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Offline Jimmy Clifton

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« on: February 27, 2007, 07:31:42 PM »
Well, the final straw leading to my telling my congregation I will not renew my contract when it expires happened.

We invited a man to give his testimony and a group in the church told him to "limit your testimony to only the good things."  They didn't want him to talk about where he was before he found Christ.

I emailed him and told him as long as I am pastor no one will be told what to and what not to say in a testimony.

There is a real effort by a small minority in my church to quench the Holy Spirit.

So, come May 31, I'm outta here!

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Re: Testimonies
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2007, 08:13:32 PM »
I'm sorry to hear that Jimmy.  There is little or no respect anymore for pastoral authority.....
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Re: Testimonies
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2007, 08:18:53 PM »
Sorry to hear it. Such is the life of a goat herder. I don't see God working much through the local church these days. They have in large part deteriorated into attendance centers for folks who "grew up in church", most of which aren't even saved.
John 14:6 Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except by me."
Sometimes the Gospel is not presented clearly enough for the non-elect to reject it.

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Re: Testimonies
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2007, 09:40:09 PM »
BTW, I'll keep you in prayer...... (big hugs!)

Been there, done that, burned the t-shirt....
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« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2007, 09:42:43 PM »
Oh Jimmy, I feel for you. I  know your pain for sure.  It is a sad day when it has come to this, but I am afraid that Tom made some accurate assessments in his comments.

I am praying for you brother.

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Re: Testimonies
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2007, 08:33:11 AM »
I don't understand the purpose or motive in limiting a testimony to only the good events.  Why limit it?
"So then, stand firm and hold to the traditions :o which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter" (2 Thessalonians 2:15).

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Re: Testimonies
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2007, 09:21:03 AM »
Quote from: me again;38960
I don't understand the purpose or motive in limiting a testimony to only the good events.  Why limit it?



I heard a person of the ilk of the ones Jimmy is dealing with once say the following.

"I hate it when they get up and say all the terrible things they used to do that God saved them from, it makes me feel like I never did anything to need saved."

I know the animal he is dealing with, on the surface it appears they are the minority, but they aren't I truly believe theyare the majority. The reason this appears to be the case is that the majority of people who are "social christians" don't speak openly and are extremely passive aggressive. It is all about appearances to them and their main goal in life is for people to think they are nice. These people secretly gossip and plot with the vocal goats on the phone and you don't really know where they stand until you get the knife in the back.
John 14:6 Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except by me."
Sometimes the Gospel is not presented clearly enough for the non-elect to reject it.

 

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