Monday, May 26, 2008
A Grace-Free Church!
My parents belong to a small denomination called Association of Free-Lutheran congregations. Now, they aren't all that free. They still insist on wearing formal attire in the church service, a suit for the pastor, and it's sort of assumed that you don't wear jeans unless you're really young. I'm not supposed to be wearing jeans. Achhhhhhhh! That's the sound of being strangled.
They still sing hymns out of a hymnal, along with some contemporary songs, but it's pretty shut down, or buttoned up.
The name of their church? Grace Free Lutheran Church. Since it's in the Free-Lutheran denomination, they have to put the 'free' in there, so the grace is followed by the free, producing "grace-free." Can you imagine that? A church that is unabashedly calling themselves a grace-free church, like saying something is fat-free, or sugar-free. They have another church in their denomination called Faith Free Lutheran Church.
I tell you - ignorance gone to seed. It's frustrating. A church that holds back on allowing the power of the Holy Spirit. Nice people, but they are afraid of the workings of the Holy Spirit, and then they have such a silly name.