We have a battle going on at our house. I was a Baptist for most of my life. I became more and more frustrated with the Baptist faith, because it didn’t seem to match what I was reading in the Bible about Salvation - mainly in the areas of “Faith alone” and “Once Saved, Always Saved” - things that the Baptist church strongly teaches.
I stopped going to the Baptist church a few years ago, because of this frustration. I was so confused by the conflict between the Bible and the Baptist faith that I was stopped reading my Bible, and stopped praying altogether.
A few months ago, I found the Catholic faith, which nicely knits together the teachings that were so confusing to me. I enrolled in an RCIA class, and will be officially joining the Catholic church next month.
Hence the battle. My wife and 3 children are still Baptist. My wife is concerned that my children will desert their faith if I don’t continue to go to the Baptist church with them. (She thinks I should go to both churches… to keep everyone happy). She has always been a very forceful person, and she’s quite upset about this issue.
Being such a recent convert, and being so frustrated with the Baptist beliefs that defeated me for so many years, I’m not willing to continue going to the Baptist church, even if it brings temporary peace to my family. Besides that, I don’t want my children to misunderstand my attendance as acceptance. (My kids are 14, 12, and 9)
My wife has her therapist, her ultra-devout Baptist family (not surprising…) and my Mom on her side. (My mom is Catholic)
What should I do? Do I continue to go to the Baptist church even though I strongly object to what they teach? I could really use some advice here.