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Date Posted:04/09/2008 11:30 AMCopy HTML

Hello all,

Another thought that sprang to mind ( after a few glasses of cabernet merlot)

It is ok to visit other churches!

I have relished the fact that I can go and fellowship at another church for a day.  If I have friends that fellowship somewhere other that the denomination that I attend - I am free to go and visit!  No guilt or anything.  I can even tell my minister about it and there is no problem at all.  It is just normal as can be!
That is sooooo cool!  I can experience AOG, Baptist, Roman Catholic ( not that I have done that yet - but want to ) Church of Christ ( I turned up with my guitar at a CoC service and they put me in their band ASAP.) I love my freedom in Christ!  The people that I meet at other churches have so much to offer as a different perspective, and they are always so inviting and friendly.  When I go camping I just turn up at the local church in that town, and it is OK!  No explaining to do, no guilt trips.  The broader church community is the best, and I am loving it!


Have any of you guys or gals noticed how free you can be?

Have you had great meetings/services at different denominations?

This is something that was not even to be considered at RCI, you would be ex-communicated!

Your comments......
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Re:It's OK to visit other churches

Date Posted:05/09/2008 1:20 AMCopy HTML

Hello Mr K (sounds a bit like "Special K")

Know why it's OK to visit other churches?  Cos we are all one body of believers - we, the people, ARE the church!

It is my (humble) view that the less we see of 'separation' and the more we see of 'integration' or 'good relations' will help us to understand each other. Yes, the different denominations all have their own little 'quirks' (and none are 100% quirkless) but when we see past these differences and just LOVE one another (as we're meant to do) we have a better understanding of our place in the kingdom.

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Re:It's OK to visit other churches

Date Posted:05/09/2008 3:09 AMCopy HTML

Hiya, Urch.

Know why it's OK to visit other churches?  Cos we are all one body of believers - we, the people, ARE the church!

Okay. But what, exactly, is the church?

It is my (humble) view that the less we see of 'separation' and the more we see of 'integration' or 'good relations' will help us to understand each other.

But according to what you stated, above, we (Christian believers, I presume) are already "one body of believers". This being the case, how then, could we not "understand each other"? How then could there be differences in the first place? smiley11

Yes, the different denominations all have their own little 'quirks' (and none are 100% quirkless)...

"Quirkiness"? Does this comment relate to beliefs? Or practices? Or both? And what stage or level of "quirkiness" in a church should cause one to become alarmed? Eh?

...but when we see past these differences and just LOVE one another (as we're meant to do) we have a better understanding of our place in the kingdom.

Hmmm. So "love" is sufficient to see past what are often substantial (and substantive) differences? This being the case, where does the issue of "truth" get a look in? smiley9

Curiouser and curiouser.

Ian

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Re:It's OK to visit other churches

Date Posted:05/09/2008 11:53 PMCopy HTML

Hey Mister K, Love your post and your s to urch....

Me I have visited many churches and denomiations over the last 12 years since leaving revers, and i Love it, i love the differences etc but i love the way we can all fellowship together as we have the same cause and that is to preach Christ and him crucified.

I love the different styles etc that i come across in worship preaching etc and i have learnt that because it is not my flavour dosent make it wrong, i can just enjoy it for where they are at and what God is calling them to do in there part of the body and community.

We ARE all one body just many parts, and i love that and i love the freedom to enjoy that.

Take it easy,as we live in the same city would love to catch up for a coffee some time if that suits .
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Date Posted:06/09/2008 12:16 AMCopy HTML

Hiya, Earthman.

I love the different styles etc that i come across in worship preaching etc and i have learnt that because it is not my flavour dosent make it wrong, i can just enjoy it for where they are at and what God is calling them to do in there part of the body and community.

No doubt. But might I ask, just how would you assess whether or not what "they" do is "right" or "wrong" to begin with? What "measure" informs your judgments?

We ARE all one body just many parts, and i love that and i love the freedom to enjoy that.

"We"? Again, how do you reach the conclusion that such are "tenants in the vineyard", so to speak? I'm intrigued to learn a little of your ecclesiology.

Take it easy,as we live in the same city would love to catch up for a coffee some time if that suits.

The famous E5 Coffee and Cuddles! And from what I've heard, a little harmless gossiping, too!


Blessings,

Ian


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Date Posted:06/09/2008 1:00 AMCopy HTML

To be a part of the true church one has to be renewed in heart. Only God knows which members are really "born again' Christians".  In the organized church there are people who seem to be Christians (leaders as well), who are not renewed in heart and will be exposed and rejected at the judgement. (2: Tim. 2:19; Matt. 7:15; 13:24-30, 36-43, 47-50; 25: 1-46).

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Date Posted:06/09/2008 1:32 AMCopy HTML

Reply to Didaktikon

Hiya, Earthman.

I love the different styles etc that i come across in worship preaching etc and i have learnt that because it is not my flavour dosent make it wrong, i can just enjoy it for where they are at and what God is calling them to do in there part of the body and community.

No doubt. But might I ask, just how would you assess whether or not what "they" do is "right" or "wrong" to begin with? What "measure" informs your judgments?

ian i try to compare it to the word of God , if it dosent line up then!!!!!

We ARE all one body just many parts, and i love that and i love the freedom to enjoy that.

"We"? Again, how do you reach the conclusion that such are "tenants in the vineyard", so to speak? I'm intrigued to learn a little of your ecclesiology.

will ponder on that and may get back to you

Take it easy,as we live in the same city would love to catch up for a coffee some time if that suits.

The famous E5 Coffee and Cuddles! And from what I've heard, a little harmless gossiping, too!


Gossip huh, then i must ask who have YOU been gossiping with to come to that conclusion hmmmmmmmm, glass houses come to mind

and blessing back at ya

Blessings,

Ian




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Re:It's OK to visit other churches

Date Posted:06/09/2008 4:37 AMCopy HTML

E5,
The famous E5 Coffee and Cuddles! And from what I've heard, a little harmless gossiping, too!

Gossip huh, then i must ask who have YOU been gossiping with to come to that conclusion hmmmmmmmm, glass houses come to mind.

'Nope', no gossiping undertaken on my part, big fella. I got my information concerning your inclination directly from ol' Frankie. He mentioned that you were a terrible gossip, akin to an old fishwife or something smiley9

Blessings,

Ian

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Re:It's OK to visit other churches

Date Posted:06/09/2008 7:52 AMCopy HTML

 Ian, re frankie, interesting that comment, i do remember him saying something to me about that, however its all in the eye (or ear) of the beholder and what one percieves what they are hearing, and in truth i actually found the comment quite hurtfull especially after all the time that i had spent with him and listening to ALL his comments/ issues etc, and yea i took it on the chin and made me more aware of what i spoke/talked about. hasnt stopped the hurt though of what i held as a good friendship, but hey we all make choices and try to grow and learn as we go. Please dont read this as a boo hoo as its not meant to be that way, just a bit of heart on sleeve. God bless ya Ian.
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Date Posted:06/09/2008 12:11 PMCopy HTML

Earthster,

i do remember him saying something to me about that, however its all in the eye (or ear) of the beholder and what one percieves what they are hearing...

Well, I don't know that I agree with you on that score. Gossip is gossip, no matter how one tries to dress it up.

...and in truth i actually found the comment quite hurtfull especially after all the time that i had spent with him and listening to ALL his comments/ issues etc, and yea i took it on the chin and made me more aware of what i spoke/talked about.

The sharing of issues is one thing, fishing for juicy 'tidbits' another. But at least you appear to have realised the need for being a little more circumspect in how you approach conversation.

...hasnt stopped the hurt though of what i held as a good friendship, but hey we all make choices and try to grow and learn as we go.

We do indeed. And clearly Frankie didn't appreciate the general tenor of certain of your lines of enquiry, or several of your selected topics of conversation, either. Live and learn, live and learn.

Please dont read this as a boo hoo as its not meant to be that way, just a bit of heart on sleeve.

I didn't. But it just wouldn't be right for me to pass by the opportunity of quipping, "...build a bridge and get over it!" (meant somewhat tongue-in-cheek. If I was being totally serious I would have said, "...dry your eyes and harden up, princess!")

Blessings,

Ian

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Date Posted:05/10/2008 10:09 AMCopy HTML

Well, today I have just had another great service at another denomination!

Also I attended a good course from the Presbyrtarian church in Mitcham, very good ministry about not being a church consumer, but a participant.

Anyone else have some more great experiences?

Mr Special K!
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Date Posted:12/05/2011 12:31 AMCopy HTML

All the "brain-washed" revival centres people, who will ask before they will only go into another "church", in God´s name your a free to do what you want to do. Let nobody, no stupid revival centres "church", forbid you to go into another church and maybe the Lord´s house.

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