Youâ€™re coming in loud and clear, Sister Dolores. I got so sick of the anti-hunting crowd implying how â€śunmanlyâ€ť it is to shoot deer (let alone rabbits and other small game) that now all I hunt is Kodiak bears, and I only use a pocketknife. So far I havenâ€™t encountered any of the giant bruins in Mississippi, but I never leave home without my trusty just in case. Incidentally, I have read every word of the stateâ€™s hunting regulations, and since there is no limit on Kodiak bears Iâ€™m hoping to kill several thousand of them before the end of the year.
Thanks QC. I will even go so far as to say that it is virtually impossible for anybody to get saved without God using human instruments. I got saved reading a gospel tract, but some man wrote the tract, others printed it, and apparently one even threw it out the window, because I found it on the side of the road. Even the Bible itselfâ€”the ultimate source of the new birth (I Peter 1:23) doesnâ€™t print and distribute itself, but requires humans to see that it goes forth.
BTW, Connor, a member of my immediate family is on crystal meth. She is having psychotic episodes and we will have to have her committed. Two members of our church lost family members in the past two weeks, and a little six-year-old girl we had been praying for died. An eleven-year-old son of the pastor of a sister church had to be rushed by ambulance to a pediatric hospital in New Orleans. I could go on and on about the tragic things going on around me, and Iâ€™m sure all of us could. I donâ€™t know about anybody else, but I need a little comic relief once in a while. The Bible says that laughter does the heart good, and if someone can explain to me how we are supposed to laugh without ever being exposed to anything funny, I am, like Dumbo, all ears.
Youâ€™re right, Dolores. If the Lord doesnâ€™t return soon, it is almost certain that Americans will lose their religious freedom and suffer persecution like that seen in other parts of the world. Ladybug, in an earlier post on another thread I paid you three entirely sincere compliments that you apparently misconstrued as sarcasm. Iâ€™m sorry that your opinion of me is so low. Have a pleasant evening.
Thanks for the expressions of your feelings about me, Ladybug. I was thinking about you today, too. Hereâ€™s what I concluded: 1. Ladybug is an ardent seeker of truth and when she finds what she sincerely believes to be true, she will defend it like a mother bear guarding its cubs. 2. Ladybug has expressed doubts about my salvation, but I harbor no such reservations about hers. The Spirit bears witness with my spirit that she is a child of the King eternal, immortal, invisible. 3. Like so many on here, myself included, Ladybug sometimes fails to display gentleness and humility. I am not accusing her; she has confessed as much on more than one occasion. The fact that she DOES confess her faults tells me that she has more humility than several on here, and probably even more than she herself imagines.
I agree, Christopher, that some areas of scriptureâ€”including soteriological issuesâ€”are not always completely without potential for varying interpretations, and those who claim to have a revelation from God in these areas and who accuse others of ignorance and heresy because they disagree are little more than spiritual snobs whose rampant pride is a stench in the nostrils of the One who rightly described Himself as meek and lowly. Trying is indeed a breath of fresh air on this forum, displaying, like NeedHim and Dolores, a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. May we allâ€”and especially yours trulyâ€”manifest such an attitude of humility and acknowledge that once in a while we just might be wrong and the other fellow be right.