Failing to Assemble in Worship
I knew a couple that had problems coming to church. Their attendance was very sporadic. They would be gone about two out of every five Sundays, and then it got to be three out of every four. Over time they stopped coming to church altogether.
The man started drinking and became hooked on pornography.
His wife was on the verge of leaving him, and that was when he contacted me for some counseling.
What he and his wife were doing was “forsaking the assembling of [themselves] together, as is the manner of some” (Hebrews 10:25), and they missed the encouragement of one another in the church (Hebrews 10:26).
Not being within the Body of Christ, they missed out on worshiping God and the joy that brings. They missed out on the fellowship of the saints, and they missed out on being fed the Word of God on a regular basis.
They were literally starving to death from a lack of the Bread of Life. This really stunted their spiritual growth, and it almost caused them to divorce.