I stumbled across your web site and found some very valuable information that may help me in the future. I disagree, however, with one of your beliefs. Having a kitchen or a potluck at the church building is not wrong. The church building is just that -- a building. Christians make up the church. At the end of Acts chapter 2, we read that people being saved were added to the church. If you are to live completely by the New Testament, you might want to get rid of the air conditioning because I doubt they had that in the temple. Potlucks and other social gatherings are great for fellowship and are aside from the worship itself. Eating at the church building after services is no different than going to a restaurant. The way we conduct our worship should be in accordance with the New Testament. Remember, the church building is not the church. After all, you can read several places in the New Testament where they worshiped in a house or in jail. I don't believe in any way that it's wrong to worship the Lord in a house that has a piano or kitchen sink as long as neither one is used during worship! In conclusion, you should not write on your web site against having these things, nor should you write that you do have them. That's not what's important. It's important for readers to understand the keys to salvation and how worship is conducted ... and always use verses to back it up. Thanks for your time and continue to do the Lord's work.
It is apparent that you only read the introductory page and haven't read the material on the web site regarding eating in the church building since you make arguments against positions not presented on the site (the building is just a building -- no one said otherwise) and arguments you don't believe are true (if you can't eat in the building then you can't have air conditioning).
Whether you personally believe something to be right or wrong doesn't constitute proof. We are followers of Christ and, therefore, do things because it is authorized by Christ. "And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him" (Colossians 3:17).
- Why is eating in the building an issue?
- Is it wrong to have a fellowship building for dinners?
- Can we have meals in the building since eating together is an expression of fellowship?
- Can a hall used by a church for worship also be rented for a potluck by members?
- What Constitutes Obedience?
- Finding Liberty in Silence
- Can the church pay for things pertaining to the upkeep of the church building?