For you ExMo-Christians, are you finding any doctrine and/or practices that you have any problem with? i.e. Child baptism, the Trinity, paid Clergy, readings with the congregation replying, actually singing songs with a beat, a paid choir director.
I know that somewhere in the United Methodist guidelines there is a special section for the pastors about how to deal with ex-mos. I have not asked to read it. They are divided about LDS baptisms and I may end up being baptized again if I want to join.
I am glad you asked these questions. So I have been thinking a lot about the Trinity, and have thought about the paid ministries and paid worship groups.
I have found a wonderful church loosely affiliated with the Nazarene Church. The first time I attended was when I was still Mormon. At that time I was totally offended by the paid ministry, the "rock" band type music and the whole coffee situation. I am embarrassed to admit that by the way.
Since I left the Mormon church and returned to this same church, I have found that these things are offensive at all. I am not sure what I think about the paid ministry, but I love the music now. I can't imagine having to listen to hymns again. I have had some incredible spiritual experiences with the new music.. more passion!
As far as the Trinity is concerned, I find that this makes more sense to me as my view and belief of who God is has changed. As well as my approach to the scriptures.
I too have thought about being baptized again. Nothing has really become of that other than thinking about it re-commitment to God.
So I guess I am resolving some issues I used to have. I still am not comfortable with child baptism and not sure what the readings are about.
Paid ministry should not bother you as the Mormon apostles are paid handsomely, only they call it a living allowance from sitting on the board of a churgh owned interprise. Same difference.
if you think Christians have the only saposibly key to heaven than think again. They all claim to have the only way to heaven, It is all cualturally related
I am a Simple Christian - I do not accept the Old Testament, The book of Revelation, I take all of the letters in the New Testament as opinion.
If Muslims reach God via Mohammad, Jews through Moses, Buddhists via The Buddha then fine by me.
The only doctrine is Love and any thing that does not fit I reject. I am not a strong Christian but I like it and attending gives me a chance to serve. Faith in this day and age is just a decision you make.
Paid ministry does not bother me - at least the speaker knows what they are talking about.
No one understands the Trinity so whatever.
Child baptism for Methodists is only a entry into the church and not for any sin.
A paid choir is interesting but at least they are very good and a lot of fun.
The pastor reading and the congregation replying is strange but not as weird as the temple.
I agree that the only teaching that counts is love. Love a person for who they are not what they are. Unfortunatley what we are sometimes over rides who we could be. I found that if I want my donations to benifit someone it is better to help the individual rather than in most cases giving money to a charity or church. a friend emailed this to me
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I have come to terms with the paid ministry - the LDS have BYU professors. My pastor is dedicated to his calling and does not make that much. Every Sunday he gives you something to think about.
The Trinity is fine by me, as no one understands it anyway.
Infant baptism for Methodists is not about sin but about becoming a member of the body of Christ. Do 8 year old kids know what is going on?
I actually like the juice and cake at the end of the service.
The readings are where the pastor reads some statement and the congregation replies. Strange to me but better than having some read out of the Ensign.
Out choir is great and really sings some fun stuff. The director makes some $700 and month but the choir sings every Sunday and never the same song twice.
Oh yes - baptism. This is really leaving the Mormon Church. (like erasing an old love from your cell phone) I was baptized by my father so this will take me some time. But in the long run I see not other option.