Reflecting on Church #14: A Theology That Divides Jesus’ Church

Reflecting on Church #14: A Theology That Divides Jesus’ Church

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.

52 Churches, A Yearlong Journey Encountering God, His Church, by Peter DeHaan, PhD

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. Click To Tweet

[See my reflections about Church #13 and Church #15 or start with Church #1.]

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Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of manmade traditions and practices. Read more in his blog, books, and personal weekly email updates.

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