Our world is very confused about religion these days. It’s easy to understand why: it’s become “all about me” and what I want. Ask someone about why they go here or there for church and you’ll get different answers. It’s what fits my “lifestyle”. It’s about what speaker appeals to me. About what worship services are like. About whether there are people your age or not. But little if any reference to the truth or what God commands. This leaves most thinking that where you go to church has everything to do with what I like or don’t like, because it really doesn’t matter. But it does matter.
It matters, because not every “church” is the Lord’s church. Claiming things doesn’t make them so. The Lord has described His church and when one reads Acts 2 a few fundamental things become pretty clear. Forgiveness of sins happens at baptism, forgiveness of sins is the essence of being saved, being saved is the requirement to being added to the Lord’s church. Thus, not every group that claims to be the Lord’s church are the Lord’s church. So, it matters, because you may not really be going to church at all.
It matters, also, because not every “church” worships God as God has commanded. Let me use an Old Testament example (an appropriate approach for learning—1 Cor. 10:11), King Jeroboam (1 Kings 12) was Jewish (therefore, part of God’s people) and he worshipped the God of Israel (good), but he did so through idols, through a different priesthood, with different holy days, and in different places than required. These differences were know in the rest of the Old Testament history as the “sins of Jeroboam”. Some groups that have actually been saved (are God’s people), are worshipping the Lord (as they should), but are nevertheless not worshipping the Lord as He has commanded (like Jeroboam). Some churches use musical instruments (see Eph. 5:19), let women lead in mixed worship (see 1 Cor. 14:34), or fail to partake of communion weekly (see Acts 20:7). Pleasing worship makes a difference to God, and it should also make a difference to us. Should a Christian worship like a modern Jeroboam? It matters to God.
It matters, lastly, because God intends to take only His church to Heaven. Jesus said, (Matthew 7:13, 14) ““Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” It matters if you want to get to Heaven.
Rather than attending the church of your choice, why not worship with the church of Christ’s choice?