There are many people today that believe they don’t need to be part of some organization that says they are the one and only true Church. They claim that the church has become “institutionalized”, caring only for its lavish buildings that are filled with hypocritical members. The truth is , the people who make such statements are trying to convince themselves that they are justified in not participating in the worship of God, or in the work of His church. I would like to offer a few scriptures to those who believe they are not in need of any organized religious body.
Jesus died for the church; He purchased it with His blood. (Eph. 5:25; Acts 20:28)
Jesus Christ is the Savior of the church (the body). (Eph. 5:23)
The Lord adds the saved to the church, to be separated from the church is to be separated from the saved. (Acts 2:47)
The Lord provides spiritual nourishment to the church, and He treasures her. One who has nothing to do with the church will miss this. (Eph. 5:29)
God gave Jesus Christ to be the head of the church. If one is not in the church, one is not under the Headship of Christ. (Eph. 1:22; Col. 1:18)
God seeks worshipers to worship Him in spirit and truth. (John 4:24)
Praising God takes place by singing collectively with the church. (Heb. 2:12; Col. 3:16; Eph. 5:19)
Believers must meet together (Heb. 10:24-27). If one purposely neglects meeting with other believers, there’s no longer a sacrifice for sins.
Within the church, love, edification, comfort and support are shared. (Rom. 12:10; Eph. 4:29; 1 Thes. 5:11; Gal. 6:2)
In His Name J R Lyons