Yeah local church, forsake not the fellowship
Those who attend local churches are always so quick to instruct those who do not. They are more than happy to quote the following verse to show the error of those who choose to stay away from the local body of believers.
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing,
When I am confronted by those who so dogmatically instruct me in the better way, I always ask them to quote the entire scripture. As of yet no one has been able to get past the little sound bite they so easily regurgitate, and be able to quote me the whole of the scripture.
Did you know there is a second half of the verse that every Christian tardy officer quotes, but they don’t realize they only have half the picture? They are more interested in a legalism birthed in the local church than what scripture teaches us. There is no interest in what makes a fellowship of believers, that being two or more, or what we are to do in that fellowship. Rather they think this scripture is about a head count.
In order to make sure we actually have the right kind of fellowship when we come together, scripture has surrounded this verse of incrimination to those who do not attend the local church, with the purpose of that fellowship.
In the verse before we have this statement.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
Then the verse in question actually finishes by saying.
but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
It isn’t the pastor’s job of doing the fellowshipping. It is the job of every member of the body of Christ. Everyone is to be spurring one another and encouraging one another with our hope found in scripture. Not the pastor.
Which brings me to a sad state of affairs. In every body of adult believers I have attended we talk job, sports, hunting, real estate, movies, anything but scripture. And this while attending the church. And in the believers home it is no different.
When I was confronted by those long time church associates about my tardiness from the local assembly, by the half a verse in question, I would ask them the last time we talk the book. They came to realize it was never, it was always something else, but never the book.
So what of it local church? You have a large head count, but no one is spurring or encouraging one another as scripture has told us to do. Every individual who reads scripture should know what we are instructed to do when we come together. Oh, maybe that is it. This fact is evident only to those who read scripture.
You have heard it said.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
But we say.
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing.
How about next time someone wants to play the trump card on the believer who has “forsaken the fellowship”, how about them asking themselves if they have encouraged with scripture those they fellowship with towards love and good deeds in Christ. Or how about encouraging with scripture those they fellowships with concerning the approaching day of our Lord.
Sitting in a large gathering of believers listening and leaving is not fellowshipping. Nor is coming and going without individuals using the word of God to encourage and spur each other on. So what of it local church, quit forsaking the fellowship!
 Hebrews 10:25a
 Hebrews 10:24
 Hebrews 10:25b
 Hebrews 10:24-25