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Corinne

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  1. Certainly, next week I'll be more free and I will create a separate topic and tag you. I think I'm right with both points, but I'll explain in another thread.
  2. Finding one sound in doctrine is also difficult. As mentioned previously, I only wish for more catering to single adults, but I understand if it doesn't happen. It's a rare thing to see older people being single. But you talked about men groups, I also find that important. The speeches are targeting mostly husbands and fathers, but single men also need encouragement, especially when they face temptations and different problems. The wives are very cautious when befriending single women, especially younger ones. I honestly don't blame them. There have been numerous scandals and breaking up of families when one's spouse wasn't guarded properly. I think families definitely enjoy interacting with other families.
  3. Not sure if there's need to expand, I meant that for Independent believers it's not necessary to be 'pure', it's not a big deal for them, that's all I meant. Also to be on subject I guess if you're Independent, fellowship over meals is very significant
  4. Could I suggest those verses about the man loving his wife as his own flesh? It's common to hear emphasis on the submission of women without mentioning what men must also perform. Also 'be not bitter against them' verse. I think it's necessary to have this always repeated. But yes, men loving their wives as their own flesh
  5. They've explained that being baptized is the only way to be accepted. I have relatives in many regions so I visit places and I've attended assemblies. All told me that it's always baptism + belief that saves. One assembly is affiliated with at least 15 other assemblies. I've attended a Baptist conference where people from various Baptist places came and gave speeches. Not one of them presented any plan of salvation during or after the meeting. Obviously, if you were to ask any attendees what does it mean to be saved, they would say 'baptism' or 'just be good' as replies. The message got corrupted in my country. Pentecostals [which are more prevalent] have the same thinking: baptism + belief. Only when I visited the UK, I've realized that there are Baptists who believe Christ is sufficient. American/Western Baptists are different in beliefs.
  6. Definitely. Talking from Eastern Europe. We have tons of cults. Actually the main 'belief system' is Orthodoxy and everything else is considered 'cult' However, it's extremely upsetting to say this, but MOST Baptist congregations in my country trust in their baptism rather than the finished atonement of our Redeemer. All people who are Baptist insist baptism is a necessary means for salvation. They are basically the same as Orthodox but they think they 'have the right way'. One thing that always felt present in Orthodoxy while I was growing up was Christ appearing very weak. Even saints seemed more important, they would grant wishes if we were to request them. Orthodox people are obsessed with Mary, again Christ appearing so much weak and powerless. But with these 'Baptists' in my country, Christ is also weak. You perform a ritual and only then you will be accepted. They say it's 'half-half'. Basically baptism + belief. Only with American Baptist I saw Christ as a King and powerful Being, the one that has the entire Glory but other belief system want man to have some glory as if any man would be worthy.
  7. On board with most points, I have only 2 perspectives which are in contradiction. I'm vehemently pro-abortion and I'm also for one man - one woman keeping purity for marriage So I'm not sure if I am one cause I have different opinions.
  8. Don't get me wrong, It's good to attend if you're a woman with family or have kids, but if you're a single older man/woman it's pointless to attend, most sermons aren't oriented or directed at you, you just don't exist as a believer if you don't have a family or kids. Especially older woman, the sermons are only addressed to wives or young girls. Visit if you have a friend or partner to introduce you to people, stay away if you're a newcomer to the assembly. Worship by yourself if you can't gain anything from attending. Also, I know this will be unpopular but expecting people to attend ALL services is ridiculous. PEOPLE ARE EXHAUSTED after working for hours, they need to relax. I'm saying it's enough 1 day or 1 time during week. I'm convinced pastors fill up the week with useless stuff to attend so that they appear 'busy for the Lord' in front of their crowd or community. People have lives and stressful duties to attend to, they don't need scolding and criticism for missing services.
  9. These plants being used to relief pain is a good thing and it should be their only attribute Recreational use should be frowned upon mainly because of negative perceptions and impacting other people's health Not familiar with pipes and cigars, but it doesn't look godly at all. I think it's part of 'vice' category Would say it's worse to do it privately and pretend you're not doing it all than to actually admit to friends that it's a choice This tobacco activity would also be used by worldly people to attack someone's testimony.
  10. Point 4 was very obvious. He was trying to uphold religious rights which was great What I've seen during is presidency is that he couldn't make himself liked, no matter what he did, even when he pandered, the opposite party didn't want to accept him, but rather hated him more I'm curious what will happen with Bidden, one thing I've noticed from him is his constant talk about white supremacists. I'm from overseas, is it that bad? Cause when we get news about the US, it's always about how whites are really racist there.
  11. It will be troubling for all of us worldwide, those of us with a non-leftist perspective. The Conservatives have shot themselves in the foot when they started accepting profane rappers and questionable people just because they said 1 good thing 1 time, some defended Trump protesters that pooped in Capitol I never really got into Trump, he had some good points overall, but if you've seen his posts they were often comedic. It was hard to take him seriously. I can't understand how people see Trump as godly I get it that many considered him a lesser, more acceptable evil, but it's better to have no evil at all. Biden is so extreme with his leftist perspective, it's actually scary.
  12. This is amazing! I've been wanting to do the baptism for over a year now. I've had various opportunities to do it before, but the doctrine at this particular church was faulty, they wanted me to get baptised to become to 'be saved', they fully believe in baptismal regeneration and I refused baptism there. They told me I could only become a 'sister' after baptistm. I hope to find a sound-doctrine church in my local area that will soon allow baptisms.
  13. Think there are better situations. The ones where families share same beliefs. Taking their stuff does have consequences. Recently, someone noticed an item missing and now they're suspecting some friends who visited us. It's also tedious to take away stuff when nobody is present and walk a few streets to find a different dumpster so that there's enough distance. You've mentioned how I can be of a good influence. I really can't. They're the ones messing with me and I have no positive influence even if I only talk about stuff if asked, I'm not pushing anything on them. I'm saying that good fruit can only come if the world's people love or enjoy your personality to some sort, then they would be open to your message. They've already made up their minds, there's nothing for me to do or say to make them interested in my beliefs, it's talking to walls. I still hope for change, but it doesn't depend on me. Thank you for your advice, Ukulelemike. Yes, taking away stuff is a wrong behavior even if I felt better temporarily, there were always more stuff coming in. Truth be told, I would have to remove at least 80% of their stuff and it's just not possible. It's a poor testimony if they were to catch me, I'm not risking it again.
  14. Daily I try not to let these things affect me, it's just that I'm very sensitive when I see evil words shown everywhere. Metal fans collect all sorts of monsters with crosses and curses, the prints are all mockings of our beliefs and it's a challenge to ignore something like this when it's placed in front of you almost daily. I wish they would wear normal stuff, but it's all customized. I think he also plans to buy some gargoyle looking puppet, it never ends But at the same time, Hugh_Flower, you are right. I can't just remove someone else's belongings. It's a constant test. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.
  15. This thing has been bothering me for a while and I wanna know what a mature believer would do. I live with people, all of them against my beliefs, some of them are Orthodox but they don't practice, most don't have a religion. They receive demonic gifts and prints on food and they buy demonic stuff. But I throw them away secretly. So one of my relatives received a t-shirt with a demonic curse on it. I searched for it and threw it away. Another relative received food that had a demonic logo. I also threw that away. But I'll get caught eventually, I cannot just remove stuff but I cannot live in the same place with these horrific objects. One cousin is a metal fan and has all sorts of scary memorabilia. It's sickening to have to look upon this daily, it affects me mentally to live with their stuff and not be able to get away cause I can't afford to move. Any advice? What would you do? I wish I could continue and throw away their trash cause that's what it is, but I can't throw away large things, it will be too obvious
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