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    Standing Firm In Christ got a reaction from Martyr_4_FutureJoy in Fred Luter... A Help? Or A Hindrance?   
    Fred Luter, newly-elected President of the SBC, said, "We can't reach an iPod generation with 8 track ministries"

    Sadly, this seems to be the mindset of many, despite the fact that we are told to seek the ways of the Lord.

    When Jesus walked this Earth 2000 years ago, He did not conform to this world's religious system, but rather He sought to do the will of His Father. We are told to do the same.

    So many would rather bring the world into the Church and thereby defile the Church. The Church is slowly becoming conformed to the ways of the world and such a move is not pleasing to God. "Be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him."

    We are to reach the world, but we cannot dismiss God's way in our efforts to reach it. God has His way laid out in His Holy Word. We must reach the lost through God's methods or we have not reached them at all. If we bring the world's ways into the Church, we defile the Church and only accomplish deceiving the world into thinking they are accepted of the Father. In reality, we have only given them an appearance of godliness and piety on the outside while the inside is still unclean.

    Light has no fellowship with darkness. Fred Luter may think he can compromise and "reach an iPod generation" by conforming to their ways, but in reality, he is hurting them.
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    Standing Firm In Christ got a reaction from Salyan in Doomed To Be Single?   
    It is not good for man to be alone.  Of course God wants him to be married.
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    Standing Firm In Christ got a reaction from 1Timothy115 in Doomed To Be Single?   
    Best advice I can give is "Take it to the Lord.  Cast all your cares on Him for He careth for you."

    God said in His Word that He gives us the desires of our hearts.  Looks like your desire is companionship. 

    That said, Give it to God, then wait on Him.  Remember, when God created Eve, He did not tell Adam to go looking for her.  No, He brought her to Adam.  Ask God to put the woman in your life that He would have you to marry and trust that He will do so 'in His time'.
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    Standing Firm In Christ got a reaction from Martyr_4_FutureJoy in Plenty of Good IFB Churches, Men & Ministries   
    Actually, the book of poetry is recognized as a book.  It even has an ISBN number.

    The only writing on the subject that I have done over the last several months has been on Facebook, my blog, which automatically assigns it to my Twitter account; and to my Forum. 

    That's it.  I haven't been on other Forums in several months, (was even keeping silent on this one for a good amount of time)  If any of my recent posts are showing up in other Forums, it is because someone else has been posting them.  If others are using them, I don't mind.  It means the truth is being spread.
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    Standing Firm In Christ got a reaction from Martyr_4_FutureJoy in The 7th Shemita is here   
    shemitah is the Hebrew word translated as "release" in four verses in Deuteronomy.
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    Standing Firm In Christ got a reaction from CajunArkChristian in Interesting Script from "End of the Harvest"   
    In the movie, End of the Harvest, David White's character, Matt, stands before a psychology class and presents the following dialogue (written by Rich Christiano and not Jeffrey Bartell):




    While this is just a movie script, I find it very compelling.
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    Standing Firm In Christ got a reaction from Jordan Kurecki in Faithful Baptist College?   
    I signed up for the courses some time back.

    I had been going through the courses when I came across Year 2, Bible Doctrine IV Lecture 9 Ecclesiology - Membership.

    In it, I read the following paragraph:





    Wait! A Christian is not a member of Christ's body until he or she is baptized? This doesn't set right with me. If Mr Warner is saying one is not of Christ until one is baptized, then they are adding works to grace. If he is saying one has to be Baptized before in order to join the local Baptist body of Believers, then he is indeed teaching a "Brider" doctrine.

    I must add that some time back, an email was sent to Mr Warner asking him if he was a Brider. His reply to the sender was that he did not know what a "Brider" was. I found that reply strange, and possibly deceptive, coming from a person who is teaching a Bible College.
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    Standing Firm In Christ got a reaction from Jordan Kurecki in Faithful Baptist College?   
    We are baptized into Christ's body by the Holy Spirit, not water Baptism, so I must assume Warner is teaching a Brider doctrine when he says we are not a member of the body until baptized.

    1 Corinthians 12:13 (KJV) For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
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    Standing Firm In Christ got a reaction from Marilyn C in Is a home church a biblical church?   
    1 Corinthians 11:18 For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.

    In the Church...

    The Church is not a brick-and-mortar edifice.  It is a living, breathing organism.  God no longer dwells in Temples made with hands, but now dwells in a people.

    "When ye come together in the Church" simply means "when ye come together as a Body... because... the Church is a Body. 

    Colossians 1:18 And He is the head of the Body, the Church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

    Christ's Body is not brick and mortar.  It is those who have trusted Him as the propitiation for their sin.
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    Standing Firm In Christ got a reaction from BabeinChrist in How Can You Tell That A Pastor Is Very Poor?   
    Shouldn't all sermons come from the Bible?
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    Standing Firm In Christ got a reaction from LindaR in Tithing: Established by Law   
    I believe saying that tithes is monetary income is going outside of Scripture, since nothing in Scripture supports the claim.
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    Standing Firm In Christ got a reaction from LindaR in Tithing: Established by Law   
    For one, by making tithing a Law for the Church.

    Also, by saying that tithing is, "the paying of ten percent of our income to the Lord".  Not once in Scripture do we find that tithing is the paying of ten percent of one's income to the Lord.
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    Standing Firm In Christ got a reaction from okie chriistian in Tithing: Established by Law   
    For one, by making tithing a Law for the Church.

    Also, by saying that tithing is, "the paying of ten percent of our income to the Lord".  Not once in Scripture do we find that tithing is the paying of ten percent of one's income to the Lord.
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    Standing Firm In Christ got a reaction from Vladimir in "Repent of Your Sins" False gospel   
    The Psalmist once said, "If I regard iniquity in mine heart, the LORD will not hear me."

    I believe that those who "love their lifestyle" too much to be willing to trun from it, have no chance of Salvation until they come to the place that they understand that they are totally lost in that lifestyle. God resists the proud, but gives more grace to the humble.
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    Standing Firm In Christ got a reaction from Jim_Alaska in Mr.   
    Comment deleted - stop pushing your agenda. OB staff
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    Standing Firm In Christ got a reaction from Invicta in "Repent of Your Sins" False gospel   
    The Psalmist once said, "If I regard iniquity in mine heart, the LORD will not hear me."

    I believe that those who "love their lifestyle" too much to be willing to trun from it, have no chance of Salvation until they come to the place that they understand that they are totally lost in that lifestyle. God resists the proud, but gives more grace to the humble.
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    Standing Firm In Christ got a reaction from HappyChristian in Requirements for Pastors   
    If we're going to take the qualifications of the Bishop to the extreme that I am reading, then we have to ask...

    "At what point do a Pastor's children cease being his chillren?"

    The truth is, they do not cease being the Pastor's children even if they move out and/or get married.

    A child that leaves his father and mother does not cease being the child of his father and mother. So, must a Pastor step down from being a Pastor just because his married son, who lives miles away from the Pastor got drunk, or committed some other sin?  Of course not!

    But that seems to be the only logical end to the argument that children MUST be in subjection. 

    ps... I like the point about Colossians 3:20 saying ""children" are to obey their parents, so a single "child" doesn't have to obey"  It sheds some perspective one what Paul acutally means when he spoke of "children".
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    Standing Firm In Christ got a reaction from LindaR in Requirements for Pastors   
    If we're going to take the qualifications of the Bishop to the extreme that I am reading, then we have to ask...

    "At what point do a Pastor's children cease being his chillren?"

    The truth is, they do not cease being the Pastor's children even if they move out and/or get married.

    A child that leaves his father and mother does not cease being the child of his father and mother. So, must a Pastor step down from being a Pastor just because his married son, who lives miles away from the Pastor got drunk, or committed some other sin?  Of course not!

    But that seems to be the only logical end to the argument that children MUST be in subjection. 

    ps... I like the point about Colossians 3:20 saying ""children" are to obey their parents, so a single "child" doesn't have to obey"  It sheds some perspective one what Paul acutally means when he spoke of "children".
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    Standing Firm In Christ got a reaction from Invicta in Baptism and church membership?   
    I would say, "The Lord's Church is comprised of all who have trusted Christ for their Salvation and as the propitiation for their sin; whether they are baptized in water or not."
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    Standing Firm In Christ got a reaction from Invicta in Baptism and church membership?   
    Saved, but not part of the Church?
     
    preposterous!
     
    Acts 2:47 (KJV) 47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
     
    The saved of God are added to the Church... whether water baptized, or not.
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    Standing Firm In Christ reacted to No Nicolaitans in Faithful Baptist college   
    Friend, I don't know where you stand on the issue of "Baptist Briderism", but I can tell you are excited about the opportunity that the college offers. 
    Don't let anything that has transpired here squelch your enthusiasm for deeper study. My "acquaintance" was well grounded in God's word; therefore, he could separate the good from the bad as far as the courses' contents (which I don't personally recommend).
     I can certainly understand the draw of a free College; however, there is no Bible college (that I'm aware of) that I agree with 100%.
    Would I recommend Faithful Baptist College? No.
    I have a degree from a similar institution (it wasn't free, but it was affordable); in that, it was distance learning. I didn't agree with everything I learned there either. What I learned was this...I didn't learn anything that I didn't already know from my own personal study...except for the things I didn't agree with. 
    Be careful and be wise in your exploration of things like this, but don't let any "bad news" curb your enthusiasm for learning. Nothing...and I repeat...NOTHING...can take the place of personal Bible study with the Holy Spirit's direction. While today's churches may want a pastor (or staff member) who has a degree, that's just the world's influence on the church in my opinion. I'm not ashamed to admit that I got my degree because I felt it was needed in today's "church society". Too many churches have succumbed to worldly influences in demanding such things as this. I don't think the apostles had a college degree , but they had something better...personal teaching from God himself. We have the same opportunity today through the Holy Spirit. I have a degree, but it's inside of the same envelope that I received it in years ago. 
    If you want to pursue a degree, then I think that's admirable...just don't let getting a degree be your end-goal. My beliefs are what I've learned from my own personal study...not from what my college studies taught me. Your end-goal should be to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, and that is best done through the teaching of the Holy Spirit.
    Others may disagree with my stance on this, so take what I've said as such. This is my own personal input based on years of my own personal experience. Your experience (and other's) may differ. I just gave this as food for thought.
    May the Lord bless you as you seek to serve him.
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    Standing Firm In Christ got a reaction from LindaR in Faithful Baptist college   
    Acts 4:1 And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them,
    Acts 4:2 Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead.
    Acts 4:3 And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next day: for it was now eventide.
    Acts 4:4 Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand.

    Five thousand Believers... no Baptism.

    1 Corinthians 1:17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

    If Baptism was a necessity in order for one to be a member of the Church, Jesus Christ would have commissioned Paul to baptize those who heard the Gospel and believed.  No commission to Baptize.

    Baptism is not a pre-requisite to becoming a member of Christ's Church.
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    Standing Firm In Christ got a reaction from HappyChristian in Faithful Baptist college   
    Their "Statement of Faith" sure makes it look like they are Brider's.

    "Only those Baptized in the Lord's Churches"
    "Non Baptist Baptist should be rejected"
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    Standing Firm In Christ got a reaction from LindaR in Plenty of Good IFB Churches, Men & Ministries   
    Actually, the book of poetry is recognized as a book.  It even has an ISBN number.

    The only writing on the subject that I have done over the last several months has been on Facebook, my blog, which automatically assigns it to my Twitter account; and to my Forum. 

    That's it.  I haven't been on other Forums in several months, (was even keeping silent on this one for a good amount of time)  If any of my recent posts are showing up in other Forums, it is because someone else has been posting them.  If others are using them, I don't mind.  It means the truth is being spread.
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    Standing Firm In Christ got a reaction from LindaR in Tithing: Established by Law   
    Also, in this paragraph...

    "This is in reference to the text in Gen. 14, and notice the contrast that is drawn in V. 8: "Here" refers to the Levitical priesthood (under the Law) which had just been dealt with, while "there" refers to the Melchizedecan priesthood which typified Christ's priesthood under the New Testament dispensation. The conclusion is irresistible: tithes are to be received in the New Testament dispensation as well as under the old dispensation. This is the only logical meaning of this text."

    The author mentions the contrast of the people being compared, yet fails to point out that Hebrews 7 is also contrasting the tithes given in the "here" and there". 

    The "here" is the tithe according to the Law, i.e.; agricultural.  I believe the "there" is tithes of war spoils.  But, even if the "there" was speaking of the tithes being received by the Levites, they would not be money, for they are "according to the Law." (v.5) 

    Either way, tithes of monetary income has to be inserted into the text.  The author of Hebrews does not say money is to be tithed. 

    Are we supposed to preach the word? If so, then we cannot preach that God requires tithes of monetary income.
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