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  1. 3 points

    The Tithe, for the Church or not?

    If the pastor (or anyone else) asks how much anyone gives I would say it is none of their business. I'd probably be quite a bit more polite than that,.Anyway we don't have "Staff." we work for the Lord, not for man.
  2. 3 points

    The Tithe, for the Church or not?

    If anyone should guilt tightwads into giving, it needs to be God. Pastors ought to preach the blessings of giving, as well as outlining the needs associated with having a church house and ministry costs. If people choose not to partake in the care of those thing, then they are free to do without. I learned this-it seems that anytime I spoke at all about the monetary needs of the church ministries and building, giving would decrease. Consequently, we lost our building, and many of our ministries, to boot. And of course, with that we lost some members, no longer satisfied with meeting in a rented hall where we can't do potlucks or such things, or have a kids' Sunday school, having naught but one single room to work in. Our numbers are quite down, but as long as a few are there, we will carry on. So the members DO have a responsibility to give, if they want to comfort and convenience of a steady place to meet, but if they choose not to, then it can go away, and if they don't like that, and weren't willing to participate, then they can go away, too.
  3. 1 point
    Regarding giving to the poor. The pastor of a Baptist church I used to go to often had people turning up to church asking for money. If it was the fare to London, he would say "Meet me at the station in ½ hour and I will buy you a ticket." If it was for food he would say "Meet me at my house in ½ hour and my wife will make you some sandwiches. They never met him.
  4. 1 point
    Exactly who does that worship and bring praise to?
  5. 1 point
    Oh, I believe we should be giving to all poor, our brethren first and the lost poor as we witness: It is indeed Scriptural: James 2:14, What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 15, If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 17, Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Mat 19:21, Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. Mar 10:21, Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. Luk 18:22, Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. Rom 15:26, For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem. Gal 2:10, Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do. Jam 2:5, Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?3 Jam 2:6, But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? What isn't Scriptural is being taxed to maintain OVER administered non profit corporations
  6. 1 point
    The Mormons will come a-knocking at your door if your giving lapses. I think there may be some IFB's who will, also.
  7. 1 point
    R B Oullette asks his Staff for the names of the best givers. He then calls on those givers to testify of the Lord's goodness whenever he wants to drun up finances. Totally wrong.
  8. 1 point
    Heir of Salvation

    Law and Grace

    Yes, I agree. That's been my point the entire time. Maybe we're not understanding one another. It seems to me, that that's exactly what I've been saying the whole time. It looks like you're seeing disagreement where there is none.
  9. 1 point
    Critical Mass

    Heads or Tails?

    A little off subject but I had a little girl who used to ride my bus give me a gold panda coin like the one below as a gift on the last day of school. At first I didn't think much of it thinking it was a token you might get out of a gumball machine. About two weeks later I checked it out online and also took it to a coin store I found out it was worth $300.00! I took it back to her house and told her you better put it back where you got it before mom finds out. ha ha ha...
  10. 1 point
    Critical Mass

    Heads or Tails?

    I think you better recheck that. From what I've read online they are legal tender. http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/american_eagles/?Action=american_eagle_silver Apparently, as long as you don't alter it to represent a different value you are OK.
  11. 1 point

    Errors of Calvanism

    Of course God knows who will believe and who won't. And.... The bible teaches the whosoever believes in Jesus as their Saviour will receive eternal life. John 3:16, Romans 10:9-10, etc I see this as --God does know in advance, but that doesn't mean that He made the decision for us. A dad taking his kid to sewing class may know that it will hard and the daughter will prick herself.. but that doesn't always mean he did the hardness or the pricking or chose to pick up the needle and thread. And actually, if the dad intervened and stopped the daughter when she pricked herself.. the daughter would learn little or nothing about sewing. He knows the consequences of what we do, that doesn't mean he always does the choosing for us Course, where the hole in my thinking is is that God DOES know everything.. and created us.. knowing what would happen.. knew who would be saved and not. Maybe the hole is covered in thinking that God created us anyway out of huge grace, knowing what would happen, but did because He knew people could choose to believe in Him out of free will.. and that would be far greater than creating automatons.
  12. 1 point
    Nonsense. You said "doctrine" meant; "a certain enforceable set of standard teachings to which all denominationally affiliated congregations must adhere"...........or, a binding confessional statement. Might I remind you that in the beginning of the church there were no "denominations." But there was certainly doctrine, which is what true Baptists have held to since the days when Jesus walked the earth. Here is just one example; 2Th 2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. Her skirt has nothing to do with what I said or believe. Her declaration that "Baptists do not have doctrine" is proof positive that she is not a Baptist and knows nothing of Baptist Distinctives. I did not look past anything, the woman is a heretick, proven by her claim to be a pastor and confirming her disregard of Scripture with her unscriptural declaration. You speak of me not being able to see past the gender issue; and why should I when she is Scripturally prohibited from the office she claims by her very gender? If I had it to do over again I would respond the same way because what I said I know to be the truth for true Baptists. I find it interesting that you would take the side of a heretical, Scripture denying female imposter, and against a brother in Christ.
  13. 1 point
    No Nicolaitans

    Errors of Calvanism

    No...sorry. If man doesn't have freewill, and God directs all of man's actions and thoughts...then there's a major conundrum with those verses, because in those verses, God is speaking to Israel concerning their sinful idolatrous acts. He's saying that... He didn't command them to do it. He didn't tell them to do it. It didn't enter his mind that they should do it. If God didn't command them or tell them to do it, the actions were their own. If it didn't even enter God's mind for them to do those acts, then the thoughts to do the acts came from their own minds. So...either God lied, or there's no explanation other than they did it of their own freewill. Not only has a non-freewiller ever explained those verses, but even when confronted with the verses...they ignore them and continue their non-freewill belief.
  14. 1 point
    Critical Mass

    Errors of Calvanism

    Do you mean, "What happens to unelect babies who die?" I have heard one (and only one) Calvinist say that they are tossed into the fires of hell and Christians should give God glory for it. I make this not up.
  15. 1 point
    Jordan Kurecki

    leave first love

    You need to read Ecclesiastes chapter 2. You think having your dreams fulfilled with satisfy you.. but that's not true. Only God can satisfy someone. it's a lie of Satan to be told something else can.
  16. 1 point

    What Ever Happened To Christmas?

    2Ki 17:7 For so it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, which had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared other gods, 8 And walked in the statutes of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of Israel, which they had made. 9 And the children of Israel did secretly those things that were not right against the LORD their God, and they built them high places in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city. 10 And they set them up images and groves in every high hill, and under every green tree: 11 And there they burnt incense in all the high places, as did the heathen whom the LORD carried away before them; and wrought wicked things to provoke the LORD to anger: 12 For they served idols, whereof the LORD had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing. 13 Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets. 14 Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in the LORD their God. 15 And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom the LORD had charged them, that they should not do like them.
  17. 1 point

    What Ever Happened To Christmas?

    And of things pertaining to the heathen around them, it is said: 2Ki 21:1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Hephzibah. 2 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, after the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out before the children of Israel. 3 For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, and made a grove, as did Ahab king of Israel; and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them. 4 And he built altars in the house of the LORD, of which the LORD said, In Jerusalem will I put my name. 5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD. 6 And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger. 7 And he set a graven image of the grove that he had made in the house, of which the LORD said to David, and to Solomon his son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever: Christmas is not a holy day, it is a day steeped in pagan idolatry. Nowhere are we told to observe ungodly religious practices, but rather to reprove and rebuke them.
  18. 1 point

    What Ever Happened To Christmas?

    If it was so good why did it split? I suggest that it split because one group chose to stand for what is right and call evil what it is.....evil. They were willing to leave rather than submit to idolatry. Job 28:28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
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