As a former free-willer myself I can understand the struggles people have with the counterintuitive but Biblical nature of Calvinist Doctrine.
I'm also a bit suprised to hear that it's popularity is increasing in SBC and elsewhere, then again, nothing is impossible with God, who alone can open the eyes of the blind--spiritually and physically.
Jhawk44 wrote: Lol, with our country's education scores, should the statement be instead "Humans match monkeys in arithmatic tests"? Anyway, the title is misleading: The monkeys scored 74% and the humans score 94%. That not "matched" in my book. Also, it was just extremly simple addition facts. Let's see how the monkeys score against the humans in solving complex calculus equasion. I bet the monkeys don't do well there.
I too laughed out loud, reading your comment...but I also GROANED--knowing that the true motivation of this article and study is yet another attempt to prove human-animal equivalence, which is an on- going goal of the un-Godly, atheistic, evolutionary set.
Dr. Yamil Luciano wrote: Amen! Just got done listening to that sermon. It is so encouraging to hear other men of God shunning the culture and preaching the unadulterated principles of the Word of God.
Some points of interest: 1. Jesus makes a irrefutable distinction between fornication and adultery. 2. God instituted marriage to be a picture of Christ and the church. Just like God does not divorce us when we go and commit adultery with other Gods, so he expects the victim of adultery to be. 2. The issue of forgiveness. Now this is a point that I have not made but it is worth noting. Divorce is nothing more than a complete disregard of Jesus's command to forgive.
Just got through downloading that sermon and listening to it myself. I agree with Yamil, here. VERY encouraging sermon--expecially...uh...the FIRST of Yamil's 2nd points listed above!
I'm TOTALLY fine with church services on Christmas day, but clearly not everyone is.
2 years ago a huge fight broke out at my dad's place, where we were all gathered for our usual family celebration, because some (the believers) wanted to go to church before opening presents while others (the non-belivers) wanted us to "skip" church for once, and open presents this time.
Spiritual division in the family became very apparent when the non-belivers became very offended by our insistance of emphasizing church over family-time, which they insisted was more inportatant than Sunday worship.
It was a VERY ugly situation that, thankfully, was quickly resolved AFTER we (the believers) got back from church, which only ended up delaying the family gift-exchange by about 90 minutes.
Satan and his people can be such crybabies, but by God's grace, we were not intimidated by them this time.
Sounds almost like God is dealing with our state's public school kids the same way he dealt with the "Children" of the church of Thyatira in Rev. 2:23.
The residual moral capital that existed when I was in public school back in the 70's (less than a decade after God was kicked-out of public education) appears to be all but used-up today, resulting in little more than the philosophically and spiritually anarchistic wasteland that we see around us and described in this news article.
"All of GO 1 deals with moral issues," he said. "Beside banning sexual relations, the first General Order also bans the possession of pornography, the consumption of alcohol, gambling and religious proselytizing.
Wow! Any organization that would include "religious proselytizing" in such a list of general vices as that listed in the above quote RICHLY deserves any and all the current problems (role-diffusion, etc.) it's now enduring, and then some!
Bible promises "woe" to those who call evil good and good evil.
We need to pray God will be pleased to grant our armed forces victory over ALL "enemies" that seek to destroy them and not just the terrorists.
PreacherJonD. wrote: John from CA, Amen! The resurrection should have been the most important part!! What about the more modern day production of the "Passion of the Christ"? That movie did exactly the same thing-- going on and on and on with the brutality and then almost nothing regarding the ressurection. (Not to mention infusing the audience with the catholic doctrines of the stations of the cross, and putting unbiblical emphasis on Mary.) I do not care for any media productions about the Bible or Jesus Christ. They only care about making money and not about upholding God's Word.
You said it.
In every case where Bible accounts are committed to film, the filmmaker's bias always ends up compromising the account being portrayed.
As powerful as "The Passion" was, I was IMMEDIATELY turned-off by the portrayal of SATAN in the Garden of Gesthememe, instead of God. After all, according to the Biblical account, Satan was in- dwelling Judas at this time--NOT in the Garden of Gestheneme! GOD was the one who was crushing Christ in the Garden, NOT Satan. I'm afraid Mel Gibson, who I respect as an artist, ended up unwittingly glorifying the Devil in this movie much more than he should/could have.
In any country where common sense becomes controversial, THAT county is in DEEP trouble.
This man's testimony and motives are based on common sense wisdom-- which appears to be increasingly despised by low-self-esteem-motivated post-modern folk of my own and subsequent generations of Americans.
Christ's salvation sets one free of this "chasing of the wind" of trying to puff-up one's esteem, which seems to motivate our more liberal folk into bending over backwards to try to accommodate others in ways that they should not.
Somebody gave my non-Christian sister-in-law an action figure of Sigmund Freud as a gag gift, since she's a big fan of modern freudian psychology.
As a believer I'm no fan of Freud by any means, but even I was insulted by the demeaning portrayal of such a great (if reprobate) man of history.
How much more offensive then is a similar portrayal of the one who created freud as well as the rest of the physical universe?
As a fan of military history I was somewhat interested to find out that Hazbro/G.I. Joe recently produced a series of their dolls that portray famous historical military men, but one look at their George S. Patton doll (though a very faithful representation) seemed to me to be more of a characature than a collectable.
Even though I was only in the 4th grade when this musical came out, and yet to be born-again/saved (though I was attending a Christian church at the time); I was STILL able to "smell a rat", in that I was troubled that this musical ended without depicting Christ's resurrection.
Why (I puzzled) would anyone want to make a story about Christ without using his total victory over death as an obviously huge, dynamic climax and/or finale?
Don't get me wrong. It's a fabulously crafted work of art (musical), but for me--even back then--there was no sense of closure/resolution that all other good movies/musicals seem to have. As if the film broke right before the end--or was never finished.
Nice to see that there are oases of normal family developement within the vast social desert that I've been experienceing here in this country since my youth (resulting from divorce, role-diffusion, over-population fear- mongering, etc.)
I gotta admit that if it weren't for the presence of JD, Yamil, Abigail, and others like them on this forum; I might never hear all the good stuff I'm hearing from the likes of Evans, Seaton, Lurker, R.K. Borril, etc.
I honestly hope you guys (in the former group) NEVER leave this forum, as Walt and others might suggest you do. Otherwise my OWN education would almost certainly suffer!
Proverbs 29:9...and so this thread will no doubt continue for some time, I'm sure