Sunday, February 18, 2007

Pastor Jim's Answers

Well, we talked to Pastor Jim & Carolyn this afternoon. Some were good, but some we had concerns about.
1. The main thing was that his wife & daughters wear blue jeans, and they feel it's modest. Carolyn. has worn dress slacks to church when they were in Billings. We're concerned that eventually, all the other women will be wearing pants to church. What they do in their personal life is their conviction, and we don't have a problem with it, but we're not sure how we'd feel about going to a church where there's a possibility that in the future all the other women will wear slacks.
2. Pastor Jim says he believes that a Christian can be controlled by a demon. Not possessed, so a demon isn't living inside them, but controlled. In other words, a demon is controlling your thoughts, for example if someone was addicted to drugs or alcohol, Pastor Jim says that's caused by a demon. Dad believes that that's the flesh, not a demon.
3.Pastor Jim said that God doesn't want everyone to go to heaven, not that some will be saved and some won't, but that God doesn't desire for everyone to go to heaven. He thinks the verses that say He does don't apply to that subject, but to another one(he didn't say which one it was.). Dad, Mom, and I don't agree with that. We think God wants everyone to go to heaven, but that only those elected by God will.
Those are pretty much the only ones we had a problem with, but we're going to talk to him again on Thursday night. We're afraid that what may be little problems now could turn into bigger problems later on.