Today we spent the day praying for Johnny, Norm, and James. It was a challenge, as I was really trying to pray for their well-being, and not that they would change. At the end of the day, I felt comfortable with that, because I don’t change anyone – only God does.
My biggest concern is that JR and his “friends” have earnest folks who come and listen to them each week at the churches where they teach. The mental picture I get is people willingly walking into a detention center. Free bonds! Free bonds! Get ’em while they last!
If they want to worship sans musical instruments, that’s their call. If they want to take the Lord’s Supper weekly, they should do so with joy.
But, what gets me is where they take the people the Lord has given them to shepherd (at least from what we can see from the outside) and teaching them that to love their neighbor is to attack their neighbor (i.e., their “ambush videos”); teaching them a doctrine that seems to say that God is this big ticked off God who is wandering the hills and valleys looking for reasons to annihilate us (if you don’t do this, if you don’t do that, you are lost or apostate); etc.
May they (and we) truly understand what Jesus meant when he said, “Ye shall know the TRUTH and the TRUTH shall make you FREE” – John 8:3
How did everyone else’s times of prayer go?