MS wrote: I have posted this before but I felt after reading Doloresâ€™ comment that a word in season was appropriate here. We witnessed to my RC parents for over 20 years and the only thing it seemed to do was drive them deeper into their RC religion. My Dad especially was quite angry with me and refused to speak of the things of the Lord.We continued in prayer and honored his wishes on the matter. Mom passed a few years ago and my Dadâ€™s estranged sister came back in his life.She is also a Christian and lives in N .Ireland.With his new smart phone they started whatâ€™s apping face to face nearly every day and she began witnessing to him and he began to soften read his bible and even started to ask us questions about Scripture. Long story short, the Lord called him out of his darkness and called him to himself. He has left the RCC and is in a sound church in his small community. He is 89 years old.NEVER give up on your loved ones and friends. All praise, glory and honor to the Lord, who saves sinners young and old, male and female. Hallelujah what a Savior.
Praise the Lord for His amazing grace!! Hope you and your family are doing well MS
John UK wrote: Yes, bring it out, there's money to be made from it.
Hey brother John would it not make more sense to say there are lives to be saved? Last I knew there isn't anything wrong with making money or even making a lot of it. The cost to research and develop the vaccine wasn't free. Your criticism seems out of place.
Jim, Barack Obama is a smart man who makes stupid choices when it comes to politics. He is a great speaker as long as he has a teleprompter in front of him. He proved numerous times that without it he isnâ€™t a quick on his feet thinker and certainly was not artfully articulate He couldnâ€™t without training do the impromptu speeches President Trump gives at his rallies.
You will search in vain for posts here saying that race or gender makes one less intelligent. It only appears in your posts. Does that tell you something?
John UK wrote: Bro US, I see that others of the highbrow variety, are also engaged in a similar thing. I am not able to wade through such a quagmire of intellectual stuff. But let me ask a question. Is saving faith a gift from God to elect sinners? If you say it isn't, then how did the sinner who got saved come by faith? Was it by convincing (showing him a miracle in Jesus name)? Or by the mystical power of the word of God (a living word which gives faith to some but not to others)? How is it that you believed on Christ but not all your relatives? Is the Spirit really necessary to bring people to faith? If so, why? Of course, if the answer to the first question is yes, then all the other questions are redundant.
Thanks John for your response. At no point have I said that saving faith is not a gift from God. I am saying that is not the message of Ephesians 2:8 specifically
While we did disdain immortality in our leaders and society, we live in a world where the Bible reminds all are sinners. If we have not by the grace of God not gone down some paths of unrighteousness it is solely to the praise of His grace that has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.
Trump is not running on a platform of encouraging infedility or promoting licentiousness. Mayor Pete has stated his desire to promote sodomy and the LBTQ agenda
There will be perfect leaders until we are under the physical reign of Christ on earth regardless of its starting point
John UK wrote: Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV (8)Â For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (9)Â Not of works, lest any man should boast. Similar to what St James said earlier, it is necessary simply to look at the sentence construction: what is THAT referring to? It is either:- 1. grace (that grace) 2. saved (that saved) 3. faith (that faith) Obviously we can remove number 2 because it makes no sense. We can also remove number 1 because we acknowledge that the grace is referring to the grace of God, which is God showing undeserved favour. Therefore, "that not of yourselves" must refer to "faith", which is the gift of God to the sinner; it is a work of the Spirit of Jesus, who is the author and finisher of our "faith". To those who believe salvation is the gift, well it could have been if the text had said, "For by grace ye have salvation through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God". But it doesn't so it cannot be.
The Greek, which is what it was it was written in, does not agree
Amishchristian, no one would take issue with your or your church's decision to not vote.
However, it seems out of place to criticize elected representatives, whether in local, state or federal government, who you clearly let others decide for you to run your government. It seems like it is the consequence of your choice.
Kathy Vestal November 19, 2012 General, LGBTQ+ 148
WHY AM I WRITING THIS BLOG? Homosexuality is the social justice issue of this generation, and I cannot keep from speaking out. The Church is wrong about this, clinging to traditional judgments that are increasingly incompatible with scientific truth, and incompatible, in my opinion, with Jesusâ€™ life and ministry
Scripture alone will not lead the Church to a full understanding on this issue.
I pondered what was said and reached the following conclusions
There is a Biblical principle that at the mouth of 2 or 3 witnesses things shall be established. 4 to 5 people testified to BMac that her words were less than appropriate and she stuck to her guns, that speaks volumes
Sister BMac has said or implied that my posts are consistently divisive and even deceitful. No one that knows me thinks that of me and this is not the common feedback I get here, so I reject that evaluation
In light of what has been said however I will by the grace of God.
Give greater consideration to how what I say will be perceived
to Dr. Tim, I stand amazed many times that people who have spent little or no time in America believe they are somehow more knowledgeable of American culture, politics, government and people than those who have experienced it here for decades. I am surely not against book learning, reading and evaluating as they are important. Yet if I want someone to fix my computer, I will take the guy who has experience of working on them for years over someone who has a lot of book learning on computers but has no experience in fixing them.
It is always good and refreshing to get another perspective outside our realm to help us to understand things. We all have to guard against pride in thinking we donâ€™t need someone elseâ€™s perspective or help. Moses needed his father-in-law to give him the proper perspective of dealing with the multitudes of Israel and not seeking the Lordâ€™s guidance gave Joshua and the children of Israel the Gibeonites. As BMac stated sometimes we miss the forest for the trees. In the multitude of counselors there is wisdom. It's good to avoid thinking our perspective is the only correct one.
Just my thoughts, Doc, others may disagree and show my thinking to be lacking proper understanding. We can all learn from each other.
John UK wrote: Bro US, if you argue with almost everything I say, on a true Christian forum, how do you think it would go on a March For Life,...... Or are you telling me that your only concern is for the elect, and you are not bothered what the reprobate tares get up to in their spare time, like marching in unity with other nominal Christians?
Not trying to argue John
If you think it is a bad idea to participate in March for Life because you view it as a platform for ecumenism then fine. I have no clue if leaflets are issued by the unregenerate at these events or if they try to "evangelize" people to persuade them into their thinking.
I know in my experience with knocking on doors I run into Mormons, JW's, and Armstrongnism having their literature on the doors. I don't stop what I am doing because the unregenerate are doing the same.
Will gladly say John is right, don't participate in the March for Life because you don't want to endorse false teachings of the unregenerate. I have no plan on going to one and have not participating in one. Thanks for your input.
John UK wrote: No problem. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/March_for_Life_(Washington,_D.C.)
Thanks for the reference. You will note that none of the "religious" activity is sponsored by or endorsed by the March for Life. It is "churches" doing things of their own initiative. Participation in the actual March is not an endorsement of what those "churches" do on their own. If it was then you could make the case that buying food for substanance in the area by the marchers is an endorsement of everything the Restaurant does.
In no case is the idea of a working together of the regenerate with the unregenerate to proclaim the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ mentioned in the reference you gave.
Jim Lincoln wrote: excerpt from, "Evangelical Singer Calls Out Trumpâ€™s Christian Supporters In Scathing New Song"
..â€śEven after enacting deliberately cruel policies to rip families apart and put children in cages at the southern border, evangelical support is as fervent as ever,â€ť.
Oh well she wrote it a tad late as the separation policy started under Clinton (Flores Consent Decree from 1997)and the caged children pictures were posted in an Arizona newspaper in 2014 when the POTUS was B H Obama. Plus Trump signed an executive order in June of 2018 to end the practice that began under Clinton of separating families.
One is not surprised at the liberal deception or that Jim is promoting it.