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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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Editor 02/11/2011 23:12
Could we please confine the homosexual debate to the other thread that is currently running. The article to which this thread relates is about biblical fidelity in the churches (which includes discipline on heterosexual matters also as the above post points out).
Thanks for your help.
David (Guest) 02/11/2011 23:54
Point I was trying to make (maybe badly) that gays are getting a hard time in a lot of threads on this site
Editor 03/11/2011 12:53
"gays are getting a hard time in a lot of threads on this site"
I'm sorry if you feel that David. I think that if you look at most responses on the issue they are generally polite and respectful.

What you will find on this site is a view that the Bible teaches (and even those who are fighting for same-sex marriage agree) that homosexual sexual relationships are wrong - in the same way that incest and heterosexual infidelity are wrong.

David (and I say this kindly) you really need to decide for yourself what you believe and live your life by it. Followers of Christ believe in the inspired Word of God and live their lives by it - even when it means denying natural instincts which rail against God's righteousness, and have done since the Garden of Eden.

I conclude by repeating my message above -
"Could we please confine the homosexual debate to the other thread that is currently running. The article to which this thread relates is about biblical fidelity in the churches (which includes discipline on heterosexual matters also as the above post points out).
Thanks for your help."
(Guest) 04/11/2011 00:49
Thank you for your response
I know what I believe and with respect I have been a Christian for a long time and you don't need to be patronisingly and tell me the fundamentals of Christianly.
II would love to say to my gay friends come to church they will welcome you with open arms , but we both know it would be more like get lost you sick pervert, been there
Yes there are gay actives who go about it the wrong way (maybe deep reasons for this)
Can I ask just for a open mind ????
I am more than willing to contact you privately
PS I am your brother in Christ
God is my Judge
Open our eyes we ALL need to see Jesus

A request to all Christians in north of Scotland there are lots of gay people need the love of our saviour please Don't turn them away


Editor 04/11/2011 10:13
"A request to all Christians in north of Scotland there are lots of gay people need the love of our saviour please Don't turn them away"

Whatever the responses of humans/the church/Christians, Jesus Christ will never turn away those who come to HIM earnestly seeking the forgiveness he offers as a way to reunion with God the Father. He proved that willingness by dying on the Cross and he proved the promise by rising from the dead and returning to heaven at the Father's right hand.

"I am more than willing to contact you privately"

I would be happy to chat. If you first e-mail me at editor<at sign>christianstogether.net we can take it from there.
Aberdeenshire Minister (Guest) 12/11/2011 19:07
Getting back to original question:
I think my Church believes what the Bible says.
My Church has no problems with leaders in the Church who may be LBGT.
My Church's Preacher/Pastor/Minister reads the Bible and my Church has daily services during which the Bible is read.
My Church is an "Affirming Congregation" where all are welcome.

John Parker (Guest) 12/11/2011 20:43
You say - "I think my Church believes what the Bible says.
My Church has no problems with leaders in the Church who may be LBGT."

These two sentences don't add up. If your church "believes what the Bible says" then it should have a BIG problem with LGBT.

Even the supporters from within teh church of same-sex marriage are happy to agree that the Bible speaks against relationships of this sort.
David (Guest) 13/11/2011 00:49
John Parker

Maybe you need to take a step back

This whole thing is not really about same sex marriage, it all stared hundred of years ago with Christian within the church seeing homosexuals as perverts, we all know deep down we are just looking for love and not rejection.

To be honest I not sure about same sex marriage, in the eyes of God if a couple live together committed to each other are they not ,marriage ?



Instead of condemning them just try and understand the are forgiven just like you and me.



STOP HAVING A GO AT GAYS

Editor 13/11/2011 10:22
Admin note: The article to which this thread relates is essentially about the difficulty (strange as it may seem) of finding churches which have a clear grasp of Biblical truth,the exercise of biblical discipline, God's prophetic purposes for our day and an understanding of our times.

There are other threads which are much more appropriate to the discussion on sexuality. Please make use of these so as to keep the above discussion 'on track'.

Further posts on this thread on the topic of homosexuality will be deleted.

To get back to the subject of this article and in the context of the often small and remote communities in the Highlands there are now believers who are having to travel substantial distances to find a spiritual home where they feel that they can worship in spirit and in truth.

This would be particularly true of those who are committed to believers' baptism and to the belief that the gifts of the Spirit didn't die with the first apostles.
Seumas, Tobermory (Guest) 13/11/2011 10:45
Editor wrote:

"in the context of the often small and remote communities"

This is a different scenario entirely from that depicted in the map above.

Also: "committed to believers' baptism and to the belief that the gifts of the Spirit didn't die with the first apostles."

ie clappy happy charismaniacs..... sigh...... and I wonder what percentage of these people are actually indigenous? Something, just something tells me , not many...
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