As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. 1 John 2:27a
People often cite this verse as support for their decision to not attend church. But the team explains that this verse is about the issue of the anti-Christ. John is warning the church to make sure their doctrine and their belief about Jesus is correct so as not to be fooled by some “new” (distorted) teaching. According to Bontrager, “To say ‘I just need the Holy Spirit’ is a gross misinterpretation of the text.”
Entire passage 1 John 2
1. What do you think about this passage in 1 John 2:27?
2. What do you think of the thoughts in the above quote?
3. Have you used this verse as a support for the decision not to attend a local church?
4. Do you currently attend a local church? Why or why not?
I had to chuckle just a little on this one... In order for this team to come to this conclusion then they must throw out all that Saul/ Paul wrote, or about half the new testament. He was not taught by man or church...In those times there was no bible(maybe a letter or Gospel or 2) not many could read or write, Paul wrote about different peoples gifts and how to share them among each other when they gathered. He also wrote about the community/church having many body parts and functions. For most of history churches have claimed an ownership of Truth and in no uncertain terms one was a heretic if they believed otherwise. Somehow the body of the community/ church morphed into one mouth preaching/teaching as the other body parts(the remainder of the community/ church) sat silent locked out of meaningful participation, except when it came time to give money.
I go to church from time to time as the spirit leads me to. I don't need a Bible verse to support whether I do or do not go to church, God and the indwelling spirit are my witness...they alone can condemn or judge my actions.