My mother and her husband have been members of a church for sometime about 8 to 10 years, on a shallow level, and about 2 years in REAL deep (weekday meetings, and every sunday for service) and this church scares me. From everything I have heard & overheard, the church seems like a charismatic church, and having had one grandmother who was pentecostal, I fear for her being a part of this church.
This is the about page from their website:
A site from the parent church includes a GREAT event, the Darwin was Wrong Conference: http://www.calvarychapel.com/events.cfm
The founder Chuck Smith, also sounds like a nut bag!
The church attacks other denominations and seems dogmatic. According to my step-sister they also hold an anti-homosexual viewpoint. They have a bible college, and also believe in witnessing.
And to top it off, they align themselves with TV money grubbing “churches” - From here: http://withchrist.org/cchapel.htm
Another site has many scary testimonials:
It seems since my mom’s involvement with the church, there has been a growing distance between her and I, while she spends more & more time on her church.
The church scares me, and I would like to talk with my mom about it, and see where she is on a fanaticism scale, but I am afraid that if she is too deep, the rift would be too big to heal, but if she is not too deep, this may be the wake up call needed.
Now many people may think I should just keep my mouth shut, but I would prefer to first try to help and at least try to plant the seeds of doubt, and if that fails, I would then drop the subject for ever more.
I would like some advice on how much to say and whether to write it, or say it in person.
My mom & I don’t talk frequently in person but I would be willing to save this for a visit with her.