There is nowhere in the New Testament that specifically describes how large or how small a Christian’s house should be.
So, is it all a matter of moral relativism? Or are there other ways of determining this?
Let’s compare the size of houses for Prosperity Gospel televangelists with holy saints of church history, and see where we find ourselves. 🙂
1. Apostle Peter (d. 67) – Only the foundation of his house is shown. Archaeologists calculate that his total house size was a whopping 27 square feet! In modern RE/MAX real estate, a house of that size might cost about $26,000: the value of a small vacant lot.
2. Martin Luther (d. 1546) – This is his “death house” which he died in; this would have been the house he would have lived in with a clear conscience toward God. Looks about 2,000 square feet.
3. John Bunyan (d. 1688) – Wrote Pilgrim’s Progress and many Puritan books; he lived in a 2 bedroom house; which, if judging by the picture, looks no larger than 1,400 square feet?
4. Richard Baxter (d. 1691) – Wrote A Call to the Unconverted; The Reformed Pastor, etc…I don’t know, looks like a 1,000 square foot house?
5. George Whitefield (d. 1770) – Caused the Great Awakening in America; street preacher. Only the Old Bell Inn, his birthplace, is shown. 1,500 square feet?
6. John Wesley (d. 1791) – Founder of the Methodist Episcopal Church; street preacher. 2,200 square feet?
7. Charles Finney (d. 1875) – Leader of the Second Great Awakening; his house used to be on the location of Finney Memorial Chapel. If we were to assume his house was the same width as the chapel (165 feet); and if it were the average height of most one-story houses (20 feet or so); then Finney’s house might have been around 3,300 square feet or less. However, it is possible his house was more around the 2,000s square feet, because most houses are not 165 feet wide.
8. Leonard Ravenhill (d. 1994) – Holiness evangelist and revivalist; in Mack Tomlinson’s In Light of Eternity: The Life of Leonard Ravenhill, there are some pictures of Ravenhill at his house in Lindale, Texas. The clearest shot is from page 459: it was a 2 bedroom ranch, with a small satellite dish on the top, a wooden fence, a small backyard, a woodshed, and a carport; he also had the garage converted into a study room. No more than 2,000 square feet or so. There was also a normally sized backyard; and a Cadillac car.
At this time, I am not able to post the picture from the book, but the type of house similar to the one found here: