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Two Ditches of Church

The Fourth Commandment
Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
What does this mean?  We should fear and love God so that we do not despise preaching and His Word, but hold it sacred and gladly hear and learn it.

and from Luther's explanation to the third article of the Apostles' Creed...
I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.
In the same way He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.

There are two ditches I see when it comes to attending Sunday services (the Divine Service).
"I don't have to go to church to be a Christian."  This is a very American and very postmodern attitude, but not a biblical one. "Because I go to church I'm a Christian."  The response to this attitude h…

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