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No Nicolaitans

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  1. I believe it was a plague...that's it. I don't mean to sound like a smarty-pants...I simply believe it was a plague. All of the 10 plagues sent on Egypt don't fall under the disease/pestilence categories (unless I misunderstand the meaning of pestilence), and unless I misunderstand the final plague, it brought death without disease.
  2. With all due respect, the "plague" and its description is given in verse 5 of Numbers 25. "Plague" has different meanings other than a disease. The sin that they were guilty of was worshipping a false god...
  3. Whoever came up with that "What's the best nation in the world" picture...deserves an award! That's just too hilarious! For those who may be unaware, DaveW and I had a "Prosperity Preacher Battle" some time ago...this is just a rekindling of that thread. Here Dave...this is for you, my friend...I might be wrong, but I think he was saying, "DaveW, DaveW, DaveW!"
  4. Oh dear...I give up. I'll say this...MJW is interesting. Carry on.
  5. So...you didn't read the next two verses then? We can all be one-verse ponies if we want. Here's one for you...after reading this, I would expect that you... 1. Don't touch anything 2. Don't eat or drink anything 3. Don't use your hands for anything Colossians 2:21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not; There it is in black and white. It says what it says. Do you believe it?
  6. Didn't "someone" here have a nervous-jerkdown and whine about someone bearing false-witness against him? Yet, you wrongly accuse me by insinuating my words allude to this silliness? How about an actual link to the book and author so that we can see where you're deriving your information. Are you a Jehovah's Witness or Seventh Day Adventist?
  7. That was your reply/response/question to John's following quotation... Why can't it simply refer to Mary's womb? It can't, because it's referring to the fact that BEFORE Christ ascended to heaven, he first descended into the lower parts of the earth to set free those who were kept in Abraham's bosom. No it isn't. You may want to do a word study on what all "the lowest parts of the earth" can (and does) refer to. However, I will tell you this...not once does "womb" get mentioned. No it doesn't. The word "pit" refers to the current situation that they had "dug themselves into". They were in a bad situation due to their rebelliousness. They had dug themselves into a pit. Read the previous chapter, and you'll clearly see why it refers to their situation and NOT to a mother's womb. That has nothing to do with physical sleep, nor does it have anything to do with physical death...both are referring to spiritual truths. The lost are "asleep" in their lack of concern for salvation...they are dead in their trespasses and sins. However, Christ will give them light if they will see their situation and turn to the truth of the gospel. Let me ask you a question. When the Bible says that Christ is the cornerstone of the church, does that mean that he's literally a large stone that was set as the corner of a building? Jerry has already answered you on this, but I would like to ask you to read the next two verses. They explain what is meant by "the dead knowing nothing"...which Jerry explained. The clue to what this verse means is...in the verse itself. You should have underlined and emboldened the word "because"...because there's the meaning. Due to the fact that our life span on earth is like a shadow, we know "nothing". Read the previous verses and following verses. Job is imploring to seek wisdom from the fathers. It is fascinating; on that, I can agree. However, those are all Old Testament passages which show how God spoke to men at times back then.
  8. Totoo, I haven't been able to remember nor find the source that I mentioned earlier. I'm sorry. Like Alan, the thing that helped me the most as a new Christian was time alone in the Bible...allowing the Holy Spirit to teach me. I remember those days with such love. Aside from that, one book that really helped me as a new Christian was "Wilmington's Guide to the Bible". A fellow believer (and his family) gave me that book back in 1990, and it was truly a blessing. Though Wilmington may not be considered to be in the same exact lines of belief as Independent Fundamental Baptists, his work in that book (at that time) was very sound. That book is like a simplified college course in Theology. I've tried to find it for free online so that I could send you the link, but all I can find are just a few pages...which are of no help. All that I can attest to is the book that I have from back then. I do know that there has been SEVERAL revisions since then, so I don't know anything about the newer versions. I would be willing to send my copy to you, but I don't know how China handles things like that. Do they inspect packages that are sent by mail? Would you be arrested if you received such an item that is based on the Bible?
  9. Thank you Jordan. When I began Andersonville, I wanted to study languages, but I chose Theology instead...I won't go into why. I hope to take languages in the future.
  10. What are you studying...Greek/Hebrew? I'm assuming that's what you're studying since you're also into linguistics...if so, would you recommend it?
  11. Totoo, I can't think of it right now, but I am aware of something like you're describing. Hopefully, it will come to my mind soon. I just wanted to let you know that we are trying to help you. I can't remember your church situation, but I would imagine that it's a precarious situation in China.
  12. My apologies Alan...I'm not sure how I got that mixed up.
  13. Hi Totoo! I hope you're doing well friend. I'm not familiar with that school/course. I graduated from on online college (Andersonville Theological Seminary) in 2009. At that time, it was pretty trustworthy; however, I can't speak for it now. At the time, they used the King James Version...and though there were things that I personally disagreed with in one of the courses...all-in-all...it was a blessing. At that time, it cost me $100 down to begin and $50 per month until I graduated...not sure of the costs today. At that time, students could go through the courses at their own pace. All of that to say this... I somewhat know your situation; in that, you are in a predicament in attending a solid church (China). Perhaps Alan (who is a missionary to Thailand) can be of more assistance. When I have time, I will look over the school that you have mentioned. I don't want to discourage you, yet at the same time, I want to warn you about choosing a course without first being grounded in God's word yourself. Learning God's word is exciting...and in our haste and expectation to learn more, we can often jump in to something that we shouldn't. With that said, please wait until others have given their input on this situation and this course. Again...I don't want to discourage you...I just want to make sure that you're making a wise choice. Okay... A quick internet search returned this... From what little I've read, John Ogwyn is the person behind the course. Since he is affiliated with the "Living Church of God", I can't recommend his teachings.
  14. I just performed a quick search (in Matthew) of the name Jesus on my phone's Bible program. This is just an estimate, because I didn't do the actual math. However, I would venture to say that 99% of the instances in which Jesus' name is mentioned, it is his name alone...without Christ (or another title or identifier) attached to his name.
  15. Well...in short, biblical apostasy refers to those who turn away from the truth of Christianity...which isn't a religious system. Still, if you got any Amish or Muslims in your 'hood, jus' kick'em to da curb.
  16. Hi Totoo! I hope that you also see why I said this is a broad subject that isn't easily answered. If I may, let me ask you a question about Matthew 5...to whom was Christ speaking to? Was he speaking to Christians, or was he speaking to Israelites who were still under the law? Christ spoke the truth when he said that not one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled...and it was fulfilled...by him. I'm not sure what you're referring to when you ask if you're allowed to doubt Peter; however, I would like to quote something that Peter said when a situation arose; in which, the Pharisees (who were more versed in the law than anyone else) were trying to say that Christians should obey the law... Matthew 15 5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses. 6 And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter. 7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. 8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; 9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. 10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? Even the Israelites were unable to keep the law...no one can. Look at what James said... (James 2:10) For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. If a person tries to keep the law, but breaks just one of them...they would be guilty of breaking all of the whole law. I don't remember the exact number, but there are around +/- 670 Old Testament laws. Find your rest in Christ and his righteousness...living a more holy, sanctified, and separated life comes as you grow in him. Take care.
  17. Get on whi'cha bad self!
  18. Yes...I've seen it. It's a sad situation. With that said, I'm still trying to get folks interested in helping me start a "Nonsense Church"...based on Colossians 2:21. Even though it's biblical (according to Colossians 2:21) for us to have no sense, it's getting hard to find folks that are willing to first cut off their fingers...then cut out their tongues...and finally to cut off what's left of their hands...in order to stay true to God's word in having no sense. Hey Dave...send those guys my way...sounds like they have a good start in what I'm looking for.
  19. ...then...after reading that, I would suggest reading Romans chapter 13...with the key verses being 10-14.
  20. This is a VERY broad subject that can't be answered simply. I would like to suggest that you read Galatians 5 slowly, carefully, and prayerfully. Verse 14 is key. After reading the chapter, go back and think about what verse 14 entails. However, to answer your question shortly and succinctly, there are no old testament laws that we are bound to; however, there are some old testament laws that can lead, guide, and direct us unto living a holy and separated life. This comes with study and rightly dividing God's word. Christ fulfilled the law for us, and we rest in his righteousness. That isn't a free ticket to sin; rather, it's a motivator to live for him. Your questions are truly a blessing.
  21. Hi! You've broached a very broad topic that isn't easily answered. As to your last question regarding Romans 11:26... My understanding; is that, in light of the book of Zechariah, it does indeed mean that all Israel (those Israelis) who survive until the end of the great tribulation period...shall be saved. Take care!
  22. Neat'o! Double neat'o! ...and you've performed the DNA tests yourself to prove this statement? ...super-duper neat'o superifico! mmm-hmmm.
  23. I have to ask this, and I'm not requesting for you to answer...I merely would request that you honestly think about the question and answer it honestly within your own heart. Did you truly find that the Bible was wrong...or...did you find that what you had been taught that the Bible says was wrong? There's a huge difference. Over the years, I've come to realize that some things that I was taught about the Bible was wrong. Did it affect me? Oh yeah...it sure did. Now...I've never believed in any type of Charismatic doctrines; such as, healings and miracles "at the will, the request, or the demand of man". Even as a young Christian, I saw the fallacy of that, and I couldn't understand how folks could buy into it...and many folks literally BUY into it. Yes, I believe in angels...but not in the way that you're implying. Visions? In the way you're implying? No. I believe that the Holy Spirit can impress...or lead a believer...but as far as visions...no. A few of the things that I once believed (and later learned weren't true) did cause me some issues...just being honest here. However, it never caused me to turn away from Christ. What it did do was this...it caused me to study God's word more deeply in order to find his truth. My issue was never with the Bible; the issue was what man told me the Bible said... One last question. Again, I'm not asking you to answer here...answer honestly to yourself and in your own heart... You stated that your faith was once the most important thing for you. What was your faith truly grounded in...was it grounded in God's word, or was it in grounded in what you had been taught that God's word said? Many people are deceived by false doctrine, because they put their faith in what man tells them God says instead of studying God's word for themselves to see if it's true. Not all Christians believe the same. That would be similar to saying all Americans are the same. Some Americans hate America. Some Americans love it. Some Americans kind of like it, but they would love it if they could take away America's freedoms so that it would become a Socialist country. They can all claim to be Americans, but in their heart is what separates them from being true Americans.
  24. To assume that all "Christians" believe in the same doctrines is erroneous. He has come to the wrong place for that. If the OP writer is still here, please share with us what denomination you belonged to. What you will find is that the long-time members here don't subscribe to such things as you described. Belief isn't about miracles and such...it's about a daily walk; wherein, the believer becomes more like Christ. We are molded more into his image...instead of us molding him into a puppet on a string.

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