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  1. 5 points
    DaveW

    New car!

    Well, new to me anyway. Our old roundabout car has been less than reliable of late and I finally gave up on it. It was a 1997 Chrysler Neon (Dodge or Plymouth to you guys but sold here as a Chrysler). It was fun, but had a few issues which I couldn't solve. Anyway, I found a 2000 Ford Mondeo st24, which I think was sold in the US as the Ford Contour. It was unlicensed and the rules here are pretty strict but it seemed in good nick. Offered the guy $500 for it. He wanted $750, but he took my offer. A week of fiddling and another $80 for seat covers and it passed inspection today. There are all sorts of costs involved 8n the inspection process, but all in it has me about $900 including purchase price, and these are valued at $3000. So I am happy and it is a really nice car albeit 18 years old. Drives almost like new, has ABS, four front airbags, traction control, and a really good set of tyres. Sporty version too, so I can still have some fun. I know it is not in the least bit spiritual, but to be honest, the Lord has supplied this for us. If anyone genuinely cares I will try to add a photo, but hey.... it is a car - you all know what they look like.😁
  2. 4 points
    Since I was unable to write a response in the "You got my Vote!" poll without actually voting...and I'm not sure that I could have written a response even if I had voted...I've created this new topic instead. In light of the fact that all four of the "You got my Vote!" poll questions revolve around "the commandments/God's commandments/10 Commandments", and in looking at poll question number 4 in particular (since I'm well aware of what Seventh Day Adventists believe the mark of the beast is), I wonder if that poll is actually meant to be a way to put forth Seventh Day Adventist teachings under the guise of an innocent poll. Another thing that I find interesting is that the avatar used by EvangAlived is of a similar type used by the last Seventh Day Adventist (that I recall) who joined this forum. So, though EvangAlived hasn't responded to Alan's assertion of Seventh Day Adventism, and while EvangAlived has purposely not told (when asked) what his "religious affiliation" is, and since he mentioned reading the works of Walter Veith (mixed in with other writers), I can only assume that EvangAlived is a Seventh Day Adventist...or his system of belief is strongly influenced by Seventh Day Adventism.
  3. 4 points
    We all know that in Hosea it is talking in the past tense which means that the primary application of the Hosea passage is to the Nation of Israel. Further the passage in Matthew 2 which states it is the fulfillment of Hosea says: 15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son. Notice something missing from this verse? Yep, that's right - the name "Israel" - because that part of the Hosea passage had already been fulfilled and was not relevant. So now you misrepresent the Bible as well as members here. And you still give us no reason to trust you. You claim that I am either too stupid or too unspiritual to understand Dan 9 because I pointed out to you that your idea of AD31 being the end of the obligation and sacrifice is ANTI-BIBLICAL. You refuse to answer that instead simply trying to belittle me. Why should trust anything you say?
  4. 4 points
    Alan

    Revelation chapter 19-22 Study.

    Dave, I do want to take the time to thank you noticing the method of comparing scripture with scripture in this study of Revelation chapter 19-22. The words of Paul the apostle in 2 Timothy 2:15 is the only way of properly interpreting the prophecies of the book of Revelation. "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15 Throughout this study I have maintained that the prophecy of the Old Testament prophets will be be literally fulfilled as written in the book of Revelation. So, it is our responsibility, if we are to be a good workman, to study, and to rightly divide the scriptures in order to arrive at the correct interpretation as God intended. Also, I did link the answer to his questions as you mentioned in order not to cause confusion. I felt, and still am of the persuasion, that nothing new needed to be said that was not already available for study in the previous lessons. Nor did I feel the need to clarify any of my previous statements. As with the question by Rosie on the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, sometimes there is need for clarification, or further study, and bring out passages in scriptures that I did not bring out earlier or to add some more information to keep the study up-to-date. With Rosie's question, I felt the need to bring out another passage and bring the study up-to-date. I just wanted to thank you for your thoughts on why I handled the current situation as I did. I appreciate you very much. Alan
  5. 4 points
    DaveW

    Revelation chapter 19-22 Study.

    If I may reply here since Evangalived seems to be intent on misrepresenting Alan: He did not say he was not interested in the parallels AT ALL - only that he was not interested in revisiting those parallels in this subject, particularly as he ahs already done so in other threads. It is certainly NOT very charitable of you to suggest that Alan is not interested in comparing Scripture with Scripture - HE MOST CERTAINLY IS, as has been clearly demonstrated time after time after time both in his studies presented here and also in his answers to other people's posts. He linked those threads so that you can find his answers in them - to answer again in this thread would be to add confusion to the purpose OF THIS THREAD. If you would bother to read the link which he has posted, you may very well find PRECISELY the answers you are looking for, but your answers seem to present Alan as being unwilling (or are you suggesting unable) to answer. Finally, your church affiliation is actually a very important piece of information, for different groups define words differently. To know your affiliation gives an insight into the reasons for your questions and the ideology behind the way you make statements - it helps to avoid confusion. Also, the only reason someone would want to hide their affiliation is if they have something to hide...…. I understand someone not wanting to name their particular church, but the "brand" of church they attend is another thing entirely - it has no bearing on your personal safety or safeguarding your personal information, and there is no reason NOT to give that information - unless you are here for less than honest purposes. I hate it when an author does not include his affiliation information: it makes it harder to know precisely what he means with certain statements. I have a book by a Presbyterian man which in general is a good book but when he mentions baptism, I know he is talking about infant baptism - because I know he is a Presbyterian. HE did not include that info in the sleeve of his book by the way - I had to find out for myself, and it made clear some statements that he made that were "a bit strange" until I knew of his predisposed views. So tell us clearly - are you affiliated with the SDA's? By the way, we have had people here who are not IFB and they manage to get on reasonably well with the rest of us - so this information will not be an automatic ejection.
  6. 4 points
    While I agree that there does come a time where people may be given over to a reprobate mind. I do not however believe because of Romans 1 that it somehow means homosexuals cannot be saved. This contradicts the scripture from Corinthians that I posted earlier today!
  7. 4 points
    Jordan Kurecki

    Reprobates & Salvation

    1 Corinthians 6:9-11 KJV [9] Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, [10] Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. [11] And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. Some of the Corinthians were homosexuals who had been saved.
  8. 4 points
    BroMatt

    Farewell, friends

    On this site, a roll-out was implemented last week. Only users that are not logged in will see ads. In short, if you are logged in, you will not see ads.
  9. 3 points
    Rebecca

    Possible solutions to problems

    The majority of forums out there, mostly non-religious, have restrictions in place for new comers. For example, a dog forum I'm a part of has a rule that new comers are restricted to the "introduction" thread for their first post, and then are limited to a certain number of posts for a limited time (about two weeks, some are a month) to prevent flooding of the forums, which is an instant suspension if any one does it, new comer or otherwise. A rabbit forum I''m a part of has restrictions on giving health advice, their rules for what can and can not be posted are clearly outlined. Sometimes people come on and start spouting health advice that is actually harmful to rabbits and shows their lack of education in rabbit health. When asked for credentials, they refuse and just like all false teachers, attack those concerned about the dangerous advice being given. Threads like those are closed immediately and the op either suspended or banned, sometimes before anyone has a chance to post a reply to the op. I think this site could benefit from restrictions similar to those.
  10. 3 points
    After all we have seen from this person in just a very short time, it never ceases to astound me that people of his ilk that come here always put on the same show. That show is the act of being surprised that we do not allow anyone other than IFB to use the IFB section of these forums. They burst on the scene as full blown teachers that are gong to straighten us all out. It is almost like someone walking into a strange church that they are not a member of and expecting to be able to just enter the pulpit and start preaching. Just a bit presumptuous in my mind. The Apostle Paul spoke of and warned against just this sort of danger to the truth of God's Word: 1Tim 1:4 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do. 5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: 6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; 7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.
  11. 3 points
    Yabruf

    Noobie here from AZ

    Hello, Im Jason from Arizona and I am new to this board. I am a former non-denom fun center Christian and have been IFB since April 2015. So far Im liking what Im reading here, and its a relief to read the thoughts and opinions of like minded believers. Saved and Baptized at around 12 yrs in a local baptist church inspite of my Catholic family. Did the repent of your sins Pentecostal thing as a teenager and did the backsliding thing in the military. Married with kids and made my way through multiple rock n roll fun centers before finding my roots again in a solid IFB church.
  12. 3 points
    Alan

    The Local Church.

    3 John 3-12, “Truth, Joy, Problems, Evil, Solution, Good, in the Local Church” 3 John 3-12, “For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers; Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well: Because that for his name’s sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles. We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellow-helpers to the truth. I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. Wherefore, If I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church. Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God. Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record; and ye know that our record is true.” The Local Church The story, the individuals, and the events of 2 John, take place at a local church, or an assembly, or a congregation, at an unmanned location. Although the author of the epistle is not named, since early church history most historians agree that the apostle John is the writer. In my study I will take the position that in this case the historians are correct. Also, I will use the terminology church, congregation, and assembly, interchangeably, to mean a local, indigenous, group of saints assembled together in a local, or regional, location. The apostle John is giving direction to a man named Gaius. He is presumably the same Gaius that the apostle Paul baptized in 1 Corinthians 1:14, the Gaius who traveled with Paul, Acts 19:29, and mentioned as the host of Tertius as mentioned in Romans 16:22 & 23. Truth The apostle John added this very important phrase in the introduction, “…whom I love in the truth.” 3 John 1. In this very short epistle the subject 'truth' is mentioned in verse 2, 3,4,8, and 12. Truth is mentioned in 2 John in verse 1, 2, 3, and 4, as the prerequisite for determining if a teacher is a deceiver, or an Antichrist, in the church. Also, the adherence to truth will determine our rewards in heaven and our relationship with the Lord Jesus. Truth is personalized in the person of Jesus Christ, written in book form, the Bible, and is the foundation of the doctrines and practices of the local church. The 'truth' of the scriptures is the only authority necessary for a local congregation. Truth watered down in the Universal Church Movement The doctrines, as written in the scriptures, are numerous and cover every aspect of the character of God, the character of the Lord Jesus, the character of the Holy Spirit, the history of the creation, the history of the Jews, the history of the world, the prophecies of the end times, the reality of heaven, the reality of hell, the Body of Christ, the local church, the eternal salvation of the soul by grace through faith, the future restoration of the nation of Israel, the inspiration of the scriptures, the preservation of the scriptures, details concerning the Spirit world, and love of God as expressed by the death of the Lord Jesus on the Cross of Calvary. All of these subjects are essential and the scriptures are the repository of all truth in every realm and subject. The proponents of the Universal Church movement are not only supplanting the truths concerning the body of Christ as found in the book of Ephesians, they are watering down, neglecting, ignoring, so many other essential biblical truths. Most para-church organizations are promoting the universal church so they can, like a business or a politician, reach as many people as possible in different churches of different beliefs to seek donations, sell their religious wares or program. I will give a case in point. Focus on the Family is a self-proclaimed para-church organization. On the Focus on the Family website, in an article called, “Looking for the 'Right' Church?” by Robert Velarde, Velarde quotes Robert M. bowman, Jr., “Although Christians are united on essentials such as the deity of Christ and His bodily resurrection, there is a lot of room for diversity on secondary issues, meaning different approaches and interpretations of Bible prophecy, varying means of baptism, differences regarding the details of communion, etc. There are also varying forms of church government such as episcopal, presbyterian and congregational.”i So, Robert Bowman lists only two essentials of the faith, “the deity of Christ and his bodily resurrection,” and regulates all other doctrines as, “secondary issues.” Joy 3 John 3 & 4, “For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” The Apostle John rejoiced greatly when he received word of the faithfulness of Gaius in the truth of the doctrines of the scriptures. As discussed before, the local church is the bedrock of all biblical truth. I Timothy 3:15, “But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” The truth of the scriptures not only sets us free, John 17:17, but it brings true joy. In the early church, the apostles were part of the foundation of the church; Ephesians 2:20. As part of the foundation, they were the personal representative of the Lord Jesus Christ within the local assemblies. And, as an apostle, and as a personal well-loved friend of Gaius, the Apostle John is giving personal direction in the adverse situation that arose in the local assembly. As this epistle is written to a close friend, and the Apostle John is an old man, he refers to himself as an 'elder.' The initial adverse situation that arose in the local assembly was that men, evidently missionaries, or evangelists, traveling from other areas, were not taken care of properly by the local assembly. The second adverse situation that arose was that when the Apostle John wrote to the leader of the church, Diotrephes, to rectify the situation the Apostle John was ignored and his leadership not respected. Diotrephes then had the gall to reject the admonition of the Apostle John but also to slander the Apostle John. This epistle was written in order to give instructions to Gaius to rectify both adverse situations. Non-denominational and Local The Apostle John did not instruct Gaius to appeal to a bishop over the church, a denominational headquarters, nor to the ‘universal church’ or to have a council to rectify the situation. The common practice of having a bishop over a local assembly is a man-made commandment started by the Roman Catholic Church, practiced by the Reformers, and is the foundation of every denomination since then. In all of the New Testament assemblies, the bishop was the pastor of an individual, and local, church. The Problem – Two in Number Verse 9 & 10, “I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. Wherefore, If I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church. The apostle John clearly stated, “I wrote unto the church ...” Obviously, the church the apostle John was referring too was a local congregation of saints. Therefore, the context proves that 'church' cannot in any form, or fashion, mean a 'universal' church. There were two problems in the church. 1. Diotrephes would not receive, or help, traveling ministers of the gospel and had cast them out the church. So, obviously since a saint cannot be cast out the body of Christ, the context proves that 'church' cannot in any form, or fashion, mean a 'universal' church. 2. Diotrephes verbally maligned, slandered, and refused the instruction of the apostle John. Diotrephes and his Character “…but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.” Diotrephes loved prominence, fame, the applause of the church. Diotrephes is an example of the Pharisees in the life of Christ. Matthew 23:5a, “But all their works they do for to be seen of men.” Starting from the Roman Catholic Chruch, the denominational churches, and the Charismatic Movement, churches are full of men like Diotrephes in the pulpit. The Evil in the Church 3 John 11a, “Beloved, follow not that which is evil…” The evil that the Apostle John warns Gaius, and us, not to follow is the person, and deeds, of Diotrephes, and those men of like character. In 2 John the apostle John is clearly warning all of the saints that many deceivers are in the world, in the churches, and all over the internet. I added the last phrase, “… and all over the internet” on my own accord. The apostle John added that the false doctrine of these deceivers are “evil deeds.” “For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” 2 John 11 Also, we must note the Diotrephes does not meet the full qualification of the pastor of the church. 1 Timothy 3:1, “This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach. Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous.” Diotrephes was not blameless, was not given to hospitality, nor was he of good behaviour . The Solution Verse 11, “Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.” By insinuation, the apostle John stated that the deeds of Diotrephes was 'evil.' To follow God is to follow 'good.' This standard is a sound biblical standard. The Christian is to follow 'good' and not 'evil' in the church and in his daily life. Proverbs 11:3, “The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.” The Good in the Church Verse 12, “Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record; and ye know that our record is true.” The apostle John is bearing record that a member of the congregation, Demetrius, is worthy of the leadership of the local assembly. In this short testimony, we can note that the reputation of Demetrius meets several of the qualifications for the position of the elder, or the pastor, of the church. 1 Timothy 3:1, “This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach. Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous.” Also, Demetrius met the qualifications of a pastor as listed in 1 Timothy 3:7. “Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into the condemnation of the devil.” I must repeat the words of Paul the apostle when he stated, “If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.” The office of the pastor of a New Testament church is a 'good' work and the apostle John is cleaning the local church of an 'evil' pastor and selecting a 'good' pastor. i Velarde, Robert “Looking for the 'Right' Church?” Focus on the Family. Founder. James Dobson. 2008. Sept. 26, 2018. <https://www.focusonthefamily.com/faith/becoming-a-christian/how-can-i-be-saved/finding-the-right-church>
  13. 2 points
    (Omega)

    Righteousness and Justification

    Thank you for posting this, Jim! We know that TRUE Christianity is the ONLY "religion" that is not based on "human achievement" -- but through the imputed righteousness from Christ as you pointed out very well. I am exasperated by all these "cults" that attempt to attain a righteous standing before God on their own merit; not knowing that their "righteousness" is nothing more than a menstrual cloth in God's sight. Matthew 7:21-23 gives an example of those who call Jesus lord, and then "boast" about their works (v.22); such false converts like SDA's, Jehovah's Witness, and Mormons will be in for a rude awakening on that day. Their "works" are nothing more than an "abomination" unto our Lord and God -- and a stench in His nostrils. God Bless!
  14. 2 points
    Wow. You think waaaaayyyyy too highly of yourself, IMO. You are only a man. Really? Dave asked first. Seriously, EvangAlived, we have no issue with non-IFBs who want to interact congenially and honestly (just ask Alimantado). But coming here just to preach at us is neither polite nor appreciated (and we've had a lot of it, so if we seem quick to react, it's from experience!). The issues you are experiencing are not because this board is rejecting 'truth' (as you define it), or because we're a bunch of old fuddy-duddies, but because you are refusing to follow board rules (i.e. no flooding the board) and common courtesy in your interactions here. If you end up getting yourself banned, it will be a result of your own actions and choices (so don't leave and glory in your 'persecution'!) Such behavior is neither likely to get true results for eternity nor honor Christ.
  15. 2 points
    If the Holy Spirit is the One who will guide us into ALL TRUTH (cf. 1 Kgs. 17:24; Jn. 8:32; 16:13; 17:17; cf. 18:37-38; Eph. 1:13-14; 1 Jn. 1:8; 4:6; et al.), then why are there so many doctrinal disagreements within the Body of Christ? I'm sure all of us have heard fellow believers tell us: "I know that I'm correct in my belief because the Holy Spirit told me so!" If a person is so arrogant, so lacking in basic humility, that they believe whatever they "feel" is right and that "feeling" is the presence of the Spirit validating their "feeling", then they are far out of the will of God and going their OWN rebellious way (cf. Gen. 6:3; Isa. 63:10; Ps. 106:33; Zech. 7:12; Acts 5:3; 7:51; 1 Cor. 2:14; 1 Thess. 5:19). In fact, the very idea that a person without the gift of teaching and without the preparation necessary to bring that gift to the point of valid functioning can make judgment calls on individual points of doctrine is arrogant in the extreme (cf. 2 Tim. 4:3-4; Matt. 23:1-39; Rom. 16:17-20; 1 Cor. 12:4-11; Gal. 1:6-9; 3:1-29; 6:3; 1 Tim. 6:3-5; 2 Pet. 2:1; 3:16; Rev. 22:18-19). What placed teachers in the Body? Was it not the Spirit (Joel 2:28-30; Lk. 11:11-13; Rom. 1:11; 12:6-8; 1 Cor. 12:1-31; 14:1; Jas. 1:17; 1 Pet. 4:10-11; Eph. 4:11-16). But this (hypothetical) person believes that he/she has no need of any teacher, has no need of any preparation, has no need of study -- just "feeling" something is right is correct (cf. Jer. 17:9).That clearly has nothing to do with the Spirit. If the Spirit did not gift that person, and if that person has not has gifted them and if indeed they were humble enough to follow the Spirit's guidance (cf. Mic. 6:8; 2 Chron. 7:14; Ps. 25:9; Prov. 11:2; Jas. 4:6; 1 Pet. 5:5; et al.), how can said person claim to be superior to those who have been gifted, who have prepared, and who have bothering to diligently study the matter out (2 Tim. 2:15). The fact that said person is not even willing to listen to the well-reasoned argument of someone who has consulted good teaching and who has at least bothered to search it out and test it out in the Bible just goes to show that the individual in question is arrogant and not humble (1 Jn. 4:1-6). If a person is arrogant, they are unteachable. If I -- who know nothing about engineering and very little about mathematics -- tell the math professor I will not listen because I "feel" I know that the answer should be, and if I tell the engineer to build the bridge a different way because I "feel" it is better, disaster will result. We may think that is worse because lives may be lost; but teaching and or accepting false doctrine because of an arrogant assumption that "anything I feel is right must be the Holy Spirit" is actually worse: because of course here we are talking about eternal repercussions (Matt. 15:14; 16:6; Acts 20:29; Gal. 1:6-9; 5:9; 2 Pet. 2:1-3; Rom. 16:17; cf. 2 Cor. 11:13-15; 1 Tim. 6:20-21; Heb. 13:9; Jas. 3:1; 2 Pet. 2:2; 2 Jn. 1:7-11; Jude 1:4). The Spirit does not force or bully or act through emotions. The Spirit tells us things in our conscience and prods us to remember actual biblical truths, and the more we are willing to pay close attention, the closer He guides us -- not through shouting or proclaiming or emotional excess, but through His still, small voice. But if we make an idol out of our pride and our emotions and call this "the Spirit", there is no end to the trouble we may bring on ourselves. God Bless!
  16. 2 points
    Looking for a place that believes God's word, and studies and lives it, as Jesus lived it. I've been to quite a few forums, most of whom 's 'leadership' doubt the Bible in what it plainly says, and question even the most plainest statements and yet they proclaim themselves 'Christians' an to be able to teach and 'moderate', yet are unwilling to openly defend what they believe in forum discussion. I believe God's word from Alpha to Omega, First to Last, Beginning to Ending, Creation to Redemption, and it is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. About 10 years ago now, by the pleading of the Holy Spirit with my own heart, bringing upon me conviction of sin, righteousness and judgment, I fell upon my knees in my room, in hot tears, knowing that I was a monstrous sinner, deserving of such a death, but believing the promise of God, and so called upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to save me from death, and deliver me from sin, and to pluck me from the fire as a brand to be remade into an arrow of the Lord. I remember the night, and felt the presence of God in my room. I am neither IFB, nor 'Baptist' (though I know some of each), but I have been Baptized by full immersion and I now have, for some time, the King James Bible. I have read the entire history of the Reformation (original and in the time of Calvin) by J. H. Merle d'Aubigne, and other such books, and many books on the Bible (King James), as well as watched many a video on similar materials, sacred history (ecclesiastical/church), history in general, and love to research. Some forums I have been to, are JW forums (for witnessing/apologetic purposes), LDS forums (for witnessing/apologetic purposes), Muslim forums (for witnessing/apologetic purposes), Catholic forums (fishing in the Tiber, they really don't like me there), Baptist forums, Christian forums, and others as well. I am looking for a place to fellowship and study with others in the word of God. I do have strong positions based upon prayerful study of God's word, and so please ask for patience and discussion (for it breaks my heart every time I am simply removed from a place because I disagree (sometimes strongly) with others, based upon what is demonstrable from scripture (I expect to be convinced by scripture and godliness, not force of might and trodding down of my conscience)), though I do learn from godly wisdom, so long as it is foundationally built upon a thus saith the Lord, and it is written. I like to share what God has shared with me with all, and withhold from none, no matter their background. I have not spoken of all my background, for in truth, there are things than cannot ever be said, nor shared, too cruel, too wicked, too foul, too black and in anycase are covered by the blood, and to know those things, one must attempt to pry them from Jesus' almighty lips.
  17. 2 points
    EvangAlive, He is the reference to the debate between Pastor Markle and Covenanter that brother Jordan Kurecki mentioned: Brother Jordan is scripturally correct on the teaching, and fulfilment, of Daniel 9:26 & 27 If you would closely study the debate by Pastor Markle and Covenanter, with an open and sincere heart, you would come to the same conclusion. I am of the persuasion that your "super-structure," and "parallels" are mistaken attempts to properly interpret scriptural prophecies. Also, I am of the persuasion that the interpretations of prophesy are those of the Seventh Day Adventist religion, or a religion similar to, the Seventh Day religion. If you told us your religions affiliation it would help all of us understand how to properly interact with you.
  18. 2 points
    I don't believe, and you will find other on the board that agree, that Daniel 9:27 is speaking of Christ causing the sacrifices of the Old Testament system to end. in fact, there was a debate between Pastor Scott Markle and someone else about this very topic a while back, if you search for the debate you can see the results. I believe that the "he" of Daniel 9:27 is NOT the Messiah, but the "prince" referred to back in vs 26, and I base this on the rules of grammar.
  19. 2 points
    Evangalived, I worded my advice post very carefully in hope that you would not be offended. Posting 24 music videos within thirteen hours of joining a forum as a new member would easily fall under this one part of the rules "flooding of the boards". I am sorry you were offended, but I cannot help but feel that since you have been on many message boards, you should be well aware of board etiquette.
  20. 2 points
    Ummm..... the section called "The Bible" under the "Biblical Issues" section. This is in the general section and open to all. You may not agree, but in fact many of us want a more restricted place to have discussions. Sometimes discussions are sidetracked by people of differing opinion who will not allow reasonable discussion to happen. Some of us want to be able to discuss in a friendly setting - benefit comes not only from opposing views, but also from differing but sympathetic views. This is precisely why we have different sections. You are more than welcome to start a KJV discussion in the section I pointed to above. And all sorts of people will probably participate.
  21. 2 points
    Alan

    Making America Great Again

    The policies of President Trump, and his administration, are helping the environment, particularly the air, of the United States. The New American has a good article concerning the Greenhouse Gas Emissions being lowered in the air here in the United States: https://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/environment/item/30381-u-s-greenhouse-gas-emissions-down-other-countries-up Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said, "Thanks to President Trump's regulatory reform agenda, the economy is booming, energy production is surging, and we are reducing greenhouse gas emissions from major industrial sources." The Trump Administration is making America great again by taking away needless regulations, needless liberal policies, and needless activist agendas, and in the process making our air more breathable.
  22. 2 points
    Alan

    American Theology

    The data is interesting. In fact, I am glad that you shared it. It piqued my interest in several ways. If the data was a "stand alone" polling data from a neutral polling institute I think it would be more of a benefit to us all. And, I think if they defined the terminology, "evangelical" in the first set of polling data it would be more beneficial. The definition of Sproul, and his associates, of who, or what, an evangelical is may be quite different from my definition. I did look at some of the authors on the website (not very many so my thoughts may be skewed), on the 'Devotional' section of the website and I found that most of them are Presbyterian or Independent Presbyterian. As I stated before, after reading more of the ligonier.org website, I am of the persuasion they organized the polling data to promote R. C. Sproul and the Ligonier ministry.
  23. 2 points
    (Omega)

    Whats for Supper...

    That was just the first portion of my meal. I had three more servings of that afterwards.
  24. 2 points
    Alan

    The Local Church.

    I understand Jim. Initially, I was hesitant to do a lesson on 3 John due to the problem with the leadership of the church. Almost all of the other lessons on individual churches were fine examples of the local church, members being added, and the apostle Paul, and the others mentioned, were all of a spiritual nature. In the example of the Jerusalem assembly, multitudes were being saved and as the disciples were scattered new congregations were established. With the previous examples, the leadership of the local church was exemplary and the problems that arose was outside the church. So, I was hesitant to include an example of an early church with the problem within the leadership of the church. God bless you all!
  25. 2 points
    No Nicolaitans

    The Altar

    Hi Thief on the Cross. I will give you my view on it; others' views may differ. First, I'm not sure how the area (that you're referring to) became known as "the altar". At one time, it was called things like "the mourner's bench". Charles Finney called it "the anxious bench". Those latter two names will give you the significance of it. Basically, the idea and purpose for it is that it gives a person (who may be under conviction) the opportunity to respond to that conviction at the earliest possible moment after hearing the word of God preached. The idea being, that if a person possibly waits, they may (or may not) make a decision in response to God's word. That's a good question. I personally believe that to call that area "the altar" isn't really in keeping with the biblical use of the term. The altar was the place (in the Old Testament) where animals were sacrificed and slain. There was also the altar of incense. Various people also built altars in the Old Testament prior to the institution of the law. I don't recall if any of those altars were used for anything other than sacrificing animals. They may have been; I just don't recall right now. In the New Testament (aside from the four gospels), the only altars that are mentioned which aren't for Israel's sacrificing of animals are... 1. An altar to false gods in Acts 17. 2. An altar mentioned in Hebrews 13 that belongs to "us". I think most people would say that this altar is the cross of Christ since that is where he was slain. 3. The altar of God in heaven in Revelation. Now aside from that, is there a biblical reason for doing this? I would say that's up to the individual church... My reasons in favor of it: 1. When the people heard the word of the Lord read in Nehemiah 8, they immediately acted upon it. 2. When the keeper of the prison asked Paul and Silas what he must do to be saved, he was told and immediately acted upon it. Now, it must be understood that in those two examples, there wasn't "an altar" (as we're referring to). They heard the word of God and immediately acted on it. So, people can still act on what they've heard from God's word without an "altar". My main reason for using those examples is that it (the altar call) gives people the opportunity to act immediately after hearing the word of God. However, the actual "acting on God's word" takes place in our daily lives. My reasons against it... There is nothing in the bible (that I know of) to describe what we know as today's altar call. At the same time, there is nothing in God's word describing a Sunday School, Church Choirs, Assistant Pastors, etc. There are many things done today that fall under what I would call "Christian Liberty". There may not be anything expressly supporting them in scripture; however, there isn't anything expressly forbidding them either. So churches are at liberty to use them. My concern (apart from the name itself) is that "the altar call" has become more than it was intended to be. Some use that time to pressure people. Some use it as a way of measuring a successful sermon. Some use it as a way to compare themselves with other churches. I want to stress "some"...not all! Now keep in mind, these are my thoughts on it. Others may disagree. In fact, if anyone knows that I'm mistaken in any part of this, I would hope they would point that out to me so that I can make it right.


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