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  1. Hello pastor Scott, I think this is not accurate in this way; All men ever born, sinned and died in Adam...YES. They are in Adam by natural birth. All that are IN Christ only get there by New birth, being born from above....Spiritual birth....NOT ALL MEN GET THAT. Iconoclast, I do not think your interpretation is accurate in this way. The righteousness of the one free gift did come upon all men when Jesus Christ came to earth as a man, lived life to perfection as an example to all men, then was crucified for all men's sins, was buried and rose again on the third day and is seated at the right hand of the Father so that all men might receive justification of life through Him. Jesus Christ was that free gift spoken of in Romans 5:18, and He did come upon all men. The interesting thing about a gift is that the person to whom it is offered may freely receive it, or just as freely reject it. John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. God offered the free gift of His Son. You receive by believing, you reject by not believing. Free will choice made to all. Interesting you should ask this question. How many billions have Calvinists cast into hell because Calvinists believe they have not been "predestined"? I am glad I do not believe in the God of the Calvinists. A god that would create someone with no option but to spend eternity in hell does not fit in the pages of my Bible.
  2. A genuine leather Bible at under $80 can be a difficult find. Christian Book has a few. I usually buy from the KJV Store but they are a little pricier. If you want real leather don't go with bonded. That's like going to Long John Silvers and expecting a "real" fish sandwich. I prefer a Bible with the Old Scofield Study notes, but that's me. Everyone has their favorites. Wide margins are good if you like to make notes in your Bible (not my preference). As for the references to St. Matthew, Mark, Luke or John, I personally don't see that as a significant issue. Each of these men were saved and so it is biblically correct to call them saints; just see all the letters from Paul where he addresses the saints of each area written to.
  3. My first exposure that I recall was in 6th grade (1972, Buffalo Public School 45) when we had about 6 or so weeks of Sex Ed. I remember all the kids being pretty uncomfortable. Most of us weren't ready for (or interested in) such a discussion. I believe my most pressing concerns at the time were the upcoming street hockey game and my balsa wood airplane models. It's a shame our current culture and educators will no longer let our kids be kids. Parents are the best judges of when to have these discussions with their own children. And people wonder why I homeschool. Personally I wonder why more people don't homeschool.
  4. Spot on BT! I used to preach at a nursing home where two of my most faithful attendees were also the most faithful Catholics. I've met many IFB KJVO people who would never accept that these two ladies could have been saved clutching to their rosaries and New American Bibles, but these ladies were some of the most God fearing, Jesus Christ believing and loving, people I have ever met. It is a very foolish person that limits God's ability to save to a specific Bible version or church. If handled properly those differences can lead to wonderful times of discussion about those differences in truth and love. I sincerely miss my time spent with my two sisters in Christ: Peggy and Aileen. I have no doubt they are with Christ today.
  5. Unfortunately, it also exposes more and more of Satan's handiwork as well. Whatever God can use for good, be sure the devil will try to commandeer for evil. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 1 Peter 5:8
  6. And these quotes were from 1788. Imagine his antipathy were he alive today. It is no wonder he can't be found in schools today: just in the course of my own lifetime there has been an egregious plummet of social, civic and spiritual standards within our public (and even many private) schools. Here are some quotes from the other side of the spectrum: "The education of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a mother's care, shall be in state institutions.” – Karl Marx “Give me just one generation of youth, and I'll transform the whole world.” Vladimir Lenin "The worker-mother must learn not to differentiate between yours and mine; she must remember that there are only our children, the children of Russia’s communist workers". -Alexandra Kollontai, Communism and the Family "It takes a village." – Hillary Clinton
  7. If you or anyone else is actually saying "I’ll go to church at 11:30 that’s when the preaching starts" then the problem is yours/theirs, not the church's or pastor's. If saved, you should want to be in church whenever the doors are open. Christian fellowship is not just being fed the word; worship and praise and fellowshipping with other Christians is just as much a part. Do a search or the phrase "in order" and you will find a plethora of verses (many in Leviticus) where God specifically set things "in order" with regards to what goes where and when in the tabernacle and associated services. The New Testament is also filled with references to how things are to be done "in order". It is clear that God likes things to be "in order". If this is an issue for you, then I suggest the problem is yours, not the pastor's. The pastor (or church) in question seems to be following the direction God has laid forth by God since the very beginning. What are you following?
  8. Wikipedia actually has a well cited explanation for this phrase, which has multiple variants on the theme: “The bad apples metaphor originates from the proverb, ‘A rotten apple quickly infects its neighbor’, first recorded as used in English in 1340 [Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs]. The proverb was rephrased by Benjamin Franklin in Poor Richard's Almanack in 1736, stating ‘the rotten apple spoils his companion’.” Speaking of actual separation is a little more complicated, as Biblical separation is multi-faceted. The first facet of separation is that which we experience when we are saved and are separated unto Christ. This is (until we are called home) a spiritual separation. When asked by Pilate if He was the King of the Jews, Jesus replied: My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. [John 18:36] When asked again if He were a king, Jesus replied: Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. [John 18:37] When we are saved we become one that is of the truth and become a member of Jesus’ ‘kingdom not from hence’ (i.e. not from this world). For our conversation (citizenship) is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: [Philippians 3:20] Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: [Colossians 1:12-13] So, Spiritually speaking, once we are saved we are separated unto Christ to that kingdom not of this world. It’s kind of like missionaries that travel to foreign lands to spread the Gospel. They are American by citizenship but are residing in a foreign land. They are Americans, but don’t live here. Fortunately, being saved, our citizenship is in a far better place than America. That is spiritual separation, then there is practical (or personal) separation. This can be broken down into several facets as well. First, now that we are saved, we should separate ourselves from sin, much of which we were partakers of when lost: Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. [1 Peter 1:13-16] Then we discuss the separation I believe is most closely in line with this thread; our relationship with others. I cannot think of a place in the Bible where we are told not to have relations with those not saved. In fact, if we are to obey the Great Commission it is imperative that we do have relations with the unsaved, else how could they ever get saved? Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. [Matthew 28:19-20] It is clear throughout the Gospels that Jesus freely had relations with sinners (both laity and religious). The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners! [Luke 7:34] This charge could not have been made had Jesus not been interfacing with publicans and sinners. The lie comes in the term ‘friend’ (a word that is far to freely used with regards to relationships). The word friend implies not only affection (Jesus loves everyone), but trust. While Jesus ministered to, and was acquainted with, publicans and sinners He did not trust or abide with them. It is interesting that immediately following the above Pharisaic accusation Jesus dined with a Pharisee and we have the story of the woman with the alabaster box [Luke 7:36-50]. True to form the Pharisee criticized Jesus for allowing the woman to minister to Him, but how would this woman ever have been saved had Jesus completely separated Himself from this world? As Christians we MUST have relations with those in this world, or how will they get saved? The issue is the nature of those relations. For me, the verses that best talk to this are 2 Corinthians 6:14-17: Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. The key phrase being “unequally yoked”. A yoke is a wooden crosspiece that is fastened over the necks of two animals and attached to the plow or cart that they are to pull. For the farmer, an unequally yoked team of animals would have been an ox with a mule, or mule with a horse, etc. Being different by nature you could not get these two different types to be able to plow equally if at all. They would work against each other. The idea then being that we are not to have our close associations (friendships) with those of an unlike faith (or no faith). Being yoked together with other true Christians does not preclude us from plowing in the same field (world) as other teams; but being equally yoked, our true walk, and straight furrows should be an example those other teams should want to follow. Leading to Christ by example. Unfortunately, as with Judas, there are times when a bad apple may find its way into our team. Jesus gave us a way to deal with this too: Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. [Matthew 18:15-17] This topic is full of grist for the mill, but I believe this post is long enough. Thanks for the study topic!
  9. According to Dastagir, there “is no sufficient way to clearly define what makes someone a woman.” Shouldn't, then, the next logical statement be: “there is no sufficient way to clearly define what makes someone a man”? Otherwise, if a man CAN be defined, then the natural conclusion should be that whoever is not a man, is a woman; that is, of course, unless all Dastagir is going for is a redefinition of words to fit her socio-political agenda. Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! 21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! 2 Timothy 3:1 ¶ This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
  10. We had a ham with mashed potatoes and gravy, and glazed carrots. Nothing like roast swine!
  11. James Knox is excellent. My family and I are currently going through this series (we're just finished video 8). We have listened to quite a few of his audio series' and have a number of his books. My last church would have Pastor Knox up every year for our Bible conference. I believe they still do. The man knows the Bible and is a very active evangelist. He is the pastor of Bible Baptist Church in Deland, FL.
  12. The follow-on question should have been: "Are you a woman?" If she answered "yes" then the next question would have to be: "how do you know, not being a biologist?" If she answered "no" or "I don't know", then what...? Regardless the answers given following that initial response, how can we trust this woman to adjudicate America's most pressing and sensitive issues when she can't even answer one of life's most basic fundamental questions? This one fundamental question established the fact that Ketanji Brown Jackson is not fit to be on the Supreme Court: or any court for that matter.
  13. This certainly does sound Calvinistic. Fortunately I have not been subject to Calvinism in the various churches I have been a member of. Nor in those I have visited (during the short time I was in them). This is an interesting take on things. It certainly doesn't read well when juxtaposed against verses like John 3:16, Romans 6:23. Ephesians 2:8, etc. It did get me thinking, however. Salvation is THE ultimate gift of God, but the gift of salvation is really kind of like a Russian nesting doll. Once you open that initial gift, the gifts just keep on coming: charity, faith, hope, joy, etc.
  14. Welcome Wanderer. I am relatively new here as well. I look forward to hearing from you!
  15. My family and I just started a study of revelation that Pastor James Knox (Deland, FL) has up on YouTube (we are on video 7 of 130+). He notes an interesting "four-fold division" based upon the four times John is situated for viewing: I. From Patmos he viewed the church age. 1:9 - 3:22 II. From Heaven he views the Tribulation - 4:1 - 17:2 III. From the wilderness he views God's destruction of the world powers and the end of all that offends - 17:3 - 21:9 IV. From as mountain he views eternity - 21:10 - 22:21. This is a most interesting and relevant topic and perhaps worthy its own thread.
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