Charles E Whisnant
I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008. I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969. I have four grown children. Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio
Are Church Building Biblical?
A building for a group of people to worship is necessary and scriptural.
The requirement by command and example for Christians to assemble for the purpose of worship (Acts 20:7; Hebrews 10:25), implies (and thus authorizes) a place of some sort at which to meet.
For a weekly place to worship with a large group of people to worship in one places does require a building
I remember when Dad started a church we started in our home. Then the group became larger than our house could hold, so there was a building built to whole the group of people that was coming. And the building was called Williamsroad Baptist Church.,.
We worship in our house for a year and moved over to a building to whole more people.
Some of the best meetings I was in as a child was in a huge tent that Dad preached in for years.
Places where people worship on a regular basis would be better to be in a building
.Leaders have started a congregation in rented school buildings and many other types of buildings that had been used for other business. Of course that is not an issue.
By father in law was telling be about a church, or a group of people that are meeting on a beech outside, just chairs, without a preacher and no rules.
I have been doing some research on this matter of when did the uses of buildings become a part of worship,.
I will address that research later.
The building does not make the worship I realize, but to have a building where you can have worship and Sunday School classes, and activities are important.
But here is the issue: why are those people meeting at a beech in FL? Simple reason so they say, to make it easy for people to come and fellowship together.
Leaders today and in the last 25 years have tried to get a place that they came have church in places that would not be offensive to the lost person. Simply to have a place to address the lost person is not scriptural
Now of course there have been leaders that have totally build buildings for their own glory that has always been.