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Lori Bolinger

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Re: Chaplain's Chat
« Reply #39 on: August 05, 2020, 02:11:03 pm »
While I do think you can stray away, not sure if you can fall completely away.  While I never topped beleiveing, I did stray down a different path that pushed my beliefs to the back of my thoughts and action for many years.  While I never stopped praying and did not stop my conversations with God,  I was not giving anything a active thought.

I  fully agree some of the fault falls squarely on the churches.  The church I grew up in had a mentorship program to bring new members and new converts along for a full year.   When I started my journey back to faith, I had no one so I used books, you tube, forums like this and now it is a habit that has replaced the church more that it should.  I still feel abandon by the church is most of it.   That is not how it was intend by the founding apostles and disciplines of Christ.

Thank you for a good post to stimulate thought.
I have never walked away, even for a season (btw, I believe there is a difference between straying and falling away) so I can't relate to that but as to the church I totally get it.  We ourselves did not go to a local church body for a season and we didn't have a lot of access at that time to on line things.  The church can and often is a very hostile place.  I pray for a revival including but not limited to the "church".

If you ever feel the need to talk I'm just a PM away or Brian would be happy to talk or listen ;) as well.  (in case you don't know, Brian is my husband and is easiest found on the theology forum as chaplain but I can give you more contact for him as well.

To give you an idea, not only have we experienced some of the usual abuses of the church but one church where Brian pastored, got so upset about him preaching that we are to love even our enemies that they threatened him, when he stood firm, they threatened me, when that didn't cause him to cave, they threatened our children, when he still stood firm, they fired him.  We went to another church and they got so upset that a couple of much older deaccons children literally through our then young boys against the brick wall, we were on the verge of ER visit...didn't take long for them to fire him after that, all because he would not cave on the word of God...and that is just a few stories I could share.

Today we are part of a body but have been mistreated there as well.  So we focus on the faithful there and the ministry God is calling us into and allow God to defend us, protect us, and even avenge us in His time.  (Not that we want vengeance but that God will punish those that need corrected and judge as is just.

May you grow in our Lord and King as you fall deeper and deeper in Love with Him.

 

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