Something I have noticed in the past, in how some Church’s don’t teach the Bible, they teach ‘their’ interpretation of how you should live your life.
They also encourage people to sit and have devotion time, reading the Bible every day, at home. But don’t have Bible study groups learning the Bible in depth.
You can’t read the Bible with any understanding, if you don’t know the theology.
And I have always known that. I’ve always known that I can sit there and read a book in the Bible, and get a shallow idea and concept of what it means, but I ‘know’ I am not ‘getting it’, to any depth.
I am not a shallow person. I know I need depth, in everything, and especially in reading the Bible. I need to know the theology, as I know this is important.
I’ve also always ‘known’ when I am hearing something that is wrong, that doesn’t ‘feel’ right and I believe this is God ensuring I do not take on wrong interpretations and views of His Word.
An example of one of the ‘lifestyle’ views promoted at a Church I attended, is how women should not work out of the home when she is a mother. And yet quite clearly the Proverbs 31 woman, worked, outside of her home, bought a field, with her money and worked it. For her family.
I got told by the pastors wife, that doing family day care, providing care for children ‘in my home’ was still not okay and ‘she’ wouldn’t do it as it would take too much time away from my children’. So, she was basically criticising me for working, even though it was in my home and my children were cared for by me.
There are many more examples, but this is one of them I see as being lifestyle and personal choice/circumstances, not a ‘commandment’. And certainly not Biblical.
And there are mega Church’s filled with people hearing lifestyle sermons.
If a Church is teaching lifestyle messages, then I can see this is for several reasons; they don’t know the Bible in any depth themselves, they don’t know God, they don’t want others to know the Bible in any more depth, they don’t want the ‘sheep’ to start questioning their sermons, as leaders – they don’t want to be challenged.
The differences between Church styles has been so clearly demonstrated to me. To come from an abusive, authority led, abuse enabling, lifestyle sermon Church, who’s leaders absolutely do not like to be challenged, is so different to where we are now.
The Church we have been led to – praise God! – encourages teaching the gospel in depth, encourages building and growing disciples, and is a Church where the hurting can heal. They are kind and caring, not judgemental or intolerant of those different to themselves.
I sent some info to the Reverend he asked for about the stages of faith my counsellor had explained to me. He asked me for this info, thanked me for it, said he’s going to read the book and wants to use it. He’s a man willing and wanting to still grow and learn – despite the fact that he has studied the Bible intensively for 18 years. He’s a man willing to listen to someone like me, who doesn’t know the Bible. That shows true humility to me and is something I recognise and cherish, because I have seen the opposite of this.
Our Church teaches the Bible not a lifestyle based upon certain Bible quotes. Our church encourages people to learn and grow.
Sometimes, it’s good to have seen a really bad example, to recognise a good one.
So, for that I am truly thankful God!