Did you ever get a bill in the mail, or a request for financial help, that says something like, “Detach the upper part of this form and return it with your payment / contribution / gift”? The bill might have a dotted or even perforated line with the words “Cut or tear along dotted line” printed just above the part to be detached. Years ago railway tickets and some kinds of coupons carried the warning, ‘NOT GOOD IF DETACHED.” That thought has a spiritual application for Christians and non-Christians.
            The word “detach” means “to disengage; to leave or separate from a group or a place.” Synonyms are separate, move or walk away, disconnect, etc.” Now a direct question, especially for those who have been baptized into Christ and claim to be a member of His church  – are you attempting to be a detached disciple of Jesus Christ? Have you disengaged and disconnected yourself from the body of Christ? That body is clearly and undeniably defined in the New Testament as the church of Jesus Christ. At Ephesians1:22-23 the apostle Paul wrote that Jesus is “head over all things to the church, which is His body.” At Colossians 1:18 he declares that “[Christ] is the head of the body, the church”; just a few verses later at verse 24 the apostle again refers to His [that is, Christ’s]    body, “which is the church.” By the way, distasteful as it is to some, that church is the one body Paul speaks of in Ephesians 2:16 and 4:4. Uninspired preachers and professed believers have for a long time preached you can be a “churchless” Christian – that is, be a faithful disciple of Jesus but be totally detached from Christ’s church and her worship, work and fellowship assemblies and activities. A favorite mantra of millions is, “I believe in God but I don’t want anything to do with organized religion.” In other words, “I want to be a detached disciple.” But that idea comes from the mind of man, not the mind of God. In 1 Corinthians 12, the apostle Paul compares the church to a body. Verse 12 onward teaches that just as a physical body has many diverse kinds of members but in a single unity in one body, “so also is Christ” or as the New Living Translation says, “So it is with the body of Christ” (vs 12b). He goes on to talk about feet, hands, ears, eyes, the nose – but don’t miss it in verse 21 – 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.’ ” Hands and feet don’t do very well if detached from the rest of the body. Further, Colossians 2:19 warns of grave spiritual danger when members of the body no longer “hold fast to the head” (the New International Version says “have lost connection with the head”). Now I’m running out of space, so I’ll cut to the chase. The devil relentlessly searches for ways to get Christians to detach from the body of Christ. Why? Because he understands a truth many believers refuse to accept – Christians can’t become detached from Christ’s body without also becoming detached from and losing connection with the head of that body, Jesus Himself. Somebody said Christians should remember the banana – it didn’t get skinned until it left the bunch. Christ died for His church, and that makes her God’s special bunch (Acts 20:28 * Eph.5:25-27)! Staying in church won’t save your skin, but eternally more important, it will save your soul (Ephesians 5:23). Get real with yourself – if you choose to disconnect and disengage from the church, you are attempting to be a detached disciple. But the simple truth is, spiritually, a detached disciple is not a disciple.
            “Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?” – Galatians 4:16