Well I tripped into all this. Read a mean spirited but well meant letter dated in 2002. As a member of a Community Church, and a person that has read her Bible, gone to Christian School, had her children baptized and constantly reminds her children about the Trinity. I have to say shame on you all. Airing laundry and complaining. Do you not pray. Are you not taught about relationship. That it is all about relationship with the Father. That he loves you! And yet you are dealing out the "911" on your church. SHAME on you! Get off the COMPUTER!!! Help somebody - anybody! Pray and give thanks for your meals in public - or are you embarassed by your Savior! There are things the spirit leads you to do. If you sing with your hands to the heavens - so be it. It is not about you! It is all about Him! Do not judge others lest you yourself be judged. I don't sing with my hands up in church, I am not comfortable with it, but God bless those that do.
Do not take communion while you have something against your neighbor. Be sure that you are right with everyone.
Most important - GOD made everyone, to not love everyone, well you can connect the dots.
Oh, and if you drew conclusions, just because I didn't say it - I have been married for 16 years now, there is a husband, and he loves God. And we are a testimony to God's love and compassion, he blesses us beyond our wildest dreams! Our children are not afraid, to pray in public and give thanks for their food. I'm not perfect - but I wouldn't judge my church infront of others. That is just shameful. Do you think what you are doing and what you have done, that God will reward you? Do you spend quite time with God? What does he tell you to do?
From a Local Tennessean!
<font color=indigo size=3 face=times new roman>Angela,
Im just wondering if you are a member of a Community Church that was a Community Church from its beginning. The reason Im asking is that many of the Community Churches have been converted churches from various religious groups. Many were originally established denominational churchesBaptist, Methodist, Christian Church, etc.
Rick Warren still claims to be Southern Baptist and that his Saddleback Community Church (CA) is still a member of the Southern Baptist Convention. Dr. David Jeremiah, a former Southern Baptist, is the Senior Pastor of the famous Shadow Mountain Community Church in California.
Oak Hills Church [formerly of Christ] in TX is one of a handful among thousands of churches of Christ that have gone the Community Church way.
I can only assume that you are a member of the Community Church that once was a church of Christ congregation. But that is simply based on how you ended up posting here. But please feel free to correct me if my assumption is wrong.
By the way, thank you for your post. You presented a message of love that is, of course, very important in Christian living. At the same time, you can really say that about members of any religious group. So, the subject of love is hardly a debate issue. It could be an issue if your definition of love does not involve certain principles and commands such as: If ye love me, keep my commandments.
Since this is a religious and doctrinal discussion board, we will continue to meet our objectivei.e., to deal with the reality that certain beliefs and practices implemented in church programs are unnecessarily or needlessly controversial and divisive. Such should be avoided. And they can be avoided when un-infiltrated congregations are forewarned and forearmed with available information.
Dave, this response is for youthere were no angry words and bitter thoughts in the original post. You should have understood the message to be an encouraging onethat the number of controversial issues confronting the church has been REDUCED BY ONE in 2008 at least: the only-once-a-year observance of Easter compounded by an interactive drama performance worship. </font>