All of us have heard at least once in our lives about the person who said something like, “I am a Christian, but I don’t need to go to church” In the resulting discussion this person is often heard to say that their church is the outdoors, and all of nature, or that a walk by the sea is every bit as inspiring as any church service. Indeed this person often has a myriad of reasons for their non-church going, including things like their dislike of the preacher, the music, the pews, listening to church services on radio or TV, and on and on in endless variety.
Dwight Moody, (1837-1899) the American evangelist had a wonderful answering image for at least one of those reasons for non-church going. He said, “The difference between listening to a radio sermon and going to church…is almost like the difference between calling your girl on the phone and spending an evening with her.”
Martin Luther, 1483-)1546) who was a German monk, priest, professor of theology and the iconic figure of the Protestant Reformation was strong in his belief that Christians and their church are necessarily inseparable. Said he: “Anyone who is to find Christ must first find the church. How could anyone know where Christ is and what faith is in him unless he knew where his believers are?”
***This article was written by one of our contributing writers: Malcolm Noden