John Y., I gave a very unofficial summary for Ephesians 1:15-23 (by the way any official statement on religion or faith comes from the sermons or writings of the pastors of Indian Hills Community Church and I'm not on the staff, I just speak for myself, and I hope I reflect the views, usually of IHCC. I haven't stated that lately..and I should once in awhile.
So, yes, John Y., you don't want to associate with Christians, that's a very good indication you aren't one. Since you won't Come Out Of The Catholic Church, with all the truth you've been exposed to, of course you aren't a Christian. So, read the summary and/or listen to the sermon. Others who are having the same problem, though they're aren't many true Christians who don't know they have to come out of an apostate church, q.v., The Church of Rome Steps Into Apostasy. I still give this sermon as a great one to listen to, even if the 1st part seem preached dirctly to John Y.
"Talk of a 'middle way' or of 'agreeing to disagree' is comforting and sounds Christ-like."...
No, no, no oastors Fred Ball and others. Nope. God's Word is crystal clear on the matter and you are all in blatant rebellion and commiting gross, and very obvious scripturally, comprimise. To whom much is given, so woe to you who condone, trivialize, comprimise, and teach against God. By the way, these "minor" issues are distressing to you all? Poor things...poor pastor Ball is stressed.
If the Methodist Church fears a split because of fruitcake marriage then maybe the Methodist Church better go back to being against fruitcake marriage.
Jim Lincoln:If you state that anybody who trusts in Jesus alone has to leave the Methodist Church, Catholic Church or any other Non Evangelical Church and unite with an Evangelical Protestant Church then you are stating that they will not enter Heaven upon their demise unless they leave the Methodist Church, Catholic Church and any other Non Evangelical Church and unless they unite with an Evangelical Protestant Church. Well that is totally unscriptural because according to the Bible the only requirement for salvation and entering Heaven upon ones demise is embrace Jesus as Savior and to trust in Him alone for salvation. Church attendance/membership in any church including an Evangelical Protestant Church is not mentioned in the Bible as being required for salvation and entering Heaven upon ones demise. Jesus will not look at the church that one attended in deciding who enters Heaven. Jesus will only look at who embraced Him as Savior and trusted in Him alone for salvation.