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  1. In alignment with site rules, could you please turn your font size down? It’s coming across like text-yelling. Hey, I’m curious (really, just curious). Did you get magnetized after your vaccination? And how long did it last?
  2. Your president is (likely) senile, and our prime minister is a poster boy with delusions of dictatorship. We’re both in trouble.
  3. Especially as we know that people who die of other causes while having Covid are counted as Covid deaths, but the media downplays any deaths following vaccination as ‘unrelated.’
  4. Yeah, we know what you think. Here are the facts. In Alberta, 99.94% of those who caught Covid recovered. The death rate includes anyone who died ‘with’ Covid, including seniors who were actively dying in care homes, heart attack victims, and fentanyl overdoses. So even in conjunction with all these false reports, you still have better than 99.9% chance of surviving Covid. The ‘new’ Delta variant is not more deadly - only more infectious. This follows the traditional expected behavior of viruses. I know a church that chose to meet, and they caught Covid - There were a couple of strains represented, including a variant. Everyone survived - including the seniors. One lady was on oxygen and survived. One 92-year-old fellow spent three weeks in the hospital, but he survived. I caught Covid too. It was a nasty flu - 10 days of exhaustion – but nothing to end society over. And now I have the natural antibodies that will last me a lifetime, better than any - even proven vaccines - ever could. Despite their best propaganda, this “ vaccine” has not been fully proven, it’s still in testing, and has, to date, more combined adverse effects than all other vaccines through all their history combined. You have been brainwashed by the government and media, Bouncing Bill. This is a good place to have that brainwashing challenged.
  5. I agree that an exact date isn’t needed, but there is value to establishing that ‘in the beginning’ Was 6000-ish years ago rather than millions of years.
  6. Wow. Alberta has a few in both of the major cities (whether or not you'd want to go to all of them is another question), but otherwise it's a 2-3 hour drive to get to one.
  7. Your writing style is so hard to follow... The Creator - God - reveals Himself to us in the Bible. When you speak of messengers, I don't know what or who you are speaking of. Many people say they are messengers of God, and that He has revealed special revelation to them, but they are lying false prophets. I would need to know what you define as messengers before I can agree or disagree.
  8. I definitely understand the feeling that church activities are more pointed to families than singles. A lot of churches don't seem to know what to do with older singles! Which is a shame, because the singles are, at least in our church, what keep things going. Let me see... if this particular 38-year-old single were not here, they would need a new organist, alternate pianist, church treasurer, clerk, decorator, gardener, librarian, master organizer, children's ministry helper... "I speak as a man", but the truth is that we need both in a church - singles & families. Both are necessary for the Body to work well. Sometimes I really wish the families would invite me over - they do once in a blue moon, but it is so much easier for them to add one person to a gathering than for me to invite 8 people over! But they are individually welcoming & friendly, and I can go up to pretty much anyone and star t a conversation if I want to (or many will start it with me). And God has given me a couple families that I can pretty much invite myself over anytime I need to see someone. ("He setteth the solitary in families.") What you describe, Corinne - that sounds really nasty and unhealthy. If the churches hold personal purity so loosely, no wonder there are so many affairs! There is something seriously wrong in those assemblies. My experience with attending all services is simply this - there is no better way (in a good church) to grow spiritually and grow together as a church family. No, you don't have to, but when you can, it is beneficial. That being said, what Corinne describes is probably not a church that's going to happen in. I remember you mentioning that church before! I still want to find it.
  9. Okay, now I'm going off topic. I'd be curious where your experience is if you know IFBs that think sexual purity is not a big deal. God says it's a big deal, so it is, and all that I've known are pretty strong on that topic. God also says that He is the creator and definer of life, so your other point is Biblically problematic. That we could have a proper discussion on somewhere else.
  10. This is a bit of a joke thread, Corinne. That being said, I'm not sure how your second perspective is in contradiction. I'd be interested in hearing more of what you mean in another thread.
  11. Your wording is a little unclear, but my understanding is that you were saying that this fellow Supposedly has had more revealed to him ‘in Christ’ then we find in the Bible? If that’s what you’re saying (and I apologize if I misunderstood), this is impossible. “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.” 2 Peter 1:19-20 The ‘more sure word of prophecy’ spoken of here is the Bible. this passage tells us that God‘s written Word is more sure than even Witnessing a face-to-face conversation between God and the patriarchs.
  12. Too bad it doesn’t really work that way - To reach people, I mean. Because the Catholic Church is reaching people for hell. I mean, I’m glad you had a place to rent, but if I had a Mass going on overhead I think I would be spending every minute praying against the evil of it.
  13. I think it’s a new world thing, especially for independents. Small start up churches can’t afford to build right off the bat, and there aren’t a lot of old church buildings for sale, so they will rent space until they’re established enough to build or something comes up for sale. Sometimes it’s interesting what they end up in. I know a little Baptist church plant in Saskatchewan that had the opportunity to buy an old Ukrainian Orthodox building. Only Baptist church I’ve ever seen with onion domes!
  14. BB, can you please start a new thread for this so we don’t get off topic from the OP?
  15. Off topic! Let's get back to the OP.
  16. I suppose neither were first, as both streams of theology Originate from more recent founders. The Bible position would have been first.
  17. THIS. Things that are different cannot be the same. Tony, if it helps, here is my nutshell on why I personally believe that neither of your named two systems have the doctrine of salvation correct. Calvinism: This doctrine blatantly ignores the repeated, clear words of scripture that God “would have all men to be saved,” and that “God so loved the world that whosoever believeth… may be saved.” Arminism: In repudiating eternal security, this doctrine ignore God’s words that no one shall be able to pluck believers out of His hand. The biblical position combines the free will of all men to accept Christ for salvation, combined with an assurance of salvation that is based on God’s promise, and not Calvinism’s teaching that “you will always be saved because you had no choice in the first place”.
  18. You might be an Independent Baptist if the pastor says “Let’s open in prayer” 20 minutes after beginning to preach.
  19. I concur. And again, there are not only 2 sides to choose from here.
  20. My salvation may not depend on my pastor’s doctrine, but my church membership would. I personally could not attend a church that taught Calvinism – it is such an offense to the character of God. I must confess that I don’t understand the OP. What does his pastor’s stance have to do with our responses? There are independent Baptists that are Calvinist, and independent Baptists that are not. And there is a third stance between Calvinism and Arminianism - It’s not just either or.
  21. This is the most useless response I’ve seen in a while. Could you please talk like a normal human being with proper use of English grammar?
  22. Really, Bill? This is your way of not starting onto other topics? Please answer the question without stirring the pot.
  23. Konstantin, either engage in respectful dialogue, or cease and desist. Name calling is the sign of a poor argument.
  24. Can't argue with that one.
  25. Each province is a little different, but generally speaking, no. BC has forbidden non-essential travel between health regions. There are check stops set up on some major highways in the south (it's very mountainous, so these highways really are the only way through) where police are stopping people. It sounds like claiming essential travel gets you through okay, but I wouldn't want to drive an RV. BC churches are meeting outside only, last I remember. Alberta is usually the Texas of Canada, and has a 'conservative' government, so the fact we're seeing the restrictions we are is ridiculous. We're actually getting more closed down, and the government keeps changing the goalposts for reopening. They claim that if 75% get vaccinated, they'll 'start' to reopen. We have 48% half vaccinated (don't ask me my opinion on this!) and 3.5% fully vaccinated. Vaccination status is beginning to affect access to places like seniors' homes. We are still at 15 people allowed for church services, 15% capacity in retail, and some types of small businesses/gyms/etc. shut down. Schools flip-flop between online and in-person learning - always with masks. Restaurants can have take out only. 8 weeks ago, restaurants were open for dine in service - then they shut that down but allowed patios. Many restaurants spent thousands of dollars (after a year with multiple months of closures) to put in patios - then the government closed them down for pick up services only. This doesn't work in highly rural areas, where one can drive 30-45 minutes from the restaurant to their home. Many restaurants and places dependent on tourist income are already closed for good - but Costcos and Walmarts with active outbreaks can stay open. (For the record, Alberta is running PCR tests at such a high number of cycles that our 'positive' cases are likely well over 50% false positives.) Funerals & weddings are allowed 15 - no reception, and last week, outside social gathering sizes were reduced from 10 to 5. Cities are worse - Edmonton has its own private masking requirements that require people visiting the zoo OUTSIDE to wear masks. We are getting more closed down, not less. Last week, the government removed many of the masking exemptions, and required doctor's notes for anyone wishing exemption (the list of approved reasons for mask exemption is very small). The strong conservative feeling is that they are trying to force the small businesses to close. The liberal government is beginning to discuss a Universal Basic Income. There was an attempt by bureaucrats in the Parks Department to implement drone use to monitor back-country camping during long weekends - to make sure people aren't gathering in groups that are too large. That was probably not approved by the appropriate Minister, and it was rescinded very quickly after it was found out by the media (for once, even the very liberal media, which usually functions as a propaganda arm of the government, was a bit shocked). The injunction Pr. Tim was arrested under was verbally changed the week before his arrest to exclude the clause under which he was arrested. Our health service department (AHS) is fighting hard to say that since the change wasn't yet documented, it should still be valid. It took a while to get him out (he was released yesterday), since the release conditions he was originally offered were not something he could agree to in good conscience (haven't heard what they were, but are probably similar to what Pr. Coates of GraceLife were given - he spent 5 or 6 weeks in jail before realistic conditions were negotiated). Their church building has been ordered closed by AHS. They will likely be looking for another place to meet (if they go back, the locks will be changed on the building, and Pr. Tim & possibly their other elder will be rearrested). I would like to know how unlelected health services became so powerful! The fear of death in the world must truly be immense. This is a political response, not a spiritual one, but I wish the churches in this province would see the importance of publicly acknowledging their religious requirement to meet corporately, and to sing. So many think they must obey the government, but don't seem to see the long-term implications - so they are following all restrictions. Many have not met in-person or fully corporately for a year (this is broad-brushing across all denominations, not specific to IFB). We are the only IFB church in our circles to be publicly fully open... I know a couple more at least that are meeting corporately in secret or inconspicuously, and others fully follow the restrictions. If more stood up, it would make it difficult for the government to devote the amount of resources to them all that are currently being used to target the few. Of those that see the importance for corporate worship, the number of underground churches is growing. Think about that. Canada has underground churches. And pray for our peace in this time. I know we don't compare to other regions of the world, and we are not really being specifically targeted for persecution (ask any gym or restaurant!), but in a country that still claims freedom of religion, assembly and association, it's really hard to reconcile. That was a VERY long response - sorry! I guess I had a lot to say.
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