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3. Is it correct to call the place of worship ‘House of God’ and ‘Church’?

 

 

 

No, it isn’t, because the house of God is not a building made of bricks or stones or wood, but a spiritual building made of born again people, which is a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit. For the writer of the epistle to the Hebrews says: “We are his house” (Hebrews 3:6 – NIV), Paul says to the Ephesians: “In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:22), and Peter says in his first epistle: “To whom [Jesus] coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:4-5).

Neither is it correct to call the place of worship ‘church’, because the Greek word ekklesia means ‘assembly’ or ‘the called out,’ therefore this word must be used only in order to refer to the assembly of those called out from the world and belonging to the Lord,’ apart from the place where they gather together to worship God. The following passages of the Scriptures confirm this: Paul wrote to the saints in Colosse: “Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house” (Colossians 4:15) and he told the saints in Rome to greet the Church that was in the house of Priscilla and Aquila (Romans 16:5). As Peter was kept in prison, “the church was earnestly praying to God for him” (Acts 12:5 – NIV). The Scripture says that after Saul turned to the Lord “then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied” (Acts 9:31). These are just some of the numerous Bible verses where the word ‘church’ means ‘the assembly of the redeemed’ or ‘the called out ones.’

Therefore those who call the place of worship ‘House of God’ or ‘Church’ should stop calling it in this way.

 

 

 

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