CRN takes as stab at the importance of a name of a room. They complain that churches are changing from calling their main meeting rooms from sanctuaries to auditoriums.
Here’s the origin of sanctuary. ORIGIN Middle English (sense 3) : from Old French sanctuaire, from Latin sanctuarium, from sanctus â€˜holy.â€™
Here’s the origin of auditorium. ORIGIN early 17th cent.(originally in the general sense [a place for hearing] ): from Latin, neuter of auditorius â€˜relating to hearingâ€™
My question is, what happens if you meet in a house church? I imagine I’d overhear a conversation like this: “Oh hi, Fred. Why don’t you come into the living roo-I mean SANCTUARY.”
It doesn’t matter where you meet for church and it certainly doesn’t matter what you call it. Church is the people.
Talk about a case of splitting hairs.