An Orthodox reading Matthew Henry
Let God Judge them.
I do not want that job
Who said anything about judging the people, I'm talking about the belief system.
Because a church is not a building or set of rules, a church is made up of us sinners,
True, and yet in the context of the OP which was asking about beliefs, this misses the mark. This, I think, is the disconnect. I'm talking about belief systems and the judgements I've made about them relative to my own
actions and beliefs your talking about other people. When I began the process of converting it was not about people it was about beliefs. The Orthodox church I go to is in another city and hour away, the church I left is in my city. I still see those people in the store, at parties, we still go to each others homes at times. I love them, I hug on them and I don't think I'm better than them.
I am not suggesting we accept any doctrine,...
Good, I was starting to get worried.
But that we quit trying to be picky rather than forgive. He said mercy above all else, and who are we to judge others.
Forgiveness is for people, not belief systems. None of the people in my previous church have done anything to cause me to need to forgive them or judge them.
God will not judge you wrongly based on what church you were brought up in.
God, of course, will not judge anyone "wrongly"
but I don't think that's what you meant. I don't think I disagree with you here.
Or what church you converted to.
But I do think I will be judged based on what I do with the knowledge I have. Correct doctrine once known and understood does matter.
do you think he should condemn those others who did not convert with you, or do you think he will condemn those for the mistakes of their churches doctrine?
I certainly hope he doesn't but what God does with others is their business and God's, not mine. Hmm that sounds familiar.
and just as Jesus refused to prejudge them or postjudge them based on his ministry, going to pray where he knew he was to be rejected, he was welcoming all,and willing to be merciful to any sinner, including the worst such as me.
Jesus, of course, is God He can go anywhere He wants. I on the other hand am a weak and sinful human I should perhaps be more careful. Look, I've been to my parent's Protestant church (and my Orthodox priest uncle with me) several times since moving towards Orthodoxy and my brother-in-law's Roman Catholic church. But these are special occasions, the Orthodox church is where I go to worship and to pray
, I think there's a canon or something...