Open Letter To Disillusioned Christians
There Is Always Hope
Disillusioned About Religion
Many people are disillusioned with organized religion. Some have bad experiences in the church and walk out in pain and distrust of anyone who darkens a church. This should never happen! Sometimes people get the notion that people in the church are perfect, or they should be! Never goin' to happen! People are the same all over!
After spending time surfing through the blog list on Christianity I discovered that many of you are truly disillusioned with churches. This disillusionment seems to be across the board and no particular denomination has made much of an impression on some of you. I have lived for God for all of my life from the time I was saved when I was ten years old. That does not mean I never made a mistake. It means I have been forgiven many, many times. The truth of the matter is that a lot of churches suffer from legalism, judgmental attitudes, and hypocrisy. This is a reality. However, that is no reason to walk out on God and put your soul in danger. The church (whatever denomination)will not save you, but you cannot do without it.
Know this, there will always be difficult people in your life. If you are honest, there are people who drive you mad on the job as well as in your personal life. You certainly never decided to stop working because your co-workers got on your nerves or hurt your feelings. What you really need is to spend some time alone with the Lord and get to know Him a little better.
God is Your Shelter
Prayer is a conversation with God. Talk to God the same way you talk to your friends and family. God wants to get to know you. The Lord's Prayer, or some of you may know it as the Our Father, is an example of how and in what order we should begin our prayers. Praise God. Let Him know you want his will in your life; that you know that His will is going to prevail on earth and in heaven. Ask for your daily needs. Ask for forgiveness for your sins. Name them to God. Say you are sorry. Be forgiving to others. This is a necessity if you expect to receive forgiveness. Ask for help with temptation and to have a guard against evil that may cross your path. Everything must be done for the glory of God.
Having said this, understand that God is up for a brief conversation with you. He is as close as the mention of his name and if you address God in your thoughts you might think something like, Lord... and continue with your thought. This is thought praying and is beneficial. God hears your thoughts. This is one way of praying always as the scripture commands. Learn to pray and you will be surprised at the difference it makes in your life.
Churches and Baptism Today
Contemporary Christian Religious Practices
Contemporary services and programs for the young are bringing back the younger generation once lost to the church. Fledgling church groups with no church buildings are finding unique buildings where they can meet to spread the gospel to a new and interested generation. Baptisms are being performed in private homes in swimming pools today. God continues to move the hearts and minds of people.
If you are longing for something that you cannot quite define...If you are not quite happy...If you are unfulfilled...,let me offer you Jesus Christ. Forget about churches and meet the one that all the arguments are about. Believe me, your life will never be the same. People come and go, churches come and go, fashions come and go, but Jesus Christ will never change.
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
There is a life in God that is so blessed, so fulfilled, so intimate, that you will wonder how you ever lived any other way! God Bless!
Heaven and Hell
Heaven and Hell
There seems to be the belief among some of you that the only reason we Christians serve the Lord is because we fear going to hell. That might have been a motivation in the beginning, but as time passed a love grew in my life that keeps me from leaving my God. Instead of walking away from God, get to know Him. Find out what He is all about. You will discover that He wants to spend time in your presence. He does not charge you for the privilege, either. No matter how many cliques are in your church, God never will ignore you or turn you away.
I am not saying there should be no rules in the church; of course there are! There are rules every where you go. If you do not think so, try ignoring the stop lights, or park illegally! Every thing you do every day is mandated by someone or something. It is hypocrisy to pretend that it is only the church that has rules to live by.
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