Church Attendance: Is it
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August 6, 2007
have a question I hope you can answer for me:
am a seventh day Adventist and have not been going to church regularly, and
recently I have been having health problems that keeps me from going like I
should. My question is this: When Jesus returns, will those who
don't go to church be taken to heaven along with other believers, simply because
we don't attend church? I ask this because one of the members I go to
church with makes me feel as if when he comes back, he'll only come for those
who go to church.
you for your help
sister in Christ
God is a God of the heart. He does not take into
consideration your work to determine your salvation. That would negate
your dependence upon what Christ did on the cross for your salvation.
For it is not by works of righteousness that you go to heaven but by Jesus and
His saving Grace (Titus 3:1).
With that said, you can't work your way to heaven nor will
you ever be good enough to attain salvation.
But there is also a flipside to salvation. Certainly,
salvation is by Grace through faith and not of ourselves it is a gift of God
lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2: 8 & 9). But I also believe
that if one is saved they will strive to be like Christ. The Bible says,
"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the
kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven
(Matthew 7:21)." Living a life of sin or contrary to the
Word of God is a strong indicator that one may not be saved. Certainly,
that's not my call but as a fruit inspector (Matthew 7:15-20) God has given
each Christian the ability to identify others of like faith (other
So what does this mean...are we to work our way to heaven
with things such as church attendance, tithing, etc.? Not at all!
Salvation is still by Grace but once we have taken on salvation we must repent
and turn from our sin. Does that mean we must be perfect? Not at
all! But I think you should remember that when God saved us He bought us
with a price and we are now no longer our own (I Corinthians 6:19 & 20).
(persons name), as a Christian, God expects you to allow the Holy
Spirit to lead your life so that you may grow and achieve the goals God has
set before you (Romans 8:28). Attending church and learning how to
live for the Lord is one avenue God uses to teach the principles of His Word
and bring Christian believers together for fellowship. He certainly
does not want us to forsake our assembling together (Hebrews 10:25).
But as I said in my opening statement, God is a God of the
heart. If you have accepted Jesus as Lord of your life, believe
that He died on the cross for your sins, rose again and is now at the right
hand of the Father, and repented of your sins you are saved. That
cannot be taken away from you.
When Jesus comes He will be coming for His children and not
necessarily for those who are in the building (church). That's not to say you
shouldn't be in church but if health problems prevent this
there's not a whole lot you can do about it other than ask the elders of the
church to pray for your healing (James 5:24 & 15).
I hope this has answered your question.
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