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Today is the day

Today I’m writing a letting to the preacher of my church. I will be telling him that I’m leaving and withdrawing my membership.

It’s a good church with a sweet spirit but my heart doesn’t agree with some pretty big things that are important to my faith and my walk with God.

The first is their unwavering practice of 1 Timothy 11-15.
[quote] “Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.”
‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭2:11-15‬ ‭ESV‬‬[/quote]

My soul does not allow me to adhere to this. First, I look at the young girls in the congregation listening to the sermon. What is just one of those girls has been touch by God with the desire to minister through preaching the Word? And what if God has place that in her heart according to His plan? She is being told that what the Holy Spirit is telling her is wrong. They forget that there are other scriptures that speak of Mary Magdeline, Euodia and Syntyche, Anna, the woman at the well...and may more. This is an issue for me.

Also, yes, Eve tempted Adam. But wasn’t Adam designed to be the strong-willed of the two? Through the the Bible, women are diminished because Adam was weak.

And the final sentence implies that if a woman doesn’t bear children she will not receive salvation. Well...guess that leaves me out of heaven since my uterus tried to kill me and never worked.

The other big practice that weighs on my heart is that they turn their back and remove the membership of anyone who reveals they are LGBTQ. We can all debate this issue until we are blue in the face but this is my post and my heat speaking.

A person hiding who they are out of fear is debilitating to them...to add that they are a Christian is life threatening. I knew a young man who grew up in a church I attended. When he decided to come out not only did his family condemn him but his church turned their back on him and said that would pray that God showed him the abomination of his decision and brought him back to his faith. He was rejected by everyone he knew...even believing God rejected him. He killed himself within a year of coming out. He never struggled with is faith...he struggled with the truth of who he was and sought love during the midst of his fear. Just love...not acceptance. God does not make mistakes.

So anyway. Those are my two biggies as to why I’m leaving. It isn’t because my feelings got hurt or I don’t like the music or they don’t bring my favorite dessert to church suppers. It’s because I don’t believe in a God who silences sexes or gender identifications. He sees souls. He watches what we do outside of building we spend an hour in each Sunday.

That’s about it. Some of my thought on why I’m doing what I’m doing today. And the fact is...I have a complete peace about it so I know it’s the right thing to do.
So this isn't a matter of you interpreting 1Tim2:15 differently, it's a matter of that verse being out-of-sync w/21c Western values
[@17829,TryingtoLava] it's not about what I think she should or shouldn't have done. There are 2 ways of approaching such a problem: the Bible is wrong or a certain interpretation of the Bible is wrong.
Pinkstarburst · 51-55, F
[@17829,TryingtoLava] It’s just religion in general. People don’t agree and never will. That’s why it’s such a heated subject. I try not to argue it. I know my faith and my heart so I’m good. What other people want to believe is their thing unless they are pushing hate on others.
Pinkstarburst · 51-55, F
[@22111,ImperialAerosolKidFromEP] There a many, many translations of the Bible. I think that’s where the root of all problems have occurred. I read and study scriptures then pray and meditate on those that trouble my heart. Sometimes I find answers I’m searching for and sometimes I don’t...either way, when I have a peace about it I know I have my answer.
jim44444 · 70-79, M
I admire your strength.

[i]The first peace, which is the most important,
is that which comes within the souls of people
when they realize their relationship,
their oneness with the universe and all its powers,
and when they realize that at the center of the universe
dwells the Great Spirit,
and that this center is really everywhere,
it is within each of us.[/i]

[b]Black Elk[/b]
Pinkstarburst · 51-55, F
[@8129,jim44444] This is lovely. Thank you.
LunarOrbit · 56-60, M
While I’m not a strong believer, I believe the main purpose of religion is to help you be a better person, so that you can help others be a better person. And that, would make the world a better place.


Do what you need to do to be a better person. Simple. No god would turn their back on you for that.
JustNik · 46-50, F
I am so glad you’ve found peace with your decision! I know this has bothered you for some time. 🤗❤️❤️
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I'm glad you've found the strength ❤
Littlewing77 · 46-50, F
I think it is amazing that you have searched your spirit and soul and listened to your God and strengthened your relationship with God. All the best on your continued spiritual journey ❤️
Pinkstarburst · 51-55, F
[@1194623,Littlewing77] Thanks.
Quimliqer · 61-69, M
He speaks to you!!
Pinkstarburst · 51-55, F
[@397227,Quimliqer] Sometimes.
Quimliqer · 61-69, M
[@6912,Pinkstarburst] Follow your heart!!
I agree :) thats the right choice!
Pinkstarburst · 51-55, F
[@17829,TryingtoLava] 🤗

 
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