24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
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.
-In America, less than 25% of professing Christians attend church; that’s not referencing the general public, that’s specific to people who claim to identify with Christ. That is a startling figure but probably not one that surprises a lot of people. Take one look around in an average church service and it becomes clear that attendance is not a high priority. Why is that? We are plainly told in scripture to not forsake assembling together as believers. Certainly every church has wolves in sheep’s clothing but Jesus warned us to beware of them (Matthew 7:15), not to hide away from church in an effort to avoid them. What other excuses could we make? Are we busy? Too busy to make time for the God who loved us and sent His Son to die for us? Are we tired? Jesus stayed up the entire night before His crucifixion; good thing for all of us that He didn’t just decide He was too tired to go on. Being absent from church is not an affront to the Pastor or other members, it is an affront to God Himself and the truth is there is no valid reason for not making time for our Creator, Lord, Master, and Savior.