A username BibleAnswer wrote this:
This verse is severly misinterpreted. No where does this say anything about a congregation or a church. The assembly of ONE SELF is you and the bible. If you forsake the assembly of yourself then you will not be prepared for the end, judgment, because no church wants to preach judgment like its real or going to happen. Already this is a wrong path.
1 Peter 4:17 says, “For the time [is come] that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if [it] first [begin] at us, what shall the end [be] of them that obey not the gospel of God?”
this is spread all throught the bible. There are more that tell us the established temple or in otherwords church, will have the most sever punishment because they are teaching unsound doctrine. Gods judgment begins at His house as we learn in the parable of the wheat and tares.
the wheat are the true believers, the tares are those who believe they are saved yet are not. Nobody can discern who is who except the LORD who can read any heart. Gods true church will not have any tares in it, that is, people that spread misinformation, wether by mistake or on purpose for there own greed, by serving MAMMON. The tares will have it the worst because they had the bible, Gods word, and chose to disobey his commands. This is why they are under gods wrath and why it starts at the church
that is why i said any church, all churches from A-Z will be under gods judgment first, because it is in a church where Satan is now seated, the tares. All churches. Everysingle one of them.
the only remaining church where satan does not rule, would be the spiritual church, the wheat.
Sounds like he have a problem with the Church in general. I don’t know if the majority of you Protestants believe in separating the Bride and Jesus, but I have seen this more often and frankly, Divorcing the Church and Jesus is getting stupid. It is also downright heresy.
What authority do you have to divide the Church and Jesus, and justify, your claims, "I DO NOT NEED THE CHURCH, ALL I NEED IS JESUS or “I do not need the Church, all I got is the Bible, the Word of God.”
The Bible is a collection of Books. While it is the word of God, it isn’t one who saves us. The Early Christians did not have the complete Bible and most of what they heard about Jesus was from the ORAL PREACHING from the Apostles’ mouth. Second, they are also confused. Protestants often say the Bible is the Word of God, while Catholics claim, “The Word of God is Jesus. The Word made flesh” (Catholics tend to use this more than Protestants).
Just stop this stupid heresy. You got no right to DIVORCE Jesus and His Church.
The Church can never be apart from Jesus Christ. If you truly believe this.
Then how do explain yourself these questions.
Jesus is the Head of the Church. Since you decide to continue to believe in separate Christ and the Church, what happen to the head?
What happened to Jesus Christ promised that the gates of hell shall not prevail against it? Did it disappear and when? What historical proof text do you have, and what Scripture proof text do you believe that Church will break away?
If you truly believe you do not need the Church, and you believe in the Bible, and the Bible does say that the Bride of Christ is the Church. Do you realized you contradict you own statement? You expect the Apostolic Churches of Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy to fall into this foolish heresy?
Go ahead try to answer this, if you do not need the Church. If you do, you are hypocrite because the Bible itself never taught that Jesus will abandon his Church.