We went to a church where the “preacher” taught that Christian growth was optional.
2 Peter 3:18a “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you may be no priest to me. Because you have forgotten your God’s law, I will also forget your children.”
Yahweh God forgetting our children is a pretty bad punishment.
I have wondered about that “preacher’s” children. Later I found out that he ran off anyone who did exhibit any Christian growth. His scriptural knowledge was very weak and he intended to raise his family in a nice cushy job where his Eldership was several states away.