Jeff, I am aware that I wear you down with counter thoughts to reformation theology. I appreciate your responses because they help me to clarify my own. The only way that I can understand the value of Protestant churches would be in the context of reincarnation. Reformation theology can be a good introduction to Christ's teachings, but they fail to advance the disciple overall. This is shown in the current "fruit" of these denominations and churches where the intellect of man is reforming God in their own image of sensuality "love is love" and greed "prosperity gospel".

Certainly all organizations are "fallen" because they are of the world and not of the Spirit, plus they are created and administered by sinners. I wonder if you think that Jehovah Witnesses are a true church. I see their missionaries nearly every day that I go for a walk. Two-by-two they sit on different street corners offering a "Bible Class" to all. JWs edited many sections of the standard Bible, even as Western Protestants discarded the books of the Apocrypha. Thoughts?

Whenever someone praises Billy Graham, Luke 6:26 comes to my mind, "Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets." But if he inspired you to seek deeply and develop an inner relationship with God that would be a fine exception to the rule of what I have witnessed. Thank you for the continued dialogue as you feel you are able.

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Ed Sharrow

Author, philosopher, Christian meditation instructor. Secular thoughts on edsharrow.substack.com weekdays.