Ask for Doctrinal Statements
Asking a church leader for the church’s doctrinal statement is absolutely vital. Say, for example, that you find a church that seems absolutely perfect. The congregation is active and kind. The service suits you perfectly. The sermon is delivered in a way that touches you heart.
But then you notice something odd. Did the pastor just say that Jesus only metaphorically ascended to heaven?
Cue the gameshow buzzer sound. This church is out.
There are a few central tenets of Christianity that mustn’t be violated. They form the core of the faith, and every denomination more or less agrees on them. They’re what make a Christian church a Christian church.
Make sure that whatever church you attend recognizes that God is all-knowing, all-powerful, and good, and that He exists in the Trinity as God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Make sure they embrace the idea of literal life after death. And finally, ensure they teach that Jesus is the Son of God, that He died and was supernaturally resurrected, and that He is the one through whom all are saved.
These are the bare essentials, and so if any of these ideas are twisted or violated, everything else will be, as well. So ask for a doctrinal statement, and ensure that the church of your choice truly is Christian.