Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10 KJV
Yet they continue to try to induce fear in the members by saying things like:
Don’t you love God? when you disagree on a topic or are hesitant to accept a position.
You need a burden for this! when you really don’t have one and don’t want to do what they ask.
If you don’t give a Bible study you will go to Hell!! when you have not given a Bible study yet. Then when you finally do, there is such a feeling of relief.
If you leave this church you will be walking away from God and he will chastise you beyond belief.
And then all the other things that are rules for salvation (but they won’t admit to it) like:
You must be baptized by a certain formula or you are not saved, you must tithe to be blessed or God will get that money out of you one way or another and it won’t be fun either!, Ladies, if you even pull out a tangle from your hair it is considered cutting just as much as if you went and had it all cut off!, and so on through all the dress standards.
After awhile you are scared not to come to church. Scared not to tithe even if it brings financial hardship to you. Scared to wear a dress or skirt too short so you wear them to your ankles just to be safe. Scared to pull out a knot of hair and spend time picking it out lest the wrath of God come upon you. Scared to show your elbows so you wear sleeves down to the wrist even in hot, humid summers – and everyone is saying “Oh you will get used to it”. Scared to say no to a request to teach Sunday school or something else in case that means you are being disobedient to the pastor or his wife.
The list is endless. Yet so many who have been in these churches nearly all their lives are just as adamant about the rules as the leadership is. So why do you want to question what must be right, especially when they keep saying “We are the only church that has All The Truth.”
There is hope. Read Isaiah 41:10 – FEAR THOU NOT!