Social/Recreational Use Of Church Money Or Facilities Is Not Authorized

Colossians 3:17 reads “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus ….” This means we shouldn’t do anything unless it is authorized by God’s word, that is, unless Jesus told us to do it.

Since the church owned building was paid for with the congregation’s money (I Cor 16:1-2), it should only be used for what the congregation’s money can be scripturally used for, including:

• preaching the gospel – Philippians 4:15-16, etc.

• helping needy saints – I Timothy 5:16, etc.

• facilitating worship assemblies – Hebrews 10:25, etc.

• fun, food, and frolic – is there any passage for that ???

The New Testament does not authorize using church money and facilities for social or recreational uses (like pot-luck dinners and gymnasiums).

Isn’t this really a matter of us contributing to the church as the Bible directs, but selfishly wanting some of it back to use for our own personal/individual uses – for food, fun, and frolic?

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