I am now an elder and pastor (asst., very asst.) God does NOT have a religion. (Is the Crystal Cathedral even around any more? If we could all just respect that everyone has the right to believe and worship as they wish, the world would be a much more peaceful place. I believe these things have done nothing except seperate the Christian people, and create misunderstandings between us. This applies most importantly to those who claim the Bible is without error or contradiction, and can be done without anything other than a Bible and a couple of hours to do an accurate comparison. By-and-large, non-denominational churches have emerged out of particular circumstances and situations rather than as a wholesale response to a particular council, person, or church. The only reply to a person who would rather be at the mercy of a government is that you're a fool. No, it isn't. If it's what they need, that's fine. ", we are all the children of GOD, and we are all one family under Jesus Christ. It is reiterated in Ezekiel 37, just after the valley of dry bones, and repeated in Hebrews. I respect everyone's belief, I might not agree with other's opinions but I keep that to myself. Dr. Sagan's explanation using the "flatlanders" of the two dimensional world makes an understanding of the third dimension as clear as it can be. But the only actual reality is the tiny nano-slice of Now. I also pastored denominational churches for over 20 years (UMC and PCUSA) as an evangelical among mostly liberal other pastors. Who cares about the unnessisay detales. Also, as each person studies and is exposed to more religious diversity we are coming to the realization of a single origin of all religious beliefs by finding more commonality than differences. Look around close your eyes when you open them wherever you look whatever you smell or feel is in the presence of God, he made everything for us. Being a gracious person and trying to live life nobly is a philosophy, unencumbered by threats and fear (religion). Saved Christians by grace IN NEW COVENANT who are lead and taught by the Holy Spirit are not under law or in generation curse in the law. But, isn't it time to start asknig some questions??? All men must be saved from satanically tailored cultural honor in fgm slavery endorsed by cultural elites. The Church of Christ is founded in love by grace and a worker is worthy his labor. Our local rural congregation is able to minister to our local, regional, state, national, and global arenas. 7 The second-largest Lutheran denomination in the US, the Missouri Synod, is headquartered in Saint Louis. This is a forum for people of a wide range of beliefs (and non-belief) and I agree that most of the LOUDEST COMMENTS are from evangelical Christians who feel compelled to preach "the only Truth" to all of us.
Well, have not reviewed any of the other comments, but here goes Non-denominational churches have problems, as well. The bridegroom is first satisfied with her blessed fountain of love and her breasts before any child birth. Then find and walk a path of righteousness according to the God of your understanding! Only then can we accept and appreciate the differences and benefits of other people and their beliefs. A series of significant theological and organizational battles occurs, typically in one relatively isolated geographical region, followed by a relatively rapid spread of the movement into other areas. And if you don't change you will face Jesus Christ when the Day of Judgement comes. Any truth that is uncomfortable or interfere with my self interest is not going to be easily accepted. The true nature of reality is that we are all One, which gives validity to the do unto others as you would have done to you, teaching, among others. As currently used, the term non-denominational lacks a defining origin or characteristic other than simply not belonging to one of the many organizational structures of denominational Christianity. As a result, the terminology around churches that are non-denominational can vary considerably (independent is also sometimes used) and can be fuzzy. This seems contradictiory but he made people think for themselves and figure it out. Change), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Bravo Judy! If you don't think there is the desire for money and power in religion think again. Everything that's ever happened is in the Past. Salvation under spiritual law of love by grace is freely given and attained with free miracles from God our Father, Ephesians 2:4 -9, Ephesians 2:13 -20. Putting so much time and energy into arguing, debating and fighting about something that doesn't exist except in imagination, is beyond wasteful. A covenant is not a book. This list can continue of what "god" forgot to includeor maybe god didn't forget, this version of god thought it was all OK to beat your wife or rape kids. Available online here. We'll say, "the New Testament Church," but that is a misnomer also. On the way home, I drive through the newly renovated Social District which is teeming with life of young folks at the Market and coffee shops socializing, connecting, laughing, exploring ideas. A huge grant had been secured for 460, 000 to repair the full spire. Here's a simple exercise everyone can do, Pastor Pete. Josh Duggar Found Guilty on Child Pornography Charges. Far too often, when Christians engage in charity, there is a "cost" to those being served. Now I am all for worshiping anything or anybody you desire, that is your business. If it's not viewable for any reason, just search "Sagan Fourth Dimension" and you should find it. Ive suggested that this movement may represent the next great shift in Christendom, following in the paradigm shifts of Chalcedon, the Great Schism, and the Protestant Reformation. That fear we learn is the exact opposite of love. Here are a couple of appropriate ones, Scriptures, n. The sacred books of our holy religion, as distinguished from the false and profane writings on which all other faiths are based. As they choose to engage with those who don't share their beliefs (often stated as facts), they should expect to the challenged, particularly when insisting that their's is the ONLY TRUTH and their HOLY BOOK, the only source. that said the only way to be forgiven is to repent and until you love God more than you love the pleasures of the flesh you will not repent! In that I am with you and that nothing is a bar to following Christ. For a long while, the church, any denomination, provided the guidance and established a direction through guidance, instruction and training to reach that goal. password. Thus questions were raised of their take and benefits in the Royal Priesthood of Jesus Christ Ministry in the New Covenant, Mathew 19:23-30 . Not all believers in something follow the Ten Commandments. You say that you respect everyone's belief, but go on to say that we SHOULD all follow the 10 commandments.well that sir is not respecting everyone's beliefs, that is projecting your beliefs unto another. Now that I am in my 60's I feel very content to honor God in our home and in our surroundings. What a sick sick monster!! I personally believe in Jesus Christ, but not in any set denominations. You would rather be oppressed than free? God has murdered no one! Esther4: 1-17. Trinitarianism was not in his world view, and he would have found it repugnant, I believe. We can believe, and we can achieve, without a paying homage to any religion in particular. One of the reasons people leave denominational churches is because the denominations have a negative reputation. The church is the house of God, we are all the same so really, does it matter what this denomination is, what the name is. I wasn't learning anything and if God was everywhere, going to church seemed to serve no purpose. Denominations are able to support organizations to feed the poor and clothe the hungry outside their own communities (e.g., Catholic Charities). I believe it is important that the truths of God's word be taught to the people. How do we count and categorize non-denominational churches? Another thing about denominational religion is many people have noticed they often focus more on what they are against instead of focusing on what they believe in. I suggest Atheists & Agnostics or those on the way to demanding proof of any gods find or create suitable and enriching nondenominational or dogmatic wedding and funeral ceremonial scripts to meet the need of ever increasing "agnosticism" and those on the way moving into Atheism. Past, Present and Future. The prophecies concerning the Messiah, the Kingdom of God, the New Covenant are all from the Prophets. They have been scaring people for eons about the fires of hell is they break the rules; the man made rules. God be with us all. The ones commonly quoted from Exodus 20, or the ones that were written on stone tablets by "the finger of God" in Exodus 34:14-26 and confirmed as the real Ten Commandments in Exodus 34:28?
Theologian and writer here and at Conciliar Post. I am getting old enough to be invisible to most church leaders, who, on the look-out for healthy youngsters to sing and enthusiastically exhort the congregation to drop the cares of the week at the door. This whole, mary wasnt a virgin backround as oppsed to this, in all honesty, What does it matter?! Christians were never left under leadership of Leviticus Priesthood and we should not live under canopy of lies based on non-doctrinal Christian promises. here's why going to church is important Jesus said "do not forsake the gathering of yourselves together ." It is not what we are lead to believe, it was not a King wanting a divorce, it was the actions, interference, greed and lawlessness of the Catholic church. How much simpler could we make it to become one ministry again, start where it starts, god's laws, end where it ends, christ's words. "Seventh-Day Adventists, for example, have specific rules on things that seem unimportant to many non-denominational Christians." Church networks, while a little less clearly defined at this point, are more extensive groupings of churches, often with a common approach, geography, or mission. The King of Persia and Media had a law also on women and only the king's favor on a wife's uninvited paid visit to inner court would save her from eminent death punishment by his held out golden scepter an act of favour and approval. This is why people are leaving the conventional religions, they believe in being a good person in their own eyes rather than being told that they will burn in hell or whatever and that this is the only way to enter the kingdom of God and please remember these stories are man made. I know of many churches that are openly hostile to gays so please, don't tell Rick that he is making up hypotheticals. I don't define myself as anything but a follower of that wise man. SdAs seem like just an odd variety of Baptists in many ways except for conducting the central worship assembly on Saturday (Spanish speakers call it Sabado, that is, Sabbath) instead of on the first day of the week. Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary, Religions are conclusions for which the facts of nature supply no major premises. FOR SHAME!!!
We all start with assumption; belief without proof. We have the same problem in The UK . Hmmmmm. The agreement was strategically initiated and the male child grew beholding daily his agreement with God at every call of nature throughout his married life. The true nature of reality is that we are all One, which gives validity to the "do unto others as you would have done to you," teaching, among others. Blessedly, he is someone who is not out to get anyone, who has forgiven actions which I have never seen anyone forgive, who seeks counsel, and is one of the most grace-filled people I know. But there are millions of "believers" who are convinced this is real.
There are plenty of people doing good both in and out of the church and likewise plenty doing harm both in and out of it. Here's a better video without the Time Machine bit and including Sagan's attempt to illustrate a fourth dimensional structure. More and more people are leaving the church behind. We need to stop warring about religion and do what bible says putting God first. The Nazis killed a lot of people- and for what? 1. do not rape children As you might imagine, I'm hypersensitive to people quoting or going by the bible. Not all denominational churches are created equally, but the fact that these stories are starting to come out is concerning. The OT was supposedly written by men who claimed to be "inspired" by God, not by God, and often through dreams and visions. Having attended parochial schools for twelve years I saw first hand what the nuns and priests were like on a daily basis. He is the one that speaks in true wisdom, turn the other cheek, But later says sell your cloak and buy a sword. They are supposed to recount the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. "Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. As the change spreads, the movement undergoes a period of reorganization and coming to terms with the new structure (institutionalization). Any system that teaches a different Christ from the One presented in the Bible is not part of Christianity, being beyond the pale. Since I am a Lay Preacher, and my ULC status alows me the ability to marry and bury, I am unemcumbered by the things I found so distasteful about the pastorate. Love a god that would murder ALL the first born of an entire nation?? What one has left is nothing at all. I believe any separation in general, whether based on religion, sex, or race causes discrimination and not accepting others is the biggest immorality we face in the world today. Tithes in Malachi 3:1-18 were primarily for the tribe of Levi which was not allocated land for sharing among themselves , Numbers 18:20-28 . If the accounts of the crucifixion and resurrection weren't written accurately, how would anyone know with certainty what Jesus said or did? So much is lost every day though our goal of going forward isn't it? If you are going to classify yourself as a (whatever), then you should follow their rules. 6 The Status of Global Christianity, 2017. When God warned in a spiritual language and told Moses that the Children of Israel shall not mutilate girls in honor of the dead ( satanic sacrifice since there is no circumcision of girls in God), the message was well understood and was given in a spiritual language which bears two warnings, Leviticus19:28-29. Yes many organised religions have lost thier way. King James Bible, me and Jesus and God get along just fine with out putting a label on what faith I follow! he also said when two or more gather in my name I am there. What I read about those that are "holy-er than thou" goes against everything that I believe that ULC is about. Fgm dehumanized and deforms womanhood being the worst honored satanic cultural religious sacrifice in honor of the dead taxed on womanhood globally. Knowing that He keeps his promises and delivers on those promises. The known world was a much smaller place then and did not have the same framework we have to day with the same issues in our daily lives. Keeping track of that sort of information would be incredibly helpful when looking at the non-denominational reformation, although no standards yet exist to help with that process.
Then move to North Korea. Think for yourself, boy. For example, many people dislike the Catholic religion because they feel some of the beliefs contradict with what the Bible preaches. Good Grief! If we start to look at the ways we are alike instead of our difference and realize we are all the same which is human and stop separating ourselves from others that look or speak differently than us imagine what can be accomplished! Holay macaroni what's this world coming to!! Widows, strangers ,fatherless and orphans benefited from tithes and offerings given to Levites, Deuteronomy 14:22-29.In Christianity widows were asked to be catered by close brethren to ease burden to the Church. He is speaking of space in this case. Its great to take the Lord to THOUSE that most dont see . Copyright 1977 - 2022 Universal Life Church Ministries. Am grateful to be with like-minded people and feel like I'm at an ice cream parlor trying a different flavor each week. God is not outside in a Jesus person but already inside and part of me.
That would be a shame, a big mistake and it would leave the poor, needy, sick and alone at the mercy of the state. "Everyday People" by Sly and the Family Stone To do that, traditions are followed. As people seek enlightenment and believe in the principle of God they seek a pathway toward that goal.
Since the beginning of time there has always been a disagreement on who the Creator is and in the eyes of some there is no room with the exception of what these people believe in. We attended Mass every day before school. Denominations, by contrast, are able to set a consistent tone and doctrine across their organizations. I've linked a video of Dr. Sagan explaining the Fourth Dimension. Testament is a misnomer for Covenant. Most of the objection to, and rejection of, Christianity is based on the barbarity of the OT. While many people who are of these religions would consider themselves Christians, other Christians may disagree about whether or not these religions truly fit into the Christian belief system. Religious institutions exist to provide guidance and support. Many rules fade away without fanfare through time due to difficulty or disinterest by the churches. Thank You! Just as French, Swiss, and German churches had to wrestle with questions of succession and ongoing ministry after the the initial reforms of Luther, Calvin, and Zwingli, so also non-denominational churches (as a movement) are beginning to wrestle with how their shakeup can last more than a generation or two. One of my uncles pastors a non-denominational church, and is trying to bring his daughter on board as "lead" pastor. When I did learn about these "details", I was shocked because they seemed so ridiculously insignificant in the context of killing people. Is the storehouse pastors' and priests' house or the Church being the bride and body of Jesus Christ? Scripture is scripture and everything else is conjecture. Love - is the most powerful weapon. Seekers of truth could browse the various vendors who would have around 30 seconds to convince them that theirs was the best religion or set of beliefs. Even the tithe which was given by Abraham was under the law of sin and death from the fallen state of Adam and Eve at the garden of Aden. I am determined to be a better minister than this so called ordained vicar who could stand in a church and lie. It seems so, to me at least. Another sign of the non-denominational reformation is the emerging institutionalization of this movement through multisite churches and church networks.
God should accept me the way I am? It was the issue of same-sex marriage and reading about the ULC's work to ensure blacks and whites had the right to that sacrament that drew me back to any organized religion. Religion comfortsand cripples. I am a spiritual Sovereign Being, multi-dimentional who exhibits Source's attributes. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.
Many of the "traditional" churches are bleeding membership because they depart from God's word. I am talking about what Jesus himself taught.. no matter the religion we are ALL sons of God. Yet we exploit everything and go forth to make our lives aboout proft, what we can get for ourselves and in the end who profits?What is gained? Within Christendom, it is sometimes difficult to discern between a regional movement and the start of something much larger. We humans aren't nearly as smart and evolved as we might believe. 3. do not beat your wife We have different technology, different living circumstances--heck we're not even surviving day to day in the same way. The old testament is just a history book to me and a vision of how mankind has grown and developed. I'm sorry but if your hungry a few min or a hour makes no difference but that sermon may make all the difference. That's kind of why I became a ULC minister in the first place. In essence, networks tend to function as resource sharing centers that attempt to sidestep the nuanced battles over theology and praxis that has come to define many denominations. And you know, " IT DOES NOT MATTER! Initially the two statements were too contradictory to each other and crushing in my mind but I found women forthright and forthcoming. They seem to care about whether or not their church goers are following the rules instead of caring about the people and what they need. There is truth in most belief systems, but much of it has been buried in dogma, ceremony and sometimes bigotry.
I like what was said about focusing more on what you believe rather than what you are against. And I too believe that organized religion is what's hurting humanity.