While checking my facebook I saw a church that had a facebook account. I am always interested in our churches so cruised on over and found a web site for the church. I wanted to know more so entered the web site and while looking found their list of beliefs. I always check that page when it is available.
Upon inspection, I found some omissions that caused my feeble gray matter to stir. The glaring omissions were a statement of belief on the Lord’s Supper and Baptism.
The first thought that came to mind – do they believe the same as I do? Yes they are supported by churches that believe as I do. Maybe they don’t believe the same.
The second thought was – what is their practice. They claim to associated with the American Baptist Association. The ABA beliefs are proudly proclaimed on their website and in the back of the Sunday School books they produce. So what is happening here?
Maybe they are ashamed of closed communion and scriptural baptism. Surely not because Jesus instituted it and taught it to His first church He called from the sea shores of Galilee. Jesus said, and I now paraphrase, those that are ashamed of me, I am ashamed of them. To be so ashamed of the Lord’s doctrine, as far as I am concerned, is to be ashamed of the Lord Himself.
Well, maybe it is a device. Catch the unwary and bring them in and then try to teach them. This then is a living lie to pretend to be what one is not. It is dishonest to bait and switch. Is this what some churches do is practice dishonesty to gain a larger crowd?
I know a mission work that received some members that had practiced “close” communion (which is really open communion in my mind) and those men became prominent in the mission work and when the missionary was going to resign, they thought it would be okay to call a pastor that believed in and practiced “close” communion.
Now I know that this mission receives money from churches that strictly believe in “closed” communion. Is this not receiving money under false pretenses? And if these churches knew, would they not stop supporting this work, and rightly so.
My prayer is that these missionaries or church planters, which is what they prefer to be called, would grow a conscience and be totally honest and up front and tell those churches that support them that they will not tell others either, they don’t believe these doctrines or are to ashamed to tell others.
What do you think?