I have found a good church ... meets in a home ... probably 30 people ... very good, solid, biblical teaching.
Yet, darby-like dispensationalim plus strong pretrib.
So far, I'm accepted as a brother in the Lord.
But, my wife and I are going to dinner with the pastor and his wife on Thursday.
Frankly, I'm conflicted.
Do I hide my beliefs and be a closet non-pretribber and be accepted (kind of what my wife wants me to do)?
Or, do I let the cat out of the bag and inform them that I don't believe pretrib (what my heart tells me I need to do)?
I'm leaning towards openness and honesty, no matter the cost.
I don't think eschatological views should separate us. But, I find that those in the pretrib camp view anyone not pretrib as almost a heretic ... at the least, they see non-pretribbers as those who cannot rightly divide the word, and relegate them to second-class status ... not quite mature enough to see the 'truth' as they see it.
If they're going to reject me because of my eschatology, then it's better to know now than six months from now. It's not something that can stay hidden.
I'm becoming awfully discouraged, (and a little perturbed).
2 Timothy 2:24a..And the servant of the Lord must not strive ...The meaning is, that the servant of Christ should be a man of peace. He should not indulge in the feelings which commonly give rise to contention, and which commonly characterize it. He should not struggle for mere victory, even when endeavoring to maintain truth; but should do this, in all cases, with a kind spirit, and a mild temper; with entire candor; with nothing designed to provoke and irritate an adversary; and so that, whatever may be the result of the discussion, "the bond of peace" may, if possible, be preserved..