Forsake not – you “hypocrites”!

We have all heard people say they don’t attend church, or a particular church, due to all the “hypocrites”. However, is this not a hypocritical statement in and of itself?  Those “hypocrites”, as many accuse, are all sinners too, just like all of us (Romans 3:23)!  At least the so called hypocrites are practicing some humility by submitting to the command in Hebrews 10:25, which clearly tells us to continue meeting together as the body of Christ, and not to stop doing so, as many do.  

Church is God’s idea, not man’s.  Isn’t it prideful to say, “I don’t need to attend church”?  It’s like saying, “I know better than you God.”  Now that might be hypocritical and prideful?

 
No, I’m not a proponent of living a “hypocritical” lifestyle – saying one thing out of your mouth and living out the opposite.  Nor is this what the Bible teaches.  But, there is balance in remembering that none of us are perfect (or without sin), and all of us need forgiveness and grace, not only from Jesus, but from each other too.  Church is full of sinners.  Church should be a place for us to come together to worship and encourage each other to grow to a more sinless place in our journey, but none of us can say we are sinless.  Even the Apostle Paul claimed he was the chief of sinners.  Now he didn’t continue on consistently sinning or living in rebellion to God, as none of us who claim to be followers of Christ should do either, but that’s another topic.  God’s amazing grace should inspire us to follow Jesus and all His teachings, and no “hypocrite” should hinder us either. 
Let us hold on to the hope we say we have and not be changed. We can trust God that He will do what He promised. Let us help each other to love others and to do good. Let us not stay away from church meetings. Some people are doing this all the time. Comfort each other as you see the day of His return coming near. Hebrews 10-23-25
 
“Now I say to you that you are Peter which means ‘rock’, and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.” (Jesus) Matthew 16:18 
 
We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Romans 3:22-23 
 
This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. (Apostle Paul) 1 Timothy 1:15
See also Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 John 1:10
#forsakenot #church #Hebrews1025
#iwillbuildmychurch #Jesus
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