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  1. 3 points
    TLC

    Jesus Loves Me

    I know I'm new here, but I have to say that some of the topics are .... disturbing. I grew up in the Brethren and am very aware of the teaching of dispensationalism and election. I do not agree with it. This does not give me the right to bash other God-fearing, godly Christians, who ARE my brother's and sister's in Christ whether I agree with them or not. Scripture tells us to "edify" and "encourage" one another, does this type of topic actually do that? I'm not trying to be some "holier-than-thou" kinda gal, it's just that these types of conversations become traps to many Christians. We'll spend more time pointing fingers at each other, and whose doctrine is closest to scripture, that we take our eyes off Him and stumble. I don't know anyone on this site, but what if a young person, or young believer, were stumbled by this, would it not trouble you? 1 Thess 5:11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another. Eph. 4:3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
  2. 3 points
    TLC

    God's Permanent Solar Eclipse

    Wow! I know I'm super new to this site, but hokey dina! It's amazing what some folks believe. Listen, I admire Eric for his determination to prove what he believes (and for clarification, I totally disagree with his point of view), but may I ask the question, what difference does this ideology make? Does it edify? Glorify God? Bring encouragement to others? No. I won't even attempt to explain the end of times, it is far too deep a subject for me, and I have heard so many different points of view with verses attached that I have chosen to leave it alone. I have decided to take the stand of a "pan-millenniumist", it will all "pan" out in the end. The Lord is coming, we only need to be ready for Him. We are not called to anticipate the exact time, nor the order of events, we are to be out there doing His work! Focus on His coming and what He has asked us to do until He comes back and you'll edify others, glorify God, and bring such encouragement to the saints!
  3. 1 point
    John81

    Do You Tell Your Spouse Secrets?

    This sounds like something you should share as a valid, necessary discussion with your husband.
  4. 1 point
    Nothing should be held back, especially instances like this. You two are now one, let the lesser half know what the better half does know! :biggrin:
  5. 1 point
    2Tim215

    God's Permanent Solar Eclipse

    Amen - shoot it from the hip!! Too many of us focus on "Doctrine", the charismatics focus on "spirituality" - whose on the street corner with black bible in hand telling people about Jesus?
  6. 1 point
    The problem with Calvinism is that the idea of limited atonement spreads through the rest of the doctrines. For example, Calvinism would say that because atonement is limited (i.e.:God only died for the elect), therefore His grace, when extended is irresistible. It would claim Perseverance of the Saints (which is not the same as Eternal Security) because since man couldn't pick to get saved, he certainly can't pick to get unsaved! "A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump." Because of this overlapping of doctrine, I really don't think people can be 'partial' Calvinists. You either are or you ain't. You're right, the doctrine of limited atonement is false. And such a blasphemy to our Lord who died for the sins of the world! (John 3:16) Take a look at the second half of that verse. What does it say? "that whosoever believeth in Him..." Whosover! Not some predetermined elect! Rev. 22:17 says "whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely.'" There's that whosoever again! But what comes after it? Whosoever will. That Will there refers to the choice man has to accept or reject Christ. Luke 13 speaks of Christ mourning over Jerusalem, saying that He would gladly have gathered her children together to Him, but they would not! That will to accept or reject is free will. Jeremiah 10:23-24 is referring to the fact that man does not have the wisdom to choose and direct his own way - and choose it right! He needs the Lord's leading and guidance. It is not referring to salvation. Because man has a free will, therefore Calvinism falls apart. Man is depraved, yes, but he is not so Totally Depraved (as Calvinism would teach) that he cannot even choose Christ when God calls him. Unconditional Election is the idea that, based on Christ supposedly only dying for the sins of the elect, God has pre-picked the elect. There is no unconditional grace in Calvinism! UE is again Biblically false - if God picked some for hell, then why does He say that He "is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance"? (2 Pet. 3:9) It would be very double-minded of God for Him to say that He doesn't want any to perish, but then to personally choose - to create! - men for that very purpose! Frankly, a god that created men only to destroy them would be a horrible god. Our God is not such. Ezekiel 33:11 tells us that He has no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but desires them to turn from their wicked ways and live. He is calling them to turn! Where is this Unconditional Election here? Limited atonement, as you've already pointed out, is a direct contradiction of Christ's once-for-all atonement. Irresistible Grace cannot exist while man resists God. Ezekiel 33:11/2 Peter 3:9 again - we see here clearly that God clearly wants all to come to salvation - well, if man could not resist God's grace, why aren't they all saved? And the final point, Perseverance of the Saints, we see to be a corruption based on the other false TULIP doctrines. Once saved, always saved, yes - but not once saved because God picked us to go to heaven and we had no say in it and therefore always saved because we can't have a say against it. Calvinism is an insidious doctrine that oh-so-subtly twists the pure Word of God. We have a nearby church that is being infiltrated by it, and it does seem from our observation of the church and various friends within it that no one ever learns Calvinism from the Bible! It has to be taught by hearing men and reading man's books. That's why it's so dangerous to listen to men like Paul Washer or John Piper - you might plan on chewing the meat and spitting out the bones, but are you sure you can always tell what the bones are? The Bible tells us to "mark them which cause divisions contrary to the faith (i.e. false doctrine) and avoid them". We are to separate ourselves from learning or reading their false doctrine lest it rub off on us! BTW, one does not have to be either Calvinist or Armenian. Both are unbiblical. My pastor likes to say he's a Biblicist! ;)
  7. 1 point
    "The Pursuit of Holiness" and "The Discipline of Grace" are both excellent books by Jerry Bridges.
  8. 1 point
    2Tim215

    The "age Of Accountability"

    100% well said and some of us get so stuck on obscure biblical passages and the need to "protect" some doctrines that we forget the bible as a whole is there to reveal to man the character of God. I sometimes think that a lot of us worship doctrine more than we worship God - that we place our understanding of doctrine above God.
  9. 1 point
    heartstrings

    Jesus Loves Me

    You're right. Maybe I need to take a break for awhile. See y'all later. God bless.
  10. 1 point
    Seth Doty

    The "age Of Accountability"

    You are of course entitled to an opinion, but the case for that is at least as strong as the case against rock music, smoking, or any number of similar things where there are no direct biblical statements but there are biblical principles to go by. It would not bother me in the least to say according to the scriptures unborn babies or anyone who was not capable of recognizing sin for what it is and dies without knowledge of sin is not condemned to hell. There are a great many indirect bible verses that can be used to show this and if Christ used such indirect scriptures as I mentioned to "prove" the resurrection of the dead then surely it is not wrong for us to do so on other issues.
  11. 1 point
    I started my electrical business with my hand tools, $100, a 6' ladder, my Contractor's license, my house, my wife's Grand Marquis; no truck, no credit card, no cell phone, no computer, no loan, no warehouse, no commercial office or shop. So, who does Obama think did all this great help for me??
  12. 1 point
    Invicta

    Jesus Loves Me

    Yes they do sing the first two. However you have misquoted the second one. It is Jesus died for all the children, but modern hymnals usually change it to what you wrote. As a child I often sang both of those.
  13. 1 point
    heartstrings

    Infant Baptism? Might As Well.

    At my former IFB church, couples with newborns were asked to the front of the church, where everyone would pray over the baby. As I recall, I did that with all three of mine. I see nothing at all wrong with that as it was done and I've never heard of anyone basing their salvation on being 'dedicated' as a baby, in this manner. I look at that as simply a public 'testimony' of one's intentions to raise their children for Jesus.
  14. 1 point
    P_Bear141

    Good Study Bible

    Thanks for everyone's help! After thinking about it more, I guess I just need one that better explains out-dated words. I don't necessarily need a commentary on the verses, as much as I would like a built in dictionary!! I don't know if one even exists...
  15. 1 point
    John81

    Good Study Bible

    I agree. I've yet to see a study Bible that doesn't contain a good deal of questionable or outright wrong ideas put forth. Another problem with some study Bibles is they don't really address the verses one really has questions about but they will put notes in there about verses that are often really clear. Much harm and damage has been done and passed on because of study Bibles.
  16. 1 point
    swathdiver

    Good Study Bible

    Forget study bibles, those "helps" are man's word about what things mean, not God's. Even the famed old schofield has its problems.
  17. 1 point
    swathdiver

    Seeking

    Ma'am, our church supports 3 missionaries in the Phillipines. http://www.galyeanfamily.net/ - These folks are about two hours away up in Urdaneta City. Kevin and Mary Bennett are closer in Angeles City. I have their contact information but not a web address. There's a third, Javier Parish and family who I've contacted but do not know which city they are too. Feel free to send me an e-mail or use the messenger and I will provide you with their contact information.
  18. 1 point
    Well, being neither a John R. Rice follower nor a Scofield follower, I will still give my thoughts on the subject... 1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. All church members are baptized into the body of Christ by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit wasn't given until Acts 2. Therefore, I believe the church started in Acts 2.
  19. 1 point
    Salyan

    Inter-racial marriage

    Christ had to be born of the line of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. That line would not be disrupted by adding in some people from 'outside' families. The Israelites themselves were descended from the four wives/concubines of Jacob - and I'm sure those concubines weren't related to Abraham. The people surrounding the Hebrews were idolatrous, immoral, wicked nations. God instructed His people not to marry them because "they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly." (Ex. 34:12-16; Deut. 7:1-4) We see that whenever the Israelites disobeyed God's command to keep themselves separate, idolatry did spread through the nation. This invariably brought God's punishment on them. While the bloodline of Christ was important, Scripture seems to indicate that the primary reason the Israelites were not to intermarry was to preserve them spiritually. We see the example to believers to be separate in our close relationships lest we be drawn into the world.
  20. 1 point
    brosmith

    Bluegrass anyone?

    I never said all bluegrass musicians are lost. I personally think bluegrass music is just one step removed from country music and at times it is country music. Country music is music for the unsaved crowd not for God's people. Admitting that they may not be saved should be enough to tell you to stay away from their music. By the way, I referred to gospel music because that is what they think they are playing and singing. At best, it is a false gospel. At worst, it is worldly, secular music sprinkled with a few nice sounding religious words in order to deceive those who have no discernment.
  21. 1 point
    brosmith

    Bluegrass anyone?

    The country sound masquerading as gospel music. I dare anyone to find a testimony of real salvation on their website (other than someone saying that they were saved at a concert)! If this is what bluegrass music is all about then I don't want any part of it. They ain't Christians and their music ain't gospel!
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