I was raised in the Methodist Church, but I wasn’t saved until age 28, in a Baptist church. Solely to placate my wife, I joined that church. When we got a devilish preacher, a few years later, we dropped out of that church and joined another one. A few MORE years later, gossip got so bad there, that we quit going to church altogether. That was probably about ten years ago. Strangely, our faith in the Lord is even stronger today than it was then, because He’s made His help and presence known multiple times since then. The last few years, He’s helped us through the most financially stressful times of our life, in ways that can only be explained by His grace.
I’m blessed to have a pretty good selection of Christian friends online, and have a prayer circle of sorts. And they’re from all around the world and of many denominations. One or two even come from a denomination which thinks it isn’t a denomination!
Now I’ve always been open about the fact that I don’t agree with most organized churches. Each one has its Eleventh Commandment because, after all, God sometimes forgets things (at least that’s how I assume they would explain their addition). Then there are the “Christ based cults,” as some folks call them. This term is usually explained by saying that any denomination that puts the words of a man, or men, above the words of the Lord (the Bible) is a cult. This would include the Catholics, the Mormons, the Amish and a few others, perhaps. I basically agree with that definition. The Jehovah’s Witnesses, on the other hand, simply threw out the parts of the Bible they didn’t like, including Jesus.
While I don’t believe as they do, I NORMALLY resist the urge to belittle their denominations. This is NOT because I will “tolerate” anything, as some supposed Christians appear to do, but because I’ve seen that within each denomination, there are at least a few folks who appear to believe what the Bible says over what their denominational leaders say. I don’t hide my beliefs from those people; I just don’t dwell on the issues on which we disagree. After all, my understanding of the scriptures is far from perfect also. I DO have to wonder why they continue to remain in a denomination which they know is corrupt at the higher levels, as well as continue to support it, but that’s their problem.
For that reason, I find myself often not reposting “Christian” posts on Facebook. I may, at heart, agree with the post but if its main purpose appears to be simply the bashing of another denomination, I just pass on it. (I also ignore the ones that demand that I type “amen” to prove that I love Jesus, in fact, I block the original source when possible.) So, I will at times post things that you MIGHT find offensive to your beliefs but, rest assured, it’s nothing about you personally. Also, I may turn around and quote the very person or denomination I just posted negatively about. The reason? The truth is the truth, even when it appears in unexpected places.
So, “that’s the way I roll” as they say. I’ll give you the same opportunity, so I figure that’s fair. I MAY not even disagree with you if you step on my toes (but that’s not a promise). LOL © 2016