Skipping Church Pleases Satan
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There are valid reasons that Christians cannot attend all of the services of a church. But many Christians have reasons to skip church that violate Biblical principles and are actually sinful.
2 Corinthians 9:6: But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
The Word of God can only be sown sparingly in the souls of Christians who attend church sporadically, half-heartedly or not at all. They will also reap spiritual blessings sparingly. Their own lives and the lives of people they encounter will suffer. They will have less of the Word of God to apply to their own lives and less to give to others. Skipping church is what unbelievers do and what unfruitful Christians do. It is what Satan wants everyone to do.
The first pastor I had after I became saved told how, as teenagers, he and his Christian friends knew how to get into the locked church. They did not care if it was not heated in winter or cooled in summer. They craved MORE fellowship, not less. Among those teenagers that broke into the church for more fellowship were a couple of spiritual giants. My pastor was a missionary, a church planter and a long-time pastor. Another of those teenagers became a Biblical United States Senator.
I am acquainted with a man that told me he is a Christian and that he had received Jesus. He joined several churches and then resigned from them. He tried to convince me that he is more spiritual than any of those churches or their pastors. He wanted to be part of a church that made him feel good about himself. The purpose of a church is to make us to feel good about God, not about ourselves. It is the purpose of the church to teach us that we are not good in and of ourselves. The only things we should feel good about regarding ourselves are the work God has done in us and through us. The man did not make an effort to correct any of the churches he left. He tried to mold them into his own image. Even more importantly, he did not permit those churches to correct him. The most striking issue that he shared with me was that he had been married and divorced multiple times. He was about as casual about that as I would be about changing shirts. A couple of the churches he had joined were fairly fundamental churches. I believe that at least two of the women he divorced (or who divorced him) were Christians.
Very few Christians* reasons for skipping church will be as obviously sinful as the reasons of that man. Their reasons will be more subtle. They prefer to hide them. Some even refuse to honestly discuss their reasons for skipping church. I shall list a few Biblical reasons to attend church and be church members that might reveal some of the sinful reasons for skipping church.
Hebrews 13:17: Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
Many skip church for the simple reason that they do not want to be accountable to other Christians. They really don*t even want to be accountable to God.
Galatians 6:6: Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.
The word communicate means to share or distribute. We are to give to those that teach the Word of God. A church is one of the main places where giving will happen. Many skip church in order to skip giving financially or of themselves.
1 Peter 2:2: As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
A church is one of the main places where the milk of the word is available. Skipping church is like starving oneself spiritually.
1 John 1:7: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
Skipping church can be walking in darkness. All the blessings of fellowship with other believers would require another lengthy article. Skipping church will be skipping a multitude of blessings.
John 13:35: By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
When we skip church we will not usually be in the presence of other Christians and will not be loving them. We will NOT be convincing the world that we are Jesus* disciples.
Ephesians 4:11-12: And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Since God gives spiritual leaders, we need them and we should want them. God*s purposes for giving them to us are to perfect us and edify us. I believe that a Christian that does not want to be perfected and edified wants to continue in sin, plans it and part of it is skipping church.
Galatians 6:10: As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
The household of faith would include those that attend church regularly. If we are skipping church, we are avoiding the people that we should especially do good unto.
Ephesians 4:1-3: I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
If some Christians are in church and some are not, there is no unity. A Christian will not usually be lowly, meek, patient, unselfishly looking for the best interest of the other people if he is not in a church.
One Christian and God can accomplish great things but groups of Christians working and praying together can accomplish more.
Matthew 18:19-20: Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12: Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. 10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. 11 Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? 12 And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
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.
If a Christian attends church on Sunday morning but skips the Sunday evening service, the prayer meeting and the midweek service without a valid reason he is forsaking the assembling three-fourths of the time. He will only have one-fourth of the spiritual food (the Bible), one-fourth of the spiritual growth, one-fourth of the fellowship, one-fourth of the edification, one-fourth of the accountability and one-fourth of all the other blessings.
The word worship comes from two words: worth and ship. When we worship God it means that we believe and demonstrate that He has worth to us, that He is worth something to us. If we skip church we demonstrate our belief that God is not worth as much as staying home or doing something else. I have heard that about half the people that attend the morning service of a church attend the evening service and about half of those that attend the evening service attend the midweek service. Those who attend all the services demonstrate belief that God is worth more to them than the others do.
Ephesians 2:19-22: Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
1 Peter 2:5: Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
When believers are not part of the church that God wants them to be a part of, it will not be the church God wants it to be.
I believe a couple of equations are true. Little commitment equals little blessing. Greater commitment equals greater blessing. There are believers that attend a church but do not join the church because they want to make a limited commitment. They seem to have one foot in the church and one out of it. At best, their walk with the Lord will be a limp. Believers should find the best church they can, attend regularly and join it. If it is not the best church they can find, they have no business there at all. No church is perfect. If there is something unbiblical about a church that should be changed, believers should tell the leaders of the church about it and try to correct it.
Galatians 6:1: Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
Commitment is important. There are some blessings that we don*t get until AFTER we are committed. I believe the blessings that come after commitment are wisdom and guidance. A parked car doesn*t need power steering.
Proverbs 16:3: Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
Half-hearted commitment does not please us in our human relationships and it does not please the Lord. When people only want to hear half of what we say, we don*t like it. When Christians skip church, it is often because they only want to hear half of what God wants to say.
Ecclesiastes 9:10: Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
2 Chronicles 31:21: And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered.
Revelation 3:15-16: I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
And, of course, if you are attending a church that has unbiblical doctrines or practices and you are not in a position to correct them, find another church. I have been a member of churches that had several different spiritual leaders in several different areas. Some were Biblical and edifying and others were not. I looked forward to hearing some of them preach and teach and I dreaded when the others would preach and teach. When a majority of the leaders become unbiblical and refuse reproof, I have learned that it is time to find another church. I have never believed that the Lord did not have a church for me. Since I have been saved I have always believed that I needed one. He will always have a church for you to attend and be a member of.
How much is God worth to you? How much is pleasing God worth to you? Is there anything else that is worth more? If so, it is an idol. I assume that if a Christian attends a church regularly, it is the best one he can find. If it is the best one he can find, he should join it. Do you want to be perfected and edified? FIND THE BEST CHURCH YOU CAN AND JOIN IT!! God is worth it. For a Christian, skipping church is not only offensive to the Lord, it is like shooting oneself in the foot.
I have probably been preaching to the choir in this article but I have reason to believe that many of those that read these articles in the website are unchurched. Many of you have probably craved church attendance without really defining why. Others have probably quenched that craving. They were quenching the Holy Spirit.
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