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  1. 1 hour ago, heartstrings said:

    The majority vote, in any given state, determines which candidate ALL of that state's electoral votes go to. My state, for instance, had a majority vote for Trump; so all 29 of our state's electoral votes went to Trump. I don't see how you can say votes don't matter. 

    The E.C. usually votes the same way that the public majority votes, but there is no rule, regulation or law that requires them to do so.  The E.C. has voted contrary to the public majority 4 times in the past and has now done so for the fifth time in our history.  The E.C. can vote however they please and they just have.  

    At last count, 59,794,934 individual voters voted for Hillary Clinton. 59,588,437 individual voters voted for Donald Trump.  That is a difference of 206,497 votes in favor of Clinton.

    However, out of 538 electoral voters, 228 of them voted for Clinton and 279 of them voted for Trump.  That is a difference of 51 votes in favor of Trump.

    For example, Maine has 4 electoral votes, but only three of them voted with the majority.  One of them voted against the majority.

    Unless I am missing something, the majority of individual voters chose Clinton, but the majority of E.C. voters chose Trump and Trump is now the President of the United States.  One can conclude that the E.C. voted contrary to the people.  How can you still think that the votes of the majority still matter if the E.C. can ignore the votes of the majority and elect someone for whom the majority did not vote?

  2. 5 hours ago, RSS Robot said:

    I’m amazed that we actually get to choose our government—the vast majority of human beings that ever lived on planet earth simply had to accept whatever government was thrust upon them. Millennia of people would marvel at the idea that we actually get to vote—what a privilege! America is a historical anomaly, and I’m grateful for it!

    Thankful to live in a nation where the voice of the people is still in play—I believe we witnessed history last night as an outsider overcame astounding odds and an enormous political/financial/media machine to become president-elect—against all odds and expectations. The whole process actually restores a bit of my faith that the American political system is still a reality.

    For the first time in my life, I did not vote at all in this election.  I am thrilled that Mrs. Clinton was not elected, but I am horrified at who was.

    However, the above quoted statements are demonstrably false.  The people elected Hillary Clinton.  The Electoral College, for only the fifth time in our history, voted contrary to the people. 51 electoral votes were favored over 224,985 votes of the majority of the people.  In all other elections (except 4), it just so happened that the E.C. voted the same way as the people, but the results of last night's voting should illustrate how the votes of the people do not, and have never, elected a president.   

    So it is clear, 538 people (currently) can vote however they please and can nullify the votes of how the majority of almost 325,000,000 people vote.

    And 51 of them just did.  Ignoring the 31 who voted for other parties, 228 of them voted for Clinton and 228 voted for Trump; which cancel each other out.  However, 51 more of them also voted for Trump.  51 people vs. 224,985.  

    So, stop kidding yourself by thinking that your vote matters.  It doesn't now and it never has.

  3. A post like this casts a dark pall over all mission work. It is a poor choice of subjects when a new member makes a post like this as his first, introductory post. This person seems to have an ax to grind and exhibits no Christian qualities that I can see. His anger is freely expressed and we only get to hear one side of the story.

    With respect, it is my opinion that, instead of silencing this voice, we should give him our ear, learn from his experiences and do what we can to change the attitude of many of our missionaries.

    I have witnessed some of what the OP is complaining about.  He may have violated forum rules, but I empathize with him.  I know IFB missionaries who fit his description and I have  personally been on mission trips to South Africa in the past, with a non IFB church, and know that LexUS is justified in many of his claims.  I have been searching for a sound IFB church in my area for quite some time now without success because of some of the same complaints that LexUS has with missionaries.  It's obvious that he is upset about the issue and he admitted that he was writing out of anger. 

    Personally, I think that post should stay.  I think the points that he raises are important enough to overlook any violations of forum rules.  Should a 911 operator hang up on a panicked caller if they use foul language?  I think it is an illustration of Romans 2:24:

    "For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written."

  4. 1 minute ago, OLD fashioned preacher said:

    He (Bro. Matt) is also starting a church in CT plus his wife was (or is?) in the hospital. I wouldn't be overly shocked at a couple of months for him to catch up.

    Starting a new church and dealing with a hospitalized wife are infinitely more important than this forum.  I'm in no hurry.

  5. On 11/5/2016 at 7:16 PM, RSS Robot said:

    1. Remember your dual citizenship.

    Our first loyalty is not to America but to our King. Patriotic as we may be, we have an eternal homeland:

    “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”—Philippians 3:20–21

    ...Is your testimony to your family, neighbors, and coworkers one that shows both truth and grace? Would they find it hard to believe that you have a dual citizenship?

    ...These are issues where we must learn to think biblically—as American citizens with dual citizenship.

    ...The fact that we are dual citizens reminds us that the future is bright.


    The author claims that, as Christians, we have dual citizenship, but provides no Scripture which supports such a claim.  


    If you are a Christian, then you are a pilgrim; passing through a foreign country on your way home to your one and only country.


    (1 Peter 2:11) "Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;”


    We are soldiers chosen for battle, not to get comfortable and involved in the minutiae of this life.


    (2 Timothy 2:4) "No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”


    As visitors in a foreign land, we are to obey the laws of the land during our visit, as long as they don’t conflict with God’s laws.


    (Acts 5:29) "¶ Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.”


    As Christians, our citizenship in the Kingdom of Heaven comes first and everything else is secondary.  As pilgrims in a strange land, we must work to provide ourselves and our families food and shelter, but the true patriot loves his true Kingdom and is loyal only to his true home.


    (James 4:4) "Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God."


    (1 John 2:15) "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.”


    The Kingdom of Heaven is all that there is.  The Earth, and everything in it (including the United States) will be destroyed and a new one will be created.  I love my God; not any man made flag.


    I have heard it said, “Many brave men fought and died for worldly nations, but only one died for your eternal salvation."

  6. I have made three requests directly to Bro. Matt and have inquired in the thread, "Am I doing Something Wrong?" but have not received any response from Bro. Matt.  I have been surmising that he is either extremely busy or that I might need to be a member here for a certain period of time before being allowed access.  

    I am not complaining; I am just eager to participate in IFB section conversations.  I have never kept something like this forum up and running, so I have no Idea how taxing it must be on one's time.

  7. 11 hours ago, Rosie said:

    how much do you have to pay for startmail

    It's $59 a year.  There is a seven day free trial, so you can look around and see if you like it.  Then, if you do like it, you can purchase a year subscription.  I've had it for three years and I am very pleased with it.  

    Google monitors and scans the contents of emails.  They claim that it is for the purpose of being able to customize advertising that you see, but it is much more than that.  Before you get any email, facebook or other social media mumbo-jumbo, you need to watch a documentary called, "Terms and Conditions May Apply." The internet is much more dangerous than people think.

  8. I use startmail.  They don't search your emails and they are online privacy advocates.

    I also use Blur (formerly Don't Track Me) in conjunction with Startmail.  You can create unlimited aliases and they will forward to whichever email address you attach to them. 

  9. 6 hours ago, Jim_Alaska said:

    Have you heard this statement?

    "I don't believe in lifestyle evangelism."

    I never hear any form of that statement or sentiment.  Like DaveW, I hear people stating the opposite; that they only believe in lifestyle evangelism, or, more commonly, "I just believe in setting a good example and, if they like what they see and ask me questions, I'll talk to them a little about Jesus."  I have never witnessed this happening once in my entire life.

    I stated, in a separate thread, that the IFB church I was attending refused to go soul-winning and believed it to be a bad idea that didn't work.  I talk to people who talk a good talk about the importance of sharing the Gospel, but when I ask them to go soul-winning with me, they never accept.

  10. 1 hour ago, Mark16 said:

    I feel like a Baptist but am becoming disappointed with the huge number of Baptist who I feel are going through the motions and are condescending to people living with the Holy Spirit strong in them.  Just like I searched for what was missing in my life, I think the same is true for the huge Church I am attending.  Interested to learn what this site is about, because from my short time here it seems others may have been frustrated like me with their Church. 

    I can empathize with what you are feeling.  All of us here have been witness to churches getting farther and farther away from sound biblical teaching.  It is, indeed, difficult to find a good church.  Although it seems that the majority of them are teaching heresies and are not places that are edifying, there are good churches out there.  If we are diligent, we can find them, but we must remember that we will not succeed in finding a perfect church.  Remember: the trouble with churches is that they're all full of sinners.  

  11. On 10/17/2016 at 2:19 AM, Jim_Alaska said:

    Bro. Stafford. This is your thread, I attempted to answer your question in the best way I could. I cannot show you a scripture that specifically says that God called (my name) to the ministry because there is none, that's why I said we cannot manufacture scripture.

    I did not base any conviction on a personal experience brother, I simply recounted my personal experience in the hope that it might be of some benefit to you.

    I gave you my experience, the rest is up to you. You can cast it aside, but it is still my experience. I am sorry if my response to your question is not sufficiently adequate for you, but I feel no burning need to justify myself to men on an Internet message forum.

    With all due respect, it seems that you simply wanted to chime in on the subject, although you could not offer what I asked for in the original post.  In the OP, I said that I have heard people give accounts of personal experiences of being called by God, and that I needed help finding Scripture that supports or refutes such a claim.  You merely gave your account of a personal experience, offered no Scriptural support and claimed that none exists.  Your input consisted of merely illustrating my original point.

    More simply, it was as if I said, "I need to know some reasons why people enjoy eating apples." and you responded by saying, "I love apples, but I can't tell you why; and no one else can either."  

  12. 9 minutes ago, Jim_Alaska said:

    ...no man will ever convince me that what I experienced was not real and that my God no longer directly influences the lives of his people.

    Basing a conviction upon a personal experience is, quite simply, a very dangerous way to practice discernment.  That leaves us open for untold deceptions.

    (2 Corinthians 11:14) "And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light."

    That is precisely the reason that God has given us His word.  

    (2 Timothy 3:16-17) "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: {17} That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."

    Again, making life decisions based upon personal experiences without Scriptural support is indescribably dangerous.

  13. 4 hours ago, Jim_Alaska said:

    Brother Stafford, we cannot manufacture scripture to suit our preconceived questions. If there is no scriptural support to answer a specific question, we can't make scripture say what we want.

    I do not believe that we could conceive of a question that cannot be answered by Scripture.  Some things may not be addressed specifically, but they can be addressed using Scriptures that discuss similar topics or themes.  

    Marijuana may not be addressed by name, but we can conclude that, because there are so many verses that condemn drinking alcohol, being drunk and of the verses that promote being sober minded and clear headed, that marijuana use is, more than likely, condemned.

    3 hours ago, Jim_Alaska said:

    I did not say, nor do I believe that they are subjective experiences.

    Nonetheless, what you have shared is the very definition of the word, "subjective."  I am looking for objective scriptures that will support or deny your claims.

    Recognizing that an apple is an apple is an objective observation.  If I say that the apple is delicious, that is a subjective opinion.  If I say that the apple has positive nutritional benefits, that can be verified objectively.  If I say that the apple whispers it's nutritional contents to me in my ear, then that is a subjective claim, as it cannot be objectively verified.  However, if there was Scripture that told us to listen to the whispers of apples for wisdom and guidance, then that would be scripturally objective support for a scientifically subjective claim.

    4 hours ago, Jim_Alaska said:

    I gave scripture showing that God calls men, like Paul, who was called be an Apostle.

    There are Scriptures that support the claim that God spoke verbally and through the Holy Spirit to specific people for specific tasks.  God called Samson to be a Nazarite from birth to death and to never cut his hair, but that is not evidence that God wants all men to have long hair; especially since there is Scripture that condemns it.  

    The Scripture that tells about Paul and Barnabas definitely means that God called Paul and Barnabas, but it does not mean that God calls anyone else that specific, guided way.  Where is the Scripture that tells us (directly or indirectly) that God still personally calls individual people for specific purposes?

    2 hours ago, wretched said:

    While I tend to subscribe to this statement, can you provide Scripture that supports this?  I am also having a difficult time finding verses that say (directly or indirectly) that God no longer personally calls individuals.  I tend to lean in the direction that God no longer speaks to people or personally calls people, but I admit that I have come to that conclusion from personal experiences and opinion; not Scripture. 

    Years ago, I worked at a mega church here in Michigan.  I heard "Christian-ese" on a daily basis.  I would ask someone from another department if they could help me with a certain project and they would often respond by saying, "I just don't feel like God is calling me to do that right now." During one of our meetings, our senior pastor once said, "Our bookstore is doing so well, that I believe that God is calling us to expand it and add a coffee shop as well.  He's really blessing us."

    I had a friend that used to love going to the hippy "Rainbow Gatherings."  She used to go to them and use a lot of drugs and engage in a lot of fornication.  Eventually, we ran into each other again and she told me that she had gotten saved.  She told me that one thing she missed was the Rainbow Gatherings.  Then, about a week after she told me that, she told me that she had a dream that God was calling her to attend the gatherings for His sake and that He "put it on her heart" that smoking weed wasn't bad.

    I have heard countless examples of people claiming to have heard God's voice of that they felt called to do or not to do something.  Of all the times that I have prayed about specific things, I have never once heard God's voice, nor have I ever felt called or lead to anything other than Scripture.  In my experience, when I pray, it seems like God is answering me by bringing specific Scripture verses to my mind.  However, I never tell people that God spoke to me or, even that God answered my prayers, because I am terrified of telling people that God has done something of which I am not 100 percent certain.

  14. On 4/12/2016 at 5:49 PM, heartstrings said:

    My thinking on this, is that if we had no pain, no thorns and thistles, sweaty faces, no trials and tribulations, suffering or death, we would be in a state of Godless utopia. We wouldn't need to pray or even need God at all.

    This implies that, before the fall, Adam and Eve were living in a godless utopia without the need of God at all.  This further implies that, since there will be no sin in Heaven, that it too, will be a godless utopia and that we will have no need for Him.  Since such statements are considered heresy in any biblically sound, Christian conversation, would you care to clarify your meaning or recant those things?

  15. (Genesis 3:16-19) "Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. {17} And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; {18} Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; {19} In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return."

    As far as I can see, working hard and sorrow in childbearing were consequences for sin, not rewards.  While I agree that, in our sinful condition, hard work is good for us, it is still a consequence.  We must also be careful not to re-write God's words.  He said that that He would multiply women's sorrow in childbirth, not pain.  For certain, childbirth is a very painful process, but, for all we know, it could have always been meant to be painful.  Perhaps that pain would have a more pleasant or joyful experience had we not fallen.  It also says that, "in sorrow shalt thou eat of it...."  We are not in pain when we eat things we have grown are we?  

    However, even if we did interpret the word "sorrow" as meaning "pain," that would mean that pain already existed before the fall (if God was going to multiply it) and would not have been an outcome (positive or negative) of the fall.

    I do not believe that we are given any cause to believe that sin is good for us.  If it was, I think God would have said, "It is not good for man to be without sin." and then would have described how He gave us sin in a similar manner to how He gave Adam a wife.  As it stands, Genesis does not recount God gifting us with sin; rather, it recounts us making a conscious choice to willingly engage in sinful disobedience.

    I believe that God knew that the fall was inevitable simply because of the fact that He gave us free will.  Free will is necessary for true love to exist.  If I tell you that I love you, the only reason that it means anything to you is the fact that you know that there was always the option of me not loving you.  If that option was not there, the fact that I love you would be meaningless.  Unfortunately, along with the freedom to make loving and godly choices, comes the ability to make hurtful and evil choices.  Even though our fall was inevitable, it does not mean that we should call it good.  It reminds me of when Jesus said,

    • (Luke 17:1) "Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!"


  16. On 10/15/2016 at 0:05 AM, Ukulelemike said:

    I do apologize, I did get snippy and that was unbecoming and wrong. I apologize. Ever just have something press your button, a button you never even knew you had?

    Thank you for that, and, yes, I have had hidden buttons pressed many times.

    On 10/15/2016 at 0:05 AM, Ukulelemike said:

    SO my question would be, does God wait for us to decide, on our own, to seek a position, as a pastor, evangelist, etc, and then, following essentially our lead, He then gives us the gift necessary to fulfill what we chose to do, or does He seek those He knows will have a willing heart, and convicts us to the work, essentially calls us, and give us those gifts necessary according to His will? Does He follow us in the gifts, or do we follow Him? 

    I think it's a bit of both.  I believe that He has given us everything that we need to know about Him and His will for us in His word.  I believe that, as long as we are following His word and are doing things consistent with His character and His commands, that He would support our decisions.  There may be several options before us that would all please Him and whichever choice we make, as long as it is consistent with Scripture, would please Him.  As far as asking His guidance in making a decision, I don't know how we would discern between actually being lead by God or just experiencing a strong feeling of being lead.  That is precisely what I was asking in my original post.

    I know that we cannot go wrong by following the words of Scripture.  It is the other subjective experiences about which I need biblically based answers.

    The Pope grants "sainthood" to a deceased Catholic who has been "proven" to have caused a number of miracles from beyond the grave.  A living Catholic, with some ailment, claims to have prayed to a certain deceased Catholic and that they were miraculously healed after doing so.  How does one refute their experience?  (Personally, I believe that such reports are lies that are told for the sole purpose of canonization of "saints," but that is another subject.)

    Kent Hovind claims that he prayed to God and that God lead him to marry his now second wife.  Outside of whether or not their decision was a sin, what Scripture exists that prove or disprove that God actually answered and lead Mr. Hovind?  As it stands, we can only argue the matter based on specific doctrinal convictions of the acts of divorce and remarriage themselves.

    I do not believe that we need to pray and ask Him if He wants us to go soul-winning.  I believe that we should pray for wisdom and courage and for the right words when we do go, but we do not need to ask His permission to do something that He has already commanded us to do.

    If I wished to be a pastor of a new church and I prayed to God for His guidance on the matter and got a really bad feeling, how am I to know if that was God telling me that He does not want me to be a pastor, that He wants me to be a pastor of a different church than the one I was planning or if it was Satan attempting to discourage me?

    15 hours ago, Jim_Alaska said:

    I stand by my post as one that has experienced the call of God first hand. If you have never experienced it, there is no way you could understand second hand what it is like to be on the receiving end of this call.

    With humble respect, Mr. Alaska, in this statement, all you have done is to clearly illustrate the issue about which I am inquiring.  You seem to be stating that, post scriptural callings from God are purely subjective experiences.  What I am asking is for Scripture that objectively supports such claims.  Where are the verses that tell us that we will know His calling when we feel it?  Jeremiah 17:9 makes me nervous about trusting my own heart and personal experiences.  I am not stating that supporting Scriptures do not exist; I merely wish to know what they are, if they do exist, so that I may adjust my understanding on the matter.

  17. 35 minutes ago, Ukulelemike said:

    All fine and good, however, I didn't see a need and stepped up to fill it, I was at a meeting where the issue had not come up, but for the entire week it was on my mind, not letting me alone. No one had asked, no preacher had preached about it, but I could not get it off my mind and had never given it much thought before myself. BUt it was so heavy on me that I sought out a pastor for counseling on it during that week. I didn't want to be a preacher or a pastor-I am a singer a musician, and that was what I desired to use for the Lord, but I can tell you, at the last meeting of the week I went forward and gave myself into service. You know how people tell of when the Spirit got hold of them for salvation and they just could not but step up and fall down and seek salvation? That is what I went through. And over the next ten years, though I tried to 'reneg' on that, my life fell completely out of control, and everything I went through, y choice or not, (and there was a lot I went through that was not my choice) all led me to where I am now-the people I met, the places I lived. I had never as much as been asked to teach a class, now pastors were asking me to preach, to go into various leadership positions. The only time music fell into it was as the hymn leader in one small church, EVEN THOUGH music was what I planned to do for my ministry.

    It is obvious that you have felt your experience very deeply, but it is still, nonetheless, a subjective experience.  We can choose to believe you, but it is still only a personal report of a subjective experience.

    35 minutes ago, Ukulelemike said:

    So please don't seek to tell me this was all just somehow MY idea, MY plan, because I can tell you with assuredness, if I had my druthers, I would not be a pastor.

    I am not seeking to tell you anything.  I am asking questions about Scripture and where it speaks about such things; one way or another. 

    35 minutes ago, Ukulelemike said:

    But apparently in your opinion God nevber speaks to His people in any way anymore, I guess. The Spirit doesn't lead? 

    I have offered no such opinion and this is an example of you putting words in my mouth.  I am asking questions because I wish to know answers.  You seem to have taken a defensive stance and I can only assume that it is because you feel that I am calling the integrity of your experience into question.  I can assure you that I am not; I am asking for Scripture references to support such claims that can take a subjective experience into an objective teaching.

    35 minutes ago, Ukulelemike said:

    I know we are not to be seeking outside revelation of things not in scripture, but, well, when we pray for guidance in certain situations, do we just NOT expect anything because that would be extra-biblical revelations?  

    I don't know.  That is why I am asking questions and why I am requesting Scripture to support:

    • (1 Thessalonians 5:21) "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good."

    • (2 Timothy 3:16-17) "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: {17} That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."

    After being snippy with me for merely asking about what God's words say on the matter, you finally offer a verse ( John 16:13 ) as support for your position.  Now, this verse can be discussed to see if it gives valid support for your position.

    I would hope that you don't treat the members of your church in the same manner for simply asking what God has to say about certain topics.

  18. On 10/13/2016 at 1:53 PM, Ukulelemike said:

    We see in scripture people all the time being called by God to certain things.

    If you are referring to examples in which God calls people in the way in which I was describing is claimed by others, could you point me to some of those Scriptures?  That would help me a great deal.

    On 10/13/2016 at 1:53 PM, Ukulelemike said:

    I would surmise from the context that it was much as some are called today, by the Spirit speaking to those who need to know. When I believe I was called to preach, it isn't in a way that I can clearly put into words, I just knew the need was there and I could not run from it, not for the next ten years until I stepped into my first pastorate. 

    This is precisely what I am asking about.  I hear this subject explained with examples just like the one you gave.  It sounds like you were just being obedient in seeing the need and filling it.  However, the way in which you describe it makes it sound like a subjective experience.  

    For example, If I am working at a restaurant and someone drops a glass and it breaks, none of us employees need to wait to be asked to clean up the mess.  We all know what needs to be done and whomever is closest or fastest or doesn't have their hands full at the moment, does what is necessary and completes the needed task.  The owner doesn't need to come out to choose someone to clean up the mess when he has already covered that subject in the employee manual.

    On 10/13/2016 at 1:53 PM, Ukulelemike said:

    Everywhere I went that call followed me, every church I went to pastors felt inclined to ask me to preach or teach, more and more.

    This is an example of human beings requesting that you preach.

    On 10/13/2016 at 1:53 PM, Ukulelemike said:

    So yes I do believe men are called into certain ministries. However, in others I believe ALL are called without having to have a 'calling', like into soulwinning, giving, praying, and seeking a ministry of some sort within a local church-and out of those they may eventually be formally called into something else.

    This illustrates what I said above:

    On 10/13/2016 at 10:52 AM, Brother Stafford said:

    I have always thought that God has already given us everything that we need, written down in the Bible.  

    For instance, as long as a man meets the criteria of 1 Timothy 3, does he need to be "called" to preach?  If there is a community that has no biblically sound church and a man meets the criteria, even though he does not wish to be a preacher, oughtn't he take up the reigns in obedience in the same way that a soul-winner would?  I have known women that honestly feel "called" to preach and may even be very skilled in it, but 1 Timothy 2:12 forbids it.

    I am interested in objective Scripture that commands, allows or forbids what we are to do.

  19. Some additional phrases or examples of a poor understanding of English:

    • Literally - "You literally scared me to death."  (You literally need a dictionary)
    • I know, right? - I'm not even sure what this means, but I hear it so frequently that it drives me crazy.
    • Prolly - "He'll prolly stay home from work." 
    • Epic - "Wow!  Epic beard, dude!"  No, Ben Hur is an epic.  I just have a long beard.

    A brother of mine, who is an elementary school teacher, tells me that English is a living language that evolves as time moves on.  I disagree, for the most part.  I believe that the language changes because people, who don't know how to use it, abuse the language so badly that the dictionaries change the definitions to keep up with common usage.

    If we look up the definition of the word "literally."  In Webster's 1828 dictionary, the word "literally," means:

    1. According to the primary and natural import of words; not figuratively. A man and his wife cannot be literally one flesh.
    2. With close adherence to words; word by word. So wild and ungovernable a poet cannot be translated literally
    1. in a literal sense or manner :  Actually <took the remark literally> <was literally insane>
    2. in effect: Virtually <will literally turn the world upside down to combat cruelty or injustice — Norman Cousins>
    1. in the literal or strict sense: She failed to grasp the metaphor andinterpreted the poem literally. What does the word mean literally?
    2. in literal manner; word for word: to translate literally.
    3. actually; without exaggeration or inaccuracy: The city was literally destroyed.
    4. in effect; in substance; very nearly; virtuallyI literally died when she walked out on stage in that costume.

    Not only have they included a definition that means the exact opposite of it's true definition, they have included the new definition along with it's original meaning.  So, tell me, when a young person is trying to discern the meaning of the word "literally," how are they to do so accurately?

  20. Hello brethren,

    I have heard many people claim that they believe that they were "called by God" into a certain ministry, or that they asked God for such and such a thing and they heard Him answer by telling them thus and so.  I hear people suggesting to ask God for guidance or to pray and just listen to God instead of talking.  

    I still have a long way to go as far as scriptural knowledge, but the above mentioned things seem like people relying on subjective experiences instead of objective biblical teachings.  I have always thought that God has already given us everything that we need, written down in the Bible.  I have never personally heard God speak to me; audibly or otherwise.  I have had friends that have told me of experiences that they have had where they claim to have been given peace after praying about remaining in sin or engaging in new sinful activity.  

    I have also heard people that were praying about how to decide between two biblically sound possibilities and that they believe that God told them to choose one over the other.  How are we to know if this is true or just what the person convinced themselves of because of personal preference?

    Are there any Scriptures that support subjective experiences like these?  Are there Scriptures that refute such things?

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