I just want to share with you this article I found on another blog that resonates with me on a great many points. You can read the full article on Stacy’s blog by clicking on the link below but I have picked out and copied a few of her paragraphs here to give you a sample of her writing.
I have added the bold text to highlight the various issues that she has raised for ease of reference.
She has covered issues pertaining to:-
Church attending or not attending
Denominations separating the Body of Christ
The bible-version controversy
“No, the thing that bothers me – first and foremost – is the fact that there isn’t a church anywhere near that I can go to. Now I know, believe me, I know, that that is a loaded statement! I’ve had momentous debates on this subject with a good many people….
The biggest problem I have with many of the churches that I have attempted to go to is their blatant disrespect for God’s Word.
…but many churches have a great deal of practices that go against the Word of God. They have put man’s doctrines and traditions in place of God’s and I don’t feel comfortable with it.
I’m talking about the traditions of men that pass in churches for absolutes from God – which there are, make no mistake. Jesus said that all of the laws of the prophets hang on two commandments: Matthew chapter 22, to love the Lord thy God…and to love thy neighbor. I’m paraphrasing, of course, but if Jesus says everything can be summed up in this, what do we do with information like that?
…I see how the Word gets twisted and how it can be misleading. I realize that, and it grieves my spirit and my heart immensely. It hurts me that each and every denomination believes that THEY are the ones who are right, and everyone else is wrong. Even if the only difference is whether or not they take the Lord’s supper every Sunday, or certain Sunday’s, or not at all.
I am certainly no scholar of the Bible. I do not know Hebrew, Greek or Arabic, so I cannot read from ancient texts as Jesus did,… So I have to go by these translations, which is another thing the church fights about…
Why is one better than the others? I have been a staunch supporter of the King James Version all of my life, having been raised that way and gone to churches who adhere to that belief. And I still read from it but I can’t help but wonder…why? What started that? It was the 1599 Geneva Bible that accompanied many of our ancestors over here from England before the birth of our country. The Geneva Bible was the first true English translation of the Bible, so why isn’t IT the one that was chosen? The circumstances surrounding the writing of the King James Version are very shady, so I have to wonder if I can really trust it for deep study in searching for THE Truth.
Having said all that, I will also add that I DO believe, with all my heart, that the true and living Word of God can rise above any malicious thought or intent of man, which I believe is what happened with the King James, so I’m not AS worried about that. BUT, the fact still remains that if a person reads another “version”, some well meaning Christians will tell them how wrong they are and might possibly even tell them it will keep them from Heaven. I’m not sure I believe that… even knowing that these newer version do, in fact, leave out many verses and words that change the meanings of whole thoughts in the Bible. And I will NEVER adhere to the belief, as one of the newest Bibles attempts to say, that God was a “she” or worse, a non-gender, or gender neutral being. The Word says – no matter which translation you get your hands on, save for that one new one I’m talking about – that God is our FATHER. Plain and simple. ….
So what are some other things that separate churches? What makes one church different from all the others? What makes one church “right” and the others ALL wrong?
- Taking the Lord’s supper on the fifth Sunday?
- Washing one another’s feet?
- Baptizing in the THE NAME of Jesus?
- Wearing modest clothing?
- Women covering their heads?
- Women remaining silent in church?
- No playing of stringed instruments?
- Speaking in tongues?
- Believing in the gifts of healing, tongues, etc.?
- Believing in the anointing with oil?
There are literally hundreds more. Some are trivial, some are not, but they all separate the Body into buildings that are sometimes right across the street from one another! If we can agree that some things are tradition and some are not, then why can we not all worship in the same building and still be allowed to worship in the way that we have worked out with God? What is to be our measuring stick? And can we use that stick without eventually turning it into a rod of discipline on our brothers and sisters?”
Please click on the link below to read her full article. I am sure it will bless you as it has done me.
Source: It’s A Matter Of LIFE and DEATH!
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