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Whats in a name

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by Salty, Jan 23, 2014.

  1. Salty

    Salty 20,000 Posts Club
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    Some churches use "chaple" as part of their name.

    For example - Faith Baptist Chapel

    Does it make a difference whether it is Faith Baptist Church or Faith Baptist Chapel.
     
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    A Chapel is a room or building. The church is the body of believers. So there is significant difference there. I would say yes it matters.
     
  3. Earth Wind and Fire

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    The place I go to now uses chapel because that's what it was 100 yrs ago....a chapel for NY residents visiting a lake community for vacation. They never changed it to church. Should they?
     
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    I know in some countries that have state religions you can't call other denomination meeting places churches.

    I know this used to be true in England, not sure about today, perhaps a board member from England can weigh in. But used to be you had to call your baptist church a baptist "chapel" because the only legal churches were the Church of England.

    I think Germany was this way at one time too. If was not a Lutheran church it could not be called a church.

    I have seen Baptist churches named tabernacles, temples, chapels, assemblies, and communities. I don't see that it really makes a difference.
     
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    There ya go....as long as they serve lunch they are litigate in my book.:thumbsup:
     
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