The Primitive Gospel And Technology
This web site allows us to reach people we may never have been able to contact before. Technology provides a great tool to share Biblical study with others. At the click of a button, charts, articles, audio and PowerPoint lessons can be used. Use this site as a tool to better understand what Jesus would have you to do and know about His true church, the truth, your life, and eternity.
Everything given in this site is stated from an observational stroll on the Old Paths of truth. By the Bible we believe, work and speak. The more familiar we are with ancient scripture the more we are familiar with God. With that being said, scripture is frequently cited. This work is submited for your consideration and investigation. We do not claim to be infallible. We all walk with feet of clay and are capable proposing error. We call others to reason with us from God's infallible word. If you should have a question about anything we teach, please feel free to ask.
If you are in Eastern Washington and want to worship with a small group of people who seek to be sound on social and doctrinal issues, then please come and visit with us. We issue caution as many who claim to be a "church" that is "of Christ" in this region have compromised with error. We are content to do God's work God's way. The gospel is perfect and needs no improvement from man, only full obedience. We want to hear from you and answer any questions you might have.
Very Cordially Yours,
Steven J. Wallace
"Are There Legitimate Reasons To Miss Worship Services?"
This question has been asked and answered in various ways. In attempting to answer the above question we should caution readers to steer clear of looking for reasons to miss services and diligently strive to enter into the service of the Master in every way that we may.
The Hebrews 10:25 Key
“not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Heb. 10:25, NKJV).
It is clear that our love to God often works in our love displayed to our brethren. Hence the consideration of one another to stir up love and good works ought to stem from our love for God and desire to worship regularly with Christians (cf. Heb. 10:24; 1 Cor. 13:5; 1 Jn. 3:16-18). The fundamental flaw addressed in Hebrews 10:25 provides the key in unlocking the answer to our question. The “not forsaking” addresses the action of “abandoning” the gatherings of the saints. It is to neglect and leave in the straights so to speak. Demas forsook Paul because he loved the present world (2 Tim. 4:10). Though persecuted, Paul recognized that he was not forsaken by God (2 Cor. 4:9).
While abandoning would require missing services, missing services does not equate neglect and abandonment. For example, who would question Paul’s desire to be with brethren and work actively in service to the Lord? He would often stay with churches for seven days to work with them (cf. Acts 20:6; 21:3, 4; 28:13, 14). Yet he was clearly not forsaking any service when he was caught up in the tempest Euroclydon (a hurricane) in the Adriatic Sea for 14 nights (Acts 27:27). It is clear that he “missed” the services of the church, but it is equally clear that it was beyond his control.
The Schoolmaster’s Example
Likewise, even in the Old Testament schoolmaster we find this type of concession when some were not able to partake of the Lord’s Passover due to the peril of travel or the defilement of touching something unclean (Num. 9:1-14). These were considered valid reasons to God. However, the reckless abandonment of the Passover carried with it the penalty of death and the burden of bearing sin, “But the man who is clean and is not on a journey, and ceases to keep the Passover, that same person shall be cut off from among his people, because he did not bring the offering of the LORD at its appointed time; that man shall bear his sin” (Num. 9:13). “Cut off” is language denoting death (Gen. 9:11). This parallels the strong condemnation against those who forsake the assembling of ourselves today, showing that they no longer have the forgiveness of sins and have trampled over the Son of God, profaned the blood He shed and insulted the Holy Spirit Who revealed these things to us (Heb. 10:26-29). God is no less strict today. If the mere manner of partaking of the Lord’s Table can make us spiritually dead, then obviously the willful neglect of worship assembly would make us equally condemned (1 Cor. 11:27-30).
There are at times valid and proverbial “oxen in the ditch” that would prohibit our abilities to worship at times (Lk. 14:5). However, those who take lightly the importance of worship services commit sin that is insulting the God of heaven. Staying home to watch the Super Bowl at the expense going to worship, going on vacations away from sound churches, practicing Sunday sickness and Monday wellness, placing any personal ambition above services, leaving the church, etc., is only heaping the coals of unquenchable hell fire upon their future. The solemn words of Paul come to mind, “Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He” (1 Cor. 10:22).
What About Midweek Services?
Some think that only Sunday is important and midweek can be discarded at will. There are a host of sins committed when any act of congregational worship is neglected by the members of Christ's body. To mention a few, we commit the sin of omitting the good that should have been done (Jas. 4:17). We do not do our share of the work (Eph. 4:15, 16). We bring discouragement upon the brethren rather than stirring them up for good works (Heb. 10:24). We violate seeking first the kingdom of God (Matt. 6:33). We do not imitate the example of Paul who above so many things had on his mind daily, the concern and welfare of the church (1 Cor. 11:1; 2 Cor. 11:28; Phil. 3:8).
- Does my attendance-record reflect the attitude of the merchant who sold all to buy the pearl of great price (Matt. 13:45, 46)?
- Would we expect to hear the words “well done good and faithful servant” if Jesus decided to come back when we decided to not attend the services of the church (Matt. 25:21)?
- When I choose not to come for selfish/personal gain, how am I imitating the example of Paul?
- Was it easier for Jesus to go to the cross, suffer and die to build the church than for me to be an active member of the “assembling of ourselves together”?
by: Steven J. Wallace