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Evongelo

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  1. It's important not to let one or even a few bad experiences turn you away from the faith. For myself my doctrine keeps me out of most churches who are by and large dispensational and Armenian and millennialists while I am some what reformed cal anise and preterist. My ultimate point is remember that NO ONE has inherent insight to scripture and often reading it for yourself is the best approach rather than seeking the opinion of an authority figure.
  2. How this is in theme with the website is that if you find yourself shot down concerning feelings towards your cousin by a pastor or church leader, don't just believe what he says. If you have love enough, you will do the research yourself.
  3. I'd love to start a good discussion here. I hate organized religion and the official church for so many many reasons. One of my greatest issues lies with the church leaders. Pastors and their equivalents tend often to exhibit the exact opposite traits looked for in church leaders as outlined in the Bible. They are often arrogant and cock sure, completely closed to other opinions. They will tell you that the Bible says something that it simply does not, and when you challenge them to show you the scripture they will use a cop out like "It is in the spirit of the Bible". Bull, you either show it to me, or shut your mouth. Don't tell me I'm wrong, be completely incapable of backing up your argument, and then tell me "I studied Greek" or "I went to seminary". NEVER let your pastor pull this crap on you. HE. IS. JUST. A. MAN. If he cannot back up his opinion with scripture then his argument is invalid. Another thing that bothers me is the people's infatuation with the word of the pastor. Read the Bible for yourself, don't just get spoon fed. So many times I hear people say "Pastor says...." What does the Bible say? You don't know? Then go read it. You don't need mister seminary greekman telling you what the Bible says and what to believe. You have the same one at home, you can buy a concordance, a bible dictionary, and be just as set as he is on resources. Be your own teacher. The organized church came about during the 1st generation church wen practicing Christianity was frowned upon, ostracized, or out right illegal. Churches were often under ground and held in secret, and a lot of impostors and snake oil salesmen were going around with "The latest gospel of Jesus never before seen". To counter this, the Twelve and Paul and other apostles took to appointing trusted teachers to positions of leadership. If you weren't baptized and approved by an apostle then you weren't legitimate. Unfortunately the long term effect was negative. These positions were taken up by lesser men. Positions of power, be it government, corporate, or religious attract sociopaths, psychopaths, narcissists, and megalomaniacs into their offices who over time corrupts what was once a good thing. Now we take their word without backing like its gold. Of course not all church leaders are like this. I would hope that the opposite is true and that charlatans like these are few in number. However, it doesn't change the fact that we are all entrusted with the Word of God. We are all presbyters, and no one is above another in our faith or our ability to understand the Bible. DO NOT TAKE YOUR PASTORS WORD FOR SOMETHING MERELY BECAUSE HE SAID IT. He is not an authority from God. He is just a man, like you, capable of the same mistakes and misinterpretations.
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