Holiness Baptists?

For the past several weeks my wife and I have been regularly attending an Independent Baptist church. It’s a new church to us. People are friendly, and the atmosphere is welcoming. They’re old fashioned and sing all the old hymns. We’ve enjoyed the preaching. The Bible teaching is sound.

Last weekend my wife’s cousin came to visit us. He’s the one who’s wife died in November of 2013 at age 52 from a horrible case of cancer. He came down to visit her parents who are now in a rest home. Sunday morning, in deference to him, we went to the church where he and his wife attended.

That church is a Church of God Holiness church. They sing all the old hymns. No contemporary music. They’re a friendly group. The preaching wasn’t bad, but not as good as I’ve heard it the two or three other times we’ve been there over the years.

It occurred to me during the service that there are plenty of people in the pews at both the holiness church and the Baptist church who could be transplanted into either church, and they wouldn’t know the difference. So many in the pews of these churches don’t know enough Bible truth to discern between the two churches.

While there are a few outward differences in how the two churches conduct their services, both are a throw back to an earlier time. That in itself has a certain appeal for many.

Maybe I’m underestimating the respective congregants, but I think not. Maybe I’m being too critical, but it’s frustrating and disturbing to me that so few Christians have the wisdom and discernment to be where truth is taught and avoid error. It makes a big diference in how we live our daily lives.

But then another thought came to me. I imagined Jesus looking out over a large crowd. What must He have thought?

Matthew 9:36–But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.

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