Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car. This is true, but this fact doesn’t give anyone an excuse to avoid attending church. Just as well, and just as the phrase implies, going to church doesn’t qualify as being enough.
The prophet Moroni in the Book of Mormon wrote,
And the church did meet together oft, to fastand to pray, and to speak one with another concerning the welfare of their souls. (Moroni 6:5)
Oh, and they also went to church…
And they did meet together oft to partake of bread and wine, in remembrance of the Lord Jesus. (verse 6)
The members of the Church were together often, fasting and praying and discussing the matters of salvation. This was seperate from their actual worship services however.
Fellowshipping isn’t just about attending our meetings on Sunday and making the rounds of saying hello to everyone. It’s about being with one another, showing love and friendship, and concerning ourselves with the things that are of eternal significance.
If one is a Christian, he or she is not a Christian one hour of the week, or even one day of the week. Being a disciple of Christ is a way of life. It is just as much a part of our existence as the air we breathe.