Our little site has been getting more hits lately. That has made us ask ourselves some questions about this blog’s purpose. Why are we doing this? What do we hope to accomplish?
We’re not naming names, after all. It’s not like we’re out to publically rebuke or humiliate “Pastor Smith.”
We finally decided that what we’re really hoping for in all of this is to help people ask themselves the hard questions. If you’ve arrived here through a search of some of our key terms, then you’re perhaps already troubled by something in your “Charismaniac” church. Maybe–just maybe–reading someone else’s story will help you figure out whether or not your own church is on the right (Biblical) path.
And in case you’re actually FROM Living Word Church [our usual disclaimer: “Living Word Church” and “Pastor Smith” are PSEUDONYMS] and are troubled by the same stuff that drove us out, we’re pretty sure you’ll recognize our cast of characters here. Maybe you’ll find some moral support to break away. We hope we can encourage you to seek out another church where the Bible (and orthodox doctrines) are preached, where you can become part of a different local body that is centered around Christ and NOT Pastor Smith. We can testify that although it might seem incredibly hard, the blessings of becoming part of a NORMAL church are great!
Anyway, that’s our purpose.
To help in our purpose, it’s our intention to post, occasionally, entries that do nothing but ask a single Hard Question. We invite and welcome anyone to answer these.
So here’s Hard Question #1:
Why is it that Pastor Smith so frequently warns the congregation about the dire consequences of speaking negatively about him and his ministry, while at the same time, he appears not to be troubled by how, Sunday after Sunday, he constantly slams other churches, calling them the “chosen frozen,” the “First Church of the Frigidaire,” “McDonald’s Churches,” and “churches where you get nothing but diet cookies and skim milk”?