Recently, I have heard bible believers quote Matthew 18:20“For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” for use to authorize the Christians ability to worship with only two or three people. But I believe this passage is being misused. Yes, the principle is taught of personal or family worship in the bible but this passage is NOT addressing worship at all. Jesus is talking about church disciple and how to handle a brother who sins. Let’s read the context and see it ourselves.
Matthew 18:15-20 “If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.
“Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”
We need and should worship together at every opportunity we have and especially on the first day of the week. Under these circumstances with a virus spreading we are not able to do this, but we will again, soon!
For now, worship with your family and collectively online with us on our youtube channel or Facebook Sunday at 10am. But, don’t use Matthew 18:20 as authorization to worship as long as there are 2 or three of you. It’s just not Bible.
For more information on this watch for the video on our Youtube channel and facebook page to be posted today.
I love you,
~ Alexander