|Posted: Nov-18-11 at 2:16pm | IP Logged
OK, I am back after being away for a very long time. I can't remember how long it's been, but hi to all my"old" friends and hi to the many new ones!
You have all, in the past, made a huge impact on me, often making me feel spiritually retarded. My fault, not yours Although I stopped attending the IC in Nov 2007, I still had the stench of religion all over me. I wanted to think freely but was still looking for the right recipe to make God happy with me.
My mindset when I left the IC was "NEVER again will I subject myself and my family to that again." Ironically, as time went on, my wife and I craved genuine fellowship, not religious fellowship, real, no agenda type, fellowship. We tried everything. Then stumbled on a church web site that caught my interest, Richmond Grace Fellowship. As I checked out their web site, I felt drawn in a little, so I emailed the pastor, telling him about some of my crappy experiences with the IC. He wrote back saying, "sounds like you are sick of religion." He said he was too. He never tried to lure me in; but instead told me that I am loved and that God will never forse, con, or trick me, but will draw and woo me to where He wants me, whether in a church setting or not in a church setting.
To make my long story readable (short), we were drawn to that and have never looked back. It has been about a year and a half now with about 40 people on a good Sunday. The pastor says things like this: "If you are not free to NOT come to church, you are NOT free." "If you are NOT free not to give, you are not free!"
What???? This guy is actually NOT trying to build anything. He is the freest man I have ever met.
Well, all of that just to say hi again. How is everyone?
Took the Red Pill