And it is because of what we see here Nick,in what you say as well,that throughout history,believers had to often endure ridicule and misunderstanding from the very church they were brought up in,or converted to.<quoted text>Pad,i loved the "road you often must travel alone in faith".Many are unaware of this sort of spiritual work that must occur between the person and the Holy Spirit. Dogma is not enough.Sometimes we are in darkness and sometime in light as we travel this road. I really like the term I will use it.
The fat remains that no man is an island,true,but God does work in us individually,and that does separate us at times from not only the church,but even family,yet i n all truth,God does not want the individual to isolate from the church or family,but that He teaches us often away from those we are dear to.
Matters of discipline and intimacy with God Himself!