My wife returned from inside The Chinese Emporium with two small bags in her hands and a disgusted look on her face. It seems a little old lady had approached her and invited her to her church (so far, so good). However, when my wife asked what church she attended, she gave her the name of a self-righteous denomination that believes that they’re the only ones going to Heaven. My wife told her that she was sorry, but she was a Baptist, and that she didn’t want to encourage a denomination that thought they were the only ones going to Heaven. To this, the woman quickly assured her that they didn’t believe that way at all.
My wife let her know that she’d had similar discussions with many folks from her denomination, and all started out saying the same thing but, by the end of each discussion, it was clear that was EXACTLY what they believed. The woman insisted otherwise, so my wife asked her what she considered necessary to enter Heaven. The woman rattled off a few good-sounding (and correct) things. My wife told her that she would agree with all that, and most other serious members of other denominations believed likewise, so she assumed those folks would be in Heaven with the woman someday. The woman’s story began to change then, and she said quickly that those denominations were mistaken, because they didn’t really believe what the Bible said, while hers did.
She asked the woman how that was so, since their professed beliefs were nearly identical. The woman told her that, for one thing, they didn’t have music in their church (I suspect she meant only instrumental music). My wife told her that God liked music, and said as much in the Old Testament. The woman then informed her that they didn’t go by the Old Testament, only the New. My wife’s reply was that she was throwing away two-thirds of the Bible then, and the very part that Jesus taught from. The woman started getting hot under the collar by that time and told her that only people who believed as her church did would go to Heaven. My wife reminded her that was in opposition to what she’d said at the beginning of the conversation.
The woman then told her that if people didn’t read their Bible and go to a church that believed as she did, that they would go to Hell. My wife reminded her that such things were for God to say, not her, and that salvation is between the individual and God, NOT the individual and a church denomination. The woman’s logic continued to deteriorate and her mouth kept running, so my wife told her that she was brain-washed, but that she was free to believe as she chose, while SHE (my wife) was free to do the same. At that, my wife turned and walked away. Before she’d even left the area, the woman had already accosted her next victim. The sad thing is that I’m sure that she didn’t even realize that she was doing Satan’s work, instead of the Lord’s. © 2014