At the beginning, when I was in my late teens, there was a church I went to. I was present for every program I could go to, including Sunday school, two services on Sunday, and Wednesday night prayer meetings. I bought and read every book on the church’s bookstand and started reading my Bible once through the year. I was truly a (young) church lady.
Then, something happened that changed the trajectory of my life, and gave me a guilt trip like no other. My husband and I (this is 15 years later) found out that the pastor and at least two elders had lied to us. I won’t go into that here, but it caused us to leave that church, with our three children.
We tried another church, but then my husband received his job’s walking papers. We could not afford our home, so he put it “for sale” sign in our yard. I was devastated. After it was sold, we moved to Florida.
My husband and I found a new church, hoping that one would fit with our beliefs. It didn’t. We then tried another denomination. It didn’t fit either. Eventually, we gave up. Therein lies my guilt: I have no idea if my children love our Savior. I hope they do, but God alone knows the status of their hearts.
Although I pray for them all, I still have a feeling of dread. The Bible teaches us that the opposite of faith is fear. It’s time I accept that premise.
Romans 14:23b – …whatsoever is not of faith is sin. (KJV)
I have the same concern with my adult children! It’s nice to have good company,.
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It’s nice to have someone like-minded to talk with.
Whole life is about finding our unique way to God … True faith cannot be injected or passed, it needs to be found by living & through self introspection process. Church is not required. I would not be concerned – trying to be good example for others is all needed … People should be concerned with things under their control not with those already out of their control.
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I believe differently. It’s not enough to be a good person. One must know Jesus as their personal Savior or face damnation.. I do agree with you that we don’t absolutely need churches, but if I weren’t bedridden I would go to church. There’s a peace that going to church provides.