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Posted: Feb 16th, 2020 - 3:22 pm

Hello all!

Sorry, long story. You have helped me in the past with things, so I decided to come here again and ask for some wise counsel.

I am not sure what a religious person means. I don't go to church but I believe in God and Jesus and follow the 10 Commandments, don't hurt anyone, etc.

We have a dear, dear friend who is a Pentacostal minister who used to have/use a brick and mortar church about an hour away. He has a regular daytime job in addition to his Sunday ministery,and works with my husband. He is wanting to start his own church more locally, where we all live.

He very kindly invited us to a religious sermon-type of thing about a month ago at his house, which we attended. He only invited his closest friends; I'm assuming those who he felt he wanted to be part of his congregation and/or he felt needed to find Jesus. He told the five of us who attended that we were his best friends. We are indeed close, and I felt honored that he wanted to include us. It became clear to us that he wanted us to do this every Sunday and become a part of his new congregation-to-be.

Problem? I have no passion for that sort of worship. We have another friend who is an Episcopalian priest, and if I were to want to delve into a religious passion, it would be more of that "philosophy," if you will--a quieter way of praying and worshiping.

I enjoyed seeing our dear friend have so much passion during the Sunday visit, and I think it's wonderful that he has this for himself and his wife. While he is not pressuring us in any way, it is clear that he'd like us to be a part of this. My husband, when our friend asked if we were coming "next Sunday," mentioned to him that he "didn't want to do it every Sunday." I am more of the ilk of saying, "I'm sorry, I love that you have that passion, but I think another avenue would be better for us, should we choose to do something." I would word is more delicately, I think, though.

I feel that the way my husband put it, it kind of leads our friend on, that it's "maybe" something we'd be interested in. My husband does not want to hurt our friend's feelings, so I understand why he put it that way. I am more if I'm asked, I will just say the truth.

What do you think? FYI: If I'm understanding my terms right, Pentacostal is a bit different than Evangelical, of which I wouldn't have a passion for, either.

We get together with him and his wife regularly for social visits, and they do not bring it up. I don't feel we should "out with it," but if we're asked, I think we should.

I'm not asking so that I can be a "right fighter" with my husband. (We don't do that here.) I just really want honest advice.


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