I answered why some choose to believe and others don‚Äôt. What some people want to know is why specific people believe and others don‚Äôt. The Bible doesn‚Äôt give a case for each individual person.
‚ÄúNow when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich. And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!‚ÄĚ ‚Ä≠‚Ä≠Luke‚Ä¨ ‚Ä≠18:22-24‚Ä¨
In this case the man didn‚Äôt want to give up any riches that he had. It‚Äôs different for different people.
Also, I said ‚Äúare ye‚ÄĚ was current tense which means that the Gentile‚Äôs salvation is what should be considered the gift of God because the act of grace shown them and their own faith are past tense, while the gift was yet to be received. They had not yet entered into eternal life.
John for JESUS wrote: I keep hearing that salvation isn‚Äôt even in the verse, then what does the word ‚Äúsaved‚ÄĚ mean? The Gentile believers received salvation by grace, through faith! That salvation they received was not because of anything they did to earn it, it is the gift of God. Grace was what they were shown and faith is what they had in order to be saved, those things were in the past for them. However, the gift of God is what was happening right now. Whatever you think ‚Äúit‚ÄĚ is must be something that was still considered the gift of God. Grace was already shown and faith was already something they had in order to be saved. The only thing current tense would be their salvation, which was still their gift from God.‚Ä¨
I believe J4J's post demonstrates much better than I could explain what happens when the rules of grammar are abandoned for a complex text such as Eph 2:8. Personal bias is free to draw out a meaning contrary to the Author's intent.
Thanks for the clarification and accept my apology for misunderstanding.
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Rom 5:15 the grace of God, and the gift **by** grace..
Rom 5:16 the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
Rom 3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith...
Hollywood, theater, movies, drama's actors, actresses...... and Disney.
This 'industry' is ALL as demonic as witches.
Liberalism, feminism, adultery, lust, sodomism, transism and all forms of modern corruption are supported and portrayed by them as acceptable. They are part of Satan's club. All now to be found on mobile phones!!
The church in previous centuries used to reject the theater and all its fictions and taught the congregation not to go there.
Quote:- "Young men, time would fail me if I were to tell you all the fruits this love of pleasure produces, and all the ways in which it may do you harm. Why should I speak of revelling, feasting, drinking, gambling, THEATRE going, dancing, and the like? Few are to be found who do not know something of these things by bitter experience. And these are only instances. All things that give a feeling of excitement for the time,‚ÄĒall things that drown thought, and keep the mind in a constant whirl,‚ÄĒall things that please the senses and gratify the flesh;‚ÄĒthese are the sort of things that have mighty power at your time of life, and they owe their power to the love of pleasure. Be on your guard. Be not like those of whom Paul speaks, ‚ÄúLovers of pleasure more than lovers of God‚ÄĚ (2 Tim. 3:4)." (J C Ryle).
J4 wrote: The reason all don‚Äôt believe is because not all are willing to hear the truth so as to believe, not all are willing to confess their sins before God, not all want to follow Him because they love darkness rather than light.
Yes, but the question is, "Why?"
Why are they not willing? Why will they not follow Christ? Why do they love darkness? Why do they hate light?
The reason all don‚Äôt believe is because not all are willing to hear the truth so as to believe, not all are willing to confess their sins before God, not all want to follow Him because they love darkness rather than light. The reason people believe is because once confronted with the truth, they don‚Äôt choose to ignore it or disregard it, they hear of how God so loved the world and sent His Son to die for the forgiveness of their sins that they reciprocate that love in repentance and faith. Maybe it is that they are more honest about the truth and grateful for what Jesus has done for them. That is less a reflection on how good they are because they are still sinners in need of the Savior, but it is a reflection of how wicked those are who will not obey the call of the gospel!
Franklin Graham: Minister of Christ or Priest of Baal? / August 14, 2009 "And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them." 1 Kings 18:28
Now, I need to get to that conclusion I mentioned. Franklin Graham considers himself a preacher of the gospel, a minister of God. But I ask the reader, in fact, I challenge the whole Christian church to judge righteous judgment by the Scriptures. True ministers of the Lord Jesus Christ do not facilitate, promote, and encourage crude, frenzied, sexualized, even violent worship as acceptable to the Lord. No, just the contrary. It is the heathens who have always worshipped their false gods in that very way. Certainly the priests of Baal on Mt. Carmel come immediately to mind as one example. So my conclusion then is that Franklin Graham is no minister of Christ; rather he is a minister of Baal and ought to be exposed, rebuked, and resisted for the glory of God and the good of His church.
--Pastor Ralph Ovadal, Pilgrims Covenant Church, Monroe, Wisconsin, www.pccmonroe.org
Joseph D. Harder Ph.D. wrote: ....While not as successful as efforts later in the decade like Moral Majority‚ÄĒin large part because Bright did not have access to a large television audience like Falwell‚ÄĒthey do indicate that some evangelicals at least were willing to link evangelism with political activism. Not all evangelicals were comfortable with that link; Graham criticized Bright for his politicization, and when Sojourners magazine, produced by left-wing evangelicals, described Bright‚Äôs partisan activities, he ended his explicitly political activities....
...First published in 1976, Bright‚Äôs short pamphlet‚ÄĒtwenty-four pages‚ÄĒwas not explicitly partisan; rather, in Your Five Duties
he encouraged Christians to shoulder their responsibilities to pray, register to vote, become informed, help elect ‚Äúgodly people,‚ÄĚ and vote. What was meant by ‚Äúgodly‚ÄĚ Bright did not specify, but he argued strongly that electing ‚Äúungodly‚ÄĚ people would lead to America‚Äôs ruin, [Frankie and other Trumpians note that‚Ěó] which would threaten world evangelism.
excerpt from, '"Heal Their Land": Evangelical Political Theology From the Great Awakening to the Moral Majority"
The way God changes minds is through the gospel message.
‚ÄúHow then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?‚ÄĚ ‚Ä≠‚Ä≠Romans‚Ä¨ ‚Ä≠10:14‚Ä¨
It certainly isn‚Äôt through Calvinist dogma that people believe! It isn‚Äôt even scriptural. They think if they repeat the same words that are found in the Bible, they can pour into them any sort of meaning they want.
Mike wrote: Luke 18:8 "I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?" It sure looks like we are to conclude this was merely a rhetorical question.
Is that a rhetorical statement, Mike? Or open to investigation?
B. McCausland wrote: Due to the often misuse of the RIP, and for general knowledge, it is fitting to be aware that a bible believer is with Christ in death. The RIP farewell to the dead derives from the RC wish for their dead to be free from any possible torment in the uncertainty of the after death.
On a railway arch not far from Rugby in Warwickshire, I saw that someone had painted the following: Sid Vicious - Rest in Peace.
And I thought to myself, "Sid is not at rest, and he is certainly not at peace, where he has gone; for he has arrived securely in hell where he will be punished for his sins, in torment and with no further opportunity to change tack."
And I felt very grateful that the Lord did not choose to leave me in mine own sins, but brought me up out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and put a new song in my mouth, even praise to my God.
Chs: I'm surprised about this distraction by Rush Limbaugh‚ĚóHe had better get on board with Trump's plan of legalizing homosexuality around the world
Jake Novak wrote: ‚ÄĘTrump has found his ultimate tweeting wingman in U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell.
‚ÄĘAs followers of Grenell‚Äôs Twitter feed already know, it‚Äôs a strong source of condensed and contentious pro-Trump arguments.
‚ÄĘGrenell may be a top diplomat, but there‚Äôs very little that‚Äôs diplomatic about his bare-fisted approach on Twitter....
‚ÄĘGrenell‚Äôs personal story makes his conspicuous Twitter presence an even bigger asset to the White House. As the highest ranking openly gay member of the Trump administration, Grenell proves he‚Äôs far from an example of tokenism with every statement and slamming tweet.
He‚Äôs clearly a part of the team, not just for show, as he‚Äôs taken an aggressive lead role in the administration‚Äôs battle to decriminalize homosexuality across the globe....[See the following story] https://tinyurl.com/yxh3zzmj
excerpt from, "Op-Ed: Think Trump is tough on Twitter? Meet Ambassador Richard Grenell"
Trump has already made it plain that he would support a homosexual presidential candidate-later.
JD Saved by Grace wrote: Delores from Tx and John UK: I totally agree with both of you. As old as I am, I don't like Disney, nor their movies. With Disney, there also, many times covert evil messages instilled in their movies. "Beauty and the Beast" comes immediately to mind. In fact, most movies that are produced lately aren't worth watching, and sodomy and sodomy themes seem to be a part of their main productions now and not just Disney, but all movies and TV shows that are produced and released. Thank GOD for SermonAudio and its millions of sermons to watch/listen to. Between sermons and listening to or reading my Bible, I am content and don't need or want to listen to, or watch any of the profane, evil, disgusting, but popular ungodliness that constantly inundates the media. People need to keep closer watch on what their children are being exposed to. Too much filth!
Amen JD, and you mentioned the amazing resource of SermonAudio; it is truly astonishing.
Article: Franklin Graham: Minister of Christ or Priest of Baal? (scroll down - pics)
Rock the River is the proud brainchild of BGEA president/CEO Franklin Graham, who also briefly preached the Graham gospel several times during each of the six to seven hour "Christian" rock concerts. Mr. Graham was very open about his reason for making use of head-banging rock, hip-hop, and even a mosh pit set up by BGEA. "We're just changing the lure. Kids today love rock music. We're giving them the music they like and understand" (Quad City Times, Aug. 9, 2009). Now, much could, and should, be said about using sensual, in some cases even sexualized, rock bands to "lure" young people into hearing the gospel according to Franklin Graham. The same is true of Graham's open collusion with Roman Catholics in the planning of Rock the River.
. . . is Franklin Graham's notion of what is worship acceptable to the Lord. The Scriptures have much to say on that very issue, for instance: "Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness" (Ps. 29:2) and "God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him" (Ps. 89:7).
Article: Franklin Graham's "Rock" / by Pastor Ralph Ovadal / May 22, 2009
Due to the often misuse of the RIP, and for general knowledge, it is fitting to be aware that a bible believer is with Christ in death. The RIP farewell to the dead derives from the RC wish for their dead to be free from any possible torment in the uncertainty of the after death.
‚ÄúBut the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, SORCERERS, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.‚ÄĚ‚ÄĚ ‚Ä≠‚Ä≠Revelation‚Ä¨ ‚Ä≠21:8‚Ä¨ ‚Ä≠NKJV‚Ä¨‚Ä¨ https://www.bible.com **All caps added for emphasis**
‚Äú‚ÄėA man or a woman who is a medium, or who has familiar spirits, shall surely be put to death; they shall stone them with stones. Their blood shall be upon them.‚Äô ‚ÄĚ‚ÄĚ ‚Ä≠‚Ä≠Leviticus‚Ä¨ ‚Ä≠20:27‚Ä¨ ‚Ä≠NKJV‚Ä¨