It is not that belonging to the visible community of God’s people is unimportant. It is. But salvation is not won by any external associations. When we depend on such things, we become less than what God wants us to be.
CIRCUMCISION OF THE HEART
There is that old saying, “Do as I say, not as I do.” That doesn’t really work does it? Lately we have had some politicians live by that motto.
They gave various restrictions for their communities, but didn't live by them, themselves.