A Prelude to Apostasy: Habitual Avoidance of Public Worship

The Reformed Reader

Hebrews 9-13 (Word Biblical Commentary) Sadly, some Christians do not make it a habit or custom to regularly worship God together with other Christians.  For various reasons (a majority of them sinful!) some Christians simply skip corporate worship Lord’s Day after Lord’s Day.  Scripture is clear, however: God’s people must regularly worship him with others!  Hebrews 10:25 talks about “not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some” (NASB).  Below is William Lane’s helpful commentary on this verse in Hebrews – and notice the seriousness of regularly avoiding public worship.

The failure of the writer [of Hebrews] to specify why some members of the community had stopped taking an active part in the meetings of the house church has invited a wide range of conjectures.  The reference to ‘custom’ or ‘habit’ …implies a situation of indifference and apathy, which is consistent with other indications throughout the sermon (2:1-3; 3:7-15; 4:1…

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