Is it really so hard. . .

. . . to find a church that:

  • Affirms the ancient Christian faith, as described in the Nicene Creed and rooted in divine revelation,
  • Welcomes, empowers, and integrates people of all genders and sexual orientations, races and ethnicities, physical and mental abilities, and social and economic standings,
  • Seeks to deepen our intimacy with and obedience to God, through prayer, worship, teaching, community, and sacrament,
  • Worships God through ancient, meaningful, and participatory sacred liturgy,
  • Preaches prophetic truth, based in the Bible and oriented to contemporary application, in a way that actively challenges listeners, Christians and non-Christians alike, to reexamine their beliefs and actions,
  • Follows God’s calling by fighting for economic, social, and environmental justice in its community and the world, and
  • Embraces seekers and visitors as a congregation, actively drawing them into community?

I’d be tempted to give up my ideals, except that I know those churches do exist; I found at least two of them in Texas, of all places! Surely New England, with its gorgeous old churches, historical faith traditions, and refreshingly liberal politics, has something.

Any suggestions? I’d really like to find somewhere that makes me look forward to Sunday mornings.

Also, this post includes far too many commas.

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3 comments on “Is it really so hard. . .

  1. bonnieq says:

    Alas, Esther, you will never find a Sunday keeping church that embraces all of God’s Truth; for, right off the bat, they violate the 4th of God’s Commandments (Exodus 20:8-11). To promote even one lie amidst the truth, according to God renders the whole a lie.

    The church is the people, thus seek out Christ’s sheep, who live and function only according to God’s Holy Word; for they are not affiliated with any smooth-talking denomination of “corporate Christendom.”

    Visit me sometime at http://bonnieq.wordpress.com

    Love in Christ,
    BonnieQ
    Truth Seekers and Speakers, link on blog
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  2. Thanks for your comment, Bonnie.

    You’re raising what’s ultimately a fairly deep question: does the added benefit of joining an organized group outweigh the fact that no group’s beliefs will perfectly align with one’s own? The answer is frequently “yes,” because inaction is a course of action.

    The people who infuriated me the most in 2004 were those who had political opinions but chose not to vote at all. Unless they genuinely believed that there was absolutely no difference between Kerry and Bush, voting for neither meant giving a free vote to the one they disliked more.

    Likewise, I’ll probably never find a church or a denomination that mirrors my own beliefs 100%. Thus, I have to decide whether joining a community for worship, teaching, and fellowship – as all Christians did, on Sunday, as described by the New Testament and the earliest Church Fathers – is worth a bit of dissent. It’s not an all-or-nothing question, it’s a question of evaluating alternatives, none of them perfect.

  3. bonnieq says:

    Interesting, for there is no place in the New Testament that the Sabbath was changed to Sunday. In fact, Hebrews c.4 makes it clear that to not obey the 4th precept, seventh day, is “an example of unbelief.”

    I do realize, of course, that corporate Christendom does use 3-4 NT scriptures to support Sunday; but, those verses do not mean what they claim them to mean. Whereas God provides 15 pages of scripture wholly supporting His and Christ’s seventh day Sabbath.

    I’m finding today that those seeking only God’s Truth are coming “out of” those denominations and meeting together in private homes as well as communicating on the web. I am reminded of God’s directive in these end days, “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins and her plagues.”

    Much love in Christ,
    BonnieQ

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