from Spurgeon, "ADDITIONS TO THE CHURCH"
New Testament believers did not think that religion was
meant only for Sundays, and for what men now-a-days call
'the House of God'. Does God need such a 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.