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Is it a sin not to go to church every single Sunday?

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No it is not a sin not to go to church every Sunday. It might be wiser to go to chuch as often as you can on Sabbath (Saturday) since He went there on that day, giving us a very good example to follow.
We should not forsake worshipping the Lord with fellow Christians, to encourage one another to do the Lord's will.
---Pierr5358 on 6/18/09

Post the address of the Church you so love. I am not even Catholic but I will personally write them and even send them money to provide for your transportation that you will be able to go and see the authorities of that Church you so love and get to the bottom of this mess you are telling. If you can't go, I will get them to see you. The only thing I ask is that we post right here on this blog all the proceedings of this case for all to see. So, get ready and lets get to the bottom of this.
---Nana on 6/18/09

There is no reason that you cannot have mass at home. Assure your little one that Gods kingdom is in his heart and that he has to look no further than that to find God. God is not at a building but lives in his heart. He knows this but he is confused your little one is. I find it a great sin when they pass the plate and ask for money in church. that they only want heads and money at church anymore, they really dont teach compassion and that Jesus through out the money chargers "Gods house is a house of PRAYER and you made a den of theifs!" Read Jesus words in Red to your son and he will hear the Spirit of truth speak to his heart.
---Reverend_Shahzad on 6/18/09

I am highly upset. I love Church and my catholic faith. I have a problem with hypocrites telling me and my children that certain things are a sin when they do not know our circumstances (we do not have reliable transportation at the time). My son's catechism teacher told him today it was a sin not to go to church. He is 9 years old and loves God with all his heart. He has actually stated he wants to be a Priest. I unfortunately am unable to attend mass on a regular basis. I have yet to find a passage in scripture where it states it is a sin. I know my commandments and do not see in there where it is a sin. Can someone PLEASE help me with a frightened child. He thinks he will go to hell if we do not attend mass EVERY Sunday.
---Winona on 6/18/09

You shouldn't look at it like it's an obligation. It's a priviledge to be able to go and praise the Lord with other believers! The scripture tells us not to forsake the gathering of the brethren, especially when we see the day of the Lord approaching. Satan's whole objective is to get us seperated from the body of Christ, because that's what a wolf does to a flock of sheep in order to kill one! You need the body of Christ in your life, and as often as you can get it. We all have spiritual gifts that we're to share with one another in order to build us up as the bride of Christ! Yes, you should definately be in church, and not just on Sunday! His Word is a life style, and a means of survival til Jesus returns! God bless!
---Bryan on 2/7/09

First, why do we attend church?
For worship? Fellowship? God's Word? These are all things we need, but shouldn't they be a part of our everday life? Not just Sundays.
---Jimmy on 2/6/09

,steveng, denominational churches are not from Satan. Denomination, means a class of people named for their basic beliefs, is in the Bible. According to contexts the Greek words "meros" and "airesis" are used to refer to denominations, namely, the Nazarenes (followed Jesus of Nazareth), the Pharisees (prideful Ministers), and the Sadducees (legalists). Tertullus accuses Paul, saying, "...this man a ringleader of the denomination of the Nazarenes." Acts 24:5. "And when Paul perceived that one denomination were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out...For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both." Acts 23:6,8.
---Eloy on 2/6/09


Using that logic, this blog must be a creation of Satan too, since there is confusion and a lack of unity and harmony among the participants. I call it human nature, and you can't get away from that whether you're in or out of church. Whether we gather in a park, someone's home or a building, we are to be like-minded, reason together, love one another, not be contentious, etc. Not so easy to do, though, Christians have trouble doing this even on a blog. Why? Human nature.

Have you ever encountered even one human being who agrees with your understanding of the Bible on EVERY point? You probably won't find a church like that, either. Churches have many problems, just like individuals.
---Laurie on 2/6/09

StevenG, so are you implying that we who attend denominational churches are doing the devil's work, or are you saying that you are on higher moral ground than the rest of us because you don't attend? Just curious. God bless!
---JohnnyB on 2/5/09

Denominational "churches" are a creation of Satan.

He is the father of confusion. If all denominations are Christian, why is there no unity, no harmony? Every denominational "church" has their own traditions, ways of living, and interpretations of the bible. A newly born Christian would surely be confused about what "church" to join. The true church is not a denomination, a non-profit corporation, or a building.

The true "church" ARE the people, the Christians, period. The names of the churches in the NT are simply the locations of certain groups of Christians, not denominations. God wants a personal, one-on-one relationship thru Jesus, not thru a denomination.
---Steveng on 2/5/09

Jane, sounds like you have had some bad experiences finding the right church, but I'm convinced you will find the right one. My problem is finding a church that teaches grace. I've only found a few pastors that understand the grace concept. When I relocated, I tried church after church. I either had my "ears tickled" or was beat over the head with the law. Sometimes they mixed a lot of law with a little grace. When the church started in the book of Acts, they were all in one accord and the same mind in grace. We are saved by grace not by works. I only know one church doctrine that teaches its a sin to miss church service.
---Bob on 2/4/09

because some man went to seminary school he can stand up and preach to other believers. People in church are unfriendly/judgmental. I have been to several churches they are cliquish/dont reach out, a bunch of tradition started by man. have neighbors come over for homechurch. one church was so politically correct the pastor did not want to offend anyone he wouldnt preach on Revelation. the deacons are mean/hateful men that wont talk to people that are not at their income level. The only church I actually liked/thought the pastor was so godly he left his wife/3 children ran off w/another woman. Church today is nothing like the church in Biblical times. Why would I follow some pastor, when I have access to everything he has, Jesus and the Bible
---Jane on 2/4/09

Rod~ I really liked what you said, and that was very insightful. I see churches in quite a similar way as you do. I always say on these blogs that I feel 'AA' meetings much more resemble what 'church' should be like than the 'corporate' type churches of our day. I have been to a few open AA meetings with friends, and was inspired by their honesty, humble hearts, seeking to grow spiritually, and diligently striving to turn from some sinful ways.

Keep speaking from the heart, it has been a pleasure and interest to learn some of your viewpoints.

---Anne on 1/3/09

No. Having read some of these comments, I have a few more. I have a great desire to have fellowship and alway thought it would be at church. For the most part I gave up on that. Most excursions to church consist of saying, hi, how are you? Maybe, how was your week? Almost never, what is God teaching you this week or today? Almost never, how is your walk with the Lord? Most that command church going point to Heb. 10:25. Heb 10:24, says to "consider how to stimulate one another to love." VS 25 also says "to encourage one another." The command is not to go to Church, it's to have fellowshop. It almost can't happen at mega-churches. One of the best places is with a small group of people who are seeking the Lord.
---Rod on 1/2/09

believers gathering together is for the purpose of
* worshiping God,
* hearing the word of God to grow thereby,
* to bring unbelievers to hear the gospel and be saved,
* for believers to edify and encourage one another who are in test and trial,
* to meet the needs of people who are less fortunate among them,
* pray corporately for God's will to be done concerning those attending as well as secular people in authority and the community.
- Jesus attended the Jewish synagogue every Sabbath. we should all desire to fully follow after Him in not neglecting to assemble together with believers.
---opalgal on 1/1/09

"were for the first time called Christians" (Acts 11:26).

"But Felix, having a rather accurate knowledge of THE WAY..." (Acts 24:22).

"I am THE WAY..." (John 14:6).

In order to be a member in good standing of any group/club, you must follow all of it's rules (including worship center attendance), but if you only have eyes for The Lord (love Him instead of the bible, etc.), The Lord will take notice of your love for Him and ensure that you learn the "depths of God" (1 Corin. 2:10).

Jesus built the new "worship center"/outer temple in three days (John 2:19, 21). We are the INNER temple (1 Corin. 3:16 and 6:19).
---more_excellent_way on 1/1/09

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yes it is indeed a sin to not go to church when i hired in at my place of employment i had to go to work every day to get paid why does a person claim to be a christian and the bible says to forsake not the assembling of your selves together
---gene on 12/31/08

Heb 10:25-27. Perhaps it is best to find a good definition of what sin is. Start there. I read here a lot of excuses about churches or people, what about God? If your heart is not being pulled to go worship God with all of your mind, heart and soul then maybe the problem is in the church you have chosen to worship in. Seek God and ask Him to lead you to Him. If someone said they would give you $168 and the only thing they ask is that you give them back $1, what would you say? God gives us life. He gives us 168 hours a week and asks that we give Him 1 hour. May God bless you!
---Blessed on 12/31/08

Church should be used as a place to learn with/from others for a true path towards their own faith and spirituality. It is an OPTION to go to church. Nobody is the same, just because someone is not social about their faith does NOT make it a sin. It is rediculous how much guilt people press on others just for not going to church.
---Scott_R on 11/15/08

I only used to go to church to collect information on the latest heresies that were being taught, meet with fellow human beings (usually complete strangers passing through) who spoke English, and buy second hand books. Then I realized I was being hypocritical worshipping together with people who I had nothing in common with. I felt out of place, even the target of unwanted attention. After years of being totally ignored, when one person started to be overfriendly, I had completely lost trust in 'Christians' and decided to skip church altogether. I realized that information gathering was a game for two. LOL
---frances008 on 11/3/08

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Mima: I find it hard to believe that a person says and believes that they are a Christian but don't have a desire to go to church. So by the scripture you gave me 1 John 2:20, I am anointed by God and I know all things? So yeah I agree with you I am anointed by God. But I don't claim to know everything. I do know that if a person doesn't go to church, they can't grow in the Lord like they need to.
---Rebecca_D on 11/3/08

How does this statement,"Yes as a born again Christian, we need to be in church. A person can't grow in the Lord if they don't go to a good church that teaches the truth about the Lord." from Rebecca square up with this statement from the Bible.

"But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things" 1st. John 2-20 ??
---mima on 11/3/08

My pastor told me a few sundays ago that as long as we don't go to church then satan is happy. This pastor also tells lies and doesn't even seem to have a conscience about it.
---Shane on 11/2/08

Yes as a born again Christian, we need to be in church. A person can't grow in the Lord if they don't go to a good church that teaches the truth about the Lord. There is no excuse for a Christian not to go to church Unless they are not able to go or do not have a way. If they don't have a way to church and have a desire to go, then someone in the church should go and pick them up. If a person (Christian) is able to go shopping for hours on end then they are able to go to church. God gives each Christian a desire to be in church. If that person doesn't have a desire to be in God's house then I doubt if their walk with God is serious. Also if a person just goes to church just to gossip, then they need to just stay home.
---Rebecca_D on 9/29/08

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NO. God does not ask u to go to Church. He ask u to be the church. If u r a born again christian, u r a Disciple of God and u r to go out and spread the word of God. Be a Christian, not a church goer.
---Charla on 9/29/08

Wayne is right. I agree with you all the way.
---joy on 9/25/08

The true church is the heart. I will never believe its a sin not to go to church. I do believe it is sin to forget about the Sabbath. No Im not jewish or 7 day Adv. Sunday is not the day of worship anyway. God does not live in a building made by human hands. Strange how christain doctrine makes people feel guilty for not going to church, but yet says we are free from the law?????????
---wayne on 9/24/08

TINY:What does that prove to be in church whenever the doors are open? That does not make us better Christians. Or special. Some people feel they are better Christians because they have mastered some disciplines and have been delivered from some sin(s). Going to church is good and right but if I don't go, I don't fret and feel guilty, like I use to.
---Robyn on 9/23/08

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I think you should be in church when ever the doors are open unless you have a good reason not to be there. Church is were you Glearn about God and his teachings. You can hold church in your house, yard whereever you please. As long as God is in it. I feel if you are a true christian, and you are truely serveing God from your heart, you will want to be in church. No you don't have to go to church to make it to heaven, he says as long as you beleive in him and receive him in your heart as your Lord and savior and try not to sin and ask him for forgiveness of your sins you will go to heaven to be with him. But it is bad when it takes a person to be on his death bed to except God in there live, but it's never to late.
---TINY on 9/10/08

No, it probably isn't. And it's not a sin to not pray or read your Bible every day either. But why would you chose not to? God has ordained the gathering of the believers to be a special place of encouragement, comfort, meeting needs of others, sharing of ministry and spiritual gifts, and the giving of testimony. People who don't want to go may not understand why they should go. If not for themselves, they should go for the benefit of others.
---john on 3/13/08

Read this post very slowly think about it.
Go to what church?

We are the church! We are told too seek out fellowship with one another.

In fact, if you are seeking a "local" church to attend... go ask your neighbor if he has been born again - and begin fellowshipping with one another!"
---William on 7/28/07
---Mima on 7/29/07

Rebecca, I dont think you were harsh at all.The truth be said, I've only been to a couple of churches. One more than the others,but that was out of respect for my mother, I didn't really enjoy it. It was like, I've heard it all before...It's probably hard for pastor's to come up with new and interesting sermon's though. Maybe I would be happier at a Bible study group, or something similar to that.
---sue on 7/29/07

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I fell away and didn't go to church for a long time..then when I finally returned...I don't know how I lived without it! Truly the day God wants us for himself and nothing else is very important.
I can not allow myself to not go to church again! If you don't go i would suggest asking God or forgiveness for not putting Him first on this day which is reserved for Him.
Making it a sin not to go to church.
---Lisa on 7/29/07

No it is not sinful if we do not go to church every Sunday. We go to church because it is good and right to do so. We are in obedience to God when we do so. We get strength from the pastor, other sis & bro's in Christ,leaders. We grow and mature from hearing the Word of God. We receive rest and refreshing for our spirit/souls. Many other benefits we get from church.
---Robyn on 7/28/07

In the old testament times they only went to church 3 times a year Passover,Pentacost, Feast of Tabernacles.Sabbath means day of rest just as God rested after working 6 days so should we. I church everyday with the Shepherds Chapel. I do not belong to any local churches as all I have been to do not teach the truth so what is the point in going to a church that does not teach the truth and spends 45 minutes or more on 2 verses whos whole meaning would be changed had they read the prior or latter verses.
---Trish on 7/29/07

churching is good, but good churching is scarce. Is your church edifying or quenching the Spirit? If it is edifying as instructed in the Bible, then should want to go, but if it is hindering you, then you should not want to go and you could find another one or else start your own.
---Eloy on 7/29/07

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Go to what church?

We are the church! We are told too seek out fellowship with one another.

In fact, if you are seeking a "local" church to attend... go ask your neighbor if he has been born again - and begin fellowshipping with one another!
---William on 7/28/07

Catherine: You haven't started your church yet, and you're already turning people away?With that attitude, I don't believe hardly anyone will be there.
---Rebecca_D on 7/28/07

I am one of those people whom has to go to church. It is more than a desire to go. When all hell comes at me and my family. Church is my Sanctuary. If Satan came to church, he didn't come with me, I left his butt outside. Others may not want to go for some reason. But for me I need to go. It is my home away from home, until I get to my real home.
---Rebecca_D on 7/27/07

Is it a sin not to go to church every single Sunday? No. Is it a sin for women to wear pants and makeup? No...etc. What about Christians who are homebound? God wants his true people to assemble together, strengthen each other, but He don't say it's a sin if we don't go to church, in some cases, you may lose out on some spiritual blessings/edifying messages, from the Lord. Man-made/inspired doctrines = useless (2 Timothy 4:2-4). God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 7/27/07

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Bob now that is up to God. We do not have a church to see how big a congragation we can accumlate, no. I aim to please my Savior and never man. I don't want your money, I am not planning on a big church. It will be purely worshiping God and not the worshiping of the devil, so you are not WELCOME.
---catherine on 7/21/07

Ex 20:8 ..the sabbath day...keep it holy.
:11 ..the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Mt 22:37 Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.
:38 This is the first and great commandment.

Which do you think God would have you do to show your love for Him, obey Him by praising, worshiping & attending church, or do something else?
---a_servant on 7/21/07

catherine, after conversion sometimes I would find myself looking at a sinner and saying to myself "I can't stand HIs wickedness" at times I would find myself being pushed away from them because of my attitude toward their sin. One day God moved on me and said "You were once the exact same way."
---Matthew_from_LA on 7/21/07

"The answer is NO! Infact if you are sitting week after week listening to a false preacher you will wound up in Hell"

When do you plan to start your own church, catherine? Who do you think will come?
Will it be your family?
---Bob on 7/21/07

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Tim:This is an open forum. Believers and unbelievers alike.When all is said and done we still need to seek Jesus for ourselves and work out our own soul salvation. This blog was not designed to take the place of good counseling, pastoring or church. It is simply a tool for bloggers to get together and share our faith and experiences. If someone wants to get saved, receive a revelation or instruction in godliness, along the way, then that's really wonderful.This blog is a wonderful witnessing tool.
---Robyn on 7/21/07

Sue, If I was harsh with my reply to you, I apologize to you. I too have been in churches where it was boring. I'd see women coloring with their child or cleaning out their purse. My husband and I searched and searched for a church. It took us at least 6 months to find a Holy Ghost filled church. God led us into such a church and we've been there for 5 years. Seek God and he'll lead you into the church he can most you.
---Rebecca_D on 7/20/07

---Danielle do you equate churchgoing with salvation. Do you believe they are the same.
---Mima on 7/20/07

Sue: Another sad posts but probably true. I have been in churches like this. I moved my fellowship. This is why we need to be in the right type church. Pray and ask God to direct you to a praise and worship church that is on fire with the Holy Ghost. I refuse to support or attend a dead ,fleshly or boring church. I have a right to worship and praise God to the fullest. That I will continue to do. I love my church.
---Robyn on 7/20/07

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The answer is NO! Infact if you are sitting week after week listening to a false preacher you will wound up in Hell/ But I also will tell you who are the stupidest people on the face of this Earth and they are the Unbelievers. Because they are following the Devil right into HELL. Yet that look upon the Believers as the stupid ones. How crazy can that be?
---catherine on 7/20/07

Sue: Maybe it isn't boredom, that your experiencing, maybe it is God/ the word stepping on your toes. If I went to several different churches and still found it boring, something is wrong somewhere. All the churhes around you can't be boring.
---Rebecca_D on 7/20/07

Ramon,"I never said Paul was my leader" Rom 6.16 says If you "Obey" someone then you are a slave of that one .Right? Paul commands and you obey,then he is your leader!(master). Also do you believe the "apocrypha" are inspired? A billion Catholics do and you don't means you pick and choose which scripture is inspired.What makes you different than me?
---1st_cliff on 7/20/07

If your church offers a Sun & Wed service you should go to both or one once a week to get Gods word. The church I go to offers a sat evening,2 sunday services & a wed service so that is 4 chances to get Gods word.I also this week accepted a childrens ministry position & they suggest to stay spiritually focused by attending 1 service a week when not teaching the class. So yes you should unless a fever arises.
---candice on 7/20/07

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Sue, I don't know if you've had a true conversion, yet. If you had, you wouldn't feel that way about Church or the Word. Your desire would be so great for more understanding, you would want to devour the Word by Chapters until you couldn't absorb any more for the day. Reading the Word wouldn't cause you to lose interest after a paragraph or two.
Sue, have you ever talked with a pastor, preacher, clergy - anyone at all?
---Tim on 7/20/07

Sue, while you say you're learning more here, you are also learning error. There is a great deal of think so's and spiritual error being discussed every day. If the Moderator eliminated it all, and made all the judgment calls, there would be very few blogs left. So a wide variety of denominations and issues are discussed as a way to weed out the true from the false. If you don't know the difference, you could fall for spiritual errors and not even know it.
---Tim on 7/20/07

If you don't go to Church, your growth will be very stunted. You'll repeat what knowledge you have, over and over, until 5 years go by without moving past GO.
Television will teach you word faith, that's about it. Sowing, reaping, and raking in money for your own checking account that rarely if ever is seen. It gives people some false hope towards the reaping end.
If you don't join yourself together with other Christians, your knowledge will evaporate before you can apply it.
---Tim on 7/20/07

Rebecca: if it is a problem within me, I am praying about it. No way do I think God is boring! How could anybody think that!? It's just that the churches I have went to, I end up feeling so guilty because I'm bored. I cant help it. It's like if you had to go to a 2 hour movie every week, the same one, and really slow and mind numbing bore, if you had a choice, would you keep going? Jack: where does it say it's a very serious sin in our Bible? thanks, sue
---sue on 7/20/07

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Sue * Why not go? Because it's boring! I'm sorry to everyone who loves church, but I cant be anything but totally honest here.*

Wow sue, may God forgive you. You find the things of God boring. Sue, you should ask God for forgiveness right now. You find praising God, studying the Word, and gathering with believers boring.

Do you just sit down at Church doing nothing? Maybe its you not the Church.
---Ramon on 7/20/07

I find any Church that fears the gifts of the Holy Spirit "boring".
---Matthew_from_LA on 7/19/07

Because of health problems, I have not been able to go to church in a long time. I really miss it-the preaching, singing, and the fellowship. I don't think it's at all boring. I do watch preaching on tv, but it definitely is not the same.
---Donna on 7/19/07

Cliff, are you still at it again? I never said Paul was my leader. There you again putting words into people's mouth. You haven't change Cliff. You reject Paul's writings. You reject the Gospel of Luke too. Unlike you, I believe the WHOLE Bible. You pick and choose which books are true or false. Cliff, have you been in streets preaching the Gospel? Jesus said we should. You reject that too, right? Jesus commanded Baptism and the Lord's Supper. You reject that too. You only believe some of Jesus' words.
---Ramon on 7/19/07

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Cliff.#2 Hebrews was not written By Paul. So you reject the Book of Hebrew also. Interesting..... Wow Cliff, your really have a odd Bible! Only 25 books in your Bible? Maybe less?
---Ramon on 7/19/07

If you are able to go, you need to go. If one does not have a desire to go, then one can't make them go. I try to go everytime the doors are open. Sue, the reason why you think it is boring, is because you make it boring. Maybe the problem lies within you, instead of others in the church. If you go and find yourself board, you are quenching the spirit. You find it boring, because you go with the wrong attitude. By saying church is like saying God is boring.
---Rebecca_D on 7/19/07

The supernatural church is a people and is never boring. The worship is in spirit and in truth, the preaching is in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, the people are edified and exhorted. Christ is made known and the operation, administration, and manifestation of the Spirit takes place. People are healed, delivered, and set free.
---Linda on 7/19/07

If you haven't experienced a supernatural God in a supernatural people called the church, then perhaps you should pray that it would begin in you so that the light in you would shine in the darkness around you and make a noticeable change. Don't wait around for revival to come to others. You be the "starter". The next one who joins will be the gear shift. Then the wheels will roll with the wheel within and you will have a vehicle of God's glory and grace. That's a vehicle going somewhere.
---Linda on 7/19/07

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Ramon,Yes your leader Paul said ,in no uncertain terms....My leader Christ said no such thing! He said "Go therefore into all the world "(Mat. 28.19) I'll stick with Him. Paulites will continue their "ritualistic "religion.
---1st_cliff on 7/19/07

No.. we have liberty to miss church sometimes. We dont have to be there everytime the doors open. When we miss consistently week after week then we are in error and something is wrong. We should fellowship with our sisters and brothers to keep the unity and love. We need to be with like minded people in order to keep maturing and growing in our faith. Also it keeps us in obedience to God.
---Robyn on 7/19/07

Mima, the early Christians did attend church from the very beginning, even during the Roman persecutions under Nero in Rome. Church is not a building but a community that worships together. We are lucky that we have the freedom to build structures to worship in, our congregations have become much too large for the catecombs or upper chambers that used to be used for worship.
---lorra8574 on 7/19/07

Why not go? Because it's boring! I'm sorry to everyone who loves church, but I cant be anything but totally honest here.**

What you are saying is that you find the things of God (such as gathering with other believers to worship) boring, and this is a very serious sin.

Of course, it's a pop-evangelical idea that pious entertainment is the same thing as worship, and it should be about "what I get out of it."
---Jack on 7/19/07

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Is it a sin to make church going, legalistic?
---Lee on 7/19/07

Why not go? Because it's boring! I'm sorry to everyone who loves church, but I cant be anything but totally honest here. Maybe I havent found the right church, but from the one's I've been to: boring. I am not saying this to disrespect anyone and God bless you all. Should I go anyway? Is that what God wants? For me to be bored? I find I learn way more here, on CN!
---sue on 7/19/07

In regards to this question consider this fact, it was hundred and 25 years after the death of the Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross before the first physical New Testament church building was built. Does it stands to reason therefor that all those who died before building was built when to hell because they had no church building to attend church at!!
---Mima on 7/19/07

Its it a sin to miss church every Sunday? First, why not go to Church?

Hebrews 10:25 gives the command in no uncertain terms:"Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one anotherand all the more as you see the Day approaching."

The Early Church will meet every Sunday (first day of the week, Acts 20:7, I Cor 16:2, Col 2:16) to worship and take the Eucharist. Why not follow their example and command and go to church every Sunday?
---Ramon on 7/19/07

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The Bible says not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together - it's clear that we should go to church. People say that they can worship at home and don't go because of all the "hypocrites" at church. In my experience, if you let the words or actions of others keep you from attending church - the devil is getting the victory. I have learned to stand my ground internally if my feelings are hurt or I disagree with something at church - I know God wants me there and I go to please Him.
---melissa on 7/19/07

As I have said elsewhere, human activities don't all neatly divide into sins and non-sins.

The real question is barring sickness, necessary work, unable to get there, or otherwise providentially hindered.... why would you NOT go to church?

Are you looking for excuses to stay away?

I think it's more likely this ATTITUDE is where the sin lies.
---Jack on 7/19/07

I cannot think of one scripture that dictates mandatory, weekly attendance at church.
---Madison1101 on 7/18/07

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