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  •  the nondenom churches are a little scary to me (5+ / 0-)

    for several reasons, but mainly this one:  the pastor doesn't necessarily have to have graduated from any kind of seminary or course of study.
    so someone who may be a good and/or dynamic preacher could have some seriously strange theological views to pass on to his congregation.

    •  From an earlier comment I made (3+ / 0-)
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      This is the biggest criticism of all regarding the megachurch movement.  Following Jesus is hard, people.  A real church makes enormous demands of us, and requires that we live up to a near impossible ideal of social service and unconditional love for all humanity.  Churches like Osteens simply tell people that they don't have to think about anything, do anything, or change anything

      No politician ever lost an election by underestimating the intelligence of the American public. PT Barnum, paraphrased...

      by jarhead5536 on Tue Mar 10, 2009 at 04:01:38 PM PDT

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      •  Quite frankly (1+ / 0-)
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        If the mega-churches were telling their congregations they don't have to do or change anything I'd be ok with the small percentage of people in those churches doing their celebrate the Lord thing.

        But that isn't what a lot of these mega-churches are preaching.

        They're telling their congregations to go out and make a pain in the ass of themselves evangelicalizing all the rest of us.

        They're also telling their congregations they need to do things like stand outside family-planning clinics screaming at women seeking medical care.

        The list of "changes" they're telling their congregation to work for is pretty odious.

        That is the biggest criticism of the mega-churches I have - that they don't keep their crazy to themselves.

        "The time for justice is always right now!" - Samantha Booke, Wiley College debate team, 1935

        by Edgewater on Tue Mar 10, 2009 at 04:46:24 PM PDT

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          I meant themselves.  They are not charged with any self-examination or work on their own character...

          No politician ever lost an election by underestimating the intelligence of the American public. PT Barnum, paraphrased...

          by jarhead5536 on Wed Mar 11, 2009 at 05:39:34 AM PDT

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