Spurgeon; I would propose that the subject of the ministry in this house, as long as this platform shall stand, & as long as this house shall be frequented by worshippers, shall be the person of Jesus Christ. I am never ashamed to avow myself a Calvinist; I donât hesitate to take the name of Baptist; but if I am asked what is my creed, I reply â âIt is Jesus Christâ.
Lazarus only came forth, because of Christ working through the Godhead. As Lazarus didnât say Christ let me stay a little bit longer so I can stink some more. Nor did Lazarus say by kicking & screaming, I donât want to be one of the elect either. So what I said already about Jhn 11 does apply!; Jhn 6:63Â Itâs the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit & life.
Without Christ seeking & saving His people their is no coming forth if one is left to the fallen rebellion one is in apart from Christ dragging one out of the spiritual deadness one is in; Eph 21-5!
2 Cor 5:18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself & gave us the ministry of reconciliation;
Okay Jim. What should the US do in Syria, in a conflict among various Muslim majority groups, with American lives and our tax money? Should we declare war or not bother with than formality and just spend hundreds of billions and get our kids killed?
John for Jesus; You have to ignore many scriptures from other chapters of the Bible, that go hand in hand with John 11. As you would have to deny scriptures, to say the small simple size in what I said about Lazarus doesnât apply. Thatâs on you!
Itâs clear you have a issue with grace, as the Doctrines of Grace, donât puff one up, but it brings great humility into ones own heart & thought process. In what a wrecth, I truly am & what I truly deserve!
That God is & will never be under zero obligations of saving any, & that includes me too. From what I hear from you, you donât like that notion, about God!
Christ isnât a potential Savior, He saves His people to the utter most; Jhn 10:25-28
You just donât like the facts of what scriptures convey to one, that Jesus wasnât standing & pleading with Lazarus to let Christ into Lazarus heart or any other sinner, who is still in the First Adam. As that doesnât fit into the narrative box of, what many try to pass off from Rev 3:20 to say & repeat after me. In asking Jesus into ones heart!
As Spurgeon says it well here; I would propose that the subject of the ministry in this house, as long as this platform shall stand, & as long as this house shall be frequented by worshippers, shall be the person of Jesus Christ. I am never ash
It's good to see "The New American" published by the John Birch Society, is covering this story.They should have their hands full fighting the onslaught of socialism in vogue today. One area is to identify who are the socialists today and what names they are using to hide under.
Bottom line: did all the jurors vote against Planned Parenthood, due to this video evidence? That is not addressed in the news item, but what do you expect from WND--World Nut Daily? I can imagine some jurors--yes, even the ones with tears in their eyes, saying, I'm sorry, but my whole family has supported Planned Parenthood all our lives, so I cannot vote against them now. In other words, don't bother me with the facts, my mind is already made up! Then another juror will say, "Oh yes, my grandmother supported PP, my mother supported PP, my aunts supported PP, so don't make me vote against them!"
There isnât a scriptural teaching which equates Godâs calling to what happened to Lazarus. Jesus said He did it to get others to believe, so it does not correspond to your scenario. You would have to say that God made someone else spiritually alive so that others would believe of their own free will.
My point about faith is, if I argue that people believe through the preaching of the gospel, then I will be accused by Calvinist of believing in salvation by works. We have all heard the question posed, well why did you believe and not the other person, were you better? The thing is, scripture doesnât teach that, Calvinism does teach that the believer had to be changed to believe. So they are in fact teaching they were made better. You canât have it both ways. Someone explain why if I say people are saved by faith that I am accused of believing in salvation by works!
âsacramentâ is not found in the Scripture; Period. Argue all of manâs opinion, it means not one whit. Some on here are holding to a romanist view of Baptism, and trying to foist it on others.đ
âThird, we need to recover once again the emphasis that baptism, as the initiating rite of the church, is one of God's means of grace that He has given to His people.47 What this implies, of course, is that in the practice of baptism there is the blessing of God. In our obedience to Christ and our public act of confessing Him, the Lord of the church pours His love and joy into our hearts. When baptism is practiced, as a sign of the believer's union with Christ, the Holy Spirit strengthens our faith and encourages us to press on. In our celebration of this sacrament in the presence of the body of Christ, the people of God are encouraged in their commitment to the Lord and to each other. Indeed, in the practice of baptism, the full eschatological realities of the Gospel are impressed upon our minds and hearts by the Spirit of God, so that we are challenged once again to view our lives from the perspective of eternity, and thus to live aright as those who have tasted the powers of the age to come. No doubt, even though baptism in and of itself does not bring us into a state of grace, it has been ordained by God as a proper means of grace that we ignore, distort, or downplay to the loss of our spiritual health, life, and mission.â (S.j.Wellum)
The cults will say the Word Trinity isnât found in the Bible either. But that doesnât mean that the Bible doesnât teach the Doctrine of Trinity though.
Why I said was, people shouldnât get hung up on, well a specific word isnât in the Bible, that doesnât mean that scripture doesnât teach on the word that isnât on the Bible.
Muslims like to say show me the verse in the Bible, that Jesus says He is God. As scripture clearly teaches that Jesus is God, by what only God can do, that only Jesus could do, or His deity clearly reflecting by scriptures He is God, etc.
Marisa Fernandez wrote: .... The big picture: Gabbard's foreign policy stances significantly differ from other top Democratic candidates, especially on Syria. She has controversially defended Syrian dictator, Bashar al-Assad, and met with him on a secret trip to Syria in 2017....
excerpts from, "Hillary Clinton implies Tulsi Gabbard is "the favorite of the Russians" in 2020"
The site Axios put this in good perspective in a short article â
Just sticking to the topic, QC, about the Russian agents in our mist!
Remember when you read these secular media sources, when they mention 'Christian' they are including Catholics, which make up the largest part of Christians. They probably include Mormons and JWs as well, though their numbers are quite low in comparison to Catholics. And, speaking of Catholics, I wonder if their survey was also done in Spanish, which would pick up a lot of the recent immigrants flooding across our uncontrolled, unwalled border.
B. McCausland[/] The idea of sacraments imparting grace is a fabrication of particular confessions, not of Scripture.
âChristians believe baptism is a means of grace for the one being baptized. What some do not realize is that baptism is also a means of grace for believers as they observe the baptism of others. The Westminster Larger Catechism says observing the baptism of others gives us an opportunity to practice âthe needful but much neglected duty of improving our baptismâ (Q&A 167). We improve our baptism by seeking to experience its meaning in deeper and more powerful ways and by living out its implications. While we can think about the meaning of baptism any time, we can do this in a unique way when we observe a baptism.â (Ligonier Ministries)
B. McCausland wrote: This is becoming as the endless argument..
Of course you can endlessly go on debating..
Greetings Sister B. From my side, I am neither arguing nor debating. I am simply expounding some scriptures for J4, to assist him.
"As Jesus wasnât knocking on his heart door saying let me in!"
Very good point concerning Lazarus, who was dead (the ideal picture of a spiritually dead sinner) and who needed the resurrecting power of the sovereign Lord Jesus Christ, who chose to raise him up from physical death, and who chooses to raise sinners (as Lurker has already mentioned, whom Father God had given to God the Son), from their spiritual death, which thing is detailed in Ephesians 2 and extremely clear to regenerate believers, but a total mystery to the unconverted.
The Democratic Party would do well to put this gal as a running mate, sheâd get the anti Clinton and independent crowd. But if itâs 2 girls- nope. A couple of Communists and her, nope. Sleepy Joe and her, probably.
John for Jesus; With all due respect towards you, itâs clear you have a hang up with the Sovereignty of God, because in what you are saying, itâs clearly coming out. Because in the teaching of Godâs Sovereignty in dealing with salvation, saving grace, His imputed righteousness to His people, His Sheep, the Elect. You are painting a picture of that you have issues with the doctrine of Godâs Sovereignty.
What I said about Lazarus does apply, as Jhn 11, is talking about the rasing of the dead, resurrection power & glory, in which God can only do, through God Jesus. As all are in loins of the First Adam, as Lazarus was too. If Lazarus wasnât called forth, he would have never had taken one step forward, or even blinked his eyes ever. As Jesus wasnât knocking on his heart door saying let me in!
If God doesnât seek by raising up the Spiritualy dead, who arenât seeking out God on their own, as the Spiritual dead like Lazarus have to be called forth; Jhn 11:44 is clear on that, that only God seeks, & has too seek us, as salvation is of His glory & praise Alone!; Jhn 5:28, Eph 2:5.
As; Eph 2:5, makes it ever so clear in reading it! One is only made alive in Christ, as He has to raise one up, there is no union with Christ if He doesnât seek; Eph 1:3!
John for JESUS wrote: John UK, Thanks for proving my point about Calvinism! You ask how can a man who is not righteous believe and be saved? The answer, of course, is that God must make the person righteous so that they will do the right thing and believe. They are saved because of what they do as a result of what God has made them.
I'm not going to get involved in this but you're missing some key elements.
The prophets say God will first take away stony hearts and give a new heart of flesh. Paul teaches that the law was imposed that all may become guilty before God; that they may know their sin and repent. Jesus said to Paul on Damascus Road "It's hard to kick against the pricks" and I'd interpret that to mean Paul was feeling his guilt for sin against a Holy God. Same in Acts 2. God's work of regeneration begins with a work on a stony heart to bring His own to repentance. That comes first and those who have been given to the Son by the Father to redeem in time will repent. There is no imputed or infused righteousness within a stony heart until after it has been smashed, swept clean and made a fit habitation for the indwelling HS.
You'd do well to cease your hatred of Calvinism and open you mind to ALL the scripture. Nothing more to say.