Saturday, October 17, 2015
Running From the Churches
Many of us are in this position now, fleeing from the churches. I visited so many and what gets me was the utter SAMENESS of them all. I'm tired of the blue and white flag, tired of the brain dead, pro-police state, poor hating Republican politics. I've lately talked to some of my friends about the love of war that forced me out of my last church. I said the love of war socked me in the gut, as I felt the disappointment take me over. I didn't belong there anyhow since the Christmas issue had come up. Is there an evangelical church on the planet outside of the false cult of Jehovah Witnesses that teaches the truth about Christmas?
Sometimes I have asked myself, "Why are they all so much the same?" They are controlled from the top down. Even the IFB system has its celebrities, think Jack Hyles and others, influencing from the top. It's a sad thought for many of us as we stand outside the church system and realize fellowship has become a tough deal. It can be a lonely place. Anyone who is hurting and lonely, I understand. I lost most of my family by becoming a Christian, and well, there is no church family to be had now. For years I had one.
One thing I noticed in the last several years is the pastors have cracked down. I wanted to find an INDEPENDENT aka non-pastor led Bible study, where I could talk with others about God's Word and we could learn and discover it. I didn't find ONE, outside an known ecumenical one called Bible Study Fellowship, which in my area has full Catholic involvement and support. One acquaintance showed me the mind-numbing paperwork and boring questions. So the pastors are making sure no dissent breaks out or no open discussion.
At the last church there was a Wednesday night Bible study around 10 people showed up to. Instead of sitting at a table for real conversation, 10 sat spread around the pews and the preacher lectured from the front. I later asked the pastor, "Are we allowed to ask questions or have any discussion?". I don't think he liked that too much. Let's just say the control factors have been strengthened.
I believe "Come out of her" applies more and more to the entire church system.
More Discussion of Those Without A Church
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