The message that God has placed on my heart is about apostasy which is a very prevalent issue in our society today but where does the falling away start? I think it started in the church. When the church becomes lukewarm the relevancy and essentiality of the church is called into question. If you say church is important or essential to your life and then place no priority on attendance or participation, then what you say doesn’t measure up to how you live. Hypocrisy and apostasy must surely be close relatives one to another. One could easily think that if the church is really who you are not just where you go, then how you live and your participation in the body of Christ would speak much louder than your words. Your action is a much greater communicator than your mouth. It is hard to have confidence in what a person says if what they do doesn’t equal the sum of what they say. I read the other day a statement that said “the danger of missing church is that you eventually don’t miss church” how true that statement is.
The Apostle John wrote “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. The body of Christ has always met together, dwelt together, as a Christian you can no more live and grow outside fellowship with the body than a severed arm could having been removed from the body. Every member of the body of Christ needs the body of Christ for health, life and growth, a Christian cut off from the body will become weak, sickly, and unproductive to the purpose of Christ. If you take your Christian growth serious make fellowship with your church family a priority.