Recently a letter dropped through our door, hand-delivered. It was a reused envelope and wrongly addressed although plainly meant for us.
Inside there were 4 sides of typewritten A4 sheets of paper. There was no ‘Dear’ anyone. Instead, it began, continued and ended with a polemic against ALL Christian denominations and churches.
It came from a small ‘apostolic’ church a couple of streets away. It began by telling us that we are all wrong, and they are the only true church. The reason? Because they are one, and we are many, and therefore we are wrong. Jesus only instituted one church, and they are it.
The letter went on, in a fascinatingly garbled way, to pick out the doctrine of the Trinity as being of the devil. All churches that believe it are clearly on their way to hell. This is the vast majority of churches …
There was so much wrong with the thinking in this letter that neither of us knew where to begin … but one thing was clear – that no amount of arguing with the writers would get us anywhere. Rational discussion is not their strong point.
Apart from the dubious contents, the attitudes behind the distribution of this letter are astonishing. What do they think they will achieve, by slagging off other churches – neighbours – in this way? Do they really live in such a dream world that they think we will all believe what they say?
Apart from anything else, it goes against Jesus’ prayer that all who believe in him would be ‘one’. There are many people all over the world working towards this, but obviously, not everyone thinks it’s necessary, because the rest of us are doomed…
It may be another case of ‘Shh – creep past this room’ in heaven – why? – because the people inside think they are the only ones there 😉
After some discussion we decided what we would do. Sometimes on a Tuesday we take a street and walk along it, praying silently for it. We have a little leaflet we shove through doors, just saying to people that we’re praying for them that week, and giving them contact details in case they have anything they would like us to pray for specifically.
Yup, you’ve guessed it. We’re going to take our leaflets along the street where this church is. And we might even pop a leaflet through their door – if we can get through the locked and barred gate.