Church at home is no real substitute

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By Jess Thompson

Does a person who claims to be a Christian have to attend a church?
I have encountered numerous people who say they don’t believe in organized religion or that they have “church time” alone at home. I do not buy into this line of thinking, but let’s remove my opinion and consult with the inspired word of God.
Hebrews 10:25 says, “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another.” Ephesians 3:10 says, “Through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be known.”
I write so that you may know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth. 1 Timothy 3:14-15 says, “Obey your leaders, and submit to them; for they keep watch over your souls, as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.”
Now, our first example from Hebrews tells us to meet together (with other Christians). The second example says God’s wisdom will be shown through the church.  
The third example gives directions on how to act within God’s church.
The fourth example references leaders of the church.
I am real confused as to how a professing Christian could say that being a part of a church or active body of Christians is unimportant. I guess if they have not read their Bible, they could argue this, but otherwise not.
In the book “Stop Dating the Church,” author Joshua Harris states, “Every Christian is called to be passionately committed to a specific local church.  Why? Because the local church is the key to spiritual health and growth for a Christian. If Jesus loves the church, you and I should too.”
Do you attend a local church? If not, maybe you should think about finding one that is God-centered and biblically sound, a church that is explicitly founded on the word of God and serving God.
A Christian alone, outside the church, though possible, is a very dangerous place to be.

Jess Thompson is a resident of Lawrenceburg. Submit faith columns via theandersonnews.com.