“let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” - Hebrews 10:24-25

We have always known what it means to assemble. We have always defined ‘assemble’ as “a group gathering together in one place” (Oxford Dictionary). And until a year ago, we had very little descent from this easily and commonly understood term.

There have been huge efforts in the last 12 months to radically change the meaning of this straightforward term. Anytime that we redefine biblical truth to suit our present wants, times, or fears we have done violence to God’s word (Ezekiel 22:26).

When we neglect to assemble, we have broken that command, and that alone is bad enough. But when we argue over this elementary word, we fail to see the host of other commands we fail to uphold when we do not assemble together. We have been convinced that if we change what it means to assemble, we have won the argument, but in reality we have lost fellowship, rejoicing, mourning, stirring one another up, bearing burdens, strengthening weak knees, comforting, admonishing, and so so much more. Let’s not argue over words. Let us love not in word, but in deed and truth.