ASSEMBLY--"DO NOT FORSAKE THE ASSEMBLING OF YOURSELVES TOGETHER" / LOCAL ASSEMBLY
1. Is it in the Bible?
Heb 10:25 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.
"LOCAL ASSEMBLY" No.
2. What do we believe it means?
The assembly is the Sunday church meeting, which consists of worship and pastoral teaching. The Bible quote which says not to "forsake the assembling of yourselves together" means that all Christians must go to church on Sunday.
3. What does it really mean?
The word "assembly" simply means a gathering --(episunagoge greek)
Once again we see, in our misinterpretation of "assembly" how the authoritarian format of church rules our thoughts, functions and clouds our understanding of the Bible.
The assembling of Christian in the Bible was in small groups--frequently (as often as possible) anywhere. (usually in the Christian home)
Jesus gave this simple definition of assembling when He stated...
Mt 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Assembling in small groups, on a daily basis (specifically without regard to a particular "sabbath day") was the example that Jesus set in His ministry....
1 ¶ At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through
the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck
the ears of corn, and to eat.
2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day. (Matthew 12:1-2)
The new covenant gives no official Christian sabbath day--since sabbath was part of sacrificial law--the part of the law which Christ fulfilled with His death, resurrection and ascension. the purpose of the old covenant sabbath was as a day of spiritual cleansing--something Christians have access to at any time--Christ as the new covenant offering and high priest--makes perpetual offerings for the sin of all who believe (in other words--you don't have to wait until Sunday to get forgiven--right!?)
Yes, the Bible tell s us not to forsake the assembling together--but what we do not seem to understand is that the rules for assembly have been changed.
1700 years ago, the Roman government reformed the church. They forced all Romans to be "Christians" and, as a catholic history book honestly records--
(((link to :www.visionofthechurch.com/Romepics.html)))
The Romans created the authoritarian format of "church" thus redefining the assembling of Christians.
1700 years ago the organized church "forsook the assembly"-!