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Old 10-28-2008, 02:01 PM
 
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Just a thought after I read a posters's comment about "mainstream churches" having "fun".

Seriously, will adding such to the assembly of 'Christians', help or hinder their walk with God?

Such activities are fine outside of the assembly, but are not authorized in the assembly.

If anyone knows otherwise, please give chapter and verse from the Holy Scriptures. (What you "think" does not count.)
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Old 10-28-2008, 02:44 PM
 
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I don't know...but someone just took a derisive jab claiming paganism is all about "fun"! So apparently it's a bit of a double-standard. Encouraging and reverent for Christians. Satanic and an abomination for...anyone else.
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Old 10-28-2008, 02:52 PM
 
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(What you "think" does not count.)
If what we think does not count, can you find scripture that would prohibit fun amongst the brethren in an environment that won't let the worldly sins run rampant in the process?

I mean, give us some scripture that supports your position before you ask someone to share some counter to your position.
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Old 10-28-2008, 02:52 PM
 
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Just a thought after I read a posters's comment about "mainstream churches" having "fun".

Seriously, will adding such to the assembly of 'Christians', help or hinder their walk with God?

Such activities are fine outside of the assembly, but are not authorized in the assembly.

If anyone knows otherwise, please give chapter and verse from the Holy Scriptures. (What you "think" does not count.)
I grew up in a small town where having fun was as much as part of Church, as was the sermon itself. It taught us about how valuable fellowship with each other was. It brought us together as a community.

Sometimes those awesome potlucks and games, like horseshoes and other lawn games, really helped during the 70's when people were fearful about the economy and fuel prices.

But in the latter days, the love of many will wax cold. I wonder if they were talking about the world, or the church??


And regardless, this is what I "think".
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Old 10-28-2008, 02:56 PM
 
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I grew up in a small town where having fun was as much as part of Church, as was the sermon itself. It taught us about how valuable fellowship with each other was. It brought us together as a community.

Sometimes those awesome potlucks and games, like horseshoes and other lawn games, really helped during the 70's when people were fearful about the economy and fuel prices.

But in the latter days, the love of many will wax cold. I wonder if they were talking about the world, or the church??
Excellent example!

I know my youth group loves to gather to worship, to listen to the word, to watch a movie, to have a 'lock-in', to have a cook out, etc ad nauseum.

Not everytime we gather has to be about preaching or singing or something more 'traditional' about church. God is a part of EVERYTHING I do and EVERYTHING a Christian should be doing.

Basically, if it's not OK to do with other believers and in the church, then it shouldn't be OK to do anywhere.

Where is the list of what is and is not acceptable 'in the assembly'?

Are our bodies the Temple of God?
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Old 10-28-2008, 02:58 PM
 
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1 corinthians 9:19-23 seems appropriate
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Old 10-28-2008, 03:10 PM
 
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I don't know...but someone just took a derisive jab claiming paganism is all about "fun"! So apparently it's a bit of a double-standard. Encouraging and reverent for Christians. Satanic and an abomination for...anyone else.
How did you read that into that thread? Please tell me because that was not what was said.
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Old 10-28-2008, 03:10 PM
 
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I don't think we should read too much into that poster's post regarding worship practices. I think it has more to do with having things like Halloween youth group lock-ins or that sort of thing rather than running higgledy-piggledy with the liturgy or basing the sermon on a George Carlin bit.
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Old 10-28-2008, 03:17 PM
 
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How did you read that into that thread? Please tell me because that was not what was said.
I may have taken it the wrong way.

It came off as a slap in the face, as though any non-Christian were just "in it for the fun". That is VERY demeaning. It would be like saying, "Christians don't actually love anyone, do good or anything else...they're just in it for heaven." I could have misunderstood the intent, but that's how the attitude appeared to me.

I probably shouldn't post when I'm feeling generally emotional.
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Old 10-28-2008, 03:22 PM
 
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I don't think we should read too much into that poster's post regarding worship practices. I think it has more to do with having things like Halloween youth group lock-ins or that sort of thing rather than running higgledy-piggledy with the liturgy or basing the sermon on a George Carlin bit.
Thank you, yes, I was talking about things like fall festivals, Christmas services, Easter Services and - yes - even fun in the church - sometimes a sermon filled with humor can teach more than a solemn somber event. But no, probably not George Carlin -
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