A BELIEVER’S FAITH IS SHOWN BY
HOW THEY ASSEMBLE
NOT BY WHERE THEY GATHER.
>>Hebrews 10:23-25. 23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works 25. Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
“It was strictly forbidden to preach to other prisoners. It was understood that whoever was caught doing this received a severe beating. A number of us decided to pay the price for the privilege of preaching, so we accepted their [the communists’ ] terms. It was a deal; we preached and they beat us. We were happy preaching. They were happy beating us, so everyone was happy.”
“The scene happened more times than I can remember. A brother was preaching to the other prisoners when the guards suddenly burst in, surprising him halfway through a phrase. They hauled him down the corridor to their beating room. After what seemed an endless beating, they brought him back and threw him—bloody and bruised—on the prison floor. Slowly, he picked up his battered body, painfully straightened his clothing and said, ‘Now, brethren, where did I leave off when I was interrupted?’ He continued his gospel message!
I have seen beautiful things!”
― Richard Wurmbrand, Tortured for Christ
Assemble=to bring together or gather into one place, company, body, or whole.
To construct, build, erect.
Habit = a settled or regular tendency or practice
Forsake” does not mean to be absent, but to “desert, abandon” “Forsaking our assembling together” means to choose some activity above building one another up in the most holy faith. whether out of neglect, fear or faulty priorities.
>>Matthew 6:33. We must each ask, “When I miss the assembling for this cause, what am I seeking first, God’s kingdom and righteousness or something else?”
In our modern churches the habit or custom has become to gather together rather than the purpose for which we gather being the purpose.
We go to church or meet with other believers out of habit.
Regular scheduled, time framed Saturday, Sunday, Mid week services. Fellowship breakfasts, pot lucks or picnics.
We do these things out of habit.We know they are coming, We plan for them. We set time aside for them and feel a twinge of guilt when asked why we missed the last one and think that our answer is more of a somewhat feeble excuse.
We have forsaken, abandoned the habit of getting together for the simple purpose of building up or fortifying other believers.
We want a “good”experience out of these things or we may choose not to attend again.
>>1 Corinthians 3:11-13. 11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
Today there is so much “wood, hay and stubble” being used as building material and all in the “name” of Christian fellowship and gatherings.
This is replacing the ” gold, silver and precious stones.
Quick fix, how to seminars and speeches have replaced solid biblical teaching and preaching.
The latest sports or political news takes up more of a conversation than searching out the scriptures, hear how a fellow believer is “really” doing or when needed, time to correct or instruct in righteousness.
“Things will get better” they will work out alright” has replaced Godly, biblical exhortation, warning and rebuke where it is needed.
And it is not just one sided. Many do not want to be truly built up in the most holy faith. Jude 1:20.
They are uncomfortable when the conversation gets seriously biblical.
They like and want the soft, make me feel good, don’t make me think rhetoric, puns and cliche’s.
>>Jeremiah 5:31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?
Because of this, it will be for the modern churches as was spoken by Ezekiel to Israel.
>>Ezekiel 13:4-15. 4 O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts. 5 Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the Lord. 6 They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The Lord saith: and the Lord hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word. 7 Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have ye not spoken a lying divination, whereas ye say, The Lord saith it; albeit I have not spoken? 8 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you, saith the Lord God. 9 And mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies: they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the Lord God. 10 Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace; and one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered morter: 11 Say unto them which daub it with untempered morter, that it shall fall: there shall be an overflowing shower; and ye, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall rend it.
12 Lo, when the wall is fallen, shall it not be said unto you, Where is the daubing wherewith ye have daubed it? 13 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; I will even rend it with a stormy wind in my fury; and there shall be an overflowing shower in mine anger, and great hailstones in my fury to consume it. 14 So will I break down the wall that ye have daubed with untempered morter, and bring it down to the ground, so that the foundation thereof shall be discovered, and it shall fall, and ye shall be consumed in the midst thereof: and ye shall know that I am the Lord. 15 Thus will I accomplish my wrath upon the wall, and upon them that have daubed it with untempered morter, and will say unto you, The wall is no more, neither they that daubed it;
Are we truly “getting together” to build up one another in the face of the coming storm or do we deny the storm is coming?
>>Matthew 7:24-27. 24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
>>Colossians 2:6-8. 6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. 8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
>>Colossians 3:9-17. 9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. 12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.