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  1. Hello John81 & MountainChristian It seems to be getting more and more clear to me, that the time for “large” Churches that are sticking to God’s Word about Holiness among it’s leadership and it’s members, is past. As MountainChristian said, many of today’s families will not stay in a Church that expects Holiness from it’s membership. With the way things are looking with all this sin in our Churches AND with the way things are looking in and around Israel TODAY, I am truly expecting our Lord’s return at any moment. Soon we won’t need the internet, to sit and fellowship. Praise the Lord
  2. The title of this thread is from Matthew 19:26..... “But Jesus beheld [them], and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” The reason I chose this as a title, is because this thread is about an “impossible situation”, that Scripture seems to be giving us. ------------------------ The impossible situation that I am referring to, has to do with one of God’s particular instructions to His Church..... “But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.” (1 Corinthians 5:11) In light of.... “Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from [her] husband committeth adultery.” (Luke 16:18) ------------------------ The context of 1 Corinthians 5:11, calls for the local Church to kick Church members out of its fellowship, who are practicing any of these “6" sins. But following through on just one of them(“a fornicator”), would almost shut down, most Churches today!! What a dark, Christ rejecting world that we live in; When most “professing” Christians will have to be kicked out of Church, if the Church followed God’s instructions! This is why, we aren’t seeing Revival in our Churches; The whole has become leavened! “Your glorying [is] not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?” (1 Corinthians 5:6)
  3. Hello Jordan Kurecki I believe that most of your trouble in this area comes from giving your ear to “too many voices”. The Lord saw fit to “hide” the details about the end times in several different places(within God’s Word), so that the truth about our future, can only be nailed down, by lots of Bible study..... “[it is] the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings [is] to search out a matter.” (Proverbs 25:2) For instance, a person might do a search in the Bible for the phrase “seven years”, in order to quickly come up with some answers about the “seven year tribulation period”; But they wouldn’t find one verse having to do with it. The Lord found a way to give us several direct references to this period, without using the words, “seven years”! For sure, the Bible’s prophecies about the future a clear cut and can be “nailed down”, but it takes some devoted time spent in God’s Word, studying. I could walk you through the facts found in God’s Word, but that would rOB you of the pleasure of finding them yourself. Please don’t give up, in your personal search for the truth.
  4. Hello The book of Revelation makes it very clear, that those who are saved “during the tribulation” are promised to rule and reign with the Lord for “1000 years”, while those of us who are saved now(the Body of Christ), will reign with Him for ever. Although the Bible seems to be somewhat silent about our activities during this 1000 years, I expect to have all the privileges of the Lord’s queen during that time. Maybe traveling the world preaching and teaching, etc.
  5. I have always said, “that the LORD is very clear when He corrects us”; Always making it crystal clear to us where we are going wrong! But that may not be the case...... V.12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. V.13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” (John 16:12-13) The Lord may use the Holy Spirit, to HINT around to us about some of our sins, because(for some reason), we are not able to bear “all of the truth” at once. ------------------------ An interesting quandary: The Bible says.... “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear [me]:” (Psalms 66:18) (Therefore I am diligent to be very quick to deal with any iniquity or sin in my life, to keep the communication clear, between myself and my LORD!) But the Bible also says....... “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8) (Therefore I am always reminding myself, that I am “a dirty rotten sinner and I deserve to go to hell”!) Now, this means that at this very moment, even though I have no unconfessed sin in my life or heart: “Sin is still there” and I just don’t know about it yet. And sure enough, as I am faithful to daily study God’s Word and pray and expose myself to the preaching of God’s Word, he regularly “reveals” to me, SIN, that I have been committing all along, that I was unaware of. The way that God reveals these sins to me, is by dropping hints into my mind about what I am doing: Showing me, how my behavior or thought life, looks to Him! And if I take the time to think about these hints, my eyes are opened and the light comes on and I can clearly see where I have been sinning all along! Then I have the opportunity to Repent of my sin and continue to draw closer to the LORD.
  6. The other day I found a New World Translation of the “bible”(not really a Bible), and today I burned it in my BBQ grill. I regularly burn material that I find, produced by the JW’s or the Mormons etc. (Although I have not as yet, had the pleasure of burning a Koran.) The reason for this post, is remind everyone that it is Biblically commanded to do so.... Titus 1:10-11 V.10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: V.11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake. If I could, I would physically “shut the mouths” of every false prophet; But even though this is not possible, I(we) can destroy there lying literature.
  7. Recently, the Lord has been giving me more LIGHT about the subject of pastors and Churches. One GENERAL truth He has been giving me, is that “every Church needs a good pastor” and I have been thanking Him for making me a good pastor. But in a more specific way, He has been showing me truth, by way of “Sermon ideas”: The other day, He showed me a new way to look at 2Timothy 4:2-4. Instead of this passage being directed at a pastor; It is more directed at a congregation. Because a pastor can not be “instant out of season”, if a Church doesn’t support him. And just now, He pointed out to me, how big of a deal it really is, for a Church to OBey the qualifications in 1Tim.3:1-ff. When a congregation, calls a person to be their pastor, and ignores these qualifications, this will effect God’s blessings upon them! We should be careful not to join nor support a Church, that is not being blessed by God! ------------------------ With all that said; Another thing the Lord has been pointing out to me over the last several months & years, is that He blesses “EVERYONE”! But He blesses OBedience in a special way! Therefore, it could follow, that He blesses EVERY CHURCH(as seen in Rev.2:& 3:); But He blesses the faithful ones, in a special way! Note: The “special way” God blesses, individuals and Churches, might not be clearly seen. Because many times His blessings come in the form of trials and troubles! (i.e. Ps.119:71 et.al)
  8. Hello wretched I did not mean for my post to point to Calvinism at all; I am not a Calvinist, but a Biblicist. You asked... “The Lord has spread His Gospel, His Word and His Spirit over all the world so that they are without excuse who reject it. Don't you agree?” Of course.
  9. I believe that the Bible means what it says and says what it means. Therefore, this verse means that they will not be allowed to get saved. But, we can’t say that this whole Doctrine hangs on this one verse. Because one greatly repeated and settled Doctrine in the area of salvation, is that it is always “of God”..... “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:44) --------- For all time, God is the one who gives people an opportunity to get saved; All 2 Thessalonians 2:11 does, is explain how it will be done during the tribulation!
  10. This morning the Lord was burdening me about a question: So I sat down at my computer and typed out the following two pages...... My Philosophy of leadership: I am a pastor, not an administrator. According to Eph.4:11-12, I am a “pastor/teacher(preacher)” As a “preacher”, I stick to the book; Preaching the whole council of God’s Word! As a “pastor”, I am the “Spiritual leader” of a local Church! (Heb.13:17) According to the Bible, the local Church, doesn’t belong to the pastor; Nor does it belong to the congregation! It is “God’s Church”! And all of us are Stewards of it! Whereas, the local Church is the Lord’s, it is the Lord that will either bless it or withhold His blessings from it! (John 3:27) Therefore A local Church can err in two directions, in this area of ownership. (1)A Church’s pastor, can see himself as the owner! (2)or a Church’s congregation can see itself as the owner! -Both views are wrong and damaging to that local Church!- Although in most cases, either one of these views or directions, are acted upon, out of a sincere desire to see that local Church prosper; They are both sincerely wrong! A pastor may take too much “control” of a Church, with the motivation of wanting to keep it heading in the right direction. Or a congregation may take too much “control” of a local Church, with the same intent. But both of these decisions are wrong! The local Church is “the Lord’s” and He will take it in the direction that He wants it to go. An administrator is “someone who runs a business”: While a pastor, is “someone who leads a congregation”! (The local Church is not a business!) ------------------------------------------------------------------ The Bible is clear in the duties and responsibilities of both a local pastor and a local congregation. With everyone agreeing that Jesus is the “Head of the Church”, the pastor is to be the Spiritual leader of that Church. Therefore the pastor is to have complete control over every “Spiritual decision” made in the Church. While the congregation is to have complete control over the daily operation of the Church(the money). This means that although the congregation controls purse strings, the pastor controls the pulpit and every teaching position in the Church. A temptation that Satan will put into a pastor’s heart, is to take more control, because as the Spiritual leader, he is more qualified to wisely spend the Church’s money. But a temptation that Satan will put into a congregation’s heart, will also be to take more control; dictating to the pastor which Sunday School material to use and when to have special meetings and who to call to preach at those meetings. Also a congregation may feel empowered to do this, because after all, they control the money. Most of the time, both of these scenarios are played out with all the best of intentions. But according to the Bible, both of these are Satanic and will hurt the local Church. This paper is about “leadership”, therefore it’s about “control”. The Bible makes it very clear, that in the local Church the pastor and the congregation about to “share control” of the Church. The clearest example of this are the two Biblical authorities that God has placed in the local Church. (1Timothy 3:1-13) Pastors and Deacons! As I have said, the pastor is to be the Spiritual leader in the Church, while the Congregation is to assist him in running the Church. In this case, the deacon is the congregation’s representative. As we see in Acts 6:1-7, the congregation was put in charge of “choosing” the prospective deacons, while the pastor was in charge of ordaining them. If a local Church ever makes the mistake of calling an ungodly pastor, it is the deacons place(as directed by the congregation), to run him off. I have seen great Churches destroyed by ungodly pastors that were nothing more than thieves; who would run the congregation off and ransack the local Church. This was the congregation’s fault, for not taking a stand and running this ungodly pastor off. But I have see congregations do the same thing. If they called a “man of God” who preached the truth to them(when they didn’t want to hear it). Then in retaliation they would either starve the pastor out or call an unauthorized meeting and vote him out. But the more “civilized” congregations, would simply call the pastor into a deacon’s meeting and tell him to resign; With the threat that the congregation would vote him out if he didn’t resign. In both of these examples, Satan has his way in a local Church. The first example demonstrated how he can get a local Church to be shut down, while the second example is how he can arrange for a local congregation to become a Church, “in name only”. For sure, a congregation is to have control over the money a Church brings in. But they need to be constantly reminded, that “the Church” does not belong to them. It is God’s Church and if a congregation will be led of God’s Holy Spirit in calling a pastor and they call God’s man, than God will have His way in that Church!
  11. Or at least, what I consider an important question(that shouldn’t even have to be asked). The other day, I hard a preacher say from behind a pulpit, that “Jesus could have sinned in the wilderness, but that He chose not to”, then he seemed surprised when he didn’t hear any amens. Well after the service, I called him on it and his response was, “...well if Jesus couldn’t have sinned, than why tempt Him at all; After all He was half man.” Then I corrected him be stating that Jesus was “all man and all God”! ------------------------ Now, I think I do have some Scripture to nail this guy with next time I see Him; Even though there is not any Scripture that actually say, that “Jesus could not sin”. Am I missing something; “Am I living in a bubble about my perception of Jesus Christ”?
  12. Recently I have been seeing some things happening all over America and even here in my home town(in the mid-west). Things that have shaken me to the bone. I am seeing the vast majority of our population, treating those that practice homosexuality(and other perversions), as a “protected class”; And therefore incorporating “it” into every aspect of society. Sure, I have been being persecuted by society(in one way or another), for several years now, for taking a Biblical stand on this subject; But I have always chalked that up to what I thought was a small minority of rebels. But over the last few weeks, I have been seeing things and hearing things that have made a “line in the sand” appear, to me. Before I talk about this line, let me share something that you won’t believe. Last Wednesday night after Church, my wife was talking with one of the ladies at our Church and she said, that her little 6 year old daughter came home from school the other day and asked, “mommy, am I a girl” and the lady said of course you are. And this child told how at school, the teacher was teaching that sometimes we can be “girls on the outside but boys on the inside”! This lady decided to immediately start home-schooling her daughter; But what about the millions of other 6 year olds, who’s parents are just as deceived as this teacher is. The “line in the sand”, that I feel the Lord is telling me to take more notice of, is the line about, “where a person stands on this issue”. For me, this starts with giving this issue(stand), more of a prominent place in my resume(I have just done that). I also believe that God’s instructions to me include, asking other ministers where they stand on this issue and challenging them to have the courage to peach and teach on this subject, in light of how “in your face”, this sin has become. --------- I have not arrived yet; So I do not know precisely, what my next step will be(other than this thread and being wide open for the Lord’s guidance in my life). But I do know, giving this a place in my resume will shut a lot of doors for me; But I believe Revelation 3:7 So... where do you stand on this issue? And if you are standing with the LORD, will you have the courage to warn others about this lie?
  13. Hello Kitagrl Let me add my voice to all the others, who are encouraging you and your husband to keep up the good fight. Your family's closer walk with the Lord, is worth it.
  14. Hello 1611mac I am somewhat concerned with how I identify myself(my doctrinal beliefs), so as to quickly and accurately explain to others where I stand. Years ago I realized that I was a “local Church/universal body” man. But for me, this issue has been challenged lately, by some local IFB’s that take the stand that the Bible never uses the word “Church”, when talking about “the Body/bride of Christ”. They are wrong of course, but they are not “Baptist briders”. Our view of “the Church” is important, because(just like with every other Bible doctrine), if we get it wrong, it will lead to even more doctrinal error. ------------------ As for the answer to your question; No, I have never heard the term “local church only”. But could you tell me, have you ever heard the term, “local Church/universal body”?
  15. Hello MountainChristian, and thank you very much for your post. The “change” that God made in Peter’s message, has to do with what He(God), was doing with His people(the Jews). Throughout the Gospels and indeed in Acts.3:19, the message of “the Kingdom” is being preached, because Jesus originally came, to bring God’s people(the Jews), back to God. The message of “the Kingdom”, is a message of “repentance”: The Kind of repentance that a Christian must practice, to come back into a close walk with the LORD. The Jews had backslidden, and needed to repent. -------------- The change in Peter’s message, from Acts 3:19 to 2Peter, has to do with the change, that God had made in His dealings with His people the Jews. A close study in Acts, can show how God had changed Paul’s message also. When Paul started out, he was preaching for the Jews to repent come back into a fellowship with the LORD. Even though he had been sent to the Gentiles, he was still encountering Jews in every Synagogue he came to. Notice how God changed His message to the Jews........ “Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.” (Acts 13:43) You will notice, that here when the Jews “trusted Christ”, they simply.... “continued in the grace of God”, because as God’s people, they were already in possession of God’s Grace. But just a few verses later (Acts 13:46), we come to the point in time, where God blinds the Jewish nation(as we see in Romans11:7). This blinding of the Jews meant, that from that moment on, Paul’s message to them changes and they are required to be “saved”, in the same way that the Gentiles had to be. ----------------------- Therefore the change that you have pointed out, is simply a change in the way God is dealing with the Jewish nation.
  16. One day years ago, I was talking to a preacher friend of mine about soul winning and the subject of Election came up; At this point he quoted some famous preacher that had once said, .. “The more I win souls, the more people get Elected!”... Now, this is funny; Until you think about what might be really happening! (This preacher, may be getting professions, by hook or by crook.) Therefore, these people may not be getting saved at all. Someone might ask, ... “Is there a wrong way to get professions?” I am sure some of you might disagree, but when we are dishonest with our presentation of the Gospel, this could be called the “wrong way”! When “I say” dishonest, I am not talking about watering down the Gospel(this is wrong): What I am talking about is, twisting or tweaking Scripture in such a way, that it “tugs on heart strings” and manipulates people to make professions. ------------------------ Note: This is a very important issue(question), to me, because I don't have all the answers and am looking for some Biblical answers in this area. First of all, we can’t win souls.... “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.” (1 Corinthians 3:6) But.... “Is there a wrong way to get professions of faith?”
  17. I was cleaning up my computer today and I found an undated file called, “Why I am a Christian”(a left click of the file says that I wrote it in 2010). After reading it, I thought that it was worth posting here. Why I am a Christian: I started to consider, what I would say if some Christ rejecting egg-headed know-it-all, were to ask me, “why I was a Christian?” What could be said, to explain my decision, that he would understand? The answer that came to mind, was the Bible. “The Bible” has convinced me, that Christianity is the truth! Now we can not expect an unsaved person, to be able to truly understand the Bible...... 1 Corinthians 2:14 “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned.” But I think, that I can explain what it is about the Bible, that has convinced me that it is true. ------------------------------------- Now I know, that the traditional way of proving that the Bible is God’s Word, is by pointing out all the prophecy, that has been fulfilled in it’s pages: But this only applies to the saved person: Our faith in the Bible is increased, when we look at all the thousands of prophecies that have been fulfilled. But when you are dealing with an unsaved person, they will find a way to explain away Bible prophecy, to their own satisfaction. Actually God had given us more understandable evidence, that the Bible is absolutely true, that even an unsaved person could see, if they would only be willing to listen. The evidence, that I am referring to, are the thousands & thousands of “details”, God has giving us in His Word, about every single doctrine and teaching. It blows my mind, how detailed the Bible is. God doesn’t simply give us an instruction or a command and say do it: No; He gives us every detail as to why we should do it and how it will be a blessing to us. In the same way, God does not simply teach us doctrine and tells us to believe it; He also, gives us the details as to why that doctrine is important and how it fits in with every other doctrine in the Bible; With no two doctrines, contradicting one another!?! This fact alone, proves the Bible to be a supernatural book. And all a person has to do, is to be willing to study it or ask someone to explain it to them, and their eyes would be open to how wonderful it is.
  18. I made it up my self, from my study of the Biblical definition!
  19. I find the definition of Heresy to be, “Departing from sound doctrine”; And this definition is where this thread is coming from. If this definition is wrong, please correct me. ------------------------ Therefore, the fact is, those people in a Pentecostal Church(for instance), are heretics because they are “overlooking”(sliding over), the Scriptures that talk about woman preachers or that teach about the real use of “tongues” etc. Now the Pentecostal Church, preaches the right Gospel; Therefore they are just as SAVED as we are, but they are heretics because they are disregarding various Scriptures. This brings to mind, one of my old memory verses......... “A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;” (Titus 3:10) In other words, if you have a friend that is a Pentecostal; After you talk to him about his wrong doctrine once or twice and he rejects “sound Doctrine”, than just leave him in his error.
  20. In my experience, talking to liberal “professing” Christians who hate the KJB, I have discovered that they also hate dogmatism. (As for why they hate dogmatism, that is anybodies guess;) But the fact that the KJB is recognized as an authoritative copy of God’s Holy Word, it promotes dogmatism among believers and this just seems to drive them up the wall.
  21. I have recently heard it said, that when it comes to verses and passages in God's Word..... They can have “one meaning” and “many applications". I can think of a few examples where this could be true, but is this the right way to phrase it?
  22. Hello beemeup Although I do use concordances & commentaries on occasion, and we should NEVER be afraid of any true "scientific literature”(because all real science agrees and backs up the Bible)...... I draw a line at archeological findings, including the Dead Sea Scrolls, because WE ALREADY HAVE GOD’S COMPLETED WORD!! That which is “perfect” has come, therefore that which is “in part”, can be done away with. As for “other ancient writings yet to be discovered which will reaffirm that Jesus was indeed The Messiah of Israel”... All that, will be “extra-Biblical” so therefor will not truly help anyone. All that anybody will ever need is God’s Word....... Matthew 22:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. Romans 1:16 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. 1 Corinthians 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 2:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. 2 Corinthians 6:7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,
  23. Hello HappyChristian In all fairness, this pastor doesn’t actually say that “God would have overlooked their sin and their need for Him, if they made coats”; (because the message he is preaching, on these occasions, is about a need for more modesty.) But he does stress, that what God was displeased with(in Adam & Eve), was their nakedness. And he doesn’t say anything about their disOBedience and rebellion. --------- And I am glad to hear, that this practice(of twisting what this passage in Gen. really means), is not as widespread as I thought. But I know this pastor well enough, to know what he would tell me if I called him on this: He would explain that this was a proper application of this passage, in order to drive home his point about the wickedness of people not covering themselves up enough.
  24. As I have demonstrated in some of my previous threads, I have some prOBlems with what seems to be “established IFB teachings”. And I have learned from this forum, that all IFB’s are not the same. Today’s thread has to do with Adam & Eve and what they did themselves, to cover their nakedness. This is what the Bible says they did....... “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they [were] naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.” (Genesis 3:7) The IFB pastors that I am hanging around now seem to teach, that if Adam & Eve had sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves coats, then God would have been satisfied and would not have seen the need to make them coats from animal skins! Don’t get me wrong, these men do not teach a works based salvation and they always make it very clear, that our good works have NOTHING to do with our salvation. But they seem to be so enamored with the idea of any kind of nudity, that they sometimes go too far. For sure, we all see the great value of women dressing in “modist apparel”. But to STRETCH this passage in Genesis to MAKE IT about an issue of modesty, instead of a foreshadowing of our Lord’s sacrifice for us, is a dangerous practice. ----------- My question is.... is this view of Gen.3:7 as widespread as I think it is?

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