WOUNDED PEOPLE [91]

LEGALISM CULTS SECTS

Recently I came across a web site which seemed to be dedicated to some idea about love. It was very down on Christian “things” and as such, left a negative influence regarding truth.

It appears this person was brought up in some fundamental Pentecostal church, and I realised after, that this was why he was so “down” on churches, and why he was in need of expressing his feelings.

There are many people “out there”, who have been “put through the wringer” by fundamental belief systems, which usually are extremely legalistic, and heavy with old testament content.

I am sympathetic with his pain, having some knowledge of “injured” people from Christadelphian as well as World Wide Church Of God religions; but there are a lot of different groups who “muddy the waters” of Christianity by their warped beliefs. [Mormon and JW’s to mention just two of them]

While the mainline traditional Christian churches may have a wrinkle or three to be ironed out, they are generally speaking, pretty good, that is why they are still mainline and traditional. Catholic versus Protestant is another story again, and one not to be entered into here.

[the problems described above, loosely parallel the Problems Paul encountered between Judaism and Christianity.]   (for world wide church of God, check this website “You might have grown up in the world wide church of God if…”  http://hwarmstrong.com/grown.htm#new11_20_2014   )  Need to scroll to top of page, or go to their home site on the bottom of the article.

Watch Silvie Paladino https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARPLwBo6QEk

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4 thoughts on “WOUNDED PEOPLE [91]

  1. After reading Dave Burchett’s “What happens when Bad Christians Happen to Good people: where we have failed each other and how we can reverse the damage” and “Bring them back alive: a healing plan for those wounded by the church” my Amazon book suggestion list began to fill up with dozens of books along the same lines – churches hurt, wound, burn, betray, marginalize, and ignore people; sometimes unintentionally through bad theology and sometimes intentionally trying to get people to turn from their error. One Christian once told me that “God would be well within his rights to strike you with a disease for playing fast and loose with his commandments; your disobedience will count against you and He will punish you.” Christians like him are like the guys on the front line who are responsible for friendly fire – he ought to be removed and re-trained, but with so many of them leading everyone else, a whole generation of people has fled the church just to save what’s left of their faith.

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    • Thanks Jamie. I think the basic problem is that there are those who “get it”, and enter into it, but many more “don’t get it” and simply hang around the outskirts of it, making a nuisance of themselves by turning simple faith into complex theology that is in error because they do not have the Spirit by which to understand it. The God of Israel, who is real and is a living supernatural Spirit and force in the world today, is a “someone” not a “something”, and it is this difference that makes access into real life, a very personal matter. This is why Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father but by me”. He knows us intimately.

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  2. Yes they have survived the test of time by adaption.
    ‘Yesterday today forever Jesus is the same’
    Here lies the heart of the problem people feel they must not change.
    Yet to live is to change. Fundamentalism will not change so it crushes people.
    The mainline churches have been forced to modernise by progress.
    Women are being recognised , same sex marriage is now acceptable.

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  3. Thanks Kaptonok. Fundamentalism at its basic level does cause a lot of problems. Christianity however, does call for change on the part of the individual, rather than on the part of the “Church” in the wider sense. The initial creation is called upon to make the greater step into its ultimate fulfillment, which is to realise within themselves the potential of having been created in God’s image. Some cultural matters (women) may have altered modern perspectives away from former tight cultural problems of the time, but in the case of same sex marriage it is the culture that has to change, rather than the truth, who never changes.

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