I am hoping someone can help me gain a better understanding of how the Holy Spirit guides into truth.
Years ago as a Catholic, I decided to learn about other Christian Demonimations and attended Protestant Churches, Pentacostal Churches, Methodist Churches and even Jehovah Witnesses Kingdom Hall to name a few.
What I learned is that they all seem to have their strengths and weaknesses, some more than others. My confusion is that many non-Catholic Christians are really dedicated to their faith even though some of the teachings are downright blasphemous. For example the Jehovah Witnesses deny that Jesus is God and yet I find many Jehovah Witnesses who really want to dedicate their lives to God.
It was then that I encountered the most destructive teaching to my own faith from an assistant Pastor of a Pentacostal church. What was taught is a negative and even vindictive image of God. It is not taught directly but over time this view of God almost destroyed my own faith. Any problems that I encountered in the Catholic Church pales besides this problem because it distorts your very relationship with God. I had to dissassociate my self with this influence for a while to heal my own faith.
My question and confusion is this; The Pastor was teaching what I consider poison and yet I truly believe that he loves God. Just like the Jehovah Witness teaching that Jesus is not God. Why does the Holy Spirit not lead them into the truth? Why do their organizations flourish based on these destructive false teachings?
Any help would be appreciated.