What? An excuse in favor of church attendance? Yes — longevity. Let me explain. After considering the risk factor of church attendance compared to other activities, Mark Leslie has made a fascinating observation which argues in support of the Sunday pilgrimage:
Do not ride in cars: they are responsible for 20% of all fatal accidents.
Do not stay at home: 17% of all accidents occur in the home.
Do not walk on the streets or pavements: 14% of all accidents occur to pedestrians.
Do not travel by air, rail, or water: 16% of all accidents happen on these.
Only .001% of all deaths occur in worship services in church, and these are usually related to previous physical disorders. Hence the safest place for you to be at any time is at church!
There is really no valid excuse for missing church each week. God commands it in His Word, and anything less than complete obedience to this command is rebellion. You may say, “But Pastor Jim, you don’t have to go to church to be saved.” This is true. Church attendance will not affect your eternal destination. However, a life of rebellion will influence your position in Heaven. There is a measure of potential authority and spiritual rewards which will be forfeited when you willfully engage in sin.
So instead of attending Bedroom Baptist Church with Pastor Pillow this weekend, I would advise you to find a solid, Bible-teaching church. I promise it won’t kill you (just look at the survival rate above). Who knows? You might meet some new friends, learn something you can apply to your life, and actually begin to enjoy the experience.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.