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ForeverForgivin:
This is such a great book. Just finished it yesterday. The perspective from which John speaks, caught me off guard at first but it makes so much more sense when you think about the big picture.

I recently have been thinking about leaving my current church, but every time I decided to stay home I start to feel guilty. Have any of you experienced this and how did you deal with moving past the guilt?

Be blessed,
Leah

sheila:
Elwin Roach has an article called..'forsake not the assembling of yourselves togather"

   you might benefit from reading it...just google search it.

   do you feel guilty due to feeling 'indebted' to them somehow?

     ....his article addresses....ye need know man to teach you,the holy spirit teaches you...

  but also....He has placed prophets,apstle's teachers etc in the body to build it up.

     if this article does not address your issues of guilt about not attending church,

  perhaps you would like to express what it is that is at the 'root' of the guilt...some of

 the brother's and sister's here,may very well be able to help you with it. :friendstu:

ForeverForgivin:

--- Quote from: sheila on January 04, 2014, 06:45:08 PM ---Elwin Roach has an article called..'forsake not the assembling of yourselves togather"

   you might benefit from reading it...just google search it.

   do you feel guilty due to feeling 'indebted' to them somehow?

     ....his article addresses....ye need know man to teach you,the holy spirit teaches you...

  but also....He has placed prophets,apstle's teachers etc in the body to build it up.

     if this article does not address your issues of guilt about not attending church,

  perhaps you would like to express what it is that is at the 'root' of the guilt...some of

 the brother's and sister's here,may very well be able to help you with it. :friendstu:

--- End quote ---


Thank you Sheila, I will definitely check out that article.

As far as the root of this guilt goes. I believe it stems from having been raised on going to church every weekend. Maybe it feels more like an obligation and if I don't go, then I might be missing out on what God has to teach me. Also, I have been pretty invested in the people at the church I go to now. I don't want to make the wrong choice and leave if that's not what God wants for me. I hope that makes sense?

jabcat:
Hi forgiven..5 years later, I still often wonder.

I truly believe and believed that God called me out of the denomination and its trappings.  However, fellowship, family considerations, and truly finding out the nuances of His will as other matters.  For instance, I personally believe if one feels led and/or the freedom to do so, and can with a loving spirit filter through what's presented "in church", then there may be some reasons to continue to attend - at least to some degree.  Maybe not as regular as before, not under man-made obligation or expectation, and no longer tied into the denominational constrictions - but more as a matter of freedom, fellowship, and family peace.  I no longer "attend", but I often wonder "where's my place" and "what about my family, how are they being fed"..

I look to the Lord often for direction, and right now I am where I am.  Here, but otherwise, on the outside looking in, and trying to feed my family some spiritual food here and there with a scripture and a related thought.  It's not easy or always comfortable though.   :2c:

sheila:
 That's very understandable..forgiven.  Some 'churches' or congregations [some methodists]

  do not consider the salvation of all anathema.  Wait on Him..learn and grow..if He wants

 you moved..He will let you know.then you will have peace in knowing it was the right thing

 and His will.

                                         :girlheart:     






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