Christopher, who told you that picking up aluminum cans and selling them to a recycling firm made you a âbusiness owner?â Next youâll be referring to your shopping cart as your âfleet.â Where do these mad fantasies end?
Amen, John. The Bible doesnât say that we are accepted AS the beloved, but accepted IN the beloved Speaking of His Son Jesus, God said, âThis is my beloved,â and it is only because we are in Him who is acceptable that we are accepted by God. With Him in us, and us in Him, we canât lose!
Ah, yes, John, He died for all (verse 14), but not all live in Him (verse 15) because not all have received Him. âAnd this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.â
Excellent post, John. And let us not forget that Jesus is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. Praise God for the glorious gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth.
Well, let us not be dissuaded by mere facts when we have our opinions. My last post on this subject will remain my last until someone can prove me wrongâwhich so far no one has done or even tried to do. Itâs hard to deny truth even when our pet traditions contradict it, isnât it?
The Bible records that songs of praise unto God were composed and sung both before and after the Psalms were written, and no one was consumed with fire for doing so. If you want to get technical about it, singing and worshipping are two different things, and very rarely are both ever done at the same time in the Bible. When singing and worshipping take place simultaneously in the Bible, one group worships while a specifically designated group sings. True worship entails at the very least bowing the head before God, and it is not unusual or inappropriate for one to fall on his face before that great King. THAT, and not singing, is true worship. If we are going to use the Old Testament as our template for worship, then we must hire some Levites to do our singing for us. No one else is authorized to sing in a congregational setting.
Whoa, Jim! You canât talk that way about the cat daddy of all Democrats! You mustnât slam your liberal heroes just because a few of them like to add a little spring gobbler blasting to their usual rounds of baby killing and queer hugging. Be nice to the old goober farmer, and maybe heâll let you read the scripture next Sunday.
You overlooked one, Adriel: âLet the words of my mouth [not thy mouth, but my mouth] and the meditation of my heart [not thy heart, but my heart], be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemerâ (Psalm 19:14). This would be a presumptuous and asinine prayer if it were not possible to please God with our own words. My last comment on this topic. If scripture itself doesnât persuade you, then certainly nothing I say will.