Don't even joke about being a heretic, because you are obviously not.
Man, you should have seen the uproar when I discovered that I had been wrong!
First, let me say that I would never teach things directly contradicting my Pastor. I feel that God placed him there in our Church and he is responsible for what is being taught. I would be creating divisions in the Church and God really dislikes that.
When I first began to question, I postponed my class's study and switched to something else while I did my private study. (I teach the Adult SS class as well as being SS Superintendent.)
My Pastor, sensing something, called and asked me what was up so I discussed it with him. He in turn called two of my fellow church members and the five of us were going to have a study so I could understand the rapture. Well, it didn't quite work out that way so one of the guys was actually going to bring charges of heresy before the church and see if they would withdraw fellowship from me.
I brought out our doctrinal statement which states clearly that we believe in a PRE MELINNEAL return of Jesus Christ. We discussed it and he finally agreed that my position met the Pre Melinneal position.
Well over the next year or so my Pastor and I studied this out and he too soon saw what I saw.
It was a close call, and you are right it is no joking matter, but some are willing to take it that far.
In your posts there are good material for some tangential subject threads. A couple of possibilities might be:
- How narrowly should a church define the beliefs it requires of it's members?
- What should the believer do when his private Bible studies seem to conflict with church doctrine?
I agree. These threads are MUCH more civilized than those evolution "street fights". Maybe it's those good southern manners we were raised with?
posted on 02/25/2006 8:43:17 PM PST
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