The laws that Yahweh gave Israel through Moses included many activities that had to happen outside of their camp. Anyone who became unclean had to spend time outside the camp. Activities that were unclean had to be conducted outside the camp, from disposing of trash and excrement to stoning someone to death.
Being dismissed even temporarily to life outside of the fellowship was something that held a stigma – it indicated a rejection or condemnation. When Jesus was tortured to death on a cross, it happened outside of the gate of the city. As He indicated to the church of Laodicea in Revelation 3:20, He still experiences being cast outside the acceptable – displaced from His appropriate position of being worshiped and of being honored as our King.
Many of the most devoted believers I know are currently not participating in any of the meetings that happen all around them on Sunday mornings. They all have their own reasons, but they include being done with shallowness, purposelessness, and lack of genuineness that is almost everywhere among congregations.
Being outside because of bitterness is the cause for some people. These are not the people I have anything to say about here.
If you are separated from meetings, be careful not to be separated from relationships with believers. Don’t fear being outside the camp, and don’t be shy about connecting with others – inside or outside. The programs may have no value, but the people all do. When you find someone with whom you can pray and rejoice and worship and work, you are connected to the body in more real ways than some of the most loyal meeting attenders.