Dear Lighthouse Trails:
I just wanted to thank you so very much for taking a stand for biblical truth and having the courage to expose the errors regarding Calvinism and Reformed Theology knowing full well that some would no longer support, follow, or recommend your ministry.
I had to leave my previous church of five years because the pastor started allowing books . . . [by Calvinists] to be used in the women’s Bible study groups. I talked with my pastor and explained my concerns regarding Calvinism and Reformed Theology. We e-mailed back and forth quite a few times, but since he was not willing to take a stand for biblical truth, I told him that as much as I had appreciated his preaching up to that point, I could no longer stay because of how he doesn’t see the serious concerns that a Christian should have regarding these teachings. In our conversations, he also told me that the worship leader is a Calvinist and that many who attend the church were also Calvinists. He had also told me that the church he grew up in split because of Calvinism, so I think he is afraid to take a stand knowing that the same thing will happen at the church he pastors. That is why I appreciate your decision at Lighthouse Trails to boldly, but lovingly, speak the truth on these divisive and destructive teachings that distort God’s Word, and His character as well.
Standing for biblical truth certainly can be hard and often painful, especially when leaving a church and not finding a biblically solid church to attend. After leaving my previous church and searching for the past two years, all I see are either Reformed/Calvinistic churches in their theological position, churches that have adopted the “Purpose Driven” model, or ones that promote Contemplative Spirituality in their Spiritual Formation classes and present Beth Moore and Priscilla Shirer “Bible Studies.” I am content in staying home and reading my Bible on a consistent basis and listening to online sermons from pastors who truly do earnestly contend for the faith because I am tired of attending churches and connecting with people only to find the pastor compromising with biblical truth as time goes on; then when the time comes when the Lord shows you that you have to leave, you find out that hardly anyone wants anything to do with you any more. One of my friends left the church with me, and I have connected with some discerning Christians on Facebook, so I am thankful to still have a Christian friend to fellowship with and also thankful for how God makes a way for those who stand for biblical truth to connect with one another via the Internet.
In the midst of our momentary discouragement, we grow to appreciate God’s Word so much more and find that His grace is always sufficient, and His peace truly surpasses all human understanding when we pray and not worry and trust that He will — and does — use all things for our good and for His glory.
Truly praying that the Lord will continue to give all of you at Lighthouse Trails His wisdom, discernment, grace and determination to stand for biblical truth and to expose error with His boldness guided by His love and grace.
God Bless You,