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On the Road Looking for God’s True Church

As Polly and I travel the roads of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Indiana, we are always on the lookout for God’s True Church®. Here are a few of the churches we stumbled upon in recent weeks.

mennonite sign

mennonite sign

30 minutes west of our home is a large Amish community — Cuba, Grabill, and Harlan, Indiana. In amoungst the Amish live Mennonites. On both Amish and Mennonite properties, it is not uncommon to find signs like the ones above. We know that this particular family is Mennonite because they have a power line running to their home.

church on fire

church on fire

The Church on Fire, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Joe Gutierrez, pastor. The Church on Fire, is affiliated with the United Pentecostal Church International. United Pentecostal churches are also called oneness or Jesus-only churches because of their denial of Trinitarian theology.

As with many sects, United Pentecostals believe that their peculiar beliefs are TRUTH — not just any truth, but THE TRUTH. For a person to be born again the United Pentecostal way,  he or she must:

  • Repent, turning away from sin and towards God
  • Be baptized by immersion in the name of Jesus for the remission of sins
  • Speak in tongues-the outward demonstration that shows a person has been filled with the Holy Ghost

I did not know that Jesus was running for office this year. I wonder what these Jesus voters — code for we vote Republican — are going to do come November when their choice for President is either Bernie Sanders/Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. If The Church on Fire really votes Jesus, how could they ever vote for the thrice-married, skirt-chasing, heathen Donald Trump?

I previously shared the following photographs of The Church on Fire:

church on fire fort wayne

church on fire fort wayne

church on fire fort wayne 2015-2

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    My goodness, look at that! Jesus is on the ballot now. I spend a weekend in the garden and not only miss the resurrection but the fact that Jesus has decided to take on Trump as well! We vote for Jesus, indeed! What an election this will be! (Separation of church and state? Yeah, right…)

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      When I was in the States several years ago as an exchange student (election cycle Obama/Mc Cainn) a group of us talked to this Amish man about voting. He wasn’t going to vote, as they don’t vote, but he would pray that the right person would win. We were sceptical. It’s interesting because my friends weren’t Christians, but I was and I felt sceptical too. It was a logical feeling for them to have, but I should have agreed with him (not on the not voting, but on the belief that the result was ultimately in God’s hands.)

      Just one of those moments where my doubts hit me quite hard. There were a few of those over the years.

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