Good well intentioned people do not abandon their friends on the say so of some dickhead pastor.
But, you have to understand that those have decided to stay in the Matrix or those that have not been freed from the Matrix will eventually be tools of the devil like that Agent Smith. The world and the church is still separated somehow. I don't understand why God wanted to put us in harm's way.
, and if Atheism = 0, Agnosticism = 5 and Christianity = 10, then I'm about a 6 in the continuum. I choose to believe there's something more to this universe than the physical measurable data, and I'll keep poking at it with a stick until something pokes back.
I’m sitting at about 4 at the moment.
Have you spoken to God before ? This is important. Even my previous pastor don't even know this ! God is REAL !
If I'm the only Moses around then I will be lonely again. My ex-brethren don't know about this too when I asked them about my blessing for one particular morning. God was telling me that I was expecting someone. I was looking around even when I was at work. By even time, I was at this Funan IT Mall having a fellowship or a gathering. I didn't notice a Taiwanese man who was sitting with us and a brother was telling him something. I thought he was a stranger who was being 'witnessed' by my brethren. Before we leave for somewhere else, my bro told me that he was a newly saved person who had also received the Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongue. I was shocked ! He was the one I was expecting and I didn't know he was there all along. Wow ! This was cool. Anyway, the Taiwanese man was actually leaving for Taiwan in the evening.
FYI, I have been fighting Atheism for a year. And I'm still fighting them now. They are easy to debunked. They have no science cards, no mathematics cards, no ... easy to kill. I hope that more and more weak atheists will convert to either deism or just agnosticism. I do hope some will see the light like that "ShockofGod" (raised up in a atheist family) who converted into a strong Christian.
As a 'Christian' five years ago, I made choices according to what I believed scripture to say. I stayed in a marriage that I should have gotten out of, but my belief in what 'God wanted' caused me to stick with the marriage until the nasty sticky end. That was a HUGE mistake, and it's taking a lot of course correction to rectify it.
I stayed in church for decades and it drove me toward despair, depression and suicide. I just wanted to do the right thing, and it came very close to destroying me. Now I really have no idea why I did that to myself for all those years.
I didn't like marriage because it ... you can't call a superglue if the bonded parts can be removed by your fancy. And they call this as a "disannulment" ? I thought of just having sex with someone and beget children without the legal stuff and all the silly and meaningless ceremony. But, God said to me, "Marriage." Sheeesh !
Then you are in good company J