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Seth Doty

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    Seth Doty reacted to Kitagrl in Divorce, Remarriage And Repentance?   
    I think it is a good question. We have had to figure that one out too. It kind of boils down to, is remarriage a single act of adultery, or is it a continuous act? For one thing, once a person is married, would God want yet another divorce? We know the answer is no. So that means you should remain as you are. Which makes me think its a one-time adultery Are divorced/remarried people supposed to be church disciplined? No...which means, again, its probably a one-time adultery.

    Actually my feeling is that God understands it much better than we do. We feel that divorce and remarriage is the modern day equivalent of polygamy. God sees each marriage as "marriage". God said not to multiply wives...every time in the OT when a man had several wives, he also had several problems! Nothing good ever came from multiple wives. God did allow it, but did not bless it. In the NT, He commands us to stay with our spouse...and says pastors and deacons should not be divorced...husband of ONE wife....and if its true that divorce/remarriage is similar to polygamy in God's eyes, then that furthers the idea of a pastor or deacon not being divorced. On the other hand (and the good news) is that if divorce/remarriage is similar to polygamy in God's eyes, then He can still use people like this! Obviously people who have been divorced and remarried have their own sets of problems...generally child support and custody issues, sometimes nasty ex's....and other issues. It kind of brings about its own "punishment" if you will, just like any other poor life decisions.

    However I do not believe God looks on a remarried person as living in sin. I believe its more like...well...you shouldn't have remarried. But now you did. So now you need to go on from here and do the right thing and serve God. Be repentant for not seeking God in your life decisions....but repenting doesn't mean breaking yet another marriage that God now sees you in.

    Hope that makes sense! It doesn't really mean "Oh its just one sin, I can get remarried"....on the other hand...God used many polygamists...they just received the "fruit" of their decisions in some pretty miserable ways. And God's only punishment is that you can't be a pastor or deacon.

    Homosexuality on the other hand is considered an abomination to God and something that only people basically given over to the devil do. I know that's horrible to have to say, but its in the Bible. Marriage is natural...homosexuality is definitely NOT natural.
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    Seth Doty got a reaction from sandimat in new years resolution   
    I always found it rather humorous in a not so funny sort of way that the rainbow has been adopted as a symbol of a evil lifestyle considering what God created it for according to the scriptures. Given that the worldwide flood was sent to destroy man for the utter corruption man as a whole had given himself up to, and given that God, according to the scriptures, created the rainbow as a visible covenant that he would not again destroy the earth by flood it always seemed funny to me that they would chose it as their symbol and wave their rainbow banners in their parades. Sort of like they are unconsciously "reminding" God that he promised not to destroy the whole earth again with a flood for their utter corruption. They failed to read the fine print though, no more worldwide floods, judgement will eventually come as worldwide fire instead...
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    Seth Doty reacted to Salyan in They Which Preach the Gospel...   
    :beatdeadhorse:
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    Seth Doty got a reaction from Kitagrl in Paycheck for fulltime worker? Is it Biblical?   
    I understand where your coming from but try not to let it get on your nerves too much. Stressing over it will not do you any good. It is what it is. I am sure you know the vast majority of IFB's do not see eye to eye with SFIC on this. :coolsmiley:
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    Seth Doty reacted to Kitagrl in Paycheck for fulltime worker? Is it Biblical?   
    As I said, I believe a pastor should basically "make" about the median income of the church families. Our church is about like that. We don't make as much as the richest people in our church, and we aren't as poor as the poorest people in our church. We live "median". And that "median" would change depending on the cost of living of whatever area a person lived.

    And the nice thing about a "local independent church" is that its nobody else's business how much the pastor makes or does not make. That's between each church and God.

    I find that most of the times in IFB churches, the problem is not size or pay. Usually high paid pastors are in the convention or modern churches. I have rarely met an IFB pastor that made "too much money". I've met plenty that are being underpaid.
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    Seth Doty got a reaction from Doc Flay in Baptism of the Holy Spirit!   
    Baptism of water does not "wash away" sin in any manner. Repentance toward God and faith in Christ allows Christs blood to do that. What physical baptism is is a symbol of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ and identification with him.

    Specifically though in john 3:5 the "born of water" is referring to a persons initial physical birth, not baptism. See Romans 14:17 for a definition of what the "kingdom of God" is as well. The "kingdom of God" is the blessed state a Christian lives in after salvation as long as they remain in obedience to Christ.
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    Seth Doty got a reaction from Salyan in Another question I have.   
    Your confusing two different things. I don't think many if any on this board would deny that the MV's contain some of the word of God, but that doesn't make them Gods inerrant preserved scriptures as a whole. For example if I were to tell a lost person "if you don't repent and turn to Christ trusting in him alone for salvation your going to one day die and go to hell" is that the word of God? Yes it is in a sense, because it accurately expresses the truth found in the scriptures. However it obviously is not scripture itself, it is merely an explanation of the truth of scripture and the accuracy of the statement depends on how well it conforms to the actual scriptures.

    That is what your talking about.

    Do not confuse that with the divinely & perfectly preserved scriptures themselves though. The bible itself uses the term "holy" to describe the scriptures. For example:

    "2 Timothy 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus."

    Note that the apostle Paul calls the scriptures "holy" when speaking to timothy. Remember that they did not have the original copies of the old testament scriptures he was speaking of any more than we have the original copies of either the old or new testament scriptures. Yet in spite of that Paul, under the inspiration of God, calls the scriptures "holy" because God had and still has perfectly preserved the scriptures. In truth, most of the users of the MV's(at least if they have studied the issues enough to understand them) do not even believe what their bible says on the cover let alone the contents. It may say "holy bible" but they don't really believe that, they believe that some parts are of God & some parts contain errors and they get to pick and choose which is which. If one takes that approach I fail to see how one could possibly genuinely believe the scriptures are holy as they claim to be.
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    Seth Doty got a reaction from swathdiver in What does the Baptist Church say about exorcism?   
    Rare is correct. Typically baptists, or at least IFB's, are not exactly going to be trying to "cast out" demons as if there is some method or ritual to go through. When and if it one is ever confronted with a demon possessed or at least very possibly demon possessed person the best response is usually a combination of prayer for the person & reading/quoting scripture. None of this "I command you to come out" demon of fill in the blank as Pentecostals or what not might do. Serious spiritual battles are not typically won through carnal or showy methods. It isn't Christians that "cast out" demons anyway, it is God who does that. If your ever forced to deal with that sort of situation it is best for you to talk to God and let his word do the talking when your speaking to the person/demon.

    Practically speaking this is not a common thing to deal with anyway so it should be of minimal concern...
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    Seth Doty got a reaction from teylacarter91 in Another question I have.   
    In point of fact the KJV borrowed heavily from Tyndales earlier translation. There are some differences here and there of course, but if you read the tyndale NT you will realize just how closely the language of the KJV follows tyndales translation much of the time. See it here and compare it to the KJV. http://faithofgod.net/WTNT/
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    Seth Doty got a reaction from Covenanter in Another question I have.   
    In point of fact the KJV borrowed heavily from Tyndales earlier translation. There are some differences here and there of course, but if you read the tyndale NT you will realize just how closely the language of the KJV follows tyndales translation much of the time. See it here and compare it to the KJV. http://faithofgod.net/WTNT/
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    Seth Doty got a reaction from PastorMatt in new years resolution   
    I always found it rather humorous in a not so funny sort of way that the rainbow has been adopted as a symbol of a evil lifestyle considering what God created it for according to the scriptures. Given that the worldwide flood was sent to destroy man for the utter corruption man as a whole had given himself up to, and given that God, according to the scriptures, created the rainbow as a visible covenant that he would not again destroy the earth by flood it always seemed funny to me that they would chose it as their symbol and wave their rainbow banners in their parades. Sort of like they are unconsciously "reminding" God that he promised not to destroy the whole earth again with a flood for their utter corruption. They failed to read the fine print though, no more worldwide floods, judgement will eventually come as worldwide fire instead...
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    Seth Doty reacted to 1Timothy115 in Noise And Heat; How Will God Destroy The Earth?   
    I can't agree with your theory; I'm talking about something on a universal scale not on man's scale. All the nuclear stuff will melt along with the earth and universe. We haven't developed a nuke that can burn the universe so I'll go with God doing it.

    Besides that, I think you have some of the above out of context, I'll get back to later about that.
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    Seth Doty reacted to John81 in Men and Women appart   
    God chose to have the word servant used in Romans 16:1 of the KJB for a reason. That reason being, as the rest of Scripture clearly teaches, only men are to be pastors, deacons or leaders in a church. Neither a husband or father can rightly give a wife or daughter permission to do that which God has decreed against.

    If one declares the KJB is wrong on this point then the KJB cannot be God's perfect Word in English and the entire KJB is open and subject to correction based upon others interpretation of Greek.

    I stand by what God has said to us in the KJB.
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    Seth Doty got a reaction from Wilchbla in Did God Say to Blow Your Tithe Money on Beer in Deuteronomy?   
    Same reason God gave the children of Israel quail when they complained about the manna. Same reason divorce was permitted, multiple, marriages were permitted, concubines were permitted, etc. None of that was wise or Gods perfect will, but it was allowed because of the hardness of the heart of men. God tolerating and permitting something is not the same as God endorsing it.
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    Seth Doty got a reaction from Calvary in Did God Say to Blow Your Tithe Money on Beer in Deuteronomy?   
    Same reason God gave the children of Israel quail when they complained about the manna. Same reason divorce was permitted, multiple, marriages were permitted, concubines were permitted, etc. None of that was wise or Gods perfect will, but it was allowed because of the hardness of the heart of men. God tolerating and permitting something is not the same as God endorsing it.
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    Seth Doty reacted to RSS Robot in Separating from Compromising Preachers   
    1 Corinthians 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

    Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

    When I find a preacher who is playing games with Biblical separation and who is showing signs of rejecting it, I refuse to have anything to do with him as far as ministry goes. I am not going to join his church. I’m not going to preach in his church. I am not going to preach with him on the same platform in meetings. And I am not going to preach in churches that would have him!

    Yea, that is narrow and strict and I sincerely and earnestly wish it weren’t necessary, but I believe it is necessary to cut off the effect of compromise.

    Compromise is a communicable disease!

    The old backslidden prophet in 1 Kings 13 taught the young prophet to disobey God by taking His commandments lightly. God told the young prophet to preach against the idolatrous altar at Bethel and then to leave and not even to eat there. The prophet obeyed for awhile. He ran a good race for a distance. He proclaimed God’s message against the altar boldly, refusing the king’s offer of a reward, and headed away from Bethel. But instead of getting away from there as fast as his donkey could carry him, he decided to take a rest under an oak tree.


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    Seth Doty got a reaction from Brother Rick in Theophanies   
    Likely it is the difference between the fully glorified Christ and Christ with his glory hidden.
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    Seth Doty got a reaction from Covenanter in Theophanies   
    Likely it is the difference between the fully glorified Christ and Christ with his glory hidden.
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    Seth Doty reacted to Steve Schwenke in The Gap (Daniel 11:33-35)   
    But having a choice means that Adam could have chosen differently. What then?
    Foreknowledge is not predestination.
    So, what was God's plan for Adam if Adam had chosen right?
    What was God's plan if Israel had obeyed the Law?
    What was God's plan if Saul had not disobeyed? (King Saul in the OT)
    What was God's plan if Israel had repented at the preaching of Jeremiah?

    God gives us free-will. Thus, the Lord knows what to do in either case. There is a "Plan A" - the plan where we do what is right and pleasing to Him. This is His perfect will. This is what God wants.
    However, if we sin, then catastrophic results come. This is not God's will, but God will let us choose, and bear the blessings or consequences of our actions. Plan A - God's blessings. Plan B - God's chastisement.
    It has always been that way, and will continue to be that way until Revelation 21.
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    Seth Doty reacted to swathdiver in Are there any biblical grounds for divorce?   
    Thinking about the failed marriages of my relatives, none of them were better off after having gotten a divorce. Neither were their children. They all suffered and continue to suffer because of that sin.
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    Seth Doty got a reaction from 1Timothy115 in History over Story   
    It is all how you define "story" I suppose. A story is not necessarily fiction. See 2 Chronicles 24:27.
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    Seth Doty got a reaction from Annie in History over Story   
    It is all how you define "story" I suppose. A story is not necessarily fiction. See 2 Chronicles 24:27.
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    Seth Doty got a reaction from Brother Rick in Video: What's the Big Deal about the King James Version of the Bible? By Sam Gipp   
    So, you say if something that is the truth comes from a less than ideal source that somehow makes it no longer the truth? Your wrong. Balaam was a false teacher that is most likely in hell, yet he spoke the word of God on several occasions. Caiaphas the high priest spoke the word of God in John 11:49-52 though he was a major player in the crucifiction of Christ. The truth remains the truth unless something is added to it or taken away from it that changes it. At what point do you draw the line? If someone was to secretly write "Jesus was a liar" in the back of your copy of the KJV without you knowing would that false statement now written in your bible mean someone couldn't get saved from reading your copy of the KJV? Silly I know, but not much more silly than you claiming the source one hears the gospel from determines whether or not a person is saved rather than simply repentance and faith toward God in the heart through the truth of the gospel itself regardless of the source.
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    Seth Doty got a reaction from Brother Rick in Video: What's the Big Deal about the King James Version of the Bible? By Sam Gipp   
    In actual point of fact a person could be saved without the scriptures at all as long as the gospel was presented to them accurately and they repented and believed on Christ. As far as your criticism of the MV's, those criticisms are valid, but since one does not require a complete and accurate understanding of bible doctrine in order to be biblically saved, those flaws are not generally of consequence when it comes to salvation. Salvation is not meant to be extremely complicated or difficult to understand. It is basic, it is simple, and the MV's do not corrupt the truth to such an extent that gospel is completely lost and changed into a lie. What they do is mess up enough truth so that a contradictory mess is created where scripture no longer interprets scripture much of the time. The deeper into bible doctrine you go the worse it gets. What ends up happening is that the Holy Spirit only has a cumbrous, dull, chipped sword of questionable metallurgy to use instead of a sharp, quick and powerful two edged sword to use in the life of the believer or the lost person. Now that said, the Holy Spirit, being a talented swordsman, can do a lot even with a lousy sword given the chance, but why handicap him?
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    Seth Doty got a reaction from MatthewDiscipleOfGod in Video: What's the Big Deal about the King James Version of the Bible? By Sam Gipp   
    So, you say if something that is the truth comes from a less than ideal source that somehow makes it no longer the truth? Your wrong. Balaam was a false teacher that is most likely in hell, yet he spoke the word of God on several occasions. Caiaphas the high priest spoke the word of God in John 11:49-52 though he was a major player in the crucifiction of Christ. The truth remains the truth unless something is added to it or taken away from it that changes it. At what point do you draw the line? If someone was to secretly write "Jesus was a liar" in the back of your copy of the KJV without you knowing would that false statement now written in your bible mean someone couldn't get saved from reading your copy of the KJV? Silly I know, but not much more silly than you claiming the source one hears the gospel from determines whether or not a person is saved rather than simply repentance and faith toward God in the heart through the truth of the gospel itself regardless of the source.
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