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      Psalms 119:1-8                                         Sep. 5 - Oct. 2, 2019
      1 ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
      2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
      3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
      4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
      7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
      8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
      The following verse stood out to me...
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      At first glance it seemed to me this person’s soul is poured out with intense desire to have God’s direction in keeping His Word.
      I made a small wood fire in our backyard for my granddaughter, Julia, since she would be staying overnight with us. My wife and Julia stayed outside at the fire for about half an hour. Then, I found myself alone to watch the fire die out on a particularly lovely evening. So I took my verse from above and began to repeat it for memorization. As I repeated the verse, I tried to contemplate the words and apply them to what I was seeing around me. 
      The moon and stars were out now peering through the scattered clouds above.
      [Genesis 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. Genesis 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, Genesis 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.]
      Thought 1         
      The moon has stayed his course since the day God created him, also the stars, obeying the statutes directed by God from the first day they were created. Can you imagine God’s direction to the Moon and stars, “moon you will have a path through the sky above the earth, stars you will occupy the firmament above the moon and be clearly visible in the cloudless night sky.”
      Then, the trees, grass, even the air we breathe obey the statues God gave them from the beginning. None of these creations have souls, none have hearts, none have intelligence, but they all observe God’s statutes, His instructions for their limited time on earth.
      Thought 2
      What if we were like the moon, stars, trees, grass, or the other creations which have no soul? We would be directed to keep God’s statutes without choosing to keep them. This is not the image of God, there would be no dominion over other creatures, or over the earth. We would not be capable of experiencing the joy and peace of learning the love of God
      Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
      Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
      Thought 3 (October 2, 2019)
      Is the psalmist pleading God to force God’s statutes to become the man’s ways? No, he is speaking of his own failure in keeping God’s statutes and his desire to keep them, very much like Paul in Romans 7:14-25.
      God doesn’t work through force to turn men from their ways that they would desire His statutes or desire God Himself. Men must reject (repent) put aside his own ways and voluntarily seek God and His statutes.

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I am a Catholic who attends the local Catholic parish on Saturday Vigil Mass. I also attend the local Baptist Church on Sunday mornings where I was Baptized via immersion(as a public profession of faith that I gave my life to Christ some 20 years ago) on 21 May 2017. I am both Catholic and Baptist as the result of having been Baptized via immersion at that Baptist Church. In the fall I will take membership preparation class in order to become a member of that Baptist Church I attend on Sunday mornings.

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With all due respect you cannot be both.  The Catholic mass is a scarifice where the 'priest' offers Christ as a sacrifice again and again. Scripture says "Christ died once and for all'

Heb 10:10  By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

If you were baptised on just those two questions the pastor was in error.  You should have given a personal testimony which should have been also given yo the church.  You should also have given evidence that you had left you past life, which you obviously haven't. 

"The mass is a blasphemous fable and a dangerous deceipt."  One of The Anglican 59 articles.
 

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3 hours ago, Invicta said:

With all due respect you cannot be both.  The Catholic mass is a scarifice where the 'priest' offers Christ as a sacrifice again and again. Scripture says "Christ died once and for all'

Heb 10:10  By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

If you were baptised on just those two questions the pastor was in error.  You should have given a personal testimony which should have been also given yo the church.  You should also have given evidence that you had left you past life, which you obviously haven't. 

"The mass is a blasphemous fable and a dangerous deceipt."  One of The Anglican 59 articles.
 

Excellent post

Although I may not be in 100% agreement with the baptism pre-reqs, I understand what you are saying:

Acts 8:35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. 36And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? 37And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. 38And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.

**This does however indicate to me that Philip took the man's word for it. Perhaps we should ask the right question....

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6 hours ago, John Yurich said:

I am a Catholic who attends the local Catholic parish on Saturday Vigil Mass. I also attend the local Baptist Church on Sunday mornings where I was Baptized via immersion(as a public profession of faith that I gave my life to Christ some 20 years ago) on 21 May 2017. I am both Catholic and Baptist as the result of having been Baptized via immersion at that Baptist Church. In the fall I will take membership preparation class in order to become a member of that Baptist Church I attend on Sunday mornings.

You "gave your life to Christ" 20 yrs ago. 10 people might define that 6-10 different ways. What do you mean? How does that work? If someone came to you and said, "Hey how can I get all my sins forgiven?", what would you tell them?

 

Yes, I asked 3 separate questions.

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Back in the 1950s, I think it was, Ian Paisly attended a depate at the Oxford Union during which he held up a Catholic wafer and said "This is the Roman Catholi god".  He got a lost of abuse for that, but Chiniquy (sp?) in his 50 years in the church of Rome, twive refers to the consecrated wafer as the "Bon Dieu, the good god". He mentios the the "Bon Dieu," was onve lost in the snow when taking it to parihioners in the winter and another time when it was dropped in a babies potty.  What sort of God was that?

This god also demands human sacrifices Many of the martyrs were asked one question. "Do you believe there is a real prescence in the mass?"  If they answered "No" then they were burnt to death.

I have a question for you, "Do you believe there is a real prescence in the mass?"

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On ‎6‎/‎16‎/‎2017 at 4:41 PM, Invicta said:

With all due respect you cannot be both.  The Catholic mass is a scarifice where the 'priest' offers Christ as a sacrifice again and again. Scripture says "Christ died once and for all'

Heb 10:10  By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

If you were baptised on just those two questions the pastor was in error.  You should have given a personal testimony which should have been also given yo the church.  You should also have given evidence that you had left you past life, which you obviously haven't. 

"The mass is a blasphemous fable and a dangerous deceipt."  One of The Anglican 59 articles.
 

Naturally I reject and repudiate the false Catholic doctrine that the Mass is a sacrifice. I also reject and repudiate all the other false Catholic doctrines and the false parts of the Mass. I adhere only to the scriptural Catholic doctrines and I only participate in the scriptural parts of the Mass.  When I met with that Baptist Pastor in April to arrange for the Baptism I was asked 2 questions: (1)Did I accept Jesus as my Savior and Lord? and (2)Did I trust entirely in Jesus alone for salvation? And when I answered in the affirmative to both questions than that Baptist Pastor was satisfied that I was really saved and a proper candidate for Baptism via immersion. And before I was Baptized via immersion in front of a crowd I was asked those 2 questions again. On the day of the Baptism during worship at that Baptist church I attend on Sunday morning I went up front and before the congregation I gave my testimony of how I got saved. I stated that in November 1997 I was prompted by the Holy Spirit to accept Jesus as my Savior and Lord and to trust entirely in Him alone for salvation during an Altar Call that was given during a Wild Game Feed at a Non Denominational Church. There are several individuals who attend that Baptist Church that I attend who attend 2 different churches. I am both Catholic and Baptist since I attend both the Catholic and Baptist Churches.

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17 hours ago, Invicta said:

Back in the 1950s, I think it was, Ian Paisly attended a depate at the Oxford Union during which he held up a Catholic wafer and said "This is the Roman Catholi god".  He got a lost of abuse for that, but Chiniquy (sp?) in his 50 years in the church of Rome, twive refers to the consecrated wafer as the "Bon Dieu, the good god". He mentios the the "Bon Dieu," was onve lost in the snow when taking it to parihioners in the winter and another time when it was dropped in a babies potty.  What sort of God was that?

This god also demands human sacrifices Many of the martyrs were asked one question. "Do you believe there is a real prescence in the mass?"  If they answered "No" then they were burnt to death.

I have a question for you, "Do you believe there is a real prescence in the mass?"

Of course I do not believe in the Catholic doctrine of the real presence. I accept the Lutheran doctrine of Holy Communion which states that Jesus is present in, with and under the bread and wine. I also accept the Baptist doctrine of Holy Communion.

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3 hours ago, John Yurich said:

Of course I do not believe in the Catholic doctrine of the real presence. I accept the Lutheran doctrine of Holy Communion which states that Jesus is present in, with and under the bread and wine. I also accept the Baptist doctrine o

4 hours ago, John Yurich said:

Naturally I reject and repudiate the false Catholic doctrine that the Mass is a sacrifice. I also reject and repudiate all the other false Catholic doctrines and the false parts of the Mass. I adhere only to the scriptural Catholic doctrines and I only participate in the scriptural parts of the Mass.  When I met with that Baptist Pastor in April to arrange for the Baptism I was asked 2 questions: (1)Did I accept Jesus as my Savior and Lord? and (2)Did I trust entirely in Jesus alone for salvation? And when I answered in the affirmative to both questions than that Baptist Pastor was satisfied that I was really saved and a proper candidate for Baptism via immersion. And before I was Baptized via immersion in front of a crowd I was asked those 2 questions again. On the day of the Baptism during worship at that Baptist church I attend on Sunday morning I went up front and before the congregation I gave my testimony of how I got saved. I stated that in November 1997 I was prompted by the Holy Spirit to accept Jesus as my Savior and Lord and to trust entirely in Him alone for salvation during an Altar Call that was given during a Wild Game Feed at a Non Denominational Church. There are several individuals who attend that Baptist Church that I attend who attend 2 different churches. I am both Catholic and Baptist since I attend both the Catholic and Baptist Churches.

That would not qualify you for baptism in our church.  I stated our position.  When you are saved you leave your past life behind.  It seems you are trying to take it with you..  The scdipture says "Come out of her my people."

 

 

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5 minutes ago, Invicta said:

 

Invicta, That passage from scripture "Come out of her my people" is not required for salvation and entering Heaven.  The only requirement for salvation and entering Heaven is to embrace Jesus as ones Savior and Lord and trust entirely in Him alone for salvation. That is Baptist teaching. In the fall I will take membership preparation class during Adult Sunday School on Sunday mornings at that Baptist Church I attend on Sunday mornings to become a member of that Baptist Church. After finishing the membership preparation class I will then be presented to the congregation and the elders to become a member of that Baptist Church I attend on Sunday morning. I then will be a member of both a Catholic and Baptist Church.

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19 hours ago, John Yurich said:

Naturally I reject and repudiate the false Catholic doctrine that the Mass is a sacrifice. I also reject and repudiate all the other false Catholic doctrines and the false parts of the Mass. 

John,

I'm not asking you to answer this publicly here on the forum, but ask yourself why you would continue being a part of the RCC while you know they have false doctrines that you reject and repudiate.

What is THE reason that you stay? 

 

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1 hour ago, Alimantado said:

If you pull that off, you may as well try for Mormon Church membership too, hey even Scientology.

That is so ridiculous. I would never want to attend or even be a member of the Cults of Mormonism and Scientology since they don't worship Jesus as God. But since the Catholic Church worships Jesus as God than it is not a Cult. A Cult is a religious organization and does not worship Jesus as God. That is the definition of a Cult that I got from the late Presbyterian minister D. James Kennedy of Florida.

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John, why do you want to stay in the RCC? You have said yourself that it teaches serious false doctrines - doctrines that affect salvation itself. A person cannot be saved if they believe and follow the teachings of the RCC - they would be trusting in works, instead of Christ's finished work (once for all, accepted by grace through faith). You're right that RCC is not a cult - it is a false religion.

"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." Matthew 7:21-23

 

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19 hours ago, HappyChristian said:

The teaching to come out from among them means to separate. For you to continue as a member of the RCC and try to obtain membership in a Baptist church at the same time brings up several issues.

First, either you have not told this Baptist pastor that you intend to retain your membership in the RCC, or, if you have told him, he doesn't have the discernment he needs.

Second, RCC doctrine is diametrically opposed to traditional (biblical) Baptist beliefs, so for you to desire to retain membership in the RCC and be a member of a Baptist church, attending both services shows a lack of discernment and biblical knowledge on your part.

There are verses before "come out from among them"...2 Corinthians 6 is quite clear. Verses 14-17 state: 

"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing..."

The RCC is unrighteous. It is built on idolatry. There is no concord (agreement) between Christ and the RCC.  

You will never grow in Christ if you spend time attending RCC services thinking you are attending a church that honors God.

Of course I did not make my Baptist pastor cognizant that I attend both the Catholic and Baptist Churches as it is none of his business. I don't like to discuss my beliefs that much with clergy. I am growing in Christ at that Baptist Church that I attend on Sunday mornings because I attend Adult Sunday School before worship, I fellowship with the congregation before worship and I am friends with half of the congregation. And I am very involved in various church activities at that Baptist Church from attending Adult Sunday School before worship to going to soup lunches and other meals after worship. Before I started attending that Baptist Church I was not that social and did not make friends easily. It is a lie that every Catholic doctrine is diametrically opposed to Biblical and Baptist doctrines as there are some biblical Catholic doctrines. And Catholics are not unbelievers since they worship Jesus as God. Unbelievers do not worship Jesus as God. Stating that 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 is required for salvation and entering Heaven is adding another requirement onto salvation.

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27 minutes ago, Salyan said:

John, why do you want to stay in the RCC? You have said yourself that it teaches serious false doctrines - doctrines that affect salvation itself. A person cannot be saved if they believe and follow the teachings of the RCC - they would be trusting in works, instead of Christ's finished work (once for all, accepted by grace through faith). You're right that RCC is not a cult - it is a false religion.

"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." Matthew 7:21-23

 

I wish to remain in the Catholic Church because I was raised Catholic and I like the liturgical worship. I also like the non liturgical worship of the Baptist Church. I wish to be both Catholic and Baptist.

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18 hours ago, Ukulelemike said:

I have to agree with Invicta and Happy: the Bible is very clear that the followers of Christ are supposed to come out of false religions, and the Catholic organization, (I won't call it a church), is an idolatrous cult, whether you personall adhere to it or not. The offices of Pope, Bishop and priest, as the Catholics define them, are completely unscriptural; their baptism is unscriptural, as it the Lutheran's; their Table is a table of devils, not of God; their core teachings of mariolatry, adoration of saints and church-established sainthood are an abomination; their very long history or sanctioning the murder of those who disagree with them is an affront to ANY believer; their pedobaptism gives a false hope to many of some sort of salvation; and their insistence that to go to heaven one must be a practicing Catholic is taking the place of the work of Christ.

frankly, there is not ONE good thing about the Catholic institution: they labored for centuries to deny man the word of God, murdering those who dared translate it to the vulgar tongue, or who dared own one of them. Tell me, what good is there in such a wicked and ungodly organization? Come out from among them and be ye separate, saith the Lord... 

It is false that every Catholic doctrine is unscriptural. There are scriptural Catholic doctrines and scriptural parts of the Mass. The Catholic Church worships the biblical and historical Jesus as God. If a Catholic who is Born Again by reason of having given their life to Christ and they trust entirely in Jesus alone for salvation and they attend both the Catholic and Baptist Churches than they are saved and will enter Heaven when they pass away. Isn't it good enough that I attend a Baptist Church on Sunday mornings without ceasing attending the Catholic Church on Saturdays? It is not required for salvation for one who gave their life to Christ to entirely leave the Catholic Church and only attend a Baptist Church.

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