“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.”
One of the most common complaints among Christians in these last days appears to be the lack of opportunities for fellowship and the assembling together of believers. The Bible clearly states that believers are to fellowship and assemble together for a variety of reasons: to provoke love, to spur on good works and to exhort (encourage) each other while in this ungodly world.
“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
So, with so many complaining of ungodliness and apostasy in the churches, where does the believer go for fellowship? Is the believer to show up at houses of worship which sacrifice (worship) idols, false spirits and/or witchcraft just to partake in “fellowship?”
“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”
—2 Corinthians 6:14
Many confuse the modern church building and the people who attend services in such a building with “the Church,” which is the body of believers in Jesus Christ.
WHAT’S THE SOLUTION?
If the churches are not the answer to the fellowship question, what is? How is the believer to experience fellowship if the churches are not full of brethren but of counterfeits?
It seems many have forgotten (or were not taught) that our fellowship is with each other THROUGH Jesus Christ. This important point has been corrupted from “fellowship with Jesus and with the Father” into “fellowship with each other in the church buildings.”
“and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.”
—1 John 1:3
“God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.”
—1 Corinthians 1:9
How many have shared in the intimate fellowship of suffering for the cause of Christ? Those sufferings may also include the pangs of loneliness and estrangement which many today may feel.
“That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;”
One important point about fellowship: believers have fellowship when they walk in the light; i.e., live lives of obedience to the commands of the Father.
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
—1 John 1:7
Does knowing all this help ease the concern of the lack of fellowship with other human beings? Because of the times in which we live, it is natural for believers to sometimes feel as if they are the only ones left who are worshiping the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.
They wouldn’t be the first ones to feel that way.
“And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.”
—1 Kings 19:14
But God assured Elijah that, though he believed himself to be alone, he was NOT the only one left who remained faithful to God Almighty.
“Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.”
—1 Kings 19:18
Christians should keep in mind that fellowship does not mean exchanging small talk with someone with a smile on their face and the world in their heart. True fellowship is through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
“But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.”
—1 Peter 4:13
“And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.”
NOTE: Don’t forget to preach the gospel and then fellowship with new believers.
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”
-–1 Corinthians 15:3-4
- NARROW ROAD: True Christianity is a Lonely Road
- Do You Know if You are Going to Heaven? Be Sure!
- Assembling Ourselves Together: The Lack of Fellowship in the Churches
- Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival
- Separating from the World: END TIMES SURVIVAL
- To the World With Love: Signed, the American Christian
- Seducing Spirits in the Church: The Supernatural Fan Club
- Faith No Longer Needed in American Church: The Sight-Walkers
- The Perils of False Brethren: Beware!
- Satan Has Counterfeited the Christian Church
- End Times Church, End Times State: One Beast to Rule Them All
by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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