Thanks for taking a look at this, but, I should warn you, if you were looking for an excuse not to go to Church, and hoped to find it here, that's not what you're going to find. Rather, in view are legitimate reasons why some would not go to the House of the Lord to worship God and to fellowship with other believers. I think there are some legitimate reasons that we should keep in mind. While it is true we do not have to go to a church building to worship, or fellowship, we see a general pattern of this being carried out in the New Testament Early Church. We can certainly extend our worship (and should) outside of regular attendance, but there is just something different about being a part of a Church Family that I don't think we will find in exact degree as we do there. That being said, I would like to kick this off with a reason I myself can relate to, as it impacted my own attendance after I was saved... ...being socially inept. And some would say I still suffer from that, lol. What I mean is that there are some people who do not do well in large groups (or even small ones) of people they aren't familiar with. You might say, "Get over it," or, "You will get used to it," well...easy for you to say. Some people have a fear of social interaction, and don't do well. I'll relate a story to illustrate this. All names will be changed to protect the innocent (or guilty, depending on your perspective): There was a man who had a brother who married a woman (despite the then unsaved brother's best efforts to talk him out of it) that must have grown up fairly isolated. They were married, and it didn't take long to see this woman had issues with interacting with people. They had children, and then the brother decides to divorce the woman (despite the now saved brother's best efforts to talk him out of it), and due to the woman's behavioral issues the children grow up with an apparent disrespect for their mother, which, was not acceptable to the now saved brother. At a family gathering, the now saved brother notices one of the daughters, about 10 years old at the time, being very disrespectful to her mother. The child is warned several times, until finally the now saved brother takes her into a bedroom, sits her down on the bed, and questions her about her disrespect. The child apologizes, but, being one who feels discipline is necessary and that a lesson had to be taught, he asks the child if she felt she had been in the wrong. The child acknowledges she has, and when asked the question she wasn't expecting, "Do you think punishment is in order?" she tearily stammers "Ye-es." So she is told to wait there, and the now saved brother leaves the room, and comes back with a belt in his hand. Then the tears really begin to come. The now saved brother asks the child, "Does this belt scare you?" "Ye-es," comes the muttered response. The now saved brother then says, "That is the same fear your mother feels when she is around other people, hon. Now go back in there and try to show a little respect, and think about how it feels when someone is afraid." End of story? Well no, not really. The difficulties of the mother have never been resolved, she is still fearful when around other people, and, there is still a separation between mother and children. But the point would be simply to understand that some people are afraid of other people, and we might see that as rational, but, it is something to keep in mind when someone doesn't attend services regularly. Praise God for those who, when a stranger walks in, makes that stranger feel at home. This is a gift of God in my view. So how about those that have this problem? I know for myself, when I was saved I felt very awkward going to Church, and eventually got used to it, but...how can we help those that have that problem? Any suggestions? So that is one legitimate reason I would give for not going to Church, but, it is not meant to be an excuse. The primary reason for bringing this topic up is for the Body to discuss it and maybe, just maybe, we might play a role in helping someone overcome that fear, which has it's origins usually from our enemy. Any other reasons we might find people not regularly worshipping and fellowshipping? God bless.