What is an evangelical church
What is the Action Biblique church association
What is the JAB Jeunesse Action Biblique
If God is love, why does he allow suffering?
“A father formally forbids his child to put his hand on the lit electric stove otherwise he will burn and hurt himself. Even though the child has never been burned, he understands that it is serious and that for his own good it is best to obey. But, unfortunately, one day he puts his hand on the burning plate and burns himself badly and in terrible pain. Obviously his loving father cares for him and watches over him, until he is healed.“
True story of mankind:
“God formally forbade the first men to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, otherwise they will die (Genesis chapter 2, verses 16-17). Although at that time evil and death were foreign to their existence, they understood that it was serious. Yet one day they nevertheless ate of this fruit and evil, suffering and death returned to humanity. Obviously, a loving God accompanies humanity by allowing more life rather than what was merited as a consequence of his actions. Moreover, total healing is paid by God at the cost of the perfect life of Jesus.“
In short, the independence of mankind from God brought evil, suffering and death. Yet God demonstrates his benevolence through the life He makes possible, with His grace, His care and offers His presence and His comfort to whoever wishes to accept it freely.
Who better than anyone can accompany in the midst of suffering? Indeed, the Bible says about Jesus:
Isaiah chapter 53, verses 3-4;
3. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
What is the difference between an evangelical church and a protestant church?
2 Timothy chapter 3, verses 16-17
“All Scripture is inspired of God and useful for teaching, for convincing, for correcting, for instructing in righteousness, so that the man of God may be formed and equipped for every good work.”
Are evangelical churches cults?
First, the federal and cantonal authorities have no specific fears with respect to evangelical churches.
Second, sectarian movements are often characterized on the basis of certain criteria such as: dictatorial leadership of a person, annihilation of the person, of his personality, of his freedom, as well as a dubious relationship with money and often with suspicious customs/traditions.
Following the biblical example, the conduct of a church is always collegial and moreover constituted as an association of members to meet the requirements of the authorities. The Bible invites personal decisions (never constrains) and the development of the different gifts, capacities, personalities of believers for hte benefit of the community. There is no compulsory membership fee for anyone. If there is a donation, it is only voluntary (in other words there are no fees for religious services). The Bible invites real transparency and respect for one’s neighbor in all relationships and clearly in matters related to morality.
Regarding church leaders, the Bible says (1 Timothy chapter 3, verse 7): “He must finally receive a good testimony from people outside”.