It was never meant to be that way, but the truth is, in our current apostasy going to church can be detrimental and even lethal to your spiritual health! Though true, that fact is seldom heard! In fact, the opposite is often emphasized, as the below picture shows. The rampant sin among those who profess salvation and the general ignorance of Scripture leading to unholy and worldly examples all take a spiritual toll on the saints who are spiritually hungry and want fed God’s word. Many are not qualified to be in spiritual leadership. Also, to attend such a church is far worse than just being frustrating. It has become a place where the righteous are given spiritual poison and slowly induced into a death sleep, losing any Holy Spirit fire and evangelistic zeal for souls once exhibited. Let me prove that such going to church can be adverse for the saints amidst all the religious songs and religious talk.
The Laodicean Detrimental Church
The Laodiceans were an Asian church group mentioned in Rev. 3:14-22. The whole church had grown lukewarm and Jesus issued them a life or death ultimatum – be earnest, repent and become hot or get spued out of the body of Christ! Imagine that! If they refused, Jesus would spue them out of his body (v.16). To be expelled from Christ’s body is to be without spiritual life, since Jesus is the life. That alone refutes the Calvinist nonsense that sanctification is progressive and guaranteed. It didn’t happen like that for them (nor for many others)!
The Corinthian Detrimental Church
If you were alive in Paul’s day, going to the Corinthian church would have been detrimental to you! WHY? Their meetings were doing more harm than good!
In the following directives I have no praise for you, for your meetings do more harm than good. (1 Cor 11:17)
Even in Paul’s day, when the apostles were still alive, more harm than good was being done in church services at Corinth, as the above proves! Folks, going to church can be detrimental at times. Going to church is not a cure-all!
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” (1 Cor 15:33)
Don’t Share In their Sins
If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take him into your house or welcome him. Anyone who welcomes him shares in his wicked work. (2 John 1:10,11)
To help spread heretical teachings, even by providing a platform for such people, is to share in their wicked work. Be very careful who you support and endorse!
You Must Not Associate With Them
But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat. What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked man from among you.” (1 Cor 5:11-13)
Therefore, just relying on going to church is baseless. Many Christians have obediently come out of the counterfeit churches of our day to gather with a few, who call on the name of the Lord with a pure heart (2 Tim. 2:22), because going to church can be counterproductive.