Wayfarer Pilgrim wrote: Worthy comment youth in Asia. But, then if your phone is monitored, weâll need to start buying CDâs and â cough â, cassettes. Yes, and I happen to have boxes of them when Johnny Mac , Howard Hendricks and MLJ and Vance Havner has cassette sermons.
I still use CD's and cassettes. I have a lot of cassettes that I use in my "boom-box" in my workshop. Love cassettes.
Adriel wrote: "Do the high Calvinistic doctrines really make a difference? Does belief in the sovereignty of God make any practical impact upon life? I hope that you are beginning to see that these doctrines are vital. Only when we understand that God has ordained our suffering can we begin to make sense of it. Only then can we be certain that He has a purpose in it. When tragedy comes, when adversity strikes, we will not be shaken. Yes, we will cry. Yes, we will grieve. But we will move on confidently knowing that God is on His throne, that we are in His hand, that our circumstances are His doing, and He is working them for our good." "Since Augustine (remember we are âAugustiniansâ), Christians have been saying that god permits evil for the greater good. The paradigm is found in the crucifixion. When man did the greatest evil, God brought from it the greatest good. But the crucifixion was carried out by the âpredetermined plan and foreknowledge of Godâ (Acts 2:23). God was in it; He had ordained it. Likewise, He is in our suffering. Because He is in it, it has a purpose, it has meaning." (Terry Johnson)
Well said. It brings God glory to submit to His sovereignty. Isn't that enough?
NeedHim wrote: Watcher; I like what Spurgeon says with his quote; Discernment isnât simply a matter of telling the difference between what is right & wrong; rather it is the difference between right & almost right.â Pro 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. I need God to accept me & nât the other way around...
I love that quote. It's amazing how we have been programmed today to think that God just can't get on without us. It's like He created us to make His job easier. I heard someone say once, "God did, but you didn't".
In other words, if we don't do something or have faith, or confess...etc., then God is hampered until we get our ducks in order. Sick!
NeedHim wrote: Penned; Jim is a Christian? Thatâs interesting with Jim tract record, of clearly opposing Christ, through the twisting of His word regularly to fit into Marxist Leftists fallen Worldview? Joel Osteen talks about God, & holds up His Bible, does that mean he is Born Again too?
It seems to me that the running consensus of the church these days is we can choose God. So taking this into account, I guess there's a lot more Christians than we think. What would God do without us?
Jim Lincoln wrote: Watcher, both the NASB & ESV, have it that way. Considering those are the two versions I am most familiar with, I would assume some other serious versions would have that also.
I wonder...what word did Paul use originally? Perhaps sodomite? As we know, homosexual is a rather modern word. Webster's 1828 dictionary doesn't have the word listed. It does carry sodomite, sodomy or buggery.
See if you can find a version that has rapture in it.
Jim Lincoln wrote: 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Timothy 1:9-11 understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted.---ESV Four Bibles that don't mince words, you can find the word for homosexualityâ
ladybug wrote: "died for the sins of the world" - to those who support this, isn't unbelief a sin? IF Christ die for all the sins of the world, wouldn't that include the sin of unbelief? Who then goes to hell and why? http://biblehub.com/sermons/auth/charnock/unbelief_the_greatest_sin.htm This is most excellent as well, from John Owen - http://www.gracegems.org/12/whom.htm This article uses the bible to answer for whom Christ died - https://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/jhendryx03.html
Ouch! Now that's hitting below the belt. Poor ol' self felt that one in the bread-basket! Ladybug can sure pack a wallop!
Dr. Tim wrote: Actually, sarcasm is not necessarily always "the language of the devil." God Himself called Job "a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil," but Job used sarcasm in Job 12:2. Jesus would never use "the language of the devil," but he used sarcasm in Matthew 23:24. Nevertheless, if my use of sarcasm offends you, brother, then it is incumbent upon me to refrain from using it, and I will try to do so, but please don't expect perfection. I'll just do the best I can.
Like I've said before, when i "preach" some someone, I am always preaching to myself. I can be sarcastic and cutting with the best of them, but that doesn't make it right. We do see sarcasm in the Bible, but that no excuse for us to use it. Calling people names, insulting our brothers and sister, who Christ died for is wrong. if we can't say something encouraging, loving or edifying then like Barney said, "Take a lock!".
penned wrote: Watcher, what you see there is a contrast between the suffering Christian and those who have their ears tickled by the state. I believe the underground church of China would know exactly what I am talking about and we would have sweet fellowship.
Very true. We have much to be ashamed of here in the west. Persecution is coming, and I doubt any one of us will be ready for it.
penned wrote: somewhere in a gated community in China is a woman who goes to a state church every week and hears of the blessings of her privileged society. meanwhile down the road... Title: Report: Chinese 'training' camps now use 'forced medication' http://www.wnd.com/2018/05/report-chinese-training-camps-now-use-forced-medication/ "Chinese âtraining campsâ to which the government sends people with beliefs not tolerated by the communist regime are using âforced medicationâ on inmates, both Christian and Muslim, reveals a new report in Joseph Farahâs G2 Bulletin."
We all need to live our lives as a constant and daily testimony to Christ. I am guilty of being sarcastic and foolish, and I have personally repented of it. I think if Christians from other countries looked at the content of our conversations here, they would be embarrassed, confused and upset. My opinion anyway. Take it or leave it.
John Yurich USA wrote: I am not a fraud. If I was not really saved I would never have started to attend a Baptist Church faithfully every Sunday because I stated previously I would never attend any Evangelical Protestant Church. I am growing spiritually at my Baptist Church.
Okay John...not a problem. Just remember, God sees your heart and will judge you accordingly.