And John doesnâ€™t celebrate the Fourth of July. Instead, his nation celebrates Dydd Santes Dwynwen, which is totally incomprehensible to me, as Saint Dwynwen is the fellow who drove all of the possums out of Wales.
John UK wrote: â€śWell they got their country back in 1948, but I'd like to see something a bit more special, such as national repentance and an acceptance that Yeshua is Christ. That would make me sit up and take some notice.â€ť Well, looks like youâ€™re in luck, John. Thatâ€™s exactly what you WILL see at the end of the Tribulation. Clever comment, Doug, but blessing Israel is not the only way for a nation to be blessed. Itâ€™s just one of the ways.
Paul said that prophecies would fail and tongues would cease (I Corinthians 13:8). At some point in his apostolic career, he was unable to heal a sick brother (II Timothy 4:20). I have often said that anyone who claims to have the gift of tongues but is unwilling to pick up a rattlesnake is a liar and a hypocrite (Mark 16:17-18). So far I havenâ€™t found any takers.
John, I believe, as do most Baptists, that the sign gifts went out (for the most part) with the apostles. I say â€śfor the most partâ€ť because I would not want to limit God, and He could certainly impart any gift to any person at any time if He so desired. (I remember one time when I was witnessing to some Mexicans, and God enabled me to speak fluent Spanish. I speak very little Spanish normally. Was this the gift of tongues? Perhaps.) Nevertheless, the principle taught in the passage you quoted is still applicable today, and that is that the Spirit still manifests Himself in the church through the various spiritual gifts He gives to His servants (see Romans 12:4-8).
So Jim, are you saying that since people have bad heartsâ€”and of course they doâ€”we should pass laws that are commensurate in wickedness? You and your Dimocrat friends would love that, wouldnâ€™t you?
Speaking of animal sacrifices, Christopher, Leviticus 1, and particularly verse 3, sheds a great deal of light on the doctrine of free will. Some will, of course, say that it doesnâ€™t mean what it says, or that it isnâ€™t â€śapplicableâ€ť (funny, I thought II Timothy 3:16 taught that ALL scripture is applicable), but itâ€™s there for all who have an ear to hear, or an eye to see, as the case may be. Itâ€™s really sad that so many will try to twist scripture to fit their own system of theology rather than adapting their theology to what the Bible actually says.
â€śMadderâ€ť is right, John; the world has been mad for some time. Ecclesiastes 9:3 says, â€śThis is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead.â€ť In other words, theyâ€™re crooked, theyâ€™re crazy, and then they croak.
Crud. My ancestors were among the invaders. Seems as if weâ€™re always on the wrong side of the track. By the way, when can I expect reparations for all them bluebellies conquering my folks back in the 1860s? Forty acres and a Mercedes would do nicely, thank you very much.
I guess spineless politicians are not a recent development, Adriel. During World War II one of the famous Merrillâ€™s Marauders complained of American politicians â€śintimidated by frustrated, middle-aged females.â€ť