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But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. J4J, you obviously donât understand the Bible, and yet you imagine that you have some special insight into scriptures that others do not have. There is good reason to believe you are lost. Can you give a clear testimony of your own salvation?
Acts 8:46 NMV (Newly Made-Up Version)âAnd as they went on their way, they came unto a certain apostle: and the eunuch said, See, here is the fella who can lay hands on me; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
Carry when I fill the feeders? Why that would be acknowledging that I am intimidated by the squirrels. No, I fill the feeders any time I please, and I donât tote a gun, either. I just fill them at night when the squirrels are in my living room watching Matlock.
Dolores, why donât you hire Christopher to come down and keep the squirrels off of your feeders? He needs a place to park his shopping cart for the winter, and that mug of his would repel Kodiak bears, let alone bushytails.
Okay, I follow you now, J4J. Of course I agree that the only baptism that saves is the spiritual baptism that takes place in us, but please remember that John the Baptist was already dead when Jesus commanded the apostles to baptize converts. At any rate, whether we ever agree or not on this, I would much rather have people saved and not baptized than baptized and not saved. Amen, John UK. Jesus also reiterated the Great Commission in Acts Chapter 1. Gotta get outside and get some yard work done now.
Good point, Ken. Either way, as I said, it didnât pan out too well. The federal government already had more power in 1860 than it was ever meant to have, and its overreach in 2018 is nothing short of monstrous. Unfortunately weâll never fix it nowâbut Jesus will institute a perfect government some day.
No, John, no place is perfectâand if it was, it no longer would be once you or I came on the scene. Our imperfections would negate its perfection. Iâm not trying to be argumentative, but Iâm having a hard time understanding your position on baptism. Are you saying that people canât be saved without being baptized in water, or that they canât be saved without being baptized by the Holy Ghost? I think you meant the latter, but itâs not entirely clear. Reading some of your posts, it seems that you donât think water baptism is still a valid practice, but in others you seem to be saying that water baptism is required for salvation. Like I said, John, these are sincere questions and not an attempt to trip you up or enter into a debate. Iâm truly sorry to hear about your disabled son. Of course a big church like FBC Woodstock is more likely to have accommodations for him than the average little IFB church. I hope the streaming services will minister to him and your wife.
I seem to recall that there were two choices on the presidential ballot in 2016: the very ungodly Donald Trump, and the exceptionally wicked Hillary Clinton. Trump promised to uphold many of the policies Christians support, while Clinton promised to tear them all down. Voting for Trump was not so much voting for Christianity as it was voting against satanism. But you like satanism, Jim, so naturally you voted against the better of the two candidates.
Thatâs why you have preachers ascending the platform with their shirttails hanging out (no respect for the Bible has led to no respect for the office of pastor) and rock-and-roll hootenannies with long-haired hippy singers in your services, and why there are endless debates about whether to ordain women and queers. I would urge you to come out of the SBC and find a good IFB church that preaches the truth of the Bible, but Iâm sure you wonât. Like most SBC folks nowadays, youâre probably content with your worldly church and its worldly practices. After all, you can sit comfortably in it without being convicted of your own worldliness.
JUK, the best translation is, as always, the King James Version: âGo ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you...â The Great Commission is (1) Teach all people how to be saved (and not âmake disciples of all nationsâ), (2) Baptize them IN WATER (Iâm pretty sure Jesus knows His disciples canât baptize people with the Holy Ghost, which seems to be what J4J is teaching), AFTER they get saved, and (3) teach them to be disciples. Salvation first. Baptism second. Service (discipleship) third. Of course a disciple is not only a student, but also a follower, so no one can be a genuine follower of Christ without following Him in obedient immersion in in the name of the Trinity. J4J, most of the âcountless translationsâ you mentioned come from the work of two men who deliberately used corrupt texts in order to change the meaning of the Word of God. The Southern Baptist Convention has been in decline for years and it grows weaker every year in power and influence. I have no doubt that this decline began with and has been perpetuated by the SBCâs acceptance of the âcountless translationsâ that donât have the power and accuracy of the KJB. Thatâ
I had to quit feeding birds, too, Dolores. The squirrels kept hanging around the feeders with baseball bats, waiting to mug me when I carried the birdseed. I thought about loading the seeds into shotgun shells and firing them up in the air for the birds to catch, but the squirrels would probably rent a helicopter and steal the food anyway. The local birds are getting anorexic, and the squirrels are taking turns renting themselves out to the neighborhood kids for pony rides. So far my goats are okay, but they have been engaging in a turf war with the bushytails. A couple of squirrels tried putting on fake horns and eating with the goats, but the goats always tie napkins around their necks before they eat, so they werenât fooled. Two squirrels stole my debit card and hotwired my car, but they were arrested at Walmart trying to purchase six fifty-pound sacks of deer corn. They would have probably gotten away with it if they hadnât eaten another sack while in the store. The good news is that we wonât have to buy a turkey this year for Thanksgiving. We still have half a squirrel in the freezer from last year.
Yesâexcept when the wood hits you in the shin. That will take all the enjoyment out of it in a hurry! Havenât had that happen in years, though. Donât know if my aim is better or if Iâm just a little more cautious.
J4J, the first requirement of the Great Commission is not teaching. It is not baptizing. It isnât even making disciples (which, incidentally, is a ridiculous mistranslation; you canât make disciples out of unsaved sinners). No, John, the first element of the Great Commission is to GO. Are you going out regularly and preaching the gospel? BTW, according to your own church, the First Baptist Church of Woodstock, âIn the Bible, people are baptized at the first available opportunity after they have repented of their sin and placed their faith in Christ.â If you disagree with that statement, why donât you go start your own church? You will probably be the only member, but at least youâll never have a church split.
Evangelicals, whether white or black, who vote Democratic probably do so because they are not saved. No one whose conscience is stirred by the Holy Spirit of God could ever vote for sodomy, infanticide, sorcery, Islamism, and the other abominations the Democrats uphold, defend and promote. And evangelicals arenât the only ones who go to church regularly. Devils show up for every service.