I feel to address some emails circulating from well-meaning Christians about the lockdown. A Scripture being quoted is from Hebrews 10:25, ‘Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together.’
Sadly, this Scripture is being quoted out of context like so many other Scriptures.
I dislike intensely Scriptures quoted out of context because I’ve seen how it has caused discouragement, disappointment, and confusion (even backslidings) when a certain Scripture didn’t hold up.
This particular Scripture being circulated is another being quoted out of context, making Christians feel guilty, or that they have no faith, if they do not feel to ‘gather for worship’ at this unusual time. But also, it is quoting only HALF of the verse, The entire verse says… ‘Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together, as is the habit of some.’
The key word here is ‘habit.’ The author of Hebrews was speaking to those who never bothered to fellowship at all, so much so it had become a ‘habit’. It wasn’t being said to those who were longing to go to church but unforeseen circumstances were preventing them.
It may be, that during this pandemic, that there are some who do have the faith, or the natural courage to still gather together. But they must consider others who may not feel the same, ‘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).
So this Scripture should not be quoted to people who are regular church-goers but are choosing to stay at home at this time.
I’ve seen first hand the damage that quoting Scriptures out of context can do. I’ve been asked why certain Scriptures didn’t hold up for them when they had believed it with all their heart. It was merely because it had been quoted out of context, or just part of a verse quoted as in this case. It causes wrong expectations, and new Christians have been mislead by them.
I was so perturbed by this topic of misquoted Scriptures, that I dedicated an entire chapter in one of my books of all the many favourite and familiar Scriptures that are so often quoted out of context, and passed from one to another.
During this pandemic and detached from fellowship, is a precious time to ‘walk alone’ with the Lord.
I was forced to learn how to ‘walk alone with the Lord’ once upon a time.
It was when I was in a foreign land, completely detached from all Christian contact in every shape or form, without any of the ‘spiritual aids’ I’d always been used to having back home. I was left with just one ‘spiritual aid’ – my Bible. I had no option other than to learn how to ‘walk alone’ with the Lord.
Even though I’d followed the Lord since I was twelve-years-of age, and served Him with all of my heart since then, I felt like a toddler learning how to walk again! It was a long, lonely, and painful process walking alone with the Lord. 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. They fall down and hurt themselves time and again before ‘something’ ‘clicks’ and they can walk all alone without any help from mom or dad!
I didn’t know it at the time, but the Lord was teaching me the best lesson I would ever learn in my Christian life and I knew that if ever the time came for me to ‘walk all alone with Him’ again – that I would know how to! And that time arrived! LOCKDOWN!
So at this time, I am happily staying indoors – to walk alone with Him!
God bless. Christine.
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