I don’t need church to believe!

I’ve heard people say things like that often, how about you?  It’s an interesting idea, don’t you think?  I believe, so why should I have to deal with church…?

It is true when people say that they can worship God when they are all alone in Nature.  As a matter of fact, worshipping alone in Nature can be quite inspiring; a person can gain insight by having that experience, and I must say that I endorse it.

Consider this: Belief, worship and following Jesus are not the same thing.  Arlington 9413 063

It is true that I don’t need anybody else to believe.  I came to belief all by myself, in fact.  Belief normally brings a person to some sort of worship, and yes we can, and should worship God when we are alone.  Now we come to following Jesus; is that a solitary activity?

When Jesus commanded His disciples to follow Him, did that mean that they went their way and He went His?  That would be absurd wouldn’t it?  After all, how can you follow someone to a place where there aren’t at least the two of you present? OK, here’s where you say that when you are alone, God is there with you… That would be true, glad to have that one out of the way.  Now, we are at the point where I say that isn’t what happened when those disciples followed Jesus, because they followed Him into community.  There was Jesus, and along with Him there were the twelve: community.

OK, I know, this is where you say that Jesus isn’t here in the flesh, so since He is with you always, you and He are always together, so you can believe and worship by yourself… yes, that again!  Now, I remind you that I’ve already endorsed individual worship and prayer.  Man, it looks like we are going around in circles, so let’s end the loop and come to the nitty-gritty.  Jesus told His followers that if they love Him they must obey His commands. (John 14:23) What did He command?

His final command was to make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20).

This is where I ask you how you can make disciples without other people?  And when I ask this, you hem and haw and come up with any excuse you can think of, because when a person is looking for an excuse, one is as good as another.  But when the conversation has reached this point, both of us know that it’s just a lame excuse…

We can worship in solitude, we can believe in solitude, but to follow Jesus Christ means that we do it within a community of believers.  There is a reason for this, I think, and the reason is that following Jesus is about putting God first and putting others first, it’s not about having our own way.  Yes, we can worship in solitude, we can pray in solitude, and these can be amazing and powerful, but the community is the ball game, and that is where we follow Him and serve Him.

This is where you say: Amen!

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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14 Responses to I don’t need church to believe!

  1. God lives in the praises of the body of believers, singular or en masse. Nice to be reminded. Sometimes church going gets to be tedious, repetitious, and flat. Why?

    • Don Merritt says:

      Here’s where I do my lawyer impression: “Well now, it all depends…”
      Would you mind terribly if I use that question for a new post (or series of posts)? There are many possibilities, that’s for sure.

  2. dirofpr says:

    AMEN. Sadly, you’re probably preaching to the choir. I think it’s rare that Christians change their behavior and do things God’s way instead of their own way based upon biblical truth because so many of them do not know God’s word. Most of my friends who reject church attendance believe they have a special situation or a special “get out of church free” card direct from God. Just what I’ve observed. I guess I’m trying to say … you’re right, but I don’t think your logic and biblical teaching will change too many hearts. But definitely keep saying it 🙂

    • Don Merritt says:

      Thanks. I think you’re right, most don’t listen, but then there are some who do; that’s when you need a place to take them where lives are being changed and then the changes can be breath-taking!

    • Good word. I’ve been attending a church recently as well as working (volunteering) for the pastor (Apostle) and I’m blessed to have these people in my life even if I know at my core that this isn’t “my” church. I believe the mission of the church is to gather to get stronger and then take that strength out to the world and ask for God to bring those who want and are ready to hear the gospel preached to us. Sitting in a building week after week, listening to the same message preached that we heard in kindergarten isn’t likely to make us any stronger. That’s why we’re instructed to “be in the world but not OF the world”. The church has pretty much gone the other way. The minute we got into bed with the government and started taking tax incentives and such, we allowed THEM to direct us in the way that we’re to go. Remember Yeshua said that if we love him the world would hate us. He also said that “friendship with the world is enmity with God”. Like I said, Good word. God bless you. Please continue praying…there are so many people who need to hear and can’t.

  3. H Ja Kuhlamn says:

    Great Words Don. Amen.

  4. gwennonr says:

    Excellent word! I especially agree with dirofpr.

    Keep up the good work. The ones who are truly seeking truth will find it. Articles like this will help.

    I plan to put this in my “Walking with Jesus” folder so that I can refer to it often.

    Thanks again for this good message. May God bless you!

  5. There’s nothing wrong with meditating alone, for sure- Yeshua did that a LOT. On the other hand, we’re also instructed “not to forsake the assembly of the gathered”. We are created in the image of God and God created us because he wanted company. We’re social creatures by nature- it’s in us to be social (some more than others to be sure). We DON’T need to go into a building made of brick and stone to worship with others who love God as we do. It also seems to be the human condition to go too far one way or another. Everyone is different. How we interpret scripture is usually going to be different. Knowledge of how the scriptures come into play, the historical factors, etc., all go towards helping us understand what scripture means when it says the things it says. I loved article. Keep up the good work and may God bless you richly!!

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