It cracks you up that I take imperatives from scripture seriously? Feel free to laugh all you want. I apologize for that comment. I did not mean it like it sounds when you read it.
I take the scripture seriously. I have not yet found a way to make a significant impact (positive, of course) on gatherings whose activities consist of sitting and doing virtually nothing, but if/when I do, there may be some sort of productivity in going. As it is, these gatherings, in my assessment, are a waste of time and are an offense to God's commands. Like I said, I'm not anybody's judge, but I know the boss's orders and I can't be party to their defiance.The purpose of going to a church is not for you to make a significant impact or to be productive in the way I think you are using the word.
Ro 12:5 says we as believers are one body and each member belongs to all the others.
1 Corinthians 12:14-23
"Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
The eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you!" And the head cannot say to the feet, "I don't need you!" On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor."
This seem clear that even though all Christians are not the same we are still all one body and no one person can stand alone.
One more verse
Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom.
Jesus went regularly.
I'm so glad you brought up the body of Christ and its diverse parts, because somehow it is the church gatherings in which it is indiscernible how the body parts ARE diverse when the activity of ALMOST every single member is that which makes a body immobilized by morbid-obesity: nothing.
It is not my experience that the body of Christ takes care of itself any better than ordinary acquaintances, friends, and family take care of each other--that's a big deal, but I'll leave it at that.
That weekly rigmarole is unacceptable. And I know most people have their ways of drawing lines as to what is "unacceptible," like perhaps a couple of unmarried church members "shacking up" or the like. The condition of "the church" (if you can even call it that) right now needs to trigger the code red emergency alarm, but it doesn't, as it's mostly a tradition that good little boys and girls do--the Pharisees had their traditions, and this is the same kind of thing, different day.
It bears repeating: I'm nobody's judge and have no illusions to the contrary. Some people, I fear, may find "safety in numbers" when it comes to God's judgment, but I don't; I don't care how many people think the church routine is perfectly fine as it is or hide behind the "nobody's perfect" cop-out--I'll be staying out of the blast radius of what I'm fully expecting will set off the big boss in a big way. They've been told, and many such "there's no perfect church" spiels let on that they even know better. I expect God doesn't tolerate mockery of his imperatives and that's going to have consequences.
Yes, Jesus taught at the synagogues, and I'm sure that was the best thing those synagogues ever had going for them.