Leadership, Ministries & Services on the Authority of
the Scriptures and the Historic Precedent of Second Century Christian Churches
Hebrews 10:23-25 provides a striking backdrop of encouragement to Second Temple era Christians struggling under the weight of Jewish nationalism, domestic unrest and personal dangers because of their faith in Jesus our Lord.
To be sure, their belief in the New Testament and its Gospel isolated them from their unbelieving Jewish brethren, parents and siblings and friends. This isolation made them stand out in a bad light and also made life in and out of Judæa dangerous and risky in the extreme. Therefore, it was much safer to forsake assemblies than to be seen coming and going to them. Why? Because, obviously, going to a Christian gathering (at the very least) identified one as a sympathizer of "that" Jesus "those" Apostles and "those" Christians—or worse—meant one was, in fact, a Christian.