I am in a Bible study with some protestant friends and the subject of the sacredness of places/times/objects came up as part of a book we’re currently reading.
The book and my friends assert the following argument to which I am unsure how to respond:
Jesus said: “`But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and they that worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.’ (John 4:21-23)”
“Shortly after, Paul took up the cry of liberty and declared all meats clean, every day holy (Rom 14:2-6), all places sacred and every act acceptable to God. The sacredness of times and places, a half-light necessary to the education of the race, passed away before the full sun of spiritual worship.”
Is there any New Testament scriptural support in defense of the Catholic ideas that some items (such as churches, Holy Days, sacred vessels, sacramentals, etc) are holy (or set apart for a holy purpose)?
With Thanks In Christ,
The above quotations can be found in A. W. Tozer’s book “The Pursuit of God”, located at the following URL about 3/4 the way down the page: