Church

United States
November 12, 2008 1:31pm CST
Do you think you need to go to church to be saved?
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11 responses
12 Nov 08
Now that's an interesting question! Personally, I would say "no". The way you live your life is what God (and people, incidentally) will judge you on, not whether you go to organised meetings. The church is kind of the administration office for religion: there to help you if you need guidance, a place to share your thoughts and communally express your belief/joy and frequently a focal point for widespread communities to come together. It has a central importance, but the source of belief is not in a building: it is in us.
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@redhotpogo (4430)
• United States
12 Nov 08
No, cause what people today call church is not what church is. Church is not a building that you go to to sing hymns all day long and repeat over and over "Praise him" Saying "Praise him." Is not praising him. Its the exact opposite of praising him. Today what people call churches are anti church. Going to a building and giving your money to someone that already has plenty of it (The big house, and nice cars sorta give it away) talking about all the evil sinners, and how you can't wait till they all go to hell is not Christian. Its antichristian. You're all a bunch of antichrists, and don't even know it. The real meaning of a church is a group of people that look out for each other like a family. They help each other out when they are sick or poor. They talk to each other when they have issues. That's a church. That can be at your house with your friends. That can be in your backyard. Anywhere. You can be "saved" anyplace, anywhere, anytime, with anyone. And no you don't have to recite some crazy phrase, and place your hand on the bible, or whatever. All you have to do is say ok I'm putting the Christ in charge of my life. I will try to live my life the best that I can. You can say that in your head to yourself. Wallah you're saved. And if you screw up so what? Everyone does. Do the best you can. There is only one commandment. Don't listen to everyone else. Read the bible. The commandment is "Love one another" That's it. I think i just went off in a rant or something. I hope i answered the question somewhere in there.
• United States
12 Nov 08
You are right about the church. It is not a building but the Church is made up by every born again beleiver. But, in Hebrews 10:25, the Bible says not to forsake the assembling of yourselves together. It is necessary to go to Church to get grounded & rooted in the Word of God. If you are a born again beleiver, no matter what religion, you make up the Church. Acts 16:31 says "Beleive on the Lord Jest Christ and thou shalt be saved and thy house. According to the Bible, we need to repent, get baptized (Mark 16:16), & join a Bible beleiving Church, that teaches the true Word of God. After salvation, you can recieve the Baptisim of the Holy Ghost. So, we are to go to Church unless we are sick. When we die, there will be no excuses we can give God. We will give an account for everything we say & do in this life.
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• United States
13 Nov 08
yes the assembly of believers, and also non believers. What good is it to only associate with believers? that's a waste of time. that's what church is. As long as you are with people that look out for one another, and try to help others, you are always in church. The bible is the word. Not what one man says. People will try to change the meaning of the word. Its very simple to read. Its in black and white. Just need to read it. But more important is actions. You don't read the bible so you can tell other people how to live their lives. The bible is a guide for your life.
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• United States
12 Nov 08
The Bible says to not to forsake the assbemling of yourselves together. I think God excuses sickness. We need to hear the Word of God & fellowship with beleivers. It strengthens us & builds us up. I can't find it in the Bible that in order to be saved you have to go to church, but I know from studying the Bible God wants us to go. The Bible says to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord & Saviour, repent of your sins. Then I beleive God wants you to join a church to work in that church to see souls saved. If people don't hear the Word, how are they going to get saved if not for us spreading the Word? So, if you are not sick, we are supposed to go to church according to God's Word. I sincerely hope this has been helpful.
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@kenzie45230 (3560)
• United States
12 Nov 08
No, to be saved one has to recognize that he/she has sinned, to ask forgiveness, and to ask Christ to be one's Lord and Savior. That gets you a ticket into heaven. But if you want to really know the Lord, if you want to grow closer to Him, then you'll want to be connected to a Bible teaching church, to read the Bible regularly and to pray (and listen).
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• Philippines
30 Nov 08
hi! jstiltner...going to the church twice, thrice etc...is one of the greatest commandment which was commanded by Jesus which he listen to his Father in Heaven.. Jesus told if you want to be saved you have to be a member of my flock...flock means the congregation of Jesus Christ but not all people who always go to the church or even not failed to absent in worship service will be saved..There's still a judgement day...and all of us will be waiting for it..and another thing if you belong to the right faith, right church then doing so will lead you to salvation.
• United States
29 Nov 08
Pamfloyd51 hit the nail on the head. We do need to attend church services. To learn the word of God, to fellowship with other believers to encourage and be encouraged to fight this good fight. Also, to pay our tithes... If you don't go to church what do you do with your tithes...?
• United States
14 Nov 08
No, I do not think you need to go to church to be saved. The Bible says the you must accept Christ as your Saviour and confess your sins. That's it! I think going to church can be beneficial to your relationship with Christ, but it is not essential.
@Arkie69 (2156)
• United States
14 Nov 08
If you are truly saved you don't go to Church. If you are a true believer your church goes with you no matter where you go. God is the pastor of your church and He goes where you go.
@neededhope (1085)
• United States
13 Nov 08
I don't believe you need to go to church in order to be saved. Being saved is asking god into your heart and life. Not attending church. Although if your a new christain it's easier to learn more about god in church. And if you don't understand the Bible than yes going to church would be better. But going to church to be saved? Ain't gonna happen. If you go to church and attend but don't ask god into your heart and life sincerely. Your not saved. You just going to church. Of course in the end it's up to God.
@kevin90az (143)
• United States
13 Nov 08
We are saved through grace not through church attendance. But this question is a little more tricky than that. The fact is, paraphrasing a parable from the bible, the only way to tell if a plant is an apple tree is to see if it produces apples. If it doesn't, then you don't have an apple tree. If a christian does not produce fruit, such as good works and doing their best to follow the ten commandments, then they are not saved. Good works like going to church do not produce faith (or being saved), but the reverse is true. Going to church is a good indication of whether or not someone's saved, not because it saves them, but because by being saved they're likely to attend. There are circumstances such as frustration in the church that could drive someone to miss for any amount of time. But the fact is it's not our job to determine if someone's saved. We shouldn't look around in church anyways. The important thing is that we do what we need to do. I don't think it's a sin to miss church. But I do think you need to remember the sabbath day, and what better way than to be surrounded with fellow believers?
@skysuccess (8880)
• Singapore
13 Nov 08
jstiltner, "By grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God." — Ephesians 2:8 In the words of Galdwin: By grace now I’m saved—Hallelujah! Praise God, and through faith it’s been done; Naught of myself, but believing In the finished work of His Son. A church is basically a place of worship and fellowship. It is a place where we will be able to meet our brothers and sisters in Christ and church leaders gathering together to fellowship, pray, encourage and learn together, so that we can understand the ways of Christ. Grow in our spiritual life and draw closer to God in the process. A church is also a retreat for Christians and all who seek God and refuge from the mundane struggles of everyday life. So, remember We are saved not by what we do but by trusting what Christ has done. Take care.