WE WISH to consider the
following two Scriptural statements in conjunction with one another.
Jesus Christ declared in the Sermon on the Mount, “But seek ye first
The word “church”
means assembly, and the church is the
Let us further scrutinize ourselves in reference to the assembly and its teaching program (and it indeed should involve real teaching, and not just some little “devotionals” and meaningless sweet nothings). Recognition of God and religion has been pushed out of our public schools by the secular humanists. Consequently, young people, as they study and prepare themselves for life day after day, get the impression that God and religion are unimportant and have nothing to do with life. It is sad to say, but many professing Christians subconsciously have absorbed this godless (and ungodly) way of thinking. They would not think of their children being absent from public school, nor tolerate it, but when it comes to Bible study at church, any truancy is allowable (whether it be staying home to study for public school, sports, scouts, going to the beach, or whatever comes up). Studying the Bible and Christianity are irrelevant to real life (that is what they in essence are saying, in spite of what the Lord said in Matthew 6:33). God is not first, if at all, in their lives. At other times visitors may come. The assembly is missed. Who comes first? The assembly is missed again (especially on Sunday evenings and the midweek). “Members” are seen absorbed in their watching of television or have gone to “take in” some worldly entertainment (or to be with their worldly friends). What has taken first place in their lives? In those “perilous times” of the last days that the apostle Paul said were coming, he states that people would be “lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God” (2 Timothy 3:1,4). And he is talking about religious people, too, for he said that they would be “having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof” (3:5).
We could go on with this little dissertation and even enlarge upon our thoughts derived from Matthew 6:33 and Hebrews 10:25. But church attendance is only the edge of the iceberg. Faithfulness in this respect would lead us to believe that a person is likewise conscientiously trying to be faithful in other areas of his life. Absence in church attendance indicates there are problems in a person’s life greater than missing church. Considering everything, is God really first in our lives?
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