As I look back at my life most of which was spent in the Christian churches my biggest regrets were that for decades too;
1: That the pastors had lied to me about their role even in the church, and they had not led me into the proper spiritual truths. The pastors, elders had clearly lied when they said I was to obey and to follow them, or led me falsely to believe that was a priority but submission to God is what God firstly desires and not to any man, and rather I was to obey and follow the leading of God, Jesus, the holy spirit over man’s too.
(Mat 4:19 KJV) And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.(Acts 5:29 KJV) Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. (Jer 17:5 KJV) Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. (Jer 17:7 KJV) Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. see also http://pbulow.tripod.com/struct.html
2: Jesus himself had said without me you can do nothing.. you are the branches and I am the vine and if you do not abide with me you will die. (John 9:33 KJV) If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.
(John 15:5 KJV) I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. 9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. see also http://pbulow.tripod.com/whatChurch.htm
3: No one had told me that the holy spirit empowers us to live the Christian life that God wants us to live, to even to be able to help others.
(Acts 1:8 KJV) But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 10:38 KJV) How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. see also http://pbulow.tripod.com/anointed.html
4: No pastor had told me that I could specially hear God voice personally, a clear distinct voice but they were too busy telling me about the devil..
(John 10:27 KJV) My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: (Gen 27:8 KJV) Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee. (Exo 19:5 KJV) Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:(Jer 7:23 KJV) But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you. (Jer 11:7 KJV) For I earnestly protested unto your fathers in the day that I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, even unto this day, rising early and protesting, saying, Obey my voice. see also http://pbulow.tripod.com/voice.html
5: and they left out many other things now too… see also http://pbulow.tripod.com/
6: I also have not regretted I had not prayed more for myself even that God would deliver me for all evil… so I could live a quiet and peaceful life..
(1 Tim 2:1 KJV) I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; :2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; see also http://pbulow.tripod.com/praying.html
Well it was better for me to learn the truths now later over never..