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    103-year-old Georgia woman banned from her church

    For nearly a century, 103-year-old Genora Hamm Biggs has attended the Union Grove Baptist Church in Georgia -- even working as the church's secretary for some 40 years.

    But Biggs -- a parishioner since she was 11 years old -- was banned last month from attending after she disagreed with the church's pastor over his preaching style... "At one point, he had a crew in here and they were hollering and falling out in the middle of the floor," Biggs [said] "We don't do that in the Baptist Church."

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    A 103-year-old woman (wonderfully fit for her age) has been formally banned from the Church she has been a member of for 92 years. The pastor of six years has apparently taken the Baptist church in a Pentecostal direction. Even though her impressive age and long-time membership should earn her some deference, that deference shouldn't shouldn't endlessly protect her against being banned for persistent disruption. But...

    The real outrage isn't that they banned this woman, it's that the church itself is at fault for needing to ban her. One of the many sins of the Pentecostal movement is hijacking non-Pentecostal churches. So many churches have split, or good people driven out of their home churches, over the introduction of Pentecostalism to various churches. People with false doctrines, like the SSM advocates in the PC(USA) Church, don't seem to have any compunction against hijacking other people's churches. But, let's ignore that Pentecostalism is a false doctrine, I think it's wrong for you to force a change on someone, even if you're right. You shouldn't join a church, and you really shouldn't try to lead a church, if you have a significant doctrinal disagreement with a given church.

    I wouldn't join a Baptist church and then insist they use wine for Communion just because wine was used in the Bible. I wouldn't join a Catholic Church and insist that they say is the body of Christ in Communion is bread just because the Bible calls it bread.
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      Originally posted by Cornelius View Post
      One of the many sins of the Pentecostal movement is hijacking non-Pentecostal churches. So many churches have split, or good people driven out of their home churches, over the introduction of Pentecostalism to various churches. People with false doctrines, like the SSM advocates in the PC(USA) Church, don't seem to have any compunction against hijacking other people's churches.
      Yup, you can add Calvary Chapel to your list that follows in the same direction. It falls somewhere in the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements. Besides being Arminian, my pastor there began complementing the Catholics for their relics by calling them Holy. One of the early symptoms of regressing or falling away is to rid of historical creeds and confessions. With a 103 year old member she's actually a living creed and confession. Naturally the pastor of six years cannot recognize this dear piece of historical perspective or the need to Reform. Too many popes amongst the Protestant congregations. Do not challenge them or you're ousted by unorthodoxy.

      God bless,
      William
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