As flawed as my current church is, I am grateful that I get to experience a growing freedom in my understanding of God and in my relationship with the God of the universe. My church doesn't tell me where to live or who to live with or who to marry. If you've been hurt by Berkland or Gracepoint, I pray for a growing tenderness and a complete spiritual and emotional healing.
I am encouraged to love God and love others as myself without feeling like I have to be tired all the time to prove how much I love them. Jesus never forced anyone to do anything they didn't want to do.
They are participating in activities they most likely participated in before they became Christian, when it probably did have significance to them before even if it doesn’t have significance for them any more.Examples of modern-day Christians partaking in “the table of the Lord and the table of demons” is to claim to be Christian and to have Christ as Lord in our lives, but to pursue money or career or pleasure in the same way that the world does–to look to money or career for significance, to look to pleasure as the main goal in life.Given that these temple banquet facilities were the main venues for socially important banquets and meetings, the Corinthian Christians might have justified their involvement in idol feasts held in the banquet halls of idol temples saying that they had to participate in these feasts to keep up socially or economically, for business purposes or for keeping up relationships with people.They also might have justified it by saying they didn’t believe in idols, and they weren’t sacrificing to idols, so it didn’t have any significance for them if the meat was sacrificed to idols and they can just ignore what their hosts or the other guests thought about the meat and the idols.This article for Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary Alumni published in the Fall of 2009 identifies all 15 as Berkland churches but according to this blog, the split was effective as of January 1, 2006.
Some churches decided to stay affiliated with each other but many went their own way. And the organization's tentacles are spreading like wildfire to college towns all over the United States.
In chapter 8, he was talking about the general issue of food offered to idols and spells out in 1 Corinthians 8:8 “Food will not commend us to God.
We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do.” But in chapter 10, Apostle Paul is addressing the social setting of feasts at the temples of idols and the significance of the meat eaten at these feasts since they were part of the sacrifices to the idols.
Another way modern-day Christians partake in “the table of the Lord and the table of demons” is by living in their old lifestyle with their old values, habits, entertainment, views towards money and relationships and purity, etc.
They say they are different and have a different Lord now, but they live the same way, their values are the same and they don’t have a problem with that.
According to the letter, there were pastors' meetings at Boston, Daegu (Korea) and Irvine.