- Yes, Christians must attend church in order to be saved.21% (4)8% (1)16% (5)Vote
- No, I don't think so.42% (8)85% (11)59% (19)Vote
- I don't know/See poll results.37% (7)7% (1)25% (8)Vote
Matthew 18:20 which says :
"For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”
One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”
But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise".
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This question sounds like an attack on my spirituality, lol. Well its alright, its a good question to ask and many are deceived.
Well, of course they can be saved. Luke 23 is about believing unto salvation (the criminals referred to him as God, obviously believing)*.
Matthew 18 refers to the presence of God (via the Holy Spirit, but remember Jesus is in the Father and the Father is in Him [John 14], and likewise the Spirit is also apart of the Godhead, which is why Genesis Hebrew uses a plural term for God in the creation story; English lacks such a term).
1 John 5:10-12 is a fairly good rule of thumb for deterniming salvation.
A quick common sense test can help you here. If I go into a garage and sleep there, does that make me a car? (no, I'm a person). Likewise, if I go into a church, does that make me a Christian? (no, I'm still a sinner who needs salvation).
If the wooden, stone, concrete, steel, or alabaster walls of a church had the power to change people's hearts, I suspect these materials would go up in price. :)
* = This scripture is commonly used to show baptism is not a requirement to go to heaven.1
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