Amishchristian, no one would take issue with your or your church's decision to not vote.
However, it seems out of place to criticize elected representatives, whether in local, state or federal government, who you clearly let others decide for you to run your government. It seems like it is the consequence of your choice.
When we consider that it is difficult if not impossible to translate from one language to another in a way that is grammatically â€śperfect,â€ť John (consider the unclear antecedents in Psalm 37:23), #2 actually makes perfect sense, especially considering that in every other instance where the phrase â€śthe gift of Godâ€ť is used in the New Testament it refers either to the gift of salvation or the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Jim, I rebuke you. You should not speak against somebody who proclaims the gospel.
Luk 9:50 KJV And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.
You might not agree with all of his teachings but he certainly proclaims the gospel and the Bible expressly forbids your constant behavior of denigrating evangelists. It is appalling that a Christian would constantly display this behavior. No evangelist will ever be perfect but God does not use perfect people nor does he call perfect people. The great physician came to heal the sick.
I donâ€™t mean to offend anyone here. But our church doesnâ€™t get involved in politics meaning we donâ€™t vote. Will Americans now have to choose between a openly homosexual with a husband and a openly adulterer on his third wife. I believe both are wrong. What if it was the other way around and the homosexual was the conservative? Who would you vote for? The way I and my church see it Jesus is the only one who will ever get our vote. Iâ€™m glad I donâ€™t have to decide on anyone else. And by the way our store is doing alright. January was very slow but business picking up now as the weather begins to warm a little. We have had politicians stop in to shop. One was a woman state representative. She was a Democrat I was told. Another time a man stopped in who people told me later that he is a state representative but this time a Republican. He showed some interest in how the business was doing. I didnâ€™t care for his language at times though.
John UK wrote: Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV (8)Â For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (9)Â Not of works, lest any man should boast. Similar to what St James said earlier, it is necessary simply to look at the sentence construction: what is THAT referring to? It is either:- 1. grace (that grace) 2. saved (that saved) 3. faith (that faith) Obviously we can remove number 2 because it makes no sense. We can also remove number 1 because we acknowledge that the grace is referring to the grace of God, which is God showing undeserved favour. Therefore, "that not of yourselves" must refer to "faith", which is the gift of God to the sinner; it is a work of the Spirit of Jesus, who is the author and finisher of our "faith". To those who believe salvation is the gift, well it could have been if the text had said, "For by grace ye have salvation through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God". But it doesn't so it cannot be. _______________ ---
Instead of saying "that saved" and rightly pointing out it makes no sense, let's say "that" refers to being saved by grace through faith that is the gift. Why? Because being saved by grace through faith is not of works. v9. That makes sense, no
Marcy Oster wrote: â€śWe affirm our nationâ€™s founding principle of religious liberty, which is integrally bound to reproductive freedom. Religious liberty includes the right to follow oneâ€™s own faith or moral code in making critical, personal reproductive health decisions, without political interference,â€ť the letter says. https://tinyurl.com/skyqfc8
excerpt from, "Jewish women's org. pushes for US gov't to pass bill protecting abortion"
Apparently not everybody agrees with the Catholic view of when life begins.
Christ brought himself upon the altar of God's justice as a *sin offering* to expiate sin.
The offering consisted of his own sinless soul through his human body as a lamb without spot. Compare Lev.23:12 with I Pe.1:19
See the three instances where the offering of his soul is mentioned in Is.53, along the connotation of his body offered in Hebrews:
"... to make *his soul* an offering for sin ... He shall see of the travail *of his soul* ... ... he had poured out *his soul* unto death ..."
" ... it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he came into the world, he said, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: ... Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God ... By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all"
"(Christ) his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree"
"... he was cut off out of the land of the living" an in doing this he was tasting death, which is the consequence of sin, for every man.
"Jesus ... for the suffering of death ... that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man ... he took on him the seed of Abraham ... to make reconciliation for the sins of the people."
Carl, they need to hear the gospel from somebody they can believe actually follows it not from some syncophant who's politically in bed with politicians that many Christians can't stand âť—đź‘Ž
Thank goodness, the early Christians had evangelists such as the Apostle Paul who just moved on when people refused to listen to the message âť— đź‘Ť
Go read what Phil Johnson said as pointed out my first message He may be politically incorrect but he certainly correct as a Christian!
Eschatology="The doctrine of the last or final things, as death, judgment, and the events therewith connected."
Soteriology="2. (Theol.) The doctrine of salvation by Jesus Christ."
The Christian Right Movement is a disaster for the mission of Christians! ' "The Reconstructionist movement and its allies and offshoots, by substituting political and cultural action for the proclamation of the Gospel, by substituting eschatology for soteriology, and by mangling the Gospel itself, have become tools of Romanist political action" (3/02, The Trinity Review).' excerpt from,
https://tinyurl.com/jzttasx (Notes on Reconstructionism)
Ed Mazza wrote: A group ostensibly representing Christian lawmakers launched a poll on Twitter over the weekend asking if America would be better off with more Christians in elected office.
It didnâ€™t go well: [ âť—]
Do you believe America would be better off if more Christians served in elected office?#Retweet #Poll #Election2020 #America #SuperTuesday #Vote â€” National Association of Christian Lawmakers (@ChristLawmakers) February 16, 2020
After more than 16,000 replies, the answer was an overwhelming â€śno,â€ť which received 95.8% of the vote. In response, the group accused â€śatheists and Satanistsâ€ť of â€śreligious persecutionâ€ť for voting in the poll....
excerpt from, "Christian Lawmakers Group Blames Satan After Twitter Poll Goes Badly Awry"
Matthew 6:5 â€śWhen you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites, for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Most certainly, I tell you, they have received their reward.