The Importance of Connecting with the Church

Ezek 13:9 My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and who give lying divinations. They shall not be in the council of my people, nor be enrolled in the register of the house of Israel, nor shall they enter the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord GOD.

The prophets here in Ezekiel are condemned by God because they have concluded that people are true believers and there is peace when there isn’t. In the next verse it says the false prophets have covered the walls with whitewash while announcing peace to the people. This is the sin of hypocrisy. And the church is full of them.

We are reminded in this text to self-examination. What is it that distinguishes us from the hypocrites? It cannot be simply that we are in the church. But that our lives overlap our profession of faith. These interior marks are what God uses to distinguish the true from the false. And to be considered false in the eyes of God is an exile too terrible to bear.

How can we hope for safety if we have no refuge? Thus Christ is our refuge, our shelter and our hope. In him alone is there is peace and outside of Christ there is no peace. To reside in Christ is to have all the comforts of safety even though we travel through the hells of life. Don’t we know that Christ cannot be separated from us? That we belong to him and are his joy? The bond we have to the risen and ascended Lord is a bond that cannot be broken because it is not made with human hands. And here we can understand the importance of unity in the faithful, meeting, encouraging one another, confessing our sin to each other. Because the greatest fear in life is not the pains of life, rather it is going through the pains of life apart from Christ.