Many of us join organizations to gain benefits. Some participate and truly get involved, while others are members in name only, while also receiving full benefits. We all know people that get truly involved in clubs and organizations. We also know people who sit in the back, and do the minimum in participation. Whether we are actively involved or not, both usually get recognition and benefits of membership. Some presume that church membership is the same. We all are saved.
Membership in a church may not lead to salvation. There are people that are extensively involved in the church. They research and read their sacred books. They spend valuable time in finding God’s truth. Others are members in name only. They call themselves Christians, Muslims, Hindu, etc.., but they spend most of their time in secular activities.
It is this second group that membership by itself may not get them salvation. It is this group that may be influenced by radicals and extremist in carrying out acts that may cause others to suffer. They are easily influenced because of their lack of God’s truth. The past is riddled with religions that acted against humanity.
In summary, religion is not like a club or organization. Membership does not guarantee salvation. One must study the scriptures, and put them in practice.