Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

My family and I have gotten this verse thrown at us numerous times. They say because we refuse to compromise on the Truth that God has shown us and go to a “church” where the Truth is not being proclaimed, then it is us who are forsaking the assembling or forsaking the fellowship. Thus, if their interpretation of this verse is correct then we are in direct contradiction to this verse.

What is this verse really saying? The word ‘forsake’ means to abandon or desert. The tense of the word is also important here. It is in the present tense and active voice. This simply means that it is happening in actual time and the active voice points to the subject as the doer of the action (forsaking). To better understand who the subject of this verse is, we need to go back a few verses. Going back to verse 22 and through 24 we read: “ Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works;

When you use words like “us” and in our verse how the writer uses “ourselves”, then you are speaking of a definite group. The “us” in these verses is obviously referring to believers. To verify that, if we again look a little further back to verse 19 we see who is being spoken of and to here.

“Having therefore, brethren,...” But, even more pointed than this verse in reference to who is being spoken about is found more to the front of the letter. In Chapter three verse one we read, “Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling,...” It is very clear from these two verses that those who are not to be forsaking the assembling are brethren in Christ.

What this verse is saying then is this: Those who are brethren are not to be forsaking the assembling together with other brethren or those who are like-minded. Those brethren that are content with compromising are the ones that are in violation of this verse. They are the ones forsaking the assembling with brethren because they would rather assemble with goats. It irks me to no end when I hear, “I would rather be going somewhere than nowhere.” I personally would rather go nowhere and listen to some great teaching tapes or even just read scripture and some devotions with my family, then go somewhere just to say that I go to “church.” Then also make it a priority to assemble together with brethren whenever possible.

Tom Adams
Updated: 4/6/2016