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Heb 10:25-26 (and surrounding if needed): What does it mean?

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    Heb 10:25-26 (and surrounding if needed): What does it mean?

    This is not a debate question. I'm only interested in CoC views. And my interest is to see if there are different views in the more hardline or sectarian CoC's versus the mainline CoC. So please state what position a view is coming from if you respond.

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    Interested or not, I'm going to tell you that this is not about the weekly assembly, per se'. But, that would be the typical Church of Christ take-away.

    Anyone who knows the central theme of the Book of Hebrews and its importance would not even bring up such minutiae.
    Law makes a demand; Grace makes a provision.

    Grace terrifies legalists.

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      Originally posted by notreligus View Post
      Interested or not, I'm going to tell you that this is not about the weekly assembly, per se'. But, that would be the typical Church of Christ take-away.

      Anyone who knows the central theme of the Book of Hebrews and its importance would not even bring up such minutiae.
      I bring it up because I know the central theme.

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        It's about the weekly assembly. I attend a right centered (not far right) COC.
        Avery

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        • #5
          Originally posted by UncleAbee View Post
          It's about the weekly assembly. I attend a right centered (not far right) COC.
          Not sure talking about right, center, left, makes sense for worship doctrine designations. But I was raised in a very strict sectarian type COC, and what I always heard was "Not forsaking the assembly of ourselves together" and that missing one Sunday morning service was "forsaking the assembly."

          However, when I looked closely at the KJV, I noticed they were misquoting, by accident I'm sure: "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together"

          And I came to see that as making a difference. I.e. Its not about forsaking an assembly but the assembling, which means it translates into modern English like "not forsaking the assembling" = "not ceasing to assemble" not "not missing an assembly"

          So I'm wondering if perhaps more "mainstream" COC understands it the way I'm suggesting here.

          Then if you look in a more modern translation, you might find something like "not giving up meeting together" (NIV2011) (i.e. same as what I suggested above, "not ceasing to assemble")... I was thinking this traditional COC interpretation of compulsory attendance on pains of eternal torment might die out with larger acceptance of other translations (where the distinction between -ly and -ling is not necessary to be debated), yet I notice contrary to this comment by notreligious,

          Originally posted by notreligus View Post
          Interested or not, I'm going to tell you that this is not about the weekly assembly, per se'. But, that would be the typical Church of Christ take-away.
          most translations paraphrase it in line with the traditional sectarian COC view actually, so maybe many modern "translations" will buttress rather than kill off this view. For instance, HCSB "not staying away from our worship meetings" or TLB "Let us not neglect our church meetings"

          In other words, rather than a particular assembly, I think the author is saying "Don't lapse back into Judaism and stop going to church" not "never miss a Sunday service"....but I see an uphill battle for that interpretation in the COC. And looking at translations other than the NIV, in the way they paraphrase this, I think the traditional over-the-top COC view may be coming to a mainstream Protestant church near you, notreligious.

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