Jim Lincoln writes: you will see it isn't the dispensationalists that have things confused.
The gospel has done away with the distinction the dispensationalist perpetuates.
Galatians 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
Ephesians 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
Here in the south, these insipid cowboy churches are every where. Not only is the preaching watered down, but they baptize people in horse troughs, and all come dressed up like actors in a John Wayne movie. A friend attended one and told me they sung "Ghost Riders In The Sky"during worship!! There may be Some decent ones out there, but for the most part it's just a show to entertain the local rednecks.
I agree with both stevenr and US. Sometimes John is attacked for no reason (ahem Jim Lincoln) but most of the time he makes statements so utterly nonsensical, so obviously unbiblical, that he needs to be rebuked.
In my honest opinion, he just likes to stir things up so I just ignore him for the most part.
Fellowship isn't required for salvation, but it is a fruit of salvation. I can't imagine a true Christian not desiring fellowship with other believers. I'm a shy person, but even I can't help but to fellowship with others of the faith. There's just something wonderful about discussing the things of the Lord with other likeminded believers.
I could be wrong, and 1517 can correct me if I am, but I think he is referring to those who have absolutely no desire to worship or fellowship with other believers. I don't think he is talking about those that are not able to be part of a biblical congregation, but would like to be.
John, nobody is arguing that church attendance is required for salvation, so quit with the subterfuge.
Now I would like to ask you a question. Do you believe scripture outlines what kind of people we should fellowship with? You have made it clear you don't hold to the false doctrines of the Catholic church. Good. But you are disobeying scriptural commands to fellowship with likeminded believers, and to stay clear of those who propagate error.
Romans 16:17 "Now I beseech you, brethren, Mark them which cause offences contrary to the doctrine which he have learned; and avoid them."
1 Corinthians 1:10 "Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that he all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that he be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment."