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You have given me much to think about. When we started visiting our current IFB Church we were encouraged to become members. We were asked if we ever were baptized. At the time I just said yes, but since then I have shared with my pastor I was baptized by a non-IFB pastor (the pastor of my childhood church). We never were asked to believe the Church's doctrinal statement and right now I'm not certain the Church has one (now that you mention it).

It seems IFB Churches/pastors believe differently. Some (like the IFB Church my dad went to) view Pentecostal Holiness churches and Freewill Baptist as completely useless and unscriptural, while others see them as okay but doctrinally off in some minor details. I can remember Oliver B Greene stating he had no prOBlem fellowshipping with all sorts of denominations as long as they believed in salvation by faith, no works. I was taught that "another Jesus" would be one that asked you to come to the cross another way besides faith (works). A Biblical example would be those who said law+faith was needed for salvation.

My personal testimony is simple. When I was in the first grade I started crying in class, the teacher asked what was wrong and it became clear I wanted to accept Jesus as my savior. She took me to another man and he went over salvation and I asked Jesus into my heart. All my life since then I have depended on God for salvation because the Bible said all I needed was to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation. I was baptized a few months after my first grade confession.

My mom and dad didn't teach me doctrinal truths much and after I got married my wife and I joined a IFB Church. Things didn't go well so we ended up in a Calvinistic Church. We left after learning more about election, attended Church of the Open Door in Westminster (55min ride) for awhile, and then we found an IFB Church closer to our house (we are still attending this church). All this time I have tried to understand and believe set doctrine, but it has been hard. After so many Churches (and audio preaching) I am confused. I am amazed at how sometimes a visiting preacher contradicts my own pastor.

I am open to understand the Bible alone, but I need guidance. I read words and don't know their true meaning. I seek help from men who are preachers and teachers only to see they contradict (leaving me to choose). I am told at my Church to just serve God more, don't ask questions but believe things by faith, and my one talent (singing with guitar) was smashed at our current Church when I was showed it was unholy. I have sold my old guitars (except one I keep to sing songs with the kids at home) and removed all CCM, bluegrass, gospel music from my house so that we can honer God and not have the world. We don't watch TV except a good movie here and there. But, my current pastor believe guitars don't have a place in the Church. We homeschool. We know that God wants us to be holy and not conformed to this world and we are working on that for fellowship with Him. We pray and read the Bible. We do it all for God and to have fellowship with Him.

Still. Understanding doctrines and explaining them to others is hard.

I am sick of Churches playing games with people. Some people really want to grow, and most of our Church friends are so worldly we have a hard time getting along. Everything at Church is service oriented. Join choir, tithe, help with building projects, clean church .... but nOBody really works to study together and understand the Bible. I have learned after two years at this current Church that the people are all on a different page. It's amazing what they believe.

It's not about us, but Christ!!!!!!!!!!

I believe I just have an understanding inside, but just not verbal. Almost like I can't express truth. Many times I say something (like the post about repentance)and it comes out wrong, but inside I know God saved me by his grace. Almost like i don't know the magic words to describe what is inside me.

I have found my songs written did good at describing Biblical truth, but sadly that is demonic. Maybe. I guess so since my pastor showed me that yoking with the world is a sin.

Forgive the scattered nature of this message.


Are you saying your wrote some biblical songs but now think they are somehow demonic?

Only know what you have told it's hard to state anything certain, but if your current church is as you say the I'd be considering looking for a different church home.

Keep in mind, no church is perfect, but a church should have a clear doctrinal statement and the leadership, and hopefully the membership, should be living accordingly.

We must be very careful in who we listen to with regards to preaching and such. If not, it can be very easy to become confused. I had that prOBlem back when I was first saved in 1981. Also, nothing can replace daily Bible reading and prayer.
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