The longer I have been removed from organized religion the starker the contrast between the message of Christianity and the visible church (application) of Christianity has become to me. As I study the history of fundamentalism, evangelicalism and the later rise of the charismatic movement (more on that to come in […]
No one pre-325AD (Council of Nicea and the Nicene Creed) Baptised using the titles Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
Well, my friends, history is not on your side if you wish to tell this fib. There are many available references to historical writings and through them, the first being the Didache, we learn that not only was using the Titles the method of baptism used by the early Church, (by majority) but that immersion, while preferable was not necessary in cases of physical restrictions or the lack of running water (rivers, streams).
The conclusion is that the ‘Gift of the Spirit’ is not the supposed initial evidence of speaking in tongues. In fact, Scripture makes it clear that the gift of the spirit is the eternal promise (Ephesians 1:13) seal we receive upon believing in Christ. That the fruits of the spirit are the evidence of that Gift, and finally, that the promise and hope of Glory (Colossians 1:27) is the result of that gift.
Forcing the Bible to say what your denomination wants it to say is a scary practice of heretically putting words in God’s mouth. The Scriptures can and will interpret themselves, and the Word says what it means, and means what it says! We cannot force the Bible to say what it does not say.
Does the Bible teach that a woman cannot cut her hair by any length, and that a man cannot have hair longer than a few inches? In our Vague Dogmas series, we identify Christian beliefs that are not grounded in Scriptural truth or are cherry-picked Scriptures misused and clumped together incorrectly to create a vague dogma.
Does the church belong in your home? Should your pastor setup monitoring systems on your computers and be given rights to check your drawers when he wants to? The abusive system of Oneness Pentecostalism leans that way, and some pastors have demanded that right. You should be warned, that it is a cult.
Westboro Baptists, Oneness Pentecostals, and many other Christian sects often do not reflect the man they claim to follow, Jesus. In the words of Ghandi, Christians are often unlike Christ. One popular video is called, ‘Lord, save us from your followers’. Why is this? Should Christians feel justified in being judgmental and rude for the sake of their ‘Gospel’?
It seems that the most common phrase of religious abusers, and those who are bought in to the abusive system, attacking someone who questions their system, is “You are just bitter”. This defense mechanism holds to weight of fact, evidence or Scripture. Ignore it.
Why does the abused victim return to the abuser? What causes a dog to lick up the bile that was rejected by its body? Why would someone leave a cult and feel compelled to return? The Cycle of Abuse is recognizable and understandable, as sad as it is.