Ex Church Of Christ Minister
I was a full-time preacher in the CoC for over 20 years. My own sinfulness drove me out of the church as well as the unforgiving spirits of those in the church. But praise Jesus' name; He gave me time to repent not only of my lifestyle but my faulty doctrines, and legalism as well. As crazy as it seems, I just recently finished a 3 year term as an Elder at a large Calvary Chapel in Southern California and the Lord has totally reshaped and changed my life. You can see more of my story on my blog at www.askpastordon.com . It is truly amazing how God has transformed my life and blessed it so much more. I now cry during worship, am moved by the Holy Spirit, etc. However, I still have a great love for my previous CoC brethren and pray for them constantly. There are a lot of good folks in that fellowship. One wonderful thing they did teach me, was to search out "chapter and verse" regarding my beliefs. That principle has carried me a long way! However, their way of interpreting these truths has at times, gone by the wayside. I am so turned off by legalism now. I guess, once you've lived legalism, preached it for years, and then change; at that point you want nothing more to do with it!
I discovered that you CAN have freedom and peace in Christ! You CAN enjoy the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in your life! My experience as a preacher in the Church of Christ gives me some wonderful insight in discussing with others who are still trapped in legalism, the truth of the Gospel. Pray for me as I pray for you!