Thanks for letting me introduce myself....I have been a Jesus Freak for over 50 years. However, The last seven I became a teacher at our local Methodist Church. Before that I was Southern Baptist! Yes the full blown Hell Fire and brimstone kinda church. Man it was always hot in there!...I didn't study much until about 8 years ago, I just listened a believed everything the pastor and teacher taught. Hook line and sinker...Then I met another jesus freak and he told me about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and after a few months of study I got baptised in the Holy Ghost! This happen about 8 years ago! Then God opened up the scriptures to me and I became a teacher. Once I became a teacher I started having way more questions than answers that my church couldn't answer.
Just to cut to the chase, through my studies and teaching I started seeing God as a good and ALL loving God. And that made me start asking questions and comparing Jesus' actions to God's action in the Old Testament and things just didn't reconcile for me. Which lead to more questions and more studies. Which has lead me here! And now I am being relieved of my teaching position at my church because of my more in dept understand. They just can't have someone in that position with a doctine that is different than what the church agrees with...And I actually understand thier position. What I don't understand is why the elders will not even give me a chance to tell them what I have discovered. They are scared......The good news... I will soon be out from under the bondage to freely explore. And this site seems to fit what I am needing for now! A place to ask the crazy question and possibly get the answer quicker than through my own studies by myself. I have been studing this by myself because the church wouldn't allow me to discuss it at all. They were concern that I would be planting bad seed.....I can only see God as awesome! Even in his disipline!.....In Christ! Shalom.....
Ronny and Shalom:
Amen and welcome Shalom. :-)
Just thinking of that last part and if an earthly parent never corrects their child,all can see what comes from that. Same from God,because he disciplines us and chastens up, because he loves us. :-)
And thinking about you having been in the Southern Baptist church. Whereas I was brought up in an independent Baptist church,Calvinistic. I was taught to believe there, that we didn't know everything;but we knew more than anyone else and what we did know,was 100% correct and straight from God and that without question,thank you. :-) And I was taught to believe that folks like Billy Graham and other Southern Baptists, were in no church at all;but what might be called,a man made religious institution. Well,I was taught to believe that way about any denomination,besides my own. And while I didn't excape the local that local church and it's great influence on me,until I was 40 years old, God did allow me to excape it physically,by the time I was in my late 20's.
And sorry to hear that you're not being allowed to go ahead and teach in the Methodist church. But you do threaten things,if you don't see everything their way. If allowed to teach differently on somethings,you could even cause a pastor to lose his job and salary. And way too many people in denominational type churches,way too many people in those are tied up in believing their denomination is right and all of the rest are wrong. And if any see somethings differently from standard church teaching,they they're seen as a threat to the church/denomination.
And again,welcome to the group. :-)