Originally posted by slo95.0
im kinda looking for a good place to get involved. i have some deep beliefs and i'm more concerned about my relationship with Christ than i am religion...i guess you could say i love God but i hate christians to a certain extent.
I care about you (not knowing you) so I felt I must say something. The two statements you made in your initial post just don't add up.
1. You say you have deep held beliefs and are more concerned about your relationship with Christ, but you say later on that you hate Christians.
1 John 4:20 If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.
2. You say you are "kinda" looking for a place to get involved, but the Bible is very clear saying Christ died for the church (Eph 5), you need to be a part of a local body (I Cor. 12), and there are at least 30 New Testament commands you cannot not even fulfill outside a local church. I would not kinda try to find a place, I would get a move on it.
3. RE: "Hypocrites" - We are all hypocrites! The saved and the lost. You and me! I have been a youth pastor for 4 years and a pastor for the last 6 months, and I am still hypocritical at times. Check with me 40 years from now and if I am honest I will admit the same. Every church is full of hypocrties, but that is NO excuse not to be a part of one.
I hope and pray you receive this in your spirit. I am very open to chatting with you further if you like.