It was to my disappointment that I realized this would probably turn into a debate thread. Therefore, I put this here. I wanted to put it in the fellowship forum. The gist: Hebrews 10:25 is often used in Christian circles to admonish or guilt-trip people into coming to church and never miss even under dire circumstances. What is often missed is the purpose of even meeting as churches explained in the previous verse – Hebrews 10:24. Let us read the two verses together: “and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, |not giving up| our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near” (NASB|TNIV|NASB). The purpose of church meetings is for Christians to encourage each other to live Christian lives of love and doing good deeds, which are fruits of biblical faith. This purpose is stated before the command to not abandon church assembly, and the purpose is again mentioned afterward. My suggestion is that PURPOSE is the biblical basis of Christian unity -- not assembly-time doctrines. Because denominations formed due to differences in assembly-time doctrine and practice, it is easy for us to think that the reason for reunification must be on the same basis. However, I believe that the Bible gives us a different basis for church unity: purpose. The word translated “church” in the New Testament is εκκλησια. Its readers would have been Greek-reading Christians who also used the Greek Septuagint Old Testament translation for Scripture. Right now I will focus on the secular usage. In ancient Greek culture, the word was used similarly to discuss the community of followers of Pythagoras. This resembles how Christians are followers of Jesus Christ. At Acts 11:26, Christians were called “disciples,” in that “the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch” (NASB). The Greek word translated “disciples” is translated “followers” in the ICB at Acts 11:26. Hence, in the basic biblical definition of “Christian,” the Christian is a follower of Jesus Christ. More of my thoughts can be accessed at www.geocities.com/steeledl/unity2.pdf . As of today, it is 95 pages. My proposition is that Christian unity between churches should not be based upon agreement during assembly worship time. I believe that Christian unity between churches that are different needs to be upon the Hebrews 10:24-5 purpose for churches even assembling: to further deeds of good service and love motivated by our servitude to Jesus Christ. Would anyone be willing to discuss your initial reactions to this proposition?