J4J wrote, âAlthough I donât believe it happen exactly as you say, congrats! Itâs not like it was to late to ask God to save you because you were already saved. That is some dogma you learned later.â The Lord saved me the moment I trusted Him to, which was when I read the words âBelieve on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.â I have no idea what âdogmaâ youâre talking about. I believe there will be many people in hell who said a 1-2-3, repeat-after-me âsinnerâs prayer.â Although Romans 10:13 does say that âwhosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved,â the verses that follow make it clear that the only calling that will be heard is that which is done in utter dependence upon Jesus. There is no prayer that can save anyone. Only Jesus saves. Iâm not saying you didnât trust Jesus to save youâbut you didnât say that you did, either. âFor by grace are ye saved through FAITH,â not through saying a âsinnerâs prayer.â Unfortunately many would-be soul winners try to get people to repeat a prayer so they can carve another notch in their gospel gun. Iâd be very wary of that. The âconvertsâ trust in the fact that they said a prayer asking Jesus to save them, instead of actually trusting Jesus.
Thatâs okay, John; donât worry about it. âBut sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.â
Amen, WP. There was a time in my life when I had to eat turkey so often I decided Iâd never eat it again if I didnât have to. But Iâm sure thankful for the delicious John Wayne casserole I had today!
Well said, Pilgrim. The problem with people like Jim is described in Titus 1:15âUnto the pure, all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. Since Jim can find no goodness in himself, he can recognize no good in others.
Yes, Jiminy, all Americansâand of course all real Americans are Republicans; the rest are socialists and/or anarcistsâhave much to be thankful for. We can be thankful that Bernie isnât the president, effecting his goofy ideas about giving away everything for free (howâd that pan out in the old Soviet Union, Jimmy lad?). We can be thankful that Hillary isnât in the White House completing Obamaâs program to destroy every vestige of liberty, prosperity and righteousness in America. We can be thankful that Donald Trump is working day and night to fix the economy and restore freedoms eroded during the Obama years. We can be thankful that the perjuring scum dragged up by Dianne Feinstein and her cronies failed to keep a conservative Constitutionalist off of the Supreme Court. And we can be thankful that nobodyâand I do mean nobodyâever believes a word you say. Yes, we have much to be thankful for.
Short version: In 1979 I heard two men discussing the return of Christ and the Great Tribulation. I had never heard of either, so I decided to look in an old Bible I had and see if it said anything about them. I didnât know where to look, so I started at Genesis 1 and Matthew 1. When I got to Matthew 12:32, I realized I needed Godâs forgiveness and that if I didnât get it I would go to hell. A couple of weeks later I found a gospel tract on the side of the road. The tract used scriptures (real ones from the King James Bible, not the made-up ones in the other versions) to explain how Jesus died to pay for my sins, was buried, and rose again. When I read for the first time in my life those wonderful words, âBelieve on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved,â it was like a light came on in my soul. I fell to my knees and asked the Lord to save me, but I guess I was too late. He already had. No Chris, salvation isnât complicated at all. Anyone convicted of sin by the Holy Ghost who trusts Christ to save him gets saved. People complicate it when they try to add all kinds of rigamarole of their own devising to Godâs simple plan of salvation.
Christopher often has these hallucinations after drinking a bit too much Mad Dog 20/20, but they usually wear off after two or three days of detox. Those âstuffed animalsâ were actually fuzzy slippers stolen from peopleâs back porches, and they werenât waving, they were shedding cooties from where Chris had handled them. And those so-called âdrag slicksâ were just two bald lawnmower tires someone left at the curb for trash pickup. But Chris is fairly harmless, except when he weaves in and out of traffic yelling âThe British are coming!â
QC, youâre right. It was the Spaniards and Portuguese who introduced genocide and slavery to the Americas. It was not the Pilgrims. SC, you are wrong. True Christians have holy days 365 days a year, and if we want to set aside one day to be especially thankful for all our blessings, or another day to celebrate the first coming of Christ into the world, we have scriptural liberty to do so, and you are wrong to condemn us for itâRomans 14:4-8.
Walmart could find its stolen shopping cart, but not on eBay. Itâs at an undisclosed city park in Rhode Island, full of Christopherâs old rags, newspapers, unmatched shoes, and empty wine bottlesâand maybe even an 1854 Bible. Like most aging New Englanders, Christopher is considering moving to Florida, but so far he hasnât had any luck finding a place that would accept his shopping cart as an RV, despite his repainting the handlebar to read âWinnebagoâ rather than Walmart.
I donât want to urge others to do something I havenât done myself, so this morning I sent an email to the governor of Colorado which reads as follows: âMy family and I have very much enjoyed vacationing in Colorado in the past. However, we will not be visiting your state, and we will discourage others from visiting it, as long as a state agency continues to persecute Christian baker Jack Phillips for his religious beliefs.â
âThe church pushed her to repent of homosexuality on multiple occasions, but she refused.â Why multiple occasions? Paul didnât tell the church at Corinth to give their resident fornicator âmultiple chancesâ to repent. He told them to turn him over to Satan right then and there. Fortunately the man did repent later and was received back into the church. Maybe this woman would have, too, if she had been dealt with scripturally from the outset.
It sure breaks my heart that the State of Colorado will be âburdenedâ in any way by Jack Phillipsâespecially after they have been so kind and gracious to him and his business. I urge all Christians to boycott Colorado as a vacation destination until they stop persecuting Mr. Phillips, and to let Colorado officials know that they are doing this.