By Chris Blevins
Several weeks ago I began an article entitled “Folklore”. The intent is to discuss traditions, practices and sayings that are not located in the Bible but have been passed from generation to generation as Scriptural and treated as such. Personally I have been taught subject matter in this manner by mentors who had the greatest of intentions and in addition I am most certain I have done the same. So I am not casting stones, I am simply looking for Biblical truth.
Today we will discuss the term “joining church”. It has long been said by many people in our area that they were going to “join church” or “have their names added to a membership book”. First I want to share it is important to go to church or surround yourselves with other Christians. Hebrews 10:24-25 says “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 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.” So it is Biblical to attend church or house meetings with other Christians. Also church membership is important for several reasons. One, church leaders have personal information which allows them to contact or visit members in their times of need. Two, church membership results in a greater commitment and feeling of belonging the local body.
The problem with the sayings of “joining church” or “getting your name added to church book” is some circles of society equate this to Salvation in Christ. To some this may seem minuscule but recent history has taught minor problems multiply to major problems quickly. For example, the ISIS attacks on United States soil. It was a minor problem. Now we all realize it is major. Another problem is there are those who want the name of Christ completely eradicated from society. It is not our names in a church book or joining a church that saves us. Romans 10:10 states “ For with the heart man unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Philippians 2:10-11 instructs “ That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father”
While having fellowship with other believers and church membership is important, it does not bring Salvation in Christ. Acts 4:12 states that Jesus is the only name given under Heaven by which man must be saved. The most important book I want my name in is the Lambs Book of Life as mentioned in Revelation 21:27. Have a blessed week!