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  1. 7 points
    HappyChristian

    Meeting Friends IRL

    We were blessed today with meeting 2bLikeJesus and his wife today. They visited our services and then we went out for lunch. Sweet fellowship, good food, and godly friends. Always a good mixture. From left to right is my mom, Josh, Randy, me, Laurel, and Garry.
  2. 4 points
    John Young

    Feminist believer

    The things that are good in feminism are not original to it. So I would say it is never an acceptable philosophy because its foundations are based on errant ideas. Those few good things are better found in the study of the biblical family structure.
  3. 4 points
    John Young

    Matt McMillen Ministries

    That's great and I understand your heart in wanting to be a blessing and not a burden but ministry should be done under the authority and guidance of a local church. To do otherwise undermines the very system Christ put in place. Having a buffet style doctrine and washy washy answers will end up hurting you and those you are tying to help. Try picking a solid bible church to submit to by membership and some actual doctrinal positions to stand firm on (and maybe a few books that take clear biblical/doctrinal stands, without your face on them) and then you will actually do some good for the Lord's ministry and not "your own name" ministry.
  4. 4 points
    DaveW

    The beauty of creation

    Having a short break away for the week, in a house in the South West of Western Australia - mid winter here, so a light rain, around 18° C, so cool but perfect for sitting on the verandah, and retreating to the wood fire when it cools more. (I hope the short video works) 20190724_090703.mp4
  5. 3 points
    DaveW

    The beauty of creation

    My wife and I went for a drive in the country the other day to a place called Dwellingup, stopped and had lunch near the river, and saw these couple of guys. No Idea what the first guy is as I am not a birdwatcher (after some searching it is a Scarlet Robin), but everyone here knows what the other one is: a Kookaburra. They are a kind of kingfisher, but have a distinctive call, which sounds a little bit like maniacal laughter when they get really into it. They are not a cautious bird at all, well known for stealing food from the tables while people are eating there. In fact, one of them flew right in between my wife and I facing each other at the table. He didn't get our food though, because we were quick enough.....
  6. 3 points
    DaveW

    Looking for good fundraiser

    For what? God has a plan for funding His churches already.
  7. 3 points
    John Young

    Matt McMillen Ministries

    What I said was to be a MEMBER of a local church BODY. Not that you should just attend a church building service or get your name on a church membership roll somewhere. When you are a member you submit one to another. You have a local body in which has extended the right hand of fellowship with you and that you promise to be accountable to for the things you say and do and work together with to accomplish the Great commission. When you don't submit to a tangible local church body then it would be hypocritical to claim that you are submitted to the Lord's Spiritual Body. 1 Corinthians 12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. Ephesians 5:21 submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. Hebrews 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
  8. 3 points
    Jim_Alaska

    Matt McMillen Ministries

    I find it quite interesting that just about every false teacher that has come our way just appears on the scene rather suddenly and begins teaching without giving thought that someone might just challenge his teaching. You would think that just one of them would actually take the time and effort to introduce themselves and speak a bit about what they believe and what their qualifications are.
  9. 3 points
    Jim_Alaska

    Matt McMillen Ministries

    I feel safe in saying that after reading the content you posted already I will not be going to any of your links, or reading any of your material.
  10. 3 points
    No Nicolaitans

    Matt McMillen Ministries

    I haven't looked at these second round of links...the first group was enough. I don't mean to be harsh, but these "devotions" are full of secular reasoning which appeals to the masses. I could only shake my head in amazement at what was being promoted. It's no wonder this author is gaining in popularity (I don't know if he is or not...I'm just going by the OP). He might want to do a study on the significance of the "thee, thou, shalt, etc." significances before putting them down. So sad. God puts much more reverence upon his word than this author... (Psa 138:2 KJV) I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. This author promotes his own name and his "best selling" books, yet God says that his word is magnified above ALL thy name. Why teach others about what the Bible teaches when you admit that you believe there are errors in every translation?
  11. 3 points
    John Young

    Matt McMillen Ministries

    How can you be accurate about a man who refuses to be accurate? For accuracy you have to have known dimensions but his whole mindset is about not being molded to or by anything tangible. He's "free in Christ" after all... unbounded by pesky rules regulations, religion, and labels....And you can be too! for the low low price of a few devotional books every year that all have his picture on them.
  12. 3 points
    Alan

    Matt McMillen Ministries

    Matt McMillen replied to my personal e-mail. In my personal e-mail I asked Matt McMillen six questions. The following six questions that I asked are written below in black and Matt McMillen’s reply to the six questions are written in red exactly as he wrote them. I would like to add that both my e-mail, and Matt McMillen response, were both cordial in nature. I will leave out our personal pleasantries to one another and not correct any spelling errors. The Six Questions: 1. What exactly is your ministry? Author of five books, and my sixth book will be out this fall. Here is a link: https://www.amazon.com/Matt-McMillen/e/B01M9AWK64?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1563825215&sr=8-1 I also have a large social media ministry with over a half million people in total. I founded this ministry in 2015. 2. Have you ever attended, or were a member of, or ministered in an official, or unofficial, capacity, at Five Stone Community Church in Garland, TX? No sir. 3. What church are you currently a member of, or attend on a regular basis? I'm not a member of any church specifically, but I always recommend Church Without Religion, located in Lubbock, TX, to visit or to stream online at 9:45 CST. I also recommend www.netowrk220.org for other New Covenant, Christ-focused ministries. 4. Can you send me a doctrinal statement? I don't have a doctoral statement because I refuse to be put into a religious mold. But I will say that Christ is the center of all my doctrine. 5. Do you consider yourself a Conservative or Contemporary? Neither. I'm a child of god. 6. What College, or Seminary, or University, did you graduate from? None. End of the Six Questions. I did some further searching concerning: 1. The Church Without Religion website: churchwithoutreligion.com/home. The Church Without Religion, in my understanding, is not a local New Testament church, is not King James, and is a contemporary church. 2. Network 220 website address: http://network220.org/ Pastor Andrew Farley, Church Without Religion, Lubbock, TX, is the President of Network 220. network220.org/about/our-board-of-directors. Basically, Network 220, as far as I can tell, is the loose denominational headquarters of churches like Church Without Religion. In my understanding, I was accurate in my June 9, 2019 post. The only difference is the church location and educational background. In my thoughts, his church affiliation is contemporary, his devotions are contemporary and somewhat confusing as he does not want to offend folks, has no sound, biblical, doctrinal statement, and is in the religious book selling business. Therefore, I believe I was accurate in my June 9, 2019 assessment of Matt’s devotions and that for Matt to say that, “None of the stuff in this thread is accurate about me” was inaccurate.”
  13. 3 points
    Jim_Alaska

    Meeting Friends IRL

    Thanks for the pic HC, it's nice to be able to put faces with the names.
  14. 3 points
    Alan

    The beauty of creation

    During a trip to the Taipei Zoo, (in Taipei, Taiwan, the Republic of China), we had the opportunity to see a Panda Bear. As my wife said, "My aren't they adorable!"
  15. 3 points
    The problem (if I am reading your posts correctly) is that you are looking for a majority teaching from IB. This may be to either: A) Use such teaching as your means to "give an answer to every man", or B) use the results as a means to later determine whether you can (or should) stay with or withdraw from IB as a whole as opposed to an individual IBC. I would contend that you should (and perhaps this is your intent, though it is not the impression I get from your posts) study out the subject in the Word of God. Should you go ahead and look at the various angles, explanations, logic, verses, and refutations espoused by all "camps"? Sure, but don't look at any of them on the basis of a "majority rules" decision. Only then can you be "ready to give an answer to every man" and be "fully persuaded" in your own mind.
  16. 3 points
    Alan

    Matt McMillen Ministries

    Matt, As I expressed in my personal message to you here on Online Baptist, I would send you a personal e-mail to your matt@mcmillen.com address once I set up our e-mail account here in the States. We just returned from overseas today and I am still in the process of setting up our home and office. Just a few minutes ago I was able to send you an e-mail requesting information concerning your ministry and to try and ascertain exactly what information was not accurate in my 6/9/2019 post as quoted above. You clearly stated, "None of the stuff in this thread is accurate about me." But, you did not give one example. To me, that is wrong and not honest. When you accuse a person in a public forum of stating an inaccurate statement and not give the reason why the individual gave an inaccurate statement, in public, and then tell everyone to send a private e-mail stating why the individual stated an inaccurate statement, that is wrong. Again, what you did was wrong. If you are going to accuse us, and me as I made a statement, than you need to publicly state your doctrinal statement, background, ministry, the church you are affiliated with, publicly. I did review your mattmcmillenministries.com/about/ website, and as far as I can read, I cannot accept your statement that all that I said was inaccurate. On your website you have no doctrinal statement, no background information, and no church affiliation statement. As far as I am concerned, your statement, "None of the stuff in this thread is accurate about me" was publicly stated as a fact without publicly stating why ALL our statements were inaccurate, was wrong and dishonest. Alan
  17. 2 points
    DaveW

    People quoting heretics.

    Why do so many people quote heretics just because they say something 'nice' or cute? I have been forced onto facebook (long story but it is necessary...) and it amazes me the number of quote memes posted that are from men who teach false doctrine but who happen to have said something cute or nice. Do people not realise that quoting such men gives your approval to them, and promotes them before others? You are in effect promoting them, their ministry, and their false doctrines.
  18. 2 points
    DaveW

    Coming pole shift

    Isn't it funny that the Bible often upsets what people want to teach?????
  19. 2 points
    Rebecca

    The beauty of creation

    My phone camera didn't do justice to the beautiful sunset last night! I turned to the left to get a view of the fading light in the clouds, and now you can see the pineapple field. There are pineapples in the top photo as well, but the lighting is too dark over the fields.
  20. 2 points
    Alan

    The Local Church.

    Thank you Jim. In my understanding, the church at Philippi, the church at Ephesus, and the local assemblies in the early church, more fully understood that they were a part of, "the body of Christ" instead of some generic "Universal Church" as is the main emphasis in our age. The early assemblies, it seems to me, believed their union with Christ in salvation, service, persecution, joy, and blessings, was of a personal nature. The Lord Jesus made it very clear that when a person, government, religion, or denomination, persecutes the church or a saint, whether physically, legally, or verbally, they are really persecuting the Lord Jesus. Anybody else have any thoughts, discussions, or comments?
  21. 2 points
    It is one thing for church members and even ex church members to be angry over past incidents at First Baptist Church of Hammond and occasionally offer a rant about it, but utter buffoonery to posit constant anti-fundamentalist rhetoric on nearly EVERY aspect of FBC’s ministry and members. My observance today of such rhetoric made [...] View the full article
  22. 2 points
    DaveW

    Matt McMillen Ministries

    I think it is interesting that Mac has not bothered to address the simple critique of his "divorce" devotion that I did. He has not even tried to answer a single point that I made. And he has not addressed the reason for his self promotion over the Lord, even though at least two of us have noted it. He has not addressed the issue of "loss of salvation" that he alludes to in his divorce devotion - does he believe that eternal life is not in fact eternal? I am certain he thinks we are unloving, but it is not a hateful thing to warn against unbiblical teaching. Indeed, his discussion on the KJV issue has just that intention, although he uses a great deal of misinformation and innacurracy, as well as the aforementioned straw man method. Basically, to any reader of this thread who would be inclined to investigate, I would warn you to diligently check every word of this man against the Bible, and you will find that he is greatly lacking in integrity where Biblical exposition is concerned.
  23. 2 points
    DaveW

    Matt McMillen Ministries

    I would suggest to the mods that these links be broken. It takes very little perusing of these links to find false doctrine taught, and the basic process of this guy is straw man and misrepresentation.
  24. 2 points
    Alan

    The Local Church.

    Brethren, A few days ago I received a personal message asking for a source of material for the Baptist Church. In my reply to the individual I stated, among other things, that I would do more lessons on this Bible study on, "The Local Church." First, I will have to review the previous lessons to refresh my memory on what passages have been discussed. So, my next lesson may not be soon. Second, starting next weekend, we are in the process of reporting to churches on our furlough. So, the time between lessons, and responses, may be long. Third. Since we will be on the road reporting to churches, I will not have much source material, besides the Bible, to use in the lesson. So, let the Bible be our source and not worry too much about Church History, personages, current philosophy, Greek definitions, etc... Looking forward to your participation, discussions, comments, and helpful additions. Alan
  25. 2 points
    2bLikeJesus

    Meeting Friends IRL

    What a wonderful visit! I am so glad to see another church that is sticking to the "old paths" and not jettisoning the KJV bible, not changing music standards to rock/ccm which is not Christ honoring music, and teaching a separated lifestyle based on principles found in God's word! It was nice knowing that even though we have only met online here it was as if I was visiting close family, which in a sense I was since you all are fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Your turn now! Roseburg is only 389 miles south, an easy 6 hour drive! Love to see you guys visit us!
  26. 2 points
    wretched

    Bible Study Challenge

    This type of study is never mentioned by men but is the central theme of Scripture (Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds out of the Mouth of God). No matter where you feel you are in your walk with God this study program will change you. Even the most seemingly solidly grounded of believers will benefit from this little idea, it is guaranteed by God. Faith comes by HEARING and hearing by the Word of God. Hearing God's Word without the commentary (tradition) that makes the Word of none effect. Try this, let the Spirit guide you in all truth. Although seemingly mundane as far as systems of belief go, no big shots names to elevate, no frills, no flash, no commentary or merchandise to buy, only God's Word in the archaic, hard to understand King James English. Find Scourby narrated KJV New Testament Books on youtube and you are ready to begin. God's Word is the ultimate test of your faith. If you are truly seeking God's Truth, He will reveal it to you so listen as if your life depends upon it (because it probably does). To start, set aside all time you normally devote to sermon/commentary study and divert it all to this. · Listen to all the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) first and repeat them five times in a row consecutively. · Then the Book of Acts five times in a row · Then the remainder of the New Testament Epistles (Romans all the way through Jude). Repeat them five times, · By this time you will be far more prepared for the Book of Revelation than you ever thought you could be. You will be assured of the Spirit's presence as you understand more and more by God's Word and God's Spirit (Like He said in John 3:8). God made clear that "Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God". You will truly understand what this means as you discover new truths every time you intently listen praying for the Holy Spirit's Guidance. You will find yourself pausing the script and opening your Bible, saying to yourself - I never saw nor ever heard this before in its true context. Soon you will know that peace that HE KNOWS YOU. You will discover whether your house was built on sand (wolves in sheep's clothing doctrine) or on the Solid Rock of Christ's teachings. Soon you will clearly see every teaching of Christ rephrased, reiterated and reinforced throughout all the Epistles and Revelation. Then repeat this whole plan again and again. You will understand finally what it Scripturally means to walk with God. Listening to His Word defines clearly every context of the Scriptures. When context is truly captured so will the definitions of every archaic word. You will see how context provides definition in every single case. After repetitive listening and walking with God in His Word, The Spirit will connect dots you never imagined before and you will see His Word from a strategic viewpoint. The Spirit of Truth will become clear as it debunks the previous spirit of error. You may very well discover that God's Opinion differs greatly from the opinions you previously had regardless of sect or system. If sincere, the likely affect will be that you will find yourself being freed from the system of belief or camp you were brainwashed into. AND YES, I do mean brainwashed. In most cases, this will save your eternal life. You will see that most if not all doctrine you stood so vehemently for is not found in contextual New Testament Scripture. All I am pleading with you to do is to listen only to God's Word. Without gimmicks or opinion. There is a strong chance most who read this have never received enough of His Word, unadulterated. Even the most self-proclaimed Mature Christians typically equate Bible Study with sermon/commentary study, reverting to Scripture merely as reference instead of the Bread of Life. This is your chance to see just how far you have been led astray from God's Truth. Devote hours daily, including your commutes to this and this only. Saturate yourself in His Word and you will find the peace of God from God, not from men's plucked out, false assurances. Take this challenge, what do you have to lose? No matter how smart you are, how formally educated, how theological you think you are, DO THIS and decide for yourself if this is or is not the KEY to everything..... For convenience only, The New Testament recordings are consolidated here: Listen to God's Word
  27. 2 points
    HappyChristian

    Our Church...

    Linda is at the hospital in Seattle today. Too far, with Randy's injury, for us to go. The procedure is not as invasive as the first one, but is still a biggie. They nicked her spinal cord during the last surgery, and so were not able to finish what they needed to do (they had to spend the time repairing the nick). She has had good and bad days - a lot of pain, especially in her right leg, from the damage to the spinal cord. That problem might never clear up. Her husband has had all the testing done. His biopsy came back as lung cancer, stage 3B. The B means it has spread to the lymph nodes. Would appreciate prayer for them and their family.
  28. 2 points
    DaveW

    Matt McMillen Ministries

    I should add that the ONLY REASON I went to the website to investigate is because of his accusatory post towards Alan. I generally don't post about such people, preferring to leave them alone. But when someone accuses a solid man like Alan in this way, I investigate to see who is right. I like Alan, but he is only a man and I am sure he would happily admit that he is prone to mistakes, as are we all. As such I check to see who is telling it like really is. In my opinion, Alan is far more trustworthy than this mcmillinministries guy.
  29. 2 points
    DaveW

    Matt McMillen Ministries

    Had a quick look at his website, and a few things come up to me. Most on this website are pretty clear about the KJV issue, and this is a FANTASTIC example..... ******* This is from the NIV, and is the title verse of one of his devotions. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17******* This is the KJV: 2Co 5:17 (17) Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. Now, if you compare the two versions, you see some GLARING differences in substance. "The new creation has come" is a very different statement to "he is a new creature". One (the KJV) designates the one in Christ as becoming a new creature, the other (the NIV) talks of some undefined new creation having come - but there is no idea from the passage what this new creation is or what it is doing. A fantastic example why the KJV issue is not a side issue. Secondly, I am always wary when a Christian site deliberately leave off any kind of statement of faith or list of basic beliefs. I wonder what they are trying to keep secret...….. Thirdly, whenever I see a ministry which is named after a man I cringe. What about the kind of attitude that John the Baptist had: Joh 3:29-30 (29) He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. (30) He must increase, but I must decrease. Or Paul's attitude: 2Co 12:7 (7) And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. And Paul was glad of his infirmity, for it kept him humble. And we see so many people today with ministries that they name after themselves...……….. Is this a godly thing to do? It would seem that it is not. As to particular teachings, I have quickly perused the devotional about divorce, and I must say that he begins by presenting the most extreme examples of bad relationships. This is a common tactic of those who wish to support a practice - see the abortionists who talk about rape victims as a justification for abortion when the truth is that the number of abortions done in such cases is far less than 1% of the total. Use the extreme to justify the practice, and then apply the practice generally. This is the tactic that his devotion begins with - extreme examples that everyone agrees are abominable, which set people on the mind of supporting divorce. He then attacks the extreme position that says a person must stay in such extreme relationships no matter what - which I for one have never heard anyone promote. This is called a "straw man argument". So you see that in this one devotion he uses extreme examples and argues against extreme counter positions, and he does so tactically, with no real initial bible referencing. Regardless of where you stand on the actual issue, you must see that this is a deceitful tactic which is designed, not to find truth, but to sway to a predisposed position. Also in one of the examples he states “God hates divorce,” the pastor says. “But, biblically, you are allowed to divorce her because of her adultery. I wouldn’t take the chance though. There’s no guarantee you’ll stay saved yourself. After the divorce you might fall out of God’s will for your own life and be in danger of the fires of hell. Hang in there, lest you fall too.” This is the answer that a mythical pastor gives to a mythical husband about a mythical unfaithful wife. Note that the Pastor says "....There's no guarantee you'll stay saved yourself..." This is in one of his made up examples - now I am not sure if he is a proponent of loss of salvation or not, but the example he uses here the Pastor certainly is. However, I suspect that this man is no fan of churches and Pastors in general, and so he is here painting the Pastor (mythical as he is) in the worst possible light. He also is attacking the premise that divorce is some kind of unforgivable sin, which I have never heard an IFB preacher present, so this is again a straw man that he has made for the purposes of being able to tear it down. I would suggest that this guy is at the very least not an independent Baptist, and that is reason enough to be very wary of his teaching. He uses other versions (At least the NIV, but since he does not give any credit that I can find, each instance needs to be checked). This is a concern, because different versions say different things - as we can see by the example above. He makes certain statements that are just plain wrong: “Therefore, my brethren (anytime Paul says brethren he’s referring to his Jewish race), you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God…But now we have been released from the Law (just like a woman is released from her husband if he dies) having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter (the letter is the Law).” (Romans 7:4,6, my notes added) How about these: Rom 1:13 (13) Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles. Who is he talking to? ONLY to Jews in Rome? Rom 1:6-7 (6) Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ: (7) To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. Hmmmm - doesn't seem to be talking about Jews there. Another one: 1Co 1:10 (10) Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. Who is included in brethren here? 1Co 1:1-2 (1) Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, (2) Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: Another: 2Co 1:8 (8) For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: 2Co 1:1 (1) Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia: Another: Gal 1:1-2 (1) Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;) (2) And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia: Who was with Him? We don't know, but it is supposed that the Letter to the Galatians was written from Rome, so it is unlikely that there were only Jewish believers with Paul. Onesimus was with Paul in Rome at one stage, and he was apparently a slave of a man with a Greek name, who had a church with people with Greek names, and Onesimus appears to be a Greek name. And another: Eph 6:10 (10) Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Considering that this was also written from Rome, and written to the church in the city of Ephesus, and that Paul uses a specific armour description pertaining to the Roman soldier, it is unlikely that this letter was written only to Jews. And we could go on - I have only used the FIRST instance of the word brethren in each of these epistles, and not cherry picked the best ones. Clearly, Paul used the term Brethren to speak also of non-Jewish saints, and not just of his own countrymen, although he did also use the term brethren on one occasion that I could find to refer specifically to Jews: Rom 9:3 (3) For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: Kind of a difference that the majority of times that Paul used the term "brethren", he was talking of saints regardless of nation, and only once that I could find (with a quick search) did he use the term "Brethren" to denote those of his own nation. What did this teacher say? ".....(anytime Paul says brethren he’s referring to his Jewish race),......" Are these enough reasons to be wary of this man? And then he comes on here and accuses Alan of lying about him............ Without any answers or evidence to back up his accusation. Nutshell: Wrong Bible Version. No list of beliefs to give people a baseline of his doctrinal position. Prideful naming of ministry. deceitful method of presentation of argument. Straw man arguments Extreme case presentation, general application. (Abortionist method) Unbiblical claims And remember that this is from ONE of his devotions. It will be interesting to see if he answers any of this stuff. In any case, I won't be buying one of his books any time soon.
  30. 2 points
    Alan

    McMillen & the Physical Body of Christ

    Matt McMillen States, “Before Abraham was born, I am!” (See John 8:58). Before Abraham was born, which was way before Jesus was physically born, I am? Do you see it, friend? He always has been, and always will be. He temporarily became flesh for us.” In this devotion we come across two items. (A) The greatest verse in the Bible concerning Christ being the great “I am” of Exodus 3:14 McMillen states, “He always has been, and always will be.” McMillen does not add the all-important word: “God.” Does McMillen believe that the Lord Jesus was eternal as was God the Father? Who knows? Is he a Jehovah’s Witness or a Contemporary Southern Baptist? I don’t know? Do You? McMillen is confusing and seems to be trying not to offend any denominational belief. Or, he has some serious doctrinal issues. (D) “He temporarily became flesh for us.” Is it doctrinal correct to say that Christ “temporarily” became flesh for us? After the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, He appeared in a “body.” As with the Jehovah’s Witnesses, McMillen has a serious problem with the resurrected “body” of the Lord Jesus. The Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the “body” of Christ was a “spirit body.” Who knows what McMillen truly believes? The, “body,” the tabernacle, of the Lord Jesus was eternal, glorified, and is now sitting on the throne in Heaven. The Lord Jesus is “bodily” coming in the clouds of heaven and men will be able to “touch” the nail prints in His hands and the spear wound in His side. McMillen, Matt What Happens When You Die? Devotion. Copied on July 18, 2019. <https://mattmcmillenministries.com/what-happens-when-you-die/>
  31. 1 point
    Alan

    The Local Church.

    “Independent Assemblies” Philippians 4:15 The apostle Paul is now on his second missionary journey that he and Barnabas started in Acts 15:36. “Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.” Philippians 4:15 & 16 The apostle Paul is commending the Philippian church, or local assembly, for helping him with his physical necessities. Three Locations Mentioned 1. Philippi. The city where the current church, or assembly, is located. We will also take note that the accepted time of the writing of the book of Philippi was in 64 A. D. Also, according to Acts 16:6-12, while at Troas, Paul received the Macedonian call. So, instead of travelling to Asia, the East, the Lord directed Paul and his companions on the first missionary effort towards the West, the Roman province of Macedonia and Europe. 2. Macedonia. The Roman Province that Philippi and Thessalonica is located. 3. Thessalonica. A city further south from Philippi. At the time of the writing of the epistle to the Philippians, 64 A. D. , the church at Philippi had know of the events that took place at Thessalonica, Acts 17:1-9. The book of 1 Thessalonians was written in 54 A. D. So, since the distance between the two cities was not great, and there was an church in both places, and as Paul clearly indicates that the the two churches were in close contact with one another, both of the churches had fellowship with one another but there was no other ties between the two churches nor with the other churches in the area. Map is the courtesy of BibleStudy.org I would like to bring to mind that at that time the apostle Paul mentioned only one church, or local assembly, was giving towards his necessities as a missionary. Later on in his missionary journey that situation changed. In 2 Corinthians 8:1-4 we read, “Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves; Praying us with much entreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering of the saints.” Different Churches not a Universal Church “… no church ...” As led by the Holy Spirit, the Apostle Paul clearly differentiated between the church at Philippi from the other churches in any other city, region, or location. In this passage, Paul mentions the church, or assembly, at Thessalonica. Therefore, the saints at various locations, when they assembled together, constituted a local church and were independent of other local churches, or assemblies. Independent Assemblies “… communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.” The church at Philippi knew the brethren at the church at Thessalonica. The two churches, and probably more churches than we know, had close fellowship with one another. But, besides fellowship, there was no denominational binding of the assemblies together. Even though Paul had stated other churches, only the church at Philippi gave toward his necessities. So, it is plainly evident that the local assembly makes the decision to use its funds, or time, or other goods, or any other decision, without the authorization of any other assembly. Every church is a local entity, independent, from other local churches, or assemblies. There is no ecclesiastical authority, or hierarchy, above a true, New Testament, local church. As with Paul the Apostle, when it comes to missionary effort, if a church wants to support a missionary, or any other decision affecting the assembly, than they make the decision. In the New Testament, let me repeat that, in the New Testament, there is no denominational board, nor is there any religious hierarchy over the church, making any decision. All, as in every one, of the churches in the New Testament were independent from one another with no denominations, or a religious hierarchy, binding them together. The New Testament Bishop We had previously looked at Philippians 1:1, “Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons.” Even though the church at Philippi was in close proximity with the church at Thessalonica, and with other assemblies in the region of Macedonia, the bishops at Philippi did not, repeat, did not, have any authority over the church at Thessalonica nor in any other assembly in the region of Macedonia. In the New Testament, the bishop was the overseer, or the pastor, or the elder, of only the local assembly. The concept of a bishop being the overseer of a region, or in an ecclesiastical hierarchy, over numerous local assemblies, is foreign to the scriptures and a man-made position.
  32. 1 point
    May God give us the spirit of Spurgeon in our churches! "Spurgeon believed in a regenerate church membership and was very careful in this regard."
  33. 1 point
    Alan

    The Local Church.

    Brethren, I will be starting the next lesson soon. Our last lesson was on Philippians 1:1. So, we will continue the study of the local church as recorded in the book of Philippians. We will be looking at the phrase, "... persecuting the church ..." in Philippians 3:6. In connection with Philippians 3:6 we will be looking at parts of Acts 8, 9, and 22 Alan
  34. 1 point
    AdamL

    The Elect Lady of II John

    Thank you for your thoughts on this and for providing Pastor Markle's study in 2 and 3 John. I will definitely take a look.
  35. 1 point
    Alan

    The Elect Lady of II John

    Pastor Markle has a fine study on 2 John in his, "A Forum Bible Study on 2 & 3 John." Here is the link to the study: In his study, Pastor Markle discusses the elect lady and the corresponding passages.
  36. 1 point
    Alan

    The Elect Lady of II John

    "The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have the known the truth." 2 John 1 It seems to me that the apostle John knew the lady, and her children, personally. And, it also seems to me, that all those not only in the congregation in that area who loved the truth were beloved by the apostle John, all those, including us in our age, who love the truth, are beloved by the apostle John. "I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have have received a commandment from the Father." 2 John 4. As with the apostle John, all ministers of the gospel rejoice when they find the members of the church walking in truth: in this situation, the elect lady and her children. "The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen." 2John 13. It seems to me that the elect lady had a sister in the area where the apostle John was at or had ministered too. The elect sister had children also and this was a greeting from the children of her sister. It seems to me that the the elect lady was strong in the faith and a close friend to the apostle John. I sense a close relationship, a deep love for the truth of the scriptures, and a closeness between the individuals listed. Throughout the book of 2 John, the apostle John is contrasting those individuals who love the truth, who love doctrine, and deceivers within the local church. So, within the context of 2 John, it seems to me that the apostle John is talking to two sisters with two sets of children in two areas and who all love the truth and are beloved of John the apostle.
  37. 1 point
    robycop3

    Coming pole shift

    Sorry I didn't reply sooner. The Amalekites were on the move when they & the Israelis brushed by each other in the wilderness. They were on their way to subdue Egypt, which was greatly weakened by the plagues of Exodus. The Amalekites' own land had been hit by many plagues, especially polluted water & vermin. Thwy were called "Hyksos" by the old Egyptians & they remained in Egypt til God started their downfall by having Saul & the Israelis wipe out their main stronghold of Auris in Egypt. That's why Egypt was so generous with Israel in the days of David & Solomon. And several North American Indian legends tell of plagues in North America similar to those of the Exodus. And the Pawnees have a legend about the sun's starting to rise when it noticed a hare had made a trap for it, and so the sun retreated for awhile til the hare grew tired & went away, then it resumed its normal course. If the sun's retrograde movement for Hezekiah occurred around noon, that would correspond with sunrise time in the east of North America. And old Persian legends have stories about calamities similar to those in Exodus. I read about those various legends in several history books many years ago. Wish I could recall their names. And I've read all of Immanuel Velikovsky's works about the events of the Exodus, which also point out the occurrence of many of its plagues all over the world. That's the one source I can name right now.
  38. 1 point
    DaveW

    Lack of Discernment

    Thankfully my wife is very discerning when it comes to study material for our ladies' meetings. There are so many popular but doctrinally poor writers out there. But I have noticed the use of motivational memes from bad teachers, without regard to the base doctrinal position of the "sayer" of the meme......
  39. 1 point
    Jim_Alaska

    Matt McMillen Ministries

    Matt, I have deleted the links to your website that you posted. The posting of these links, plus what is considered by the owners and administrators of this site as false teaching will not be tolerated. You would be well served to read the rules for posting here at this link: https://onlinebaptist.com/forums/topic/26704-online-baptist-rules/
  40. 1 point
    DaveW

    The beauty of creation

    Place is full of birds - magpies, 28's (a smallish green parrot), kookaburra, a couple of roos have been around. Haven't seen any smaller critters, but they are around. Most lizards and snakes will be trying to keep warm, so unlikely to see any this time of year - although there was a small lizard in the woodpile. Not sure what kind as it was darkish and he was quickly deeper into the pile. Relaxing is what we need right now.
  41. 1 point
    It is written in our bylaws that if the church closes, that the monies would be given to a like minded church.
  42. 1 point
    PastorMatt

    Meeting Friends IRL

    Awesome, it's always great to meet Christians across the country and world.
  43. 1 point
    Thanks - but most or all here are very sad for you if you cannot say the same. You are either saved or lost, going to Heaven or to Hell, in Christ or damned for all eternity. Of course, a lost person can repent of their sins and trust the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation thereby changing their condition. Hopefully you have done so or will do so soon - asking endless questions won’t get you to Heaven - trusting in Jesus Christ alone to save you from your sins will.
  44. 1 point
    OLD fashioned preacher

    Bible Study Challenge

    Actually, he's not stating that a certain # of times in reading will mysteriously .... The emphasis here is to inundate yourself with enough Scripture to know the context and flow of the given book instead of just a verse or two which may or may not be lifted partially or totally out of context. I was once told in 1981 by an old Bible College professor (Rufus Bryant - he was saved around 1915 or so) "If you are studying a book of the Bible, read it through at least 15 times before picking up your pencil to write any notes." The idea here is to get to know the passage well before seeking to comment, teach, or analyze said passage. You can't get enough of God's Word. As Lester Roloff once said concerning hiding God's Word in our hearts, "it's time we QUIT having our children memorize verses, they need to be memorizing CHAPTERS". He believed that about the adults, too. People who have seen their sincere beliefs were Biblically wrong generally see it from Bible, not commentary.
  45. 1 point
    Robert P. Reynolds

    Hello

    Thank you all so much for welcoming me to Online Baptist. I greatly appreciate it. My prayer is that the Lord will use each of us to edify one another, and help each other to grow in the Lord. God bless you all.
  46. 1 point
    To me, the most sad part of this matter is the lack of Biblical discernment among independent fundamental Baptists (even among the leadership thereof). PrOBably, the anti-facial hair movement began around the time of the rebellious, ungodly hippy movement, in order that godly men might not be equated with this rebellious, ungodly movement in society through the "facial-hair" symbol that they portrayed (as a point of counter-culture against the "clean-shaven" business men and "official" men). For that time, in order to appear separate from that ungodly movement in society, I would grant that the anti-facial hair movement among independent Baptists was founded upon the ground of spiritual wisdom and even Biblical principle. However, the hippy movement is now long dead as a strong societal movement; and facial hair upon a man no longer relates that man to that ungodly movement in society. So then, why have independent fundamental Baptists retained their anti-facial hair position? I believe that it is because they turned this application of spiritual wisdom and Biblical principle into an absolute standard of spirituality, founded upon the commandment of man. This then is my burden of sadness -- Where is the Biblical discernment concerning spiritual righteousness (as opposed to a man-made standard of supposed righteousness)? (Note: Do I myself have facial hair? No, I remain clean shaven. My wife would prefer that have facial hair, but I cannot get past the itching stage.)
  47. 1 point
    Back to the bylaws, most are set up with the church deciding to close, merge, re-incorporate, et.al. If the church chooses to remain and the pastor takes the bank account (or portion thereof) without the approval of "body" as set forth in said bylaws then he is in violation of the same.
  48. 1 point
    Print I have heard from many people who doubt their salvation, and I always try to take time to reply to those e-mails in the midst of the deluge of mail that I receive. Recently I received the following. I have removed specific references to people, places, churches, and schools for the sake of anonymity. ________ Dear Bro. Cloud, I am writing to you to help me clear up some things in my mind. For many years now I have had extreme doubts about my salvation. So much so that it cripples me at times. I am newly married with one toddler. These doubts cause me to shrivel up, and become useless to my husband and baby. I spend many days crying and reading my Bible, and begging God to help me. The thing is, I have had many professions of faith. About five, and have been scripturally baptized. The last profession I made, I haven't been baptized, because I wasn't sure if God gave me assurance that I was already saved, or if I had just gotten saved. But the last profession is the one that was the most real to my heart. At that time I was in college and a preacher came by to preach in chapel about this very thing. About how he had doubts, and would have many professions and still no peace. He finally realized that he must trust Christ and his shed blood no matter if he was lost or saved. I knew I had to talk to this preacher, so I went up to him after he preached, and he explained salvation to me that was the most clear I have ever heard. It was exactly what I have been hearing all along, but on that day it made the most sense. Maybe it was the Holy Spirit that was helping me understand? Anyway, he said that regardless if I was lost or saved, I needed to risk my soul on Christ's blood. Trust my most treasured possession to His care. He then showed me in the Bible that only Blood can cleanse away my sins, and I was guilty before God with my sins. When Christ died, rose again, and offered HIS blood on the mercy seat, God was satisfied for the payment of man's sins. After we talked, I went to my dorm room and thought about all he said. He said a whole lot more, but this is what stuck in my mind. Finally I realized that if God was satisfied with Christ's blood sacrifice for my sins, then I knew I could be too. So I told the Lord just that. That I knew I was a sinner, but I believed that Christ's blood was sufficient to cover my sins, and I trusted Christ to save me by His shed blood. At that moment I had a very still quiet peace, and knew I was accepted as God's Child. Then why am I doubting? Well, for one thing, there is a link on your web-site to a church where they have testimonies about people who thought they were saved, but were really lost. View the full article
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