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by Wayne Blank
How then would you feel if some of your invited guests didn't attend, not because they were genuinely unable to make it, but because they deliberately refused to come? Or, more strangely, if they told you that they were going to take part in your gathering, but by themselves, or somewhere else?
How would their rejection of your invitation make you feel? Disappointment, and even anger, would certainly be quite natural. And, despite all of the good things that they may otherwise have to say about you, what does their staying away like that reveal about their true regard for you?
God knows exactly how that would feel because every week millions of people that He invited to get-togethers in all of His Homes, the Houses of God, do that to Him. He doesn't like being snubbed either.
What does The Bible have to say about it?
But what about all of the modern communications now available to Christians? Could television, or radio, or the Internet, take the place of worshipping with real-live human beings each week?
There is no doubt that modern technology has been a tremendous tool for spreading the Gospel. As a means of delivering information, the Internet can actually surpass the capabilities of a local church. But, it falls far short on the 3 points listed above. The Internet can only support your local church, never replace it.
In the case of this Daily Bible Study web site, I know that it has been very useful for a great many people, because they have told me so. I am continuously being made aware of people who even became Christians after finding this web site, which is now used by thousands of people in over 100 countries. But, I can only provide an educational service which is in no way intended to replace or compete with your local church, whatever it may be. I believe the same to be true for any other electronic information service.
Certainly, there are many people who are truly unable to go to church each week, whether from physical inability, or distance, or in many places in the world, Christianity actually being illegal. But for those who can, there is nothing that can replace gathering each week with others of like mind to worship our Creator. If it were not the good and right thing to do, The Lord Himself would not have done it.
Fact Finder: When The Lord (see Rock Of Ages) was instructing the Israelites on how to properly worship Him, did He command the people to assemble together on His Holy Days?