Originally posted by Rajk999
Nobody 'leads' me except Jesus, as I am immune to church dogma.
This is the point I've been trying to make in this forum for a long time now.
There are plenty of people around today who think they can make it just fine on their own, reading the Bible and following their 'gut' as to what it means.
The Bible calls this "leaning unto your own understanding", and this is precisely how a lot of people get it wrong.
Church dogma has its place. It helps to clarify some points for people who are adrift in their own understanding, which is sometimes pathetically limited. It also exists to clarify for people walking in the church door for the first time what that church is about, so that a new attendee might ascertain whether this is the church for them. You don't like that church's dogma, then you are free to find a church that more closely fits your own dogma. This is how to have "fellowship" within the church body (speaking loosely here of Christianity as the larger "church body" ). This is what I'm talking about as "finding like-minded people to have fellowship with" (which some here have chosen to ridicule). Fellowship was Jesus' idea from the beginning. He had 12 apostles for a reason.
True, some churches have taken this to the extreme, and claim that no one is "righteous" or "worthy of Heaven" except their own members. These are rightfully scorned. Christianity is for everyone and no one should be made to feel "less than a Christian".
What you're doing is like being a hermit. One who shuns society soon learns that the times are passing him by, that what he knew of the world is frightfully lacking. The hermit has no way of benefiting from others' more in-depth knowledge. He shuns that, and substitutes his own limited knowledge, and therefore falls into error.
I wouldn't go about bragging that you are "immune from church dogma". All that tells me is that you are proud of adhering only to your own limited knowledge. The rest of the Christians here have told you how you err in your own understanding of scripture.
You say nobody leads you except Jesus. Well, if He were here, He'd tell you to get over yourself and get yourself to church.