John, you are bullying Phil, as you often bully others, and you are doing it in violation of scripture, not in accordance with it. Please consider the following: 1. Phil did not say one word about Easter. Read his post again. If you see âEasterâ in it, please show me. 2. Phil used the passage from Romans 14 in exactly the way it was intended to be used, namely that if there is no precise scriptural commandment or proscription in a matter, Christians are free to follow their own conscience, AND OTHER CHRISTIANS ARE SPECIFICALLY BARRED FROM JUDGING THEM FOR WHAT THEY DECIDE TO DO, something you do with pharasaical zeal every time two particular holidays roll around. 3. Read Romans 14âALL of itâand if you donât see that you are wrong to bully others, even to the point of calling them âapostate, itâs because in your vast pride you donât WANT to see it.
Yes, John, there are many, many verses not only in the New Testament, but in the Old as well, dealing with salvation. Rather than being many different âdoors,â they are really different porches that all lead to the one true Door, the Lord Jesus Christ. I think this shows the marvelous graciousness of our Heavenly Father. In case we read or hear one passage of scripture and donât âget it,â He makes sure there are other passages that we do get.
Here in South Mississippi, JAG, possums have been seen strolling hand-in-hand inside the mall, and armadillos are sitting under the big umbrellas at Biloxi Beach. The coyotes are hanging out at stoplights and washing the windshields of the few cars that are still on the road, demanding cash or roadkill in return. I sure hope things get back to some semblance of normalcy soon. The only thing worse than anarchy is animalarchy.
True, John. Iâm afraid we have turned soul winning into little more than salesmanship. Let there be no conviction, no repentance, no seeing oneself as a wretched, undone sinner on whom the wrath of God abides. If we can just get them to say the âsinnerâs prayer,â we have âwonâ them and can add their tick to our tally. Pfui. Iâd rather see one man bawling his eyes out under genuine Holy Ghost conviction than to see a hundred mindlessly mouthing a 1-2-3, repeat-after-me âsinnerâs prayer.â
Last night the local news reported that a county bordering ours has 39 cases of coronavirus. What they failed to mention is that there are 295,041 residents in the county who do NOT have the virus. Although I would never want to ignore the impact this disease has had on so many people, I think the media could say that the sky is dark without constantly yelling that it is falling.
John UK wrote, âNo Prayer=No Salvation.â I think I would examine that a little more closely, John, as there are many scriptures that promise salvation without any mention of prayer and many biblical examples of people getting saved without praying. Faith is what connects us to the Savior; the praying is merely an expression of the faith that already exists in the heart, as the next verse of Romans 10 makes clear when it asks, âHow then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed?â
Jim, Nero Wolfe gets out more than you do. We all know you stay barricaded in your parentsâ basement, coronavirus or no coronavirus, with fifty cases of Cheetos, a keg of Mountain Dew and a stockpile of Charmin. But at least you get your exercise, what with finger aerobics on Google.
Jim Lincoln wrote, âYou canât trust a person who doesnât like dogs.â Jim, if you can show me one positive thing that the Word of God has to say about dogs, then I will concur with your opinion.
Surely âscienceâ has all the answers! Why just look at the âscienceâ of bleeding patients to remove impurities, and how well that worked on George Washington! âScience,â like the pope, is infallibleâeven when âscienceâ has to replace one infallible idea with a diametrically opposite infallible idea. You canât trust much in this life, but you can sure trust âscience.â
Carl, let me tell you about the most wonderful rehab program ever. One day I was reading the Bible and I suddenly realized I was a sinner doomed to spend eternity in hell. I didnât know what to do about it, but a couple of weeks later I found a gospel tract on the side of the road, read it, and when I read for the first time in my life thise glorious words, âBelieve on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved,â I did and I was. I immediately went and poured all my booze down the sink, threw my cigarettes in the trash, and took all my rock and roll albums out to the dumpster. No man told me I should do those things, and I still had not set foot in a church service, so it definitely wasnât a case if âIFB pietism,â as Fred calls it. It was immediate, supernatural transformation wrought by the Spirit of God. To anyone struggling with addiction of any type, may I say that faith in Jesus Christ is the way to overcome it.