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"My Email to Pastor John"
Dear Pastor John,
I was listening to the CD on "Richly all things to enjoy" (2001). The phrases below reminded me of the feelings of pressure to worship as the people were pressured to worship that were around us at “The Call” this past weekend.
I heard these things on a CD of yours:
"Should preponderance of false worship of men all over the world cause the righteous to cease to worship God or to be afraid that their worship will be misunderstood?"
"We don't cease doing what is right because of the multitudes that claim to be doing right."
"We don't cease to enjoy blessings of God because of the many who abuse those blessings."
At The Call, when they asked for people from any denomination, or any non-denominational church, or any church to stand, it was awkward for us to be the only ones (that I noticed) that were not standing. When everyone around us took the Christian communion, it was also awkward to be the only ones, again, that were not doing as others were. There was a definite pressure there. (When I first tried to type denomination, I typed "demonation".)
When the majority of the people around us were repeating a prayer, I thought, "Those are some good words for people to pray", and I prayed with them for God to accept the praises of the sincere people there and have these feelings last beyond that one day (especially after I found out this is the fourth time for something similar to "The Call"). After the praying, Mr. Engle told everyone who prayed that prayer that they had been saved ... I felt "cheated". I had been praying some really sweet things to Jesus during that time, and only when the prayer was over did I realize what was going on... Oh well, I knew Jesus knew my heart .....
You also told the story on the CD about the man that plucked his eyes out in jail (thinking he could overcome lust for women) and the woman that tried to cut her arm off (because it had "offended" her). When you told what those verses really mean, to cut the member of the body of Christ off to keep a spiritual disease from spreading, it really struck something in me. It hurts to have people we have loved not be here among us, but we value the things from God MORE than we value the individual. We do not want any spiritual disease to spread and the whole body of Christ among us here to be lost.
P.S. The work of God could be destroyed if Jesus’ instructions are not followed. Like in the CD I was talking about ... if a member of the body of Christ offends (causes others to stumble), cut it off so that the body as a whole does not lose out with God.
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