Coming Out of a Fundamentalist Church

September 21, 2009 at 8:02 1 comment

I became a Christian when I was 13 in a Fundamentalist Baptist Church that almost destroyed me.  When people come to Hanover Valley Presbyterian Church that preaches the gospel they sit confused, because they never heard the true Gospel before.  They are afraid to look too deeply into their souls, they rarely share what they are struggling with due to the fear if they did so what would people think of them.  We struggle with judgementalism and self righteousness  holding in our shame, guilt and becoming fearful that someone will find out who we really are.  

Fundamentilism was a response to liberalism in the Church, naturalism in the main stream the erroding of the morals in our nation.   They consentrate on the outside and if  a person joins a Church like that they will need to become just them to become accepted.  No movies, no dancing, no Rock n Roll, no drinking, no playing cards, no kissing or hand holding hands with the opposite sex.  If you obey these things you become a real Christian.  Fundamentalism is about what other people think of me and if you conform to us you are in.   They rail against other denominations and critize godless people but do not recognizing they are just as godless.

When Christ comes to us he removes all our fear and guilt.  Christ has come to us to forgive our sins, reconcile us to the Father, give us his righteousness and adopt us into his family.  When Christ comes after us the Holy Spirit will make us into a holy people.

I was a miserable Christian always trying to do the right things and always thinking about my sins, but when I cried out to God to recue me he change my life.  It took 5 counselors, 3 men who discipled me and a couple of good books and after 15 years I was free from the ungrace of Fudamentalism.

Fudamentalists try to be good.  They are always on a tread mill striving to earn their salvation while saying I am saved by Christ’s death on the cross.  Keeping the law will only bring us death.  Every person through out history have been sinners (but one) and we cannot keep the Moral Law of God.

HOWEVER

Jesus loves sinners.  Christians should not sprial in on their sins they need to become obessed with Jesus Christ.

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousnes could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing.  Galatians 2:20-21

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.  And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.  Not only so, be we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not dissapoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. 

You see, just at the right time, when we were still  powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.  Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.   Romes 5:1-8

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.  In love he predestined  us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will–to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely give us in the One he loves.  In him we have redemption through his blood, the foregiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.  And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment–to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.   Ephesians 1:3-10

 When a person becomes a Christian they will begin to mature in the faith: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-controled.  Against such things there is no law.  Galatians 5:22-23 

Christian maturity takes a life time.  We obey and sin, repent, ask for forgiveness, evangelise, help the poor, worship, forgive others, love the brethren like brothers and sisters, read and study our Bible to get to know our great God, and above all we pray.  Pray means to ask.  God wants us to ask for things he wants for us that we find in the Bible.  We only have sex with our spouse and with noone else, ever.  God will give us greater emotional energy to accomplish more and more for the Kingdom of God.  As we are faithful to these Christian disciplines over a life time God will develop the fruits of the Holy Spirit in us.

When you see other people displaying these characteristics or you discover God has devloped the fruits of the Spirist in your life, then we will know you and they are children of the King.

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Entry filed under: Grace.

The Message of Hebrews Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle humble heart, and you will find rest for you souls. Matthew 11:29

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Jimmy Lynn  |  September 22, 2009 at 8:02

    Great post Paul, I needed that!
    -Jimmy

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