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  1. I was out soul winning, door knocking in the area when someone who answered the door stated "I have heard of your church, you guys are the one's with all those rules." I looked at him genuinely confused and said "we don't have ANY rules." He said, "then why do you guys dress so different, and you don't drink, go dancing, go to movie theaters, or party like normal folks, and you go to church like several times a week?" I told him it's because of a love for God and what he has done for us. We find principles in His word that indicates what would be most pleasing to Him and out of love we do
    13 points
  2. DaveW

    Big Bible Colleges

    Since it appears that some here are searching for reasons to accuse me, I will explain my view on Big Bible colleges. I have started another thread so as not to pollute my Bible College thread. First - I think every church should, when they are able, have extra study available for members. If they are able to make it as in depth as an Institute or College course, then great. I also have no prOBlems with a correspondence style course supplied by someone else. Secondly, this is MY OPINION, and as such I will not condemn a man who went to or sends one of his people to a big Bible College.
    12 points
  3. In that past we have had discussion where only certain members that wanted to can post in. We did this for an atheist one time, it was not ""freestyle" but was done in a debate style and one could post at his/her convenience. We had rules that the "debaters" had to follow and everyone followed the rules and it went very smoothly. Everyone could view the discussion. I guess it could be done again.
    12 points
  4. In God's eyes, they are not married... Even if another state performed the ceremony. As to letting them join the Church, a definite no. Unless of course, they separate and repent of their wickedness.
    12 points
  5. Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: I apologize for my lengthy absence from Online Baptist. The past year has been quite difficult and I'd not had the energy to spend the time here I'd hoped. As the Lord permitted, I was given strength to write articles for a Christian publication ("Rapture Ready") for over the last 2-3 years, and spent what energy I had on that. I also have been away so long I had no idea where to post this, nor under what topic. So please forgive me if I erred. My photo from before has disappeared as well, and I likely didn't upload a replacement properly either.
    11 points
  6. I agree fully with Alan and DaveW. The pastor is the place to go for this. Having said that, however, I will add this. Whenever error is spoken from the pulpit, whither it be a guest speaker or our own pastor, we have a teaching session at home. I set the family down in the living room after the service, get out our Bibles, and study out what was wrong. Even if the subject was correct, but scripture was incorrectly pulled from context and improperly twisted to back up correct doctrine, we point it out and address this at home. I do not allow scripture to be used dishonestly to preach honest tr
    11 points
  7. ldonjohn

    My Testimony

    Afterwards I did not read the bible; I just went to church. Later, as a young adult, I began to have doubts about my salvation which eventually led to a life of uncertainty, fear, & misery. I doubted my salvation because I did not understand how God would save someone just for saying a prayer “in Jesus' name” and being baptized. I was confused about all the teaching I had heard growing up in a church. I was confused about God & the bible. I did not understand the meaning of “believing” in Jesus. I did not know what to believe or how to believe. One bible verse that I had trouble unders
    11 points
  8. At the moment there is no law saying a church must grant membership to any particular person. There are also no current laws that force a pastor to marry anyone. Our churches by-laws are clear with regards to the biblical requirements for membership and the discretion of the pastor to determine if those conditions are met. Similar is set forth regarding matters of marriage. If there comes a time when laws are enacted that would force such, our church and pastor has already determined to stand in accord with Scripture, even if that means losing State sanction to "legally" marry folks. T
    11 points
  9. We had a first time visitor come forward at the invitation to be saved...and then his wife came forward about 30 seconds later...then one by one both his two teenage kids. The entire family got saved today! Now THAT was the first grand slam this season! Bro. Garry
    11 points
  10. Bro K

    Salvation

    After many years of people praying for him; my brother-iin-law accepted Christ as his Savior last night!!!!
    11 points
  11. The Ordinances of Heaven Job 38:33, “Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth? An ordinance is an established law or rule. Astronomer and mathematician, Johannes Kepler 1571-1630, verified that the sun and the planets are governed by scientific laws, or ordinances. Johannes Kepler was a devout Christian. Kepler believed that God created the universe as the Bible says He did. Psalm 119: 90 & 91, “Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth. They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for a
    10 points
  12. Alan

    Patriotism

    Brethren, Every once in a while I see numerous articles that only present one side of the Vietnam War. During that time of the Vietnam War the newspapers, liberals, the Hollywood crowd and the public in general were feed a continual stream of anti-American ideals: especially patriotism. My father taught me one good thing and that was to love our country. America, in spite of all the evil, corrupt politicians, and other forms of corruption, is still the best country on the face of this planet for Democracy, Individual Freedom, and Religious Freedom. It saddens me tremendously to
    10 points
  13. I think pretty much everybody knows that we moved to the west coast almost 2 years ago (well, if you didn't know before, you do now ). We moved out here to be a help to my mother, who lost my dad 5 years ago last month. The entire family wanted her to keep the acreage she and my dad had, but the upkeep was just becoming too much for her. Before my dad passed, my hubs spent a good bit of time in prayer and the Lord confirmed that we were to move out here. We just didn't know the "when." "When" came in summer of 2015. My hubs has been able to do the upkeep on the property, enjoying every m
    10 points
  14. The teaching to come out from among them means to separate. For you to continue as a member of the RCC and try to obtain membership in a Baptist church at the same time brings up several issues. First, either you have not told this Baptist pastor that you intend to retain your membership in the RCC, or, if you have told him, he doesn't have the discernment he needs. Second, RCC doctrine is diametrically opposed to traditional (biblical) Baptist beliefs, so for you to desire to retain membership in the RCC and be a member of a Baptist church, attending both services shows a lack of di
    10 points
  15. I do not consider the KJV an "issue" at all unless my individual church decides to use something else in place of it. It only becomes an "issue" among those of "like faith and order" when they look outside of each local church and see other versions being used. I also take exception to the idea that IFB is a "movement". Each local assembly is Independent, therefore cannot be considered a "movement." "Movements" come about when God's people look outside of their local assemblies and follow men because of their "strong personalities." Once God's people start down this road it is only a
    10 points
  16. Salyan

    MacArthur

    You know, my observation of Calvinism is that a) it isn't learned from the Bible - it comes from the teaching of men - many books and 'much learning' - and b) it presents itself as an intellectual doctrine and attracts those who are drawn to intellectualism. It often seems to become a point of pride - "see how much more study/learning I have done" or "see how much more I've thought about it than all you peons". Your statement above about 'shallow thinkers' really does reflect this observation, as it displays this as a point of pride in your life (you obviously think that you are a much deeper
    10 points
  17. The Mod Room, nice ring. You see, with a reduction of # of mods a while back, Bro. Matt moved us from a shack to a closet. However, due to Bro. Mike and myself taking so much space that we almost squeezed HC out of the closet and poor little Salyan was almost imbedded into the door, he at least relented and gave us a whole room. But, back on track with the intended subject: There has been discussion back in the mod room concerning recent contention and disturbances It was decided that the lack of warning points (or lack of teeth behind them) has resulted in boundaries being pushed (
    10 points
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  19. A Rose Has Faded by Ronald W ROBey ~In Loving Memory: August 13, 1926 - July 10, 2014~ A rose has faded in this garden called Earth But continues to flourish because of new birth Her life was a testimony of her love for the Lord She wanted all to know the truth in His Word. If mother could speak to all of us today I'm sure she'd have this simple message to say Don't weep for me, as I no longer feel pain Please trust Jesus Christ so I'll see you again.
    10 points
  20. Moved_On

    For Soulwinners Only

    If you’re a soulwinner, I’d like to give you an honest thank you. When you knock on someone’s door or strike up a conversation with the intent to witness them, you never know what circumstances have been taking place in that person’s life leading up to that moment. In the early 90s, a soulwinner knocked on my door. He witnessed to a visiting friend for 20 minutes before I came out to see what was going on (since I was cooking a meal). When I was done eating I went out to speak with him and he started on the “Romans Road” with me. I was a religious lost guy and was difficult for him in
    10 points
  21. No Nicolaitans

    Hypocrites

    So I was wondering... My understanding is that both UCLA and Duke universities have played the Muslim call to prayer publicly on their campuses...so...where is the outcry and the outrage from the atheists, ACLU, Freedom from Religion Foundation, et al. Seems to me that non-muslims were forced to listen to this "call to prayer". Isn't that right up the ACLU's alley...fighting against "forcing" your religion on others? These anti-religion folks jump at the chance to attack Christianity; however, when it comes to standing against a religion that might cut their heads off...they're amazing
    10 points
  22. (Note: This posting is somewhat lengthy; however, those who generally follow my posts will not find this to be much of a surprise.) Concerning Daniel 9:24-27 – As the context of Daniel 9 reveals, this prophetic utterance was delivered unto Daniel, who had been confessing the sins of his people Israel and praying for the Lord’s mercy upon his people Israel. Indeed, when the angel Gabriel delivered this prophetic utterance unto Daniel, he specifically indicated that the focus of its revelation concerned Daniel’s people Israel and Daniel’s holy city, Jerusalem, as per the opening l
    10 points
  23. A few days ago a couple of people stopped by the church on their way to work. They had to walk and it was very hot even at that time of morning. They had run out of water in the one water bottle they had and just wanted to refill it with cold water. I let them refill it it from the jug in the refrigerator and then gave them some money. It wasn't a lot of money, but it was enough for them to buy another jug of water and lunch for the two of them. Both the man and woman were wearing dirty clothes and had betel nut (type of chewing tOBacco) stained teeth and mouths, I could have very easily
    10 points
  24. DaveW

    Baptist?

    Personally, I have just about had enough. Being a Baptist doesn't make you saved, nor does it automatically make you 100% right doctrinally. But Baptist have traditional positions on doctrines. Yes, I used that word - traditional. But that doesn't make those positions wrong. Baptists are traditionally not Calvinistic. Baptists are traditionally premillenial. Baptists traditionally hold to a literal reading of God's Word. Baptists traditionally use the KJV in English speaking nations. Baptists traditionally do not hold to double inspiration. Baptists traditionally are not hyper d
    10 points
  25. DaveW

    Taught By Whom?

    I get sick of people who revert their argument to "you were obviously taught that" whenever someone disagrees with them. The claim of Darby gets thrown around here from time to time, as does the Claim of Ruckman, or Calvin. Now there is nothing wrong with pointing out an alignment of teaching, but using it as an argument in itself is not valid. For myself, I never went to a big Bible college anywhere, and all my instructors were and are working Pastors, not classroom intellectuals. I never heard of Ruckman until after I was in the ministry. I never heard of Darby until I joined this si
    10 points
  26. Left the Bldg

    Gift Of Tongues

    I guess I realized that not everything we experience is from God. So rather than base my belief on that experience, I put my belief in what the Bible says about it.
    10 points
  27. DaveW

    Missionaries

    My church has been blessed lately with visits from missionaries that we support. Where we are, it is unusual for people to stop by - Perth is not really on the way anywhere, so you really have to be going TO Perth. And that is Expensive! As a result we don't get visits from missionaries very often. So far this year - yes 2018 - we have had two missionaries able to spend time with us. What a blessing it is to be able to look after these people!!!!
    9 points
  28. This morning a couple JW ladies stopped by our house while my wife was at home. Of course, they immediately wanted to talk about end times (their "go-to" topic). My wife asked a question of them, "How would you describe your relationship with God?" The speaker was flummoxed, and the 2nd lady had a stricken look on her face. My wife just waited in silence. After a long, uncomfortable silence, the speaker turned to the 2nd lady and looked at her for help. The 2nd lady said, "Um, I guess I would say, 'Necessary'?" The first lady looked back at my wife and simply shrugged, but said nothing.
    9 points
  29. Alan

    Missionaries

    One of the greatest joys that I remember shortly after I got saved was visiting with missionaries in various countries in South East Asia during the Vietnam War. It was a blessing in visiting the works that God gave them. The Lord gave me the honour of seeing dedicated, and sacrificial, men of God, their wives, and their ministries. A special missionary in my heart is Brother Earl Beegle. Brother Beegle was a missionary to the U.S. GI's on Taiwan. Brother Earl Beegle, helped a lot of young men gain a strong love for the scriptures, soul-winning (both Chinese and American), and HOLY living. Br
    9 points
  30. Well, the vote was held. And it was unanimous - in favor. So my husband is now pastor of our church. I'm not sure either of us has really wrapped our heads around that, but it's sinking in.... Please do be in prayer for wisdom for him. There are a few negative things he needs to do almost right away. I say negative because it involves stopping things that have gone on that aren't right but have become accepted. He's very patient and will explain things thoroughly, but I know some people will be hurt. The young lady I was going to be meeting with will not be meeting with me. She dec
    9 points
  31. People of little faith! God said he would preserve His Word and he does not need Riplinger, Ruckman, Anderson, or anyone else to keep it in front of the saints for Him! There is no alternative, one either hold God's preserved word in their hands or a counterfeit.
    9 points
  32. Ukulelemike

    The Trials of Job

    So, some years back I heard prosperity and word faith 'preacher' Kenneth Copeland talking about Job, and why he went through al his trials. Long story short, his explanation was the Job brought it on himself, because of his tendency to assume the possibility that his children had sinned, and his regular sacrifices, 'just in case', on their behalfs. So, because he had a 'negative' mindest, he essentially acted and thought himself open to the devil's influence-basically, he brought it on himself. His negative thoughts brought negative results. Recently I heard this repeated again by a
    9 points
  33. DaveW

    Generalisations

    The "length of Sermon" thread - or rather some of the responses in it, have brought to my mind something which I thought of a while back. There was a thread about "loud preaching" a while back and there were the same kinds of answers given in that thread. What I speak of goes something like this: "I like long preaching", or "I Like loud preaching". Length in and of itself is irrelevant. Volume in and of itself is irrelevant. "Enthusiastic delivery" in and of itself is irrelevant. These things are irrelevant because no one would say they like a sermon that is doctr
    9 points
  34. Now we have some states...paying hundreds of thousands of dollars (one over one million) to do recounts of the votes in hopes of over-turning the election results. And I thought the hanging-chad incident of the Bush-Gore election results was weird. Liberals are never satisfied. I'm so tired of all of this mess. Real-life lesson #574... Babies cry until they get what they want...and then they cry after they get what they want, because they want more...or...they didn't like what they were given instead of what they wanted. The end result? A crying baby.
    9 points
  35. The One, True Gospel & God’s Saving Grace(Part 4) Conclusion 1. All have committed sinfulness against the Lord God. 2. Because all have committed sinfulness, all stand guilty and condemned before the Lord God. 3. Because all have committed sinfulness, and thus all stand guilty and condemned, none can merit justification and salvation through any good works. 4. Because none can merit justification and salvation through good works, the Lord God has sent forth His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, as His chosen Savior
    9 points
  36. I don't know that we have to go outside of the three verses, and one in particular. "Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ." Paul preached the same gospel of Jesus Christ as any disciples did. He was commissioned by the Lord Jesus as an Apostle of the Lamb, (unlike Matthias, who was appointed by the other Apostles and drawing of lot), and as such, carried an authority the same as the other Apostles. Paul was the Apostle to the Gentiles, just as Peter was the Apostle to the Jews, (though Peter first preached to the Gentiles, in fulfillment of Matt 16:19, and Paul certainly preache
    9 points
  37. You know, Matt, given your comments in that other thread about salvation and these comments here now, it really does look like you're doing your uttermost to interpret folks' understanding of salvation on here as some kind of works salvation. I worry I'm overly jumpy when it comes to people trying to outline their beliefs about salvation--you seem to take it to another level. Firstly, here's what the board's statement really says: In blue is a section you hacked out of your quote. I don't see anything in this quote that could be interpreted as man having to stop committing sins in order to be
    9 points
  38. As I mentioned in another thread, we moved the seating around in the auditorium. It was well received. We also have been talking about "kick starting" the various ministries at this church. Over many years the people here got comfortable and a bit tired - but finally people are starting to get excited. We have people wanting to get involved in youth group, kids club, Sunday School, and in evangelistic endeavours. We have people wanting to sing specials. I have been trying to get these things going and working over the last three years, but they keep stalling out. This time it "feels"
    9 points
  39. Is this only for Israel? James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. What about this? James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. ...or this? James 3:8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. ...or maybe this? James 5:13-14 13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. 14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the nam
    9 points
  40. It is sad that this happens. I know pastors have it hard a lot of times because they have a church with people on all different spiritual levels. Some know hardly anything about the Bible while others are very well versed. I've had people come to me and say that they are not getting fed in church. My reply usually is, "How hungry are you?" Because when you are really hungry, anything sounds really good. I love listening to preaching and according to the Bible His Word will not return void. As long as the Word of God is getting preached and I'm letting God work in me, I will get something
    9 points
  41. Galatians 3:11-12 11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith1. 12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. 1The section of verse 11 that I highlighted is a quote from the Old Testament (Habakkuk 2:4)...and the opening statement of verse 12 makes it clear that the law had nothing to do with faith. Therefore, the Old Testament taught/teaches that justification came through faith alone without the works of the law. Peter understood that those from the Old Testament couldn't keep the
    9 points
  42. Well...first I don't think it pits one sin against another because, as SFIC said, they are not married according to God's definition of marriage. While legally it may be divorce, spiritually it is a repentence from fornication. As far as the children, I would think getting changing their environment to where they see that homosexuality is not a valid lifestyle would be a good thing. Hurt feelings are meaningless when compared to the gravity of eternity. I also agree that I would not consent to letting them join the church without a divorce, separation, and complete cessation of their relations
    9 points
  43. The Lord worked in a great and powerful way in my family this week. On Wednesday morning, my wife woke me up at 4:20 AM with the words that every expectant father both fears and rejoices in: "My water broke!" Now, this was a bit early, as she was a day shy of being full term and we had already been sent home from the hospital a couple days prior with a false alarm. She yelled this delightfully frightening phrase while in the shower trying to ease her back pain and woke me out of a dead sleep. I did my best Superman impression and got changed lightning fast. I helped her out of the shower after
    9 points
  44. I believe our cue comes from the Lord Jesus Christ: Matthew 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. We are to SERVE and MINISTER to our congregation. While we "rule" over them according to Heb. 13:17, it is not a dictatorial rule, it is the rule of a shepherd caring for his sheep. A shepherd LEADS his sheep by example, and provides for them all along the way. Other passages for consideration: Ezek. 34 particularly v. 1-10 as an example of BAD shepherds Jer. 23:1-4 as an example of bad shepherds Matt. 9:
    9 points
  45. This topic is going to irritate me, since we basically live paycheck to paycheck AND I have to work a job to help make ends meet. We have four kids and live in a parsonage and have our utilities paid, plus a salary, but the salary is definitely low enough to qualify for food stamps (although we are not on food stamps). We pay our own cell phone and most of our own gas, and bought our own cars, and pay for our own internet, etc. We also pay for Christian school. If a church can pay a pastor enough to have a savings account and a retirement and live as comfortable as his people, then more
    9 points
  46. weary warrior

    Starting Again

    We have arrived in Washington and have begun service in the church here. This last Sunday was our first Sunday, and the Lord blessed. The church has been running a steady attendance of 6 regular people for months. We had 14 here Sunday, including my son and I and 6 visitors. and there was an easy liberty to preach. I preached a short, simple message from Luke 8 on the woman who touched the hem of Christ's garment, contrasting her with all of the throng who was jostling Jesus, but never did "touch" Him. I just wanted to update everyone, and ask for continued prayes
    8 points
  47. I posted this before but in 2014, so I will post it again in response. I Posted June 24, 2014 I was out soul winning, door knocking in the area when someone who answered the door stated "I have heard of your church, you guys are the one's with all those rules." I looked at him genuinely confused and said "we don't have ANY rules." He said, "then why do you guys dress so different, and you don't drink, go dancing, go to movie theaters, or party like normal folks, and you go to church like several times a week?
    8 points
  48. That is the strangest interpretation of the Great Commission that I have ever seen....... And calling people catholics is no valid argument. The plain fact is that the Gospel preached by John was the same as the Gospel preached by Peter, which was the same Gospel preached by Paul, which was the same Gospel preached by Jesus. NN in particular has done a wonderful jOB of presenting this by using SCRIPTURE which you basically ignore, re-interpret, and then non-answer by making catholic accusations which have absolutely no bearing on the issue. Just because the Catholics have alwa
    8 points
  49. Most of us who devoutly believe and defend the King James Bible are well aware of how "stupid" "ignorant" "backward" "cultic" "unloving" and "narrow minded" we are IN YOUR EYES. You do not need to tell us again, we heard you the first time and have been hearing you for hundreds of years. The trouble is that we are a loyal and faithful lot finding it difficult to change our stand and beliefs. Even with all of your books, magazines, articles, and posts, you have not given us any evidence, either material or Spiritual, to show that y
    8 points
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