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Bring It On-Line: Shaken Faith

How can I help my husband find God? I have been anxious while attending church. Is God trying to tell me that I don't need to go to Church? I ask God all the time to take away my anxiety but he hasn't. What do i do? At 56, I've felt the need ... ... Read Transcript


Terry: WE'RE GOING TO

ANSWER SOME OF YOUR E-MAIL

QUESTIONS.

THIS FIRST ONE, PAT, IS FROM

SOMEONE WHO CALLS HERS

MRS. KAY.

SHE SAYS, "I HAVE HAD A

PATCHY RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

ALL MY LIFE.

I FINALLY GAVE IN AND BECAME

A CHRISTIAN.

BUT MY MARRIAGE IS PULLING

ME DOWN.

MY HUSBAND DRINKS, DOES

DRUGS, AND HAS A BAD OUT

OUTLOOK ON LIFE.

THE FIGHTING INCREASES THE

MORE I TURN MY LIFE OVER TO

GOD.

I CAN'T FORCE GOD ON HIM,

BUT I DO SHARE MY FAITH FOR

HIM.

I KNOW GOD HAS A PLAN FOR

ME, BUT WHEN I THINK OF

LEAVING, I GET THE FEELING

I'M WHERE I'M SUPPOSED TO

BE.

HOW DO I GET MY HUSBAND TO

FIND THE PATH TO GOD?"

Pat: IF YOU WANT TO

STAY WITH HIM, STAY WITH

HIM, SO DON'T WALK AWAY.

THE BIBLE SAYS AN

UNBELIEVING SPOUSE MAY BE

WON BY THE GODLY CONDUCT OF,

IN THIS DAYS, THE WIFE.

SO YOUR LIFE WILL BE A

REFLECTION OF STABILITY.

IF HE WON'T RECEIVE IT, JUST

DON'T TALK TO HIM ABOUT IT.

JUST BE I'M LIVING FOR

JESUS.

IF YOU NEED SOMETHING, I'M A

ROCK OF STABILITY, AND I

KNOW THE LORD.

THERE WILL COME A TIME WHEN

HE'LL HAVE A TRAGEDY, AND

HE'LL TURN TO YOU AND SAY

WHAT ABOUT IT.

BUT IF THE UNBELIEVER IS

PLEASED TO DEPART, LET HIM

DEPART.

IT IS CALLED THE PAULINE

PRIVILEGE.

SO IF HE WALKS OUT, YOU

KNOW, YOU CAN GO GET

REMARRIED OR LIVE ON YOUR

OWN.

WHATEVER.

Terry: WE DO SO MANY

REMARKABLE STORIES ON THIS

PROGRAM, THOUGH, WHERE ONE

SPOUSE HAS STAYED AND PRAYED

AND BELIEVED AND BE STRONG,

AND THE MARRIAGE HAS BEEN

RESTORED AND THE OTHER

PERSON SAVED.

Pat: IT WILL ABSOLUTELY

HAPPEN.

IF YOU'RE STRONG.

IF YOU'RE STRONG.

Terry: KIMBERLY

SAYS, "I'VE ALWAYS HAD

ANXIETY ABOUT GOING TO

CHURCH, SO I STOPPED GOING

FOR A LONG TIME.

THIS PAST CHRISTMAS, I GAVE

IT A TRY AND WAS FINE FOR

THE ONE SERVICE.

SINCE I TRIED TO GO BACK ON

A REGULAR BASIS, MY ANXIETY

HAS RETURNED AND GOTTEN

WORSE.

IS GOD TRYING TO TELL ME I

DON'T NEED TO GO TO CHURCH.

I ASK GOD ALL OF THE TIME TO

TAKE AWAY MY ANXIETY, BUT HE

HASN'T.

WHAT DO I DO?"

Pat: IF YOU WENT TO A

PARTY IN SOMEONE'S LIVING

ROOM AND EVERYBODY WAS

HAVING A GOOD TIME, YOU

WOULDN'T HAVE ANXIETY.

THERE MUST BE SOMETHING IN

THAT CHURCH SERVICE THAT IS

HIGH-STRUNG --

Terry: OR MAYBE

SOMETHING IN HER PAST THAT

HAPPENED AS A CHILD.

Pat: OR IT MAY BE

RELATED TO THAT CHURCH.

SO YOU NEED TO FIND ONE THAT

IS MORE FRIENDLY AND LESS

STRUCTURED SO YOU DON'T FEEL

THREATENED.

WHATEVER IT IS THAT

HAPPENED, YOU NEED TO GO TO

SOME PLACE WHERE THERE IS A

FELLOWSHIP.

THAT'S WHAT YOU WANT,

FELLOWSHIP.

FIND SOME PLACE ELSE.

I DARE SAY IF IT'S HIGH

CHURCH CATHOLIC, AND THEY'VE

GOT THE MASS IN LATIN AND

ALL OF THIS, I'M SURE THAT

YOU START --

Terry: I DON'T THINK

THEY DO THAT MUCH

ANYMORE --

Pat: THEY DON'T.

BUT IF THEY DID -- SOMETHING

IS CAUSING IT.

SO THERE MUST BE SOME

PARTICULAR CHURCH WHERE

SOMETHING IS GOING ON LIKE

THAT.

GO TO ANOTHER ONE.

GO TO ONE THAT IS LESS

STRUCTURED AND LESS FORMAL

AND SEE IF YOU DON'T FEEL

MORE COMFORTABLE.

Terry: ELAINE SAYS,

"THERE SEEMS TO BE AN

EPIDEMIC WHO'S GROWN PARENTS

CUT OUT THEIR LIFE.

IN MY CASE, OUR FAMILY WAS

ABANDONED BY THEIR DAD FOR

ANOTHER WOMAN WHILE OUR FIVE

CHILDREN WERE AGES THREE TO

NINE.

I'M NOW A LOVING

GRANDPARENT, BUT ONE SON

TREATS ME WITH CO CONTEMPT

AND CUT ME OFF FROM THEIR

CHILDREN.

I FEEL LIKE I'M BEING

PUNISHED FOR WHAT THEIR

FATHER DID.

HOW CAN WE FIND

RECONCILIATION?"

Pat: I KNOW THAT YOU

LOVE HIM, AND HE'S YOUR

SON.

BUT HE IS NOT SHOWING YOU

HONOR, AND HE IS BREAKING

THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD.

THE BIBLE SAYS HONOR YOUR

MOTHER AND FATHER.

HIS DAYS ARE GOING TO BE

SHORTENED, AND THAT IS NOT A

GOOD THING.

SO FOR HIS OWN SAKE, I WOULD

JUST PRAY FOR HIM, AND LET

HIM KNOW YOU LOVE HIM.

BUT DON'T PUSH THE ISSUE.

IF THEY DON'T WANT YOU -- I

MEAN, YOU'VE GOT ANOTHER

LIFE.

HAVE A LIFE AND JUST HAVE

SUCH A GREAT EXPERIENCE WITH

GOD, YOU'RE SO HAPPY, THEY

WANT TO BE AROUND YOU.

Terry: RUSSELL SAYS, "I

FOUND CHRIST AT THE AGE OF

17.

NOW AT 56, I FELT THE NEED

TO RENEW MY FAITH TO MAKE

SURE I'M SAVED.

THROUGHOUT MY SIM AS TIME

AS A CHRISTIAN, I OFTEN

DOUBT THAT GOD IS REAL.

I OFTEN TELL MYSELF THESE

ARE THOUGHTS FROM SATAN, BUT

I CAN'T GET PAST IT.

WHAT CAN I DO TO GET THESE

THOUGHTS OUT OF MY HEAD?"

Pat: YOU NEED TO REACH

OUT TO PEOPLE WHO ARE

SUFFERING.

GO TO A HOMELESS SHELTER.

GO TO A PLACE WHERE THEY'RE

FEEDING THE POOR.

THESE MISSIONS FOR PEOPLE,

AND THEY JUST WOULD LOVE TO

HAVE SOME HELP.

SO OFFER YOURSELF TO THEM.

AS YOU'RE REACHING OUT IN

THE NAME OF GOD, YOU STOP

HAVING DOUBTS.

BECAUSE YOU SEE HOW THESE

PEOPLE WARM UP TO IT.

Terry: JUANITA

SAYS, "OUR PASTOR IS A FINE

MAN THAT LOVES GOD.

EVERY TIME A MESSAGE IS

GIVEN IN TONGUES, HE

IMMEDIATELY INTERPRETS IT

WITH A VERY UPLIFTING

MESSAGE.

IN OTHER CHURCHES I'VE

ATTENDED IN THE PAST, THE

INTERPRETATION IS DONE BY

DIFFERENT PEOPLE.

IS IT WRONG FOR ME TO FEEL

WE SHOULD WAIT ON GOD?

IT BOTHERS ME WE MAY NOT BE

GETTING THE MESSAGE THAT GOD

INTENDED."

Pat: YOU'RE PROBABLY

RIGHT.

THE PEOPLE DON'T KNOW HOW TO

FUNCTION IN THE ANOINTING OF

THE HOLY SPIRIT.

THE PASTOR IS PROBABLY A

GOOD MAN, BUT HE DEPUTY

DIDN'T WANT TO LET THE THING

GET LOOSE.

BUT WHAT HE IS DOING IS

PREACHING RATHER THAN

INTERPRETATION.

HE NEEDS TO ALLOW FREEDOM.

I THINK IF YOU WANT TO BUILD

UP CHILDREN, LET CHILDREN DO

SOMETHING.

IF YOU WANT TO BUILD UP YOUR

CONGREGATION, LET THEM DO

SOMETHING.

LET THEM PARTICIPATE IN THE

WORSHIP.

SO LET A NUMBER OF PEOPLE --

AND, OF COURSE, IF SOMEBODY

IS ABUSING THAT PRIVILEGE,

YOU CAN ALWAYS CUT THEM DOWN

A LITTLE BIT.

BUT IN THE MEANTIME -- BUT I

DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU SAY.

YOU'RE ASKING ME, AND I

DON'T EVEN KNOW YOU OR THE

MAN.

SO I MEAN, I CAN'T TELL

HIM.

BUT I THINK SOMEBODY NEEDS

TO TELL HIM, LOOK, PASTOR,

BROTHER, WHY DON'T YOU ALLOW

SOME OF THE MEMBERS OF THE

CONGREGATION TO SHARE IN

THIS BLESSING BECAUSE THEN

THEY WILL GROW IN THROUGH

SPIRITS.

Terry: GOOD ANSWER.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR

QUESTIONS.

WE ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM

YOU.

AND WE'LL BE ANSWERING MORE

OF THEM TOMORROW.

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