Church (Page 2)

Church (Page 2)

Is a Church Building Holy?  

Q.   Is a Church building holy and to be reverenced? A.   The Scripture does not teach us to venerate buildings. In fact Acts 7:48 says … the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands. However, since Christ indwells us, whatever we possess or do becomes holy – separated for His purposes. We are not really possessors of things for ourselves; we are rather stewards of what we have on God’s behalf. It follows that we would care for whatever comes…

Is Christianity a Crutch?

Q. My friend says that Christianity is a crutch and that I need to learn to stand on my own two feet. How can I answer this? A. Long ago I had a friend who said that he was big enough to face God on his own terms. Just three weeks later he phoned to tell that he had knocked over a child in his car and had to go to Court. He was terrified and asked if I would…

Healthy Ambition vs Self-Centredness

Q. How can I tell the difference between healthy ambition and self-centredness? A. InMark 8:34-38 Jesus gives good and godly counsel on the difference between living for the here and now, and focussing rather on eternal issues. It comes down ultimately to the choice between carnal things and those that are spiritual. To make the correct choices it is good to remember that one cannot live effectively on earth without a perspective on Heaven; you cannot live with God’s blessing…

Hating Meetings

Q.   My parents are Christians, and I go to meetings too, but I’m lost, dead inside and very unhappy. What can I do?  A.   Going to meetings will never make you a Christian. There you hear God’s Word, but you have to respond to His offer of salvation. If you don’t respond to Him, however, you can never begin to live spiritually. In fact, your heart will become harder! You are “dead inside” because you are cut off from God and under…

Happy Birthday at a Breaking of Bread Service?

Q.   I was shocked when we sang “Happy Birthday” to someone after a recent Breaking of Bread. Isn’t this out of order? A.  We differ as individuals and also as Fellowships. Some Assemblies are more formal than others and some things done in some places may be different, but not necessarily wrong. It is true that our prime purpose for the Breaking of Bread is to “remember the Lord” and “show forth His death.” If we lose focus of the Lord and…

Going Overboard on Christ

Q.   Does the Norwegian Mass Murder by a Christian Terrorist not warn us against going overboard on our commitment to Christ? A. ‘Christian Terrorist’ is a contradiction. Relationship with Jesus always leads to repentance and away from hate and murder. 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik confessed to the horrific bombing and shooting that left 76 dead and 96 wounded, but seems unrepentant. Breivik is cast in the mass media as a ‘Christian Fundamentalist’, but he is neither Christian nor fundamentalist. Of course the…

Financial Contributions

Q.    I would like to make a contribution to Missions. Which are suitable? I can’t decide whether to give to the Bible Society, to the Red Cross, to Gift of the Givers, to the SPCA, or to a local Mission. A. Praise the Lord for your giving heart; that’s a rare virtue in these selfish days. And it’s good, too, that you seek advice on giving. You must want to go beyond an emotional urge right into something that’s God-directed and…

Divorcees in Church

Q.   What scope is there for a divorced woman in the Body of Christ? A.   Regular Seminars on The Woman’s Place in the Body of Christ are run at Golden Harvest; get to one of these anointed and inspiring weekends! Irrespective of her past, the Elders will care for any woman coming into the Body of Christ. Observing her sincere and humble walk with the Lord they will guide her, mostly through her husband, into serving the Lord and her blessed role…

Democracy in the Church

Q.    In a (largely) democratic world, what place does Democracy have in the Church? A.   No place at all. Democracy relates to the will of the people; in the Church we strive to find and do the will of God. The Godhead has given all authority in this Dispensation to the Lord Jesus. He, in turn, has given Ministry Gifts to the Church to lead and direct it to achieve the Father’s will. Godly Leadership in the Church is vested in…

Dating and Limits

Q.    How dangerous is dating and how far can a Christian go with the opposite sex? A.   Sadly, Satan has hijacked the healthy drives and emotions God created for us. For every Christian this will be a challenge and whether we live in the joyous liberty of the Children of God, or in the fake joy of the devil, relates to our choice. Be warned that the fake joy of the devil will end up as a bitter enslavement that will…

Church Hopping

Q.    As a new Christian it dismays me to see other Believers moving from one Church to another for no apparently valid reason. Why is this so? Has it always been the practice? A.   Historically, after World War 2 the world’s value system and morals took a nosedive with the emergence of ‘Free Thinking’, open promiscuity and anti-God cultures. The atrocities people faced during those terrible years and its apparent end, brought in a new code of ‘Enjoy yourself, It’s later…

Church Attendance

Q. A LifeWay Research survey found that 44% of non-church-goers say Christians get on their nerves; 72% say the churches are “full of hypocrites,” and over 85% say one may have a good relationship with God without belonging to a church. Is this true? A. Sadly there may well be plenty of hypocrites in churches today but this is no excuse not to go. There are hypocrites at rugby and cricket too; has anyone refused to attend these matches? God…