chattycatzz posted a comment · Sep 06, 2019
Thank you, Dr. Brown, for reminding me what it looks like to love our brothers in Christ, even when we disagree vehemently. I have been told I cannot go to heaven if I don't believe in the Rapture. I have been told I am rebellious because I disagree with something in the church, for one, that they are so complacent toward politics. In politics, a vacuum is abhorred, and the homosexual can easily step in and rule over us. If just 2 believers per church would go to Republican meetings and vote other Christians into leadership, we could take back this country, and so it was intended by our Christian forefathers who set this government up. Also, the music in churches, the fact that they are all wannabee rock n' rollers and all led by the young (novice) is disturbing. I have nothing against the music except they overuse the dittys, trying to gin up emotions that will pass for the Holy Spirit's presence. But why throw out ALL the old theologically sound and beautiful hymns, and by their over-use make all the new Christian songs feel like the bubble-gum top 40? Do we HAVE to be so shallow? You are my age and we both were into rock. Christian music makes me think of rock songs of today - good ones are few and far between and listening to them makes you think, there's nothing like the ol' time rock n roll. It's the same in church. And why do Christians functionally worship their pastors and think of themselves, that it is okay not to know their Bible inside and out? And why are Christian movies so sappy? Sorry to spill out like this, but these are things you can never say to your pastor or those that place him on a pedestal. No matter how humbly you say it. I find church completely frustrating, but your article has convicted me to pray for the leaders and support them.
czarpaul posted a comment · Aug 31, 2019
I have learned by experience with some the best thing you can do is just walk away and not talk to them. being kind and respectful and nice to them in all your talking to them can sometime get you nowhere. when that happens you must cut off contact. If they insist on being rude and insulting and use bible verses to get you to not question them and pullout 'I have been in the ministry 60+ years' when you disagree with them there is no discussing with them. Not a knock on old people but often I notice as people get older they get more set in their ways and beliefs and don't like to be challenged or to not be believed. Becoming "an old fart" doesn't help the cause of christ. Yes you should respect your elders in the church, and elsewhere, but they also should act worthy of respect. You can't act like a jerk then say "you have to respect me I'm old". Respecting and obeying church elders is not a blanket command that no matter how they act you must respect and obey them. Just as fathers can't act unworthy of honor and then demand it. Just as a father can't rely on the 5th commandment while demanding ungodly behavior from his offspring an elder can't rely on commands to respect them while acting in a unChristlike manner.