I Have to Attend A Certain Denomination To Be Counted As “Real” A
hear so many people saying that if you are not a member of their
church then you’re not saved.
was told once that if I didn’t read this certain version of The
Bible I was going to burn in Hell.
does this stuff come from?
comes from pride.
comes from the need to be right.
comes from that need to prove everyone else is wrong.
before I get too far into this I must point out that I am not saying
it’s okay to not worship God.
is worthy of our worship. If we love God we will worship God, but how
is the issue here.
not saying that we don’t need to worship God, His Son Yeshua or The
Holy Spirit. We do.
I am going to touch on is the manner in which we worship.
denominations today have changed from worship to warship.
do not have to look very hard at all to spot them, they are the
“churches” who speak out on hot button political topics that
stand in direct opposition The Word of God all the while condemning
those who adhere to The Word of God.
we watch the news we hear of entire Denominations denying God by
accepting and promoting the worldly view. And if we leave a church
that teaches that sin is okay we may find yourself in a church that
if so judgmental and divisive that you see a few “on top” judging
the many “on the bottom”.
are the two types of “churches” that seem to make up the
majority of those in America today.
we wonder why nothing gets done, so many needs are not met and many
have grown to believe that it’s the governments job to do that
which The Church is called by God to do.
many churches get fat and rich while so many go homeless and hungry.
a look around many churches and think about that question.
you know that the money that any Christian Church collects from its
members is not theirs? It belongs to God. On a personal note, would
God be pleased with how your church spends His money?
are the hands and feet of Yeshua.
are we doing?
see what Yeshua has to say about the divisions within The Church
today, open your Bibles to Matthew chapter 12 starting in verse 33
from the NRSV:
‘Either make the tree good, and its fruit
good; or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad; for the tree is known
by its fruit. You brood of vipers! How can you speak good things,
when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth
speaks. The good person brings good things out of a good treasure,
and the evil person brings evil things out of an evil treasure. I
tell you, on the day of judgment you will have to give an account for
every careless word you utter; for by your words you will be
justified, and by your words you will be condemned.’”
now we can understand
why so many are leaving church and some are even leaving The Faith.
We have all witnessed backbiting, gossip and division in churches and
we have all seen entire families leave because of a callus few. Why
do we allow a few to destroy the faith of many?
let’s focus on if a
to attend a certain denomination or if
to attend church at all.
does Scripture say?
we look in the Old Testament, we see God calling for Israel to gather
at the Tent of Meeting
and later the Temple
during His festivals and
to observe The Sabbath.
rules, not mans,
are found in Leviticus
23, From the NRSV:
“The Lord spoke to Moses,
saying: Speak to the people of Israel and say to them: These are the
appointed festivals of the Lord that you shall proclaim as holy
convocations, my appointed festivals.
For six days
shall work be done; but the seventh day is a Sabbath of complete
rest, a holy convocation; you shall do no work: it is a sabbath to
the Lord throughout your settlements.
These are the
appointed festivals of the Lord, the holy convocations, which you
shall celebrate at the time appointed for them. In the first month,
on the fourteenth day of the month, at twilight, there shall be a
passover-offering to the Lord, and on the fifteenth day of the same
month is the festival of unleavened bread to the Lord; for seven days
you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall have a
holy convocation; you shall not work at your occupations. For seven
days you shall present the Lord’s offerings by fire; on the seventh
day there shall be a holy convocation: you shall not work at your
The Lord spoke to
Moses: Speak to the people of Israel and say to them: When you enter
the land that I am giving you and you reap its harvest, you shall
bring the sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest. He
shall raise the sheaf before the Lord, so that you may find
acceptance; on the day after the sabbath the priest shall raise it.
On the day when you raise the sheaf, you shall offer a lamb a year
old, without blemish, as a burnt-offering to the Lord. And the
grain-offering with it shall be two-tenths of an ephah of choice
flour mixed with oil, an offering by fire of pleasing odor to the
Lord; and the drink-offering with it shall be of wine, one-fourth of
a hin. You shall eat no bread or parched grain or fresh ears until
that very day, until you have brought the offering of your God: it is
a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your
And from the day
after the Sabbath, from the day on which you bring the sheaf of the
elevation-offering, you shall count off seven weeks; they shall be
complete. You shall count until the day after the seventh sabbath,
fifty days; then you shall present an offering of new grain to the
Lord. You shall bring from your settlements two loaves of bread as an
elevation-offering, each made of two-tenths of an ephah; they shall
be of choice flour, baked with leaven, as first fruits to the Lord.
You shall present with the bread seven lambs a year old without
blemish, one young bull, and two rams; they shall be a burnt-offering
to the Lord, along with their grain-offering and their
drink-offerings, an offering by fire of pleasing odor to the Lord.
You shall also offer one male goat for a sin-offering, and two male
lambs a year old as a sacrifice of well-being. The priest shall raise
them with the bread of the first fruits as an elevation-offering
before the Lord, together with the two lambs; they shall be holy to
the Lord for the priest. On that same day you shall make
proclamation; you shall hold a holy convocation; you shall not work
at your occupations. This is a statute for ever in all your
settlements throughout your generations.
When you reap the
harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your
field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest; you shall leave them
for the poor and for the alien: I am the Lord your God.
The Lord spoke to
Moses, saying: Speak to the people of Israel, saying: In the seventh
month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe a day of
complete rest, a holy convocation commemorated with trumpet blasts.
You shall not work at your occupations; and you shall present the
Lord’s offering by fire.
The Lord spoke to
Moses, saying: Now, the tenth day of this seventh month is the day of
atonement; it shall be a holy convocation for you: you shall deny
yourselves and present the Lord’s offering by fire; and you shall
do no work during that entire day; for it is a day of atonement, to
make atonement on your behalf before the Lord your God. For anyone
who does not practice self-denial during that entire day shall be cut
off from the people. And anyone who does any work during that entire
day, such a one I will destroy from the midst of the people. You
shall do no work: it is a statute for ever throughout your
generations in all your settlements. It shall be to you a Sabbath of
complete rest, and you shall deny yourselves; on the ninth day of the
month at evening, from evening to evening you shall keep your
The Lord spoke to
Moses, saying: Speak to the people of Israel, saying: On the
fifteenth day of this seventh month, and lasting seven days, there
shall be the festival of booths to the Lord. The first day shall be a
holy convocation; you shall not work at your occupations. For seven
days you shall present the Lord’s offerings by fire; on the eighth
day you shall observe a holy convocation and present the Lord’s
offerings by fire; it is a solemn assembly; you shall not work at
These are the
appointed festivals of the Lord, which you shall celebrate as times
of holy convocation, for presenting to the Lord offerings by
fire—burnt-offerings and grain-offerings, sacrifices and
drink-offerings, each on its proper day— apart from the Sabbaths of
the Lord, and apart from your gifts, and apart from all your votive
offerings, and apart from all your freewill-offerings, which you give
to the Lord.
fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the
produce of the land, you shall keep the festival of the Lord, lasting
seven days; a complete rest on the first day, and a complete rest on
the eighth day. On the first day you shall take the fruit of majestic
trees, branches of palm trees, boughs of leafy trees, and willows of
the brook; and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven
days. You shall keep it as a festival to the Lord seven days in the
year; you shall keep it in the seventh month as a statute for ever
throughout your generations. You shall live in booths for seven days;
all that are citizens in Israel shall live in booths, so that your
generations may know that I made the people of Israel live in booths
when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
declared to the people of Israel the appointed festivals of the
we read of times we are called to go before God, but aren’t these
of the old covenant?
they “just a shadow”?
if we turn our attention to the New Testament we find a thief and
assorted fishermen, tax collectors, a Pharisee and our Lord Yeshua.
5:17, from the NRSV reads:
not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have
come not to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I tell you, until
heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a
letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Therefore,
whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches
others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven;
but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the
kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds
that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom
What does that last sentence speak to us today? Do we permit and
affirm that which God forbids so we can be “accepted”, seats
full, offering plates full and the pastors “career” secure?
now we see where the question actually comes from. Folks come to
worship and get chewed up.
so far in Scripture we see no command to weekly worship service…
records the reaction
Yeshua had to the
legalistic folks of the day in
Chapter 2, let’s
start in verse 16 and read to verse 28. From the NRSV:
as he sat at dinner in Levi’s house, many tax-collectors and
sinners were also sitting with Jesus and his disciples—for there
were many who followed him. When the scribes of the Pharisees saw
that he was eating with sinners and tax-collectors, they said to his
disciples, ‘Why does he eat with tax-collectors and sinners?’
When Jesus heard this, he said to them, ‘Those
who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I
have come to call not the righteous but sinners.’
disciples and the Pharisees were fasting; and people came and said to
him, ‘Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees
fast, but your disciples do not fast?’ Jesus said to them, ‘The
wedding-guests cannot fast while the bridegroom is with them, can
they? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot
fast. The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them,
and then they will fast on that day.
one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak; otherwise, the
patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is
made. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the
wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the
skins; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins.’
One sabbath he
was going through the cornfields; and as they made their way his
disciples began to pluck heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him,
‘Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?’ And
he said to them, ‘Have you never read what
David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need of food?
He entered the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate
the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the
priests to eat, and he gave some to his companions.’ Then he
said to them, ‘The sabbath was made for
humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; so the Son of Man is
lord even of the sabbath.’ ”
is Lord over The Sabbath? And yet how few observe The Sabbath.
yet observance of The Sabbath still does not demand “Church
Attendance”. The weekly Sabbath requires that we do not work for
profit, and this is explained further as we get deeper into Gods
teaches us in Romans 14
we do we do for The Lord:
those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarreling
over opinions. Some believe in eating anything, while the weak eat
only vegetables. Those who eat must not despise those who abstain,
and those who abstain must not pass judgment on those who eat; for
God has welcomed them. Who are you to pass judgment on servants of
another? It is before their own lord that they stand or fall. And
they will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make them stand.
judge one day to be better than another, while others judge all days
to be alike. Let all be fully convinced in their own minds. Those who
observe the day, observe it in honor of the Lord. Also those
who eat, eat in honor of the Lord, since they give thanks to God;
while those who abstain, abstain in honor of the Lord and give thanks
We do not live to
ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. If we live, we live to the
Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or
whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and
lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the
Why do you pass
judgment on your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise your
brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of
God. For it is written,
‘As I live, says the Lord, every knee
shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall give praise to God.’
then, each of us will be accountable to God.
Let us therefore
no longer pass judgment on one another, but resolve instead never to
put a stumbling-block or hindrance in the way of another.
I know and am
persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but it
is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. If your brother or
sister is being injured by what you eat, you are no longer walking in
love. Do not let what you eat cause the ruin of one for whom Christ
died. So do not let your good be spoken of as evil. For the kingdom
of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in
the Holy Spirit. The one who thus serves Christ is acceptable to God
and has human approval. Let us then pursue what makes for peace and
for mutual edification.
Do not, for the
sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean,
but it is wrong for you to make others fall by what you eat; it is
good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that makes your
brother or sister stumble. The faith that you have, have as your own
conviction before God. Blessed are those who have no reason to
condemn themselves because of what they approve. But those who have
doubts are condemned if they eat, because they do not act from faith;
for whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.”
read about observing days, but what days are they speaking of? The
days Paul are speaking of are nothing less than the Sabbath days, and
there are actually more than just the weekly Sabbath. There are new
moon Sabbaths and High Holy Sabbaths such as the Day of Atonement.
Paul states that some view some days while others view all days as
Holy to God. But, still no mention as to required church or
denomination attendance. Those are rules man added.
honestly, I believe fellowship with other believers is important.
also believe that a church body can do more to help a hurting world.
But I also have to admit that there are too many being missed and too
many hurting. There needs to be more done to help the hurting, and
not by the government.
also believe that fellowship is not restricted to a single church or
a certain denomination.
can be at home with a family gathering to study Gods Holy Word, at
work reaching out to a co-worker who is having troubles or is
searching for truth.
can’t some accept the words
of our Savior recorded in Matthew 18:20, “For
two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”
or three, not such a large number is it?
how big does a church need to be? Large enough to act, small enough
to care. Personally.
church attendance required to be saved? The answer depends on how you
view the title “Church”.
says the Church is the body of believers, not a building.
gave us the size requirement, “where two or three...”
are Godly Church bodies out there, but the question was “do I have
to attend...” and we have seen that Scripture guides us to the
answer “no”. Although many find strength in the gathering for
weekly service it is not a requirement for salvation.
Faith in Yeshua as The lamb of God, whose life, death and
resurrection offers to cleans us from our sins depending on the
condition of ones heart. By the term “condition” I mean does one
accept Yeshua as their personal Savior and have they confessed
their sin and repented of them? Have they surrendered all to Him? If
the answers are “yes” then they are The Church.