I know for a (now sad) fact that I and wife have gone without a Church for over 2 years or more. And am persuated that my brother (living over 300 miles away – who by grace is fairly held up) has in like manner been un-Churched. While all this started innocently when we simply refused to settle for less than an evangelical Church, we may have grown to enjoy having the Lord’s day to ourselves together with the other 6. And the “no formal prayer or exhortation meetings” during weekdays. Yes it proved to have indeed been beyond our control all along. But it in like manner seems to have been our place to ernestly wrestle God through Christ for a sound Church body rather than essentially seating back waiting for God to lead us to one. Below is a short writting I recently sent to my brother on the same subject:
“On one of the common faith-talks, we were led to see how while we are justified not to join onto any Church body for the sake of belonging to one are suffering a number of consequnces of going without one (some directly and others indirectly).
Missing out on having brothers who could easily forward relief when we are in need (including business fundings). Want of frequent spiritual quckening prayer and exhortation meetings to help us keep watch always. Want of those who bear spiritual gifts necessary for a great many special situations – such as workers of miracles who could effortlessly come in to assist with situations that are beyond human help. I was reminded of our attempt to pray for the sister said to be possessed of devils in Daggafontein, how one with a relavant gift would not only have not toiled like we did but would also have potentially succeeded. The great many disabled folks we pity and are disturbed about on the streets.
The sad part being that we tend to run out of patience on God – wondering why he is not intervening on these areas in answer to our ordinary (giftless) praying. Tempted to question His claims of power, mercy and the likes.
The conclusion being that, if we be content to continue without a Church, then must we in like manner be content of going without benefits drawable ideally through a Church body accordingly to scriptural ordinances. Revival praying was revised as a result of the whole.”