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  1. We'll have to have a birthday for it in 21 days.
  2. That's wonderful! You'll see some friends of mine there - the Paulichen family. They'll be attending BBTI this next semester as well, en route to Uruguay.
  3. Check your quotes. Swathdiver said that, not me. I'm disagreeing with it.
  4. Korea's really close to China. He visited. ;) Yes, I am. Check it out! https://www.gospeltruth.net/koreafire.htm
  5. I think it's definitely best for a new church to be planted by another - but it seems extreme to say that it has no authority if it is not. You are, after all, independent Baptists – we believe that each congregation and pastor is answerable directly to God. (individual soul liberty and all that). To require a church to be planted by another smacks a little of denominationalism to me.
  6. The Greek word for 'children' in those passages is teknon. In Matthew 21:28, teknon is translated both 'sons' (plural) and 'son' (singular). When Jesus was talking to the man sick of the palsy in Matthew 9:2, He called him 'son' (teknon). Your argument creates an unsustainable doctrine out of translational semantics. Revelation 12:5 speaks of the child of the woman, Who should rule all nations with a rod of iron, as a teknon. By the above reasoning, Jesus, rather than being the Only Begotten Son, King of Kings & Lord of Lords, would be one of a multitude of rulers/gods.
  7. Lighthouse Trails never claims to be IFB. They publish warnings on contemplative mysticism across the spectrum - and I for one really appreciate their thorough warnings on that particular topic. The evangelical churches need to be warned about this as much as we do.
  8. I posted this in Alimantado's offshoot thread, but will copy here as it applies to your question. Last night, I was reading the account from Jonathan Goforth on the revival in Korea in the early 1900's (When the Spirit's Fire Swept Korea). He told of an incident in Korea where a rural man visited a city during the revival, heard the Gospel preaching and obtained a Bible. He took that Bible back to the county with him, and read it to his friends, until about 50 of these rural people believed (the story doesn't say when exactly the first man got saved). They understood from the Scriptures that they should be baptized, and part of a church body, but they weren't sure how to go about it (seeing as there was no missionary, pastor, or even original evangelist). After reading and praying extensively, they came to the conclusion that they should all go home and have a bath, and then meet back and start a church. :D (And here's a link!! This is an excellent account to read. https://www.gospeltruth.net/koreafire.htm)
  9. There are some really good points in this thread. I would hold to the view that a church must be properly organized, with a pastor and membership, and as long as it is such, it really doesn't matter where they meet. A 'home church' of the kind where a father is having devotions with his family in their house is not a proper Church. I could see the first NT churches meeting in houses because they didn't have anywhere else to meet, at first, much like some churches nowadays. In the Canadian/American culture, a church that meets only in a home is not necessarily taken seriously by the community at large, and may be looked on with suspicion by possible visitors. Even a storefront/meeting room location isn't great (although a lot of our IFB churches meet here by necessity). Rightly or wrongly, a church is not seen to be legitimate unless it meets in a designated 'church building'.
  10. I agree with the point on churches that start out 'wrong', or adopt wrong practices, can become 'good' again. The past history of a church is less important than where it currently stands (although that history might give some good context - a long-standing sympathy with Reformed doctrine, over-leniency with church membership, etc.) I disagree with the idea of a pastor needing to have more than one child - but I'll take that to another thread. ;) Last night, I was reading the account from Jonathan Goforth on the revival in Korea in the early 1900's. He told of an incident in Korea where a rural man visited a city during the revival, heard the Gospel preaching and obtained a Bible. He took that Bible back to the county with him, and read it to his friends, until about 50 of these rural people believed (the story doesn't say when exactly the first man got saved). They understood from the Scriptures that they should be baptized, and part of a church body, but they weren't sure how to go about it (seeing as there was no missionary, pastor, or even original evangelist). After reading and praying extensively, they came to the conclusion that they should all go home and have a bath, and then meet back and start a church. :D That method of church planting is not one we would plan to follow, and most of our churches would probably rebaptize those folks 'in the name of the Father, Son & Holy Spirit' if they came to their fellowship, but I hardly think God was displeased with the honest attempt of these folk to obey the Scripture they best they knew how.
  11. This is an offshoot of the thread on Looking for a Local Church. I wanted to respond to the comment on pastors/children without taking that thread off-topic. I disagree with the view that a pastor must have more than one child to be legitimate. He could have no children at all and be legitimate. I believe the passage is speaking more to a leader's need to correctly train and lead whatever family God may give him. To make it say anything else puts a burden on people that they have no control over (what if there are medical reasons preventing children? or children die?).
  12. Salyan

    vociferous

    You have a dying coniferous what? :P
  13. Salyan

    vociferous

    There's a word for that: onomatopoeia. It's for when words sound like what they mean. Never tried a papadum, but I love Tim Tam Slams!
  14. Ah - that makes more sense, then!
  15. I'd suggest you build it off the left side of the house, possibly with an external entrance next to the utility entrance. That way it won't block any windows, and the noise transference will have a pantry/closet to go through before affecting the rest of the house. (I'd be very surprised if your wife was ok with blocking the dining room windows!)
  16. We can debate Pr. Steve's opinion all day long, but there's only one way to find out. Ask him. (and come back and tell us what he said, cause I'm curious! :) Until then, this line of debate is moot.
  17. John, that language is unacceptable on this forum. This forum is Baptist in doctrine. Although we allow some debate and discussion, other religions may not be promoted here. This includes the false Catholic religion. Regardless of your personal beliefs and understanding, it is not possible to be a good Catholic and a true believer. You are hereby asked to stop promoting syncretism and Catholicism on this site. Failure to adhere to this injunction will result in immediate removal from the site.
  18. Considering the only common denominator is you… I don't think it'll help. :P
  19. Carmen San Diego! There's a blast from the past.
  20. Salyan

    Gardens

    I live in an apartment, but have a little 4x10' community garden nearby. Finally got it planted a week ago last Monday (that's LATE! We usually plant right after the May long weekend). Beans, carrots, onions, zucchini, and the perennial rhubarb. I don't always remember to take care of my garden but if nothing else, I get lots of rhubarb. :D Oh, and dill and bachelor's buttons.
  21. If y'all would like to discuss Billy Graham, can you please take it to a new thread? I don't want this one to get off topic.
  22. I can understand the pull toward what is familiar, and the desire to remain in one's heritage. It is incredibly difficult to give up something that has been part of your life for so long. The problem is that you really cannot be both a Catholic and a Baptist. If I was a betting person, I would be willing to bet that neither your Catholic priest nor Baptist pastor would allow you to remain in good standing as a member in either congregation. If you told them you'd joined (or remained in) the other church, they'd be likely to remove your membership in theirs! But we digress. The (much more important) issue here is whether a born again Christian should remain in the Catholic denomination. The RCC does retain some orthodox doctrines (one God, Jesus as God, etc.), and there are sincere individuals who identify as Catholic who truly believe Jesus is God and desire to serve Him. It takes more than just an acknowledgement that Jesus is God - more than a belief in a single God - to be a Believer, however - to be saved. James 2:19 tells us "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: he devils also believe, and tremble..."...but the devils are not believers in Christ. Neither are humans who, no matter how well-intentioned, have not come to God as He has directed - by faith alone, trusting in His grace alone in Christ's finished work on the cross. The RCC organization denies Christ's finished work on the cross, teaching instead the false doctrine of the perpetual sacrifice of the mass. They lift Mary (Queen of Heaven - that's a false goddess in the Bible!) up as co-Mediatrix with Christ, in opposition to the Bible which states that "there is one man and one mediator between God & man... Christ Jesus." They repudiate the clear teaching of grace alone, through faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), and add a works requirement to salvation (Romans 3:20). In the Council of Trent, the defining doctrinal council of the RCC, which was reinforced by Vatican II, they have damned those who have trusted Christ alone in obedience to the Bible. Take a look at this list: https://carm.org/council-trent-canons-justification That means that if you have trusted Christ alone, by grace through faith, for salvation, the RCC has condemned you. By their own teachings, you cannot be a Catholic and a born-again Christian. The fact that the RCC gets some things right, in no way excuses the fact that they get the most important things wrong. How many sincere people that desired to know and serve God have been led to an eternity in hell because of the RCC teachings? Such an organization is no place for a Bible-believer to be. This is not a matter of salvation. This is a matter of obedience to God's word. Think of the blasphemous teachings that are perpetrated through the Mass - can you truly bear to be present, and to be silent, knowing how many people are being led astray through this liturgy? Will not your presence encourage others to stay, or to come, and possibly lead to them being led astray as well? John, if you will be patient with me a bit longer, something you said concerns me. You replied to HappyChristian that you knew you were growing in Christ because you attended Baptist services, fellowshipped with people, and were involved in the ministries. As we grow we will, yes, desire to serve God - desire to be at church to hear His Word - and desire to fellowship with other believers. And these things are good. The activities themselves, however, are not growth - but merely the evidence of it. Our growth is internal - a love for Christ, a love for His Word, a desire to spend time with Him in prayer & the Word, the desire to obey Him in personal obedience and ministry to others, the desire to share the truth with others, and an abhorrence for false doctrine. You've come from a background that emphasizes works. Some of us (myself included) also have a natural tendency to prioritize works over the internal fellowship with Christ. Please be careful not to allow works to define your relationship with Christ. It is by faith we come to Him, and by faith we grow. All our own righteousnesses, done in our own strength, are as filthy rags to Him. That verse applies not only to salvation, but also to our service after salvation. I truly hope that it does not seem to you that we are 'piling on' you here. That is not our intent. We are truly and greatly concerned for you, and desire to see you grow in Christ.
  23. John, why do you want to stay in the RCC? You have said yourself that it teaches serious false doctrines - doctrines that affect salvation itself. A person cannot be saved if they believe and follow the teachings of the RCC - they would be trusting in works, instead of Christ's finished work (once for all, accepted by grace through faith). You're right that RCC is not a cult - it is a false religion. "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." Matthew 7:21-23

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