Boaz Baptist Chronicles
|Posted on October 5, 2016 at 12:15 AM|
On my way to answering a brother off-line, I thought to increase my audience by making my answer public...
Just because someone is out of church, doesn't mean that they don't love God and the things of God. Maybe they have had a bad experience, or don't understand the importance of attending. That's why I'm glad the Lord let me have a small part in people's lives by giving me an on-line ministry for those and others like them that have no where to attend or for one reason or another don't.
Now, don't get me wrong... I believe in the local church and even wrote a book about it (see below), hoping to get people back inside the church walls. But, going to church, even a good church, doesn't make someone live spiritual lives.
Church is where someone can go to to hear and learn the word of God, fellowship with believers, as well as praying for each others needs and giving to the support of the ministry. I'm not minimizing the local assembly at all, but am making it quite clear that going to a local assembly—showing up does not make you spiritual or holy...
...Loving God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength does.
A good Christian does their best to live their lives for God, knowing that they themselves will face the Judgment Seat of Christ one day and by their sanctified lives hopefully influence others to do the same.