“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near.” Hebrews 10:25 NLT
Virtually every church and every pastor misuses this scripture to try to convince believers that they must not forsake going to church, otherwise it would be sinning against God. Many Christians are being guilt tripped by this false teaching. This verse has nothing to do with “you must go to church”!
But, it is absolutely wrong to use Hebrews 10 verse 25 in such a way! The Greek and the context simply does not support it, and when we understand the true meaning of this verse, the entire idea of "going to church" as something we must do entirely falls apart.
What Hebrews 10 verse 25 actually tells us, is not to neglect or forsake the promise and blessed hope of our gathering to Jesus Christ at His coming and not to be like others who forsake their hope in Jesus’ return!
That’s why it says, that we are to encourage one another the more we see the day of His return approaching!