There are many people today who question the legitimacy of and need for organized religion. There are many objections that are made to the current state of organized religion. However, not all of these people are uninterested in serving and worshiping God. Some of them simply see no need for their worship and service to be connected with any kind of organized system of religion. Instead, they view their service and worship to God solely as an individual matter.
So, as we consider the question, “Do we need organized religion?,” let’s begin by defining the terms that are involved in the question. By “religion,” I am referring to the service and worship of God or of the supernatural. By “organized religion,” then, I am referring to an institutionalized system of religious practices.
Now, certainly no one can rightfully question whether organized religion exists. For, just within what is called “Christianity,” there are tens of thousands of different kinds of churches that represent “organized religion.” So, our study hinges on the word “need.” That is, has God made organized religion essential to salvation?
Then, as we set out to answer this question, we must recognize that only the truth contained in the pages of the Bible can give us the right answer. Jesus said, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). Our opinions are simply not sufficient in saving our souls. It is only the gospel of Jesus Christ that is God’s power to salvation (Romans 1:16). And, it is the words of God contained in the Bible that will be our criteria for judgment one day (see John 12:48 and Revelation 20:11-15).
Therefore, let’s give close attention to some things God has told us pertaining to this question about organized religion.
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