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7c Forsaking God’s House, Robert Lee

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16 Jul 2012, by

An Address to People Who Seldom or Never Go to Church

By the Rev. Robert Lee,

Minister of Campsie

“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is”—Heb. 10:25

Second Thousand.

Edinburgh:

John Johnstone, 2, Hunter Square, Successor to Waugh and Innes

1837

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Church Attendance

16 Jul 2012, by

My friends, there are many questions which cannot be satisfactorily answered, there are many which are not worth answering, and there are many which may be answered most distinctly, and are so important, that no man should give himself a day’s rest till he has settled them to his complete satisfaction. It seems to me, that this question, “Whether it is your duty to attend Church?” is of the last kind, being an inquiry both which may be, and which ought to be, decided upon by every man for himself, without delay.

What is contained in the following paper, I have written with the view of persuading those of my own parishioners, who absent themselves from the house of prayer, to consider the subject. And if God shall be pleased . . .

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1. The first reason of this duty, is one which will settle the matter with all men who do not despise the authority of God that made them, and the book which contains the record of his will, God commands it. That he unquestionably does so, I have proved above, in the most undoubted manner. “He, therefore, that despiseth, despiseth not men but God.” Think not, O sinner, this question, or this controversy, is betwixt thee or me . . .

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2. “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Rom. 10:9,10. So, then, it is the faith of a risen Saviour, not concealed, but publicly professed, to the glory of God and the strengthening of our brethren, by which we must, and without which we cannot, be saved. It is essential to our salvation, not only that . . .

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3. A third reason why you should frequent the Church is, that you cannot be so well employed any where else. I have not found many who pretended they could. The case is so clear, in the eyes of those whose minds are not utterly blinded, that they generally do not seek to justify, but only to excuse, their neglect. Some, however, are more hardened, alleging they can spend their time as well meditating in the fields or reading at home. I can tell these people, without any inquiry into their case, that . . .

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