Yesterday after many agonizing months we walked through a whole new door as we began a new chapter in our ecclesiastical journey by our departure from formal association with the Reformed Faith and formerly opted for a traditional SBC church. This has been an emotional and painful journey that has vexed and confused us as to the purposes of God fleshed out in daily life. We are joyfully thankful to find light and comfort today.
The call of God and opportunity to utilize the gifts of God to the glory of God in the building up of the body of Christ are two of the more significant reasons for leaving the reformed faith. For many years I have experienced little encouragement from most reformed leadership pastors (for various reasons) to utilize my gifts in service. In this immediate area (Shreveport-Bossier) I see no opportunity to serve God in the preaching of Christ beyond being a bench warmer. That is not what God has called me to; time is short, days are evil and I have lots of gray hair. I have been actively engaged in multiple ministries to the glory of God for years yet with no formal church support, and this is to my great distress. But now to my joyful expectation of more power in corporate prayer and support and encouragement, I am truly glad to have the Body umbrella of protection once again as I seek to utilize God’s entrusted gifts as a faithful steward both without, and now WITHIN the body of Christ. I am thrilled at the opportunity that exists!
My convictions: The Truth of God has not changed, nor has my faith in it. I still affirm substantial adherence to the 1689 LBC and the WCF and their accompanying catechisms.
I still believe in…
1. A Sovereign and Holy God
2. A Sinful Man
3. A Saving Christ
4. A Repentant Faith
5. A Holy Life
6. A Responsible Churchmanship
“The old truth that Calvin preached, that Augustine preached, that Paul preached, is the truth that I must preach today, or else be false to my conscience and my God. I cannot shape the truth; I know of no such thing as paring off the rough edges of a doctrine. John Knox’s gospel is my gospel. That which thundered through Scotland must thunder through England again.”
Charles H. Spurgeon