If I may interjectâ€” there's a fine line between a deathbed conversion, and a preplanned conversion, (which is no more than a delusion,) I believe it was Constantineâ€¦ when he founded what is now the Catholic Church, who exemplified a preplanned conversion. He assumed that only the sins you committed before salvation would be forgiven, and wanted to make sure he could continue until death. Of course, that wasn't his only fallacyâ€¦ He also equated baptism with salvationâ€¦ (hoping that would douse the flames?) Anywayâ€¦ The Bible teaches that God can get a hold of anyone's heart at any time he wishesâ€¦ And I'm sure that there are people that he gets a hold of at the last minuteâ€” I wouldn't limit his power. But I would definitely be cautious about assuming that everyone who suddenly wants to "get Jesus" on their deathbed is going to get anything but false hope and delusion. Just saying
Evolution is much deeper than the origin of man... it is the basis for the humanistic worldview that we have all been slowly socialized into. It's not just our children and grandchildren, it started with us, and some of our parents... We are viewing the world from a evolutionary viewpoint, even if we don't realize it. Why? Because it is in every facet of entertainment and marketing. They feed you the humanistic evolution constantly, and most Christians are to dull of hearing, and don't have enough knowledge of scripture to counter it.
Mike The job of a government Chaplain is that of facilitator of religious services. Especially in a prison setting, where there is heavy reliance upon volunteers to meet the "pseudospiritual needs" of the clientele. Check a random job description in any state for that; but more importantly, think of the (ignorantly interpreted and held) separation of Church and state, which disallows state dollars to be used for any functions that have preference for any single religion. (Beyond humanism.) A state employee must not... (fill in the blank,) in order to protect all liberal agendas including LGBSTQRSTUV.
Cut off. It's not about whether or not God knows what he's doingâ€¦ of course he does. If God called this man to that position, that's between him and God. However, as I look at the Bible, I see that God usually calls a person to reach people, but not necessarily to get a paycheck in order to do itâ€” because the person who is paying you a check, is your boss and get to tell you how to do your job. Now, If God wanted that man to reach those in the military, I'm sure there are more options than him taking a high dollar position as a military officer to get that accomplished.
Adriel I have been serving in the prison ministriy for over 20 yearsâ€¦ I prayed very hard about whether it would be God's will for me to become a state Chaplain at one point ... but the answer I got from God was that, for that ministry, I was there serving Him, and not the state. Granted, any institution that you go to, even as a volunteer, will have a certain amount of rulesâ€¦ The problem is how invasive those rules are for you carrying out your job. As a volunteer, I have liberty to preach the gospel, and have never had any problems whatsoever doing itâ€¦ They hinted at me one time that they would prefer that I didn't preach against homosexuality, (didn't work) but that was the closest they got to making that attemptâ€¦ So far... If I were a state Chaplain, I would have to ensure that every religion received equal accessâ€¦ I would have to make certain that any request for religious material, including Wiccan, Mormon, Jehovah's Witness, Satanist, Native American whatever you call it, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist, the list goes on and on and onâ€¦ was available, and seek volunteers to come in for each of those. There was no way that I, in good conscience, could even consider bringing cult literature to someone. Much less ensuring that a cult had access to them. It's not about whet
Let us take a slight turn and think about this from another perspective: I'm curious about some of your input from this perspectiveâ€¦ not to be mean or rude, but the Air Force chaplain is a hired handâ€”hired specifically to see to the "spiritual and emotional welfare" of his charges... (what they need is Christ,) but in reality, it is up to the employer to decide. I would not take a paid Chaplaincy... neither in the Prison ministry or the Military, because I would be answering to someone that is not God. By my agreement and contract with them, I would be beholding to their inputâ€¦ And as a Christian I could not suffer that. Honestly, if he has a problemâ€¦ (Of which I see his pointâ€¦) He needs to resign his chaplaincy and Pastor a church. Just saying.
"So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading." (Nehemiah 8:8) The purpose of A Church service is to help people understand the context... which is impossible without Prayer and Study... but why is it so difficult for people to divorce their opinions from Scripture? Fact: most people, (and this applies to this, the news, and any other topic...) most people will decide WHAT they believe, and then gonsearch out only the information that supports their belief... no matter what is presented as factual. i.e. Examples run from Ferguson, Mo to Baptismal regeneration.
"Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction." (I Peter 3:14-16)
I suggested to my Pastor, recently, that we lead the way into biological truth, by relabeling our bathrooms so there is no misunderstanding or leeway for the "confused..." XY XX Because at the end of the day, your chromosomes don't lie. It doesn't matter what you "feel" you are. If God gave you an X and Y, you are male. That should eliminate issues.
To be honest, I miss having local Christian bookstores: in my early days of being a Christian, (I received Christ at 19,) I was an avid reader, and even though I tend to follow the old adage of "live in the Bible, and visit good booksâ€¦" I found Christian fiction to be, at times, enlightening, as well as entertainingâ€” and honestly, it is what inspired me to write. Granted, there's a lot of trashâ€¦ But there's trash at Walmart. And I don't see too many people voting to boycott Walmartâ€¦ Honestly, I believe that the death of the Christian bookstore to be the result of e-books, not just being able to buy onlineâ€¦ For every one Christian fiction paperback I sell, I sell at least 10 to 15 e-books. As far as the nonfiction I sell, that runs about one paperback for every 3 e-books.
Hey John: I believe you hit the nail on the head. Just a few weeks ago I taught a lesson for an adult Sunday school class, I had a candle in each person's hand, and we talked about Matthew 5:15. We discussed what it meant to shine their light, and what their light wasâ€¦ But at the end of the lesson, I turned the light off and had them look around the roomâ€¦ And I reminded them that this was the problem with so many Churches. Their lights are shining bright, but they are shining only in the church building. The problem is that were not concerned enough about our light getting outside the building. Some of it is because of persecution, but mostly it's just laziness. We just don't care enough about the lost to try to reach them.
At the end of the day, either way the election goes, America loses. If you think about it, the number of people Donald will lose from this are negligible: he is an unpresidential whoremonger with diarrhea of the tongue. That said, most people who had planned to vote for him already knew that. They want A.) a businessman that will take less of their money for welfare addicts and hopefully cut government spendingâ€”and B.) not Hillary. As a result, nothing really has changed. There might be some Christians who express outrage, but in the ballet box they will still vote for him because of A or B. Just saying.
At the end of the day, the most important thing to realize is that there is no amount of time that would actually allow a process like evolution to take place. They say that if you put a room full of monkeys banging away on type writers, they would eventually re-create the entire works of Shakespeare... What they never tell you is that A) The typewriters would be covered in excrement, and B) those re-created works would still require spellcheck.
To add to wayfarer. Three statistically proven activities that greatly decrease chances of divorce: 1) attending Church 2 or more service a week, 2) Regular reading of Holy Book, and 3) Regular donations to Church (Tithing) Study was done by liberal statisticians, hence the terminology. I often refer to that study when I teach Sociology of the Family.
It comes down to self control... Which is something that most of us don't seem to have much of. Praise God for His grace when we're struggling though. And GS, I'd love to see what your hair looks like. I prefer to wash, then rinse and repeat... Seems like your way would leave some soap scum.