I got a letter from my old church; a reply to my letter (read my letter here).
(There's a question at the bottom that I would dearly love to have somebody on the outside give some thoughts on...)
Up to this point, the differences have been largely about the decisions made by the pastors and elders, concerning who the allowed into their pulpit (guest speakers) and who the built ongoing relationships with. I have not had doctrinal disagreements with what I heard my pastors and board teaching, either from the pulpit or in a small group.
This week, that changed.
"Before", it was actions that concerned me - having a "relationship" with a church that didn't believe the same things was not the same as teaching those things.
"Before", a relationship with a church in New Orleans could be spun as rebuilding a "community center".
"Before", I questioned the discernment level that would allow Family Firehouse Ministries' apostle and prophet to speak from the pulpit at Sunshine...
"Before", as long as Sunshine wasn't teaching those things, it was a matter of behavior (what they did) and not a matter of doctrine (what they teach).
This week, that changed; I received a reply from my church board of elders.