Well, I had lunch with pastor Clay last Friday to specifically ask him if Living To Go, a charismatic/evangelical interdenominational fellowship in Goodlettsville TN, was “interdenominational” enough for me to be a member though I believed that Jesus did not fail to save anyone. I went to the lunch with hope but no expectation that I would be accepted. And to my great surprise, he said that my family and I would be more than welcome to fully participate and the I could even openly share my faith in Jesus to save all, sharing in humility with respect to others who believe differently.
He said that personally he did not ascribe to universalism, he did not believe that me believing such should keep us from working together to love God and love people. He said that he believed “the church should be like Jesus who allowed people to belong long before they believed!” I told him that I am not one to come into the fellowship and start pushing others to believe as I do, but that if the subject comes up that I would not hesitate to share what I believe and why I believe it, and I recognize that this could certainly cause problems. He said that if such problems came up, we’d deal with them but that I was welcome to share openly what I believe. He also recognized that such problems usually would come up because whenever people’s core beliefs are challenged, many people respond in fear negatively, but that doesn’t mean that the subject should not be discussed.
To say the least, I was blown away! I think I’ve found a fellowship where “loving God and loving people is enough!” HALLELUJAH! And if memory serves me correctly, our first visit one Sunday morning several months ago was preceeded by my family and I over breakfast discussing where to visit that day and my son, Daniel, 7 years old, said, very seriously, “Dad, you know, I want to go somewhere where loving God and loving people is enough!” Well, I think now that we’ve found such a fellowship!
I’ve been so hurt at other fellowships so much and for so long that I’m still looking for the shoe to drop and my hopes to be dashed, almost afraid to embrace hope again, but maybe, just maybe, my prayers for my family and I have been answered and we’ve found a people that is passionate about their love for God, faith in Jesus, and love for people! We’ll see, but I had to go ahead and share! PTL!!!