A Charlois Pastoral Reflection

Saturday, June 11th, 2022

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8  “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:…”

I choose this passage because with the passing of my 65th birthday I enter a new season of my life.  A season where I am no longer blindly following the ruling structures of orthodoxy.  It is time for the real Yancy to come clean.

After living 65 years, 26 in some sort of ministry, people may have the impression they know me: what I believe, and stand for.  In many instances they are mistaken.  I am a person of faith, but, I do not consider myself to be an orthodox Christian.  My roots are in the Judeo-Christian tradition but I gather my faith from many sources.

As you read these posts, you will get the sense that I march to a different drummer.  I take very seriously the call to, “work out your own salvation…”, which I am doing.  I suggest you consider doing the same, because it is your faith that will lead to an everlasting abundance of life; not your pastor, parents, or other person you give authority to.

My beliefs span many traditions.  I believe in Jesus, the son of God, and His teachings.  I also find great power in His example of personal sacrifice, even to the point of death.  But I do not believe He is the only child of God that we can learn from; nor do I believe Christianity is the only way to eternal life.  God is the God of all that is and it is by doing His will that we shall be saved.

I believe that if you want to choose one tradition to follow, Christianity is a good one.  Everything we need to live a righteous life is contained within its system.  However, if you do not choose to follow where everyone is going then there are many other options.

So, it is my suggestion that we all closely examine our beliefs and ask ourselves; is this what I truly believe?  If not, our quest begins.  May your journey be profitable.

Peace and blessings in the name of God.

Pastor Yancy

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