The 4 Best Reasons to Skip Church — Debunked
Over the last two-thousand years, the Church* has been gathering on the Lord's Day to worship God. Increasingly, many people, including Christians, are calling into question the necessity of going to a formal church service on Sunday. But are their reasons to forego attending church valid? Below are four common excuses for not attending church services and brief explanations about why each excuse is invalid for those who desire to serve and honor God.
*Throughout this article, I've capitalized "Church" when referring to the universal Bride of Christ and have left it lower case when referring to local congregations.
1. The Church Is Filled With Hypocrites
This may be the most frequently cited reason for not attending the gathering of the Church by both non-Christians and professing Christians. Frankly, it's also the most nonsensical reason.
Of course the Church is filled with hypocrites! In Mark 2:17, Jesus said, "I came not to call the righteous, but sinners." In his first letter to Timothy, the Apostle Paul explains that "Jesus came into the world to save sinners." Paul goes on to explain that as one of the foremost sinners who ever lived, Jesus saved him, in part, to demonstrate to the world the patience and grace of God.
To enter the Kingdom of God, which is publicly displayed in the Church, a person has to admit that he is a sinner who is totally dependent on Jesus. In other words, if you don't understand that you're a sinner, you can't be a Christian. All Christians are hypocrites because all Christians are sinners. If a church claims to be free of hypocrites, that's actually a reason to avoid that church.