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Legalizing Marijuana = More People At Church?

I’m sure that I’ll get somehow slammed for this question but here it goes. If marijuana was legal like drinking, both in moderation of course, would people who smoke pot come to church? I mean is it because of their guilt for doing something illegal that’s keeping them from coming to church? I don’t know the statistics of marijuana users, but I know quite a few people in my area that smoke it. Thoughts?


Keywords: [tag]marijuana[/tag], [tag]people[/tag], [tag]church[/tag], [tag]legalizing[/tag]

Site Description: Christianity forum

Category: [category]Religion[/category]




Feeling lost in my faith..

Hi all,
For those who don’t know me well, I became a christian about 6 years ago on my own. I have never attended church services of any type. Years ago I simply began to feel a longing inside for something more and came to the realization it was a relationship with my Heavenly Father that I was missing. I began reading the bible on my own as well as various bible studies to try and come to an understanding of what being a christian meant. In 2005 I accepted Jesus Christ as my savior. Not long after, I came to a belief in plural marriage simply from reading the bible and realizing that it is an accepted type of marriage and the fact that there has never been any scripture to condemn it (and please don’t start with Mark 10:7 because it does not speak against polygamy in my opinion! LOL).
I have heard many of your stories about being shut out of fellowship and various churches because of your beliefs, and this has always kept me from even joining a church and attending. Over the years it has never truly bothered me that I don’t attend church with others, often my husband and I will have biblical discussions (he has not attended church for years but used to be very involved so he has a lot of knowledge), I read the bible as much as possible and I was doing some home bible study courses for the past few years provided by the world church of God until I ran into some things in one of their studies I did not agree with (surprisingly, the study’s topic was marriage and family! LOL). I guess it wasn’t until the last couple months that I have started to want something more in my faith. I have been to two BF retreats and my favorite part is the group fellowship and worship, especially the singing and Doc’s awesome prayers. It makes me happy to be able to worship with others, and I have been wanting that more and more as of late. So much so that I am considering just walking into a local christian church and going to services so I can get more of the same. I guess my m…


Keywords: [tag]church[/tag], [tag]years[/tag], [tag]bible[/tag], [tag]fellowship[/tag]

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Category: [category]Religion[/category]



Left on foot, the sequel

Recently my church changed it’s bylaws. They received some poor advice from a local christian legal firm on how they should word their bylaws so as to be anti homosexual. This is the letter I’m going to give them hoping they revise the changes. Included at beginning is some of the articles as I did not quote them in entirety in letter:
XIII "Marriage has been ordained by God. This church defines "marriage" as the union of one man and one woman . A civil government’s sanction of a union will be recognized as a legitimate marriage by the church only to the extent that it is consistent with the definition of marriage found in this article
IX Sexual activities outside of marriage including but not limited to adultry, premarital sex, homosexuality, pornography, and pedophilia are inconsistant with the teachings of the Bible and the church
X All members shall afirm their agreement with the articles and every volunteer shall afirm and live consistantly therewith

Dear Pastor and Board,

I hope you take this letter in the spirit which it is intended, which is to make Crossroads a better church. Not as a personal criticism levied to attack and detract but instead as reasons why a different approach would edify our fellowship and make us stronger.

One of the greatest qualities of Crossroads to me was its’ inclusive nature, which allows people who were smoking the crack pipe that morning to come to church. People who got drunk the night before, who don’t have a place to live and steal their food, these people are welcomed to Crossroads with open arms. Likewise, your requisite doctrinal statement was relatively short and sweet. Thus people who disagree about pentecostal powers, premillennialism, polygamy, or pretrib rapture could come, disagree, and yet still be members. Which brings me to the new bylaws recently amended. I would like to go through each of the changes and explain my interpretation. Of course you may not agree with all of my proposed chang…


Keywords: [tag]god[/tag], [tag]marriage[/tag], [tag]church[/tag], [tag]don’t[/tag]

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Category: [category]Religion[/category]



Hello from England!

Hi everyone!

I joined this forum some months ago but I feel it’s about time I introduce myselfy. I am a Christian wife who loves the word of God and take it very seriously. I have been without church for a while now. My husband and I are looking for a place to fellowship. I long to be in church, but one thing that is making me hesitant is the definition of marriage to most Christians. About 6 months ago, miraculously God opened my eyes about polygyny. I used to absolutely think the whole practise of plural marriage was perverted and strange and could never see myself sharing my husband. I could not even think or imagine my husband with another woman. I even felt jealous to see him just looking at a beautiful woman. But to my own surprise, the Lord did a lot of work in my heart. I came to the knowledge that plural marriage is not a sin, and it pains me that many professing Christians, (in fact all that I know) believe that polygamy is wicked.

When I look around me, the more I see that polygyny makes so much sense. I have a friend who so desires marriage, she is in her mid 20’s but has had very bad experiences with men, including sexual abuse. Her recent boyfriend dumped her after treating her really bad. She has lived in our house in the past, our children adore her and she loves them as her own. She has no family of her own nearby and she considers our family her own. We feel the same about her. Recently the Lord put her on my heart, and for some reason I think it will be wonderful if my husband married her. Oh how I think it will be so cool! She is my best friend and we have been through so much together, she is closer to me than a sister. However my husband is not very keen on polygyny. He thinks its wrong. I have shared with him my beliefs and he strongly disagrees, though he can see where I am coming from. I even suggested he married my best friend to which he strongly denied, but he was amazed beyond measure that I went from being an insecure jealous possessive…


Keywords: [tag]husband[/tag], [tag]feel[/tag], [tag]church[/tag], [tag]friend[/tag]

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So eventually I might get excommunicated in a few years

So some time ago I asked the Pastor what he would do if I married more than one woman and he said, he might excommunicate me because he believes it is adultery

He said he can not prove it is adultery but you can not prove it is not, and that has been the stance of the Church fathers.

[Of course I have never heard of the great Southern Baptist Church Fathers, (by the way I am not Southern Baptist ;) ), he has never ever explained to me where this denomination comes from, but…. he said it is important to him to have a denomination so he picked this one because it is "the most Biblical." Southern Baptists could very well have "great Church Fathers" but… they just never taught me about them]

I could give numerous reasons why I think people there proclaim polygyny is wrong on an emotional basis but I will not go there.

So what should I do considering sooner or later I will have to leave essentially any Church I join?

And if polygyny is so bad shouldn’t he kick me out for being a false teaching heretic who disagrees with everyone (I do not bring up the topic much anymore because I explained my point of view and saw they are not accepting of the truth and that is enough.)


Keywords: [tag]church[/tag], [tag]said[/tag], [tag]fathers[/tag], [tag]southern[/tag]

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Category: [category]Religion[/category]



The Emergent Church

Has anyone been successful in helping people from the Emergent Church understand how to decipher what is true and false, in a more correct way?

If so could they please explain how to do so to me?


Keywords: [tag]emergent[/tag], [tag]church[/tag]

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Category: [category]Religion[/category]



New Church

DD and I have been attending a small Southern Baptist Church for almost 3 years now, but the only reason is, because it is so close. The issues pretty much boil down to the fact that there are a couple of cliques and there is almost constant struggle of power between them. All they really seem to care about is what you can do for them. My daughter and I attend regularly, except in case of illness, as I do my best on my own in Children’s Church. I personally don’t think I’m near qualified, but it was thrust upon me and nobody else seems to want to have to do anymore than absolutely necessary. Any how DD and I got real bad sick, the first couple of weeks I tried to call and let them know what was going on, but could not reach anyone at the only two members #’s I have. We were out for about 4-5 weeks when the pastor finally called to see how we were doing. It is decided that we are going to search for a new church family. DH is thinking we might step away from Baptist. I ask that you pray for our family, that the Lord will guide our steps, and lead us where he needs us to be. Thank You.


Keywords: [tag]church[/tag], [tag]baptist[/tag], [tag]almost[/tag], [tag]couple[/tag]

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Category: [category]Religion[/category]



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