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  1. According to many men in my country, the recipe is having young maids around. That's what kept their marriage spicy. Women in my country are insane, they let this happen and are boastful about it. Most if not all marriages that lasted in my country were marriages between 1 man + 1 woman + 4 or more mistresses.
  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. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. Believers/preachers always talking about the word 'religion' as a negative. Yet there's a verse in James where undefiled and pure religion is commendable. I think people want to refer to vain rituals, empty religion. But religion can be good I'm not scared of the word, it relates to beliefs, but many times I see it presented as a wrong thing.
  10. Oh, sorry. Got caught up in some posts that mentioned pictures of God. I agree with you, that there's nothing wrong with having pictures of any created thing as long as people don't worship it.
  11. Drawing pictures of God is completely disrespectful, to me it shows less reverence when people claim to have this liberty. It's a guaranteed false/inaccurate image of Him, so I'm not sure why people bother with trying to guess his physical appearance. As for graven images, I received angel sculptures as gifts plenty of time, but I didn't feel comfortable in keeping them. They were naked women or babies with wings, this also represents a mocking of celestial creatures since we aren't aware how angels look, only that they are referred to as masculine.
  12. Curious about this.. For my own preference, I prefer a female doctor for any field.
  13. After looking at these passages presented, I've come to this conclusion: Marry a believer * a getting to know or courtship period is necessary, people sometimes are unpredictable or give false information, so making sure a mate is saved is a vital aspect before tying the knot If in a marriage with a non-believer, either: * stay if he's acceptable and treats you nicely * leave if he's abusive or unbearable, however stay separated but don't remarry Now, Jordan stated that a man should accept a cheating spouse, but what man does that? I've seen how men stop loving cheating wives, it affects men more than women who are more prone to forgive cheating husbands. Still, a painful betrayal in both cases
  14. Having a big family can cure depression, anxiety and social problems. Being an only child has made me very aware of my solitude but also more selfish. Friends are different, sometimes you can't just talk every subject with a friend. When there are very few in a family, one is left without anyone by the time they're old. Having a brother or sister is a blessing, esp one that is of the same faith. Be thankful if you are in great terms with your siblings, there are many of us wishing to be in your position.
  15. Stay safe! I hope your discomfort will disappear. anything health related is unpleasant to deal with Not a surprise that we all look forward to an incorruptible body, free of fatigue and any limitations/sufferings
  16. Bro. Gary, I hope my question is not intrusive, but I wanna ask: how is life with denture? Is it as horrible as people say? Or people make it more tragic than it seems? I'm still young and only have 1/2 removed but 2 of my dentists warned me in scary ways about the future of my teeth
  17. You blessed people, having the opportunity to see those stunning views in real life. I've seen imagery from Canada in youtube clips and I felt already refreshed. It looks absolutely amazing, one of the most beautiful places on earth no doubt. I've been given the chance to visit, but I refused. I think just visiting will make me depressed when my trip will end. I've visited the US a while ago and it has caused much angst and frustration, once you set foot in a civilised world, you see the difference especially if you're coming from an undeveloped country. That's why I kinda dislike travelling, seeing gorgeous places and then returning to a dumpster will make a person hate his life. I can admire from afar and I can pray for countries that I love, don't think it's wrong, it's not necessary to be American or Canadian to love those countries. Be grateful if you were born there. US/Canda/Australia/New Zealand are wonderful and magnificent countries.
  18. Not sure what to say when it comes to more extreme healthy issues, but I've been told to use pills for other problems like stomach pain and more mild stuff I think it wouldn't be a problem if you're unmarried cause there would be nothing there to kill if you take pills but that's my personal perspective.
  19. Don't think it matters which sin is major or minor, but some have more tragic consequences. Since we're on the topic, this sort of stuff has influenced millions of men in abusing women and children sexually whereas gossiping at work might affect 1-2 people or a small collective. There's a difference between someone saying to a friend to start smoking and a celeb saying to fans to start smoking. It's about masses. Viewing that stuff affect millions worldwide in a negative way. Even if men don't act upon their lust, they still retain a disrespect for women. I'm not saying this thing only affects men. Women also become more enticing, more sensual in appearances to gain attention from men. It's a vicious circle. But it's way more devastating than a person playing a video game or listen to a wordly song
  20. For me all things related to this sort of thing feels gross. Maybe it depends on each believer, what sin he finds the most vile, but for me prostitution and these sort of thing are the most disgusting. Mostly because it sticks into a person's mind and re-appears even years after a person has given up on this sin. Anyway, this lust issue is also big for women. I know girls who are into musical boy groups, they have obsessive crushes on these guys, they would practically do anything for them.
  21. It's a major sin. I wanna say that I truly admire men that refuse to watch filthy stuff. I think they're absolutely amazing. Most I think are believers, very rare for a ungodly man to resist this sin since it's so accepted nowadays.
  22. There is always a desire for me to act 'better' but it's difficult because of testing. When dealing with people who wanna cause harm or impact your life in a negative way, it's a real test to keep a positive outlook. I tend to become pessimistic. It's also hard not to retaliate in the same manner. I'm too sensitive at the end of the day, even seeing people fight on the streets affect me. Anyway, I get strength through listening to preaching, spending time contemplating certain passages that can apply to my situation. I'm grateful for American pastors, for giving everyone around the world the opportunity to hear the truth. I love to hear them speak, the US accent might mean nothing to you, but it's a great cure for depression. I'm trying to remember key points from listening to clips. My plan is to advance more. Also I need to deal with my 'private' behavior, the one that matters most, the one that shows the real 'you'. For example, I would never insult or cuss anyone in public, but because of the high stress and living conditions, I've sometimes used bad words when alone, with nobody around, to let off 'steam'. I hate this because God is always watching. I really admire older experienced believers that were able to overcome struggles regarding different sins in their life.
  23. Guys, I'm learning something new. I honestly had no clue that watching some movies can be sinful, I thought it wasn't that dangerous given that I would never do what those people do in movies. I thought it's just pure, harmless entertainment. But now I kinda worry over spending hours enjoying this sort of thing (btw I watch thrillers, psychological stuff, nothing gory but still I do enjoy violence in movies which is a concern). As for fiction, I have a huge soft spot for romance, to be honest. Nothing explicit though, I find that disgusting but I love the soft romance type too much.
  24. This topic has been edited cause opinions have changed. At peace with being single and having no interest in marriage.
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