posted on Jul, 1 2008 @ 12:03 PM
Organized religion, because it relies on man to interpret and facilitate worship can be a detriment to faith and Jesus.
When I first became a Christian, I didn't know what to do.
My sister took me to a church, the pastor gave me some items, booklets that were VERY useful.
I knew I should be baptized as a next step.(from reading a booklet)
So, I called him and told him. He told me, "When I give the alter call next Sunday, pretend as if we've never talked and come up front and ask me to
I thought That's weird, but Lord if you want me to.....
That Sunday I had family with me for the service.
I felt funny and prayed."Lord, if you don't want me to do this, don't let him give an alter call."
He DIDN'T and we went home. The preacher had wanted me to lie. Something wrong with that. You can never put all your trust in man, because of ego,
(His church got better later, when I went back to visit.)
I found the right church and got baptized. I have NEVER found a perfect church and I won't on this earth. People can get crazy doctrine, they can get
caught up in who is dressed the best, makes the most $$$. Preachers can get greedy. It can happen.
I got saved with just Jesus, God and I. When things get bad, I still have us.
But, we're still supposed to get together with Christian family, warts and all.
There are many sincere, humble folks. It's just the ego-filled, hateful ones who get the most attention.
Other Christians have been there for me many times and I wouldn't have had that if I didn't go.
I used to have agoraphobia, so much so, that I couldn't work. Before I got saved.