Why is everyone insisting that I am a member of a church and encourage and be encouraged by the people there? People I do not yet know and trust! I am overwhelmed by adding new people to my life already... over the past year I have "met" friends and family that I had not seen in over 20 years.
"The church is not a
building. It is simply the sum total of all of those in Christ, His
believers. It is not an institution, but you should be surrounded by
other believers that build you up in the faith."
people say that and *still* insist that I am not following John 13:34-35
and Hebrews 10:24-25 because I am not attending church. Seems a bit of
cognitive dissonance is going on outside of the JW cult.
can and should fellowship and encourage outside of church. How many
people that attend church actually do that? Or do they just attend and
listen to a sermon and then leave? We support the body and love our
brothers and sisters when we nurture true friendships within the body of
Christ. I have my Lord Jesus Christ and His word to strengthen me
and I have my close circle of Christian friends and family to encourage
and be encouraged in turn. We can partake of the Lord's supper outside of church since
every Born Again Christian is a priest.
to church stirs up old feelings of being judged and loved based on my
attendance. I also feel that I need to fight against group thinking,
accepting certain beliefs and doctrines based on the majority, rather
than basing my beliefs on God's word and the Spirit's leadings.
10:24-25 "And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and
good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is
the manner of some, but exhorting one another" Yes, we can certainly
gather together, exhort, consider on another and stir up love and good
works without a church. "For where two or three have gathered together
in My name, I am there in their midst." Matthew 18:20