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  1. I do not pastor a church, but I would sincerely hope that most, if not all, IFB churches, would continue on with business as usual. Hebrews 10:25 (KJV) Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Acts 5:29 (KJV) Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. The governments, both Federal and local are themselves breaking the supreme law of the land, The Constitution of The United States of America, which states: Constitution of United States of America 1789 (rev. 1992) PreambleArticle IArticle IIArticle IIIArticle IVArticle VArticle VIArticle VIIAmendment IAmendment IIAmendment IIIAmendment IVAmendment VAmendment VIAmendment VIIAmendment VIIIAmendment IXAmendment XAmendment XIAmendment XIIAmendment XIIIAmendment XIVAmendment XVAmendment XVIAmendment XVIIAmendment XVIIIAmendment XIXAmendment XXAmendment XXIAmendment XXIIAmendment XXIIIAmendment XXIVAmendment XXVAmendment XXVIAmendment XXVII "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." I remind the reader, as well as government of the response of Daniel, when the King made a law stating that no one would be allowed to pray to their God: Daniel 6:10 (KJV) Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.
  2. In response to NY Gov. DeBlassio I would submit this response to his Covid-19 mandate: Constitution of United States of America 1789 (rev. 1992) PreambleArticle IArticle IIArticle IIIArticle IVArticle VArticle VIArticle VIIAmendment IAmendment IIAmendment IIIAmendment IVAmendment VAmendment VIAmendment VIIAmendment VIIIAmendment IXAmendment XAmendment XIAmendment XIIAmendment XIIIAmendment XIVAmendment XVAmendment XVIAmendment XVIIAmendment XVIIIAmendment XIXAmendment XXAmendment XXIAmendment XXIIAmendment XXIIIAmendment XXIVAmendment XXVAmendment XXVIAmendment XXVII Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
  3. There is a lot of misinformation, fear and panic mongering and irrational response to the Corona-19 Virus, on a worldwide scale, never seen before. Our Bibles warn us that times like these will come shortly before the return of Jesus. I am providing the following link to a video for informational purposes only. I cannot endorse this man and have no idea of his religious standing. So I provide this solely for informational purposes. It is always wise to hear all the information available, rather than just a one sided, agenda driven account. Covid-19 Scam
  4. OFP, I read the whole mandate from Alaska's governor. While he has closed the state to all travel and mandated that people stay home, I saw nothing about specifically not allowing gatherings for religious activities. There is a list of businesses allowed to operate in appendix "A" of his mandate, but I did not see anything related to churches or religious activities. I suppose his mandate could include churches, but the list of things allowed to stay open or having to close specifies "businesses", a church is not a business.
  5. That's probably because they are not rude/sarcastic BroMatt. Jesus was firm in His denunciation of the Scribes and Pharisees and their legalistic doctrines, as well as their rejection of Him. But then again, I am not Robycop, so I should probably bow out and let him explain if he can.
  6. WW, if weather cooperates how about doing an outside service. With folding chairs you could keep the required separation distances. Just a thought. if I were in that situation I would even endure bundling up clothes wise to sit through an hour long service.
  7. Thank you Bro. Mike. This last post by you clarifies your intention and seems to clear up any possible confusion that was generated. This attitude and level of Christian cooperation, as well as willingness to make a misunderstanding right is one of the things that make this a great message board.
  8. I find it quite interesting and possibly disconcerting that if you say these things to some people they are immediately on the defensive and even to the point of attacking you for not "caring."
  9. In the interest of Independent Baptist fellowship, a place to interact with other Independent Baptists and in deference to BroMatt's Board Rules which state this: ""We will not allow the following a) Bashing of other message boards. b) Bashing of your pastor or church. ** Online Baptist is a place for fellowship, disagreements you may have with others should not be handled here. c) Members that come just to argue doctrine instead of fellowship. I am going to lock this thread. This is an attempt to start anew, so please, if anyone wants to discuss the timing of the raptures, start another thread after first searching to see if there is a already a thread on this subject that you can reply to.
  10. WW, it seems like you have taken a very reasonable approach in regard to the crisis in your area. Your sermon topic was very timely and I am sure helpful. I am so glad to hear of your increased attendance and especially grateful for your new visitor; this is very encouraging and reinforces our mission of winning the hearts and souls, one soul at a time.
  11. I am no theologian on this subject and do not wish to get into any dispute over meanings that are not clear. But in the interest of putting the subject of The Holy Spirit being the one that "lets", which also includes Him being "taken out of the way" at a specified time, I would like to pose a question that I have not seen considered. Question: When the Scripture says that He is "taken out of the way", speaking of Him as the withholding force, why do some assume, without confirmation, that The Holy Spirit is removed from all interaction with Christians or anyone else by being removed from the earth? The context is clearly stating that He is taken out of the way solely in regard to The Anti Christ being revealed. My mind reasons that if He is taken out of the way only in regard to this one work, why would anyone assume that He would be "taken out of the way" in regard to all of His other work which would include "sealing", "teaching", "convicting" and "empowering"?
  12. Folks getting nuts is a very apt observation.
  13. Amen and Amen, Brother Mike. Thanks for posting this.
  14. Thank you for this update Rebecca. Although this announcement is sad in many respects, it is also a reassurance that Ronda is now in the loving presence of her Lord and Savior. Free from pain and the ravages of this life, she is now living the life we all look forward to and actually able to at last realize the promises that God has made. I, for one am thankful for her life as well as her dedication, perseverance, love, and willingness to share her faith and life's work with others. Her writings were always a blessing to me.
  15. Thanks for the reply Mike. The three month non-attendance policy seems reasonable and fair. It could even be a restoration tool for the two brothers since they helped put it in place. If they are truly saved this point may be something that God can use to prick their conscience. I will be in prayer regarding your church endeavoring to reach more people. Door knocking is difficult to begin with and even more so given the low population of the the area. I have never been much for an actual door knocking program, but am all for personal, one on one contact by church members with the community. I have always tended to favor the method of personal contact by just being friendly and getting out in the community to meet people and witnessing to them through the position of friendship. Offering help to those who may need an occasional helping hand goes a long way also, both as a church or individually. Tracts and other literature are always good choices, even better if they don't sound like advertisements, but rather more like promoting friendship, community, and instilling a sense of curiosity and information. If I can be of any help please just say the word.
  16. Mike, I am sorry to hear of the loss of your twin brothers in attendance. I remember them from when I preached for you , but not their names. How are you handling their membership status, are they still members at this time? I can sympathize with your concern and grief over this situation, to lose two when you only have six is very disheartening. Just hold the fort and wait to see if The Lord has something in store that we may not be aware of yet. I will also pray about this situation. Strengthen what remains and look to The Lord for guidance. Perhaps try to use this situation as a tool to prepare yourself and others in an effort to avoid this type of thing taking place again, or even to turn this situation around. Just because the twins are gone doesn't mean they will stay gone, and it certainly doesn't mean that God will not work on their minds and hearts, so that they see their error.
  17. Yes WWMS, this is what happens we you get old. Now that you told me I remembered that I had asked you once before
  18. So where are you located now WWMS? I see you listed Northern California as your location, just wondering if you are near me.
  19. I am glad to hear you feel better Invicta. It sort of makes me wonder if all that veggie spaghetti may have had something to do with you not feeling well.
  20. I think a lot would depend on the level or differences in doctrinal matters. In other words some doctrinal matters are of more importance than others. For that reason it is hard for me to consider this a blanket question unless specific doctrines are brought into the question.
  21. It sounds good HC, but a bit weird too. I am always amazed when I try something I have never had or even heard of and end up liking it.
  22. It is always beneficial to quote scripture instead of personal opinion.
  23. The Bible Institute taught by local pastors is a good one if there are other local pastors in the area. I had a part in that type of training while I was in Alaska. It was very successful and needy at the time, since we were training two missionary families that were to go to Magadan, Far East Russia and they had very little time to prepare. This way they could still live at home, tend to things needing to be done before they left, like selling their homes and other needful things. This was almost thirty years ago, they were very grateful for this type of opportunity, established two churches there with local pastors and returned home to missionary work in Alaska, One of them is pastoring a sister church to our original one in Alaska, which was started by the same missionary that started our original church. As to BroMatt's OP, I think Bible colleges can be good if they are sound on doctrine and curriculum and only if sanctioned by a local NT Church.
  24. Vegemite. Vege=vegetable.........mite=small bug

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