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  1. I have to admit, I did get a good laugh when he "apologized" for one of his many insults, but then, in the same post, continued to hurl more insults. It's like saying, "You're a jerk, an idiot, a moron, a dope, a fool, a homo, and your wife is a pig. I'm sorry for calling you a jerk, you dummy." I truly do not understand the hatred. I disagree with people about much more important things than this and yet, we still manage to be respectful of one another. I also find it interesting that he continues to try to apply Romans 16:17, but doesn't follow that verse's instruction to avoid us. He continues to come at us. If He really believed the Bible and believed that verse applied to us, he would have put us on ignore a long time ago. And then, he tells us that "if you knew Baptist history, you would be anti-Calvinist", but then turns around and reveals by his misconceptions about Augustine that he's never studied Church History.
  2. I'm not asking for fellowship. I'm just pointing out that, while you did not mean your words to be so, Jesus said we should consider your contempt for us a blessing.
  3. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on My account. Rejoice and be glad for your reward is great in Heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. - Matthew 5:11-12
  4. To all, I'd like to take a minute to apologize for my behavior in this thread. It's never a good idea to let your pride speak for you. I did and caused a trainwreck. To all I have offended, I am truly sorry. I will try to do better in the future. Mike (aka "Auburn88")
  5. Thanks for the kind words. There are a number of ways that we can deny Christ every day. But isn't it good to know that God is faithful, even when we are faithless?
  6. So, Jerry, have you thought about how you're going to approach the topic of this thread at all?
  7. I collect records. I won't get into that because I don't think my choice in musical genres would win me many friends here, but Greenwich Village in New York is famous among record collectors for it's hundreds of used record stores. When I lived in New Jersey, I would go up to New York about once a month to cruise the record stores. One autumn Saturday, I drove to the train station, took the Jersey Transit into the city Once there, I jumped on the subway and headed to the Village. Dummy that I am, I got on the wrong train and ended up in an underground shopping mall underneath a huge office building. I poked my head into one of the stores to get directions and see where I went wrong. I struck up a conversation with the cashier, a young girl of maybe 19 or 20. "Ask her if she knows where she would go if she died", my conscience told me. "No, that's not why I'm here. It's my day off. That can wait. Besides, it's New York and you know how New Yorkers are", I reasoned. On the way out of the mall, I realized that I really should have taken the time to talk to her, but I kept walking. Long story short, I got to the Village, picked up some sweet vinyl, and went home. Just three days later, Tuesday, I turned on my TV to see that "large office building", which by now, you've probably figured out was the South Tower of the World Trade Center, turned to dust and ash, three thousand people ushered into eternity, some welcomed home as children of God, some apprehended as criminals, waiting to stand before the Judge. To this day, the face of that little girl haunts me. I have no idea whether she lived or died, but I will always remember the opportunity I was given to witness to her and share the Gospel with her, that I turned down because I had better things to do. And that is why I feel as passionately about evangelism as I do.
  8. Thanks. That's very kind of you to say. I've been sick the last couple of days, but I'm hoping to join my church's evangelism team tonight in Newark for "Newark Night".We give out tracts, do one on one witnessing, hand out bottles on hot days. Most of our team is in Dover at the NASCAR race doing that today. That's kind of an all day thing, though, and I didn't feel up to that. We don't do much door to door because we're so far out in the sticks, it isn't really practical. But we do try to hit any event that has people and we try to go to the "party districts" and witness. It's funny that you say you got saved in a town that was a stronghold of Catholicism. When I was a kid, I was hyperactive (back then, it wasn't "hyperactive". It was just being a brat.). My mom, who was not Catholic, heard about the uber-discipline in Catholic schools and decided to send me to a Catholic elementary school. My new step-father was Catholic (although denied communion because he married my mother, "the shikse") and, out of a strong desire to please him, I studied all I could about Catholicism and listened intently as the nuns and priests catechised us. Every day, when school let out, we would hop on our bikes and ride over to my friend, Tommy Engle's house. Tommy's house was right down the street from a small Bible church and, every day, we would see the "big kids" playing football on the lawn. We asked if we could play and they were happy to accept us. Turns out, two of the "kids" were adult youth leaders. After we played, we would sit down with them and talk about whatever we wanted to. It was the 70s. "Hey, man, let's rap." That sort of thing. They would ask me about my Catholic school and what I was learning there, not in an intimidating or antagonizing way, but sincerely and out of concern for me. I would tell them what we learned about the Eucharist or about Veronica stooping to wipe Jesus' brow, or justification and they would say, "Wow. That's really interesting. Let's see what the Bible says about that." And verse, by verse, they would go through the Bible with me until I understood the Gospel and understood the errors of Catholicism. They never preached against Catholicism or told me it was wrong. They just let me see the truth of scripture and let the light of scripture expose the darkness of Catholicism. LIttle by little, I understood the Gospel and, while I was sympathetic to the Gospel, I didn't receive Christ until about twelve years later. Even though I didn't receive Christ then, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt how their telling me about the Gospel stuck with me and was the seed that led to me receiving Christ and getting saved in my early twenties. I don't remember their names and have tried in vain to find them a couple of times over the years, but that's OK. I'm convinced that they have a soul winning crown waiting in Heaven and I can't wait to thank them when I finally see them again.
  9. This thread is about arguing against Calvinism. Do you plan to tell us why you disagree with Calvinism? Or do you just plan to continue to try to derail this thread with your personal attacks?
  10. It's too late for that. The barbarians are already inside the gates.
  11. It's a clear violation of the 1st, 4th, and 5th Amendments.
  12. I don't think running away when you don't get your way is a good thing. If he had said that he realized he was wrong and was contributing to a volitile situation, then that would have been a noble thing. But that isn't what he said. He said he's moving on because "those people" (i.e. "Auburn88") will not repent of the sin of disagreeing with him. That's not noble. It's just childish.
  13. Seriously??? Do you have any idea how hypocritical you're being, after being the one to make it personal, insisting that it shouldn't be personal? Is this what they teach you in your church?
  14. Isn't it a little childish of you to be able to say whatever you want to say, whether it's true or not, and then, the moment somebody questions you, try to get them banned? You said we seek our salvation in knowledge. This isn't true, so I asked you for evidence. That's all. That's all I did. And now, because you've been caught telling a lie, you're throwing a temper tantrum.
  15. OK.. So, basically, your plan is to lie and then run away when you get caught.
  16. No, you said you had a Calvinist who made the mistake of believing you were his brothers in Christ and then you threw him out because he disagreed with you. You didn't offer one shred of evidence to show that Calvinists seek our salvation in knowledge.
  17. So, would you like to show evidence that we "seek our salvation in knowledge"? Or are you just bearing false witness again?
  18. It's a reference to Malachi 1:2-3 2“I have loved you,” says the Lord. But you say, “How have you loved us?” “Is not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the Lord. “Yet I have loved Jacob 3but Esau I have hated... Malachi is a book in the Old Testament.
  19. Then you haven't been reading my posts. I've been trying in vain to get somebody to talk to me about Calvinism. First of all, go back and read your words in post #3. You called us closed minded, proud, stuck up, and false teachers. That's being nice? Second, when you say "why should any of us keep on replying", keep in mind that, so far, only one of you has actually replied and even he had to plagiarize somebody else's work. But, plagiarism, or not, at least he had the guts to try. That's a lot more than I can say for you. Now, since the purpose of this thread is to discuss arguing against Calvinism, do you plan to discuss Calvinism, or do you plan to just keep on telling how awful the mean ol' Calvinist is being to you?
  20. The purpose of this thread is for you to explain why you disagree with Calvinism. Do you plan to tell us why you disagree with Calvinism or do you plan to continue trying to derail the thread with your personal diatribes against me?
  21. Once again, I'm giving you every opportunity to correct me and you'd rather just made snide little ad homs. This thread is about arguing against Calvinism. Do you plan to tell us why you disagree with Reformed theology? Or do you just plan to keep on derailing the thread with your little personal vendetta? Incidentally, I find it really interesting that you feign offense at being told you're being dishonest, but then turn around and tell everybody I haven't cited scripture in "fifteen or more posts" when I just cited Acts 13:48 two posts ago.
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