But think about the message you are trying to convey. Like I said before, reading the scripture, praying, and going to chuch constitute a religious system. Whether or not you feel like they are done in the spirit of a relationship, they are still religious rituals. So if a person is “spiritually dead” so to speak and does these things, and another person is “spiritually alive” and doing these things, then both are religious and are practicing religion. Do you mean to say that it is a good thing fo a person to somehow have a personal relationship with Christ without praying, reading the Bible or going to church?
I don’t see anything wrong with the term “worship service.” We call our services “praise and worship.” We tend to use “fellowship” for any kind of church gathering, whether it involves worship or simply eating together.
The use of “center” (in earlier times the term “meeting house” would have been used) is often done to emphasize that the building is just a building; it’s a center of activity. The church, on the other hand, is the people of God.
I disagree with the second statement. I think a church is more than just a building, it is a building specifically set apart for worship. It is a sacred space. Just like in the Old Testament the temple was a sacred space that was set apart for worship, a church is consecrated for that purpose.
Well, of course, evangelicals are religious. They also have a religion, Christianity. But in terms of what matters, it is the life of Christ within us. The dynamic work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Anyone can have a religion. It takes someone who has truly been converted to know God. What evangelicals are trying to convey is that we really don’t care if you have a religious belief system, because religious belief systems don’t save us from our sins. We want to know if you’ve been born again. Have you received Christ?
That’s called spiritual conversion.