Charles Spurgeon’s View On House Church
Many people, including myself, consider Charles Spurgeon to be one of the greatest preachers and theologians of all time.
Many of today’s modern traditional churches feel the same way. But do they know what Charles Spurgeon had to say about House Churches? The following is an excerpt from “Additions to the Church“, which Spurgeon gave concerning concerning Acts 2 on April 5, 1874.
Charles Spurgeon said the following:
These first believers were in such a condition that their homes were holy places. I beg you to notice this, that they were breaking bread from house to house, and did eat their food with gladness and singleness of heart.
They did not think that religion was meant only for Sundays, and for what men now-a-days call the ‘House of God’.
Their own houses were houses of God, and their own meals were mixed and mingled with the Lord’s Supper. They elevated their meals into diets for worship. They so consecrated everything with prayer and praise that all around them was holiness unto the Lord.
I wish our houses were thus dedicated to the Lord, so that we worshiped God all the day long, and made our dwellings temples for the living God.
Does God need a ‘special house’?
He who made the heavens and the earth, does he dwell in temples made with hands? What crass ignorance is this!
No house beneath the sky is more holy than the place where a Christian lives, and eats, and drinks, and sleeps, and praises the Lord in all that he does. There is no worship more heavenly than that which is presented by holy families, devoted to his fear.
To sacrifice home worship to public worship is a most evil course of action.
Morning and evening devotion in a cottage is infinitely more pleasing in the sight of God than all the cathedral pomp which delights the carnal eye and ear.
Every truly Christian household is a church, and as such it is competent for the discharge of any function of divine worship, whatever it may be.
Are we not all priests? Why do we need to call in others to make devotion a performance? Let every man be a priest in his own house.
Are you not all kings if you love the Lord? Then make your houses palaces of joy and temples of holiness.
One reason why the early church had such a blessing was because her members had such homes. When we are like them we shall have “added to the church daily of the saved.”
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