Prayer & Praise: 03/27/2022

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6 Responses

  1. BrianD says:

    Prayer request.

    I am being pressured into going to a relative’s church by another relative, a church that is charismatic, conservative, expecting the Rapture to happen any day now and, yes, full of Trump supporters.

    I believe in the gifts of the spirit, I am centrist, I don’t believe in the Rapture and I will not state my political views here because I don’t believe in feeding the demon that is driving people apart over b.s. like who you voted for/voted against.

    I have been attending an online church, a progressive church based out of Nashville that is further to the left poltiically than I would like…but the likes of LifeChurch simply isn’t an option for me anymore. This church is like every other church I’ve been to online and offline: the more outgoing people get attention while the shy people like me don’t, and there’s a clique and I’m not in it.

    I have a close relative who has told others (without my consent) that I don’t go to church because I have my eyes on people. Well, the church is full of people, and looking back I see plenty of times when I didn’t feel like a part of anything, but totally apart from the crowd, and it even led me to, for a time, reject God.

    There it is. First time I said it here.

    I later came back to God, but coming back to His church is another thing. I’m close to giving up on the NashVegas online experience and I don’t know what to do .

  2. Michael says:

    BrianD,

    You don’t have to do anything.
    We’re at a sad juncture where unless I know the pastor I don’t advise anyone going to an evangelical church.
    I do recommend liturgical churches where you are a participant in the prayers and worship of the church.

    A small Anglican Church may be worth investigating just for the sake of the liturgy.

    The nonsense about keeping your eyes on people?
    You can keep your eyes on Jesus far more easily in other settings where you don’t have to deal with people…

  3. BrianD says:

    If there’s a liturgical church around here that is open to someone like me, I’ll consider it.

    I do like the online option though. You don’t have to dress up and you don’t have to worry about finding a parking space.

  4. BrianD says:

    Come to think of it, this blog even at its lowest point is the only place so far that felt like church to me and you are the one man who has actually been a pastor to me and didn’t stop when I walked away or acted like an ass.

  5. Michael says:

    BrianD,

    I would imagine that any real church would be open to you…the performance venues aren’t real churches.

    I was just returning the favor…you’ve stuck with me when I struggled and acting like an ass seems to be something I’m known for…

  6. BrianD says:

    Depends.

    The one church that I know is open to me is not one I would ever choose on my own. The only reason I would give it consideration is family. What keeps me away is…let’s just say Andrew Wommack is one of their influences…and their theological experts are found on Daystar, TBN and wherever you find Jesse Duplantis and Kenneth Copeland nowadays. They’re definitely not progressive and I doubt any of them have even heard of someone like Eugene Peterson or J.I. Packer…I’m not sure they’ve even heard of Martin Luther.

    The other churches? Dress up, look like you’re presentable, and be active and give give give. And, put yourself out there and meet people. That was the formula for success in evangelicalism when I was in it and I’m sure it hasn’t changed a bit.

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