I saw a post on Facebook that got me riled up a while back. There are a lot of those on FB – posts that are meant to elicit some reaction, but I mostly ignore them. Not this one, though; this one got “under my skin,” so to speak. It was a meme that stated, “It doesn’t matter how many Sundays you sit in church or if you think you are saved. God sees what you do and how you treat people. That’s what really matters. Amen.” The deluded soul who wrote this actually had the audacity to end it with “Amen”; really? Firstly, Sunday service won’t guarantee your entry into heaven, but it will go a long way to making sure you are preparing yourself. For Christians who say, “We don’t have to go to church.”, I have this to say in reply, “Phi. 1:2; 1 Cor. 16:5, 1 Cor. 16:19; Matt. 18:20; Col. 4:15, 1 Cor. 14:26; Acts 13:1; Matt. 18:17; Acts 12:5, and that is just a few I mentioned.

Moreover, to whom were many of the epistles written? Did they read those letters in the town square or in the presence of several Christians at a specific location (for the most part)? Of course, the Church is not a physical building; no one argues that. But whether in a home, in a building or other structure, in an open field, or under a tree, no one can earnestly contend that Christians have not always come together in a specific location to worship God. And let’s not forget the words of Heb. 11:25, “Not neglecting to meet, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another….” I have written devotionals and delivered sermons on the benefit of attending church beyond just sitting listening to a sermon, so I am not going to elaborate on that point, but suffice to say, there are tremendous benefits. The second point I want to address was even more infuriating because the individual stated that it does not matter if you think you are saved – the only that matters is what you do and how you treat others.

How absolutely ignorant of an individual to believe something so absurd. Firstly, I don’t “think” I am saved; I “know” I am. That is not something I have “sucked out of my thumb” like the mislead individual who made the ridiculous claim in the meme, but something the Word of God assures me of. 1 John 5:13I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.” My acceptance of God’s word, baptism, and obedience to it saves me, not only the way I treat other people. Does it matter that I treat others with empathy, respect, and love? Of course, it does. Mark 12:31, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”, and Matt. 22:36-40, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But that alone is definitely not enough to save you; I can guarantee you that.

People who believe that only do so for selfish reasons. That way, they can live free of the responsibility and accountability of obedience. There is a saying that goes, “There are none so blind as those will not see,” but this takes that to new heights. The only way to be that blind is to be willfully so and never read the Bible. If they did, they would never believe that fanciful myth in the first place.

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