How necessary is it to be in the church when it comes to salvation?

How necessary is it to be in the church when it comes to salvation today? Well, let’s look at some lessons from the past and find out.

According to God, how necessary was it to be in the ark to survive the universal judgment of the flood?

“And behold, I Myself am bringing floodwaters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall go into the ark—you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.” (Genesis 6:17-18)

According to God, how necessary was it to be in the house with the blood-covered door to survive the judgment of Egypt?

“‘For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord. Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt…Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Pick out and take lambs for yourselves according to your families, and kill the Passover lamb. And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two doorposts with
the blood that is in the basin. And none of you shall go out of the door of his house until morning. For the Lord will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and not allow the 
destroyer to come into your houses to strike you.” (Exodus 12:12-13, 21-23)

According to God, how necessary will it be to be numbered with the saints in the city of God to survive the fiery judgment of the Devil and his soldiers?

“Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years. Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” (Revelation 20:6-10)

Now, according to the word of God, where do we find a house with a blood-covered door that offers God’s protection from the fiery universal judgment of humanity and the Devil?

Check these out and you’ll get your answer.:

So is it any wonder then why the Lord adds those who are saved to the number of his people in the church? EA

“praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:47


  1. While I regard church membership, attendance, and involvement of great importance (Hebrews 10:25), being “in church” doesn’t save one any more that hanging out in one’s garage makes one a car. (I realize that is NOT what you are intending to say here, but it could be interpreted that way by someone unlearned in “the faith”). Salvation comes only by God’s “covering” and that by the blood of Jesus. The blood of Christ is what “shelters” us, and that by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9). Gathering within a steepled building, however, is good exposure to the Word of God that can lead to salvation (Romans 10:13-14).

      1. Thanks for commenting, James.

        Just for clarity sake, are you suggesting, as it seems that you are but perhaps I’m wrong, that the Bible teaches that church membership is not necessary to be saved?

    1. Hey, Ernie. Thanks for chipping in.

      I completely agree with you that being in a church (building or group) makes one no more automatically saved than being in a garage makes one a car, but unfortunately I believe (hence the article) that many in religious world sadly believe that they can be a “lone ranger” Christian and that God is perfectly fine with it, which is something that the scriptures just do not suggest or condone in any manner. When people forsake the body, which is the church, they by default forsake the Head (Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 1:22-23, 4:16), and when a spiritual body member becomes detached from the spiritual body, it’s in serious trouble, as the physical body shows. Also, when I use the word “church”, I’m using it in the sense that Acts 2:47 does, along with all the other scriptural references; a way that has nothing to do with buildings or denominations (since none were in existence at that time).

      1. Agreed. While being a member of a “local” church does not guarantee anyone salvation, it seems very odd that anyone who is a member of the greater body (church) of Christ (i.e., “saved”) would not want to associate with the local body. It’s akin to not wanting to have anything to do with one’s earthly family/relatives. Such a relationship is dysfunctional. :)

      2. I think there are several big reasons for people wanting to do such. One primary reason being that they want to enjoy the “perks” of God like salvation, etc. without a willingness to live according to God’s righteousness, and they don’t want some “church” telling them any different (which the church is obligated to do – 1 Corinthians 5:9-13, 6:15).

        We all make mistakes, but there is a difference between sinning and living in sin; and unfortunately I believe a lot of people want to live in sin here on the Earth while still thinking they’re going to Heaven and they don’t want a bunch of “hypocrites” telling them otherwise. Hence, they’ve decided that the church is optional, but the scriptures say otherwise. And this is why the churches of Christ make the plea that urges people to reconsider the biblical view of what it means to be a member of the church that we read about in the Bible.

        As always, thanks for your time, Ernie.

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