Why, oh why, do you persist in insisting all of us have the same preferences as you do?
I really do get it, that some of you find comfort in the liturgy and symbolism of the Catholic/Orthodox/Lutheran churches… and others…
I even understand that some of you find comfort within the structure of the Torah observant groups.
While I could thrive in those environments at need, that is not where God has placed me. ¬†You remember Him, right? ¬†The King of Kings and Lord of Lords. ¬†He keeps sending me to fellowship with Indy Fundy Baptists and mildly charismatic non-denominational groups…
The only problems I really have with you folks is when the leaders of your respective movements start twisting scripture to try to make it seem as if your preferences are mandated and that all should abide in them. ¬†If you choose to follow those branches of Christianity, you should at least be allowed to do so honestly, realizing that you are following a set of preferences. And that I don’t need to follow them…
If you don’t want to observe holidays, and I do.. that’s nothing more than a preference. ¬† If you don’t want musical instruments used in church and I do… again, that’s a preference. ¬† Or… how about this one? ¬†traditional hymns vs contemporary…. preferences.
It’s does get more serious when your leading lights start rewriting the Bible to support their claims, but all in all… I would rather let God deal with them on that one. I will hold forth the Truth for people and pray that they let the Holy Spirit guide them out of those dangerous fellowships.
I will put forth the thought that when someone says that they have discovered biblical truth that has been lost for centuries, you should excuse yourself and depart for God has preserved His Word and made sure it is fairly easy to understand. ¬†It is people that complicate it as they seek to build themselves up, rather than honor God.
Read your Bible, seek God’s face and let preferences be preferences, not doctrine.