I was saved on May 11, 1986 at the Berean Baptist Church. I am a sign artist/graphics designer by trade. http://www.webbsignworks.com. My family and I play acoustic gospel music and raise sheep on our farm in NW Florida.
Group*Independent Fundamental Baptist
Member TitleHe shall feed his flock like a shepherd....
Something that most people don't understand about checks and balances is that, yes, it is designed to show that no branch of the federal government is more powerful than another...but We the People are to be the enforcers of it - in effect, the actual check and balance to the federal government. And We the People have not been doing our job. Most especially Christians. Sad, really, the way we've not been the right kind of stewards of the gift God gave us in this country.
I didn't end up going to the Tue. night Bible study at their house (I was sick) and I haven't been back to the church. I sent them a couple emails but they haven't responded so I am taking it in a way that I was given a way out, if that makes sense. However, I did visit a church tonight that a friend recommended and guess what they talked about??? Eternal security!!! :-) And in the children's class they are studying on choosing wise words and having them memorize Proverbs 15:1 which we've been currently teaching our kids at home. Coincidence? I don't think so.
To answer the OP, and not throw gas on the fire of doctrinal discussion...
I was raised in an IFB church by my IFB preacher Dad my whole life, saved at the age of 5 and surrendered to preach at 14. I have been in the ministry for twenty years, many of those years as a missionary, a pastor or an assistant pastor. I tell you this only to define and illustrate that I have been on both sides of the pulpit extensively. Through my experience ... and that's all it is, I would recommend you quietly find a church to fellowship with that agrees with you fully on the fundamentals. And my Sister, may I gently say that continuing to Bible Study with those who you are unable to worship with will not turn out to be...profitable? For either of you. The christian life is hard enough in these last days without you taking on a burden God has neither called nor asked you to carry. A pastor and his wife will believe what they have chosen to believe, and I'm pretty sure God does not call upon you to break down that wall.
It is just my experience, not scripture, but my experience has been hard won through many tears and scars. If it helps you, I rejoice.
P.S. I would like to reiterate my above statement. My goal is not to teach anyone but to discuss and determine in my own mind what I believe scripture has to say on this topic. Also, I do not wish, at anytime, for myself or my children to be taught otherwise if this topic comes up in some later sermon.
Also, the number of popular teachers in a certain theology does not make it true. There are a number of popular preachers who hold to Calvinism, and people basically get the theology by listening to them or reading their books, not from the Bible. We need to throw out our creeds and have the Bible as the ONLY authority.
I saw the opposite. My father played sometimes for our church, then we got a progression of very good pianists and my Dad was sidestepped.
A few years later we ran out of excellent pianists and instead of asking my dad to return to the piano, a young lady was asked to play. She was not very good at playing hymns although she was not a bad pianist.
A few people were offended for my Dad but he didn't seem to care.
She now is a wonderful servant in another church, having been their principle pianist and now very good hymn player for many years.
My dad is happy serving in other ways.
Sometimes it is important for someone other than the "best" person to do a ministry......