Quite often, believers express the opinion that commitment to a local body isn’t required for a strong relationship with God. They argue that fellowships are far from perfect: churches have conflict with other churches, people in the same congregation don’t always get along, and some Christians are hypocritical. We understand all of these complaints. But as followers of Christ, we shouldn’t base our actions on merely an assessment of the facts; we must follow the counsel of Scripture.


“Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another”
Hebrews 10:24-25 
It’s true that some people can’t attend church due to physical limitations, and others have no Bible-believing congregations in their area. But aside from those exceptions, everyone who wants to maintain a vital, growing relationship with Jesus Christ needs to be involved in a local body of believers.