I feel to address emails that are circulating from well-meaning Christians about the lockdown. They are quoting a Scripture from Hebrews 10:25, “forsake not the assembling of yourselves together.”
I realise that churches have now been ordered to close, so I am addressing more about the many familiar Scriptures that are quoted out of context and I have to admit it being something I dislike intensely because of the discouragement, disappointment, and confusion (even backslidings) it has caused when a certain Scripture didn’t hold up, merely because it had been quoted out of context.
The Scripture being circulated at this time is another being quoted out of context, and it is even quoting only HALF of the verse! So it makes those who chose not to ‘gather together’ feel guilty, or that they had no faith! The entire Scripture says… “Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together, as is the habit of some.” The author of Hebrews was speaking to those who weren’t bothering to fellowship at all, an dhow it had become a ‘habit’ – a way of life! The latter part of the Scripture shows it wasn’t being said to those who never forsake fellowship & who are longing to go to church again.
It may be, that even now, that some do have the faith or the natural courage to still gather together. But… “With humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves. Do not merely look out for your own interest but also for the interest of others“ (Philippians 2:3,4). Someone could be a carrier and harm others.
In one of my books I have written a chapter on the many familiar Scriptures that are constantly quoted out of context and passed from one to another and how it has caused wrong expectations and how new Christians especially have been mislead by them. I wrote about this because of the emails I receive via my Christian Agony Aunt as well as the people I meet questioning what a certain Scripture can mean, when it had been merely been quoted out of context to them.
‘A time to walk alone with God’
In this time of isolation, we will all have no option other than to learn how to ‘walk alone with God’ and in one of my books I tell of when I had to learn how to! It was when I was suddenly and completely detached from ALL Christian contact whatsoever in every shape or form, and without all the wonderful spiritual aids available for spiritual growth. I had just one possession left – my Bible and was forced to learn how to ‘walk alone with the Lord.
It was a lonely, long, and painful process, and even though I’d followed the Lord since I was twelve-years-of age & served Him with all of my heart, I felt like a toddler learning how to walk! I fell, I stumbled, I cried – a lot! No-matter how much a parent loves their child, ‘walking alone’ is something the child has to learn to do all by itself and they will fall down and hurt themselves time and again before ‘something’ suddenly ‘clicks’ and he ‘gets it’ and can walk all alone without mom or dad’s help!
I knew at the time, no matter how tough, that the Lord was teaching me the best lesson I could ever learn in my Christian life: that if ever the time came for me to have to ‘walk all alone with Him’ again that I would know how – and that time has arrived!
So at this time of lockdown I am staying indoors with Him! (not because I’m afraid to die, just the opposite, but because our NHS will have enough to cope with needing the beds for others).
Happy walking with Him – indoors!
Did you know that the Bible speaks of how to have a FAT soul?
I believe that an ‘enlarged soul’ can see you through anything – even lockdown!
By the time you have finished reading The Skinny Soul you will know the size, health, and wealth of the most precious thing you have.
Keep your soul FAT and healthy!
Love in Christ.
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