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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. 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?
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 2 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.
  14. 1 point
    2bLikeJesus

    Teachers Needed

    All staffing is set now at Umpqua Valley Christian School.
  15. 1 point
    saraluck9090

    Any Ubuntu Computer Users?

    am using Ubuntu in my Dell Venue 10 laptop whom I bought from school supplies sale, because em teacher so I really needed educational laptop and apps, its quite good than Linux. I heard about it from my colleague, now I personally use it. I personally suggest you that must use this app.
  16. 1 point
    saraluck9090

    Greetings

    Hey welcome aboard dear.
  17. 1 point
    Alan

    Greetings

    Hello and welcome to Online Baptist!
  18. 1 point
    Jim_Alaska

    Whats for Supper...

    Love potluck at church, lots of good different foods and great fellowship.
  19. 1 point
    HappyChristian

    Whats for Supper...

    Tomorrow is our potluck at church. I'm bringing onion burgers and sloppy joes. I made low carb buns for Randy. Mom mad a pineapple upside down cake. I made an individual one for Randy that's low carb. He's happy he won't have to miss out on dessert.
  20. 1 point
    Jim_Alaska

    The Local Church.

    Excellent conclusion Bro. Alan; any persecution of His church is actually persecution of His person also. Acts 22 spells it out very plainly.
  21. 1 point
    Alan

    The Local Church.

    “Persecuting the Church,” Philippians 3:6 The apostle Paul had previously warned the pastors, deacons, and the saints at the local church at Philippi this solemn warning, “For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.” Philippians 1:29 & 30. The apostle Paul clearly warned the local church at Philippi that persecution for the name of Christ was coming. In his testimony, Paul the apostle stated, “Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.” Philippians 3:5 & 6 In the book of Acts the apostle Paul, then called Saul, persecuted the local assembly of saints, the church at Jerusalem, Acts 8:1-3. Then Paul recounted, twice, in his personal salvation experience with Christ how he persecuted the church. First, we will concentrate on Acts 8:1-3. In Acts 8:1-3 we read, “And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judæa and Samaria, except the apostles. And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.” Saul, in his zeal as a Pharisee, persecuted the church at Jerusalem and then, in his zeal, desired letters from the high priest to persecute the saints as far away as Damascus. The church at Jerusalem was pastored by the Apostles, they followed the baptism of John the Baptist, were meeting in the Temple, and, apparently, in houses. The church at Jerusalem is considered the first local church mentioned in the scriptures. Saul was determined to break up the meetings, haul the saints to jail, and persecute the church in an effort to destroy it. The Church – the Body of Christ In the book of Ephesians, the apostle Paul is explaining more fully the saints spiritual relationship to the Lord Jesus. In Ephesians 1:3, 22-23; 2:6, 19-22; 3:6; 4:1-5, 11-12, 16; 5:23-33, we read of the mystery of, “The Body of Christ.” At the moment of salvation, the individual is saved, he is a saint, and enters a spiritual relationship with Christ. The promises, and blessings, to the saints in the New Testament church are spiritual. 1. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” Ephesians 1:3 2. “And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:6 3. “For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” Ephesians 4:12 4. The marriage relationship between a man and a woman is a type of the church: Ephesians 5:22-33. So, the spiritual relationship between the saints and Christ is a mystery not completely understood this side of heaven. “This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.” Ephesians 5:32 As God created the institution of marriage to populate this world, so did Christ institute the church to populate the streets of heaven. The saint in the New Testament local church is in, “the body of Christ.” In Acts 9:1-20 and 22:1-16 Paul goes in more detail concerning his conversion experience with Christ and the Lord Jesus clearly shows that when a person, or a religion, the Muslim religion as an example, or a denomination, I will give the Catholic Church as an example, or a Government, I will use the Communist Chinese Government as an example, is persecuting true saints, the local church, than in reality they are persecuting the Lord Jesus. In Acts 9:4 b & 5 we read these words from the lips of the Lord Jesus, “… Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.” Was Saul literally persecuting the Lord Jesus? No. Was Saul persecuting the local church at Jerusalem? Yes. Therefore, spiritually speaking, Saul was persecuting the body of Christ. In Acts 22:7b & 8 we read, “… Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.” When a person, or a denomination, I will give the Catholic Church as an example, or a religion, the Muslim religion for example, or a Government, I will use the Communist Chinese Government as an example, persecutes, maligns, slanders, the local church then that person, or religion, or denomination, or government, is persecuting, maligning, and slandering the Lord Jesus Christ. Conclusion. The Lord Jesus stated, “Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.” John 15:20 This world is not our home nor is the saint in the local church welcomed in this world. All our treasures, all our hopes, and our Lord and Savior, are in the world to come.
  22. 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."
  23. 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
  24. 1 point
    DaveW

    Matt McMillen Ministries

    As it turns out I did go to his website to seek his position, and what I found was a number of false points and arguments, including one in his anti-kjv piece criticizing a bad word translation, which is NOT EVEN FROM THE KJV, but is included without any defining reference in such a way as to indicate an error in the KJV. I only know it is not KJV because I searched the offending phrase and found it was not in the KJV ANYWHERE. And of course he didn't give a reference address for it. This is simply an OUTRIGHT DELIBERATE DECEIT. This is the kind of thing this guy apparently does in order to construct his arguments.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 1 point
    AdamL

    The Elect Lady of II John

    I get what you are saying. I have had the same thought as well. So would you say it is probably just a Christian lady being addressed and the Apostle John also knows her sister?
  29. 1 point
    Jordan Kurecki

    The Elect Lady of II John

    It doesnt really make sense for members to be called children of the Church, members of the Church are the Church, not the children of the Church.
  30. 1 point
    Thanks Preacher, I am persuaded that the IFB churches in general are among the most accurate in teaching, preaching and exhorting members to live a holy and reverent life that pleases the Lord. That's why when I have studied out a topic as reasonably best as I can and can't find an answer, I will look at pastors, teachers and the teachings of certain churches I see that are closest to correctly (scripturally) teaching and living the Bible, which includes a clear observation that they are in alignment with the scriptures and are bearing much fruit. I won't let that settle the matter for me on a given topic, but it is a useful indicator that I might be on the right track to truth and not waste time looking at pastors and churches who are liberal. Bottom line is, if I can't figure a matter out from the scriptures alone once I've considered all the evidence on a question I've got, I'll leave it as unsettled and simply say, honestly, I don't know. And that's the most honest answer I can give God, and He will be pleased with that. By obtaining facts about IFB churches and if there is a significant majority of them teaching a particular position on divorce and remarriage, I can then look at the history of this position (e.g. has it changed over time, and why) and most importantly why scripturally would such a church type (I know IFB is not a denomination) choose a significant majority position if it indeed does exist. And it can be helpful to see if that majority position bears fruit. Once again, not basing my final decision on a position of a type of church/denomination, but rather using these evidences from faithful churches to reduce the time to arrive hopefully at an answer when I can't make a final conclusion from the scriptures alone which is always my goal.
  31. 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.
  32. 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......
  33. 1 point
    HappyChristian

    Lack of Discernment

    Lack of discernment has always been a problem, most specifically with folks who don't spend time in scripture. But it seems to be catching on greatly within IFB circles. Much of this lack of discernment is coming from women. Women who are pastor's wives, missionary wives, etc. Women who should know better...and whose husbands should be doing their due diligence and protecting their wives from false doctrine. Most IFB know that women like Beth Moore, etc., are not to be followed. But it isn't Beth Moore and her ilk that is making such an inroad. Have you ever heard of Lisa Terkeurst? Ann Vos Kamp? These women are really influencing other women today. They are followers of mystics, present the relationship with God in a sensual way, etc. I know a number of good women who have read after these women, and who have been influenced in a bad way. Then there is Graham Cooke. Just reading about him makes me shake my head that anyone who has spent time reading scripture could fall for his heresy. Memes are a big thing on social media. And these three create memes with pithy statements that people just LOVE. They sound well (unless you read it more closely and carefully), but they help suck people in. There is also a group of women who are "teaching" how to respond to domestic abuse. Now, I do believe that very often the church fails to protect the victim and sides with the abuser. But that is no excuse for some of the teachings going on. Women are being taught feminism, draped in spiritual sounding words. They are being taught emotionalism, draped in spiritual sounding words. And their men are falling for it, too, or at the very least allowing it. And then there is the teaching that we are filled with the Spirit upon salvation, that any other teaching is bondage. So...anyone experiencing any of this with their churches/friends? Or has it possibly just not become obvious yet? I would encourage all pastors to become aware of what these women teach, the names of their books, and be proactive about the insidious teachings.
  34. 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/
  35. 1 point
    Jim_Alaska

    Matt McMillen Ministries

    I agree Dave, thanks for reporting it. The links are gone.
  36. 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.
  37. 1 point
    PastorMatt

    Church looking for pastor

    I'll be praying they find a good man of God.
  38. 1 point
    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.
  39. 1 point
    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.”
  40. 1 point
    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!"
  41. 1 point
    HappyChristian

    The beauty of creation

    Well, this is a thread about the beauty of creation, right? My guys are pretty handsome, and there are some nice trees in the background. This was taken on Father's Day. The second year in a row we've been able to spend it with our son, after many years without him.
  42. 1 point
    Hooray! I was keeping quiet...watching and waiting to see if anyone might bring that up. Cherubims on the mercy seat...they were certainly created, yet God had them specifically "graven". Not to mention the somewhat overlooked teeny-tiny "graven" (from twine) pomegranates that were part of the high priest's garment. Pomegranates were certainly created. Not to mention the laver that sat upon 12 "graven" oxen... Not to mention... I'll be quiet now.
  43. 1 point
    BabeinChrist

    "Repent of Your Sins" False gospel

    Repentance CANNOT save I'm writing on the topic of repentance in regards to salvation because this is a subject that is very misinterpreted today, (even amongst Independent, Fundamental Baptists) and there’s a LOT of false teaching out there under the guise of repentance that is actually teaching a works-based salvation. The mistake that most people make is that, whenever they see the word "repent" in the Bible, they add these words after it: “of your sins”. So whenever they see the word "repent" they just automatically add "of sin"... repent of your sin. In fact, they often think that just the word "repent" means to turn from sin, but the Bible does not teach that, and since the King James Holy Bible is the Word of God, it should be our final authority on doctrine. I've noticed that typically, one can find the meaning of a word used in the Bible by searching for its first appearance, where it is often defined. So before we study repentance in regard to salvation, let’s just get an understanding of what the word "repent" even means in the Bible, by going to its first use. To the best of my knowledge, that is in Exodus 32:12, we have Moses speaking to God: “Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath and repent of this evil against thy people.” So we can see repent means "to turn". Moses is pleading with God to turn from His anger or wrath towards his people. It continues... “Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever.” “And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.” That proves that repenting does not mean "repent of your sins" because we KNOW God doesn’t have any sins, God never has sinned and God is perfect in EVERY way ---and yet--- did God repent in this scripture? Yes, He did. He turned..... He turned from one course of action unto another. He didn’t turn from sin, He turned from anger, He turned from his wrath, He turned from the judgement He was going to pour out. So we can be sure that repent does not mean to repent of your sins in order to be saved. It's interesting to note, that if you do a word study on the word "repent" in the King James Bible (the ONLY Bible I will use), you'll discover that the one who "repents" the MOST in the entire Bible is : God! "Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not? And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not." (Jonah 3:9-10) “And God saw their works,” What did God see? Works. “ God saw their works,” now he is going to tell us what those works were: “that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.” That right there says when you turn from your evil way, that is your WORKS, so if you believe that a person has to turn from their evil way and believe on Christ, then here’s what you're saying is required to be saved: to believe on Christ and have works! The Bible says salvation is without works and Jonah 3:10 says turning from your sins or turning from your evil ways is works, so that’s why this is such an important doctrine to understand and be clear on! Of course, the devil wants to get you to trust in your works to save you --- this goes all the way back to Cain and Abel, where Cain is trusting his works instead of the blood of the lamb, all the way back to the Tower of Babel, where they’re trying to do their works/build their way to heaven, and all throughout Galatians he warns us: It's a false gospel when you think that you are justified by works, all throughout Romans he tells us we are not justified by works. All throughout the Bible God warns us.. 'trust Christ for salvation, don’t trust works' ! The devil wants to get in the back door, he doesn’t just want to come right out and say, 'trust works!' knowing good and well that the Bible says NOT to trust works, so he wants to deceive you so you think: "Well... it's not works but you do have to repent of your sins", .....OR.... "Well.... I’m not saying it’s works but you can’t just live however you want, you gotta do something right... You gotta at least go to church three times a month or something, I mean you know you gotta do something right?" NO !! You have to do nothing because Jesus did everything, you believe on Christ, HIS works are sufficient, we don’t have to add anything to His works, JESUS CHRIST PAID IT ALL.
  44. 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.
  45. 1 point
    Concerning this first interpretational question from 2 John 1:1 – My own position is that the phrase, “the elect lady,” was a literal reference unto a believing lady, not a figurative reference unto a church. My reasons are as follows: 1. I believe that it is best to take the statements of Scripture literally unless there is a compelling contextual reason to do otherwise. In this case I do not see anything in the context of 2 John that would compel me to view “the elect lady” as a figurative reference unto a church. 2. In 2 John 1:5 the apostle John appears to speak unto this “elect lady” in an individual manner. 3. In 2 John 1:10-11 the apostle John appears to speak concerning the houses of individuals, not the “house” of the church. 4. In 2 John 1:13 the apostle John makes reference unto the children of this elect lady’s “elect sister,” indicating that they were sending their greeting unto the “elect lady.” If “the elect lady” is to be viewed figuratively as a church, then the “elect sister” is to be viewed figuratively as a “sister” church. However, if this is the case, since only the “elect sister’s” children sent greetings, and not the “elect sister” herself, then we would understanding that only some of the members of the “sister” church were sending their greetings, but not the “sister” church as a whole. Such a view seems out of character for this context. Are there any other thoughts, either in favor or in opposition, concerning this matter.
  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.)
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    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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