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Church Controversy

Pastor Dale Bigham of Arden Road Baptist Church Pastor Dale Bigham of Arden Road Baptist Church
Pastor Billy Nickell of 1st Assembly of God Pastor Billy Nickell of 1st Assembly of God

Some churches are now finding a whole new audience, on the web. While millions of people are logging on, some are asking if the virtual experience is really church. 

Streaming video, worship services, even podcasting all ways churches are reaching out on the web. Some say online churches are not really church at all.

People across the nation packed church pews this morning for Sunday service, but an estimated 20 million just had to turn on their computer to hear the same message.

"I think the internet service just gives them an introduction to what they could experience when they come," Pastor Dale Bigham of Arden Road Baptist Church said.

"I'm for it, I think its awesome, I think it is the wave of the future, where its headed, It's going to touch a lot of people that don't even consider walking through the doors of the church," Believers Way Church Pastor, Scott Johnson said.

Johnson's church has been using the web for years to reach people, but some say the convenience of online churches keeps some experiencing the real thing.

"If a message speaks to them, regarding to conviction, and broll begins to hit home and touch on areas that are affecting their lives, when you are at home you can shut it off, you can walk away from it where as in a church building people would not do that," said Pastor Billy Nickell of 1st Assembly of God.

"This doesn't surprise God. He understood that this in the 21st century, this generation was going to be headed that direction," Johnson said.

Wether they agree with online services or not, people on both sides of the issue say reaching out and sharing the message is the most important thing.

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