I am always concerned when I find people who take church attendance lightly. There are often many reasons for this. One of those reasons is what could be called family idolatry. Jeff Pollard delivered a message about this here. Kevin DeYoung has written a helpful piece on, what he calls “The Scandal of the Semi Churched.“
The Scandal of the Semi-Churched
This is one of those posts I’ve wanted to write for awhile, but I wasn’t sure how to say what I think needs to be said. The danger of legalism and false guilt is very real. But so is the danger of disobedience and self-deception.
I want to talk about church members who attend their home church with great irregularity. These aren’t unchurched folks, or de-churched, or under-churched. They are semi-churched. They show up some of the time, but not every week. They are on again/off again, in and out, here on Sunday and gone for two. That’s the scandal of the semi-churched. In fact, Thom Rainer argues that the number one reason for the decline in church attendance is that church members don’t go to church as often as they used to. (more…)