Is the Church Optional?

Charles Spurgeon says that a Christian’s failure to join a church is disobedience. He combined truth and humor when he compared such disconnected Christians to “good-for-nothing” bricks:

I know there are some who say, “Well, I have given myself to the Lord, but I do not intend to give myself to the church.”Now why not?

“Because I can be a Christian without it.”

Are you quite clear about that? You can be as good a Christian by disobedience to your Lord’s commands as be being obedient?

What is a brick made for? To help build a house. It is of no use for that brick to tell you that it is just as good a brick while it is kicking about on the ground as it would be in the house. It is a good-for-nothing brick.

So you rolling-stone Christians, I do not believe that you are answering your purpose. You are living contrary to the life which Christ would have you live, and you are much to blame for the injury you do.

 

Only by joining a local church can Christians avoid “kicking about on the ground” like a brick. It’s in the local church that we are attached to God’s work around the world.

HT: JH (from Stop Dating the Church) excellent little book that ought to be read & passed long.

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