by Hope Wingo
This afternoon I found myself in a mild state of mourning. A different kind of grief; a loss that I’m sure most of my readers will understand.
I’ve been planning my first Tract Ministry trip to Jacksonville. Knowing from experience that people may ask me to recommend a local church to them, I’ve been searching through many of the city’s church websites.
This is not an easy task.
Yesterday, I found a church that I thought was perfect, and I was absolutely delighted that I had actually found one. I made plans to attend one of their midweek services during my visit. I listened to several of the pastor’s sermons. My overall impression was that it was a mid-size church that taught sound doctrine. It didn’t strike me as Seeker-Friendly, NAR, or Mega-Church oriented, although one sermon did raise a red flag when the word “Emergent” was mentioned. Although that seemed odd to me, it didn’t stand out enough for me to go back and listen to the sermon again.
After listening to a few more sermons, I emailed the pastor and told him that I was looking for a church that I could recommend to others. In order to make sure that we were like-minded, I asked him to read my tract and to let me know if he disagreed with anything that it said. As of this writing, I haven’t received a response.
In the meantime, I kept searching the church’s website for anything that I could find that would possibly go against biblical doctrine. I was looking for any connection to the Emergent, Unity, NAR, etc. Eventually, I clicked on a PDF called Connections, then scrolled down to their Women’s Ministry. I was greeted with an announcement of a Beth Moore Simulcast. I also found an announcement of an upcoming ladies’ study based on Beth Moore teachings that was being held by a woman who shared the pastor’s last name.
So, today I mourn… I ask that my readers join me in prayer about this. This is really important to me, in that my greatest fear is to give someone a hunger for Jesus, then send them to a church that will fill their minds with false doctrine and apostate teaching. Please pray that the Lord will lead me in this search.
Oh, … and pastor, if you should come across this post, please disregard my email to you. I don’t need your approval after all.