The pope wasnâ€™t the only one laughing. After all, Jolted Joe is the biggest political joke since Jimmy Carter. And Iâ€™m sure Satan gets a good chuckle out of seeing all the fools who have fallen for Joe and his fake religion and fake politics.
Someone said that pot smoking is a â€śvictimlessâ€ť crime. Hardly. Iâ€™ve asked people to pray for my brother-in-law who was admitted to the hospital recently. Thank God he was discharged today, but not before he nearly died from a â€śvictimless crime.â€ť You see, my brother-in-law got Hepatitis A, and apparently his wife also now has it, through contact with their son who is an intravenous drug abuser. But the son didnâ€™t start out shooting up. No, like most dopers, he started smoking pot before he moved on to the harder stuff. The young manâ€™s drug habit has come at a tremendous cost to his parents as well as his children emotionally, physically, financially, mentally and even spiritually, and this same scenario is repeated all over America. Believe me, as a former addict myself, and one who currently works in an addictions recovery ministry, I can tell you beyond a doubt that there is nothing â€śvictimlessâ€ť about drug abuse, including the drug alcohol. Sin always affects more than just the sinner. Always.
Ah, Jim, thank you for opening blind eyes! I finally get it! Since babies all go to heaven, we should kill as many of them as we possibly can, right? Did you by any chance notice that your Dr. Rugh calls them â€śbabiesâ€ť? What kind of babies is he referring to, Jim? Baby alligators? Baby piranhas? No, heâ€™s clearly referring to human babies, who are just miniature human beings.I know you donâ€™t like the King James Bible, but every time it talks about the subject it says that a woman is great with child, not great with fetus. Little humans, whether in the womb or out, are known as infants, babes, children, and not blobs or the intentionally indefinite word â€śfetuses.â€ť Jim Lincoln, as one who advocates murder, you are as much a murderer as the abortionist is, â€śand ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.â€ť Wake up and smell the brimstone, Jim.
John, Iâ€™m not sure that our testimonies are really that far apart. Prior to my salvation, the Holy Spirit worked me over with such an overwhelming conviction, such an horror of judgement and eternal suffering, that I was willing to do anything to be saved. What a relief when He showed me that all I had to do was trust Jesus Christ to save me! It was as if the Saviour said, â€śHere, give me your hand and Iâ€™ll pull you out!â€ť Up till then I didnâ€™t even realize I had a hand. The â€śhandâ€ť was faith, and He gave it to me just as surely as He gave me my physical hands. But I still had to agree to His arrangement. He wasnâ€™t going to pull me out if I didnâ€™t want out. As Brother Mike said, there are many who donâ€™t want out. They love the darkness of their way and prefer to remain in it. I want to thank all who have been praying for my family members. If Iâ€™m away for a bit, itâ€™s not because Iâ€™m upset with anyone on the forum. I just need some time to pray, too. You know, I just had a funny thought. I just had a picture of all of us sitting at the feet of the Master, in heaven at last. He begins to teach, and with red faces we realize we have ALL missed the mark in one way or another. We were all too blind to see that while we may have been right over here, we were a little off-base over
John, nothing I said in my previous post denies the essentiality of the work of the Holy Spirit. My point is that when the Holy Spirit moves on the heart of a person, that person is free to respond positively or negatively. I donâ€™t think thereâ€™s a preacher alive who doesnâ€™t view Genesis 24, where Abraham sends his servant to find a wife for Isaac, as a picture of God the Father sending the Holy Spirit to get a bride for Christ. But the servant says, â€śWhat if she wonâ€™t come?â€ť Does Abraham say, â€śThen hit her over the head and MAKE her come!â€ť? Hardly. The woman has a choice. Jesus told a group of people, â€śAnd ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.â€ť He didnâ€™t say they couldnâ€™t come. He said they wouldnâ€™t. The sovereignty of God does not negate the free will of man. It was God who in His sovereignty created man with that free will. If this were not true, it would be ridiculous to use the word â€świllingâ€ť in relation to people as the Bible repeatedly does.
I guess no one is going to attempt to answer my original question, which was Why do so many say that since the fall of Adam, man no longer has free will, but no one that I know of claims that he has no similar extinction of the ability to think and feel? Without the context of the first question, the second one is moot.
I am a bit confused about something. It is my understanding that the soul is the seat of the intellect, the emotions and the will. Why do so many say that since the fall of Adam, man no longer has free will, but no one that I know of claims that he has no similar extinction of the ability to think and feel? Seems fishy to me. And please, donâ€™t quote Reverend Rightguard and Doctor Doohickey. Where does the BIBLE declare that man is unable to choose for or against Jesus Christ?
Daniel 6:12 Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king's decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.
Jim, why exactly do you recommend a â€śBibleâ€ť that changes the word â€śsodomitesâ€ť to â€śperverted persons?â€ť Oh, I get it! Sodomites wonâ€™t acknowledge that their lifestyle is perverted, so of course the verses that use that phrase arenâ€™t referring to them. And donâ€™t you just love the way the NKJV manages to put blood and faith in Romans 3:25 without specifying that it is FAITH IN HIS BLOOD that counts? I wouldnâ€™t give a plug nickel for the NKJV. Just another money-grubbing perversion of scripture like your beloved ESV.