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    RSS Robot got a reaction from Roselove in Way Of Life - On Doubting Salvation And Struggling With The Christian Life   
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    I have heard from many people who doubt their salvation, and I always try to take time to reply to those e-mails in the midst of the deluge of mail that I receive. Recently I received the following. I have removed specific references to people, places, churches, and schools for the sake of anonymity.
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    Dear Bro. Cloud,

    I am writing to you to help me clear up some things in my mind. For many years now I have had extreme doubts about my salvation. So much so that it cripples me at times. I am newly married with one toddler. These doubts cause me to shrivel up, and become useless to my husband and baby. I spend many days crying and reading my Bible, and begging God to help me.

    The thing is, I have had many professions of faith. About five, and have been scripturally baptized. The last profession I made, I haven't been baptized, because I wasn't sure if God gave me assurance that I was already saved, or if I had just gotten saved. But the last profession is the one that was the most real to my heart. At that time I was in college and a preacher came by to preach in chapel about this very thing. About how he had doubts, and would have many professions and still no peace. He finally realized that he must trust Christ and his shed blood no matter if he was lost or saved.

    I knew I had to talk to this preacher, so I went up to him after he preached, and he explained salvation to me that was the most clear I have ever heard. It was exactly what I have been hearing all along, but on that day it made the most sense. Maybe it was the Holy Spirit that was helping me understand? Anyway, he said that regardless if I was lost or saved, I needed to risk my soul on Christ's blood. Trust my most treasured possession to His care. He then showed me in the Bible that only Blood can cleanse away my sins, and I was guilty before God with my sins. When Christ died, rose again, and offered HIS blood on the mercy seat, God was satisfied for the payment of man's sins.

    After we talked, I went to my dorm room and thought about all he said. He said a whole lot more, but this is what stuck in my mind. Finally I realized that if God was satisfied with Christ's blood sacrifice for my sins, then I knew I could be too. So I told the Lord just that. That I knew I was a sinner, but I believed that Christ's blood was sufficient to cover my sins, and I trusted Christ to save me by His shed blood. At that moment I had a very still quiet peace, and knew I was accepted as God's Child.
    Then why am I doubting? Well, for one thing, there is a link on your web-site to a church where they have testimonies about people who thought they were saved, but were really lost.



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    RSS Robot got a reaction from Alan in Way of Life:Harry Truman’s Recognition of the State of Israel   
    I believe that one of the most important events in American history was Harry Truman’s recognition of Israel on May 14, 1948.
    America’s friendship toward Israel has not been perfectly consistent by any means, but the fact remains that America has been Israel’s greatest friend in modern history, and that is significant. God told Abraham, the father of the Jewish nation,
    “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great... Read More View the full article
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    RSS Robot got a reaction from Alan in Way of Life:Liberal Baptist Denominations   
    The Baptist World Alliance (BWA) is an ecumenical alliance founded in 1905 and currently consisting of 223 Baptist denominations in 120 countries, comprising 42 million members in 177,000 congregations. It is divided into six regional fellowships: North American Baptist Fellowship, Asia Pacific Baptist Federation, All-Africa Baptist Fellowship, Caribbean Baptist Fellowship, Union of Baptists in Latin America, and European Baptist Federation.
    Members of the BWA include American Baptist Churches USA, Baptist Union of Great Britain, Baptist Union of New Zealand, Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches, General Baptist Church of the Philippines, Luzon Convention of Southern Baptist.. Read More View the full article
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    RSS Robot got a reaction from Alan in Way of Life:Repentance in Evangelism   
    Repentance is often a missing element in evangelism today, but it is a prominent theme in the Bible. Following are the answers to some important questions about repentance. This study is expanded from the One Year Discipleship Course and Sowing and Reaping: A Course in Evangelism.
    Is repentance necessary for salvation?
    Many churches don’t preach repentance. They say that only faith is necessary for salvation. But repentance is commanded by God. It is mentioned 60 times in the New Testament.
    Repentance was preached by John the Baptist . “In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias,.. Read More View the full article
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    RSS Robot got a reaction from Alan in Way of Life:A Discipling Church Is Careful About Membership   
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    Regenerate Membership is an Ancient Baptist Principle
    Spurgeon’s Care in Receiving Members
    Our Standards for Church Membership
    Caution and Patience
    This chapter is connected intimately with the previous chapter, “A Discipling Church Begins with Caution about Salvation.”
    A regenerate church membership is an ancient Baptist principle based on clear biblical teaching, and it was practiced by most Baptist churches in America until the beginning of the 20th century.
    The Somerset Confession of 1656 stated.. Read More View the full article
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    RSS Robot got a reaction from Pastor Scott Markle in Way of Life:John Macarthur and Cultural Liberalism   
    This is a warning about the dangerous waters of evangelicalism and the fact that many fundamental Baptists are building bridges to these waters.
    Recently I received an e-mail from a father who said that his church has begun using John MacArthur’s material for Sunday School. He asked, “Should a parent like myself be concerned?”
    I replied: “I would be extremely concerned if a church started using MacArthur's material. Not only is he a staunch Calvinist who believes that one must be born again in order to believe, but he is a worldly rock & roll evangelical.. Read More View the full article
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    RSS Robot got a reaction from Pastor Scott Markle in Way of Life:Ten Tips for Daily Bible Reading   
    One of the most important habits to develop in the Christian life is that of daily Bible reading.
    It is the Word of God that has the power to sanctify the believer and build him up in Christ. It imparts conviction, enlightenment, spiritual strength, faith, wisdom, repentance. Consider the following Scriptures:
    “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success” (Joshua 1:8).
    “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall... Read More View the full article
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    RSS Robot got a reaction from Alan in Way of Life:Ten Tips for Daily Bible Reading   
    One of the most important habits to develop in the Christian life is that of daily Bible reading.
    It is the Word of God that has the power to sanctify the believer and build him up in Christ. It imparts conviction, enlightenment, spiritual strength, faith, wisdom, repentance. Consider the following Scriptures:
    “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success” (Joshua 1:8).
    “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall... Read More View the full article
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    RSS Robot got a reaction from swathdiver in Way of Life:Biblical Walls for the Church   
    There is a lot of talk about walls today, particularly President Donald Trump’s plan to build an effective wall on America’s southern border. That is a reasonable, common sense thing. Even the opponents of Trump’s wall use walls. They have walls on their own property, with gates and doors and strong locks. Every sane person understands the importance of walls in a fallen world. Walls are protection. Walls keep out things that shouldn’t come in.
    The New Testament church needs walls, as well. These are spiritual walls.
    We have five walls in our church.
    First, we have the wall of the biblical standard for baptism, which is primarily born again salvation (Ac. 2:42; 8:36-37). We aren’t hasty in this matter. We do our best to baptize only those who give evidence of salvation (2 Co. 5:17; 1 Jo. 2:3-4). We make sure that each person.. Read More View the full article
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    RSS Robot got a reaction from swathdiver in Way of Life:Teaching Children to Have a Daily Bible Reading Time   
    The following is excerpted from Keeping the Kids , which is available from Way of Life Literature:
    “... from a child thou hast known the holy Scriptures” (2 Timothy 3:15).
    One of the most important things that parents can do for their children it to help them develop a habit of daily Bible study. Though I grew up in church, I do not remember any instruction or challenge whatsoever about this.
    It is by the Word of God that the young person can cleanse his way in this wicked world (Psalm 119:9). It must get down into the heart and soul and thus permeate the individual’s life, and this will not happen unless reading, study, memorization, and.. Read More View the full article
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    RSS Robot got a reaction from Pastor Scott Markle in Way of Life:Is 17th-Century British English Holy?   
    We have become aware of a tendency among some King James Bible defenders to exalt 17th-century British English to the level of divine holiness.
    For example, the following changes are made in some editions of the KJV:
    afterwards - afterward; alway - always; apparelled - appareled; armour - armor; armoury - armory; asswage - assuage; astonied - astonished; behaviour - behavior; baken - baked; broided - braided; cloke - cloak; colour - color; defence - defense.. Read More View the full article
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    RSS Robot got a reaction from swathdiver in Way of Life:Friday Church News Notes   
    ANOTHER SPECTACULAR ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIND IN ISRAEL (Friday Church News Notes, April 5, 2019, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - Since Israel’s return to the land at the turn of the 20th century, a slew of artifacts have been unearthed that support the biblical record. The latest, announced this week, is a seal impression (bulla) that reads “Belonging to Nathan-Melech, servant of the king” (“2,600 Year Old Seal Discovered in City of David,” Jerusalem Post , Apr. 1, 2019). This name is mentioned in 2 Kings 23:11 in connection with King Josiah’s revival. “And he took away the horses that the kings of Judah .. Read More View the full article
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    RSS Robot got a reaction from Miss Daisy in Way of Life:The Modest Woman vs. The Strange Woman   
    Consider some of the contrasts between the strange woman described in Proverbs 7:7-23 and the modest woman:
    They are different in where they go . The strange woman is not afraid of going out “in the black and dark night” (Pr. 7:9). Her “feet abide not in her house; now is she without, now in the streets” (Pr. 7:11-12). The modest woman, on the other hand, is cautious about where she goes and when she goes and with whom she goes; she avoids going to places where moral temptations lurk; she avoids being alone with men other than her husband and brothers; she avoids situations that could place her in the way of moral harm. The modern pop culture would applaud the strange woman as “liberated,” but the liberty to do evil is actually enslavement.
    They are different in their attire (Pr. 7:10). The immoral woman has “the attire of an harlot”--skimpy, tight, suggestive--to draw attention to herself sexually and to lure men to her on that basis . The modest woman, on the other hand, is clothed in such a way so as NOT to draw men’s attention to her in a sexual manner.. Read More View the full article
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    RSS Robot got a reaction from John Young in Way of Life:Test of a Pastor’s Calling   
    We find a number of tests of a pastor’s calling in Scripture. These can help a man determine if God is calling him to be a pastor, and these can help churches to examine men before ordination.
    1. The test of desire (1 Timothy 3:1)
    1 Timothy 3:1 (“If a man desire the office”).. Read More View the full article
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    RSS Robot got a reaction from swathdiver in Way of Life:Friday Church News Notes   
    SOUTH AFRICAN PENTECOSTAL PASTOR FAKES A RESURRECTION (Friday Church News Notes, March 8, 2019, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - A Pentecostal pastor in South Africa has been caught faking a resurrection (“South Africa funeral firm to sue pastor, for ‘resurrection stunt,’” BBC News , Feb. 26, 2019). A video of Pastor Alph Lukau raising a man from the dead “went viral,” but it turns out, not surprisingly, to be a hoax. In the video, the pastor, whose church is near Johannesburg, is standing beside a man lying in a coffin, pretending to be dead. To add.. Read More View the full article
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    RSS Robot got a reaction from swathdiver in Way of Life:The Most Amazing Artifact in Israel Today   
    I recently returned from my seventh trip to Israel, and each one has been more profitable. The study of Israel is a major key in understanding the Bible, which is not surprising since Israel is the Land of the Book. The Bible is a historical book, the events of which occurred in the land of Israel and neighboring nations. The better the student knows the geography and history and.. Read More View the full article
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    RSS Robot got a reaction from John Young in Way of Life:Friday Church News Notes   
    PAUL CHAPPELL SCHEDULED TO SPEAK IN ROCK & ROLL SOUTHERN BAPTIST CHURCH WITH SLATE OF EVANGELICALS (Friday Church News Notes, February 1, 2019, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - Paul Chappell, Pastor of Lancaster Baptist Church of Lancaster, California, and President of West Coast Baptist College, is scheduled to speak in May at the One Nation Under God Conference at the hard-rocking First Baptist Church in Villa Rica, Georgia. (For evidence of their rocking, see the church’s youth ministry video clips.) Other speakers include Todd Stearns (former staff writer for the Southern Baptist Press); Robert Jeffress, Pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas (Southern Baptist); Tony Perkins, Southern Baptist and president of the Family Research Council; and Emir Caner, President of the Southern Baptist-affiliated Truett-McConnell University. Pastor Chappell is obviously sensing more liberty these days to be what he has long been, which is a conservative evangelical. This is the type.. Read More View the full article
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    RSS Robot got a reaction from Pastor Scott Markle in Way of Life:Study the Bible Dispensationally   
    One of the things that I am most thankful for in my Bible education is having been taught the importance of a normal-literal method of interpretation. I still fondly recall how that this opened up the Scriptures to me in a wonderful way when I was a young Christian. I didn’t accept it blindly. I had filled my mind and heart with Scripture before I went to Bible School, and I had learned to test all things by it. I was trusting in promises such as John 7:17 and 8:31-32, and the normal-literal method of interpretation rang true to me as soon as I heard it. I knew that it was the truth, and I sensed that it was a very important truth.
    I believe that a consistent application of the literal method of interpretation will result in a dispensational theology. We agree with the following statement by Charles Ryrie: “If plain or normal interpretation is the only valid hermeneutical principle and if it is consistently applied, it will cause one to be a dispensationalist. As basic as one believes normal... Read More View the full article
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    RSS Robot got a reaction from Alan in Way of Life:My Infidelity and What Became of It   
    The following is by Benajah Harvey Carroll, Baptist pastor, professor, and commentary author (1843-1914), from Carroll’s Sermons and Life Sketch , 1893.
    I cannot remember when I began to be an infidel. Certainly at a very early age -- even before I knew what infidelity meant. There was nothing in my home life to beget or suggest it. My father was a self-educated Baptist minister, preaching -- mainly without compensation -- to village or country.. Read More View the full article
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    RSS Robot got a reaction from *Light* in The Doctrines of Salvation   
    “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16)



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    RSS Robot got a reaction from *Light* in Reconciliation   
    “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:10)



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    RSS Robot got a reaction from heartstrings in Way of Life:Great Archaeological Discoveries in Israel   
    The following is excerpted from Jews in Fighter Jets: Israel Past, Present, Future , available from www.wayoflife.org.
    The return of the Jews to the land of Israel and the establishment of the modern state has been a huge boost to apologetics.
    Since the twentieth century, archaeologists have discovered site after site and artifact after artifact pertaining to and confirming biblical history.
    Following are some prominent examples:
    Dead Sea Scrolls - discovered in the 1940s, the biblical scrolls, such as the Great Isaiah Scroll, are the oldest Hebrew Scriptures extant and prove that the Hebrew Bible.. Read More View the full article
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    RSS Robot got a reaction from swathdiver in Bearing and Helping to Bear   
    “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. . . . For every man shall bear his own burden.” (Galatians 6:2, 5)



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    RSS Robot got a reaction from swathdiver in Way of Life:Quack Diet Evangelists   
    Quack diets and programs have a strange, captivating appeal to many people. They aren’t mere users; they are disciples. They are converts. And they can’t help but evangelize everyone they meet about the glories of their quack diets and therapies.
    One preacher friend wrote as follows:
    “Thank you, Bro. Cloud, for your research on diet plans. You are showing logic and wisdom in something that my wife and I have been fighting for years. We have had to separate from many, many of our friends in the ministry because of their outrageous stances on diet. We cannot be around them without being persecuted for our ‘lack of concern’ for our wellbeing. In ———— church in ———-, there are dozens of these families who literally worship their bodies through these diet plans. … One couple in that church... Read More View the full article
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    RSS Robot got a reaction from swathdiver in Way of Life:Friday Church News Notes   
    STORM DUMPS 18 TRILLION GALLONS OF WATER (Friday Church News Notes, September 21, 2018, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - Hurricane Florence, which made landfall in North Carolina on September 14, had dumped 18 trillion gallons of water by September 16. “That’s enough to fill the Chesapeake Bay or cover the entire state of Texas with nearly 4 inches of water” (“Florence aftermath,” FoxNews , Sep. 16, 2018). In April 2018, 50 inches of rain fell in a 24 hour period on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. In January 1966, 1.825 meters (6 feet or 71.8 inches) of rain fell in 24 hours in Foc-Foc, La Réunion, an island in the.. Read More View the full article

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