Do You Have to Go to Church to Be a Good Christian?

Something happened the other day while I was commenting on my wife’s Facebook status, and it got me thinking.  One thing I need to stress to you is that I’m not a church going person.  Organized religion is not my bag.  Yes, I’ve gone a few times and I’m fine with people who are church goers.  So why is it that when someone asks a church goer “are you a good Christian?”, the answer is always “yes, I go to church every Sunday”?

So does that mean that I’m going to Hell because I don’t?  I don’t think so, I simply do not live my life according to the way a church sect wants me to.  I’m not trying to bash Christianity, I am Christian.  I just don’t think that because somebody in Italy who worked his way up a hierarchy says I have to live a certain way, that that is the best road for me.

Let me preface this again, I am not looking for a church.  I have an understanding with God, we’re cool.  Several years ago, I found a term for this, believing without belonging, and I just found out that has been replaced with Christian atheism.  I don’t agree with the new term.

A few months ago I was talking with a friend who was telling me how she described my wife and I to her friends…Godless.  It struck a little chord with me at the time and I very calmly explained to her just how she was wrong about that.

Don’t get me wrong there are several things about church that are great.  A sense of community, a place to go to get something off your chest, or just a nice place to gather and talk with friends and neighbors.  Hell, sometimes the sermons may have an impact on your present situation.

On the other hand, according to some denominations, if you’re in an abusive marriage, too bad.  You married them, your stuck with them, you either stay with them or you’ll be excommunicated  and the one place you’re supposed to turn to for guidance will turn their back on you.  Just one example.  That doesn’t seem right to me.  It’s true though, no divorce or your kids and you will not be recognized by that particular denomination.

Then you have certain sects that tell you to go out and preach to “non believers”.  I don’t want to say that it makes you sound like you’re an egg shy of egg mcmuffin, but you kinda do.   If there’s one thing that really bugs me, it’s religion pushers.  DO NOT misunderstand, I will listen, but if I say stop, please for the love of God STOP!

I’ll probably get a lot of heat for this post, and that’s okay, as long as it’s civil, I can discuss this.  I’ve never actually let my religious beliefs be public because it’s no one else’s business.  I’m curious though, where does it say you have to go to church to be a good Christian?

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3 thoughts on “Do You Have to Go to Church to Be a Good Christian?

  1. Christians aren’t good. Church is not good. I am not good. You are not good. Only God is good. This is why we are saved by the blood of Christ.

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  2. “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matt. 18:20

    Fellowship is important. I am a self proclaimed church hopper. Right now I am in a church because it is the best church for One Hope, and I will be there for a while I’m sure. However, it is difficult to find a church where one can feel accepted and a church that doesn’t put the world or men above the Bible and God. I’m not faulting these churches, necessarily, because any time you have a large gathering of people you’re going to have cliques, that is human nature. It doesn’t make it right but it is what it is.

    In conclusion, church is important, and its great when you find a church you are comfortable with. But is it necessary to your salvation? No. The only way to the Father is through Christ.

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