worshipping in a SDA building

Discussion in 'Church Order' started by Bethel, Oct 24, 2011.

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  1. Bethel

    Bethel Puritan Board Freshman

    We visited a Reformed Baptist church yesterday that met in a 7th Day Adventist church. We really didn't know much about the SDA denomination until we looked in up on carm.org. After reading through all of the information, SDA appears to be a cult. Should the fact that the Reformed Baptist church meets at a SDA church keep us from considering it as a viable church option for our family? (the preaching was sound and the Lord's supper was via bread and cup with no intinction) I keep thinking that if it was JW hall, we would never even consider it...
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  2. he beholds

    he beholds Puritan Board Doctor

    is it not just a building?
  3. raekwon

    raekwon Puritan Board Junior

    It's just a building, and a building whose use is being redeemed for God's glory. Think nothing of it. (I'd say the same for a JW hall or an LDS building.)
  4. toddpedlar

    toddpedlar Iron Dramatist

    In my opinion there is absolutely no reason why this should cause you to doubt whether you should consider the church that meets in the building. As Jessica says, it is, after all, only a building. If the preaching is sound and the worship solid, then absolutely continue to consider it - even if it WAS a JW hall.
  5. Backwoods Presbyterian

    Backwoods Presbyterian Puritanboard Amanuensis

    Several Reformed churches (RPCNA, OPC, PCA, etc...) use a SDA-building.
  6. fredtgreco

    fredtgreco Vanilla Westminsterian Staff Member

    SDA building are actually ideal for church plants, etc. That is because they are set up for worship (as opposed to a school building, for example) and also never used on Sundays.
  7. Tim

    Tim Puritan Board Graduate

    My home church meets in a SDA building. They will not permit us to use alcoholic wine in communion (we use non-alcoholic wine). There is one "picture of Christ" over the entrance to the sanctuary. Those are the only issues that I can think to mention.
  8. Bengibor

    Bengibor Puritan Board Freshman

    SDA is still not that heretical as Jehovah's Witnesses or Mormons. SDA fully accepts the Nicene Creed so when it comes to basic Christian beliefs (Trinity, Christ's divinity, incarnation , death and resurrection) they are within the boundaries of orthodoxy. On the other hand, they deny eternal punishment, observe Sabbath, don't eat unclean food from Leviticus. They also ordain women as pastors, which is one of the traits of creeping liberalism. All in all, it's just a building that you will be using so I wouldn't make a big deal of it.
  9. Jack K

    Jack K Puritan Board Professor

    Seventh Day Adventists believe in the Triune God, and therefore should not be thought of in the same vein as Jehovah's Witnesses. And even if they were, I agree that it's just a building and you shouldn't worry about it.
  10. Scott1

    Scott1 Puritanboard Commissioner

    It would bother me to meet in a building alternately used for a false religion's worship (e.g. Jehovah's Witness). It likely would cause someone to stumble seeing you go in and out of a place like that. Even the rental covenants and entanglements present a problem that way.

    But charitably, one could call the Seventh Day Adventist Christian, albeit with major problems.

    On that basis, I would not hesitate to use their facility if it appeared to be the best stewardship option.
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