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Huddle Up The Herd

March 16

 “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, ... and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."  Hebrews 10:25
 

   

 
 
  

"... a statement of distinction between the true church and those who play it. "

 

 

 

 

 

There is nothing more fundamental to the Christian life than "the assembling of ourselves together".  Attendance to the Church meetings were never intended to be capricious; yet so long as there are people involved, even legitimate reasons on the horizontal plane will arise to provoke a forsaking.  The Church however, is vertically rooted, an organism, not an institution.  It is the body of CHRIST and thus inseparable from its HEAD.  Paul addressed many serious issues regarding the Church; and thus in his epistles, these were ongoing for believers to deal with, "when" they came together, not if. 

a·pos·ta·sy (e-pòs¹te-sê) noun  The Abandonment of one's religious faith: Apostasy is not something you commit apart from someone you are; and so it is not just improbable as some heretics might suggest, but impossible as it pertains to the Biblically defined Christian (cf. John 10:28-30).

The remaining verses in Hebrews 10 do not contain a warning against apostasy, but a statement of distinction between the true Church and those who play it.
"For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.  He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the SON of GOD, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the SPIRIT of grace?  For we know HIM that hath said,  vengeance belongeth unto ME, I will recompense, saith the LORD. And again, The LORD shall judge his people.  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living GOD.  But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used.  For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.  Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.  For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of GOD, ye might receive the promise.  For yet a little while, and HE that shall come will come, and will not tarry.  Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, MY soul shall have no pleasure in him.  But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul."  The notion that one need not attend Church to become a Christian is entirely tenable.  The notion that a Christian need not attend Church is entirely absurd; foreign to the full extent of Holy Writ! 

Many a steepled venue have become 'Racket Clubs' and it is therefore no marvel that folks approach it with a 'Racquet Club' mentality.  Truth be known across the board, Church meetings may entertain more infidels than believers.  I suggest the spiritual temperature emanating from within the stained glass bears out my hunch, and is substantiated by this insight from CHRIST: "... HIS enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way."  The author of Hebrews exhorts the wheat to pollinate "so much the more", for the day of the LORD is one day closer with each passing day ... and likewise the return to the days of Noah.

"They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us."


For Love of Country
R0bert Carter Nicholas (1715-1780)
(Member of the Virginia House of Burgesses)
"This House, being deeply impressed with apprehension of the great dangers to be derived to British America from the hostile invasion of the city of Boston in our Sister Colony of Massachusetts Bay, whose commerce and harbor are , on the first day of June next, to be stopped by an armed force, deem it highly necessary that the said first day of June be set apart, by the members of this House, as a day of Fasting, Humiliation, and Prayer ..."

(upon hearing of the pending Naval blockade of Boston by the British)

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