The Pastor\’s Pen

An Independent Baptist Preacher\’s Musings and Observations

Church Attendance – The Right Reason

Posted by Pastor Szekely on February 12, 2008

Grumpy Man

You don’t have to go to church to be a Christian“!

How many times have you heard that from someone? My response is this: “You’re right…you don’t have to go to church to be a Christian, but a Christian will want to go to church!”

Church attendance has been attacked for various reasons, but I think there might be a valid reason for remarks made by some people: Many “churchgoers” go to church for all the wrong reasons. In fact even now, you may know of some people and their reasons on why they go to church.

You may know of the “Sammy and Sally Showoff” family who comes primarily just to strut the latest fashions or to let others know of their newest car that they really can’t afford, but it was worth it just for impression’s sake. Or you may know of “Lenny and Leta Loudmouths” who, when they get your attention, will talk you into one of the church’s corners with gossiping and boasting. And you may also know of “The Menpleaser Family”, Matt and Mandy, along with their cousins, “Phil and Phoebe Pharisee”. They’re the families who love all the attention drawn on them for “all the work” they’ve accomplished for the Lord.

You may have met these folks, or this may even be you. Let’s not think that people without the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour, along with other Christians, don’t pick these traits up in ones who attend church for the wrong reasons.

So: What IS the right reason to attend church? Well, let me answer that in this way. When we’re really sick or hurting we wouldn’t go to a hospital just to see a hospital room; we’d go to the hospital to get well. When we’re out of food we wouldn’t go to a grocery store just to answer a survey on “did the cashier greet you today“; we’d buy some food. And if we had to go to Court we wouldn’t go to Court just to see a courtroom; we’d go to Court to find justice. SO: we shouldn’t attend church to show off, gossip, or even to boast on or draw attention to ourselves; we shouldn’t attend church just to visit with friends or even just to participate in some “fun” activity; we should attend church so that we would get to know God in a greater way.

That’s the right reason – to know God in a greater way. Yes, God does give us the command to “forsake not the assembling of ourselves together” and we should go out of obedience…but beyond obedience…when you obey, you’ll want to know God in a greater way!



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