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News Item8/11/19 11:50 AM
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Lurker wrote:
For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
There were two instances where the seed of the word had a start but then fell away.

Such became partakers of heavenly enlightment from the Holy Ghost and even it says that they received the word with joy, went forth and *believed*, but their end was not of true enduring permanence:

"They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, *receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe*, and in time of temptation fall away.

And that which fell among thorns are they, which, *when they have heard, go forth*, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection."

It could be said that such are cases of tasting of heavenly things in vain

* * * *

"Ye shall know them by their fruits.
Do men gather grapes of thorns...?"


News Item8/10/19 7:28 PM
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Stevenr wrote:
Sorry, you have to read those from the bottom up.
Sorry Steven, but the issue is not of committing a sin at a particular time, but of conciously endorsing and persistently enrolling oneself in that which God considers an abomination in his eyes.

A habitual, consenting engagement into a reprobate outlook of life, according to what is given about it in Romans 1, and a traspassing of a particular command at a certain time, in which category David's sin enters, are two predicaments that differ altogether from each other.
See, according to Romans 1 God only gives unconverted people into that reprobate state, not believers.

The matter in question is as one entering into the sin of atheism. It is incompatible with belonging to Christ, which thing plainly manifests that he never belonged to Him.
This is what the passage quoted in my previous post from 1 John 3 points to.

However this does not exclude him from future mercy as an unsaved man if God so willed to have mercy.


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Partaker1611 wrote:
Salvation is an eternal gift...
Any Christian, since he still has to carry around this 'old man' is subject and able to commit any sin a lost man can commit, Joshua is probably a saved individual who seared his conscience day after day and is now in a spot he never saw himself in.
To uphold by conscious assent that which God abhors is an indicator were the person is.

"Little children, let no man deceive you: he that does righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sins from the beginning.

Whosoever is born of God does not commit sin; for his seed remains in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever does not righteousness is not of God"

* * *

"... without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, (pornos, in Greek meaning male prostitute) and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie."


News Item8/9/19 8:34 AM
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Unprofitable Servant wrote:
The teaching of doctrine is, according to II Timothy 3:16 and 17 is for the one termed ‚Äúthe man of God‚ÄĚ or we could simply say the Redeemed.
This exclusive meaning is not generally found throughout Scripture. A search for the word doctrine in the OT and in the gospels show doctrine is used for teaching in general.

E. G. Some examples here
"my doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass"

" - But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities."

"then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees"

"they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him."

"they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes"


News Item8/9/19 6:17 AM
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John UK wrote:
... I have given out thousands and thousands of gospel tracts... and it would bring me such joy to see in heaven even one person who was saved...
Our 'work in the Lord is not in vain' John , because whatever the outcome, they always will know that 'there was a prophet in the land' for their witness and testimony as God's mystery of profound wisdom unfolds in his day, showing in each season of dearth or fruit his own design.

There is tract distribution, market and shows work and door to door visitation, besides some open air work going on in Northern Ireland with sparce fruit also.
However, we know of two dear seeking souls of RC background in which the last link in their conversion was the handling of a tract by a personal contact.

By all means it is good to let Christ be known in season and out of season as we do not know 'how the wind of the Spirit listeth'.
However, it is mindfully not to be found as 'bitting the air' while engaging poor routes of work.

The 7 letters of revelation, besides most of the NT, demonstrate enphasizes on being a witness rather than 'mass evangelism'. Living for Christ is the best and what one perceives at this level as a witness is true of the whole picture in matters of reception


News Item8/8/19 8:55 AM
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Biblical Christians wrote:
www.chapellibrary.org/read/wiab
'What is a Biblical Christian-Albert N Martin'
In bygone days folk in the UK had at least some basic knowledge of Christianity.
Thank you BC.
Your imput is positive and valuable.

Well, in the first place the tract is a relative modern invention. The good news were meant to be passed by word of mouth.
In modern times (nineteenth century) we invented the 'Christian business card' to pass around, never to be as effective as the word of mouth.

Secondly, in the absence of the fear of God, whatever the religious say it counts for nothing because accountability is gone before we start.

Thirdly, as pointed before, everyone is at different station of understanding and hardly a tract will do the trick for all. A tract cannot think and adjust to the hearer as a personal contact can.

Fourthly,with the huge amount of unimportant propaganda being distributed, a tract may rise little interest specially with preset dispositions.
E. G. In Catholic Ireland nothing that 'smells' as none Catholic will arrive too far but to the trash bin because of trained prejudice imparted to the people through centuries. Besides social media kidnapping dialogue...

John reread the thread

Cont


News Item8/8/19 7:41 AM
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John UK wrote:
I'm very sorry Sister B, but I haven't got a clue what you're driving at. Have a chat with someone else, will you? Please? Someone who has experienced twenty years or more of university life.
Not really.

It might help to be aware that the big word 'doctrine' that in many's ears translates something like the 5 points of Calvinism or a treatise on the doctrine of the atonement, simply means *teaching* in Scripture.

Jesus 'taught and people marvelled at his *doctrine*', (which is 'teaching' , or information that builds up knowledge in the understanding of the recepient)

Run a concordance on the word doctrine to discover the meaning of this concept that in our day has converted into something out of reach for the average person.

It is worth a study.

So in this sense you can perceive how the topic in question simplifies, because people need to be taught, say they need to be imparted the knowledge, or the 'words by which they might be saved'
Trust this helps


News Item8/8/19 1:14 AM
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John UK wrote:
Yes indeed brother! The Holy Spirit is extremely powerful.
Now if a modern preacher, of the intellectual variety, was up on the roof of his house praying and fell into a trance (well, they don't seem to do that these days - maybe they should try it! ) and the Lord told him to prepare for a visitor, and go with him, and take a message to a man called Cornelius which would be instrumental in his salvation, I wonder if he would prepare a series of 50 minute sermons on the atonement of the cross, to be preached twice a day for three days?
When I tested out Simon Peter's actual message with my stopwatch, even speaking quite slowly, it worked out at 1 minute and thirty seconds. The Holy Spirit did not want to wait a moment longer. He saved all present in the room 90 seconds after Peter began speaking.
Please read the account of Cornelius to check out inaccuracies of detail or presupposition in your hyperbolic thoughts.

The hyperboles stated so far by you and John point to missing the line of thought presented in the thread.


News Item8/8/19 12:09 AM
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Unprofitable Servant wrote:
... faith comes by hearing... the Word of God...
A tract with a Biblical message of salvation that has the printed Word of God in it is an effective means ...
Our present evangelism is monocrom.
Most tracts are stereotyped. We copy and paste or plaster them with either John 3:16 or 'you must be born again' expecting to meet each person at that particular point, when everyone is at a different stage of belief or understanding.

When observing Christ's mode of teaching we note a variety of themes, approaches, focuses and targets, that led the individual in their need.
E. G.the Samaritan woman was not addressed as Nicodemus with 'you must be born again' , neither the Pharisees got that message or the Eunuch with Philip.

The same with Paul.
He did not address the pagans in Athens as he did Agrippa whom he knew was versed in Judaism.

The Spirit works effectually, we rather clumsily.

Sometimes people need to understand a particular point of doctrine before their understanding comes to light.

We have so rigid doctrinal positions, that when something as this is mentioned we shut the wagon of correctness before digesting the information presented.
And yes, all is of God btw, but he acts with reason.


News Item8/7/19 5:54 PM
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Unprofitable Servant wrote:
Paul didn't give a doctrinal dissertation to the Philippian jailer and he told the Corinthians he used much plainess of speech.
All the presentations of the gospel on record in Scripture include a measure of doctrine one kind or another in whatever extend the record had been passed.
E. G. The first message of Peter focused on the doctrine of the resurrection :this us what the Jews post pentecost needed to perceive in order to believe

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Sorry John, your last take does not merit much.

"let us examine ourselves" .


News Item8/7/19 2:04 PM
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CJ wrote:
Good books which may have been out of print can be found through this organization: https://banneroftruth.org
Thanks, yet more are needed

News Item8/7/19 7:56 AM
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John UK wrote:
I don't understand the statement...

... not everyone who reads or is taught from the Bible "is" born again. Indeed, everyone is by nature "dead in trespasses and sins" until quickened by the Holy Ghost. Thusly, without the workings of God the Spirit, none would ever be born again, all would forever remain dead in sins...

It is God's prerogative. He chooses who, when, and where. Christianity is not like an Alpha Course, where you come out with a pass certificate at the end. Christianity is God saving a sinner from his sins.

Nothing complicated, John.
Though all is of God, it pleases him to gather his own by the preaching of the word.

Sadly it seems you delight in creating straw men about the obvious and what it is mutually agreed upon, to which practice there is no intent on my part to entertain or follow up.
Regards


News Item8/7/19 5:13 AM
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John UK wrote:
Yes, and it will be different depending on where you are,... God had turned them around so that they repented, they received Christ as Messiah and were baptised and filled with the Spirit.
Today we leave God outside the door.
John, you are aware of the answer to the balance discussed
Take care

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Three Views of Christ from His Family Line
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This is an enriching presentation, consolidating key biblical understanding. Thanks

News Item8/6/19 5:47 PM
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John UK wrote:
... God will have mercy on whom he will have mercy, ... and not wait until they have been taught the "whole counsel of God", passed their Shorter Catechism Class, their Larger Catechism Class, and can recite the Westminster Confession backwards.
John, this is not what is been sustained. You are taking the stick by the wrong end.

As a norm, there is an amount of knowledge a person needs to be able to exercise faith unto.
E.g the heathen will need to be informed from Creation on as he never even heard of the beginnings, while the RC pressuming on the existence of a judeo God needs specifically to be taught about the sufficiency of Christ's sacrifice to repent from his confidence in the myth of the mass.

Salvation, or the effectual call you are talking about, does occur upon knowledge not upon the ambiguity of ignorance, or on the air of nothing.
On whom or what will they believe if the preaching is not given?

Often truth exists on the wings of parallel lines working together. However, human understanding delights in splitting hairs by denying one against the other.

The eternal call and the proclamation of truth paralell together. Both are true. We will not be wise in excluding one against the other.


News Item8/6/19 1:56 PM
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John, your comment was expected and predictable. What you say stands but follow the context of the thought of line exposed. The word is truth and Christ is the truth. We are not going to speculate how God brings a sinner to himself though the spirit and the word, but the truth of Christ his Spirit bears in the heart.

"Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom"


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John UK wrote:
Thanks Sister B for the history lesson. I find that sort of thing fascinating. Now that would be worth making a documentary of, and showing in Eire, don't you think?
Ireland's history repeats itself over the centuries along the same ilk of priest domination and hatred for truth, yet the official version plays on reverse, victimising the 'poor Irish' and defaming the protestant throne, ethics and sovereignty.

Many of such books need reprinted.


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John UK wrote:
The call of Jesus is powerful
The example of Jesus is powerful.
His ministry started with a cutting call to repentance because the kingdom was at hand, yet his ministry went on *teaching* and preaching with all doctrine to which people were drawn to, eventually bringing them to faith in the living Son of God. Hence chapter after chapter of his teaching left to us in the pages of the four gospels.

We have our modern version of evangelism, but the blue print is " *teaching them all things* whatsoever I have commanded you"
It is the confrontation with truth that enlightens the mind and the spirit of man, as the truth of Christ his Spirit bears in the heart, not the three or four points of a minimised gospel.

" ... the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."

"Go ye therefore, and *teach* all nations"


News Item8/5/19 8:52 PM
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John UK wrote:
I have always held that... the law must do its work first of all, before ... the cure
While we engage in preaching a demi-gospel we are deceiving ourselves.

Yes, the fullness of God, as you point out, is needed in every life that is going to be of any effect. However, the content is as important

The church by large engage in giving a minimised version of the gospel stripped out of all doctrine. Hence, e.g. the tone of many enterprises such as Child Evangelism Fellowship that in spite of all good will and intent, induce in ignorance false conversions a galore.

Differently, Victorian Christian workers engaged the mind of the hearer in doctrinal presentation that demanded an intellectual and holistic commitment to truth, not a mere assent to an ethereal, semi mystical 'experience' of salvation as it is today.

Hence why RCs are not tackled at the key strokes. We have been seduced and reprogrammed to avoid such, falsely believing that truth has no power by itself, and we are content in presenting assent to the nice idea of being 'saved', of what they hardly know what from or what for.
Hence assent follows seeing no need for true conversion as we speak of different matters using the same terms because doctrine is missing


News Item8/5/19 8:18 PM
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John UK wrote:
Old books on missions ...
John, there are local biographies from not very well known people dating from the late 1800's and early 1900's where one can glean information detailing the work of Independent British Baptists and lay Anglican missions bringing the gospel to Catholics in Ireland.
Such missions funded itinerant lay preachers that went house to house selling bibles, talking, preaching in the open air and teaching the bible in rural catholic areas and homes, starting schools to educate the catholic children before the national school system took over education in Britain.
Many were mobbed by the priests using the local authorities to chase them away and stop a totally legal practice.

Some tricks were remarkable.
E.g., in one occasion RC priests forward themselves to serve as teachers in those independent day schools started by the Anglican missionaries.
Naively in good faith they were accepted with the condition that the scriptures should be daily read each morning before starting the classes. This they promised to do, only to manage ceremonially to read the scriptures to an empty classroom each morning while keeping the children out of the building as the scriptures were read
Such was the hatred for scripture

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