Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said, “Sin demands to have a man by himself. It withdraws him from the community. The more isolated a person is, the more destructive will be the power of sin over him, and the more deeply he becomes involved in it, the more disastrous is his isolation.”
This is a powerful commentary for why men need to be connected to other Godly men. Your holiness depends on it! Think about David. At times in his life when he was connected to Jonathan were times when he was at his best. But, when he was isolated on a roof was the time when he fell the hardest. To not connect to other Godly men is to invite disaster into your life, your marriage, your family, and your church. The writer of Hebrews knew that. Notice what he said.
And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works, not staying away from our worship meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
Remember, Hebrews was written to a group of people who were struggling with persecution. Over and over the writer points them to Christ to say, “Keep going! Remain faithful!” Here he says, don’t be isolated. Stay connected. He is saying, “Because being a Christian is not easy, there is a togetherness that is essential to carrying on.” You know this to be true. Think back to the sin in your life that you most regret. I’ll bet if you’d had a strong support system of other men who were willing to get in your grill and tell you the truth for your good and God’s glory, you would have likely not fallen prey to the enemy’s attack in that way.