The small home church is becoming a major trend among non-Catholic Christians. Often these churches consists of one family, with dad as the “pastor,” and the wife and children as the “flock.” Sometimes there are a few families.
Harold Camping is a radio preacher who teaches that the Age of the “local church” is over and that Christians should NOT be part of any local church.
On another Christian forum, there is a thread extolling the virtues of this method of doing “church.” Please keep in mind that these people are PROTESTANT and will not listen to comments about the Holy Mass.
What they will listen to is Biblical exegesis and proofs. In fact, it is in Acts that they find the justification for splitting away from established churches and starting up their own little church.
I would appreciate it if some of you would post your own BIBLICAL arguments against small home churches.
My husband has posted, and alludes to the Bible, but he hasn’t actually posted any Biblical references yet.
Here is what my dear husband posted in the thread, bless his heart:
Ok, so I understand that everyone is afraid of “controversy”, but step back and really look objectively at the implications of what you’re saying.
How can it NOT be controversial?
Sorry if the following sounds harsh. If I’m mis-stating you, please explain where and correct me.
What you are saying, is that for 90% of the lifetime of the Church, over 99.99% of people who claim the name of Christ, who have loved that name more than their own lives…
…have been going about it against God’s design. Have been unable to hear the direction of the Holy Spirit in “guiding them into all truth” and instead have been following their own desires into the trappings of pagans (your word, not mine).
To me, that speaks of an impotent Holy Spirit, and an incompetent Good Shepherd that can’t manage to keep His flock where He wants them, and a Father who really does give his children a stone when they ask for bread.
But then you, two millenia after the church was founded, suddenly realize the truth that eluded billions of followers of Christ over many centuries.
And, this realization is so important to you, that you break off fellowship with them, to start up your own church composed of a handful of like-minded people.
That’s what you’ve said. That’s what you’ve done. Is that what you intended to say and do?
Don’t worry, for the sake of “no controversy” I won’t bother addressing any of the points you bring up…though I do wonder what you’ve done with many Bible passages in order to believe some of those things. I find it ironic that you talk of having the “courage necessary to confront heresy”, but are afraid of “controversy” when it’s the whole concept of your structure (or lack thereof) that’s being discussed. That is, when you are the confrontee, rather than the confronter.
This just seems to sum everything up so well:
we’re not attending anywhere at the moment, and are really enjoying that!
That is one of the saddest things I’ve heard.