Spot The Spots - And Response

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

In todays CTFP there are two stories about the same thing. It is about a denomination that has beliefs different from others. Both stories were about what the writers thought about the church and their belief about homosexuality and the results that have come about. Both writers disagreed and wrote about the action taken and the hurt that was caused. Both writers stories were printed in the CTFP with one on the front page making sure that the most number of people knew what had taken place and broadcast the action. I guess the writers believe they are the town cryer. 

David Cook is still trying to get the plank out of his own eye that he wrote about in his piece on the three crosses. As a Christian I spend regular time in the scriptures and use study helps but have never consulted Huck Finn. There is a number of fine Christian denominations and we all know there are differences in beliefs and interpretation of scripture. I can assure everyone that I am not the final authority nor do others have to believe the way I do. I have enough to do trying to keep myself on the right course. 

I grew up in Southern Baptist churches and have always been a member of a local church. I do not agree with all beliefs of SBC but they are the ones that are the nearest to what I believe. This is why I am not a member of the many good churches of different denominations.

Whether we agree with the Church of Christ and the scripture interpretation about homosexuality, one thing I believe is members of many years know what the church believes and the actions the church takes in certain situations. I had a family member that went through the same thing but for a different offense. I have found that those actions I disagree with that others practice has a biblical references and the difference is in the interpretations. 

A few years ago there was a difference of opinion in the SBC over Bible interpretation and one leader said this, "Some people believe the scripture is inspired in spots and they are called to spot the spots." I guess we still have those who believe they have been called to "Spot the spots."

N.D. Kennedy, Sr. 
Ooltewah

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Now, wait a minute. I bet there's still a few folks, myself included, that totally agree with David Cook's Three Crosses article. Just like the Three Crosses fiasco, a church can spend (or waste) its money (within IRS guidelines) as it sees fit and it can also, as in the Ridgedale case, ask members to come or go as it sees fit.  

Folks like me may see ego and ignorance, respectively, but I'm only an outsider looking in, with no say so in either situation. I do, however, now have another church on my "never visit or join" list, since I do have a dog in that particular hunt. That's ok, there are still many places to worship that are free of ego and small-mindedness, thank God. 

Just as an aside, the Three Crosses money was raised over 10 years, according to the pastor. Wow, that's about like having around $1,400 extra in the collection plate every Sunday for that whole 10 years. Really? I have a feeling there's a "silent partner" involved, and it's not just Jesus. It would be interesting to see if all of that money raised was kosher with IRS regulations, being it's a "non-profit" church and all. 

Herb Montgomery
Chattanooga


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