What should my attitude be toward Christians who don’t meet with the local churches?
[#20 Q5] What should my attitude be toward Christians who don’t meet with the local churches? Sometimes it seems we can be exclusive, even though we say we are not. For example, often saints in the church life will ask me “when did you meet the brothers?” or “when did you first meet the saints?” I know what they mean, but the question implies that those who are not meeting in the local churches are not saints or brothers. How did this kind of terminology come about and does this reflect our view of Christians who don’t meet with us?
It is important to point out that these brothers do not presume to have the answers to our questions. Rather, they are willing to provide a response in fellowship, and to encourage us to personally go to the Lord and consider all these things before Him.