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A situation; a request

A recent letter to Christians Together sets out a situation and makes a request. Perhaps you can help; or maybe you are in the same situation.
 


Lost sheepEd preface: The following is an extract from a letter just recently received. It illustrates a situation facing an increasing number of believers.

If anyone can offer some 'sign-posting' then that will be much appreciated. If anyone is in the same situation then please feel free to be in touch. (Confidentiality will be respected.)

Dear Christians Together,

I myself at the moment am churchless.
I am looking for a church that believes what the bible says. Not what they think it says.

Gay marriages and preachers are not what God approves of.
No matter what some people may think it is not in line with what God says in HIS WORD.
 I sometimes wonder if some Preachers ever read the Bible???
   
The church and nation that stands with Israel pleases God
As we are in the end times and many of the prophesies
that Jesus spoke about are happening before our eyes you would think at least the church would see the light..????
 
So do you know of such a church?


Inverness areaFootnote:

Requests of this kind are becoming much more common: they come not from 'church-hoppers' looking for 'the perfect church' but from committed believers

Thismap roughly outlines the area from which the request comes. While it is generally much better if a believer can find a church in his/her own community there are many who are unable to find a spiritual home where they live.

It is hoped shortly to have an article which tackles the above problem, but meanwhile one of the 'much accessed' articles on Christians Together is the one which outlines some important characteristics of believers meeting together: it is entitled 'What to look for in a church'.

Any responses in relation to the above request should be sent to the Editor ( editor<at sign>christianstogether.net )

As a 'PS' it is interesting to note that one fairly-new group of believers has its main meeting on a Tuesday.

 Wider area  

 

Letter to Christians Together, 24/10/2011

Feedback:
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Peter Carr 24/10/2011 20:43
If I had a bad experience with a chip shop, it wouldn't put me off buying chips from other establishments!! Churches and ministers are not all the same, keep looking, and keep an open mind trusting The Lord to lead you to the right one.

And no, I appreciate that Christianity cannot be compared to chips, but we also need practical illustrations to help us in the spiritual realm.
skyeman (Guest) 25/10/2011 12:20
Interesting letter to the editor. Such a shame that he or she is not finding a church.
I would be interested to know what the responses from Churches and Ministers would be
"Are we in the end times?"
"What are the views of the Minister and his Church on the gay issue"
"What does Israel mean to the Minister and Church?"

Anything else that should be included ?

Peter Carr 25/10/2011 17:24
"Interesting letter to the editor. Such a shame that he or she is not finding a church."

Matt 7:7 "“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you."


Editor 26/10/2011 09:58
Questions from 'skyeman' -
""Are we in the end times?"
"What are the views of the Minister and his Church on the gay issue"
"What does Israel mean to the Minister and Church?"

I will (d.v.) address these questions in the next few days.
caimarathasibh 28/10/2011 11:12
Looking at the area the request is made for ,i can think of at least ten churches of different denominations that would be more than suitable. They are Christ based and Bible based which churches should be . Many of the ministers toil and strain against much opposition from the world,flesh and devil,to preach Christ and Him crucified. They would ,as i am sure many true believers,would confirm that there is NO perfect church on this earth. One thing about this technological age that we live in is,most churches have websites. You can see truth and error even on the websites. As for meeting on Tuesday,i presume instead of Sunday, i can only scratch my head and wonder why?
Seumas, Tobermory (Guest) 28/10/2011 11:28
The writer of the original request letter manages to get gay issues, zionism and eschatology crammed into a couple of sentences. Reads like a rant before you even get to the end of it.

Almost certainly got psychological issues.

Also, that map covers an area which has probably got the highest number of "evangelical" churches per capita in the whole of Scotland. If the writer is unable to find a church that fits his / her ideas/theology/mindset/prejudices (take your pick...) in there, then something is far wrong.

Unless of course their psychological issue resulted in them having to leave a church. Seen that often enough.

I cant say for certain but I very much doubt that this individual actually belongs to the geographical area depicted.
skyeman (Guest) 28/10/2011 12:13
caimarathasibh,

Just another thought - how would someone who works night-shifts and weekends, ie police,fire-service, nurses, doctors, paramedics,etc go to church on a Sunday if they are working. Should churches not start weekday services purely for those who cannot go. There are churches around the UK that cater for those that work outwith the 9am-5pm routine. So meeting on a Tuesday might actually be beneficial to some.

Seumas, Tobermory. Don't think it is a rant, these are issues that people are actually wanting to know about and to be honest we both know that this letter could be read as Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Skye, Lewis etc.

le gach durachd!
Pawlo (Guest) 28/10/2011 13:24
Seumas, what church do you belong to?
Seumas (Guest) 28/10/2011 13:44
The business of Sunday worship isnt really biblical is it? Correct me if I am wrong but was the business of a Sunday sabbath not established by an ecumenical council, some considerable time after the events of the New Testament?

The early Christians retained a Saturday sabbath didnt they?

To answer Pawlo, I attend Free Church services but I have to say I feel considerable dismay about the direction the FCoS is taking these days. Used to attend the FC in Fort William for a number of years when I lived there.


Jenny 29/10/2011 21:52
".....Reads like a rant before you even get to the end of it.
Almost certainly got psychological issues.
.... If the writer is unable to find a church that fits his / her ideas/theology/mindset/prejudices in there, then something is far wrong.
Unless of course their psychological issue resulted in them having to leave a church. Seen that often enough....."
Seumas - that's somewhat uncalledfor.
Imagine a random unbeliever reading it. He's thinking "see how these Christians love one another.......NOT"
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