Thank you both so much for your input!!
This bothered me when I saw and heard it practiced in my church, but last night the youth were told of this "rule" NOT even a request but a RULE of our church
I posted a question of where it came from or if there was scripture to back it up on my facebook page which I knew a large part of my friends list is family or church members.
All I got was tongue lashings of "following the leader" and "not respecting leadership" BUT no one could give any reason or scripture to this.
Ruth I will not show disrespect to the church by not following their rules but it makes me question weather I might wish to look elsewhere for a new church, and this DOES hurt cause I feel this is a very spirit filled church.....most of the time
And I did not mean this to my facebook page as it seems to be taken, I was only curious and wated to know if there were any answers, it was the same when we outgrew our annex, we could no longer hold our dinners in the multi purpose area we had....why cause we outgrew it......praise God right......no only debate and anger, why because the only other space large enough was...the sanctuary......."OH THAT'S WRONG!!!" "you sould not do such a thing in His place of holy works" and "that is a place of prayer testimony and sermons ad such....it is not a diner or kitchen"
My response to all of this was "back in Jesus's day did He choose one tree to eat under and one to preach under??"
"did He choose one hill or home to preach His word and another to eat"
No, no, no and NO just as He preached His word and broke bread in the SAME place why is it wrong for US to do the same, they acted as if we wanted to open a dance club on friday nights with girls and alcohol or something
Dema, yes I agree one hundred percent with your response about being alone, unless it is a family or such then it should be done in the open.......such as the alter, this is the place they are using this rule
though I do think that a woman and man should not be alone praying unless the door is open and there is someone right outside that door.
I think I myself would even go as far as the third person coming IN and praying WITH us in this above thought, where two OR more are gathered.
It just does not make sense to me, weather at the "big house" (the sanctuary) or over in the youth area if it is in front of the whole group what do they think, that two are going to start groping each other or having sex right there!!
It just does NOT make sense.
Just as if it where me and you at the alter and your story and prayer need REALLY touched my heart and I felt the need to come to the alter and lay my hand on you and pray, as long as it is in the public place and my hand is WHERE it belongs (preferably on your shoulder or arm)........that's it!!!
and as for the youth NO pda at the alter period!! then what IS the problem!
Again thank you BOTH so much for your input on this as you both have been very helpful, and I knew this was what I needed to do and even spoke it on my facebook page that I would go were TRUE brothers and sisters would discuss this and not lash out or judge.
Again I love this site and the wonderful people here that know what it is to be a TRUE Christian to each other and not be as this world wants us to be.
God bless you both and all who enter here