DOES GOING TO CHURCH MAKE YOU A CHRISTIAN?

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ORIGINALLY POSTED ON 6/26/16

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Many think that they’re above reproach or no longer considered sinful if they simply attend church.  Many are also there because they feel safe from the world outside.  Some even use church as a place to compensate for the sins they commit every day.  Unfortunately, going to church isn’t going to make you perfect.  Only God can do that.

The church itself is full of sinners just like you and me.  It’s an imperfect body of soiled and ugly people – often dressed in their most beautiful clothes and looking like a million bucks.  Within this seemingly perfect refuge lies deceit, judgment, anger, adultery, homosexuals, bigotry, liars, thieves and every other kind of villain you can think of.  This is one of Satan’s most popular places to visit, because it’s filled with imperfect people who are subject to sin.

However, when you look at the ministry of Christ, it took place in the most unusual places. He went to the core of humanity – to the sinners of the world – to all those who needed His healing.  He still does.  Through His Word, the Bible, He comes to the broken hearted, the poor in spirit, the lost and condemned and those who need Him most.

When God looks at our wretched condition, He’s like the prodigal Father who longs for us to return to Him.  He loves when we ask for His help, because He’s always eager to give it.

Going to church isn’t going to guarantee our salvation, but if our church is preaching the truth of the Bible, we will be nourished each week – fed with the good news of the Gospel – that our sins are forgiven through Jesus.

The church body is filled with sinners and hypocrites and it’s the perfect place to find forgiveness.

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As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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10 Responses to DOES GOING TO CHURCH MAKE YOU A CHRISTIAN?

  1. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    We’re called to assemble ourselves together. The church is a New Testament function of the Tabernacle of the Congregation in the Old Testament. It’s where the man appointed by God (preacher) gives the Word given to him by the Lord for the spiritual nourishment of the flock.

    So in a way, yes, we must go to church. Though we must pray and ask God what assembly He wants us to attend.

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  2. Bahaha! Nope going to church doesn’t make you a Christian, but if you endure some of those people long enough, it just might make you a saint. 🙂

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  3. Salvageable says:

    Your last two sentences are very important. Attending church does not magically make a person a Christian, but Jesus promised to be found where two or three are gathered in his name. The Church is his body. The Church is also his Bride. Even though the Church is filled with sinners, Christ loves the Church. If we want to be right with him, we must accept his Bride as well; they cannot be separated. J.

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  4. Amen! I’ve always loved that analogy! And you’ve beautifully explained the essence of God’s grace toward us and our new place in God’s family—all of us imperfect yet, perfectly forgiven by our heavenly Father! Thank you! ❤️ And hugs to you, my wise and talented friend!!

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  5. J Mac says:

    Thought – Oh that there were more hypocrites in the church – the right place where they could receive help and the ministry of the Holy Spirit resulting in a changed life.

    I was once such a person! Praise God for His grace and the Christians who put up with me!

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