I recently gave up on Christian Forums.
I could not cope with the lack of logic from some of the women on that site. Holy Trinity, Brompton (HTB) the developers of the Alpha Course, have a marriage course. This is designed for people who are either married or in a long-term cohabitation arrangement with a view to encouraging cohabitees to take the plunge and get themselves married. And along comes a woman who complains that because it has a section in it about sexual intimacy that unmarried people should not be on the course. I simply could not understand what she was complaining about. If you tell them that they cannot come on the course, they are going to go off and complain that these Christians are hypocritical and sin in other ways but have got their Bible out of proportion by making a big noise about sexual sin but saying nothing about other sorts of sin. Or you give them a chance to hear the message that marriage is a better way, especially when it is in line with a faith in God andin His Son, Jesus. The woman complained that her pastor had told her she was being Pharisaical. Well, who was it complained that Jesus spent too much time with tax collectors and sinners? I don’t think it was the tax collectors and the sinners who seemed to welcome him. But I don’t want to whinge about someone else’s complaints. I would like to explore what it means to be a Christian, in the world but not of the world. Are there Christian courses that non-Christians should be invited to, and are there any church courses to which the church should insist on some pre-accreditation, such as a profession of faith?