Can’t Make It To Church?

Q. Is it true that a committed Christian can go to hell if he or she does not attend Church every Sunday? When I say “committed Christian” I mean someone who has accepted Jesus as their personal lord and savior and who also refrains from sinning. I was wondering about this because I know a lot of committed Christians who don’t go to church because they lead very busy lives.

A. First of all, a committed Christian can’t go to hell for any reason. The Lord died for our sins so we would not perish but have eternal life with Him (John 3:16).

And while the Bible tells us we shouldn’t give up meeting together with other believers (Hebrews 10:25), that doesn’t mean we’ll go to hell for missing church. In Romans 14:5 Paul said, “One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.”

But we should all be able to find a meaningful way to be with the Lord at least once each week, whether alone or with others.

When we’re too busy to spend time with the One we say we’re committed to, then something is wrong with our priorities. If you were in a “committed” relationship with another person and he or she could never find any meaningful time for you, wouldn’t you wonder about the strength of his or her commitment?

It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night (Psalm 92:1-2).

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