What the Evangelicals, Charismatics, and Pentecostals Did Not Teach Me

What the Evangelicals, Charismatics, and Pentecostals taught me can be found here.  What they did not teach me was that godly living was more important than churchgoing.

The Evangelicals, Charismatics, and Pentecostals are just as big on churchgoing as the Roman Catholics.  To all of them, attending church seems the most essential activity in life.  Do you doubt this?  Consider that if you come to church unbelieving they will welcome you, but if you believe in Jesus but don’t go to church they will consider you deluded, apostate, or heretical.  There seems no virtue more important to them than sitting in a pew.

By contrast, the Bible teaches the importance of righteousness – that is, doing the right thing, practicing godliness, purifying one’s motives and deeds.  The Bible is a book about Christ and His righteousness.  It is utterly insufficient as a manual on how to organize and operate a church.  This is why churches must supplement the Bible with their own take on how church ought to work.

Thus the Evangelicals, Charismatics, and Pentecostals did not teach me to be “zealous for good deeds” (Titus 2:!4) but rather to be zealous for church.  They were therefore professing an allegiance to the Bible that they were not practicing.  This is why I ultimately had to part company with them.  It is better to do right in the sight of God than to appear righteous in the sight of men.

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