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  1. My dad was so heartbroken when Ray Boltz "came out" as a sodomite. My dad's entire track repertoire was Ray Boltz, because they have the same range. My dad sang "Thank You", "Watch the Lamb", "The Anchor Holds", "Scars". He and I are in a similar position when it comes to trying to find accompaniment tracks for singing special music (his range is Ray Boltz, mine is more like Sandi Patty's). We don't have a full-time pianist at church, so oftentimes we have to use "canned music" to play when we sing hymns. It gets really hard for me to find decent music these days
  2. My dad was in a Southern Gospel quartet, so I'm a little biased on this topic. I think there are different types of Southern Gospel, the two most notable would be the kind performed by secular artists (like Alan Jackson or Elvis Presley) and it sounds like honky tonk music, and the kind that is sung by people in the Southeast accompanied only by a piano, but the singers sound "country", just by their accents. I'm not opposed so much to music that has a beat one can clap to. It's music that makes you want to sway seductively that is a prOBlem. I get no such feeling from much of the Southern Gospel music, to be quite honest. Now, I will say we must be careful. Southern Gospel artists are sometimes no more holy than their CCM counterparts. There have been sex scandals, drug and alcohol abuse, pride, greed, immodest dress, long hair on men, ecumenical beliefs, etc. in Southern Gospel, so we should be very careful about who we listen to. Bear in mind, I am very, very choosy. There are very few Southern Gospel groups that pass my "test", and they are locally based. One is the Scenic Land Quartet. They have performed at our church several times.
  3. I registered there a very long time ago and my membership was never approved. I was able to log in, but it said I did not have permission to view any of the boards
  4. When I went to a "First Baptist" SBC, the "sign committee" had a little book full of witty things to put on the church sign. Most of them were really silly. Our church sign says, "Welcome to the Friendliest Church in Georgia!" on one side, and the other has our service times.
  5. Since it's a church night and we won't be home until after 8pm, it's easy dinner night - beans and cornbread
  6. I've known many Christians who have fallen into the trap of looking like the world so that they can "be more approachable" in the eyes of non-believers. I've seen many Christians justify tattoos, multiple piercings, multi-colored hair, immodest clothing, wild hairstyles, etc. in the name of "looking like everyone else". They justify it by saying things like, "I've had lots of non-christians who have tattoos approach me and ask about Jesus, because I have tattoos like they do." Non-christians, hold us to a higher standard. The world is waiting to see a Christian fall. When we can't be distinguished from non-believers, they call us hypocrites. They say, "typical Christian, picking and choosing. They'll condemn abortion and gay marriage, but dress like that" or "pffffft they beat people over the head with Bible verses about going to church, but they ignore the verses about not getting tattoos". The world does not look at a Christian covered in tattoos of pinup girls with spikes sticking out of their bottom lip and a mohawk and take their witness seriously. Instead, the world looks at people like that and they say, "yeah, now that's a Christian I could hang with!". And why is that? Is it because their outward appearance conveys the impression they're more approachable? No. It's because the Gospel is offensive to the non-believer and they assume if you dress/look/speak/act like they do, then clearly you're not going to be one of those "Bible thumpers" who will make them feel convicted about their sinful state. This is all the more crucial if you're involved in church ministry and/or leadership. Song leaders, youth pastors, Sunday school teachers, bus ministry workers, deacons and their wives/children, etc. should be even more strict in their behavior and dress.
  7. I hope I can say this as respectfully as possible. I feel that any hairstyle that is motivated by anything beyond wanting to present an impeccable Christian testimony to outsiders is motivated by the flesh. Back in my "wild" days, I dated a man who was in a heavy metal band. He wore his hair very long and he said his hair was in rebellion to "corporate America". He said his long hair was his way of wagging an OBscene finger gesture in the face of every "yuppie". Having a mohawk to represent spiritual warfare is simply a way to "spiritualize" a hairstyle symbolic of rebellion. We know we are constantly at battle with the enemy and his emissaries. Should I walk around in ripped up clothing to symbolize being constantly "ripped at" by the devil? We don't need outward symbolism to remind us that there are powers warring for our soul. I don't believe the Bible says, per say, that mohawks are a sin. You are referencing an Old Testament law that was specifically for the Israelite men. The Pagans used to shave their heads for tribal identity and ritualistic purposes. A man's hairstyle reflected his tribe, and his status within the tribe. God wanted His chosen people to have no part of such customs, so He set forth a very specific manner in which they were to handle their hairstyle so that they would remain a distinctive, set apart people. If we were bound by the law still you would be absolutely correct - it would be no less or more sinful to don a mohawk than to shave your beard. With that said, we are under the grace of our Heavenly Father. That does not mean God no longer has standards for how we present ourselves to other believers, and to the unsaved world. He still wants His church to be a set apart people, but not through our beards or knotting the four corners of our garments or dietary restrictions. With all of this said, I don't believe we should mistreat someone if they come into our churches with a mohawk. We should welcome them and the elders should minister to them so that they can grow in the grace of the LORD and knowledge of the Scriptures.
  8. Typical wordly responses in that article. The 'ol, "Jesus would have married them" or "this is why people leave Christianity, because pastors are hung up on appearances". Seriously, the dress is in very poor taste. I question the sound judgement of any woman who would wear that to a nightclub, let alone inside a church building. I hate to sound silly, but was it, by chance, a Gypsy wedding? I know they think nothing of immodest wedding apparel. I think the pastor did the right thing. Of course, I'm a little perturbed by his use of the title "apostle", but that's a whole 'nother issue altogether. Still, he took a stand for modesty in a time when many pastors are so willing to compromise just to be PC.
  9. I guess I'm a late bloomer, but I just very recently realized it's pointless to debate online with atheists as well as people who claim they are Christians, but follow progressive ideology. Both deny the Bible as the inherent, inspired Word of God and its authority. Both deny eternal damnation. Both deny creation of the world. Both deny that there in only one way to God. Both deny that people are born with a sin nature and need to crucify the flesh daily. Both make a sport of mocking and belittling Bible believing Christians. That is why, whenever someone who is a non-christian (and I will be so bold as to include "liberal Christians" in that group), is obviously solely interested in seeing believers de-convert thanks to their needling and "shining logic and reason" I ignore them. It's very discouraging to be a Christian online and have people openly ridicule your beliefs. I've never had a single debate with non-christians online in which the person said, "you know, you've given me a lot to think about". It typically devolves into, "you're clearly a brainwashed moron, so I'm done". Just recently I was on a knitting forum and my avatar is of a man kneeling to pray. No less than five people derailed the conversation we were having about dinner party advice to make childish implications that my avatar looked like a man doing something dirty. When I very politely clarified what the image was, it encouraged them to make even more jokes. They are truly doing the enemy's work via the internet. He's playing them like puppets on strings.
  10. Black bean burgers on homemade buns with steamed corn niblets.
  11. All day barbecue baked beans and homemade dinner rolls.
  12. If there is no further opportunity for salvation during the tribulation, then who are the tribulation saints and why the need for 144,000 set apart Jewish converts to preach the Gospel after the rapture?
  13. I think if more Christians would study the book of Revelation and try and visualize what the tribulation will be like, we would be all the more on fire for witnessing to the lost. I cannot even begin to comprehend the horror and devastation those people will face. When I think of just the chaos that will ensue the moment the rapture takes place. Pregnant women suddenly with empty wombs. Unmanned vehicles with lost passengers still on board. Doctors gone missing in the middle of a life-saving surgery. The death toll of that alone should be catastrophic. Then the emotional fallout once people try and sort out what happened. Then, of course, the reign of the antichrist and all of the catastrophic events that will take place during that time. It will be so awful.
  14. The man who lead my father to Christ was a primitive Baptist. He believed Jesus literally spoke in Olde English and was a preterist. When my dad presented him with Biblical evidence for a pre-tribulation rapture he simply said, "look, I'm a simple man. This is what my daddy's daddy taught him, it's what my daddy taught me and that's what I was raised to believe". I've yet to meet a preterist who actually offers any sort of proof text for their eschatalogical viewpoint.
  15. It's possible. Of course, vaccines are different now. They are mass produced very hastily with little clinical trial and contain some pretty scary ingredients. Doctors and pharmaceutical scientists have already admitted yearly flu shots and the Pertussis vaccine are not as reliable as they once thought, yet still encourage people to get them. At this point I doubt it's about public safety, so much as it is about the bottom line. I've been very blessed that I've only had the flu five times in my entire life - three of those times as a child. I contracted H1N1 during the pandemic, and that wasn't as hard on me as it was on others. But I do take care of myself with diet, exercise and vitamins the entire year. My husband used to get a flu shot every year until his doctor told him, with his family history of Alzheimer's Disease, yearly jabs may increase his risk of having it himself. So now he doesn't get them anymore. Oh, no, I don't believe it's a sin at all. I think it should be up to the parents or adults, in cases of adults getting vaccines. I don't take issue with people who vaccinate. I take issue with people who openly state they don't believe it should be a choice. That all vaccinations should be mandatory, and that we're bad people because we don't get them.
  16. That's true. Many view my choice to not vaccinate as irresponsible. Last winter, my son contracted Pertussis. I cannot tell you how many people scolded me for not having him vaxed. With that said, I got the general impression from the articles about this news story that the parents in question did not even use natural or over-the-counter remedies at home to relieve their children's symptoms. They believe all medical intervention is a sin. Their pastor said their children died because they "lacked faith". That, to me, is appalling. Not wanting to inject my son with mercury, aborted fetal tissue, and other poison differs in that if my son was running a fever, I wouldn't refuse him a children's aspirin. I would pray, certainly. I am no disbeliever in the power of prayer, but I also believe in exercising wisdom and administering tangible care, when needed. Another aspect of where it differs, in my opinion, is that I'm not opposed to parents opting out of unnecessary "preventative care" in the form of vaccinations and yearly mental health evaluations. That should be the parents' choice. I do, however, oppose not taking care of a sick child. I gather that in the case of the Schaible family, if a child's arm was cut off they would find medical care to be a sin. Their own pastor issued a statement that all medical care is a sin. When it comes down to brass tacks, though, there are roughly a dozen children every year in this country who die from lack of medical care due to faith healing beliefs. Compare that to the estimated 98,000 people who die in hospitals due to medical errors and another 100-something thousand who die from fatal adverse reactions to prescription medication. That's staggering, so faith healing is clearly not enough of a problem to mandate routine medical intervention for children or enact invasive laws that take away parental privacy and authority in regards to how they see fit to care for their children. In this case, third-degree murder is so out of line I can't see it as anything but a case of Christian persecution. This isn't like parents who beat children to death, because they're convinced "the devil's in them".
  17. In a rational, free society we would't be; however, we're teetering on the edge of what resembles a dictatorship. I have been called all sorts of ugly names just because I opt out of getting a flu shot every year. Parents can have their newborns taken from them in the hospital by CPS for not consenting to a vitamin K shot. Under Obamacare, there are rules in place that are supposed to make yearly physical and mental health screenings mandatory. I don't think what these parents did was murder, but it is gross neglect. This is the second child that has died under their care due to lack of proper medical care. Now, I don't vaccinate my son and we don't run to the doctor every little bump, scrape, or sniffle, but if he was running a high fever and was vomiting and coughing for a few days in a row with no relief, I would take him to a doctor. True, they didn't have medical care like we have today 100 years ago, but parents also lost many children long before they should have from very common illnesses that we know how to treat today. I don't think it's either. I see medical care as a service. We shouldn't, but I don't know how I feel about parents denying emergency medical care to a severely sick or injured child. I think at that point it would be obvious common sense has left the parents. Without trying to sound like I'm passing the buck, it's expensive for two reasons. The first is that doctors have become so rushed and incompetent these days that a lot of what you're paying for on your bill is their medical malpractice insurance. The second issue is illegal immigrants who flood emergency rooms for every bump and fever and never pay their bills. I think it's neglect. To me it would be like parents who let their child become malnourished, because they erroneously think their child needs to be on a strict diet. .
  18. Despite the storms this morning, it was a wonderful day to be in the house of the Lord.

  19. I'm currently reading through the Psalms and I'm also reading The Glorious History of the King James Bible by David Cloud.
  20. I think that would make a lot of sense. Our church is over a hundred years old and has been KJV-only, conservative, completely autonomous church all these years. We support about six missionaries, and they are all IFB missionaries. Thank you for the welcome. My husband told me he was patient with me, because he saw the real me, and not the person I was pretending to be. I certainly was not raised to be a radical feminist. My father is an ordained deacon, my mother was a homemaker. It wasn't until I was living out in the world that I became enthralled with all of the trappings of liberalism. It's truly evil stuff. Praise God for His grace and for my husband's unconditional patience.
  21. Thank you for the kind reassurance. I'm afraid I'm far from a great Christian. God nudges me back toward the straight and narrow every minute of every day. Many days I still feel like the newborn baby Christian 1 Peter 2:2 describes. I'm slowly cutting my "teeth on the meat", so to speak. As far as my screen name is concerned, being a joyful helpmeet was not something that I came by naturally. I was unsaved, Pagan, and a radical feminist when I married my husband. The Holy Spirit got a hold of me and convicted me about being a helpmeet, being modest, and being a content keeper at home very quickly after I accepted Christ.
  22. What about people, such as myself, who attend independent conservative KJV-only Baptist churches that don't necessarily advertise themselves as IFB? My views are very much in line with the fundamentals of the IFB churches and my pastor graduated from an IFB Bible college and says he is unapologetic standing for the fundamentals of the faith, but the church is not, specifically, IFB. There are a lot of people who attend churches that are independent, conservative, Bible preaching, and fundamentalist that don't specify themselves as an IFB church. Or they don't have one near where they live, so they attend the next best church.
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