415 N Mill St, Festus, MO | Directions 6302838.223217 -90.393895
Wow, I just came upon this section and after reading the pastor's comments which seemed a bit out-of-sorts, I continued reading and have read through all the comments here. Just one observation "Pastor." These good people are offering their experiences and opinions of your church and for some reason you feel the need to argue with their "opinions" on here as did others in your congregation and for this you are already in the wrong and took yourself down a few notches in my book.
Secondly, you would think that you would need to question what is going on in your congregation that is causing so many people in such a small community to reach out on here and warn other Believers about your church. Perhaps you should search your own heart and line it up with the Scriptures to see if you have any errors in your thinking. Remember, "The heart is deceitful, who can know it?" Our hearts are not the final decision on what is right and wrong, but rather the Word of God. This leads me to your question about "Who has the right to judge your 'congregation.'" The answer is - I do and it is also my responsibility and the responsibility of every Christian. NOT judge your people - only God has that right, but to judge your preaching, your teaching and to judge whether or not what you are preaching is false doctrine or whether it lines up with the Word of God. You should know better than this Pastor, Whatever is going on in your church, search the Word and be certain you are not a part of the "false teachers" and the "great falling away" and judging from the comments on here, one has to seriously wonder. You may be "loving people to death" literally if you are not telling them the truth about their own sin. God wants to embrace us all and love us all and give us an eternal home with him in heaven, but redemption comes AFTER repentence and not before it and if you are telling any group of people that they are fine how they are than you are robbing them of true salvation and you are a liar. Be as the Bereans and "search the scriptures daily to see if those things are true." Acts 17:11
I am the new pastor of the sad little church – I am the new pastor of First Christian in Festus. I have some observations for all of you.
While I appreciate all of your concern for the theological and Biblical integrity of the congregation, it is not your place to judge, God judges. Period. While I affirm your right to an opinion, most of what I am reading here does not come across as opinion. It comes across as authoritative and I am curious who granted you the authority to judge any congregation, or the beliefs of any other Christian. Believe it or not, you do not have a moral obligation to warn the rest of the world that a particular congregation doesn't match your set of religious beliefs. If you don't like what you see, move on. At First Christian we worship a God of grace, not condemnation.
Sad little church – I have to agree with the other reveiwers. The reviews seemed harsh to me and I live very close to this church so I decided to give it a try. It definitely wasn't for me.
what a strange little church – recently moved to the area and decided to give this church a try. I should have known better when i first pulled in the parking lot, first of all the church did not look like a chruch, to me it looked like ae library. Second their were only 7 cars in the parking lot and third no full time minister, not even an interm minister to preech. Very sad they had some person speaking on ways to tithe to the church with 12 people at the most why worry about tithing. Due us all a favor. lock the doors and turn out the lights. God will any way at the rate this church is going.
concerning doctrine – I think this church has forgotten that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.
Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff.; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21.
There are so many good churches out there that there is just no reason to go to a place that doesn't honor God but rather tries to create their own version of who they wish He is or want Him to be. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. If God changed with the times, He wouldn't be God.
out there – i recently attended with my daughter one sunday, 20 people in the congregation, no minister and the sermon was a story about a lost dog. The elders seemed intocated. Needless to say we wont be going back. Why cant someone shut this place down!
Strange doctrine – I have been reading these reviews and it is reminiscent of about a year ago when I tried this church and found a bizarre woman preaching who had horribly distorted doctrine and was preaching it from the pulpit. I had heard there were changes so I gave it a try. Well, the players changed but the fact remains the same, which is that this is a weird place that really has nothing at all to do with the Jesus of the Bible or the Bible at all for that matter. The so called “pastor” misquoted Scripture twice during a weird version of a sermon and it was clear from her words that she has no clue what Biblical doctrine means. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Also, the Bible says that nothing is to be subtracted or added to its content and it is clear that this pastor and the congregation are not familiar with this truth. This is happening in many churches today actually and I suppose it is evidence of the great falling away spoken about in the Bible.
If you want a good Bible believing church this is NOT the church for you. If you want to feel comfortable and accepted living in your sin than I would run to this one because you will find what you’re looking for. No salt and light here but lots of sugar!
wheres the minister – how does this church continue to operate without a minister? The congregation needs to realize these people are false prophets and lock those doors at once.
Try this Church now – What a difference a day makes! If you haven't been to this Church recently, please try it now. All of the issues that have been listed on here (including the minister) have been addressed. The interim minister that is there now is truly wonderful! He is an honest to goodness blessing. His sermons are so engaging and spiritually uplifting. You will not be sorry if you come and check it out. I couldn't agree more with a lot of the comments on the previous minister, but absolutely love the changes that have taken place.
My Friend – I have yet to attend this church, but at the urging of my life partner I will make the necessary donations this congregation requires. Brian changed my life, I want to live a perfect life and be exactly like Jesus Christ, just like this new empowing inspiration he has become to inside of me. Money is no object. As a new couple in the community we would like to welcome the First Christian Church of Festus as a family, hoping they will accept us.
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