“Not forsaking the assembly of ourselves together, as the manner of some is…” (Heb. 10:25)
Missing church services can be the first step toward spiritual decline. A turn away from church is a turn toward the world. The world is abrasive to spirituality, and it soon sands away our testimony when we spend time in worldly pursuits. We need to attend spiritual church services to recharge our spiritual batteries. Regular church attendance should be a lifelong habit.
Continued lack of church attendance will lead to the second step in spiritual decline, becoming backslidden in heart. It is not for from being backslidden in heart. It is not far from being backslidden in heart. It is not far from being backslidden in heart to becoming backslidden in behavior.
A pastor became concerned about a member who had stopped attending church and decided to visit him. He found the wayward brother seated before an open fire and received a reluctant invitation to come in and join him. The pastor entered and sat down before the fire. For several minutes he said nothing. The host was uncomfortable, for he knew why the pastor had come to visit him. At last the pastor took the tongs and lifted a blazing coal from the fire and laid it on the hearth. The coal soon stopped burning, then slowly lost its glow.
“You don’t have to say a word, pastor,” the man said. “I’ll be in church next Sunday.”
Evangelist Louis Arnold (1914-2015)
Founder of CMRBC
An excerpt from his daily devotional book: