In the U.S., the Anglican (here called "Episcopalian") church has its moral teachings determined by popular vote. Thus (in the U.S.) for example: it is permissible for a homosexual who is involved in a homosexual relationship to act as priest and even Bishop.
Clearly this is not the sort of person you...
Best answer: In the U.S., the Anglican (here called "Episcopalian") church has its moral teachings determined by popular vote. Thus (in the U.S.) for example: it is permissible for a homosexual who is involved in a homosexual relationship to act as priest and even Bishop.
Clearly this is not the sort of person you want leading you toward a good relationship with God.
The Roman Catholic Church has, in my opinion, only a few faults:
- lots of "extra, mandatory regulations" bearing on Christians that are not found in the Bible and that (in my opinion) therefore should not be mandatory. (Some types of those regulations the Bible itself teaches should not be mandatory upon Christians.) If you become a Catholic you willingly subscribe to these mandatory regulations, so THAT is "OK" Biblically - but I personally do not want to subscribe to many of those regulations.
- - - including, for example, occasional prayer to saints, which is an included part of certain mandatory religious services
- in my experience, extremely boring religious services that do little or nothing regarding
- - - teaching something new about Christianity (all such "homilies" in my experience are very basic, teaching only the most basic and well-known concepts of Christianity)
- - - improving my relationship with God
- in most cases that I have experienced, terrible-sounding music (but there are exceptions)
Of course the last two are a purely subjective issue.
On the other hand, Catholics and Anglicans (and Lutherans as well) read more from the Bible during a regular Sunday service than almost any other church I have ever attended, and I consider that a very positive thing.
There are several Pentecostal churchs. If you refer to the United Pentecostal Church, their church services are quite startling for first-timers (I suppose you have already discovered) but also quite entertaining. In fact: in my opinion, United Pentecostal services are more designed to entertain the congregation than they are to teach the congregation useful concepts. Another (subjective, personal) problem I have is that the music is painfully loud.
If those were the only three choices
I would not attend church
but if I felt that I had to attend weekly church service
I would choose either Catholic or Pentecostal, depending on which was most bearable and depending on the how much the churches teach doctrines that contradict the Bible.
The Anglican (Episcopalian) tendency to allow society (rather than God) to dictate their moral doctrines makes them a no-joiner.