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Any denominational recommendations for me?

Right now, I’m having a spiritual crisis. I can’t seem to find a Christian denomination that I “connect” with. I was baptized Catholic, but grew up outside of that Church, and I have trouble with biblical passages I find conflicting with the pope, confessions, and praying for intercession. I am conservative on the roles of women/men, etc, believe in infant baptism, etc. I’m lost…

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  1. I am a non demoninational. I go to a church that believes in Jesus Christ as there savior and worships him by claping singing ect. We believe the bible and the bible only it is our firm point we do not pray to mary where in the bible does it say we should pray to mary? Trust in God!

  2. I’d choose a church that literally preaches the bible. A fundemental one like Grace Brethren, Nazarene, Baptist.

  3. Try visiting a progressive Seventh Day Adventist Church. The services are on God’s original Sabbath; which, by the way, was kept and observed by God, Adam & Eve when there were no Jewish or any other denominations. Happy Sabbath.

  4. This is a problem many, many Christians face. Most people would suggest to follow whatever denomination YOU personally agree with. The truth is, I found out, is to follow what Jesus Himself recommended. Jesus appointed His twelve apostles to start His Church. The twelve apostles handed down what they taught not only by writing (the New Testament) but by word of mouth. (2 Thessalonians 2:15)The reason why you say that you cannot find some of what the Catholic Church teaches is because you haven’t done your homework. The rich history of the Catholic Church and all of it’s teachings can be backed up with Sacred Scripture in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Most proclaimed Catholics cannot even explain to some one why they believe what they believe or why they do what they do. It takes a lot of prayer and study but the truth is there. This decision of yours will shape your future and ultimately guide your way of life. Please choose wisely. If you have any other specific questions concerning the Catholic Faith (or any other denominations) please don’t hesitate to e-mail me and ask.

  5. I am also a former Roman Catholic who has found a home in the Episcopal Church. The service will remind you of the Catholic Mass, but the Episcopal Church is not legalistic as the Roman. Depending on how conservative you are, There are “conservative” parishes to “liberal” parishes. Women and men can serve as priests, and most of the parishes I have gone to the people are welcoming. To get a feel of what the Episcopal Church believes, go to the local parish, attend the Sunday Service, talk to the priest and look over the Book of Common Prayer (BCP). Questions, comments or concerns don’t hesitate to email me. I will keep you in my prayers. Peace!

  6. of its the confession you’re having problem with, i wouldn’t blame you. i don’t think its right to go to a person you barely know and tell him all the sins you have committed. you should just confess to your lord. nobody else needs to know the sins that you committed. that’s what we do in Islam.
    you cant “connect” with Jesus, if that is what you are talking about, because he is dead. he isn’t god or the son of god to worship in the first place.
    plus i wouldn’t blame you if you have trouble with the bible, because in one place it says Jesus is god, in the other place, it says he is the son of god, and then it says he says, “why has thou forsaken me”.

  7. The Bible does not authorize denominations of any kind. It only authorizes autonomous local churches with no heirarchy.

  8. All you need is Jesus! If you said that Jesus is your Lord,and you confessed that your a sinner than it dosent matter what church you go to!
    Try going into a few churches, and when you feel like you connect with one, you’ll know its right.
    I was baprised in a Catholic Church, raised in a Catholic school,hated it, turned Pagan in high school.
    Then accepted The Lord Jesus Christ the year in a Baptist Church, which is way different that a catholic Church. I felt much more connected to Jesus than I ever had before.
    You have to think about why you beleive in the things you beleive in. Many of the ‘catholic’ things I ‘beleived’ in were because of tradition, not because I actuially beleived in. I dident actuially beleive in infact baptism, I just thought I did. Look in your Bible, and find out why you beleive in the things you do, is it because someone told you to beleive in those things, or because the Bible tells you to.
    Check out this chart below, it tells some of the the differences between denominations. It may help you ouy.
    But above all, PRAY to God for help! He will guide you to where you should be. You’ll know when you get there.

  9. I applaud your decision to examine what will be for you a very important life decision! Most of us, if we stopped to think about it, would agree that religion is something that is too important to be left to chance. In your search, you may want to consider finding and associating with those who conform to God’s standards of Truth and Love.
    The Apostle John said, “True worshipers will worship the Father with spirit and truth, for, indeed, . . . those worshiping him must worship with spirit and truth.”–John 4:23, 24. So you should ask yourself, ‘Am I worshiping God in the way that he approves?’ How can we know if we are? It is not any man, but God, who is the judge of what is true worship. So if our worship is to be acceptable to God, it must be firmly rooted in God’s Word of truth, the Bible. Yes, we can be doing things that we think are good–and for which other humans may thank us and even praise us–but if we fail to do what God says is right we will be regarded by Jesus Christ as “workers of lawlessness.” (Matthew 7:22, 23)
    But is truth really so hard to recognize? Perhaps you have heard someone use the expression that some statement or belief has the “ring of truth.” Just what does that mean? Well, it means that something sounds right. Truth is “conformity with the facts.” And when you hear of some new thought that you know to be in harmony with other ideas based on facts, you at once want to say, “That’s right.” It sounds reasonable. You have no difficulty in accepting it.
    When we yield ourselves to the influence of God’s wisdom as set forth in his Word and the guidance of his spirit, we will find that our spirit or dominant feeling will compel us to conform ever closer to God’s standard of holiness or purity. We will be moved to want to imitate His fine qualities–His love, justice, wisdom, mercy and loyalty. The good and wholesome effect of the training and discipline received through personal and congregational study of the Bible will be manifest to observers in our attitude, speech and actions.
    If you are seeking Bible truth, you may want to contact one of Jehovah’s Christian Witnesses for an in-depth study of the Bible before your make your decision.
    “Happy are those conscious of their spiritual need.”–Matthew 5:3. I wish you the best in your search for God. http://www.watchtower.com/

  10. First, get into a relationship with God (Jesus), study His word. There are study aids at most christian bookstores. I recommend Strong’s, Vines, Young’s, Hebrew and Greek concordances and dictionaries, to help you understand difficult passages. I don’t recommend books written by pastors,theologists, and the like. None of them will agree with each other. That’s why we have so many denominations. Just study the original Hebrew, Greek words that the Bible was written in. Gods Word. You don’t have to read or speak those languages to learn. The study aids will translate those words for you…… John17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: Thy word is truth…… 2Ti. 2:15 Study to show thyself approved unto God, A workman that need not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth…..A visible church is not the only place to find God. Hes in your home, your garden, Hes all around. First, make a spiritual connection with your Maker/ Savior, and trust that He will guide you in making the right choice of denominational worship……God Bless

  11. Shop around. Find the church that meets your needs.
    Don’t give up on Catholicism. Go to an RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) inquiry session and ask your questions. There is no obligation.
    With love and prayers in Christ.

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