All the ones I have bumped into like to push the idea of the Lord's Return waaaay into the misty future. Some think like the Kingdom Now and Dominionist preachers that basically teach that we are in the Kingdom now, and it's up to the church to dominate the world and bring it by force under their rule, and then Jesus will return, they will give Him the world that they've brought under their/His dominion. Others believe that the church has "replaced" Israel (contradicting the Bible in so many many ways). They all seem to focus on works, either surviving the Tribulation or part of it, with only the best of the best getting raptured on the basis of works or doing something so that Jesus can come back.I think they tend to be mostly amillenial.
I don't know but hoping someone can say. From experience churches that didn't fall for the prosperity gospel or the bethel stuff swallowed the purpose driven. Or the new restless and reformed Calvinist model. The ones that haven't fallen for these are few and far between. I'm enjoying being in a small congregation via Zoom church of a little Baptist church several hours north of here. When Zoom church goes, we won't be able to attend but am thankful for that opportunity to enjoy fellowship, communion and so forth.Does anyone know what percentage of churches in the US follow the purpose driven formula?
Wolves only care about sheep as a food source. The ideas of sound doctrine and truth are just distractions.It IS urgent. Do these PD teachers realize how close we are to the Rapture? I'd bet they don't talk about that either, since it seems like most believers don't think it will happen.
Do you believe that you must turn from sin to be saved? The Bible never once tells us to turn from our sins.
I hate those covenant agreements, along with the membership classes, membership agreements, rules, etc. I have been into so many churches that have them. I don't think I have been in one that doesn't. Even the non-PD churches have them. It annoys me bc there are ppl like myself with God-given talents to use for ministry and are unable to, bc if you don't submit to all these agreements and rules, you are perceived as a rebel, a troublemaker, demon possessed, etc.I think you all have the correct conclusion of how misleading the PD church is..I say that church is very
deceitful in how they control their members too..many of those churches require people to sign a type of loyalty
covenant agreeing to "protect" the unity of the church from troublemakers.(like me, because I ask questions"
It's easy for them to do so. Don't read your bible, and let someone else (especially someone who puts their own spin on it) interpret it for you.I really didn't know that many churches had those kind of agreements, so I've learned something again..my first thought when I found out PD churches had them was..oh, it kinda sounds like their insurance policy to keep members in line...tells them to keep trouble makers out and if you study prophecy, you're not fit for the Kingdom of God....that statement is a lie, imo..when I read the first few verses in Rev. 1, it is a blessing to read the prophecy there.. at the end of the book it warns that if anyone takes away from the prophecy of the book, they will suffer some major judgement..so, how can professing Christians fall for that lie?