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  •  They call it Christianity, but it's not the Gospel (2+ / 0-)
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    Cassandra Waites, hamletta

    It's very sad that a generational parishioner would be treated in such an un-Christlike way. However, the Cooper's had to come face-to-face with what the CoC believes and its preachers are pushing, along with numerous other denominations.

    It is usually incredibly hard for church going Christians to leave their church that has been an important social support for many years. The church always makes it out to be you. They are the righteous ones, you are the sinner (and maybe demonic). For people of faith reared in this doctrine, the average parishioner doesn't have the scriptural foundation to support what they are seeing in front of them. They've been taught by those now condemning them. It's pretty heavy on them spiritually and psychologically. The fact that no one else in the congregation stood up to the preacher and defended the Cooper's attests to the cult-like hold this preacher has over them.

    I hope the Cooper's follow their hearts. They've only been exposed to a small version of Christianity. Last I checked there are over 2300 denominations in the US, 2300 different versions of Christianity, each claiming it alone has the "true" version, and most of them aggressively attempt to indoctrinate their faithful to prevent any "straying." The church needs their tithes and offerings, after all, to survive and prosper.

    I hope they find a place of loving acceptance. A place where the Christians take seriously Jesus' Commandment:

    This is my commandment, that you love one another. As I have loved you, that you love one another. By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another.

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