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I’ve heard many evangelicals’ tales of their futile search for a church home which ended in a confessional Reformed church. Below is a blogger’s “testimony” of his discouraging search, an all-too-familiar story:
My search led me to a very large Southern Baptist Church which I enjoyed greatly, but I still had the nagging guilt that I was a sinner and possibly outside of Godâ€™s grace. These were some miserable years. I was obsessed with following Jesus, but convinced that He pretty much hated me because of whatever sin was troubling me at the time. I heard the gospel at that Baptist Church, but after my fifteenth rededication realized that this wasnâ€™t doing it for me either.
Shortly thereafter, my wife and I moved to California and discovered the Vineyard Christian Fellowship. Finally, we had found what we needed. Godâ€™s Spirit was “moving powerfully,” renewing believers who were discouraged and defeated, people were being converted to Christ, and there were all these really cool “manifestations” of Godâ€™s “power,” or so we thought. After a string of scandals we were having some serious reservations. Then the “prophets”showed up. They were clearly false prophets expounding heretical doctrines and using threats of Godâ€™s judgment against any who would question them. By this time we had become deeply involved in this ministry, but it was just too much. I declared a church fast and we quit attending church altogether. We quit our small group, we quit working with the ministry to the homeless; we just stopped everything. Our faith was almost completely extinguished.
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