Tearing the Body of Christ into Pieces

“Concerning the outward order of things, [worship and preaching] we know that our Lord Jesus Christ would have men to assemble themselves together. I grant we are not bound all to be in one place, and men also preach in various churches in one town. Why? Because the whole world cannot be present to hear one sermon. Yet for all that, because of our slowness we are so bound that we must gather ourselves together in the name of God. He who wants to stay at home, despising the common order, and says, ‘I can read at home and edify myself sufficiently there,’ that man breaks asunder the unity of the faith and tears in pieces the body of our Lord Jesus Christ, with all his strength.” (John Calvin, Sermon on Deuteronomy 27:1-10)