11:35am
And when they ask you to stand to sing a lovely song, what worship is it if you cannot stomach what they want you to join them in saying? Do you bow your head regardless when the pastor prays things you would never say to the Lord? If my worship must be silent 'in church' to keep from sinning against my own conscience, then there is more liberty gained by staying home!

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