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Is not going to church a sin?

I know the word says to stay in fellowship (not forsake), but what if you are in between churches. Do you feel it's a sin if you don't go to the building, but continue to fellowship with other believers say on the phone or by computer...or listen to sermons on the radio rather than in person?

I would love to hear from you all on this matter...thanks!
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I think the question shouldn't be whether or not it is a sin but whether or not it is good for you.

For example, it's not a sin to go without sleep, but if you do it long enough your body just doesn't have what it needs to function properly.

Same with church. There is someting about the comeing together of believers for corporate worship that you just can't get anywhere else.

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Originally Posted by gailmac
I know the word says to stay in fellowship (not forsake), but what if you are in between churches. Do you feel it's a sin if you don't go to the building, but continue to fellowship with other believers say on the phone or by computer...or listen to sermons on the radio rather than in person?
There is nothing wrong, per se, with fellowshipping with other believers via the internet and/or the telephone. Or, for that matter, with listening to sermons on the radio or tv.

But there is something special about corporate worship. It brings us together, as one body. If you, or anyone is "between churches". then the only way to find a new one is to attend some on Sunday mornings!

I speak from experience. A few years back, I felt the need to change churches. Without going into details, the church we were attending was having serious problems, and had lost many members. My daughter was, in fact, the only one left in the youth group (which at one time had some 30 kids in it). So in order for her to have others her age, we had to move on. It took several weeks, but not once did we skip a Sunday morning service. We visited churches of all kinds-from a VERY contemporary to a KJV only Baptist. We did settle into a church that fit our needs-a mixture of music (hymns to comtemporary), nice size youth group, but most importantly sound Bible teachings.

My suggestion would be as soon as you are comfortable doing it, try other churches. There are a lot of wonderful Christian people out there!

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Originally Posted by gailmac
I know the word says to stay in fellowship (not forsake), but what if you are in between churches. Do you feel it's a sin if you don't go to the building, but continue to fellowship with other believers say on the phone or by computer...or listen to sermons on the radio rather than in person?

I would love to hear from you all on this matter...thanks!
Not attending a church is not a sin.

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Nope, not a sin. To me though, I get the same thing out of 'church' as I do anytime I fellowship with another Christian(s), whether in a building, in a car, on the phone, the internet, etc etc. Thats where the sin would be I think, not having fellowship with other Christians in some capacity. The popular notion of 'church' is nice though, find one you like and enjoy it, theres nothing wrong with that.
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I actually like one on one fellowship more. It seemed as though everyone got all dressed up on Sunday to put on a good Sunday show, but after Sunday was over...nothing special.

To be honest, I am enjoying having a break from church....Not God....just the church games.

I ask God to show us a church that we will fit in to.
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Church is worship of God
Fellowship is with other Belivevers.

Two different things.

Sin is being off the mark. A bullseye is perfect, no sin. Anything which missing the target is a sin. Missing Church is missing the target. Missing Church is a sin.
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Originally Posted by Anthony
Church is worship of God
Fellowship is with other Belivevers.

Two different things.

Sin is being off the mark. A bullseye is perfect, no sin. Anything which missing the target is a sin. Missing Church is missing the target. Missing Church is a sin.
Ridiculous. If I fellowship with other believers, and we spend our time praying and worshipping God, how is that any different than what goes on at a 'church'? Indeed, what is worship if not joining with others in prayer to Him?Christ is with us even when only 2 of us gather in His name, which is all fellowship is, gathering in His name. No doubt church can be a postive aspect of Christianity, but going to church makes you about as much of a christian as going to a garage makes you a mechanic. God can be worshipped by all Christians at any time anywhere, God is no longer confined to man made temples.
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Originally Posted by Father Rick
I think the question shouldn't be whether or not it is a sin but whether or not it is good for you.

For example, it's not a sin to go without sleep, but if you do it long enough your body just doesn't have what it needs to function properly.

Same with church. There is someting about the comeing together of believers for corporate worship that you just can't get anywhere else.

Pax Christi!
Perfectly said. That is the point I was attempting to make. Christians need the fellowship of other Christians. And what better time than Sunday mornings!

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Ridiculous. If I fellowship with other believers, and we spend our time praying and worshipping God, how is that any different than what goes on at a 'church'? Indeed, what is worship if not joining with others in prayer to Him?Christ is with us even when only 2 of us gather in His name, which is all fellowship is, gathering in His name. No doubt church can be a postive aspect of Christianity, but going to church makes you about as much of a christian as going to a garage makes you a mechanic. God can be worshipped by all Christians at any time anywhere, God is no longer confined to man made temples.
I can see how it sounds ridiculous (that's a bit harsh), but from what you're saying, i seem to think you are mistaken.

Surely not going to Church - not meeting with other Christians.. is a sin because it says in the bible we need the strengthen with other believers. I don't think it says clearly in the bible "it is a sin not to go to church", but since God has said to do it... if you don't go, that is disobedience. When it comes to the point of... "I'm not going to go to Church because I don't have to anyway.. I'm fine by myself (Jesus didn't say we must go anyway...)", it is a sin.

The difference you are trying to prove: is that going to Church is equal with fellowship with other Christians, right? Wrong. It talks of the Church in the bible as being a strong foundation... therefore people can grow according to scriptural truths rather than scriptural truths + whatever the `fellowship group` is feeling at the time. Lets face it, the church is a *really* good place to grow because the foundation is strong (there are lots of members willing to help you/talk with you, good preaching that will inspire). On the other hand, a small group is much easier to fall apart, the devil can attack it much easier.

Fellowship (as in with a few others) is NOT Church - Jesus never said such a thing. Don't let the devil trick you like he has me other times... ("you don't have to go... just read the bible and pray with your friend").

"Yeah I'm here... `fellowshiping` with other members at christianforums.com. Well that's enough for me this Sunday, no Church necessary!!!!!!!" It doesn't matter whether you're online, chatting, reading the bible, singing songs with others - it is still not Church. There is a difference!

I can't stress this enough to gailmac - it is certainly not God's will for you to start thinking like this.
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