Update (Sept. 19): Nearly 21,500 churches participated in Sunday's Back to Church nationwide outreach. Some churches held special events, while others explained why a special event wasn't needed.
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Dear Friends in Christ.....(my 2 cents worth!)
If a person, has a genuine conversion experience, and is walking with the Lord, then, he/she, will go to a FELLOWSHIP....I am not calling the gathering A CHURCH....The Bible exorts us, as to Not to refrain, in the assembling of believers...
So, the first action...is OBEDIENCE TO THE WORD OF GOD...
Then, ofcourse, we come together for "corporate" WORSHIP....and then the "koinonia fellowship"....
At the WORSHIP, Prayers are lifted up, In Praise & Worship, and for one another...including CONFESSION & for the SICK.....In fact most evangelical fellowships, do not even know, what the Nicene Creed or the Appostles Creed, or the differences are....(I would suggest that most Pastors too, do not know it, in the first place)...For most Pastors, they have a JOB, and NOT A CALLING....They play the game of "politics" and have PROGRAMMES, rather than worship services....
When we genuinely seek GOD, even the devil will flee from there....
My humble question is for all of us who're wondering about this issue of "church attendance." Why do we seem to concentrate on church attendance at all? Does not God call us to have an ongoing relationship with HIM via the Lord Jesus Christ? And where is there any personal accountability in our intimate relationship with the Lord if not between us disciples? Men should be accountable with men and the same for women with women. Otherwise how can we inspire, encourage and admonish one another to love God, love each other and to live accordingly?
After all, is it not Jesus Himself Who commands us to love one another and by this, all people will know that we are HIS disciples [John 13:34-35]? Well?
@Jim Bartlett: "True Christians always agree in their inmost being on the essentials, but not always in their thinking." But that response begs a GIANT question: who / what authority decides what is "essential"? Back when I was a fundamentalist Baptist, the particular Baptist sect I belonged to considered baptism by total immersion "essential" ... also not allowing anyone not a member of that particular, local church to take communion at that local church when the local church took Communion ("closed communion"). Both were considered "essential". "The 'unknowing' of Buddhism, is that really satisfying to you?" Not a question of what is "satisfying", but of what is TRUE. My concern is truth, not satisfaction, and IMHO Buddhist skepticism about spiritual / religious matters is much more TRUE than Christian doctrinal systems that have ethics and the afterlife laid out like a map of the Santa Monica Freeway. The 41K denominations suggest that NO ONE knows & skepticism is justified.
@JamesCowles -- while I think this is a stupid article about nonissues for church attendance, I find these responses miss the point as well. Instead of being about interpretation/ reasoning/denominations, the core of faith is: Jesus claimed to be God come to earth. 41000 differences? True Christians always agree in their inmost being on the essentials, but not always in their thinking.
The "unknowing" of Buddhism, is that really satisfying to you? If you only have "postmodern" beliefs about (not)knowing, only believing-- then I suggest to find the Truth, looking directly into Jesus' own life, teaching ,interactions with people and death. After all, Jesus was Pre-postmodern, Pre-Buddhist.
The Reformation? Brought through Luther's examination of himself and the church of his time., a corrective from God's revelation. Not a license to spiritual self-decisions. Whatever studies the Pew or Barna say about non/belief, we can only seek and know God thru supernatural means, not our minds.
@Hal Sanders: "Mr. Cowles: You say you attend a Buddhist temple. If so, why do you even visit this site, unless it is to rant and argue?" To keep from living in an echo chamber where all I ever hear are opinions that agree with mine, sorta-kinda like the conservative evangelical Christian subculture. Think of me as Socrates in Athens, minus the hemlock -- so far.
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