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  1. Ronda

    Clarence Larkin - The Spirit World

    Brother Alan and sister Sherry, I am in agreement with you on this passage of scripture. Sadly, I think the erroneous "gap theory" is in large part based on both disregarding scripture as well as adding to scripture. When we compare Genesis 1: 16 to Job 38:7 and Rev.12:4, I believe we can clearly see when God made the angels (including Lucifer). According to Genesis 1:19, it was the fourth (literal) day. "And God made two great lights to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night; he made the stars also" (Gen.1:16) "When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?" (Job 38:7) "And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth..." (Rev.12:4) While it's true that God made the physical celestial sun, moon, and stars on this fourth day also, I do believe God's word shows a dual meaning for the word "stars" as shown in the above scripture. As surely we cannot disregard the intended meaning of Job. 38:7 and Rev.12:4 to the use of the word "stars". As we also see the term "garden" in both sections of scripture (Genesis chapters 2-3, and others as well as Ezekiel 28). There is also another clue given in Genesis 13:10. Let's compare Gen.13:10 to Ez.28:13. "And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar." (Gen.13:10) compared to: "Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created." (Ez.28:13) We see in all 3 parts of scripture here (Gen.2:8 (and other references in Gen.ch. 2-3) as well as in Gen.13:10 and Ez.28:13; the garden was a literal place on the physical earth that God created. To claim that the garden is in heaven, is to add to scripture as well as to omit all other references to the garden in scripture. Your teachings are a blessing! And always spur on more desire to study out a matter for myself in God's word (as I hope it for others as well). God Bless! Maranatha!!!
  2. Ronda

    How to sharpen an axe

    I believe the Lord led me here today (in large part) for this very post, Pastor Markle. As you know, I just posted this very phrase ("iron sharpens iron") on another topic, in reference to Prov.27:17 (without first having read this above statement from you, which you posted 2 hours prior). "Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend." And while, in the past, we have come to blows (so to speak) when wielding the word of God; I cannot say I ever sharpened your countenance. For that, I sincerely apologize. Not just to you, but to the Lord also. I was not acting in the Biblical manner with which we (as believers) are to speak to each other, in a manner pleasing Him. " Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. " (Col.4:6) Rather than give excuses, I admit the sin was mine. For which I am taking to the Lord. I am also thankful for your answer to the man above, pertaining to this verse of scripture (which I believe the Lord led me here to see today). As it has edified me. God Bless. Maranatha!
  3. Thank you all, brothers Alan and Scott, and sister Sherry. I'm sorry that I had not visited here as often as I'd hoped, as each day over the last year that I had strength to type I devoted it to researching/writing articles for a Christian publication. My heartfelt gratitude to both brothers and sister for defending me in my absence. And while I have not always been in complete agreement with either pastor in regard to scriptural exegesis, I do highly regard both pastor Alan (and his wonderful wife Sherry) as well as pastor Scott Markle as both devoted men and women of God whose main desire is to serve the Lord and share the gospel with the lost. I have learned from both pastors as well. As we know from God's word that iron sharpens iron (Prov.27:17) and I deeply appreciate all conversation and discussion I've had with both (and even often times simply reading what they've written to others). Both of these Godly men have given their lives to serve Christ. Pastor Alan and his wife have sacrificed the comfort and familiarity of the US to do mission work in Taiwan, at times in peril of their life. Pastor Markle has a full time ministry in Michigan (forgive me if I have that wrong). Both pastors spend their own time here on OB helping answer questions and adding to discussion. I commend them for their tireless efforts. To the person who suggested the following: I would suggest that time and money is better spent funding Missionary work. While there are several decent Christian radio broadcasts, I find very few (if any) television programs worthy of donation. And pertaining to the Christian radio broadcasts: one also should consider whether or not they are actually spending time sharing the gospel? Or are they spending more time promoting books, videos. conferences (for fee), or other materials? Again, I think money could be better spent on mission work. And/or if you are so inclined, to procuring actual gospel tracts (with sound doctrine) that can be mailed out, handed out, or left in numerous public places for the lost to find. (If one cannot properly articulate the gospel themselves). Thank you all. God Bless! Maranatha!!!
  4. Much of the problem comes from not rightly dividing God's word. "For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom" (1 Cor.1:22) We see also in Mark 16:17-18 the following: "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." Sadly, many have erroneously believed that the sign gifts applies to themselves in this current church/grace age. After all it does say "And these signs shall follow them that believe". We believe, right? Yet that scripture is not written about us church/grace-age believers. There have been many who have attempted to force these sign gifts to fit in the grace/church age and claim them (erroneously) for themselves. Those who've taken up serpents (and been bitten and died). Those who drink poison ("any deadly thing") and have died also. Those who have tried to claim they have the"gift of healing" (and notice that there is nothing there requiring the recipient of the healing to have faith... rather instead that "they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." Not maybe recover, not might recover, not recover if they have enough faith, no... "they shall recover" (no doubt about it). If they truly had that gift they would go to any given hospital and heal the children in cancer wards. And if they had the gift of healing then those children would definitely recover, not maybe reocver, but "shall recover". NONE have the sign gifts to do such things today. Isn't it interesting that the sign gifts that are claimed by charlatans today are those which cannot be proven. They claim to be able to speak in tongues (yet don't even follow the scriptural rules for the time when sign gifts were in effect, prior to the canon of scripture being complete). What were those rules for that time period? Look at 1 Cor.14:27-28 "If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret. But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God." The holy roller, name it and claim it, blab it and grab it crowd doesn't even follow scriptural mandate for speaking in tongues. (Regardless of the fact that it's no longer possible today). Every video I've seen of those who CLAIM they can speak in tongues is a disorganized melee of babbling incoherently by dozens of people. Definitely more than three persons. None interpreting. No order, but chaos. 1 Cor.14:33 (same chapter) "For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints." Now we know that they truly cannot speak in tongues. The sign gifts were meant for Israel. It was the Jews who required signs. Those sign gifts ended when the canon of scripture was perfected and closed. 1 Cor.13:8 tells us that there would come a time when prophesying would fail, when tongues would cease. Verse 10 tells us that "...that which is in part shall be done away." When? When "that which is perfect is come". What which is perfect? God's word in full, which ended with the Revelation of Christ given to John on the isle of Patmos. There is no reason for additional "prophesy" since His prophetic word is perfect and complete. Speaking of false prophecy: How sad that someone would actually set a date, make a calendar, and claim an actual date. Though not surprising given the unsound doctrine that's being accepted today in the perilous last days. Harold Camping move over, looks like Marilyn has a new date set! Maybe she can get a video going like Scottie Clarke did last year (claiming Sept 23rd, then keep moving the date when it doesn't happen). Do these people realize how they give a black eye to God's word? How when they lead both unbelievers and babes in Christ into buying these false dates, when the date comes and goes (as it always does) then those who are "...tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive". If it were up to some of these holy rollers they would be attempting to add to the canon of scripture their latest "dreams and visions" nonsense from the devil (2 Cor.11:14-15). Every other day is another quack claiming to be a "prophet", calling themselves an "apostle", or other heresies. Too many to even refute now days. No matter, after the first or second admonition reject (Titus 3:9-11). These really are the perilous last days (2 Tim.3:1-7, 13), so we can expect those who are deceived to continue to wax worse and worse. What gifts remains today? 1 Cor.13:13 "And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity." Maranatha!
  5. Ronda

    If you're still unsure...

    It's even worse than that... the evil 'artist' uses bodily fluids in his painting (I will refrain from listing those here). Besides the fact that it's clearly a push for a race war (as this can also be seen on all MSM - main stream media - as they are now condemning people merely FOR being white)... what's even more telling is the rituals the 'artist' chosen uses. These are luciferian and occult practices. Let's also take into account the MSM reaction to Vice President Pence. They now openly mock Christianity. And this week yet another school shooting (more than a dozen so far this year alone). They use this with mock outrage for guns. Yet American citizenry has ALWAYS had guns... yet we have NOT always had school shootings. What has changed? In the last 30 (or so) years the progressive liberal agenda in public schools is what has been force-fed in America.. God has been ousted from schools (and they then wonder why the devil has walked in and taken over?) The Bible isn't taught. Creationism isn't even taught as an option, much less the Biblical truth. Darwinism is pushed (if a person believes they descended from amoeba in pond scum or apes they tend to act that way... to them mankind is 'just another species') Human life is not precious to those who value it equally with apes and amoeba. In fact... it's valued LESS by those who scream bloody murder if a turtle or bird egg is destroyed, yet those same people murder their own children in the womb. It's even is championed and applauded from the left. Kids are taught (indoctrinated) that there are supposoedly 50+ genders? Even defying the science they claim to love? (1 Tim.6:20 KJV) Discipline has been removed, lawlessness is lauded and even praised from every leftist 'progressive' talking head on television. Faith is ridiculed on national television. And the most (sadly) amazing part of all of this? The 'progressive' leftists can't even see the connection!!! (Romans 1:18-32, 2 Tim.3:1-5, et al, explain why... and foretold such would be the case TODAY!) God has given every warning shout out to mankind that He did previously before utter destruction. Just as Sodom and Gomorrah were warned (and didn't heed), just as Noah warned for many years before the flood (they didn't heed either), so too have Bible believers been warning of what's to come... SOON! Scripture even tells us these days would be "as in the days of Noah", and "as in the days of Lot" (Luke 17). And so they are... the same rebellion against God, the same sins that have progressed to the point where they revel in them rather than even feel shame! Yet they don't even want to know what is foretold of their OWN very near future. THEY (God-rejecting, Christ-hating, rebellious world) will soon endure. It's all foretold, yet they mock (as was also foretold (Jude 1:18, 2 Pet.3:3-4, et al). What is that future? Revelation chapters 6-18 give an overview. (They can't even understand the plain words of scripture, even though the symbolism is clearly explained throughout the scripture. Why? 1 Cor.2:14, 2 Pet.3:16-17, 1 Cor.1:18, Rom.1:18-22, 2 Tim.4:3-4 and others explain why). Scripture foretold the arrival of Christ prior to His first advent. Yet so few recognized it then. Jesus rebuked them because they thought they could predict the weather, but couldn't even recognize their own Messiah standing in front of them as foretold! And how is this generation today much different? Even worse? Not only do most not know prophetic scripture, but they don't know ANY scripture at all. There are no 'modern day prophets'. God's word now holds ALL the prophecies already fulfilled and yet to be fulfilled (Amos 3:7 2 Pet.1:20-21 , Rev.19:10, et al) Jesus rebuked those at the first advent for not knowing the prophetic scripture as they should have... "Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken" (Luke 24:25) And yet here we are today, not only do most professing 'Christians' have no clue what the scripture says (much less of scriptural prophecy), but the unsaved world rejects God's word altogether! Those who have studied scripture recognize how near to commencing end time prophecy is NOW! Isaiah 17 and Ezekiel 38-39 is commencing NOW. What does this mean??? By the end of Ezekiel 39, Israel will no longer be "blind in part" (Rom.11:25). What occurs PRIOR to Israel having their eyes re-opened? "the fulness of the Gentiles be come in" (Rom.11:25). That will mean nothing to those who reject God's word. But for the believer? It should be a wake-up call!!! Why is the world so focused on the middle east? On Israel, specifically? Because end time Bible prophecy revolves around Israel, NOT the church. Church/grace-age believers are taken up prior to God's dealing with Israel, taking Israel through the foretold 70th week of Daniel (Dan.9, Jer.30:7, Zech.13:8-9, et al), the time of "Jacob's trouble". Sadly, many churches today don't recognize this, they believe God has cast off Israel forever. But scripture proves otherwise! (If YOU are in one of those dead churches that want to pull YOU away from the truth in scripture, I suggest you study Ezekiel 39:27-29, Amos 9:13-15, Jer.30:2-7, Jer.31:10, 33:7, Ez.37:21, and so many others). God's word DID foretell the scattering of Israel, but also foretold the REGATHERING as well! A subject they won't touch. They have to omit huge portions of scripture to come to their erroneous conclusions, not just the scripture listed a few sentences ago, but the entire 11th chapter of Romans (and much other NT scripture). The time period we are right now residing in is the age of grace. This time is SOON to end! And with it? Those believers in Christ will be taken up before God's wrath commences on this world (1 Cor.15:49-53, 1 Thes.4:13-18, 1 Thes.1:10, Rom.5:9, 1 Thes.5:9, et al). Every forewarning and sign given is now prominent, on display for the world to see... and yet they can't see what's in front of them because they don't believe scripture! Nevertheless, God's word will come to pass exactly as foretold, whether they believe it or not (especially because they do not believe it!). School shootings? Horrific, and merely one of the outcomes of casting God out of school, casting His word aside, and instead clinging to false science and fables. This evil man's portrait done by a man who uses occult rituals in his so-called art? Just another glaring fact they refuse to address. Saddest part? You can show this to liberal 'progressives' and they still don't have a clue. (Rom.1:18-32, 2 Tim.3:1-5 explains why). Sadder still? They can come to Christ NOW before God's wrath commences, and yet they won't. Maranatha!!!
  6. Ronda

    Missionaries

    Brother Jim, what a wonderful testimony to the importance of missionaries! Had those missionaries not followed the call to Alaska, you may have not heard the gospel. (I look forward also to reading your account). Missionaries are often not given the credit they deserve (from us, fellow believers) for their desire to reach the lost with the gospel. Many of them have given up ALL to follow Christ; their comfortable homeland, their relationships with family members who remain in free nations (some never again being able to SEE their kin, this side of heaven). The often horrible conditions they endure, some without clean water or ANY of the comforts we take for granted (clean running water, electricity, appliances such as washing machines/dryers, refrigerators, stoves, and so many others). Lack of good medical care and/or treatment, and real persecution for God's word. There are hundreds of things we (in the US and Western nations) take for granted every day that many missionaries go without, and let's not forget; they do so WILLINGLY for the Lord! Here in the US, many professing Christians think they are 'persecuted' if someone speaks ill of them for being a Christian. Yet we face no real persecution (YET), no risk to life and limb (yet). We should expect the world to reject us for sharing the gospel (1 Cor.1:18), to be HATED of the world (John 15:18-19), to mock us when we tell them of Bible prophecy (Jude 1:18, 2 Pet.3:3-4, et al). And yet that is nothing close to the persecution the apostles faced. And it's nothing near to what many missionaries are right now facing in the world. Jesus went to the cross for OUR sins, we are ALL sinners! He had the unique foreknowledge of what horrors He would face to do so. Yet He went WILLINGLY. He said "... " nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done." (Luke 22:42, also as in Matt.26:39, and Mark 14:36). How many of us are willing to say: "nevertheless, not my will, but thine be done"? How many of us are willing to truly submit our own will to the Lord? To desire HIS will above our own? When the Lord calls us to share the gospel? When the Lord calls us to witness to even a co-worker, friend or relative? Do some worry more about our earthly relationships than they do about the other person's eternal soul??? While we can't all be pastors (women shouldn't be at all, and many men aren't equipped - nor called to be), and we can't all be missionaries that travel abroad or to remote locations of our own nations (although far more COULD than are willing to be), and we can't even all leave our homes to speak in person with others... we can ALL do much more than we do. There is also something we CAN all do... PRAY for those who are sharing God's word! For pastors, for missionaries, and for any and all believers who are sharing the gospel with the lost. "Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest." (Matt.9:37-38) "Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together." (John 4:35-36) Maranatha!
  7. Ronda

    Missionaries

    I recently wrote an article for "Rapture Ready" website, dealing with finding Charities and Missionaries who share the gospel with the lost. The intent of the article was to show that most charities have long ago stopped giving the gospel (if they ever did), and rather that missionaries may be the better spent donation for those who desire for the gospel to be preached. Charities use misleading names such as "Salvation ____" and " The ___ Cross" (just two well known names which do not give the gospel to the lost, but have the audacity to still use such terms in their charity names!). A shout of to brother Alan (his wife Sherry, and his family also) in the article as well. 29 years a missionary in Taiwan! What a blessing to know the gospel is being preached in Taiwan! God Bless you (brother Alan and sister Sherry) as you seek to serve Him and share the gospel with others in Taiwan. Maranatha! http://www.raptureready.com/2018/02/11/10-tips-choosing-charities-missionaries-ronda-lane/
  8. "And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise." (Revelation 8:12). This is not the only fearful sight that will occur in the tribulation... in fact, the majority of the scriptural content in that chapter deals with such things. Far too much scripture to quote here. As for "planet x/nibiru" there is no such thing. There a great many wolves in sheep's clothing perpetuating these lies, deceiving the gullible. I agree with many of the brethren (above) in their opinions of those whom have started and continue to perpetuate this nonsense. Two other names come to mind: Paul Begley and Steven DeNoon, both of which produce "shock factor" videos, and are plastered all over social media (sadly). They use scare tactics to promote "survival" products. They prey on those who do not study the Bible, and do not know scripture themselves. So much so that when claim something to be scripturally sound, the gullible and those who do not study scripture themselves, are easily deceived. There is a solution to this... when believers study scripture themselves (as we are told to do; 2 Tim.2:15), know scripture well, then they can readily recognize the false teachers and know to mark and avoid them. Sadly, many professing believers are Biblically illiterate these days... even though there is no excuse for this since there are hundreds of ways to access the KJV Bible... in print form, also free online KJV Bible, and even free lexicons (should person desire to delve deep), Braille, KJV Bible apps, and audio Bibles as well (which are an excellent use of time while doing chores, etc. Listening to the KJV audio Bible). But far too many professing believers want a 5-6 word summary, a 5-10 minute sermon-ette (McChristian drive-thru style). Rather than waste time on the latest theory and falsehood of the day... (such as the "Blood moons", Shmita, Rev.12 sign heresy, L.A.Marzulli's phony fairy, planet x/nibiru, and hundreds of other false teachings that pervert/twist scripture) ... the time would be much better spent in the Bible, in actual scripture, rather than mankind's take, opinion, and perversion of scripture for personal gain. Here is some scripture that may be helpful: "For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple." (Rom.16:18) "Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them." (Eph.5:6-7) "But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived." (2 Tim.3:13) " That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive" (Eph.4:14) Maranatha!
  9. Ronda

    John81

    I was wondering if he had inadvertently been blocked? Remember a couple of years back when I had that issue? The anti-spam settings were such that if a person made numerous editing changes to a comment (while typing it, before posting it) OR if a person put 2-3 comments in a row in succession that the spam-filter would think it was spam and block the person? (Or so I was told). The only way I got back in was to contact a fellow OB memver on facebook who put me in touch with sister LuAnne (Happy Christian) to then get in touch with Bro_Matt to fix the issue? Had I not known someone, nor had a way to reach someone here I also would not have been able to get back in. Once blocked by the spam-filters, a person can't even re-apply for new membership, since the computer IP # (or whatever computer signature used) is also blocked. I wonder if that has happened to John81 as well?
  10. Ronda

    Clarence Larkin - The Spirit World

    Brother Alan, I also agree with brother Larkin's assessment of 1 Sam.28 in regard to the spirit of Samuel. Verse 12 shows us she (the witch of Endor) was clearly taken aback "when the woman saw Samuel". Not to derail the study, but rather to focus for a moment on this part of scripture, and ask a question. It's clear that Saul had been anointed of God. And even David did not slay Saul, (though numerous times he had the opportunity to do so) because David recognized that the Lord had anointed Saul. Yet Saul did sin greatly against the Lord and disobeyed Him. Saul was also jealous over David, and had sought his life. The question would be pertaining to 1 Sam.28:19 "Moreover the Lord will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of the Philistines: and to morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me: the Lord also shall deliver the host of Israel into the hand of the Philistines." There we see Saul's physical death foretold by Samuel. Yet Samuel said " to morrow thou and thy sons be with me". The question would be, when Samuel said "be with me", did he mean paradise? In essence, was Saul sent to be with Samuel in paradise? I am presuming he did. (But would like to hear your thoughts on this). I've also taken into account the numerous sins David committed. And God allowed bad things to happen to David because of those sins, and yet He called him "a man after his own heart" (1 Sam.13:14). Thank you for your time. And I am enjoying this study. While I (also) did not concur completely with all of brother Larkin's writing in the book "The Spirit World", I did find it edifying and did find agreement scripturally in much of it. Thank you also for posting the review.
  11. Ronda

    Clarence Larkin - Revelation

    Brother Alan, I would very much be interested in a book review on Clarence Larkin's "The Spirit World". I've not (yet) read it myself, not knowing it existed... but have now found a free copy online and plan to read it (God willing). It would be a very timely study, since spiritual warfare is a major issue in the life of believers. (Eph.6:12). I just started the first chapter, and it looks to be an excellent read. Maranatha!
  12. Ronda

    Analyzing the Chinese word, 'Righteousness.'

    Thank you for the Chinese lesson as well as the teaching, brother Alan. And brother Jim, What a wonderful joy to have been used of the Lord to help lead Wu Cheng to salvation in Jesus! It's been a while since I have felt that thrill of exhilaration and pure joy that we get when someone isn't just interested, but actually believes and accepts Christ, even more when they (as had did) has the desire to evangelize his Chinese friends and family. (And as you said, his thirst for God's word being insatiable, you knew he truly had come to Christ). While there have been several people take an interest in God's word lately as I witness to the unsaved world, sadly, they are soon "turned off" (so to speak) when they find out that God isn't going to guarantee to grant their every wish nor fix all their worldly problems. I spent a good deal of time answering (with scripture) questions from a secular friend. She had (sadly) been watching a TV evangelist and was under the belief she would be healed and receive riches and prosperity in this life if she found a "prayer partner" to "pray in agreement" with her. It angers me greatly the harm that these false teachers and wolves have done. It was rather a long ordeal trying to deprogram her. And so I first started with the gospel. Sadly, she wanted to SKIP that.... and as you know we can't do that. Over the course of a few weeks, I then also explained to her that God doesn't work like waving a wand over us and fixing all our problems here on earth... but rather I took her to the scripture pertaining to eternal rewards instead. There is much more to this account, but in a short summation she really wasn't interested in eternal salvation, she (sadly) still was of the belief she is a "good person", even though I'd used much scripture to explain to her that we are all sinners in need of a savior, and all our good works of what we call righteousness are like filthy rags to God. I explained Rom.3:10 to her, and many others. I also explained that Jesus was the one and only acceptable propitiation (payment) for our sins, etc. She just wanted interested... she wanted immediate gratification, and all her worldly problems fixed "right now". She'd been brainwashed by the TV evangelist into believing if she just had someone to "pray in agreement" with her, all her worldly woes would be over :( She wanted immediate health and wealth... she didn't want to admit she was a sinner in need of savior, and there are no short-cuts to that! She wasn't willing to believe that Jesus died for her sins, was buried and rose the third day (1 Cor.15:1-4), in fact as long as she still thinks she is a "good person", it's not likely she will see her need for salvation at all, no matter the scriptural warnings. And that is one of the "better" experience I've had of late... most often I am cussed out, threatened, given "facebook jail" (24-72 hour bans) for posting Bible verses that offends anyone, and mocking... always the mocking from those who believe their "god" is false science (1 Tim.6:20). I truly hope it is not this way for everyone, and that there are still some coming to Christ in the world. These are truly the perilous last days forewarned of in 2 Tim.3:1-7,13. Not just that, but a marked increase in those whom God Himself has turned over to a reprobate mind (Rom.1:18-32). Receptivity of the unsaved is at an all time low that I've ever seen in my lifetime. And hostility towards the gospel, or even any of God's word, is also increasing greatly. Nonetheless I will keep posting the gospel and scripture to the unsaved world in the places they most need to hear it, it may be that I plant or water, and it's up to God whether there be an increase. Maranatha!
  13. Ronda

    How to Apply the Seven Habits?

    This is a difficult situation, but does need addressed, as tactfully, and as with as much scripture as possible. I don't think the woman of the church should be the first route (since the pastor should be leading the flock himself, first). But rather the women (elder women) should be the second route, if the first is not heeded. Here is what I would suggest: You may want to save back (as a last option) directly confronting the woman. Rather than first calling her out individually (embarrassingly, and likely to be taken as an insult rather than edifying instruction, no matter how tactfully worded). Why not try these appraoches first? #1. Group setting first. How about a sermon from the pastor on dress as well as conduct of the body of Christ in general? Here is some scripture that may help: 1 Tim.2:9-10, 1 Cor.11:1-15, Luke 20:46, Matt.23:5-6, and even 1 Cor.7:33-35 regarding the unmarried and how they can truly serve the Lord well without distraction. He could mention also that just as it's not comely for a woman to pray with her head uncovered (bald or shaven head), so also would it be uncomely that a woman would be in the house of the Lord with more than just the head uncovered (give some examples of women wearing provocative clothing, but maybe not exactly what she was wearing that day). You may note also that the attention a woman will receive from dressing that way would be attention from men who aren't godly men, the type of men who would be attracted to that type of dress would be those whom they (the woman) would not have a good Christian relationship, with Christ first at the forefront of the relationship as He should be, but rather with the lust of the eyes and the pride of life being the forefront and shallow depth of the relationship. Let them know they are valued to God and as such should be valued by the men they desire to attract. They are not just an object for fleshy lusts, but rather can be serving the Lord better by living pleasing to Him, rather than pleasing to mankind (Gal.1:10) There are also numerous scripture to be brought forth pertaining to pride, fleshy lusts, the pride of life (such as 1 John 2:15-16 among many others). that may be appropriate to the topic as well. #2. If the sermon went over her head (or through one ear and out the other) then another group setting may be appropriate. The women of the church. (As brother Alan has noted Titus 2:3-5), but keep in mind this woman may NOT see this scripture as applying to herself since she is not married, and therefore may receive better the encouragement from Paul in 1 Cor.7:33-35 in regard to the unmarried as better received. Reiterate that if she has chosen to be unmarried, it may be that she could serve the Lord better (without distraction) by remaining unmarried, as long as she intends to be chaste (sadly, very uncommon these days). OR if she is seeking to find a husband, that she will have much better options in the type of men she attracts by her wearing more modest attire, since the men who are attracted to the revealing garments are those who are flesh/lust driven and it would be a shallow relationship which will not please her, nor please the Lord. Have the women (especially the elder women) ask to meet with ALL the other women of the church for a few moments after the service. This way she will not feel singled out. During this meeting, the elder women could also reiterate much of what was said in the sermon, and make specific reference to how the Lord would not have us dress not only in provocative manner, but also not in flashy, attention-getting dress either. (If so be that you have good godly women in the church that don't wear a lot of jewelry and/or loud, attention-getting garments.. as sadly some of them in some churches must never have heard a sermon on that themselves). #3. If both of those approaches didn't work... possibly a well written letter to her, first appreciating her attendence at church, and also mentioning any service she has contributed to (if any help has been given by her at church functions). Also note that you do not bring this conversation up to embarrass her or single her out, but that she "may not be aware" (even if you suspect, or are even sure she is in fact aware) of her dress being uncomely in the house of the Lord. Reiterate scriptural reasons. Close with the fact that you truly only have serving the Lord with the utmost of your concern, and that you would be remiss to see someone not address the issue. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Here is the scripture noted above. 1 Tim.2:9-10 9 "In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works." 1 Cor.11:1-15 1 "Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. 2 Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you. 3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. 4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. 5 But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. 6 For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered. 7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. 8 For the man is not of the woman: but the woman of the man. 9 Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man. 10 For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels. 11 Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord. 12 For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God. 13 Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered? 14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? 15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering." Luke 20:46 "Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts" Matt.23:5-6 5 "But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, 6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues" 1 John 2:15-16 15 "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." Titus 2:3-5 3 "The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed." Gal.1:10 "For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ."
  14. Ronda

    Kisses

    Psalm 2 6-12 in context 6 "Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. 7 I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. 8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. 9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel. 10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. 11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him." Yes, the Son is clearly speaking of Jesus! But I believe the chapter is speaking of the millennial kingdom, not addressed to the church. Addressed to: Israel, and to the "kings and judges" on the earth whom He gives instruction. The Son, Jesus, is He whom will rule with a rod of iron during the millennial kingdom. Revelation 2:27 "And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father." Revelation 12:5 "And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne." Revelation 19:15 "And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God."
  15. Ronda

    Is a home church a biblical church?

    Matt.18:20 "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." 1 Cor.6:17 "But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit." 1 Cor.6:19 "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?" 1 Cor.12:12-14 "For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many." I suppose it all depends on what one believes... what they've been indoctrinated to believe? Or what God's word says?
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