For a long time, it has been standard that if you are a Christian you attend church and that lack of attendance your revokes your Christianity and puts your salvation in question.
However, your salvation does not require that you be a Christian and the qualifications for being a Christian doesn’t require regular church attendance.
The church has persuaded us that the prerequisite to be a Christian and walk through the gates of heaven is contingent upon church attendance.
While this may have been intentional or not, this belief that has been so widespread that society has convinced itself that every everyone that goes to church is going to heaven and that everyone that goes to church is a Christian. We have come to the conclusion that Christianity and salvation is by association.
But that’s not true. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian nor does it solidify your spot in heaven.
What saves you is simply a matter of faith. Yet what makes you a Christian is a matter of faith combined with your deeds.
Have Unbeatable Faith
“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved” — (Romans 10:9–10).
You probably thought that being a Christian required much more work. You might have thought that there were certain rights of passage such as baptism that qualifies you as being saved.
I used to think these things too. I used to think that in order to be proven worthy of eternal life I had to go to church and be baptized but baptism has nothing to do with your salvation.
Baptism is simply a celebratory ceremony that signifies you have confessed with your mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart Christ died and was raised. What earns you a ticket to heaven has nothing to do with church attendance or baptism and everything to do with your faith.
“It’s only by grace you have been saved, through faith — and it is not from yourselves, it is that gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8–9)
To be saved requires your belief in God and his sacrifice for you. However, faith by itself does not make you a Christian.
Be A Master Christian
“If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action is dead.” — (James 2:16–17)
Inaction won’t get you far in life or with God and yet so many Christians fail to act.
Too many of us are going to Church and not spreading the word. We are simply having faith without works.
What is a Christian? Is it a longstanding church member or a disciple of Christ? Many of us have faith but lack deeds. We have salvation but are not Christians. Have we forgotten our jobs? Have we forgotten the great commission which is to “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and Son and of the Holy Spirit”? (Matthew 28:19).
It seems like more and more we are keeping the gospel to ourselves. We want more people to accept Christ but are either too afraid or too lazy to act on what God has called us to do.
Instead, we sit comfortably within the four walls of the church condemning those with horrid attendance when what we should be doing is leaving the church to spread the wonderful message about Christ.
If we are Christians we are disciples. And disciples don’t just go to church they bravely go to work for the Lord. Disciples are those that abide in God’s word, takes us their cross and fearlessly follow Him.
The person who has faith and attends church regularly but carries out no deeds is no more if not less of a Christian than the one who has faith but doesn’t attend church because they are carrying out the will of God.
The one who misses church for missions, helping the poor while and spreading the miraculous news is no less Christian because they fail to do so but just as much because they are disciples who show their faith by their works.
Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian nor does it make you any more Christian than the person who doesn’t attend on a regular basis.
What being a Christians is really about is your faith in God and the works you do for him and it seems like we have forgotten these.
For a long time, the church has turned their noses up at Christians who don’t attend church. They don’t respect those who call themselves Christians but do not regularly enter into a house of worship Sunday to Sunday.
But what the church forgets is that your salvation is not predicated on your recorded church attendance. God will not be waiting at the pearly gates with a clipboard putting checkmarks next to names that have exceptional church attendance.
What God looks at is the heart. He wants to know if we have faith.
But this is only what saves you not what makes you a Christian. In order to be a Christian, you must prove the faith that saves you by your works.
Only going to church and performing all of your churchly duties doesn’t get you into heaven and good works don’t make you a Christian.
It is your faith gives you salvation and the combination of this faith along with tireless works for Christ that make you a devote Christian.