RickD wrote:Danny, I can tell you from experience that when people are caught up in a false teaching, they will not listen to you unless they are open to see that what they believe is wrong. The only advice I can give you from my own experience is to keep praying for your son's mom and her family. And most importantly, love them. Even if they disagree with you about what you said, they will see God through the way you love them. It is very difficult in and of ourselves to love someone in that situation, so you'll need to keep in prayer, asking for God to help you.
It's difficult because I'm not the most subtle of people and tend to charge in like a pit-bull in a china shop. So I got their backs up straight away. It's even more difficult when some don't even read their bible; I'm directing them to scripture and being flatly ignored. I'm critisising their church; they don't like it. And so I'm in the wrong. Lol - this just inverts the whole situation!
RickD wrote:Danny, if you feel strongly that you should confront the pastor about this, then pray earnestly for what God wants you to say. From my experience, pastors that teach this heresy, manipulate the bible and their followers so well, that they probably have a defense ready for anything you may say to them. If you ask God to show you what to say to him, and God shows you what to say, I promise it will speak to the pastor. Whether or not it immediately shows. God may show you something as little as a single thing to say, or maybe more. Remember, if you tell the pastor only what God shows you to say, you will be planting a seed in him so to speak. God can speak to the pastor through you, if God wants to do it that way.
I still don't want to be a naysayer. I shall point some things out to the pastor and leave it at that.
God has been witholding the answer. He has been wanting me to get into the word more myself. To discover the answers for myself.
RickD wrote:Danny, can't you see that this is the answer to your prayers? You have been longing for a better and closer relationship with God. He has shown you how to draw closer to Him through privately praying and reading His word. Not from any public emotional experience. It is truly amazing how God works "quietly" through the Holy Spirit indwelling individual believers.
Some things I can see, some things I can't.
RickD wrote:Danny, I will be praying for you and your son and his Mom and her family. I pray that God will give you the strength to love them(no matter how difficult it seems). Remember, God is the one Who does the transforming. If they see a real change in you, that will speak more to them than anything else. Again, I thank you for posting this, Danny. What God has shown you has truly lifted my spirit at a time when I needed lifting. thanks Danny.
I'm glad about that, Rick, and I pray that your spirit remains lifted.