Worth Quoting – Ignatius on the Importance of Corporate Worship
August 25, 2007 § Leave a comment
Take heed, then, often to come together to give thanks to God, and show forth His praise. For when ye assemble frequently in the same place, the powers of Satan are destroyed, and the destruction at which he aims is prevented by the unity of your faith. Nothing is more precious than peace, by which all war, both in heaven and earth, is brought to an end.
Ignatius (A.D. 35-107) Epistle to the Ephesians, Chapter 13
This quote is an excellent contrast to the modern idea of the “individual spiritual warrior”. The Christian who does his battle with Satan in his private prayer closet during his private devotions. Certainly we need to practice private devotions, but never as a substitute for the most important aspect of our Christian lives, which is our corporate worship with the church on the Lord’s day.
Blessings in Christ,
Terry W. West