Hi, I live in a very religious state. Every where you look there is a church. People these days are just dying to get saved.
When I was young I was baptized Penecostal but always seem to go to baptist churches. I remember my parents telling me why they stopped going to church. Of course because the preacher decided to get drung during the service and made a complete full of himself and everyone else.So when I was young my parents had us kids go to a baptist church. We enjoyed it wasn't much different than our regular religion. As I got older and wiser I realized just how much these religions have gone so commercial. You see them on TV always wanting money but here the preachers are dressed extremely for success. Each religion seems to have there own morrals.Say the penecost believe if you don't speak in tongues that you are not saved. The baptist churches always needing more money to fix things up and so on. What ever happened to going to church for the "Lord" and worshipping his praises.Here these churches wonder why they can't seem to get people to come to church.
Your upbringing sounds very similar to mine. I, too, was raised Pentecostal(Holy-Rollers)
You asked, "What ever happened to going to church for the "Lord" and worshipping his praises." I don't think it was ever about the Lord, period. The world is evil, and the church is just part of the world. The most evil, violent, immoral people I've ever met claim to be devout believers.
Organized religion has a tendency to become cultist. I hear so many times about how the preacher explained this and what he had to say about that. It seems that the believer is the last one to have a view of their own.
I will tell you growing up I was quite the opposite, really. Well not really the opposite per say, but my mom never went to church; had a bad experience 10 years before I was born. She was pregnant with my sister, opened the door to walk into church and everybody turned around to look at her. (My mom is very self concious due to her weight).
I was pretty much raised in a Babtist church, my aunt who I stayed with was Babtist, I went to a Methodist church for awhile with an uncle and I went to pentacostal with a friend of mine in high school.
But mom swears up and down we are Presbeterian, because my grandpa was. I have never stepped foot inside a Prespeterian church and honestly don't know what they're beliefs or teachings.
To tell you the truth, I don't like organized religion, I mean my main thing is, if everybody believes in the samething in general, why is there all this indifference.
I also don't go to church because of the money thing, it just seems like the church is getting richer and richer by making us poorer and poorer.
Same reason I don't celibrate holidays either. The big companies are doing the samething.
Any who gave up church for Christ par done the right thing.
For Christ does not live in churches but in people ( though not all).
Christ is all truth and resides and speaks to and from the heart.
His words brings purity to mods who seeks his voice.
Remember his words are truth, but usually we do not want hear for they speaks against us.
But if you heed his Words you will gain your reward.
Truth is Christ.
Loving truth is loving Christ. Loving All goodnes is also loving God.
Church hides this truth in their multitude of lamp and fake worship.
When Jesus walked the earth, He did not have alot of nice things to say about religion, so I think you all are simply in agreement with Jesus! He called the religious leaders of His day "white washed seplucres full of dead mens bones." I am sad that religion keeps people from finding the God who really, truly loves them.
I have had good church experiences. Loving people, who were not all focussed on building thier own kingdoms.
I pray you do not give up on finding God because of religion/ bad experiences. If you don't give up, you will find a good place to worship and fellowship.
Knowing Christ is not about religion at all. It is about believing that Jesus Christ, God the Son, gave His sinless life on Calvary as payment in full for the atonement of our sins. Whosoever repents of their sins and calls upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved. Then, don't join a religion, but find a good Bible teaching/preaching church to attend. I attend a non denominational church where I enjoy learning of God's Word and having fellowship with like minded believers. Don't give up searching for God or a place to praise/worship and learn of Him. You will succeed!
If you need some simple Bible studies on this subject, come see me at godsweirdson.com. Its all free, don't worry.
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