The Church, a dysfunctional family…

To those who have known me from the ExWitch forum days… or from the days I spent time at Carm… what ¬†you are about to read will not surprise you. ¬†Except, of course, that I am choosing to write it at all.

Through the years I have been thrown into contact with people from various denominations and ‘movements’, ¬†and I have tried to follow this rule:

If that is where you think you should be, and where you get closer to our Lord, then it’s cool with me. ¬†Even if I disagree with you on various doctrinal issues. ¬†Even if I think the ‘leading lights’ of your group are absolutely nuts.

If you have asked Jesus to be your Saviour, I will treat you as a follower of Jesus. ¬† ¬†This has led to more than one online cage match as I would step in to defend Catholics, Eastern Orthodox… Charismatics.. etc. ¬†Interestingly enough, several of the folks I would defend then later assured me that I was not actually a christian since I was not of their path. ¬†Oh Well.

They also seemed to not quite understand why I would not be part of their particular movement, so I will explain that now. ¬†I am not Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Charismatic, Pentecostal, Hebrew Roots, Emergent.. or any other than I am because God didn’t send me to gather with those fellowships. ¬†Our Lord sent me to gather with a group of Independent Fundamental Baptists. ¬† It was His choice, not mine, of where my household should have as a home church.

So to my friends that don’t quite get how I could be who I am and go to a Fundy church… That’s it in a nutshell. ¬†Y’all go to wherever you want…. hopefully that lines up with where God wants you to go, and I will keep going where He wants me and mine to go.

The kicker to this is, whenever you start saying things that I hold to be erroneous I will eventually confront you on them. ¬†Even if it is only to make you think. ¬†That doesn’t mean I don’t like you or am picking on you.. it means I think you should take another look at whatever it is.

looking at a snippet from Pope Francis

Let me start with this: ¬†I’m not a Catholic and really don’t care much for what any particular RCC official has to say, but since this showed up on a friend’s facebook wall, I thought I would look at it.

I haven’t verified the quote yet, so will address the points in and of themselves. ¬†It goes like this:

It is not necessary to believe in God to be a good person.” ¬† This part is certainly true by human standards.

In a way, the traditional notion of God is outdated.” ¬† ¬†This may be a RCC thing.. because I don’t know what tradition he’s talking about. ¬† I do know that the Biblical notion of God is by no means outdated. ¬†:)

One can be spiritual but not religious.” ¬† I hold that as correct, and strongly encourage it. ¬†You do not have to be religious to go to be saved, you merely have to accept Jesus Christ as your Saviour.

It is not necessary to go to church and give money- for many, nature can be a church” ¬†Bonus points on that one, for while¬†we should go to church ( a Bible believing one), it is not a salvation issue. ¬† As far as nature being a church well, yes, it can be and indeed it is; ¬†for many spiritual paths. Only one of which (accepting Jesus) leads to God.

Some of the best people in history did not believe in God, while some of the worst deeds were done in His name” ¬† ¬† ¬†Apples and oranges here. ¬† He is okay on the first part.. and it is a tragedy that those good people are in hell today since they didn’t know God. ¬† ¬†Now for those deeds… oh yeah.. they were done in His name alright. ¬†From the best I have been able to ascertain though, they were done by folks who didn’t actually know Him, and definitely were not following the path of Jesus.