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Old 06-08-2008, 12:07 PM
 
Location: NW Arkansas
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[quote=freedom;3991970][quote=Marianinark;3990999]I hope I am not chastized for getting off topic, but since you brought this up....I do not know what you mean by your last sentence. Since churches are the people, and they are to pray when in their assemblies, what do you mean?
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The OP's comment came across like Church was where we pray, in a way that sounded like they couldn't pray anywhere but church.

THat is not what Jesus taught, in fact He taught to go within and ask in secret, seek in secret, find in secret, and then the reward (blessing) would be openly.


godspeed,

freedom
It looks like we need a thread on praying. One scripture does not cancel out all the others on praying. There are examples of praying being done in all types of circumstances, including in the assembling of the saints.
As for the OP. if praying in 'Church' means going into the place the members meet, just for the purpose of praying ( as you often see in movies) there is no authority for that.The building is not a scanctuary. It is only a convenient place to meet and worship God ( which includes praying).

Christians can pray anywhere they are, as long as they are not making a show of it. In fact, we should always have an attitude of prayer.
" Pray without ceasing."

Again, my appologies for being off-topic. The OP was about leaving your church or synagogue.
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Old 06-08-2008, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Socialist Republik of Amerika
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I hope I am not chastized for getting off topic, but since you brought this up....I do not know what you mean by your last sentence. Since churches are the people, and they are to pray when in their assemblies, what do you mean?

It looks like we need a thread on praying. One scripture does not cancel out all the others on praying. There are examples of praying being done in all types of circumstances, including in the assembling of the saints.
As for the OP. if praying in 'Church' means going into the place the members meet, just for the purpose of praying ( as you often see in movies) there is no authority for that.The building is not a scanctuary. It is only a convenient place to meet and worship God ( which includes praying).

Christians can pray anywhere they are, as long as they are not making a show of it. In fact, we should always have an attitude of prayer.
" Pray without ceasing."

Again, my appologies for being off-topic. The OP was about leaving your church or synagogue.
No problem with praying in church, didn't mean to sound like that to you.
It is just not the only place, as clearly we are to pray without ceasing.

godspeed,

freedom
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Old 06-08-2008, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Western Cary, NC
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One Wednesday evening as I sat there expecting a prayer meeting and instead got a hate filled dialogue on the muslims, gays, etc, I looked around and saw that the front door was the best way to leave, so I did..
You made the right decision. We should take the same action when we encounter bigots in general. Too much hate is condoned by trying to just ignore it. I think the front door was a good choice, and I would have made lots of noise just to make sure they knew I was in disagreement with ranting.
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Old 06-09-2008, 12:08 PM
 
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Does anyone have any advice how to leave your church or synagogue?
Tell them you're gay... you'll be shown the door so fast, it'll make your head spin.

And no worries of them ever trying to get you to come back
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Old 06-11-2008, 04:04 AM
 
Location: central Kentucky
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Default highliner

I personally favor running up and down the main aisle screaming and waving lit sparklers and.....oh, never mind.
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Old 06-11-2008, 04:14 AM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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If you are a legal member of the congregation...signed the membership book and taken into membership, you need to resign, for business meetings they need to have a quorum of members.....and your non participation will impede them doing their business. I had "pledged" a specific annual amount of donation....when I moved I felt an obligation to "pay my pledge in full" as the annual budget of the church had been based on the pledges and sources of income.

My relationship to my pastor was different from my relationship to the congregation. I needed to process that leave taking with her.....significant relationships are hard to let go of.
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Old 06-11-2008, 10:18 AM
 
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Walk out the door. Enter another door. You are obligated to no one, if you feel as though you need to tell someone, tell them. If you don't, don't. If they ask, you can answer, or not.

Go into your closet and pray in secret. Churches are not for praying to God.

godspeed,

freedom

Good points. I agree. I was always told by temples to leave quietly, but I never did because I was upset with people when I left, mainly the swamis. I think it would be the same for you, just leave. Be true to yourself; never stay where you wish not to be.
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Old 06-11-2008, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Just a few miles outside of St. Louis
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I personally favor running up and down the main aisle screaming and waving lit sparklers and.....oh, never mind.
Doggone it, I wish I had thought of doing that!
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