OF THE AMERICAN CHURCH
Non-church going Christians
This will most likely not be easy to read for the non-church going Christian. Test your faith to see if it is genuine.
Not every one that says to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesized in your name? And in your name have cast out devils? And in your name done many wondrous works? And then will I profess to them, I never knew you, depart from me, you that work iniquity. Matthew 7:21-23
Personally, when I first became a Christian, this Scripture really bothered me. How is it that some people who call on Jesus are saved and others aren’t? What is the difference? How can I know for sure that I am not one of those Christians whom Jesus says, “depart from me?” The answer is this: Jesus will reject the Christian, who says that they have accepted Him by faith, but is not repentant of their sins. The first words that we hear from Jesus in his ministry are: Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Have you repented of your sins yet? Are you still holding on to your old comfortable lifestyle? Do you feel it is not necessary to go to church because you do not think your God cares whether you are in a building or not? Do you think that all you have to do is profess Jesus as Lord and Savior? Yes it is right that we need to profess Him as our Lord and Savior. Are you a new creature as a result of accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior? We need to be a changed person. The change that must occur is that we are repentant of our sins.
What are your reasons for not wanting to go to church?
1. Church is full of hypocrites.
2. Don’t like Denominational Churches.
3. Don’t feel it is necessary to go to church.
4. Have to work on Sundays.
5. It is my only day off; I have too much to do.
6. I am good enough that I don’t need it.
1. Full of hypocrites.
You went to church as a child and what did you see? You saw normal everyday people like your parents. You saw your teacher, your neighbor and some of your friends. Everyone was telling you that you must be good to get into heaven. You try your best but then it hits you. Why do I have to be good when I hear my parents yelling at each other during the week? I hear my neighbor cussing up a storm while working on his car. My teacher is always depressed. You see the Elders of the church looking down their nose at you and you never see God’s love displayed through them. You realize that the church is full of hypocrites. It is full of judgmental people who make you feel as though you are less of a person than they are, and you know in your heart that they are false Christians.
2. Denominational Churches
You grew up a Methodist, a Baptist, a Catholic or a Presbyterian and you are just burned out by the traditional worship services. You see that they are full of man-made requirements. You say, “Where in the Bible does it say you must wear a suit and tie to worship God?” You figure that they didn’t have suit and ties in the first century church. Stand up, sit down, stand up and sing the Doxology. It is so steeped in ritualism that it loses its true worship value. Instead of spontaneity it becomes boring and expectant. Instead of allowing worship to come from the heart of the believer, it has been preordained by the Denomination on how you should worship.
3. Not necessary to go to church.
You feel that you can worship God better at home. You think that you don’t need to go to church to worship Him. Unfortunately if you are truly honest before God: you really don’t worship Him at home, do you? You think you don’t need to be in a church setting. Unfortunately, God is only an after thought to you at home. You find that God cannot solve your life’s problems. You say that when you argue with someone, that God cannot help. You feel that in order to change someone, it will only happen if you force him or her to change: to be the kind of person “you” want him or her to be. Talk about a life that is void of God completely! You say that you believe in God and that is all that matters. Don’t forget that God says there will be those people who will call on Jesus and He will say, “depart from me, I never knew you.” You will be known by your fruits. You say you are a good person and yet you are guilty before God of breaking several of God’s Commandments. You will be judged. Do you bear good fruit or bad fruit or no fruit at all?
4. Have to work on Sunday.
Today’s society is so different from that of the 60’s and early 70’s. Back then stores were closed on Sundays. Times have certainly changed. Many churches offer a Saturday night service. Do you go? With Saturday night and several options on Sundays including evening services, there really is no excuse for not being able to go to church. Examine your heart as to why you really do not go to church.
5. It is your only day off.
Sleeping in till noon sounds really good to you. You would rather sleep than worship the God who gave you life. Turn off your TV long enough for you to go to church. Watching the ballgame is not the best way to spend your Sundays.
6. Self-righteous (good enough person)
Okay, so you are a good person. You know you are saved because you gave your heart to Jesus (the Bible tells us that man will proclaim his own goodness). But what about the rest of you? Do you give him all of your mind, your strength and all of your very soul to follow him? Have you made any disciples for Christ or do you figure that the pastor is the only one that is supposed to do that? Ignorance of God’s Holy Word is no excuse. God says that there is none that is good except for our Heavenly Father. So where does that leave you? Do you keep the Sabbath Day Holy? No, then you have broken the Fourth Commandment. The Bible says that even if you don’t break all of the other Laws, if you break just one Law, you are guilty of all of them. You are headed for Hell. There is a reason why we are told not to forsake the getting together of the saints. We encourage each other. We are not perfect: far from it. We are all sinners. If someone in church parades around like they are perfect, then challenge them on it. Bring up the Ten Commandments (lovingly), and show them their sinfulness. Those perfect saints are only fooling themselves and they do not have the fear of the Lord in them. Don’t let those people be an excuse for not going to church. There are a million excuses why you don’t have to go to church. Let’s look at one reason why you should go to church. Love. If you truly love God, you will live your life the way that Jesus tells us to. We are told to love God and to love even our enemies. We are also told to be forgiving: that includes all things from the past. Let it go to never be brought up again. You will be forgiven the same measure that you forgive others. Are you still bringing up the past? Do you want God to bring up your past on judgment day? Do you think that you are the only person who has the power to change someone? God says that those who believe in Him and follow Him are made as a new creature. So if you are not willing to let God take charge of your life, then you will never be the person He intends for you to be. Give up your self-righteous attitude. You are not a good person. You are a sinner like everyone else and you fall way short of the glory of God. Repent today and let God change your heart. Let Him take your anger and your pain away. Let Go, Let God!
So maybe now you realize the need to go to church but you don’t know where to start. Remember, that bigger is not always better. The church must teach the Bible. They must teach the Ten Commandments (God’s Law) along with the Gospel (God Offers Sinful People Eternal Life). Without the Law, you will fall back into your old sinful ways. When a pastor preaches the Law, give thanks to God for opening your eyes and your ears to the Truth. Don’t be mad at the preacher but rejoice that you now understand you are a sinner. Make sure the pastor says that Jesus is the only way to heaven. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life: No man comes to the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
There is no other name under heaven, whereby we must be saved. Watching church on TV is not the same as going to church. Not every TV evangelist preaches God’s Word. Many of them preach that you have to buy your way to salvation. Do not listen to them. There is one in particular who preaches that for some people, they only need to believe in God, that it is not necessary for them to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. There is another one who does miraculous healings and professes himself to be a prophet of God. History has shown that his prophecies did not come true. They all require the same thing. Buy their books; give money to their telethon and you will be saved. The Bible tells us how to discern if someone is truly a prophet of God. If one of their prophecies does not come true then that man is not a prophet of God. Do not listen to him. That is why it is so important that you read the Bible each and every day and learn God’s Word. (Personal note) I used to be like you. I was a Christian but did not believe church was necessary. In my late 20’s, I stepped foot into a church and was taught God’s Word. This church had a prophet and it was essential that you believe in the prophet in order to go to heaven. The Mormon Church is so full of false prophets, beginning with Joseph Smith, the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He prophesized that Jesus would return in his lifetime: never happened! If even only one prophecy does not come true then that man is a false prophet. I left the Mormon Church when my eyes were opened. It took me three years to see the Truth and to leave. I do not want that to happen to you. Following a false prophet will not get you to heaven.
You must acknowledge that Jesus is the ONLY way to heaven. Joseph Smith said that “he” held the keys to heaven. If you are in the Mormon Church, please get out.
Find a church that preaches the Ten Commandments and tells you that Jesus is the ONLY way to heaven!