Originally Posted by Buzzword
How do you define "better" seating?
Is your sanctuary divided into blacks-only and whites-only or something?
I've never seen a church sanctuary which was arranged in any way besides centering on the stage/pulpit.
My wife and I are part of our church's worship team, and we sit near the back.
Still waiting on an explanation of your irrational hatred of musical instruments.
I have not hatred toward musical instruments. I play 7 or 8 instruments myself. I'm not saying you're going to hell for using instruments either. Personally
I believe that instruments remove the point of worship music; to take the breath God has given us and give it back in praise. I am just stating my reasoning for why I don't think they're good for worship. If we start putting people on the stage to play music there are some situations which can occur which can cause issues.
1) The instruments cause a moral divide in the congregation, causing conflict for the morals of some.
2) The instruments become distractions and sometimes cause us to forget why we are singing or even what we are singing
3) Those who play the instrument receive favored treatment because of their talent
4) We imitate secular society and start reflecting a more secular image of Christ than God intends.
By no means am I saying that any of this is what's happening in your congregation. However what I am saying is if there is the potential for that many issues, why not take instruments out of the equation? Colossians 3:16 says to admonish one another in psalms hymns and spiritual songs. Though I don't believe it's a sin to use them I don't believe it's best, because worship music shouldn't be based on how good it sounds physically but about how willing we are to offer our hearts and minds to God with the voices that he has given us.