What this article is:|
This article has limited application to a small segment of believers in Jesus Christ.
It is addressed to those who have exited, or are exiting, from the institutional church.
The view expressed here is my own personal opinion.
What this article is not:
This article is not is a blanket condemnation of the organizations I talk about here.
Who am I speaking to in this article?
If you are ...
(1) exiting, or have exited from an institutional church
If you are ...
(2) a Christian considering social contact on a regular basis via the internet on a Christian community, Christian message board, or Christian email list or other on line gathering place for Christians.
Then Im speaking to you. If you dont meet both the above descriptions, then this article is not for you.
I have no objections or problems with Christians exchanging dialog with each other on the internet, or with any of the many, many places that have established themselves for that purpose.
|John 8:36: If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.|
James 1:1-8 (NIV):
1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings.
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord;
8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
James 4:1-8 (NIV):
1 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Dont they come from your desires that battle within you?
2 You want something but dont get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God.
3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
4 You adulterous people, dont you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely?
6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.
7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.