Godly Expectations

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Chapter Seven, Pauline and Tyler study Other Gospels

6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel- 7 which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. Galatians 1: 6-7

Knowing this was very dangerous, Pauline and Tyler were nevertheless intrigued with the prospects. The question was, where to start. Pauline knew of a lot of different types of forbidden occult practices. But she learned more from the Lutheran church leaders. Tyler went with her to their meetings as well, since he needed to know what she had been involved in prior to his knowledge and what influence it could have on him. Still, none of the church leaders had been involved in the forbidden occult, although they had counseled people who were. Mostly they had counseled card readers and people who had called or visited psychic mediums.

As luck would have it, it was September and Rally Day at Lutheran church meant new classes starting soon. There was a class about “other Gospels,” taken from the passage in Galatians 1-10. People were to be cursed if they tried to promote a different gospel than the one Paul preached to them--and to us through the words of the Bible.

The church was between pastors right now and a retired pastor who happened to be a member was serving that role. His years of experience lent credibility and grace to his sermons and gave him the transparency of one who knew who they were.

Since he was technically retired, he did not fulfill all the roles that a full pastor would. So others were encouraged to teach classes and serve other leadership roles. The church was not thriving, but it was filled with love and talent which its members used for God’s purposes--musically, teaching, fundraising, and youth work.

Tyler and Pauline’s Lutheran church was rather small, but they really enjoyed the pastor’s teaching and the music department. The bell and chime choir was Tyler’s favorite. He had not heard them before he started attending with Pauline. She herself had a rich history with the Lutheran church. She had attended several but just a handful for any length of time. She remembered one she attended growing up, the first one, and she was always entranced by stained glass windows. She still loved the colored glass and to look through it. When looking through colored glass you could pretend the world was a different color. The interesting part was how it made her feel. Looking through glass colored blue made the world look sad, like a gloomy rainy day. Pauline liked that the Lutheran pastors still wore white robes. It seemed to set them apart, not in a condescending way, but in an authoritative way. She felt that she could trust what they taught from up front, on the stage, with a microphone, wearing those robes.

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