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I Want A Traditional Church

I want to attend a traditional chruch with hymnal music, but I left the methodist church. I don't want anything too flashy, my baptist church was like this. Any suggestions?How about the Church of Christ? I haven't had problems there.

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This post is April 5, 2005, do you really think she is still looking for a church after more than 6 years. If a blog topic is more than 120 day old it is no longer pertinent. And when you continue to post on then all you do is increase the hits on ChristiaNet to sell more Google Ads.
---Blogger9211 on 7/18/11

shira3877 on 7/18/11
Where do you get the word baptist from?
---michael_e on 7/18/11

michael, baptist has been a way of life one can tell the origination of baptist. Some say they can, but they can't. Like I said it is a way of life and not a denomination.
---shira3877 on 7/18/11

shira3877 on 7/18/11

Christianity is life, not baptist
---michael_e on 7/18/11

michael e, like I said baptist is a way of life. All to which you made reference is baptist aren't they? It is indeed a way of life.
---shira3877 on 7/18/11

//Baptist is not a denomination//
Which one,
Fellowship Bible Baptist Missionary Baptist
Central Baptist Association
Christian Unity Baptist
Conservative Baptist
Fellowship Baptist
Evangelical Free Baptist
Free Will Baptist
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Baptist
Fundamental Baptist
Evangelical Baptist
General Six-Principle Baptists
Independent Baptist Independent Baptist
Institutional Missionary Landmark Baptists
Liberty Baptist- etc. etc.
---michael_e on 7/17/11

doctrine is one of the most important things in a church. Baptist is not a denomination, it is a way of life. Old time gospel and old time music.
---shira3877 on 7/17/11

//I was first babtised and attended a Babtist chuch.//
First indication, a supposedly NT church with an OT name(Baptist).
There is only one true Church, the body of Christ, revealed first to the Apostle Paul. Follow Paul as he follwed Christ(1Cor 11:1) and you can't go wrong.
---michael_e on 7/17/11

I was first babtised and attended a Babtist chuch. Later in life as I learned that denominational churches seem to be judgemental in some degree towards other denominations, I started to research when the different denominations were established. That is something I think everyone should do to help open their eyes that denominations were established in 1700,s,1800's,1900's,etc. Well,I like to go to a non-denominational Christian church (building)) to worship with other Christians that just follow the Bible without emphizing certain doctrns.
---Dana on 7/16/11

Eloy said: Some changes are good, like moving from candles and fans to elctricity and air conditioners, but other changes like allowing worldly music and sin to pollute the sanctuary is not good>>
Ah, but Eloy, what tradition is good, and what tradition is bad?
Rather, you should look at the Traditions of any of the Pre-Reformation Churches, and you will see that the Gospel is read and preached at all of them, You will see evangelization and chatechesis at any of them
---ZedEx on 3/25/11

I have tried 3 different churches and my conscience told me that they were wrong in their beliefs. I finally tried a Non-denominational and I have been there over 35 years. We do sing many hymns, actually they are chorises, befor the minister delivers his sermon. He gives us a handout and we are suppose to fill in the blanks, based on his sermon. All statements he makes is backed with scripture. I really don't believe the other Non-denominal churches has a minister as fantastic as ours. Good luck with your church and I pray that you can find one that meets your needs and God's. Be sure to pray about it before you even try one and ask for his guidance.
---Norma on 3/25/11

Cluny, not so, for the poster blogged naming one of them, called, "the Church of Christ". But as I said, it really depends on the pastor, because you can have two separate churches, both of the same denomination, but the one is led by a pastor holding an old tradition, and the other is led by a pastor breaking from old ways and starting a new tradition. I gather it would be the younger leaders that are more likely to break from old tradition and start new-style services in order to please the younger parishoners. Some changes are good, like moving from candles and fans to elctricity and air conditioners, but other changes like allowing worldly music and sin to pollute the sanctuary is not good.
---Eloy on 2/7/11

\\But it really depends on the preacher of the church whether or not it is a traditional or nontraditional service\\

The only churches with traditional services are the pre-reformation ones.

Everyone else follows modern fads and precepts of men.
---Cluny on 2/6/11

Look at he date of submission of the question April 5, 2005.
The person who submitted it got their answer years ago and a competent moderator should have deleted it by 2006-01-01.


Delete it.
---Blogger9211 on 2/6/11

You can check the yellow pages in the back of your phone book, under "Chruches", they are broken down by denominations. But it really depends on the preacher of the church whether or not it is a traditional or nontraditional service. After you select a few of them, then over time you can visit those churches until you find one that is suitable.
---Eloy on 2/6/11

Rod: I was taking it (from the way the blog is written) that SusanB did NOT feel the Doctrine or what was preached was wrong, but just preferred a more traditional way of worshipping

Of course, however much we may like the style of worship, we mush check that the teaching is true

No question there!
---Peter on 2/2/11

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Peter, what about people who like churches which teach sound doctrine in the true context which the Bible was written?
---Rob on 2/2/11

Some people prefer lively churches, some prefer quieter ones, some prefer praying standing up, some prefer praying kneeling, some prefer hymns, some prefer lively songs of prayer

All these are good, as long as they are always done to God's glory, and for the benefit of the congregation
---Peter on 2/1/11

Every church that has existed for any length of time has its own traditions.

And what is tradition? Simply a long-established action or pattern of behavior in a community or group of people, often one that has been handed down from generation to generation.

Howbeit, some of the traditions found in churches today have their origin in the ancient churches.

Problems arise when they take tradition and create what is known as sacred tradition and bind people to them. The pre-Reformation churches were full of such man-made traditions.
---leej on 1/23/11

"The only traditional churches I know of are the Orthodox and other pre-Reformation Apostolic Eastern Churches."
You just need to get out more. Catch a Bus and go somewhere.
---Elder on 1/22/11

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The only traditional churches I know of are the Orthodox and other pre-Reformation Apostolic Eastern Churches.

Nothing in the West is really "traditional," as they all go by traditions and precepts of men.
---Cluny on 1/20/11

I disagree somewhat with what you told rajibdas (Who by the way posted a couple of years ago) You say "The preaching and teaching is the most important part of the church service. Singing is fine but singing wont prick and convict your heart as does preaching"

True. Modern praise music usually does little to "prick" or "convict" the heart. But I had the feeling
rajibdas was referring to hymns. The lyrics of many of these "old" hymns have more gospel in them than many sermons! The popular worship songs often center on me, my and mine rather than lifting up Jesus. I've been in services where one hymn ministered more truth to me than anything the preacher had to say.
---Donna66 on 1/17/11

If you like only hymnal sing churchs then get plugged in. all churchs have very different styles. Your statement is a little dishearting because you use the word I a lot. The church is not about you. It sounds like you want to be served not in service of the church. All churchs have problems it is filled with people.
---Scott on 1/14/11

Robyn, your church sounds like mine. We have lots and lots of meat. Also milk for baby christians.
---shira3877 on 1/10/11

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shira3877: I love singing and we do plenty of it at my church. But we also receive plenty meat(preaching/teaching) with the potatoes and gravy(singing/activity). I do agree. A church without music/instruments is a dead, boring church. Psalm 100
---Robyn on 1/10/11

Robyn, I wasn't being smart but did read your post. You do have some good post but I felt you weren't giving singing the meaning that it should be. A church that doesn't have singing is a dead church. A church that has a little singing is just ready to be dead and a church that has spiritual singing is alive.
---shira3877 on 1/8/11

Singing,praising,worshiping,thanking God,in song,with instruments,is God's plan. It invites God into the service. 2Chronicles 5:13,14 & 1 Chronicles 9:33 It came to pass as the trumpters and singers were as one,to make one sound to be heard in thanking and praising the Lord,and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets,cymbales,and instruments of music,and praised the Lord saying,for he is good,for his mercy endures forever,that then the house was filled with a cloud,even the house of the Lord.So the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud,for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God. Singers,chief of the fathers of the Levites,-,they were employed in that work day and night.
---Darlene_1 on 1/9/11

shira3877, You did not read my other post below the one that you did read. I very much enjoy singing and music. Most definitely. But it is not the center of attraction at church. The Word of God is the center. I don't go to church to hear the fabulous singing. Only a small part. Sometimes people just sing and sing and sing and practically skim over the teaching/preaching. That is not the order of things. There should be more prayer, preaching,teaching.
---Robyn on 1/8/11

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Robyn, I differ with your saying that singing doesn't mean much in church. Singing can set the pace of a service if it is done in the spirit. I have heard dead singing and I have heard spiritual singing and I have seen the spirit of God sweep thru a service where the singing is real.
---shira3877 on 1/7/11

Steven, You are absolutely right concerning KJV churches. They are the best ever.
---shira3877 on 1/6/11

There are a lot of difference in an emotional church and the Spirit of God. You can go to a church that hypes everyone with rock music. That has nothing to do with the Holy Spirit. Some people can't tell the difference.
---shira3877 on 1/4/11

rajibdas: Read your post and just wanted to share a tidbit with you. The preaching and teaching is the most important part of the church service. Singing is fine but singing want prick and convict your heart as does preaching and teaching you God's Word. You need to be grounded and rooted in the Word so you can grow and mature. God has called preachers for this very reason. Your pastor is there to build you up and grow you with his sermons. God speaks to the preacher what the congregants needs are. The preacher brings to the people what God has told him to share with the congregants.
---Robyn on 1/4/11

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Emotionalism is a part of the church. When we look back over our lives and see what God has done, we do and can ,get emotional. We have much to shout about, sing and testify about. Emotion is a part of our walk with the Lord. I don't think you should despise someone who is displaying this attitude or dismiss it within yourself. I embrace it and enjoy it. God will move us, shake us and make us feel good, if we let him. That is nothing to be ashamed of. Its a good thing. You must be willing.
---Robyn on 1/4/11

I miss the traditional church.My spirit & soul cries out for the Holy Spirit of God.I need the fleshly emotionalism to go away.
---Doris on 1/3/11


Yes I too like to sing hymns. I think singing is an important aspect of personal worship. Many a times hymns are better than the scripture reading, as wonderful words of praise comes out. Therefore I do not care much what the pastor is saying. Sometimes he may be inspiring, and at other time boring.

I am also not very social type.

Yes with regard to lyrics of the hymns some of them are so wonderful, that whole lot of new meaning comes out when I ponder they give whole new meaning.
---rajib_das on 9/1/09

I was raised in a tradition church and then after going to college, started to attend those churches were far more informal with no hymnals, the music being bounced off the wall, chairs no pews, no choir, no stain glassed windows,just a 12 point statement of faith, and a very loose system of administration. Everything seemed to focus on the leadership of the pastor.

After years of doing that, I went back to the Presbyterian church and seemed to be reborn in my worship of the Lord with the pews, stain glass windows, choir lead by professional musician, formalized structure of management, etc. I feel I came home.
---lee on 8/31/09

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If you are looking for a Ancient, Apostolic, and Traditional Church, I will invite you to study Eastern Christianity within the doors of The Holy Eastern Orthodox Church. Find a Eastern Orthodox Church in your area, pray, and visit it. Google "OCA" (a Orthodox jurisdiction) and see if any are in your area. Most parishes in this Jurisdiction uses English as there primary language in there services.

May God guide you to the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.

---Ignatius on 8/30/09

Pray to the Holy Spirit to guide you. Seek the truth, honestly without reservation. Read the writings of the early church.
God is so much bigger than mere human emotion. Do not allow how "good" the music or a speaker makes you feel be the sole meter in determining you being on the right path or in the right place. Emotions are good and they can be a part of being uplifted. Loving God feels good. The worship of God should not be a pill that makes you feel good alone.
"If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. Luke 9:23.
Christ established a kingdom, not a democracy. Veritas. What is the truth?
---Dad2many on 8/29/09

There is a church on every corner, in America. Surely, you can find one to your liking.
---gayla on 8/17/08

SusanB: Study the Bible to learn the truths taught therein. Then find a church that teaches these truths. You are wise to shun the flashy (worldly) worship style and the worldly (rock) music.
---jerry6593 on 8/16/08

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There is the Luthern church or Episcopal or Anglican. Or you could ask God if HE isn't trying to take you to another place entirley spiritually.
---becky on 8/15/08

Try Calvary Church in Los Gatos, Ca. It offers a traditonal services at 9:00am Sunday. This service seats about 200. We have orchestral and piano to supporting our choir. We sing hymns numbering 4 to 10 each Sunday. It is warm and welcoming. I would like to invite you to try it. Services for the traditional service starts at 9:00 usually with bible verses. Call their office at 408-356-5126 to find out more (including times, location and actitivies going on).
---Bob on 7/8/07

Make sure any church you look at follows the pattern in the Bible. Are you sure they are following God's Way, according to the Bible or according to someones opinion, views or thoughts? Which way do you think pleases God?

I would like to recommend a great site searchingfortruth. Just google searchingfortruth and then click on the title: The Truth to watch this short, thought provoking video.

---dan on 6/5/07

Make any church you look at follows the pattern in the Bible. Are you sure they are following God's Way, according to the Bible or according to someones opinion, views or thoughts? Which way do you think pleases God?

I would like to recommend a great site searchingfortruth. Just google searchingfortruth and then click on the title: The Truth to watch this short, thought provoking video.
---dan on 6/5/07

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Steven, I would point out that when the Apostles started small churches they were all connected to a common magisterium, as demonstrated by the epistles contained in the new testament. None existed in isolation from the others and the Apostles visited or wrote to various churches to ensure that the doctrines remained pure. Even after the Apostles, their successors continued this practice as evidenced by the writings of the Early Church Fathers.
---lorra8574 on 5/30/07

I recommend joining in a non-demonational church. Because with most other religion, you either believe their way or your not a believer at all. Some religions don't believe the full power of the Holy Ghost and therefore are afraid of it. I wouldn't recommend a Catholic church, because they believe in purgatory, etc. I would seek God for he will put you where he can use you the most.
---Rebecca_D on 5/30/07

I go to a Baptist church, but attend a Catholic prayer group. They're a great group of friends and charismatic. Wonderful.
My church isn't open 7 days aweek, but the Catholic church is. I can go down there any time I want to get away from the house. It's a quiet place to pray. The Catholic prayer group welcomes any denomination in town. We pray for Iraq, the country, community, town leaders, those in the hospital, families. Television cannot compare to fellowship with a group of believers.
---Wildflowers on 5/30/07

I strongly recommend the Catholic Church. We are very traditional, typically conservative and sing the Psalms at every Mass. Our services are heavy laden with scripture (can't have too much scripture) and are not too flashy. And there are plenty of ministries to serve in if you want to.
---lorra8574 on 5/30/07

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Find the Church that follows these verses in the Bible that desribes the True Church of God! Rev 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed(Gods Church), which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Rev 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
Find the remnant Church and I think things will go fine for you!

Best regards,

---Delmus on 5/30/07

susan, I am sorry to see noone offered to have you in their church...I advise you to go to the Seventh Day Adventist church near you...and you will be surprised at what you may see and learn there...they are absolutely welcoming and friendly and would love to answer any questions you may want to ask...Try it dear, dont listen to hearsays...
They teach purely from the bible and they are still singing from hymnals and very few modern songs..God bless you in your search...
---jana on 8/26/06

If you can find a good 'ol Bible church you should give it a try. Of course they are not all going to be the same, but I go to a the Dittmer Bible church in Missouri and I love it there. It is small, but the sermons are rich with the Word of God.
---tofurabby on 8/22/06

Find a small church which teached straight from the KJV and having no other book written my man (concordances, etc) If you can't find a church start a home church much like the the Apostles did and lasted the first three hundred years after Christ assended. Joining a small church is more personal where you'll get to truly know the people and develop closer relationships.
---Steven on 8/21/06

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find a church that uses the KJB and odds are they'll be traditional.
---r.w. on 8/21/06

2 Thes. 2:15 hold the traditions which ye have been taught
2 Thes. 3:6 not after the traditions which he received of us
1 Pet. 1:18 vain conversation received by traditions

The LORD is exact in how he prophesies about the ways of man. His fulfillment is astonishing.
---Robert on 7/20/06

Sorry I have not posted in months. I have found a traditional congregation about 3miles (or 10 driving minutes) from where i moved to last May. They are nice,traditional, & with the word of the Lord.
---Susan_B. on 12/17/05

If you REALLY want a REALLY traditional church, you won't find it in any of the reformation/post reformation churches.

"Mainline Protestant with hymnal music" is by definition, NOT traditional.
---Jack on 5/31/05

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This usually depends more on the local congregation and pastor then the denomination in mainline churches. But mainline demonimations do have problems with infiltration by chrismatic subgroups they generally tend to split the congregations into factions. This often resulting in separate services to accomidate each group. If they are not using an overhead projector to put the words to the songs on the wall and raising their hands when they sing you well probably like the service.

---phia4633 on 5/23/05

I struggle with the same thing. It seems all there is out there these days is pop culture invading the church. There is a 1/2 hour of rock concert and a short message and I go away spiritually hungrier than when I went in. But, I don't have the answer other that to try like me until you perhaps find one. I miss choirs as there are hardly any left in Canadian evangelical churches. So, I do sympathize and hope that there are some more changes to something more that chorouses with repitition and not much theology.
---Dennis_Z. on 4/25/05

There is nothing wrong with wanting to attend a traditional church with hymnal music, but there is also nothing wrong with contemporary music either. The Lord wants us to be "ON FIRE" for him and that is a great way to get pumped up and show him how much we love him.
---JENNY on 4/20/05

---ivan on 4/13/05

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churches are leaving the old traditions of song because I think they feel the majority of the population think we are in a modern world and have to reflect the times. The problem lies in the more we become like the world the more we lose the traditional values that is who we are and represent.
---sharon on 4/11/05

Susan: I have had my time about looking for a traditional church, I grew up LDS (Mormon) I left that church over doctinal issues, I have attended many over the years and in 1997 I went to a old fashioned church that was in Oklahoma, it was a Baptist Church affiliated with the American Baptist (Missionary) for more information and a doctirnial statement of beliefs contact me I am now pastoring one of the ABA churches in Phoenix Arizona God Bless and I will pray for you and your search: Pastor wayne nelson
---Wayne on 4/11/05

Hi:) I know that some churches are moving towards a more "flashy" style and the truth is that some people do prefer to worship God singing the traditional songs we grew up with. Our church has three services, the first is traditional, the last is contemporary and the one in the middle is ... a little of both. Many Southern Baptist churches like ours are going to this kind of plan.
---anissa on 4/6/05

Thanks for the responses. I can check & see what they have;)
---Susan_B. on 4/5/05

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Susan, I want the same thing. I recently joined a church and now I know I made a terrible mistake. I have finally found a little independent baptist church that is old fashioned and is in no way flashy, but I feel the spirit there and the warmth of the children of God. If there were discord in the church, I wouldn't feel what I feel there. Keep looking.
---shira_5965 on 4/5/05

Are you looking for a church of your choosing or one where God can use you? Pray and he'll put you where he wants you.
---Pardoned_2 on 4/5/05

Find an old fashioned Methodist Church that stayed out of the United Methodist Church, and you will find the answer to you question.
---Floyd on 4/5/05

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