I just wanted to share an expierence my family and I are going through related to church that is very heavy on my heart and has isolated us from family and friends.
Both my wife and I grew up in very proud Independant Fundamental Baptist Churches. My pasot growing up was very proud of his personal convictions mainly that all music with drums and guitars are bad, females shuold only wear skirts and you shouldn't hang out with other "christians" which allow such. Our youth group never associated with other youth groups becasue of this. Internally this led me to thinking that heaven would be made up of Baptists only and all other denominations were in trouble.
This year God has brought us to a point in our lives where we had to reavaluate this. We started attending a new church plant in the area that is not assoaciated with a denomination but is focused on Gods grace and truth and following the example that Jesus set for us. Subterra Church in Binghamton NY. My family is deeply upset and akward that we are not attending a baptist church anymore and most of our old friends have shied away too. We were already isolated by distance from famly and now there is this invisible yet blocking wall there also.
Its heavy, it hurts but we still have Jesus. There some more things that I would like to discuss here later but will save for a later date.