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KiwiChristian

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  1. There are two ways of looking at books, just as there are two ways of looking at music, movies or whatever. One is the carnal way: how did this book/movie/song please me? How much was I entertained by it? How much was my flesh gratified by it? How well was it written and how did this affect the way I enjoyed it? What was the style? What was the main theme? Etc. You may prefer to use a word other than carnal, but I use that because when it all boils down to it, you're analysing that book/movie/song or whatever from the standpoint of how much it entertained and gratified your flesh. The
  2. Think he might have got banned now, so he probably won't.
  3. I just listened to this hard-hitting sermon by Jason Cooley about paganism and patriotism: http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=7713194376 Southern people will particularly enjoy the second half of this sermon in which he talks about The Battle Hymn of the Republic and how it's not a Christian song at all but was war propaganda. Although a "Yankee" (I think Cooley is a Minnesota native), he declares that the South was right, that Lincoln had slaves, that only the slaves in the South were freed by his Emancipation Proclamation but slaves in the North were not, and that the reas
  4. True enough! I have now found that sermon I referred to in my previous post. It's by John Weaver and is called "The South Must Rise Again". He has a lot of material in SermonAudio, including some other stuff about the South and Civil War. It's quite eye-opening (although I don't necessarily agree that the South should rise again and start another civil war). The basic view of the Civil War that you get in the northern States is that the South wanted the right to keep slaves and mainly seceded for that, so the North, led by "Honest Abe", had to fight them to free the slaves and keep the Uni
  5. Hollywood, too, adores Lincoln (witness the recent movie they made about him). When Hollywood loves someone, that's all the more reason to be suspicious of them. As a New Zealander, I'm fairly neutral when it comes to who was "right" in the North-South conflict. But I did live in the United States for a couple of years in the 1980s, in Bethesda Maryland, right on the Mason-Dixon Line pretty much. Visited many Civil War battlefields while there, including Manassas and Gettysburg. Maryland of course was a northern state, while nearby Virginia was a southern one. Basically while there, I
  6. I don't think so. It's not beyond the realms of possibility I guess. I'd be more than happy to say hello if we did know each other (or even just had a passing acquaintance), but I'm fairly sure we don't. Maybe you've come across someone with a similar user name to mine or something? Some great posts in this thread, by the way! Thankfully I don't think I've had any direct experience with evil spiritual forces (an abhorrence of the occult was instilled in me from a young age and I've always steered clear of it), although I've encountered a handful of people who I'm pretty sure were demon-pos
  7. It is largely thanks to Lighthouse Trails that I have learned about the dangers of contemplative prayer and spiritual formation. In particular, Ray Yungen's book A Time of Departing, which they publish, is a real eye-opener. Roger Oakland also covers contemplative prayer and mysticism in Faith Undone, although that's more about the emerging church (but mysticism is pretty prevalent in that). In addition to those books, there are also many articles published regularly about these subjects and others. I am convinced beyond any doubt that no born-again child of God should have anything to do
  8. Occultism has been greatly popularised by Hollywood, and of course the Harry Potter books have done their part to entice people into it. A lot of people buy into the idea that it's "just harmless fun" and don't understand the real spiritual dangers involved with it. However, the lost can't discern things spiritually. Christians should be able to have a better understanding of the dangers. Yet many Christians are being enticed into the occult without even realising it. They're getting involved in things like contemplative prayer, "Christian" yoga and suchlike. Contemplative prayer is just H
  9. We're fairly used to earthquakes in this part of the world, so generally don't get too uptight if a little one occurs (although no matter how accustomed you are to them, they're never very nice). However, yesterday's earthquake was the most serious that Wellington has experienced for quite some time. Apart from its size, another problem was that it was pretty shallow. I have lived in this city for all but two years of my life, and have experienced many earthquakes, but I cannot recall one that shook quite as violently as that one yesterday, and I certainly can't remember one that caused such e
  10. New Zealand is nicknamed the "Shaky Isles" because of its fairly regular earthquakes. You probably know about the devastating Christchurch earthquake in February 2011. Well right now it the turn of the capital, Wellington (where I live) to get a good shaking. About 3 1/2 hours ago we had a quite severe earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale. It was part of a "swarm" of tremors that began on Friday morning (NZ time) with a 5.7 shake. Ten hours before the big one, there was another measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale. They're all centred in pretty much the same spot. There have also been
  11. Well, when I was going, they had a morning service (10 or 11 am - I forget which) and an evening one (6 pm) on Sundays. I think I mostly went to the evening one. I don't recall them having a Sunday school, but that's not to say they didn't, just that I don't remember it. However it might depend on the individual corps (they tend to call their churches "corps" - their terminology has a lot of military language). They do teach that one is saved by grace through faith, so Biblically orthodox in that respect. But because of the work they do, they probably did veer a bit towards a "social gospel".
  12. At the Salvation Army church that I attended for a little while in the 1990s, people used to let their kids run around all through the service. So you'd be trying to listen to the sermon and there would be half a dozen kids or more chasing each other around the building. They weren't all that quiet about it either, as you can imagine. I found that REALLY annoying. The parents seldom if ever did anything about it either. It's a wonder anybody learned anything with that going on!
  13. I'm reading Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird at the moment. If you've read it or seen the movie, then you'll know that one of its major themes is racism and prejudice in the Deep South (and specifically Alabama). Anyway, in a chapter I read today, the narrator and her older brother (both children in the book) are taken to a "Negro church" by their black housekeeper. When they first arrive at the church, they are confronted by another black woman who tells them that white children shouldn't be coming to a black church (though she actually calls it a n****r church - that word seems to be u
  14. Recently, while getting rid of some CDs by Robbie Williams (who blasphemes the Lord Jesus Christ in at least a couple of his songs and generally promotes immorality and so on in his music), I came across the following quite telling comments in the liner notes of his Greatest Hits CD: So Williams is another "medium", I reckon. A decade or so ago, I used to really like that song. Even thought it was sort of Christian in some ways. Well, not any more, that's for sure!
  15. A Woman Rides the Beast (Kindle edition) by Dave Hunt. FANTASTIC book - I'm learning a lot from it!
  16. Thanks for clarifying the meaning of "intreat" there. To me though in those meanings, there would seem to be a sense of pleading your cause, which would include verbal self-defence (like what Hannah did with Eli). But however you interpret "intreat", I think one thing is clear enough in the matter of verbal conflict: counterattacking (i.e. returning slander for slander, insult for insult etc.) is not Biblically justifiable, because it comes under avenging yourself.
  17. This thread seems to be slightly less about bullying now and more about self-defence versus revenge. To me, the key to self-defence is that it is PREVENTIVE. For example, if someone goes to strike you, and you manage to grab their arm or hand and stop them hitting you, that's legitimate self-defence. You have prevented harm from being done to you. On the other hand, if someone succeeds in striking you, and then you strike them back, that's revenge. Now evil has been done to you, and by hitting back, you are repaying evil for evil. In a situation where someone is trying to do you grievo
  18. When I was born again in September 2011, one of the first things the Lord dealt with me about was my swearing, which like John81, I used to do a lot of prior to being saved. A verse that particularly convicted me in this respect was Ephesians 5:29, "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers". Swearing surely falls into the category of "corrupt communication". It is also not edifying and certainly doesn't minister grace to those who hear it. Another convicting verse was Colossians 3:8, "But
  19. I also use the Like button many times, and actually get frustrated by the "positive votes" quota. Many is the time I have tried to "like" a post only to be told I've reached my limit. Drives me up the wall. In fact, I can't "like" the above post right now because I've reached my limit. I guess it's there to prevent abuse or something (maybe so people can't have their "reputation points" unduly inflated maybe?), but I still find it really aggravating. Other forums with "like" or "thank" buttons don't have such limits, and I've never known any problems to occur on those in relation to unlimi
  20. Don't make him angry. You wouldn't like him when he's angry.
  21. Bullying is something I have a lot of experience of - mostly being on the receiving end, but occasionally being one. I would agree with JimsHelpmeet that gay rights activists have muddled the definition of the term to make it mean saying anything against homosexuality. But I can tell you right now that homosexuals themselves can be pretty vicious bullies and often use "hate" and "prejudice" as a pretext to justify their own bullying behaviour. The same is true of liberals who sympathise with them. My own definition of bullying is that it is a persistent behaviour that involves controlling
  22. Appalled, yes. Shocked, no - especially with the way so many countries and American states are rushing to legalise same-sex "marriage" this year. A case of "scout's DIShonour", this one.
  23. That's not actually what Cloud has criticised Ruckman for. What he has called Ruckman out on is the way the latter calls people ungodly names (e.g. "jackass"), and also the way he labels some people heretics merely for disagreeing with him or criticising him. There is a big difference between that kind of carnal name-calling and pointing out that someone is compromised in his theology or teaching. I've read quite a lot of David Cloud's writings, and while he certainly warns about a lot of different preachers and ministries, I have never once known him to engage in the kind of name-calling
  24. New Zealand is not much better off. We have just one Christian radio network here - the Rhema Broadcasting group, broken down into three sub-networks: Radio Rhema (the main and most widespread one), Southern Star (which specialises in "easy listening", or as they prefer to call it, "gentle sounds") and Life FM (which specialises in CCM that's too "hard-core" to be played on Rhema - so it plays "Christian" heavy metal, rap and so on). From its inception in 1978, Rhema has been New Evangelical to the core, and while I used to enjoy it, I now believe it has done me more spiritual harm than good,
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