The Quiet Christian wrote: Ah, Brother John, I have the picture exactly now! Here in the US, apparently our version of footballers are permitted to have some sort of in-person fan presence. Being followers of baseball, what you described is exactly how things are with that sport. In fact, some TV broadcasts include computer generated fans in the seats. Bizzare. But there is a whole lot less about which to complain if all activities are treated equally. It looks much less like persecution if everyone is treated equally. What we are experiencing here in the US is unequal treatment under the law in some places. Some activities are permitted. Some activities are not. It depends on the politicans making the decisons.
Brother, if that is the case then something is amiss.
Here in the UK we recently had the world snooker championship with no spectators for the early stages. That meant someone had to sit at the computer sending out Oos and Ahs, and clapping and shouting at appropriate moments, which they didn't always get correct. Pathetic. And then for the latter stages and final, some people were allowed in and they were distanced. Hmmmm.
Adriel wrote: C‚Äômon folks come and spend your money!!! Forget about the plagues and pestilence. We need our profits back!!
I will not be going on a plane flight; never have and never will. The only way I could be found in an aeroplane is if I was kidnapped, drugged, and boxed up and put into the freight compartment. That apart, I will never die in an aeroplane crash. Prevention is better than cure.
Mike wrote: Or delivering it somewhere else. Which, I suspect, is why our governor Cuomo shut the State down, but continued to allow flights out of New York City to the rest of the country during the worst of it. He couldn‚Äôt be that oblivious.
In the UK we might call him a silly billy or a nincompoop.
The Quiet Christian wrote: Or, Brother John, permitting masses to move, shoulder to shoulder, thru cities decrying newfound "sins" of the culture? It was believable at first, and out of an abundance of caution, many headed the advice. But once double standards come into view, one may engage in group worship idols of sport or politics but not the true and living God, that's the "hey, wait a minute..." moment for many.
What I meant, Quiet Brother, is that in the UK, all situations where there would normally be a crowd, it is no longer permitted for a season. Thusly, those who imagine it to be persecution of the church are incorrect. Unless people want to also say that footballers and athletes are also being persecuted.
Want a smile, bro? Any sporting events being permitted in Europe are held without spectators, but applause and shouting are played over loudspeakers to give the impression of a crowd. What a larf!
Now the word ‚Äúconversion‚ÄĚ means two things. We say a man is ‚Äúconverted‚ÄĚ when he is born again. But it also has a different meaning in the Bible. Peter said: ‚ÄúRepent, and be converted.‚ÄĚ The Revised Version reads: ‚ÄúRepent, and turn.‚ÄĚ Paul said that he was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision, but began to preach to Jews and Gentiles that they should repent and turn to God. Some old divine has said: ‚ÄúEvery man is born with his back to God. Repentance is a change of one‚Äôs course. It is right about face.‚ÄĚ Sin is a turning away from God. As someone has said, it is aversion from God and conversion to the world: and true repentance means conversion to God and aversion from the world. When there is true contrition, the heart is broken for sin; when there is true conversion, the heart is broken from sin. We leave the old life, we are translated out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. Wonderful, isn‚Äôt it? Unless our repentance includes this conversion, it is not worth much. If a man continues in sin, it is proof of an idle profession.
Frank wrote: You are so correct brother. An evangelical feminist will not welcome criticism or any other type of exhortation unless they approve of it. Now what does that logically mean? It means they only are submissive if they agree.
I see what you are saying, brother. It seems almost like they are trying to find a loophole, a way to appear to be obeying the scriptural injunctions yet in reality they are not obeying them at all. So they simply end up being hypocrites, and the Lord will also tell them that at the judgment.
It is a cause of great sadness, because God is a wonderful God, and he has written out his will in the scriptures, and there is great blessing in doing his will, and great backsliding in not doing his will.
Thank you for sharing your knowledge on this subject, it is most helpful and edifying.
George Whitefield, standing in his tabernacle in London, and with a multitude gathered about him, cried out: ‚ÄúThe Lord Jesus will save the devil‚Äôs castaways!‚ÄĚ Two poor abandoned wretches standing outside in the street, heard him, as his silvery voice rang out on the air. Looking into each other‚Äôs faces, they said: ‚ÄúThat must mean you and me.‚ÄĚ They wept and rejoiced. They drew near and looked in at the door, at the face of the earnest messenger, the tears streaming from his eyes as he plead with the people to give their hearts to God. One of them wrote him a little note and sent it to him. Later that day, as he sat at the table of Lady Huntington, who was his special friend, someone present said: ‚ÄúMr. Whitefield, did you not go a little too far to-day when you said that the Lord would save the devil‚Äôs castaways?‚ÄĚ Taking the note from his pocket he gave it to the lady, and said: ‚ÄúWill you read that note aloud?‚ÄĚ She read: ‚ÄúMr. Whitefield: Two poor lost women stood outside your tabernacle to-day, and heard you say that the Lord would save the devil‚Äôs castaways. We seized upon that as our last hope, and we write you this to tell you that we rejoice now in believing in Him, and from this good hour we shall endeavor to serve Him, who has done so much for us.‚ÄĚ
Proverbs 21:19 KJV (19)¬† It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.
Proverbs 27:15 KJV (15)¬† A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.
Romans 2:6-11 KJV (6)¬† Who will render to every man according to his deeds: (7)¬† To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: (8)¬† But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, (9)¬† Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; (10)¬† But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: (11)¬† For there is no respect of persons with God.
Those who take the Bible seriously show great wisdom, and those who obey the teaching of the Bible are showing even greater wisdom.
The kings and princes of this world, when they issue invitations, call round them the rich, the mighty and powerful, the honorable and the wise; but the Lord, when He was on earth; called round Him the vilest of the vile. That was the principal fault the people found with Him. Those self-righteous Pharisees were not going to associate with harlots and publicans. The principal charge against Him was: ‚ÄúThis man receiveth sinners and eateth with them.‚ÄĚ Who would have such a man around him as John Bunyan in his time? He, a Bedford tinker, couldn‚Äôt get inside one of the princely castles. I was very much amused when I was over on the other side. They had erected a monument to John Bunyan, and it was unveiled by lords and dukes and great men. While he was on earth, they would not have allowed him inside the walls of their castles. Yet he was made one of the mightiest instruments in the spread of the Gospel. No book that has ever been written comes so near the Bible as John Bunyan‚Äôs ‚ÄúPilgrim‚Äôs Progress.‚ÄĚ And he was a poor Bedford tinker. So it is with God. He picks up some poor, lost tramp, and makes him an instrument to turn hundreds and thousands to Christ. D.L. Moody
Adriel wrote: John, Is that because today is Yom Kippur ‚ÄĒ- The Day of Atonement.?
I didn't know that, Adriel. Have you celebrated it then?
We celebrate the communion every time we meet now. It is the communion of the body and blood of Jesus Christ. It is a great blessing, because we always have open prayer straight afterwards, both males and females, and those prayers are much enhanced by our meditation on our Lord Jesus and thinking of Calvary, the place of peace and pardon.
We use bread that actually breaks, not your soft sliced white bread. This helps to remind us of the broken body of Christ.
I am just getting ready to attend my fellowship as normal, at which we shall seek to hear the Spirit, study scriptures, have communion, have a time of prayer, share difficulties, bear one another's burdens, and anything else the Lord leads us to do. It is most wonderful, and goes on for a minimum of four hours, with nothing pre-planned, and no 'sermon' prepared. Therefore.....
WayneR wrote: Facts always matter, if we take care
Greetings Wayne, how goes it?
In your post you put up many links to facts, which I have neither the time nor the inclination to look up; I have far better things to do, which things are given me by the Lord Jesus. Email me if you wish to know what they are.
But you have read them all, I take it. So do tell me what you are doing differently now, having read and gotten clued up about this thing? Are you doing anything differently? Or is it mere head knowledge you wish me to have? Or is it that you want me to be ready for the great tribulation, or the worldwide takeover by the antichrist?
Oh, but I am ready for anything, bro. Even for the coming of the bridegroom. I am like a wise virgin, lamp trimmed, plenty of spare oil, focussing on the Lord Jesus and what HE is doing in the world right now. I am fully focussed on evangelism and seeing others saved, following Jesus and obeying the great commission. This is what fills my heart, and it is a great joy to do so. __________
Chrisgp, is it possible for you to spell out in short space what world leaders wish to achieve through a 'false' pandemic?
Dr. Tim to Ladybug wrote: I didn‚Äôt call anybody names. I didn‚Äôt accuse anyone of anything. Moody was a man of God who humbly preached Jesus. He had a heart for souls, and God used him mightily. The gospel that saves is that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again according to the scriptures. That is the ONLY gospel that saves. Salvation is by grace through faith and is effected by repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. Deny that, and you deny the gospel.
Precisely, bro! There are some who complicate the gospel so much that they never achieve any conversions, they merely 'beat the air' with an air of superiority, thinking to exalt the Lord who they claim to believe in, yet never seem able to bear the fruit of the Spirit, which is the evidence of new birth. The first requisite for anybody if they wish to win souls to Christ is to be filled with the Spirit. Those who are filled with the Spirit are filled with love towards those they preach to. Those who tell lies about those they preach to are liars and they are not filled with the Spirit. Therefore......connect the dots.
It says in another place, ‚ÄúCasting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you.‚ÄĚ We would have a victorious Church if we could get Christian people to realize that. But they have never made the discovery. They agree that Christ is the sin-bearer, but they do not realize that He is also the burden-bearer. ‚ÄúSurely He hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows.‚ÄĚ It is the privilege of every child of God to walk in unclouded sunlight.
Some people go back into the past and rake up all the troubles they ever had, and then they look into the future and anticipate that they will have still more trouble, and they go reeling and staggering all through life. They give you the cold chills every time they meet you. They put on a whining voice, and tell you what ‚Äúa hard time they have had.‚ÄĚ I believe they embalm them, and bring out the mummy on every opportunity. The Lord says, ‚ÄúCast all your care on Me. I want to carry your burdens and your troubles.‚ÄĚ What we want is a joyful Church, and we are not going to convert the world until we have it. We want to get this long-faced Christianity off the face of the earth. D.L. Moody [Matthew 11:28-30, 1 Peter 5:7]