Community Chapel and Bible Training Center
Community Chapel was a Pentecostal church south of Seattle that rejected the Christian doctrine of the Trinity. I was a member of it from 1978 to 1988. When I joined, I thought it was one of the best churches in the world, but to my bewilderment it split in 1988 while embroiled in several horrible scandals. It saw most of its members scatter to the winds and became a mere shell of its former self before dissolving completely in 2006.
During the course of that dissolution it became obvious to me that the teaching of the Chapel had been defective from the start, and that its founder and pastor, a man named Don Barnett, was not only a teacher of false doctrine but was emotionally disturbed before he'd ever founded the Chapel. I see now that what he created at Community Chapel had nothing at all to do with true Christian faith but was a bizarre, dysfunctional caricature of it.
In the past, as I resolved the questions I was left with after the Chapel collapsed, writing about them extensively in forums for ex-Chapel members and debating with those fellow ex-members the conclusions I arrived at, by necessity I found myself concentrating more and more on showing how and why the Chapel was so wrong. While that was very fruitful for my thought in some respects, I've found polemics are not very nourishing if made the primary focus of one's spiritual life. For the past few years, I've found myself thinking it is better—while still being mindful of the lessons I learned at the Chapel about the damage false doctrine does—to concentrate on showing what is true instead. Here are two sites where I try to do that:
- I Believe in the Holy Trinity—a site that affirms an important doctrine that the Chapel misled me into thinking false.
- "Arrive Without Traveling"—my blog about topics in Christian life and faith that I currently find interesting.
For those who are still interested in the sites that directly address the Chapel and its issues, here are the links to the old Chapel site and to the blog where I do address Chapel topics when I feel the need: