We are not Called to Walk Alone
It is important to be around other saints not only for your own encouragement and growth, but also for theirs. We are all part of one body, and each member is very important.
For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is the Christ (new creation where Christ is the head and the Church is the body). – 1 Corinthians 12:12
If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? – 1 Corinthians 12:15
And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” – 1 Corinthians 12:21
Fellowship (Sharing in Common)
Meeting together in a formal assemble for teaching and fellowship is vital to the Christian life. Going to “church” to sing songs that make you feel good, hear a self-help message that makes you feel good, and to give based upon need or coercion to make you feel better about yourself is not the type of assembly God is talking about.
Church is a place to meet, learn, and grow together with other saints. Using your Spiritual gift as they use theirs to strengthen each other and encourage one another to live righteously is the face of such a corrupt world.
If your church is not doing that, you are not where God wants you.
The Purpose of the Church and Assembling Together
And He, Himself, gave on the one hand the apostles, and on the other hand the prophets, and the evangelists, and the pastors even teachers, facing the equipping of the saints unto a work of ministry unto the edifying of the body of the Christ, until we all should come into the oneness of the faith and of the full experiential knowledge of the Son of God, into a mature man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of the Christ, in order that we should no longer be inarticulate babblers, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of teaching by the trickery of men in craftiness facing the scheming of the error, but we, speaking truth in love, should grow in all the things unto Him, Who is the Head: the Christ, out from Whom the whole body, being fit and knit together, through every supporting ligament according to the operating by measure of each individual part performing the growth of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.- Ephesians 4:11-16