In another tread one said something to the effect that, “if you walked into my church spouting of that kind of thing I would have personally escorted you out.” Let me put this in regards to a person thinking they knew God but were living like the Devil. I partially agree with that there may be an occasion to do such a thing but wonder where the line should be drawn and how tolerant the church should be on one that is searching. Looking at my own life when I was in my late teens to mid-twenties, if you would have asked me if I believed in God I would have told you yes I did, yet I didn’t live my life for Him nor did I even know how He truly wanted me to live my life. I knew/thought that if I went to a church they would see the way I was living and would tell me either I didn’t believe in God or I was going to Hell anyway because of how I was living and if anything start dictating to me how I should live. Knowing myself I also knew that if someone tried to tell me I didn’t believe in God there was going to be trouble and if someone were to escort me out at that time it had better been handled delicately and dare not put their hands on me for I may have wiped the floor with that person and probably several others in the congregation if they wanted a piece of it, regardless it would have been ugly. Though because of my perceived respect for God and His church and its people at that time, and fear of God, and not knowing what to expect should I go while I was still messing up I just stayed away from it, not wanting to deal with it all, though I dreamed of walking in one and being warmly greeted and loved. Now regarding this following statement which I have taken out of context: “I cannot imagine meeting at church with a congregation that was full of people who do the things you say they can do and all of you be of one mind and one accord and worship God. There are a lot of groups like that but I don't call them churches.” Would you be patient with them telling you they believed in God while they lived like the Devil? Can you imagine meeting at a church that would allow itself to be full of them or possibly could there be a balance but that it should not get out of hand? If your church allowed people that were obviously sinning, (not even pretending or overly presenting themselves to be someone they weren’t and probably incapable of fooling anyone who could see) into “your” church or would you consider it a group that did no longer qualified as a church? Could your church recognize and help with the needs of a stubborn, messing up, but yet searching person who didn’t understand these church things given that person was not there to start trouble but sincerely wanting to know God?