Are you a Christian? If yes then, do you believe that you should attend church services or not?
If you answer is no, then do you have any Scriptural support for not ever attending church services at all?
Growing up in American Evangelicalism I was taught quotes that are entirely false.
These are the quotes:
1)”Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian anymore than sitting in a garage makes you a car.”
2) “Preach the gospel,use words if necessary”
3) “I’m spiritual, not religious”
4)”God will never put more on you than you can handle “
Time to debunk the first false quote I heard while I was growing up:
“Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian anymore than sitting in a garage makes you a car.”
Really now? You’re going to use that nonsensical statement?
Where is your Scriptural support for that statement? First of all it doesn’t make any sense to compare a Christian to a car and it doesn’t make any sense to compare church to a garage.
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
Acts 2:42 ESV
People that say (Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian anymore than sitting in a garage makes you a car) totally ignore what is said in Hebrews.
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.
Hebrews 10:25 KJV
not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Hebrews 10:25 ESV
Here’s the second false quote I heard while growing up:
“Preach the gospel,use words if necessary.”
Preach the gospel, use words if necessary is a quote that is falsely attributed to St. Francis of Assisi. [Here’s a link to an article https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/factchecker-misquoting-francis-of-assisi/ ] I didn’t write the article. The credit of the article goes to Glenn Stanton who is the author of the article. It’s really good.
Really this quote is a no brainer and is very easy to debunk by simply quoting the words of Christ.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:19-20 ESV
And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.
Mark 16:15 ESV
I don’t see anything in Scripture that says words aren’t necessary to use when preaching the gospel.
Words are always necessary to preach the gospel.
“So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
Matthew 10:26-28 ESV
The third false quote I heard while I was growing up:
“I’m spiritual, not religious.”
This quote comes from people who treat religion and tradition like they are cuss words.
(I’m spiritual, not religious is more of a pagan concept) it’s not a Christian or Biblical concept.
If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
James 1:26-27 ESV
If you read the Bible as a whole you will see that religion and tradition are not cuss words.
Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you.
1 Corinthians 11:2 ESV
To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.
2 Thessalonians 2:14-15 ESV
Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us.
2 Thessalonians 3:6 ESV
And yes Christ did talk against the man made traditions of the Pharisees who believed that ceremonial washings before a person eats was more important than honoring their father and mother.
Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat.” He answered them, “And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? For God commanded, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ But you say, ‘If anyone tells his father or his mother, “What you would have gained from me is given to God,” he need not honor his father.’ So for the sake of your tradition you have made void the word of God. You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said: “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’”
Matthew 15:1-9 ESV
The fourth false quote I heard while growing up is this: “God will never put more on you than you can handle.”
This false quote puts forth the false notion that the Christian life is an easy life. Anyone who tells you that the life of a Christian is an easy life are lying to you.
“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
Matthew 10:34-39 ESV
They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me. But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you. “I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you.
John 16:2-4 ESV
“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles. When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next, for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
Matthew 10:16-23 ESV
The Christian life is nothing like the popular (Your best life now) sugar coated message that is promoted by Televangelists who are charlatans who promise health, wealth, and prosperity to all those who send their thousand dollar donations. They are wearing Armani Italian suits with their supporters’ donations while giving false promises of health, wealth, and prosperity to those who donate, they don’t care about those who donate. But they do care about their donations.
You can’t say that the Bible didn’t warn you of such false teachers.
If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.
1 Timothy 6:3-10 ESV