Serving in a para-church organization like Lamb & Lion Ministries, I frequently come in contact with folks who aren’t into going to church. They even sometimes write in to ask if it’s ok not to attend a church since we are in the end times when many churches are jumping ship doctrinally and falling into apostasy. They use our show “Christ in Prophecy” and literature as a substitute for attending a worship service. They are still dedicated to absorbing as much personal Bible study as possible and watching various Christian TV shows throughout the week, but they will not darken the halls of any congregation.
Not going to church, though, is not God’s will for your life. I encourage you to join in a doctrinally sound church so that you will have Christian fellowship, accountability and worship — something you can’t get with a para-church organization. Without those practices, you will be more open to being led away from Christ.
If indeed Christ is the head of the Church (and He is), then as believers that’s where we need to be — connected to Him with other believers. As the writer of Hebrews stated in Hebrews 10:25 (NIV), “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” The Book of Acts is just full of stories of how important gathering with other believers is for spiritual growth and furthering the proclamation of the Good News.
Certainly there are churches that are falling away, but there are also many faithful to God’s Word. It may take a little work to find one, but you can speed up the search by browsing the church doctrinal statement on their website. If it’s not on their website, that’s a clear indicator to avoid that place.
If you need an example of why following God’s will is always in you and your family’s best interest, check out this story “Study: Church-Going Teens Have Higher GPAs” by Audrey Barrick of the Christian Post Reporter. Being in God’s will by being part of a church affects every single area of your life positively.