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Are Internet Churches Biblical

Are Internet churches Biblical?

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They are no different than TV churches. Now with web tv it is possible for them to broadcast the services and many do. For sick people or shut-ins they may be the only church option available.
---obewan on 11/24/09

Of course not. I am surprised at the question. Whatching church on TV is more biblical then the internet but even with that you have no fellowship in the word or in the ordinances.
---Richard on 11/23/09

I think Christians can get wrapped up with the internet at the expense of thier own personnel ministries. Enen though the net reaches world wide one must have your www address to see what you offer. As far as salvation we must ask ourselves how many souls have been saved by our so called ministry of the internet? Only some good teaching I found for Christians but not evangelism.
---Richard on 11/23/09

As much as I wish the internet could be used to have church, I don't see how it would work.

The New Testament/early church is described as ministering to one another, in a group. It's easy to hid or be anonymous on the internet. Accountablity would be very challenging.

Although, the internet could be and is a useful tool in communicating with one another during the week. However, personally and by voice would be much better, but sometimes impractical.

Church members should be encouraging each other daily. The internet helps facilitate this to happen.

By itself, I don't see the internet being a Biblical Church vehicle.
---Rod4Him on 11/22/09

"Are Internet churches Biblical?"
I am not exactly sure what you mean by "Internet churches", therefore I will simply respond in this way. A ministry is a ministry, the means by which administered, I would think, is irrelevant.
'The Church' is the LORD's body of believers, and as Jesus said "where two or three are 'gathered together' (received hospitably) in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Mat 18:20
His body is commissioned to "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15
The commission is biblical and I personally believe we are to share His Truth by whatever means available to us. I would not think The Spirit of the LORD is hindered by ether-waves:0)
---Josef on 11/22/09

"Since an "internet church" can't perform any of the functions of a real church, an internet church is clearly NO CHURCH AT ALL!"
---Cluny on 11/18/09
Some people believe only a "real" church can offer salvation.\\

This, of course, is a twisted parody of what I was saying.
---Cluny on 11/19/09

"Since an "internet church" can't perform any of the functions of a real church, an internet church is clearly NO CHURCH AT ALL!"
---Cluny on 11/18/09
Some people believe only a "real" church can offer salvation.

These same people believe in sacraments you pick the number) and rituals that grant the participant salvation.
The Gospel message is very difficult to find in these "real" churches. Consequently most gain entrance to these "real" churches by birth not conversion.
---mima on 11/19/09

"the internet" and "electronics" were made after the Bible was written, therefore you will not find them in the Bible. But you will find evangelism and sharing the gospel with others in the Bible, and the church can be an assembly of two or more people, for whereever two or three are gathered in his name then there is he in the middle of them.
---Eloy on 11/19/09

Any way that you can get the gospel out to the people in its purest form is ok. It is good however to come together and congregate with other saints to strenghten and encourage one another.
---Antonerio on 11/19/09

See my reply to a similar question below about so-called cyber chuches.

It's just another name for the same thing.

Since an "internet church" can't perform any of the functions of a real church, an internet church is clearly NO CHURCH AT ALL!
---Cluny on 11/18/09

While I will concede that the internet can be used effectively for evangelizing, it is NOT Biblical to think of "internet church," as the whole concept of church is to be linked physically with a "local" body of believers to actively participate in functions of the church and small groups. While there may be many who can benefit due to lack of mobility or health issues, the church is all about us getting involved with one another and encouraging/edifying each other.
---tommy3007 on 11/18/09

The Internet is simply a tool for communications that did not exist at the time of Christ. Just like any other means of communication the requires electricity. None of them are Biblical because they did not exist then. The point is that they do exist now, and how can we effectively use these resource as a tools to achieve a desirable Biblical purpose for a subset of the Christian population that is effectively prohibited more normative forms of interactive Christian worship and interactive Christian training because of logistical or other medical constraints. People want to be able to participate in the form of worship they desire and they currently can't do that.
---The_Friendly_Blogger on 11/18/09

Yes and No.

Yes christians should meet on the internet or any other medium. All electronic forms of communication was invented for the "soul" purpose of spreading the Gospel.
However, the churches which are internet exclusive do have a problem. Baptism by immersion, and the Lord's supper.
These two things cannot be done over the internet.
---francis on 11/18/09

The possibilities afforded by a Internet Church is endless and we have only begun to scratch the surface of those possibilities. And so my answer to this question would have to be yes. Maybe it would be no in the crudest form of the Internet but with new techniques and ideas(for example the possibility of face-to-face communication via the Internet being made a reality) there is literally no limit as to what can be done. Reminding ourselves of the tower of Babylon situation which seemed to teach whatever man can conceive and believe he can achieve!!!
---mima on 11/18/09

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