God wants your butt in a pew
Some liberal "Christians" are under the misapprehension that the practices and doctrines of the church you attend are unimportant. Some would even go as far as to say that Christians don't need to go to church; a relationship with Jesus is all that matters. These heretics have coined a derogatory term for the belief that belonging to and participating in a true church are important – churchianity. Here is an example of the kind of drivel you can expect to hear from these people.
There are 613 commandments in the Bible, and God expects us to keep every one of them (Jas 2:10). While we aren't expressly commanded to go church, we are commanded not to not go to church.
Heb 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.
Christians are commanded to love one another, comfort one another (1 Thess 5:11), even sing to one another (Eph 5:19) and use their spiritual gifts for the edification of one another (1 Pet 4:10). You can't do these things if you aren't involved in a church.
So where do these theologically-challenged people who make up words like churchianity get their ideas of what the early church was like from? Not the Bible. Perhaps from history books. But we know the Bible is true; therefore if history is at variance with the Bible, then history is wrong. And if you are going to believe history books over the Bible, you might as well stop pretending to be a Christian.
But I think most of these people just don't like going to church. They find it boring. They don't like the company of Christians. They don't like submitting to authority. They don't like being subject to discipline. Well, that's fine. In that case, they probably won't like heaven* anyway – because then they will be in the company of Christians for ever, ceaselessly worshiping God. They should just stop pretending to be Bible-believing Christians.
* Heaven will be a lot like church. The church is Christ's bride (Eph 5:22-27), and heaven is the marriage supper of the Lamb (Rev 19:7-10).
Gen 6:6-7 And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
Last edited by Pim Pendergast; 01-20-2014 at 12:45 PM. Reason: Finishing touches
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