Luke2427 contributed the following in response to a recent topic I posted. Thank you Luke! The fundamentalists you speak of are not much different than popes concerning the authority of the Scriptures. Their fundamental preachers speak ex cathedra and their heroes like Jack Hyles, etc... are not much different than The Holy Roman Emperor of old, in my experience. My wife and I came to the Lord back in 1972. I'm now 65. My employment caused us to move quite frequently so we've attended many, many churches. Over the years I have sat under way too many preachers who spoke about the happiness and joy that comes automatically, simply because as a Christian/Believer..., why, that's just the way it is. All should experience that peace and happiness and joy. Truth be known, I never felt that way. Well, there were times when I felt the closeness of the Lord and with hindsight could see how He worked in my life..., but that peace and happiness and joy just didn't seem to be there. I am now of the opinion that I have been so much under the thumb of doctrine and trying to live up to the expectations of a church and well, "That's just the way we've always done things...," that I just never seemed able to muster to the expected standards. When joining our last church I was really impressed that there were never, and I mean never..., any dissension at all during the business meetings. Well, that's good and what one would expect within a group of believers but come to find out, everyone in the church is related in one way or the other and the head deacon is the Grandpa of the Clan. Nobody goes against Grandpa! A couple of weeks ago when our new pastor explained the original wording of, "...the husband of one wife" as meaning a "one woman man" in the original language, it was like he pushed me down a flight of stairs. I can now see. Praise the Lord. My eyes have been opened. I feel like in the past I have been literally held with my feet to fire. No wonder I never felt that peace and happiness and joy. I was too busy with trying to put forth an "image" that wasn't true to begin with. (BTW, my wife and I have been married going on 46 years) In all reality, the Gospel Truth is Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. There's no Doctrine in the Gospels. Just consider the damage that has been done over the years with so many individuals simply because of Organizational Doctrines and Positions? I wonder how many others out there are lacking this peace and happiness and joy such as I have been denied..., for an unjustified cause? No wonder people walk away. I'm a very conservative individual and have to intentions of following any of the new age movements out there but with hindsight I can now see where I've been had over the years..., and I'm not impressed. It's time for me to get in line with the Lord and not some doctrine.