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    Disciple.Luke reacted to SureWord in Can religious co-exist side-by-side?   
    Despite their claims of only one Quran there are 20 different Arabic versions and seven versions mentioned in the Hadith. This is in Arabic. But apparently, today's Arabic is not quite the same Arabic as Mohammad would have spoken (he was illiterate). Just like today's Greek is not the same as New Testament Greek.
    Sadly, as far as English versions of the Bible there's probably over 300 now, that's including paraphrases and ones not in print anymore. I have a list of nearly 250 versions/paraphrases from 1900 to 2000. So I assume at least 50 more have been churned out since then. $$$ From what I've read about American copyright law is there has to be at least 10,000 changes to the English text for it to qualify as a new version of the bible.
    No wonder nobody believes the bible anymore. Scholars have made a farce out of it.
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    Disciple.Luke got a reaction from Alan in False Religions and False Bibles: The Quran   
    It has been my opinion for several years that Joseph Smith had some knowledge of Islam because of the similarities.
    Like you mentioned above - They say the Bible is corrupted and must be understood through a “new” scripture. They both talked about angels coming to them about the new scriptures they were to write, and both engaged  polygamy, etc. 
     
    im sure Joseph found a book or heard about the Mohammed and I Islam and turned it into a Christian form. Obviously Joseph copied several groups like the baptism view of the Stone Campbell movement, and freemasonry for the temple concept. So I definitely think he  copied some of Islam in his “church”.
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    Disciple.Luke reacted to DaChaser in Can religious co-exist side-by-side?   
    You are correct, but believe its in the Hadith, as Muslims see the Koran and hadith as equally valid to them!
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    Disciple.Luke reacted to DaveW in Jehovah's Witness   
    I did wonder what their apparent beauty or otherwise had to do with anything.
    I sure hope looks are not a part of pleasing God because I fear that I am not too easy on the eyes myself........
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    Disciple.Luke reacted to weary warrior in Sola Scriptura   
    No longer than I've been back on the forum, it's become very clear to me that no one can show you anything. Even from clear scripture. Your posts are written in such a way that you make a statement, then ask who dares disagree with you. Then refuse to consider the other side of any topic. Its pointless. You teach nothing, encourage no one and refuse to learn. Just always stirring things up.
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    Disciple.Luke got a reaction from PastorMatt in 3 times forward   
    Good question. 
     
    As far as the scriptures go, I can not think of a verse that specifies forwards or backwards, so I will answer based on my personal opinion.
    It seems like to me that the symbolism in New Testament of dying and rebirth brings to mind one being laid in their deathbed on their back, and then raising back up to life. That makes more sense to me but I’m certainly not saying other immersions aren’t valid.
    In Rabbinc Judaism (whose roots go back to the Pharisees) when someone converts they have to go the a Mikveh (like a small indoor pool filled with rain water) and I believe they enter the water and dip themselves under and up three times.
    I personally have never seen a Baptist Baptism done leaning forward, but that doesn’t mean it’s not practiced.
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    Disciple.Luke got a reaction from Jim_Alaska in 3 times forward   
    Good question. 
     
    As far as the scriptures go, I can not think of a verse that specifies forwards or backwards, so I will answer based on my personal opinion.
    It seems like to me that the symbolism in New Testament of dying and rebirth brings to mind one being laid in their deathbed on their back, and then raising back up to life. That makes more sense to me but I’m certainly not saying other immersions aren’t valid.
    In Rabbinc Judaism (whose roots go back to the Pharisees) when someone converts they have to go the a Mikveh (like a small indoor pool filled with rain water) and I believe they enter the water and dip themselves under and up three times.
    I personally have never seen a Baptist Baptism done leaning forward, but that doesn’t mean it’s not practiced.
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    Disciple.Luke reacted to Salyan in Amish?   
    Do the Amish live simply because they believe it will somehow work towards their salvation, or because they are choosing to eschew the temptations of the world? There's nothing wrong with the second option (albeit one can probably eschew temptation while still utilizing some modern conveniences). It's not really a spiritual issue - after all, there's no Scriptural support for not living simply either.  The statement that 'knowledge shall increase' is merely a statement of fact, not direction for living. 
     
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    Disciple.Luke reacted to John Young in Steven Anderson   
    It is precisely because I follow Christ that that I'm speaking out against misrepresentation and false narratives regarding Anderson. If you see this as my defending him, then that is what you chose to see. But if you look closer, and consider what I have been saying all along, then you will see that I have been trying to defend my brothers from getting caught up in believing and sharing lies to "defeat" a errant/false teacher. We should not and cannot overcome lies with lies but rather only with truth.
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    Disciple.Luke reacted to DaveW in Steven Anderson   
    That is not the point.
    To Claim "advanced member status" when you haven't been active on the site for TEN YEARS, whilst being correct on the technicality of the statistics, is in reality borderline deceitful.
    And the fact that you refer to Slayan as a gentleman only serves to prove the point.
    The fact is that you noticed your status comment and have tried to use it to give your position more weight, but Salyan is a senior member of the forum, a moderator, and a woman, none of which you realised, which proves that you are not in fact an advanced member IN REALITY.
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    Disciple.Luke reacted to Alan in Pastor / Church Planter / Soul Winner Needed: Fulton, MI   
    Thanks for the information.
    I would like to add that that the folks at Maranatha Bible Baptist Church are friendly, love the Lord, and would be behind the man of God who would accept the position of pastor both in prayers, encouragement, and support.
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    Disciple.Luke reacted to Roselove in Repentance unto Salvation vs discipleship   
    I really appreciate your encouragement and sharing your sympathy towards my mental struggles. That’s very kind, hardly anyone is willing to discuss those things, so, thank you! 
    I am also encouraged by your thoughts on the matter that I wrote about, I’m going to add those points to my notes! 
    Doubts can be very hard to share, I hate telling everyone my struggles, I just get so upset. I’m a very sensitive person, I’ve always been. 
     I do have to trust that I’m saved. I believe/accept the Gospel and have called on the LORD to save me. I need to remember this! God gets the glory and longs for our fellowship, so I don’t think He would make it difficult! If someone wants Him, then He’s right there!
    Thank you, I appreciate your take on this matter! It is helpful! I will keep this in mind!
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    Disciple.Luke got a reaction from Roselove in Repentance unto Salvation vs discipleship   
    I’m sorry to hear about your mental health struggles. I’ve had chronic depression and anxiety since I was very young, so I sympathize with you.
    First I want to say that you a correct about the steps to salvation - Accept. Believe. Receive.. We can only accept Gods Grace, we cant earn it or manipulate its effectiveness by religious knowledge that would develope  a  “disciple heart”. 
    I personally feel like you are expecting too much from yourself too soon. I’m guessing that the majority of people who come to salvation still have some doubt or feelings that they aren’t trusting enough like you. Your salvation isn’t dependent on your own feelings or doubt..salvation is from God alone. Your salvation was sealed when by FAITH you accepted Jesus sacrifice for you. 
    In my own personal experience, there was no immediate change in my life. In fact it was almost three years after that I finally started to bear fruit and become more bold about my salvation. We are all in the process of learning to trust him more, and gradual sanctification.
    I notice you keep mentioning “feelings”, and that is concerning. You have to realize that your own person doubts and feelings have no effect one way or another on if you are saved. God saves..all we can do is accept.
    Lastly I would like to address what you think God is “saying” to you. From the way it’s worded I have the impression that you believe God is speaking to you audibly or mentally. This my personal belief about that. 1. It’s my understanding that God no longer speaks to us in the way you are explaining. I believe that since Jesus was the “Word” that means his teachings are the voice of God. Today God still speaks to us through the Bible that was God breathed and preserved so we can hear his voice today. So if you are hearing doubtful voices then my guess it is either your own feelings and insecurities coming to the surface, or it could be Satan attacking you because you are a daughter of God now.
    Take your time. Stay in the WORD because it is God speaking to you. Surround yourself with Christian friends. Don’t be embarrassed about doubt, we all have it at one time or another. Go talk to your Pastor about your concerns. He is there to help reconcile these type of things.
    Good luck.
    - In Christ
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    Disciple.Luke reacted to John Young in Steven Anderson   
    In regards to Brother Anderson, I am neither a supporter or a detractor. I consider him a Christian Brother who holds to errant doctrine. I do not recommend him, his church, or his errant Covenant doctrines to anyone and I think he and his followers should be corrected when they try to promote those doctrines. (My attitude toward recommending him and his camp is the same that I have for Ruckmanites or contemporary Baptist groups). However, I also am not interested in promoting lies about him (or any fellow Christian) and these lies should also be confronted as well.

    To be sure, many people on either side of this want me to go further than his doctrine and take a stronger stand on him as a person. They want me to either say he is an "unsaved false prophet" and partake in condemning him, beyond what I believe there is actual evidence for, so they can label me friend or foe as well but I'm not really interested in being an enemy to any Christian but instead to correct and help them and if I can, give them the benefit of the doubt.
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    Disciple.Luke reacted to John Young in Authoritative Sources on positions taken by Independent Fundamental Baptist Pastors/Churches   
    IFB churches are independent. They hold to clear cut provable doctrines from the Bible so that would be their regulating authority. Aside from pastors discussing doctrine and having simulare views there really is no set document. 
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    Disciple.Luke reacted to Invicta in A look at "this generation"...   
    None so blind as those who will not see. 
    The great tribulation was the 3½ years from AD 66-70, when there was no tribulation ""such as" that.  If Jesus had meant any generation other than the one he was speaking to, he would have said "that generation".
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    Disciple.Luke reacted to AdamL in Witnessing to Mormons   
    Please pray for people lost and deceived by the Mormon cult. My wife and I just finished witnessing to 3 mormons, 2 are their female missionaries and the other was a male member of their congregation they brought along with them. My wife and I met with the 2 girls last week as well.
    During the conversation we had the girls were getting noticably upset when I would ask them to show me what they believed in the Scriptures. When a topic would come up and I would turn and read a passage from Scripture they would recoil from it.
    The guy they brought with them, who was a former missionary, said he would like to talk again but the girls said they did not think they could talk to us anymore. 
    Most people do not waste their time with Mormons. My grandfather was LDS and died believing he was off to become a god of his own planet. I know first hand the destruction their cult can cause. They are lost souls that need Jesus Christ.
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    Disciple.Luke reacted to Ukulelemike in Good Sunday School Materials   
    I am working on training a young man in my church to teaching; I learned to teach and prepare lessons, and later sermons, through using a good book of prepared Adult Sunday school lessons, and teaching through them, so this is what I desire to do. However, it has been such a long time since I used that sort of thing that I'm not sure where to look for something good. Years back we used Regular Baptist Press, but they are not so good now. Any suggestions?
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    Disciple.Luke reacted to robycop3 in Steven Anderson   
    Well, actually, I'm an advanced member. And I politely ask for respect for MY beliefs, one of which is that the doctrine of KJVO is a myth.
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    Disciple.Luke reacted to Salyan in Steven Anderson   
    Can you please show some respect for our beliefs already? You are a guest on this site.  You aren’t required to agree with it (Re KJV), but you could be a bit more polite and stop throwing your “KJV myth” comments everywhere you possibly can.
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    Disciple.Luke got a reaction from Alan in Jehovah's Witness   
    They are closing down and selling Kingdom Halls all over the United States forcing two or three congregations to share a single Hall some where else. Of course the faithful JWs blindly believe the “reasons” for this given to them by the governing body, so they are will sacrifice for “Jehovah” in a overcrowded Kingdom Hall. To the people on the outside it’s much more obvious why they are doing this on a mass scale all over the country combining congregations and selling the other buildings. It all started after the JWs began losing lawsuits for not reporting known child abuse to law enforcement. Now the cases are coming from the endless children who were abused for years while they protected the abuser. The Watchtower is losing millions of dollars one case at a time, and they are in panic mode trying to not go bankrupt and expose themselves to be the false prophets they really are.
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    Disciple.Luke reacted to TheSword1227 in Jehovah's Witness   
    I like the fact that you toss out their literature. it's one of the ways Christians can help. I do this all the time as I see their literature everywhere.
    Those in a "works" theology always have much zeal. What they lack is assurance of where they will end up when this life is over. I once spoke with an elderly gentleman who was a JW his whole life. I asked him if he had assurance of salvation. He said: "I can only hope I have done enough." Sad.
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    Disciple.Luke got a reaction from BabeinChrist in how far will the religious left go?   
    Very true quote. I see the "Christian" ranks diving in my own city. I have noticed that the traditional more "moderate" churches are mostly attended by Seinor Citizens who have been devoted to that specific congregation for a life time, but are not attracting middle aged worshippers (unless they turn Sundays into a rock concert and never mention sin in sermons). I know of a church that had 500 regular attenders just a little over two years ago, but have dwindled to 300 hundred because 200 people died of old age during those two,years.
    The IFB church I attend is growing rapidly with pews filled with members of every age group. There is no middle ground any more. If you believe in the Basic Fundamental Christian teachings there are only a few churches left to choose from.
    At the same time the liberals are looking for like minded congregations where faith is viewed as some historic tradition, so they don't have to feel guilty about living a lifestyle contrary to Biblical teachings.
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    Disciple.Luke reacted to InSeasonOut in Paradise - by Mark Cahill   
    Awesome. Good to hear. I actually have all his books. He's a good writer/speaker. Definitely encouraged me as well.
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    Disciple.Luke got a reaction from InSeasonOut in Paradise - by Mark Cahill   
    I haven't read that particular book, but Mark Cahills book "The One Thing You Can't Do In Heaven" helped make me more passionate about personal evangelism.
    I have had at least a dozen conversations with Mark via email, and know he is a KJV Independent Baptist.
    He has excellent tracts and videos. I would recommend his stuff to everyone on MarkCahill.org
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