Based in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Growing in Grace is a blog by Pastor Matthew Molesky. His posts explore the Bible, theology, ecclesiology, culture, books, family, and life.

"If You Are Not A Member of the Church, You May Be Going To Hell"

From Mark Dever:

If you are not a member of the church you regularly attend, you may well be going to hell.

I don’t mean for a second that you literally have to have your name on a membership card in a church somewhere to go to heaven. I believe in justification by faith alone in Christ alone by God’s grace alone. At the same time, in the New Testament it seems that the local church is there to verify or falsify our claims to be Christians. The man in 1 Corinthians 5 who was sleeping with his father’s wife thought of himself as a Christian.

Do you want to know your new life is real?

Commit yourself to a local group of saved sinners. Try to love them. Don’t just do it for three weeks. Don’t just do it for six months. Do it for years. And I think you’ll find out, and others will, too, whether or not you love God. The truth will show itself.

Joining a church won’t save you. It’s only the death of Christ that saves you. He alone is our righteousness. But if he really is our righteousness, if we really love he who we have not seen, it will show itself by us loving those that we do see.

The only question left is…are you in?

It is a thrilling reality that God has invited us into such an adventure as the life and mission of the local church of Jesus Christ.

Let’s stop dating the church y’all,

and commit to her instead,

until death do us part. And then, to be continued...

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