My Musings – Let there be no mistake about this. The Day is rapidly approaching. “When you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.” (Matthew 24:33-34, NIV 1984). Read Jesus’ Olivet Discourse, and pay attention to current events. Are we not at least beginning to see “all these things” happen?
And yet, are we not also seeing an increase in forsaking the meeting together? The habit of some is becoming the habit of more and more? It has always been important that we not give up meeting together, but the urgency today is more so, because the day is approaching. And yet the congregations in many places are dwindling. Maybe their “itching ears” are not hearing what they want to hear? Perhaps they are following another gospel that “is no gospel at all?” It could be that other priorities have displaced their “first love?” How many have simply decided to “abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons?“
God said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5, NIV 1984). So why are so many forsaking Him? Because Jesus said they would (Matthew 24:10).
My Advice – “A day may come when we forsake our [Lord] and break all bonds of fellowship! [Let it] not [be] this day! By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand!” My paraphrase of Aragorn’s speech before the black gate in “The Return of the King.”