If This is What a Christian is Count Me Out!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

I read something yesterday that made my blood boil. Someone I've known for thirty years or more posted on Facebook about the "Nazarene's" know the Spirit, as if they are the only ones that do. I was adopted in 1966 and taken to church and dedicated that Sunday. I grew up in the Nazarene church, my brother and I joked that we cut our teeth on Nazarene pews, however this whole "we're better than you" attitude is for children, and I've seen it in countless Nazarene churches, which is one reason why I don't attend one anymore, the other is that now that I am an adult, I don't buy into all the LEGALISM that the Nazarene church "stands" on. I don't believe for one second that four men have the right to come up with a "manual" to tell me how to live out my Christian walk. My manual is God's word, and if what I am doing goes against Him, He'll let me know. We are to work out our salvation with fear and trembling, not have a denomination do it.
Also, unless I am mistaken, exclusivity is what Christ came to get rid of. The Sadducees and the Pharisees were about obeying the law, making sure everyone saw them pray, give money etc. and Jesus said not to be like them, however when we act like our church is better than the next one, that is what we are doing, and I believe that breaks His heart.


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