I have come across many people who said something along the lines of “I love God, I just don’t believe in the church.” This is problematic in many ways, not least of which is 1 John 4:20 “If anyone says ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For the person who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.”
I realize that “The church is full of hypocrites.” The thing is, everywhere is full of hypocrites! You’re a hypocrite, I’m a hypocrite. We’re all hypocrites! I remember a big, deep-voiced, Texas man named D.K. Every time someone objected to church by saying it was full of hypocrites, he would bellow “And there’s room for one more!”
But that’s not the issue.
The main issue is that we need the church, because no matter how strongly we believe, we still need others to spur us on. Even a solider fighting for what he passionately believes in will needs his fellow troops to encourage him to keep fighting when times get hard. Especially when the Christian walk presents us trials we need others to push us to keep fighting for what we believe in. If you forsake meeting together with other believers, who will do that for you when you need it? Who will you encourage when they want to give up?
Proverbs 27:17 says man sharpens man as iron sharpens iron, and Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says to pity the one who falls and does not have a brother to pick him up. I need the church and so do you. God designed us that way. Let’s not forsake meeting together.
Hebrews 11:23-25 “Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works; not staying away from our meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”