With our journey of visiting fifty-two churches over, I can reflect more on the complete experience. Today, I’ll add to my thoughts about Church #14.
My experience at this church is an enigma. On one side, their friendliness embraced me; their service was energetic and appealing. I wanted more. On the other side, their theological stance that speaking in tongues is a required sign to validate a true salvation experience, communicates that I didn’t belong, serving to push me away.
Their doctrine makes a distinction that places much of Christianity on the outside. Instead of dividing Jesus’ church with declarations he didn’t proclaim, let’s accept our differing opinions and embrace one another.
May we be one, just as Jesus prayed we would be.