In my rush to finish this post and finish getting the Bible study together for Wednesday evening, I neglected to give credit here for the original idea for this post. Please accept my apologies – it was unintentional.
There are always those who resist change, whether for the better or for the worse. When I was in Bible college, a parody of a verse of the hymn, “Onward Christian Soldiers” was making the rounds. It went like this:
Religious broadcasting has been around since radio and television began transmitting.To the chagrin of a number of people, Internet churches are the newest resource for teaching and fellowship. Are there any benefits of electronic religious programming? Drawbacks? Will it some day replace the little house in the Wildwood – or others?
What is a church?
A church is a local gathering of believers who are a community of believers who support and encourage one another in their relationship with the Lord Jesus, and who reach out with the Gospel to the larger community in various ministries. (All local assemblies are part of the Church Universal, which is made up of all believers in Christ through the centuries and around the world.) No church body is perfect – they are all composed of fallible humans. But,
When a church forgets what her mission is, it can be a taste of Hell.
The Pros and Cons of Religious Broadcasting
The electronic preaching services are equally useful for people who have been bruised and scalded by unhealthy church situations, and by uninformed or unscrupulous leaders or even those who may be, for various reasons, in transition. Caution should be employed by those recovering from abuse. Electronic communication can be easily misunderstood. Sometimes “the worst of” memories may be triggered for these wounded spirits.
Advantages of Worshiping Locally
The local assemblies, though, are where the best (and maybe the worst) of community happens. God created us to live in fellowship with Him, and with one another. I do not think that electronic “church” can do that as well as face to face caring can do it. When the worst does happen in a local church, there is a greater opportunity to work through the issues the way God intended we should; there is no place to click “block” in this situation. And, that’s a good thing. Even though sites such as Facebook, and others lay claim to community, in my opinion, they will never take the place of a a genuine Spirit-led community for the majority of the members of the Bride of Christ.