reply to post by lonewolf19792000
go back to our roots and back to the Apostles and thats why i declared nondenominational.
It is a wise move to have the pursuit to got back to the roots of Christianity. Much can be learned from this studying. I have to admit though that I
really know nothing about what is taught at a nondenominational church. My uninformed opinion in this area is that they would have to decide what
areas to teach and what not to teach on so as to remain denominational neutral.
Do they teach on prophetic understanding of Daniel chapters 7, 8 and 9 and Revelation at all? Or do they offer a range of ways of interpreting what it
means and just say that it is up to each person to decide (leave people hanging in the air)?
What do they teach about the creation story....is it emphasized that it was a literal 6 days and that the Earth is only approx 6,000 years old and do
they provide scientific evidence for this or do they not teach on how to interpret this story (so as to remain neutral)?
What do they teach about a person's need to repent from sin, the doctrine of hell, the immortality of the soul, the purpose of our creation in
relation to the battle between Satan and God, the millennium period, and what commandments of God to follow?
My impression of what a non-denominational church would be like would be one where they would talk much on the concept of justification but not on
sanctification. Where you would get a lot of emphasis on basics like personal prayer but on issues that require investigation and interpretation they
would be very lacking in what they could teach people.
From my understanding of what you follow now it seems to be more Calvinistic in approach and with no need for one to repent from transgression or to
have a law to follow and a stronger emphasis on Israel being the beast power of Revelation (unless my memory fails me and I mistaking you for someone
else). I don't know if this is what is taught at a non-denominational church but for me this would not be characteristic of a neutral position (in
fact I think all of those positions are scripturally wrong).
Although advocating for a non-denominational church would be a good move for many, to concentrate on the basics of Christianity....I don't know if I
would go as far to say that what they teach is theologically correct in light of the whole Bible and what the apostles taught.
I would personally feel unfulfilled being in a non-denominational church (if my assumptions about what they teach, and the depth of their teaching is
correct) and if I grew up in one, it would be hard to say whether I would even have decided to remain a Christian into my adult years as it was my
church's material on proving the truth of God's word through the evidence of science, archaeology, and geology...being able to see God as in control,
powerful and knowing the end from the beginning by the material my church has on prophecy fulfilment...being able to understand our purpose on Earth
and why Satan still exists here (by reading Ellen White's books Patriarchs and Prophets, or The Truth About Angels)...and the catalyst for being able
to connect with Jesus deeply at a personal level (in reading The Desire of Ages).
Without my church's teaching on prophecy understanding and the three angels messages in Revelation 14 I would have little idea of what God wants me to
do now, what stage of history we are up to, or how the world really operates. I dare say it that I would probably be most absorbed in the world of
making money in the investment management industry as main/sole focus in life if it wasn't for the knowledge I have learnt in my church which is
knowledge that is basically not taught from any other Christianity.
I don't think nondenominational is for me. I owe much to my church and see no scriptural reason that anything my church teaches is wrong...so there is
no need in my mind to go anywhere else.
The only thing I don't like about my church is people with too much Biblical knowledge generally sitting on their hands and not sharing it enough with
others (the poster child of the Laodicean church). I wish there were many more SDAs on ATS talking on issues of liberty and religion....then people
would not just be exposed to my blunt personality (which has low tolerance for BS) so much. It would be nice to see a softer side represented.
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