I recently blogged about a pastor I know being investigated fro Fraud by the feds. That was the straw that broke the camel's back for me where "organized churches" are concerned. I have been in Romania for nearly a year now, and have been to 1 church service since we've been here, I don't understand the language yet. And if I can't understand what they are saying I don't know if scripture is being misused or not. Yes, my husband knows the language, it's his native language, but it's not the same. I NEED to hear and understand for myself. I can now understand what he went through when he first got to the U.S. and barely knew any English.
I said all that to say this. I am completely and totally fed up with the churches. It is the church that we were warned of - the church who only wants their ears tickled, the church who wants to name it and claim it by taking Romans 4:17 COMPLETELY out of context. It is the church that believes in the Holy Laughter Movement, the whole slain in the spirit thing, and the belief/doctrine (mainly in the pentecostal and charismatic churches) that speaking in tongues is the ONLY evidence of being baptised by the Holy Spirit. They should really re-read Corintians 12 again. Speaking in tongues is a GIFT of the holy spirit, not evidence of it. If that is the case, than why not prophesing being used as evidence of being baptised by the Holy Spirit??? STOP TWISTING SCRIPTURE to fit your pre-conceived notions, or beliefs that make you feel better about it all!!!
Stop people like Joel Osteen who won't stand up for God's word and call sin what it is. Stop the prejudiced preachers like Billy Graham, stop the snake-oil salesmen like Benny Hinn, stop the new-age mixed with "christianity" of Rick Warren, etc., etc. Do I really need to keep listing them.
For anyone who wants to say that I shouldn't be judging, yes I should, we are commanded to call out those that would twist and pervert scripture, and spread false doctrines, etc. As a Christian it is our duty, nay our "ministry" to expose the lies, and those who spread the lies.
I'm tired of all it all. I'm tired of self proclaimed bishops and pastors who lie, cheat, steal, fornicate, hold bitterness, backbite and backstab when away from the pul-pit. Who bully people, who confuse baby christians with half truths, and convoluted doctrines, etc.
As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. That's it. I don't need anything other than God's word and love for me and my family. We can have our own fellowship. Without the hypocrisy.