Well, John, I see that this conversation is going downhill fast. Another exercise in futility. A pastor friend of mine once preached a sermon entitled âThe Power of a Made-Up Mind.â Unfortunately, that power can work for good or evil.
John, you specifically mentioned âdoctrine promoted by the hymn,â not doctrine Mr. Spafford may have promoted outside the hymn. Again, there are no doctrinal errors in the hymn. I think it is your own personal preference to sing Psalms only because you cannot give any solid scriptural justification for it.
Truly âAll scripture is given by inspiration of God.â The inspired, that is God-breathed, Word of God consists of the God-breathed WORDS of God. If it is wrong to rearrange words, change words, add words and delete words from Godâs words in order to produce a new version of the Bibleâand of course it isâthen it is equally wrong to rearrange words, change words, add words and delete words in order to give the Psalms a suitable meter and rhyme scheme in English and then still call the edited Psalms the inspired Word of God. This is dishonest. Besides, I have already pointed out that Godâs people IN THE BIBLE sang songs of praise that were acceptable to God both before and after the Psalms were composed, so the argument that the Psalms are the only acceptable songs of worship does not hold water. John, if you and others want to sing only Psalms because that is your personal preference, by all means do, but you really shouldnât try to impose your personal preference on others.
No, Christopher, the reason you donât have trash dumps is because New Englanders are too stingy to throw anything away. Thatâs why your mini-storage areas are filled with âtreasuresâ such as keys from old sardine cans and bundles of pre-UPC Twinkie wrappers.
Connor, while I disagree that âthe IFB is a denominationâ (Who is the denominational head? Where are the denominational headquarters? Who decides what churches are to be allowed into the denomination?), I am not going to debate about it. No, of course none of the so-called church fathers were IFBânor were they Reformed Baptists. And neither Jesus nor any of the prophets or apostles is recorded as having ever engaged in what is commonly referred to (erroneously, I might add) as expository preaching. I believe you will find that all of their sermons were topical. One thing that IFB and Reformed Baptist churches generally have in common is that they still have standards of conduct based on biblical principles and not on the whims of a fallen world, and I am under the impression that that is exactly what Gay is seeking.
Iâm getting out the J.C. Whitney catalogue right now and ordering a lift kit for my goat cart. Maybe a few LED lights for the wheel spokes while Iâm at it. I wonder if they have snow tires for shopping carts?
âHim that comethâ to Jesus for salvation gets salvation, whether he comes by irresistible grace or by his own free will. The invitation (âCome unto meâ) and the response to the invitation determine whether a person spends eternity in heaven or in hell; I think we spend far too much time debating the mechanics of the response, and far too little obeying our Lordâs command to extend the invitation ((Revelation 22:17).
No, Gay, I would not recommend any denomination. Instead, I would recommend an independent, fundamental Baptist church that cleaves to the old paths of biblical salvation, separation and sanctification.
Any builder can tell you that the most serious âstructural faultâ is a flawed foundation, Jim. Scripture tells us that âother foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ,â and not the Apostle Peter, who was no more a pope than he was an astronaut.
So let me paraphrase what the little stinkers just said: âWe believe that standing up against immorality is immoral.â What is truly immoral is the fact that almost 47 percent of the delegates in the UMC voted FOR sodomite inclusiveness. I wouldnât remain for five minutes in a denomination in which half the members supported something that God plainly calls an abomination. Get out, Lot, and donât look back!