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Is there any sin in forsaking the assembly of the church?

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Courtesy of Bro Isaac Manyike

 

Some people would prefer to forsake assemblies of the church because they will be having a special family gathering, attend a funeral, or they will be attending a social gathering, or they will go to watch their favourite team play their favourite sport, or they will go fishing, or just stay at home watch their favourite movies, soapies or they will just ask their manager to approve OT (overtime at work) so that they could have an excuse of why they missed the assembly of the church!
They believe that there is no direct command that compel them to go to assemble whenever the church gathers together.

I wonder if these brethren have ever come across or read the book of Hebrews, especially Hebrews 10:24-25!

Personally, I believe that those who deliberately forsake the assembling of the church are sinning deliberately.

Guy V. Caskey asked this question; What Sin In Forsaking? And he answered it as follows;

"Is one guilty if he deliberately stays away from the house of God, and does not, with other Christians, commemorate the suffering and death of Christ by eating the Lord's Supper? The Hebrew writer names three grievous, deplorable sins of which a Christian becomes guilty when he forsakes the assembly.

1. '...who has trampled the Son of God underfoot' (Hebrews 10:29). In ancient times when an enemy was defeated, the victor would literally trample him underfoot. He would step roughly and tread triumphantly upon him. To the multitudes, this was a kind of game, and they shouted their approval and took pleasure in the success of their army over the adversary. Jesus used this word 'trample' in Matthew 7:6, '... nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you in pieces.' When one intentionally and purposely forsakes the assembly of saints 'whether to prepare food, visit friends, or attend to business,' he has done to Christ what the hogs do to precious pearls when they trample them in the muck and mire and filth of the hog pen. Do you believe you can do this to Christ and escape the displeasure and punishment of God?

2. He is guilty of counting "...the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing.' (Hebrews 10:29). 
This term denotes 'violation.' he has violated the blood of the covenant. He has abused and treated with irreverence the blood Jesus shed on the cross. You see, the Christian is supposed to drink the memorial of his blood upon the first day of every week (Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 10:16; 11:25-26). If he neglects to do this, he has debased and vulgarized and made common, cheap and ordinary the blood of Jesus Christ shed for his sins. I am afraid that too many Christians have not considered the seriousness of their sin of carelessness and indifference. It is fraught with fearful and eternal consequences.

3. He has '...insulted the Spirit of grace (Hebrews 10:26). 
When the child of God deserts the meetings, the Hebrew writer uses a word which means that the guilty person has 'insulted' God. He has contempt and reproach and disdain for the grace which procures his salvation. It is not possible for one to deliberately commit these sins against Christ and escape damnation. His only hope is in genuine repentance and turning back before it is too late." (Do Not Forsake The Assembly, pp 5-6).

Brethren, if we deliberately forsake the assemblies of the church, we are sinning deliberately, God will consume us in the fire because He is a consuming fire.

Stay Blessed in the Lord.
Laughter Loves you.
Isaac M. Manyike.
Agape & Shalom

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