09 December 2013

Why members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo diligently attend worship services?

"Why members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo diligently attend congregational worship services? Are you forced by your Church Administration to attend these services?"

WE ARE NOT forced by the Church Administration but instead made us fully understand the meaning and value of attending the congregational worship services as taught by the Holy Scriptures. The Church Administration constantly taught to us the teachings of the Bible regarding the meaning and importance of worshipping and serving God.

We fully understand that worshipping and serving God is the reason of our being, the reason of our existence, the reason why God created man. This is what we could read in Psalms 100:2-3:

“Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. 3Know that the LORD, He is God;  It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;  We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.” (Psalms 100:2-3 NKJV)

It is actually the duty of all men (not only members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo) as created by God to worship and serve his Creator. This is the reason why the Bible declared that God will take vengeance on those who do not know Him:

“In flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.” (II Thessalonians 1:8-9 NKJV)

What the Bible is referring to when it says “who do not know God” are not  only those who do not know who the true God is or those who reject God, but also those that although they know Him but they did not glorify Him:

“Because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” (Romans 1:21 NKJV)

God will also punish or will take vengeance on those who also profess belief in God but they did not glorify Him. One of the ways taught by the Bible to glorify God is to attend congregational worship services as taught in Hebrews 10:25-27:

“Let us not neglect our church meetings, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near. If anyone sins deliberately by rejecting the Savior after knowing the truth of forgiveness, this sin is not covered by Christ's death; there is no way to get rid of it. 27There will be nothing to look forward to but the terrible punishment of God's awful anger, which will consume all his enemies.” (Hebrews 10:25-27 LB)

Thus, we fully understand that worshipping and serving God is man’s duty to God. We also fully understand that worshipping God means glorifying and praising the Almighty Lord who created us and the reason why we exist and why we continue to exist.

We also fully understand the value of attending congregational worship services as taught by the Holy Scriptures, and one is for the edification of our faith:

“How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.” (I Corinthians 14:26 NKJV)

It is where the Lord Jesus Christ is with us:

“For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20 NKJV)

It is also where God will hear us specially in the time of calamities and hardships:

“If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.” (II Chronicles 20:9 NIV)

Thus, the members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) diligently attend our congregational worship services because we fully understand that this is our duty to God, and also fully understand its meaning and value.

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