The "short" answer is, "No.", but keep in mind that the issue here is what it takes to secure a home in Heaven, and not the post salvation spiritual life that is in view. While NOT being a requirement to either obtain or retain eternal life (John 3: 16) with a home in Heaven, compliance with the New Testament command to "gather together - Heb. 10: 25" is an essential part of the post salvation spiritual life. The quality of one's post (after) salvation spiritual life has nothing to do with WHERE on will spend eternity, but has much to do about HOW (with or without reward) one will spend eternity. Here in the Church Age, God assesses the quality of one's post salvation spiritual life on the basis of the degree that He is glorified though the production of divine good in the spiritual life of a believer. Even if one spent an hour each and every day of his post salvation spiritual life "gathered together", celebrating the Lord's Supper and/or being taught the Word of God, it would only represent 4% (7 hours out of 168 hrs. per week) of the total time that God gives to each one us to execute the post salvation spiritual life. Even during hours of sleep, our souls process information (good or bad) that we have more recently allowed to become a part of our soul structure. Without a doubt, how we spend the remaining 94% of the time we are not gathered together is a reflection of what impact God and/or is having on the time we do gather together. Regardless of how spiritually mature one become,there will always be the next step as long as we remain on this side of Heaven. Failing to c-o-n-t-i-n-u-e to be more and more conformed to the likeness of Christ (Rom. 8: 29) in thought and behavior is a clear indication that a 2Cor. 13:5 self-examination is in order. Until one is born again, he is physically alive with a soul that is going to live on forever, but is spiritually dead, separated from a relationship with God. The spiritual life begins with the regeneration (Titus 3: 5) of the dead human spirit. The regeneration of the dead human spirit is the Work of God, that takes place (if) when one is born again. It is not the work of human clergy, nor can it be secured through ANY "religious" ritual or ceremony. As we will see in this presentation, the command to "gather together (Heb. 10: 25)" for the purpose of celebrating the Lord's Supper (1Cor. 11: 24, 24), and for the teaching of he Word of God (Matt. 28: 19) applies to souls who have a-l-r-e-a-d-y been born again. Thus, "going to (attending) Church" is primarily for those who have a-l-r-e-a-d-y been born again. Until one is born again, he can be religious, live a relatively moral lifestyle, engage in humanitarian and other forms of human good, but is spiritually dead and incapable of producing anything in the spiritual realm (John 15: 5). The lake of fire (Rev. 20: 15) will be filled with many souls who were "religious" and produced all kinds of human good in the course of their lifetime, but who were never born again. Just as a physically dead man can do n-o-t-h-i-n-g in the natural realm, a spiritually dead man can to nothing in the spiritual realm. As a born again believer, the issue of his/her salvation (going to Heaven) has a-l-r-e-a-d-y been forever settled. It was eternally settled the day he/she believed in a presentation of the Gospel Message (John 3: 18), placing his/her full trust and confidence in the Person and the Work (on the cross) of the Lord Jesus Christ. There ate two primary purposes that Church Age believers are to "gather together" on a regular basis, bi neither one is for the purpose of retaining the salvation that he/she already received. One is to participate in the celebration of the Lord's Supper (Communion). In doing so, they bring into their remembrance (1Cor. 11: 24, 25), the Person and the atoning Work of the Lord Jesus Christ that was already accomplished on the cross, and became personally applicable on the day that he/she was born again. There was no deficiency is the plan of God or the Work of the Lord Jesus Christ. It was by divine design, that the Work of the Lord Jesus Christ did not provide for the forgiveness for the sin of disbelief. The sin of disbelief (John 3: 18) is the ONE and ONLY sin for which a soul will find itself in the torments of Hades upon departing this world, and eventually in the lake of fire for all of eternity (Rev. 20: 13, 15). Other post (after) salvation sins can result in divine discipline (Heb. 12: 6) here on Earth, and loss of reward (1Cor. 3: 15) in Heaven. For God to send a soul to the Torments of Hades and/or into the lake of Fire for ANY other reason than the sin of disbelief, He would have to deny/reject the atoning Work of the Lord Jesus Christ that paid for THAT sin on the cross. Again, being saved and assured of a home in Heaven, is not a license to sin, as there is still divine discipline and loss of rewards to be experienced by born again believers who choose to sin here on Earth. Living in sin includes, but is NOT limited to sexual sins. Living in sin means to live with any (James 2: 10) sin that has not been confessed (1John 1: 9) and/or forsaken. God can not refuse to forgive a sin that has already been atoned for by the Work of the Lord Jesus Christ. The one and only sin that (by divine design) was not atoned for is the sin of disbelief in the Person and the Work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Either there is NO (eternal) condemnation for those who are "in Christ Jesus", as Scripture (Romans 8: 1 NASB) declares, or we have been lied to. One becomes and remains "in Christ Jesus" as of the moment of salvation when he/she believes in a presentation of the Gospel Message. There is the need and purpose of the (1John 1: 9) confession (to God) and the forsaking (John 8: 11) of post (after) salvation sin, but it is NOT for the purpose of retaining or regaining salvation. The forgiveness of 1John 1: 9 is (# 1) to regain the fellowship (2Cor. 13: 14) with God that is lost when we commit post salvation sin, (#2) to avoid divine discipline (Heb. 12: 6) here on Earth; and (#3) to move forward in the post salvation spiritual life here on EARTH. Failing to confess and/or forsake post salvation sin results in divine discipline here on Earth and failing to move forward in one's post salvation spiritual life. Failing to move forward on one's post salvation spiritual life denies God the glory that He would have otherwise received, and results in the forfeiture of rewards (not salvation) that the believer would have otherwise received in Heaven. Having the attitude that one is satisfied just to know that he/she has been saved and is headed for Heaven is a good indication that he/she is still being greatly influenced by the self-centered fallen nature (Romans 7). As (if) a born again believer spiritually matures, it is the glory of God and not the "what's in it for me" attitude that motivates him/her to participate in the things of God. * * * Forgiveness from God does NOT mean that one is not still subject to punishment or civil liability imposed through the administration of justice by secular authorities (Romans 13). The concept of reaping what one sows (Gal. 6: 7)applies to believers and unbelievers alike. God could impose physical death, the highest form of divine discipline (Heb. 12: 6) here on Earth, at any time (Acts 5/1Cor. 11: 27), for any reason. It has been my experience to note that in most cases, God simply allows the consequences of our own negative decisions to play themselves out. God has all of eternity to balance the scales and set things straight. Here on Earth, we often may not "get caught" or suffer all of the potential consequences of our sin, but sooner or later, be it here on Earth, or in eternity, we will reap the crop of the seeds we have sown. No one gets away with anything. For the advancing disciple, just living with a guilty conscience and being out of fellowship with God will generate enough internal pressure to motivate him/her set things straight with God. There are many who "go to Church" on a daily, weekly, monthly, or annual basis, go through the motions, but have never been born again. Many have been lulled to sleep via the false sense of security that their chosen "religion" offers. Just "going to Church" does not atone for sin, nor does just being there, in of itself, advance one in the true post salvation spiritual life of discipleship. Taking part in the celebration of the Lord's Supper/Communion "in an unworthy manner" (1Cor. 11: 27-29 NASB) sets the stage for the believer to receive the highest form (physical death) of divine discipline (Heb. 12: 6) that a born again believer can receive here on Earth. "Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of (disrespect for) the body and the blood of the Lord (27). But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup (28). For who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself, if he does not judge the body rightly (29). For this reason, many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep (30)." Born again believers who are out of fellowship (2Cor. 13: 14)with God do not have a frame of mind to be taught anything concerning God and/or the things of God that comes (or should be coming) from the pulpit. They may or may not agree with the message they hear, but there is no personal application (James 1: 22). Even though they "go to Church"regularly, they are no further along the road to spiritual maturity than they were six weeks, six months, six years ago. "But prove yourselves doers of the Word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves (James 1: 22 NASB)." So there we have it. A born again believer who does not gather together for spiritual purposes is living a life of sinful disobedience (Heb. 10: 25/1Cor. 11: 24, 25/ 2Cor. 13: 5/Matt. 7: 24-27/Matt. 28: 20/1John 1: 9/John 8: 11), and a born again believer who gathers together, hears the Word, but ails to apply it, is living a life of sinful disobedience. Technically, Church Age believers do not "go to Church", but are the Church (1Cor. 3: 16) that gathers together (Matt. 18: 20). Note that one can "gather together" via modern day means of communication and accomplish the same spiritual objective as those who gather together physically in the traditional manner. It is not how or where we gather together, but what takes place when believers are gathered together that counts. While the sin of not gathering together does not diminish the integrity of one's salvation, However, it will result in a compromised post salvation spiritual life that has its own set of consequences that take place both here on Earth (Heb. 12: 6) and in Heaven (1Cor. 3: 12-15). There is a clear, general disinterest in the God of the Bible among the people in current day America. There is a clear disinterest in the post salvation spiritual life of discipleship WITHIN the Christian Community, as well. In this the devil is well-pleased. This disinterest is evidenced in the declining Church attendance WITHIN the Christian Community. Making matters worse, for many who do want to grow in their knowledge (2Pet. 3: 18) and application (James 1: 22) of the Word of God, finding a pulpit that provides them with the spiritual food (edifying doctrine) they need to receive is becoming more and more of a " hard find." This would be upsetting if not for the fact that a period of great (widespread) apostasy had not been prophesied in such passages as 1Timothy 4: 1. The "good news" is that God cannot command us (2Pet. 3: 18) to grow in His grace and knowledge and then not provide the means to do so for anyone who truly desires to d so. The question is rather or not one is willing to make whatever adjustments (Luke 14:26/2Tim. 3: 12) His provision requires of us. * * * With the exception of the sin of disbelief (John 3: 18) for which there is NO forgiveness available, the Lord Jesus Christ paid the sin debt of the entire human race (1John 2: 2). Never-the-less, there will many members of the human race who will find themselves in the Torments of Hades upon departing this Earth, and eventually in the lake of fire (Rev. 20: 13, 15). It will not be because they committed by some form of heinous sin (James 2: 10). It will not be that they did or did not jump through (or be put through) the hoops of "religion" (Mark 7: 8) as most people do in one fashion or another. It will not be because they did or did not "go to Church" (Heb. 10: 25)." It will not be, because that they did not engage in humanitarian deeds, or that they did not produce deeds of human good via their profession or domestic situations, as most people do (Romans 8: 8/John 15: 5). A Christian is a sinner who has been saved by the unearned grace of God (Eph. 2: 8). All the "good deeds" in the world can not generate one split second of eternal life. It will not be because they were not "good"enough, as no one is (Romans 3: 23)James 2: 10). The souls that find themselves in the Torments of Hades and eventually in the lake of fire (Re. 20: 13, 15)are/will be there because they were never born again (John 3: 5, 7). By accomplishing His work ON THE CROSS, the Lord Jesus Christ provided the means (atoning sacrifice) for every soul to saved. Each individual is saved (receives salvation) IF and when he believes (places his/her full trust and confidence) in the Gospel Message. As long as one, to some degree, bases his/her salvation on his/her "religious" practices, behavior, and deeds, he/she has not placed his/her full trust and confidence in the Person and the Work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Placing one's full trust and confidence is the type of belief being spoken of in John 3: 16, 18. This is the truth (John 8: 32) that sets one free from the bondage of the pressure that man made religion generates. This freedom is not a license to sin, but a commission to serve. * * * Being saved in the spiritual realm is like being pregnant in the natural realm in that one either is or is not! The difference between the two is that once saved, the condition is permanent. To be saved, the individual soul, when presented with the Gospel Message, must choose to believe it. To "believe it" means to place his/her full trust and confidence in the atoning Work that the Lord Jesus Chris "finished - John 19: 30) on the cross. Nothing more, but nothing less. It is if and when the individual soul b-e-l-i-e-v-e-s in a presentation of the Gospel Message that he is saved and receives the eternal life spoken of in John 3: 16. Without eternal life, the soul with everlasting life will spend all of eternity in what the Bible calls the lake of fire, following Judgement Day in store for all unbelievers (Rev. 20: 13, 15). God desires (1Tim. 2: 4) that all men come to saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, but such verses as Matt. 7: 14 and Rev. 20: 15 make it clear that not every soul will be saved. The lake of fire is NOT a place of extermination. It is where all unbelievers will spend all of eternity. * * * Much pageantry, many elegant buildings, apparatus, furnishings, and personnel of "religion" has been erroneously (Prov. 30: 6) added to the "worship services" that has evolved throughout the course of the Church Age. In some cases, such as physical altars with officiating "priests," it was a matter of re-introducing such things that did (past tense) have a place during the Old Testament period needed to facilitate Old Testament rituals such as circumcision and sacrificial offerings. The last physical altar and sacrifice that God acknowledged was the altar of the cross and the sacrificial work of the Lord Jesus Christ (Heb.10: 12, 14). While held in high esteem by "religious" people, such things are "detestable - Luke 16: 15)" in the eyes of God if and when they promote any false teachings or practices, especially when promoted as being necessary to complete or to sustain the benefits that faith in the Person and the Work of the Lord Jesus Christ has already provided. In other cases (confessionals, candle stations, statues) they were created to facilitate new practices that are the product of Man-made religion. Yet in the midst of this "religious" activity, the primary purpose (bringing into remembrance - 1Cor. 11: 24, 25) of the ritual has been clouded. The celebration of the Lord's Supper (Communion) is one of the two primary activities that are to be part of the worship services in the Church Age, making it a primary target of the devil and his Eph. 6: 12 forces of evil. The devil is well aware that In the spiritual realm, whatever does not unify will divide. Divide and conquer is a battlefield strategy that is not foreign to the spiritual realm. False teachings and practices, that have evolved and have been accepted within the Christian Community have proven to be weapons of mass destruction in the spiritual realm. In the times (1Timothy 4: 1) in which we now live, not only is there a lack of accurate doctrines being taught from the pulpits, but there is a lack of preparing and equipping (Eph. 4: 12) born again believers to participate in thepost salvation spiritual life of discipleship. The regularity of how often the Lord's Supper is to be celebrated, its objective, the need (if there is one) of an altar, who can officiate, who can receive the elements, what actually vs. what symbolically takes place, the type of bread to be used, what type (if any) wine or drink is to used, are among the many issues that have divided the Christian Community. Many "religious" prerequisites, qualifiers, rituals, regulations, and requirements before and after taking part in the celebration of the Lord's Supper (Communion) have been introduced in the name of religion that are without the support of Scripture. One of the Biblical, requirements to take part in the celebration of the Lord's Supper (Communion) is that the participant be a born again believer. This is because the celebrating of the Lord's Supper (Communion) is a post (after) salvation activity. The other Biblical requirement (1Cor. 11: 28) is that the participant conduct a self (2Cor. 13: 5) examination and make make whatever adjustments (1John 1: 9/John 8: 11) that such examinations reveal. Failing to do so can open the door to the highest form of divine discipline (Hebrews 12: 6) that a born again believer one can receive here on Earth (1Cor. 11: 30 ). Failing to participate are acts of disobedience to the "do this" commands of 1Cor. 11: 24. 25), but merely going through the motions while participating is playing with fire. * * * Failing to learn and apply accurate doctrine that one (should) receive when gathered together to the day to activities while out in the devil's world will neutralize one's usefulness as a disciple. The devil is well [pleased to see a believer satisfied to the going through the motions. Such a believer is rarely involved (if ever) in participating in the Great Commission, and poses no threat to the devil's agenda. The first indication that one is "going through the motions" is when there is no sense of personal intimacy experienced between the Lord and the believer,especially when celebrating the Lord's Supper One is going through the motions when there is no desire to learn and/or apply the doctrine being that is (or should be)taught and/or reiterated when gathered together. One going through the motions is only one step away from abandoning the call to discipleship altogether. Having no desire to gather together to worship God as He desires to be worshiped (celebrating the Lord's Supper and being taught the Word of God) is the next step down from going through the motions. In the post salvation spiritual life, one is either moving forward or in reverse along the road to spiritual maturity. Being lulled to sleep in the false security that Man-made religion provides is a part of the devil' plan to destroy the effectiveness of the born again believer's spiritual life. There is nothing that the devil can do to "undo" the regenerating (Titus 3: 5), sealing () for identification (baptizing) Work of God that took place at the moment of salvation. The devil can however, try to raise doubts as to the integrity of one's salvation, and if we let him) can do much to diminish the forward progress in the life of discipleship. There will be many believers at the 1Cor.3: 12-15 evaluation of deeds who will forfeit some or all of the rewards and privileges that they could have otherwise received if they chosen to identify and to execute the post salvation spiritual life. "Gathering together", in the traditional sense, or via one of the many remote means of communication, IS a part of the post salvation spiritual life. The divine purpose of gathering together for the teaching and reiteration of the Word of God is for the development and the maintaining of an edified soul structure (Matt. 7: 24-27). It is important to interpret Scripture in light of the period of history in which it was written. In the first century, when the Church Age believers received the command to "gather together," the modern day of means of did not then exist. The devil and his Ephesians 6: 12 forces of evil are certainly maximizing the modern day means of communication to promote his/their agenda. The "Church" would be wise to do the same. The Great Commission (Matt. 28: 19, 20) is clear as to what the mission of the Church was/is to be. This mission calls for the external (outside) activity to be focused on the proclaiming of the Gospel to unbelievers. This mission calls for the internal (inside) activity of the Church to primarily be focused on the reiteration of the Gospel Message through the celebration of the Lord Supper (Communion), and the making of disciples via the teaching of the Word of God. It is the fulfilling of the Great Commission that glorifies God and results in Him being worshiped as He desires to be worshiped (Matt. 15: 9/John 4: 23), here in the dispensation of the Church Age. W-h-e-re (the location and type of building/setting) and h-o-w one "gathers together," (in the traditional, face to face, setting with a pastor teacher, or via a modern means of communication (television, radio, internet, etc.) is of no spiritual significance. What is of significance is what takes place when the believers are gathered together, by whatever means. In the first century of the Church Age, many of the gathering places consisted of private homes, market places, outdoor areas, caves, and even secret hiding places during times of persecution. Such gathering places did not have or make use of many of the products, practices, apparatus, furnishings, and/or religious personnel that would later take center stage within the Christian Community. Never-the-less, those attending still worshiped God as He desired to be worshiped. The last altar that God acknowledged was the Roman cross on which the last atoning sacrifice (the humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ)that God acknowledged was made. The divine purpose of celebrating the Lord's Supper (Communion) is to "bring into remembrance (1Cor. 11: 24, 25 NASB), and NOT to reproduce the Person or the Work of the Lord Jesus Christ, as some promoters of religion would have us believe Worship and/or evangelistic meetings are just two of the many locations and means through which one can be presented with the Gospel Message, affording one the opportunity to be saved (born again). This is providing, of course, that the true Gospel Message is in fact what such worship services and/or evangelistic meetings present to those attending. One can "go to Church" every day of his life, jump through all the hoops of religion, and yet be still spiritually dead and headed for the lake of fire (Rev. 20: 13, 15) if he personally and individually has not been saved/born again. The Lord Jesus Christ did not Nicodemus (as us) that it would "be a good idea" to be born again, He told him (and us) that one MUST be born again (John 3: 5, 7). Other than being one of many places that one might be presented with the Gospel Message, "going to Church" will accomplish NOTHING until one is born again. I say "might" because there are many "Churches" out there where groups gather together that do NOT proclaim or practice the true Gospel Message, One of the reasons for this is so is because they would have a difficult time explaining why they promote all the "religious" additives and activities that contradict what the true Gospel Message has to say. Any experienced pastor teacher, evangelist, or advancing disciple can tell you that it is much easier to spiritually edify a former atheist who has been born again that it is to evangelize or edify a person entangled in Man-made religion. God can choose ANY location, ANY environment, and ANY circumstances and many means to have the Gospel Message presented to an unsaved soul. * * * For the advancing disciple, spending sanctified time with God "attending" the kind of worship services that God designed for the Church is NOT a burden, but the much sought after means to comply with the command to continue to grow in the grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2Pet. 3: 18 NASB)." The advancing disciple will have an ever increasing appetite to "gather together" for the purpose of celebrating the Lord's Supper (Communion) and to hear the teaching and reiterating of the Word of God. When there is absence of an appetite in the natrual realm, it is an indicator that something is missing or has gone wrong in the body. When there is an absence of an appetite in the spiritual realm, it is an indicator that something is missing or has gone off track in the soul. I have been a life-long student of the Word of God I have engaged in Christian writing since the 1980's. I intensely studied daily for twelve years, combining face to face and remote means (radio, books, cassettes, dvd's, internet) of communication for twelve years at and though the Robert Mclaughlin Bible Ministries. I was eventually ordained to do the work of a pastor teacher in 2008. Although I have certainly had my fair share of long term and short term glitches and failures along the way, the desire to learn more, personally apply more, and to teach others what I have learned has never left me. No one, upon the learning the truth (Gospel Message/Post salvation doctrine) can be at peace with himself or with God if he/she does not share the truth with those who need to hear it, rather they want to hear it or not. This, I believe, is what Paul meant when he spoke of "under compulsion" in Acts 9: 17, 18. One can not maximize his usefulness to God without an edified soul structure (Matt. 7: 24-27). If we want God's best, we must learn to things God's way(s). His ways and our ways are NOT the same. His way for a Church Age believer to establish and edified soul structure is to submit oneself to the teaching authority/ministry of a Biblically qualified, pastor teacher. When all is said an done, a pulpit can only be evaluated by the "fruit" that it bears. The fruit of the Church/ministry/pulpit that God designed is saved and edified souls. In conclusion, NO, one does not have to go to Church in order to obtain and to retain a home in Heaven. It is only one of many ways and locations where one might be presented with the true Gospel Message. But, if and when one learns of what the true post salvation spiritual life is all about, he will no longer be satisfied just to know that he has been saved, but will have a never-ending desire to personally continue to grow in God's grace and knowledge, and to be used of God to evangelize and edify others as God gives him/her opportunity. For this, one will need to gather together (go to/connect with) at or with a church/ministry that is engaged in the Great Commission that was given to the Church at large. The Great Commission involves the promoting of the Gospel Message (for salvation) and the edification (for the making of disciples) of those who become born again. While not being a requirement to either obtain or to retain salvation, "gathering together" is an essential part of post salvation discipleship.
Just because the world at large is going down the toilet doesn't mean that we have to go with the flow!h