Skipping church - Is it a sin

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Not attending church - When is it a sin

  1. Whenever you miss

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  2. execpt for being providentially hindered

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  3. If you work - at your own choice

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  4. If you work - and you have no say

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  5. If you are really sick

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  6. If you are just a little sick (using it as an excuse not to attend)

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  7. When on vacation

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  8. Other answer

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  9. When you stop attending church for good

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    22.7%
  10. It is NOT a sin if you do not attend church

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    63.6%
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  1. Salty

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  2. Robert Snow

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    No. To forsake, or abandon the church would be the sin. Feeling that church is not needed for a strong Christian life, that would be sin.
     
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    Nope. Misidentifies what is or what isn't sin.
     
  4. Amy.G

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    Thank you. That's what I was trying to say in the other thread, but got accused of being legalistic.
     
  5. Ruiz

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    Historically, theologians have stated that it is proper to miss church for acts of mercy and acts of necessity. Acts of Mercy would include a doctor caring for patients who need medical care or a fire fighter who protects people. Necessity would include sickness and illness but also where you must miss to supply the needs of your family.

    Yet, I think those who have minor excuses to miss church probably have a narrow view of church. It is the most glorious thing that I am involved, I hate to miss when I must miss.
     
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    I don't find an answer that would be truly honest in your list, including "Other answer," because I'm not sure if this is someting that can be defined so precisely. It's really more a matter of attitude than a list of excuses, lame or not. Often, if you don't really want to attend, you can plan things like working from home, or sometimes even a regular work schedule, to cover you, if you wish. But if you really do want to attend, you will try to work your schedule to be able to be there. You may not always succeed, and with 'church people' being the gossipy bunch they are*, you may be falsely accused of looking for an excuse to miss. So I think since it's primarily a matter of attitude, it's something in which we should pay attention to ourselves, not others, as we cannot prove or disprove anything about another persons' attitude.

    *As this might lead to another angle altogether, let's keep it within the confines of this discussion about reasons for not attending. I learned early that if a member of the family misses (for whatever reason), other members are going to be asked about it. Once my older sister missed Sunday School when she was about 5th grade, because she had some kind of trouble fixing her hair. I was standing with my dad, and the director of her junior department came right up to him and asked loudly, "Well, where's ___ today?" My dad repeated her reason about her hair, to the skeptical look of that director... and I don't remember if anything else was said. I don't think my dad sounded very convincing. But anyway, that's an example from the childrens' angle about excuses and nosiness, and speculating what may be done with the information given and how it may be repeated and/or twisted with a person's opinion. It can be 'justified' about asking about absent family members (or friends, I suppose) by thinking "just seeing if anything was wrong-- maybe I can help." Yeah, that's like we do "prayer requests"-- spread information about someone's problems (real or supposed) under the guise of praying for them and getting more people to do so.
     
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    Two thoughts:
    1. I told someone that he needed to skip church one week. It was the most worshipful Sunday he reported having the next week.

    2. I'm a bit fan of breaks. Sometimes we get too wrapped up in our junk and daily routines to see the forest from the trees. When I'm off for vacation I usually skip church on a Sunday. It's very restful and refreshing.
     
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    Salty. Without Appearing Silly or Stupid, Isn't the Church...

    ....Supposed to be made up of everyone who professes to be born-again in Jesus, and not some mere brick and motar/wood and nail edifice?

    Jus' askin'??? :smilewinkgrin:
     
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    Hebrews 10:24-25
    24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

    25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.


    I think that it isn't a sin to miss church, but it can be a hinderance in our walk with God. To get a good meal, one must set their feet under the table, and get a good platefull. This is the way church is to me. I can nibble on food, and get a decent fill, but when I get my belly full, I get a good feel. I can feel God anywhere, and that is always a good thing. But, when I am at church, and truly get to worship Him in the midst of my Brethern, I get a "soul full" of "soul food". :thumbs: :thumbs:
     
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    Well said.
     
  11. Alive in Christ

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    My goodness...



    (((OF COURSE))) it is not a sin to skip church.

    Gosh, some of the topics that come up sometimes just amaze me.

    I guess its just the nature of the beast with so many legalists on here.
     
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    A m e n ! !
     
  13. Tom Butler

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    Church attendance is important. How else can we measure one's spirituality? For instance, our church meets twice on Sunday and Wednesday evening. I would say the most spiritual are the ones who are there three times a week. The reasonably spiritual still show up on Sunday both times, leaving the Sunday morning Christians as the least spiritual.

    The Sunday morning Christians can, however, earn extra points with God by coming to Sunday School as well as morning worship.

    You should sit in on our Wednesday night services. There we are the super-spirituals, bragging to each other how righteous we are compared to those Sunday-only folks.

    And how humble we are.

    And how proud we are of our humility.

    C'mon folks, let's hear it for the Wednesday night Christians!!!

    Oh rats, I just remembered. We have choir practice on Wednesday night, and I'm the choir director. They pay me to be there.

    Never mind.
     
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  14. Alive in Christ

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    Ab...so...lutely!!!
     
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    Agreed! :thumbsup:
     
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    The Church is alive

    We're in Church every day. Sinners are not in the Body of Christ.
     
  17. Tom Butler

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    Where do we assemble, worship, fellowship, give our offerings?
     
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    No we are not in church every day.
     
  19. Salty

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    1-800-SEND2Salty :tongue3:
     
  20. Alive in Christ

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    Ha ha! that was excellant. VERY excellant!
     

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