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  1. heartstrings

    Repentance What is it?

    I found a Greek word :) "Metanoia" First of all, God "repents" but He doesn't "repent". Exodus 32:14 And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people. 1 Samuel 15:29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent. Two applications of a word, same meaning.(Right Brother Markle?)I don't know Greek, but from reading many occurrences of the word "repent" in the KJB, I've come to believe that "repent" means, basically, to "turn from" or "turn against". Thus, in Exodus 32:14, God "turned from" the evil (bad stuff) that he was going to do to His people. Why? Because Moses interceded(which is what God wanted in the first place). But in 1 Samuel we find that God doesn't "repent" which just means is that God has no sin, no mistakes, no failures etc. to "turn from" or "against". God is pure, holy, and has no need for that. Then there is the question of the place in Genesis where God says "it repenteth me that I have made man'. Some people say that meant God "changed His mind" or "regretted" making man. But I don't believe God has any regrets because He doesn't make mistakes. No, If you look at the verse, it doesn't say there that "God repented": it says "it repenteth me". I think that phrase is saying that "my creation has "turned against me". Correct me if I'm wrong. Back to your question, though, I can speak from experience, that I "turned against" sin and self and "turned to" Jesus. It's like some have said, "you just do an about face". it's not a step one, step two, step three thing to get saved. God, in His love and mercy, made salvation incredibly simple. And "repentance" in salvation IS part of "faith"; the two are inseparable.
  2. Yes, I was taught this soon after I was saved 32 years ago, but it doesn't hurt to remind us all from time to time. I remember, when i had a bus ministry, always having my wife with me. There was one time, when a woman wanted me to take her home during service, so I had someone else ride with us. When I do VBS, I always make certain another adult is with me when I'm with the kids. And it's not that I have any proclivities for kids, it's just that it doesn't look good and you never want to leave the door open for an accusation or doubt in anyone's mind. My Wife an I are sometimes scheduled to keep the nursery and I do the same there. I was once in a Sunday School room and everyone walked out for a few minutes, leaving me alone with a young woman; I got up and walked out too. Of course this is not jist for pastors and other leaders. But the point is, no adult(male or female) should be alone with the opposite sex or with other people's kids.
  3. Individuals. ( James 1:14) But the church can put safeguards in place. First admit that all men (and women) are sexual beings. Stop isolating pastors and preachers from the congregation by considering them to be "God's annointed"(because all saved individuals are anointed)and quit fearing to question them or hold them accountable. Trust no man. Let all pastors, preachers and any other church leaders know this and make it known publicly that you require leaders to have someone with them at all times when with a member of the opposite sex. And, really, stop the "counseling" stuff with females. If a female needs counseling, set her up to meet with a Godly older woman (Titus 2:3-5) As far as the congregation goes, stop teaching that men are to be "leaders" in the home. They're not. The Bible uses words like "rule", "head", "authority" for men and the home and by trying to be "politically correct" you're just conforming to the world. The Bible calls BOTH the husband and the wife to be, effectively, leaders. Why? Because if the wife is failing spiritually, the husband can "win" her by loving and honoring her and, likewise, if the husband is doing poorly spiritually the wife can bring him back in line by "submitting" and living Godly before him. (1 Peter 3:1-7) Teach the women to honor and respect their husbands and, back to the sexual thing, teach BOTH husband and wife that temptation can be averted/controlled by not "defrauding". (1 Corinthians 7:1-5} 1 Corintians 7: 1Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. 2Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. 3Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. 4The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. 5Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency. Some like to let the men have it with both barrels on Father's Day; but I dare them to try preaching things like "submission", "authority", "rule" and "reverence" on Mother's Day. That would certainly be a shake-up. Actually, you SHOULD honor the Mothers on Mother's Day AND the Fathers on Father's day. There are around 150 other Sundays, Sunday nights and Wednesday nights during the year to do the other and when Paul did it, he spoke to BOTH at the same time and by doing that, Paul let us know that we're all in this thing together!. What can happen if we could do that simple thing and quit putting the men, the patriarchs of the home, down like the WORLD does? We can see wives respecting their husbands more and husbands loving their wives more and we can see LESS temptation happening in our churches. Just by simply doing it the Bible way, we can see a lot less homes and lives destroyed.
  4. Let's see; the man got himself in trouble with a woman or teenager correct? Seems to me to be a problem in churches that needs fixing before the fact.
  5. Not saying this was the case here, but how does a regular diet of teaching that the men/husbands in the church are not measuring up and not "leading the home" affect women of the church? If they're hearing things like "if you would lead, your wife would follow". I mean, the only real leader must be the pastor if the "pew warmer" men are failing. And apparently, some women are attracted to such strong spiritual men who "have it all together". Where, in the Bible, does it say that the husband is to be the "leader" anyway? And this thing about "counseling women"; where is that in the Bible? I do find things like "the elder women teaching the younger" etc. Why aren't the older women doing this? What about making it a practice to never allow yourself to be in a compromising or questionable situation by NEVER being alone with another woman, teenager etc. besides your wife, daughter, mother or grandma?
  6. heartstrings

    How to address a guest pastor in error?

    If the guest speaker uses the phrase "touch not God's anointed", and/or mentions in a mocking tone others who have disagreed with them in the past, your going to them in private may seem well received and amiable, but you could be mocked or even 'rebuked' from the pulpit later, maybe even by name (if you aren't present); your going to them privately to save them any embarrassment, will not matter as "Matthew 18" won't be considered because it's all about their ego I guess. But that should be no deterrent. Right is still right.
  7. heartstrings

    Hunting yummy things

    Yes, a 30.06 bolt action kicks like a mule. But you can put together something like a 6.5 Creedmore or .308 on an AR10 platform (sort of like a "stretched" AR15), add a muzzle brake and have a longer-range deer rifle with significantly lower recoil. The buffer/spring design, inside the tube of an AR15 stock, serves as an effective shock absorber and the added muzzle brake uses some of the gasses exiting the barrel to "push" the barrel forward which counteracts some of the backward push of the recoil.
  8. Stacey Shifflett has been to our church a couple times. Missionary to Africa back then I believe.
  9. heartstrings

    The Morality Behind Christian Women Wearing Pants

    Well, let's see. We have a country where it's been fashionable to "come out of the closet" and proudly proclaim that you're "gay" for a few decades now. But just 5 decades ago, when I was learning to read, Janet, Mark and Spot had a "gay" old time and it meant they were "happy". Now, Girls are going out, hunting bears with bows and arrows, fighting in combat and boys are now dainty little sissies. We DISHONOUR and emasculate our men, deeming them worthless buffoons, take away the things associated with manhood and give them to the women. How did we get here? Little baby steps. For one thing, we gave them our clothes. Women began dressing like men a loooong time ago and now the men have relented, we have little left. Bruce Jenner, the once mighty athlete is now "Kaitlin Jenner" wearing a dress.. Y'all do what you want, as for me and my house, my wife and daughter wear dresses and and are not the least bit interested in deer hunting.
  10. heartstrings

    Hunting yummy things

    We don't have any caribou here in Florida, but I hope to put some whitetails in the freezer with my new .300 AAC "blackout". A .300 blk is good for deer-sized game at ranges of 100 meters or less, which is fine in moist cases for around here and you can convert a standard AR15 in 5.56 NATO or .223 to a .300AAC simply by swapping out the barrel... I completely built this one from parts from 4 different companies.
  11. "There were no allegations of wrongdoing of any nature that involved the ministries of North Valley Baptist Church or Golden State Baptist College." Maybe not, and maybe he's not guilty, but what about the practice of putting men up on a pedestal and neglecting to, or being afraid to, hold them accountable?
  12. heartstrings


    A Turkish sheep buyer/customer of mine once asked me "why so many churches" (in the USA)? Regrettably, I didn't have an immediate answer for him. Perhaps what he meant was "why so many denominations?" or "religions?". But after some thought, my answer is "freedom". Unlike some countries, the USA we have freedom to believe any way and worship any way we choose as long as it doesn't involve harming others. Of course, some churches DO harm others emotionally and spiritually but I'll save that for another discussion. The reason we have so many "Baptist" churches is because people can't agree on simple doctrines. But the Bible tells us there will be divisions and heresies and all that stuff so it should be no surprise.
  13. heartstrings

    Saved in 3 tenses?

    Yes, of course, that's pretty much what I meant. So, when we read the word "saved" in the Bible, it does always mean "delivered from something" but we are not to just assume that deliverance is always "salvation from eternal damnation".
  14. heartstrings

    I'm Saved!

    I was just having fun with the "saved" button but was not making fun at anyone. I knew what it meant. But yes, as always, I am an independent fundamental baptist who, at the present time, am a member of a Southern Baptist church.
  15. heartstrings

    I'm Saved!

    I know.