Do you have some idea why you don’t attend church? What is it?
I am now attending a church, but I have lived without attending any church for years at a stretch - intentionally.
The body of Christ is the most beautiful thing on earth. The people with whom I fellowship now are wonderful. Scriptural teaching is edifying. The Lord's day might even be an implied day of worship in the New Testament. None of those things are why I attend a steeple church.
I attend because I love the Lord and they do too. I wish there were somewhere a little more natural to be with His people, but I'll take what I can get.
My top 10 reasons that I did not attend a steeple church:
- 10) The liturgy is not listed in Romans
- 9) Driving from all over the city and racing back home again after the meeting is not praised in Corinthians
- 8) Meeting exclusively with people with whom you agree is not found in Phillipians
- 7) An emphasis on right belief over faith and love is not found in Thessalonians
- 6) The thought that every single week, week in and week out, come flood, fire or storm, the Holy Spirit will always inspire the same man to bring exactly 45 minutes of wisdom is not found in Ephesians
- 5) Hoping that the love of the saints for each other can be most perfectly expressed while looking at the back of each other's heads is not found in James
- 4) The holy priesthood offering up the sacrifice of sitting quietly and listening is not found in 1 Peter
- 3) "Feasts of charity" consisting of a wafer and a thimble of grape juice are not found in Jude or 1 Corithians
- 2) The main thing one brother knows about another being his attendance record is not found in Galations
And finally, the number 1 reason I spent so much time outside of "the church," and just may again someday....
- 1) The thought that in a congregation there is only one person who has anything of value to share with the entire church is explicitly contradicted all over the New Testament.
Yeah, I know why I didn't attend a church for so long.
I thank the Lord that this little body of believers has accepted me. Getting to know them is wonderful, and I am happy to be gathering with them every week. Couldn't we just try something a little more scriptural, though?