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  1. 3 points
    robmac68

    So What Do Y'all Think?

    I do not like the statement that "preaching the Gospel, by itself, will not save America". Yes it will "save" America. And that is what we are to be concerned with. The salvation of Americans through the Gospel. If the people are "saved" through the Gospel, the country will follow. The problem is not America. The problem is the preaching of this watered down gospel that is not having true converts. What did the Apostles concern themselves with, preaching the Gospel. If it worked for them, it will work for us. If it is not working for us, then "we" are the problem. The Holy Spirit is just as strong today as He was at Pentacost. The problem is we think that the prophecy in the Bible concerning "falling away" means that the Holy Spirit is in handcuffs and that God stopped worrying about "that none should perish". Our weapons are not carnal (2 Cor. 10:4). If we change our thinking, in that we need to get "entangled" in the affairs of this world, than we are not using weapons that are "mighty through God" but are using carnal weapons. If the man who wrote the article feels that the preaching behind the pulpit is weak, it is not a "Gospel" problem, it is a discipling problem. He should not have made such strong statements against the preaching of the Gospel. Preachers are not discipling these days. They are too concerned with preaching on current events and politics. His solution is the exact cause of why this country is in the shape it is in. Stop preaching out of the newspaper and get back to preaching God's Word!
  2. 2 points
    Soj

    Tattoos

    I don't believe there's any Biblical support for a Christian getting a tattoo, and if I was going to give a Christian advice from the Bible about why not to get one I'd use the following verses: Note the words "your bodies", and "be not conformed to this world". Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. [2] And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Your body has become a temple which houses God, it should be holy and undefiled. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? [17] If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. We should apply moral principles which God gave to his people in the OT, God's mind hasn't changed. Leviticus 19:28 Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord. The above verse is in a list of moral laws God gave to his people when they entered into the promised land, these were all things the heathen were guilty of and God wanted Israel to be different than them. The chapter begins with the command to be holy, "Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy." Leviticus 19:2 So from these verses I see an emphasis on holiness, particularly of the body, and non-conformity to the heathen who know not God, for they love and promote tattoos in this day more than ever.
  3. 2 points
    robmac68

    So What Do Y'all Think?

    I agree. It is not Obama's fault our kids aren't in church. It is not the gas prices fault, nor the government,nor the sodomites fault. Christians are so entangled with the cares of this world that their own family members are possibly going to die and spend eternity in hell, and yet their focus is everywhere but their family or friends or co-workers. The last couple Wed. night prayer meetings at our church has proved this. The men break away from the women to pray. We go downstairs in the sunday school room and the women have the auditorium. The conversation in our prayer group has focused on guns and some tax problem happening March 1st. It gets to be about 7:25 and they look at their watches and decide it is time for a quick prayer so we can get out of there by 7:30. 15 minutes about politics and a quick prayer to wrap it up. How sad is that? They will be in for a surprise Wednesday, though. Our study will be in Proverbs 24 and mostly on verses 19 and 20.
  4. 2 points
    robmac68

    So What Do Y'all Think?

    I am not looking for my peace in anything on this earth. I don't see the church sitting idly by while the world becomes worse and worse. I see the church getting entangled with the things of this earth and putting its focus where it shouldn't be in the first place. That is not sitting idly by, that is doing something it shouldn't. Proverbs 24:19 tells us not to fret because of evil men, but how many "Christians" are fretting because Obama might want their guns? How many "Christians" are fretting because sodomites want equality in marriage? We read God's Word but don't want to obey but than we "fret" because the lost sodomites or Obama won't obey God's commands. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Our job is to spread the Gospel, not to try to change this country by all other ways other than spreading the Gospel. What ways are "Christians" trying to change this country other than by the Gospel? I'll mention one. How many "Christians" do you know that voted for Romney? This is not my opinion, but my belief...it is NEVER, EVER, EVER a Christians duty to look for a solution to a problem by looking towards an evil man. NEVER!! God uses evil men for His glory! It is not our job to use evil men, it is Gods! If you don't think Romney is evil, what do you call a member of a false religion going through Europe to produce converts for that false religion when in the end these converts are going to burn in hell? If that isn't evil, I don't know what is. I find that more evil than any abortion doctor. I find that more evil than any sodomite. Why is this country getting worse? The church is not idle it is entangled!
  5. 2 points
    1Timothy115

    So What Do Y'all Think?

    I'll carry the cross Christ gave me but, I won't hang myself on it waiting for Jesus Christ to return. I'll possess the land and be thankful for it with diligence. I can chew gum and walk at the same time.
  6. 2 points
    DaveW

    False Teachers

    I quite clearly stated that I have read at least two of his messages where he went through the five points of tulip. I do not try to portray him as not a calvinist. He called himself one, preached on at least two occasions that I am personally familiar with the five.points of calvinism. From his other preaching he would have been called by some in his day an Arminian for preaching that man had a free will part in salvation - which he also preached, and in fact far more often than he preached the five points of Calvin. My opinion is that if the controversy did not "force" people to one side or the other of this argument, then many would not have taken the stands they did. I do not deny what he named himself, but I also have read.many of his sermons (own what is supposed to be every published sermon he ever preached) and he is not a solid follower of Calvin. Anyone who is a solid follower of Calvin is not a follower of the Bible. However there are many who claim the name today who do not understand what Calvin taught.
  7. 2 points
    JerryNumbers

    So What Do Y'all Think?

    2Ti 2:4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. Mt 13:22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. Mr 4:19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. I do not care for the man, & all of his worldly political talk, about the cares of this life, this world, chokes out the Word of God, we need to let Christ live though us, & be about the work which our Father has given us. & if we rightly doing that, plus taking care of our family, teaching them as we should, furnishing them their needs, supporting our church as we should. them we will not have time for such things. Mt 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Mt 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Mt 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Like the man running the race. 1Co 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. The Olympic runners that wins the race is the ones that that sacrifices their whole life to being the best runner they can, practice, practice & more practice. Jesus' life was dedicated to pleasing the Father, Paul's life was dedicate to the Gospel, Jesus, God, & ours should be too. If we are really going to run this spiritual race, & we really love God, them we will sacrifice our life letting Christ live though us, & our life will be dedicated "ONLY TO GOD" & the work He has given us. All of that worldly stuff chokes out the Word of God within us. Ga 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. At the moment Jesus comes for His own, & that can happen at any moment, the only ones He will take out of this world will be those that's saved, those that are lost will be left. And yes, I know, preaching this you do not get near as many amen's, but our concern ought to be to live God's Word every moment of every day, so that we might gain some, counting any worldly things that we lose in order to further the Gospel gain. 1Co 9:19 ¶ For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. 1Ti 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. 2Ti 2:10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. Php 3:7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Php 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 1Jo 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1Jo 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 1Jo 2:17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
  8. 2 points
    Fixation

    So What Do Y'all Think?

    The first thing a Christian should be concerned with is preparing themselves for their Lord's return, then preparing everyone else. Why should it matter if we are a Christian living in America, or Saudi Arabia? All over the world, brothers and sisters in Christ are living in what could adequately be called appalling conditions. They have no freedoms, are living in hiding from their government, and have only what God provides them to live off of. Yet time and again when I hear missionary reports from these areas, they are filled with how much joy the people have to be able to go to Heaven when they die. It is so hard for me to write this, as I proudly served in the Navy and feel very strongly about the Constitution, but I can't help it. This is what the Bible teaches. For Christians to not be concerned with their place in this world, but rather their standing with the Saviour. When the Rapture takes place and we find ourselves in front of the Judgement Seat of Christ, it will be our actions, our deeds, our thoughts, our words, every little detail about our lives that will be placed before Christ to be tried by fire. All of our deeds that were done in honor of Christ, will remain as treasure. Everything else will be consumed by the fire. What we have left is our reward. I'm terrified that what I will have left will only be a few small trinkets! I want to be able to give Jesus a tribute that is worthy of a King! The only way that that will be possible will be if I devote every single ounce of my energy, resources and time. If I spend that time worrying about my "freedoms" and "quality of life", I will be robbing Christ of His reward. After all, the only thing we are entitled to (and deserve) is death and seperation from God, but praise Him that He would send His Son to pay the price for our sins! As much as my flesh wants to jump on the bandwagon, grab up my arms and rush to the rally point, I have to remember to walk in the Spirit as commanded in Galations 5:16.
  9. 1 point
    John81

    So What Do Y'all Think?

    I've been where you are today. Coming to accept the biblical view of this absolutely didn't come easy for me. I was of the "America, love it or leave it" sort; a warhawk, some who I used to work with called me "nuke 'em". I was a big fan of Reagan, loved Rush when he first came on the scene, spent countless hours reading conservative books, magazines and articles. I wasn't looking to change my views in this area, it just happened as I was spending some serious time in the Word and prayer. The Holy Ghost convicted me, opened my eyes to Scripture I had skimmed over or failed to pay proper attention to. It hit me hard and it wasn't easy to let go of how I had believed and lived for most of my life. Dave, I want you to know I count you as a friend as well as a brother in Christ.
  10. 1 point
    Guest

    So What Do Y'all Think?

    John, you are my brother in Christ. This is just going to have to be something we disagree about.
  11. 1 point
    1Timothy115

    So What Do Y'all Think?

    God destroyed those wicked rulers (who served his purpose) with other wicked rulers. Some of those conquering rulers were more wicked than the previous. God has not stopped using men to carry out and perform his will regarding the land and nations he provides to them. Christ never took away the responsibility of Christians to till and care for the land he gives us. In the case of the United States our responsibility is still to "dress" this nation; it just requires a different type of hoe, shovel, and dressing. I'm thankful to God for this nation and I will by God's grace show thankfulness to him by taking actions to preserve it. I can serve Christ and work to preserve this nation at the same time; I can chew gum and walk at the same time.I will be diligent to preach Christ and defend the freedoms God has so graciously given to me. By God's grace I will, "be not slothful to go, and to enter to possess the land." Please don't tell me I'm serving two masters, this nation isn't my master, it's the land God gave me to possess. Don't tell me about cheeks, no one slapped me; they're attempting to take away my responsibility to be thankful and care for God's gift. Don't say I'm not obeying authority, the authority who gave me this nation is God; the next ruler God promotes to leadership for any slothfulness or slothful behavior may kill me. When God is ready to test me with martyrdom I pray he gives me the grace he gave to Stephen. However, I'm not going to martyr myself prematurely by hanging myself on the cross while awaiting my Savior's return. Witness for Christ, absolutely; vote and stand my ground absolutely. The two are not contradictory.
  12. 1 point
    The Ohio Patriot

    So What Do Y'all Think?

    Romans 13:1-4 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. (2) Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. (3) For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: (4) For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Please note verse one. Powers are ordained of God. How is one ordained of God but not responsible to follow the commands of God? Yes, Christians are called to follow the commands of God, but we are not alone. Every soul in verse one also includes those who are in government, at all levels.
  13. 1 point
    JerryNumbers

    Thank you to all Veterans

    I hear many Christians say, in this world the lost will not prosper, the only ones that will prosper & have in this world is those that walk with God. When I hear this I think of an old hymn, Farther Along, that expounds Bible truths. Tempted and tried, we're oft made to wonder Why it should be thus all the day long; While there are others living about us, Never molested, though in the wrong. Farther along we'll know more about it, Farther along we'll understand why; Cheer up, my brother, live in the sunshine, We'll understand it all by and by. Sometimes I wonder why I must suffer, Go in the rain, the cold, and the snow, When there are many living in comfort, Giving no heed to all I can do. Farther along we'll know more about it, Farther along we'll understand why; Cheer up, my brother, live in the sunshine, We'll understand it all by and by. Tempted and tried, how often we question Why we must suffer year after year, Being accused by those of our loved ones, E'en though we've walked in God's holy fear. Farther along we'll know more about it, Farther along we'll understand why; Cheer up, my brother, live in the sunshine, We'll understand it all by and by. Often when death has taken our loved ones, Leaving our home so lone and so drear, Then do we wonder why others prosper, Living so wicked year after year. Farther along we'll know more about it, Farther along we'll understand why; Cheer up, my brother, live in the sunshine, We'll understand it all by and by. "Faithful till death," saith our loving Master; Short is our time to labor and wait; Then will our toiling seem to be nothing, When we shall pass the heavenly gate. Farther along we'll know more about it, Farther along we'll understand why; Cheer up, my brother, live in the sunshine, We'll understand it all by and by. Soon we will see our dear, loving Savior, Hear the last trumpet sound through the sky; Then we will meet those gone on before us, Then we shall know and understand why. Farther along we'll know more about it, Farther along we'll understand why; Cheer up, my brother, live in the sunshine, We'll understand it all by and by. Yes, to many think more about worldly treasures, spend so much time seeking materiel goods because of being jealous of the heathens & their possessions, failing to store treasures in Heaven. But God's children will understand it all by & by. Remember the lost will only have good in this life, in the next life it will be only Hell for them, literally. When one has been born again its quite amazing at how Jesus can change the desires of their heart. And these people understand that come that day, "Then will our toiling seem to be nothing," just as the old song says.
  14. 1 point
    JerryNumbers

    So What Do Y'all Think?

    The child of God that's truly going about the work that God has given that person is not setting idle doing nothing. Yet if they've gone past, beyond, the work that God has given them, they're not trusting & obeying. Remember, Jesus was the one that set the example for us to follow. Joh 13:15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
  15. 1 point
    Ukulelemike

    False Teachers

    It seems, then, that the question is not just, what makes one a false teacher, but rather, at what point do we mark and avoid them? I am curious: How many of us here, who are pastors, have not come to a better understanding of some doctrine, and had to change what we were teaching, from what we taught when first in the pulpit? Do we ALL have such perfect undersdtanding that we have never been in error, and had to, under later study, conclude we were wrong and had to correct our teachings? Perhaps I am in the minority in this, but there have been a couple areas that, as a new pastor, I taght as I had been taught, but later, after prayer and study, found myself to be wrong and had to change course. If this, however, is the tendency for all as we grow, perhaps we need to shift the discussion, because I know, at one time, I was, by this definition, a false teacher. But is error the same? Or is it intentional error, by be seeking to deceive? Or when error it taught but the teacher refuses to deal with it? Otherwise, Peter was a false teacher at one point, as well, who had to be rebuked by Paul.
  16. 1 point
    The Ohio Patriot

    So What Do Y'all Think?

    Respectfully Rob, if the Church is reaching people in this country where is the evidence? More moral corruptness now than ever? More homosexuals? More greed? More people as evidenced in this very forum teaching liberal theology than ever. Less people attending churches than ever in the past. More liberal churches than ever. The point I am attempting to make is the point you made. People are trying to change this world in every way possible but by Scripture.
  17. 1 point
    John81

    So What Do Y'all Think?

    Absolutely!!! The "Christian Right" loves to denounce the liberals for their use of politics yet they themselves forsake the way God put forth to live, instead they look to politics. The "social gospel" is often rightly denounced yet the "conservative Christians" practice their own brand of "social gospel". Christ and Christ alone is the answer. Just as the Apostles and early Christians didn't entangle themselves in the world, didn't look to poltiical solutions, didn't look to "social activism", but put their full lives into wholly following Christ and living by His commands,so should we. The Holy Ghost can do mighty things when men of God obey Christ.
  18. 1 point
    Amen, Brother "Soj." The godly husband does indeed need to fulfill his God-ordained role of headship in his relationship with his wife. Yet the husband needs to understand that according to the standard of God's Word, headship is not to be defined primarily as a position of selfish privilege, but as a position of service responsibility. Indeed, there is a great burden of responsibility in Biblical headship; and the godly husband must faithfully and fervently shoulder this burden. He must not neglect this burden of responsibility or leave it for his wife to carry. Now, this burden of headship responsibility can be seen in three significant categories of leadership. First, there is the reponsibility to build a healthy, one-flesh marriage relationship. Thus the godly husband will take the lead in putting forth the effort to develope and maintain such a relationship with his wife. Even so, in the foundational principles for a good marriage as delivered by the Lord our God in Genesis 2:24, the first two principles are delivered specifically to the husband; then the third is delivered to both the husband and the wife. "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh." Second, there is the responsibility to pursue the service of the Lord. Thus the godly husband will take the lead in setting a spiritual example of love for and service to the Lord our God. Even so, in the closing portion of Joshua 24:15, the man of God Joshua declared, "But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." Third, there is the responsibility to train up the children in the way of righteousness. Thus the godly husband will take the lead in training and disciplining the children according to God's Word of truth. Even so, Ephesians 6:4 delivers the instruction specifically to the fathers, saying, "And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." To summarize all of this, I would present the principle that the godly husband must shoulder the burden of leadership responsibility, especially concerning spiritual matters. Yet there is another principle to be considered from 1 Corinthians 11:3 -- "But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God." Herein we learn that "the head of the woman [the wife] is the man [her husband]." Yet herein we also learn "that the head of every man is Christ." Thus we must understand that the husband's headship authority is delegated authority, directly from his Head, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. Thus we must also understand that the husband is fully accountable unto his Head, the Lord Jesus Christ, for the manner in which he fulfills his headship responsibility in relation to his wife. Indeed, in Malachi 2:13-16 the Lord our God very severely rebuked the husbands of Israel for dealing treacherousnly against their wives, indicating that He is ever watching and is ever bearing witness. "And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand. Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant. And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously." In like manner, the closing portion of 1 Peter 3:7 delivers the warning unto husbands concerning their right relationship with their wives, saying, "That your prayers be not hindered." To summarize all of this, I would present the principle that the godly husband must remember that he is responsible and accountable to his Head, the Lord Jesus Christ. Indeed, this is the very lesson from the Lord that Brother "Fixation" presented in post #30 -- So then, with the addition of these two principles, our list of principles for the godly husband is as follows: 1. The godly husband must leave his priority relationship with his parents. (Genesis 2:24) 2. The godly husband must continually cleave to his wife, and not ever allow himself to be separate in relationship from her. (Genesis 2:18, 24; Matthew 19:5-6) 3. The godly husband must continually pursue a one-flesh relationship with his wife. (Genesis 2:24) 4. The godly husband must love his wife just as Christ loved the church. (Ephesians 5:25-28, 33; Colossians 3:19) 5. The godly husband must nourish his wife as his own body, even as Christ nourishes the church. (Ephesians 5:28-30) 6. The godly husband must cherish his wife as his own body, even as Christ nourishes the church. (Ephesians 5:28-30) 7. The godly husband must recognize his God-declared need for the help of his wife. (Genesis 2:18) 8. The godly husband must ever appreciate his wife as a good gift and precious treasure of the Lord's gracious favor. (Proverbs 18:22) 9. The godly husband must actively pursue a companionship with his wife as his dearest human friend. (Malachi 2:14) 10. The godly husband must openly communicate with his wife in a gracious manner that is good to the use of edifying. (Ephesians 4:29; etc.) 11. The godly husband must dwell at harmony with his wife in accord with his knowledge of her. (1 Peter 3:7) 12. The godly husband must put forth the effort and energy to know his own wife as an individual. (1 Peter 3:7) 13. The godly husband must specifically give honor unto his wife, as unto a precious treasure. (1 Peter 3:7) 14. The godly husband must shoulder the burden of leadership responsibility, especially concerning spiritual matters. (Ephesians 5:22; 1 Corinthians 11:3; Joshua 24:15) 15. The godly husband must remember that he is responsible and accountable to his Head, the Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:3; Malachi 2:13-16; 1 Peter 3:7)
  19. 1 point
    1John2:15-17

    Things You Really Like

    A fresh cup of coffee with my daily Bible reading.
  20. 1 point
    Ukulelemike

    So What Do Y'all Think?

    Interesting stuff. Some think I get too political because I happen to see prophecy beginning to reveal itself in the current events. Really, more than anything, my dear wife is to blame for awakening me to many of the realities of today. I was a military man, who went to a miltary church for many years, and was very patriotic. Not so much, nowadays. But its interesting: not long back we went around concerning things like taxes, I believe, as well as marriage licenses. In those, the points I was trying to make was a warning of the slow encroachment of the government into all aspects of our lives-in taxes, that we pay far more than we are required by the tax codes, and that by studying it, we will find that most citizens actually don't owe anything-but I was poo-poo'ed over it. The fact that God ordained marriage and the federal government has no right or reason to impose a license on it, and I was told that government has a right to do it. But we miss the fact that the government, time and again, gives itself the right to do whatever it wants. We see it happening now with the second ammendment, as the media slowly places into the minds of the people the idea that the second ammendment is old-fashioned, and unnecessary in a modern, 'civilized' society, and that the entire Constitution is a 'living document', which should grow and evolve with society, (meaning, do away with what the government doesn't like). Oppresive taxes, license requirements for our rights, be it marriage or gun ownership, etc, is all part and parcel of us losing our rights overall, and becoming subjects once again. Why? because of the idea that, if the government says its so, then it must be so. Yes, I agree that the Bible is to be our first and final argument: if the government tries to have us go against it, we resist. But what about when the government goes against its own laws? Do we go along with it? In the military, we were taught that it was unlawful to obey an unlawful order; no 'just following commands' allowed. Yet, when the government does things and passes laws and presidential edicts that go against the existing laws of our country, to allow it, and to go along with it, is just as bad. I am not anti-government: I am pro-GOOD, law-abiding, public-serving government. Thats not what we have had for a long time, now.
  21. 1 point
    heartstrings

    False Teachers

    I used to look at it from a different perspective until I started discussing it on this board and began studying it for myself. I used to think that God simply "knows the future" and I had no problem believing that. But it's more than that: Now I know, by the Word of God, that God is already IN the future. The Bible says that he "inhabiteth eternity" and the Lord Jesus Himself said "Before Abraham WAS...I AM". Jesus not only FILLS the last corner of the Universe and beyond, but He fills all of TIME and beyond. He is limitless....and so is His salvation. God does know who will be saved and who will be lost...we don;t so we can't comprehend that., . God knows. But he doesn't want robots...No he wants people to love him out of a truly grateful heart because they have realized his boundless love for them; Not because they're programmed to. God says that a "mans heart deviseth his way". Every person chooses to accept or reject God. Only thing is, God is the judge of that choice. He alone holds the keys to death and Hell. If you choose sin and self, you choose death, and you get Hell. If you choose life, you choose the Lord Jesus Christ, because he IS the life. God gives all of us freedom of choice.....Choose Jesus, Choose life....It's as simple as that
  22. 1 point
    Ukulelemike

    False Teachers

    Isn't Calvinist salvation basically, you're saved before you're regenerated, or vice-versa? Something like that? You can only accept faith in Christ through the Spirit, and so you need to be indwelled by the Spirit, first, THEN embrace faith and be saved? Something weird like that, I think. Endwelled, then saved. Or maybe I'm totally off the deep end, here. Quote If it was Christ's intention to save all men, how deplorably has he been disappointed, for we have His own testimony that there is a lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, and into that pit of woe have been cast some of the very persons who, according to the theory of universal redemption, were bought with His blood. By: Charles Haddon Spurgeon Of course, the idea above is silly-Christ died for all, His grace is able to save all, ('behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world'). He is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But this doesn't mean He forces anyone to be saved, meaning He doesn't force anyone to go to Hell. He KNOWS who will go where, and as such, He elects those He knows in His foreknowledge will be saved. Election is a funny thing: We just elected a bunch of politicians in this country, but not ONE was forced against His will to be elected: they all sought election. The wonderful thing about the Lord is that He already has elected 'whosoever will', because He knew 'whosoever will' before the foundations of time.
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    America is purging Christianity from all her institutions while at the same time helping set up Islamic states throughout the world. There will be a pay day down the road. And the reprobates left behind from this purging won't even understand why it's happening.
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    Friday Church News Vol 14, Issue 8 is available as a pdf download on our FCNN download page Articles found in this issue are: • Northland's Continued Embrace of the Emerging Church • Rock's Theme Song: Young, Wild, and Free • Muslim Tries to Assassinate the Founder of Denmarks Free Press Society • NBC News Reporter Stops Cruise Passenger from Quoting Bible • "Mother" and "Father" to be Scrapped from Scottish Law to Accommodate Same Sex "Marriage" • Obama's Justice Department Opposes Homeschooling Family • Major Islamic School Supports Cannibalism • The Divine Design of Corn go to download page…… View the full article
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    HappyChristian

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