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Spiritual vs. Religious Fellowship

- Who is the HEAD in Spiritual Fellowship? In Religious Fellowship?

- What is the presumption in Spiritual Fellowships?

- Can any congregation conduct Spiritual Fellowships?


Apr 14, 1998

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Posted Dec 15, 2005 at 2:42:41 PM
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Brethren, In August, I posted about "Pseudo Christianity" (copied in our website) in World Faiths Forum as a sort of "contribution" in their topic, "Contrdictions in the Bible." One of the participants replied (only this December): #807 of 831 Posted Dec-13 12:15 PM From turtlelax23 Posts 475 Last Dec-14 To almaidtracor [Msg # 199431.807 199431.38 ] Wow!! Thank you for sharing some of your beliefs. I feel the same way as you on most points. The only point that I disagree with that warrants my humble rebutle is your use of the label "pseudo Christians". I feel (read in my opinion) that there are some that would be included in those groups that are "legitimate" Christians. I realize that your intention was to differentiate two groups of believers but on the surface it appears judgmental. Your motives may have been non-judgmental but that is not the way it comes across. I have been struggling for YEARS with many of the issues that you bring up. I felt that God had "called" me to be a Pastor when I was in High School. Once I got to college and started seeking God's direction, I found many contradictions between the "established" church and my personal beliefs. It was then clear to me that what God wanted from be was not full time service by vocation but full time service by spirit. I used to have a very literal interpretation of God's Word and now see that we limit how God can reveal Himself to us by having such a boxed-in mind set. For instance: In another thread I have been discussing ID vs. evolution. Before I entered this discussion I was very anti- evolution. I saw evolution as discounting God's hand in creation. I now feel differently. Evolution is a possibility as to how creative God actually is. What freedom I have found in not limiting God. I feel that many people hold on to strict interpretation out of fear. They are afraid that they may "get it wrong". It is much easier to believe what has been taught for 2000 years than to "go out on a limb" and "freestyle" it. By using the term "freestyle", I am not denying our responsibilities as Christians (worship,love, etc.) Thanks again for your freeing words. I look forward to reading more of what you have to say. To erase the doubt that I was kinda judgmental, I again sent a topic about, "Judge Not." Another participant answered: #815 of 833 Posted Dec-13 7:42 PM From maver1ck11 Posts 21 Last Dec-13 To almaidtracor [Msg # 199431.815 199431.813 ] (Unread) Colossians 2:8 " Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." Good reference to what is going on in a lot of these forums! I like to see information that has been researched as you have in this post. Very impressive! Yours is beyond rhetoric and falls neatly into the category of the scholar. Thanks for sharing this information! Brother Almario
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Posted: Dec 16, 2005 7:31:23 AM
[color=darkblue] Glad to hear this. I hope we, who have found TRUTH untainted with human wisdom, would also find ways to share to others what God has blessed us with. I suppose this is the essence of: Mat 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Mar 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Mar 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Mar 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; Mar 16:18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. Psa. 56:10-13[/color]
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Posted: Dec 16, 2005 10:59:42 AM
Are not these verses referring to “Love thy neighbour as thyself?” Mat 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Mar 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. I hope this is God’s revelation to me where, to Him, “neighbour” is not same as “fellowmen.” I read about our Lord’s description of “neighbour” as the victim the “thieves” who was “leaving Jerusalem and going to Jericho.” I read this in the article: “WHO IS MY NEIGHBOUR? http://www.purechristianity.org/index.php/articles/news/43 “Neighbour” refers to the “poor in spirit” who are willing follow the way of our Lord in humility. Therefore am I correct that “Love thy neighbour as thyself” is actually evangelism where our Lord is commanding His Disciples in Mattthew 28:19 and Mark 16:15?
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