Started by Bryan, August 31, 2019, 01:10:13 pm
Quote from: Pete on September 03, 2019, 09:21:20 amI think, generally speaking, people tend to pick and choose what they are comfortable with in the Bible. Of course, most people wouldn't readily admit that, because I don't think most people are even aware of it. But make no mistake that our preconceived ideas, our culture, our biases, our blind spots, our personalities, our experiences and our agendas color what we believe.Acts is where the disciples waited for and received the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in new tongues. Let's be honest here; tongues freaks a lot of people out. But rather than admit that people will say, "Oh, that's just a historical account" so they can convince themselves that they do believe everything in the Bible, but not have to apply all of it.I think we're all guilty of this to some degree. I am ever aware of my biases and preconceived ideas. It's why I've moved away from saying things like, "The Bible says..." and now am careful to say, "I believe the Bible says..." instead. It's not that I don't believe the Bible is true and accurate. I absolutely do. But I know that my understanding of it is not complete.
Quote from: jiminpa on September 03, 2019, 02:45:20 pmOn a similar note I went to a church last week, (I finally got Sundays off), the service was good, and I ran into 3 different friends who go there, but I checked out the church library and it had "Strange Fire" available for check out, so I won't be going back.
Quote from: jiminpa on September 03, 2019, 03:19:49 pmI don't think it's just tongues, Pete. I find that most churches don't want to have to deal with the results of giving the Holy Spirit free reign among them. so they form convenient doctrines that exclude Him. I hope that I'm at least a little better by admitting that I am currently struggling to give God free reign in my life. Letting God have control can be quite frightening, and I am far too fear driven right now. But I am working on it.
Quote from: Bryan on September 04, 2019, 07:44:59 pmWas it a Charismatic/Pentecostal church? Seems like an odd book to have inthe library if so.
Quote from: jiminpa on September 05, 2019, 02:19:38 pmChristian and Missionary Alliance, so it was hard to know until I checked. The denomination gives the individual churches a lot of leeway on those things.
Quote from: Pete on September 04, 2019, 10:38:55 pmThat's a fair point. We recently talked about identifying Jesus as our LORD at church. Many people have no issue with Jesus being their Savior, but it gets a bit trickier when we call Him LORD. Allowing the Spirit to have free reign is definitely an issue. Sometimes it takes us out of our comfort zone and no one likes to be out of their comfort zone.
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