(Closed) Why stick with your church if you don't agree with them?

posted 5 years ago in Christian
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I guess it is because there is still enough of the religion that they are bound to that keeps them a follower. Just because one may not agree with certain small points, or even big points 100%, doesn’t mean they would completely turn away from a given faith. Perhaps they have looked into a different church or religion but I would imagine the different church or religion would have its own set of points they would agree with or not. I suppose it comes down to what they agree with most.

 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@AB Bride:  +1

I am struggling to find a church that I like since moving back up north.  Surprisingly, my very southern Texas non-denom was the best church I’ve ever attended. 

 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@AB Bride:  They broadcast all of their stuff online — it was a huge church.  I miss it so much, but I can see all the videos whenever I want 🙂

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Some people I know are committed to helping their church move forward and grow. One of my best friends is a minister in a very conservative church in a branch of Calvanism but he is extremely socially liberal. His political and social stances are all based on scripture, including what he read while growing up in this church. He sincerely hopes that he can slowly help his nomination evolve and that he can be someone those who struggle with these issues can talk to. Gay people or those engaging in premarital sex, etc, can trust him in a way that they might not be able to trust other pastors in his church since he honestly and openly accepts them. 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I grew up in a fairly rural area. There just weren’t many churches in the area, and they tended to be either Lutheran (quite a few) or Non-Lutheran (very few). 

Church is about the beliefs, but there is also a sense of community, a spirit of fellowship, biblical scholarship, etc. When I was younger, my parents didn’t agree with every belief and so didn’t become members, but they agreed with most of the church and found the community aspect appealing.

Maybe people don’t realize they could do better? Also church shopping is HARD. I really just want to attend church and listen without having to make small talk, if I don’t know that its going to work out. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I grew up in my church and as the saying goes, was born pretty much on the front pew. We are a very tight family like group and though I don’t agree with alot of their rules I can’t even imagine going somewhere else. I moved to a different state for two years and wasn’t able to find anything that made me feel as at home when I finally moved back church was the first place I went and absolutely nothing had changed. Yup can’t even imagine leaving again.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m a lapsed/former Catholic who would love to find a church that was more aligned with my beliefs. However, it feels like too much of a betrayal of my past to join another church. I don’t know how it feels to Protestants since most (all? I really don’t know) of the mainstream non-Catholic churches still fall under the umbrella of Protestantinism. Please excuse my ignorance on the matter since I really don’t know anything about it, just basing my observation on talking to friends and peers. Part of the struggle also comes from the bullying I and Catholic friends experienced at the hands of Baptists when I was growing up in Texas. 

 

Part of me just keeps hoping that somehow the Catholic church will do the right thing eventually. (The reason I stopped going is the ongoing sexual abuse issue.) Until then, I am sadly going to remain church-less.

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@AB Bride:  I think it happens a lot with Catholics because there are dogmas that you can’t find in other Christian churches. Personally, I still consider myself Catholic even though I don’t go to mass often and disagree with their teachings on sexuality and equality because I believe in the Eucharist as the Body and Blood of Christ, I believe in the intercession of the saints, I believe in honoring Mary, and I love the Rosary. That’s pretty darn Catholic. Unfortunately, I’ll have to sit on the sidelines being spiritually Catholic until the Church wises up. 

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@mrsSonthebeach:  +1

I keep a lot of people from church on my FB friends list because I want to minister to them, too. They know and respect me. Many of them love me. So even if they THINK they don’t know any gay people, they know me. I do not shy away from posting things that criticize the church. I’m happy to say that I have been able to at least open if not change the minds of several family members and friends. If everyone leaves the Church and seeks out a liberal one we’ll just be preaching to the choir. 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@MexiPino:  You nailed it and said it much more clearly and factually than I could!

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@HisMoon:  I actually just read your response and thought “Dang… I mean that too!” I think it’s hard for non-Catholics to get what it means to leave the Church. It’s not just another denomination for us. I mean… I could just go to the Episcopals. Have you been to an Episcopal service? Exact same words. Seriously. It’s weird. I’m still researching what their belief on the Eucharist is, but both priests and Espicopal ministers have told me it’s different, but I don’t get it. Also, I’m pretty sure they don’t honor Mary the way we do. Like I said… still researching. 

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