I have to rant about an ignorant trend in the church: people who give justifications for not going…
You can not understand the kingdom of God and are directly opposed to it if you’re against Jesus’ church. It may be the height of theological ignorance to argue for a justification to NOT participate and/or avoid church.
The kingdom of God is like a kid jumping off a table into their parent’s arms. There is a leveling that has to go on between two different people in order to build the bonds of a relationship. God’s first relationship for you is to figure out how to get along with enough people in and through his church so you all can be gathered in his Son’s name:
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”-Jesus
Listen, I understand people suck and you’re not going to find comfort or equality at most churches. But you can not find an excuse to give up on the church, that is not an option. You got to push through because there are people who are more hurt than you, more alienated, more introverted, less intelligent, less privileged, who are not going to be invited to the table top to jump into their heavenly father’s arms unless you’re there to help lift them up on the climb. That role is in the DNA of every Christian and is your responsibility, your first gift of his salvation plan.
Forgive, break through, go to church. If you’ve been out of it and have some place you’ve been substituting, you’ve been lying to God and have probably been an enemy of his kingdom (for the sake of your own). Stop. Come back.
“Then Peter came and said to him, ‘Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.'”
There is not theological justification for a churchless Christianity. And to do so is to be an antichrist.
“So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.” Galatians 6:9-10
You know you’re at a church if there’s an honest bunch of people who love Jesus foremost and who are completely different. All should be at the table. A bunch of people who are all alike is getting away from the design of the church. Be of the same mind (Christ’s!), but do NOT be too much of the same culture and psychological make up.