Israel said it shot down a Syrian warplane that crossed into the occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday, but Damascus said the jet was fired on as it took part in sorties against rebels within Syria.
The incident added new fuel to weeks of tensions over the Golan, a strategic plateau between the two old enemies and where Israel has been on high alert as Syrian government forces, supported by Russia, close in to regain rebel-held ground.
Israel worries Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may defy a 1974 U.N. armistice that demilitarised much of the Golan, or let his Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah reinforcements deploy there....
James Thomas wrote: So thankful for the great posts by many. I learn quite a bit from them. May all of you be continually blessed.
J4J, I thought you might like some more Calvin teaching:-
"'Look unto me'. Hitherto he addressed the Jews alone, as if to them alone salvation belonged, but now he extends his discourse farther. He invites the whole world to the hope of salvation..."
"'And ye shall be saved'. Thus we have a striking proof of the calling of the Gentiles; because the Lord, after having broken down â€śthe partition-wallâ€ť (Ephesians 2:14) which separated the Jews from the Gentiles, invites all without exception to come to him. Besides, we are here reminded also what is the true method of obtaining salvation; that is, when we â€ślook to God,â€ť and turn to him with our whole heart. Now, we must â€ślook to himâ€ť with the eye of faith, so as to embrace the salvation which is exhibited to all through Christ; for â€śGod so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him may not perish.â€ť (John 3:16.)"
commentary on... Isaiah 45:22 KJV (22) Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
Lurker wrote: On the mark, John. It's the question I asked from the onset but was never taken seriously which told me in short order that Jacoybee has never received the new birth. Do I get any satisfaction from knowing that? Absolutely not. It pains me to witness one rush headlong into the abyss of eternal separation. But unless there is evidence God is working in the man's life there is nothing any mortal can do to open His eyes and prick his heart no mater how sincerely or eloquently we try. What appeared to begin with a sincere inquiry for biblical truth has turned out to be a full on defense of the doctrines of devils.
John UK wrote: Jaycobee, as an unregenerate sinner, you do not have any clue as to what question to ask as a first priority. Here is the question you need to focus all your attention on, because if you get the answer to this one question wrong, you will spend all eternity separated from God and being punished for your sins.
HOW CAN A MAN BE RIGHT WITH GOD?
Go all round the houses if you want, but this is the question you need to get the answer to, and you will find the answer in the Bible. Once you have the answer, compare it with the answer any prospective church gives you. It makes the decision to go or not very easy.
On the mark, John.
It's the question I asked from the onset but was never taken seriously which told me in short order that Jacoybee has never received the new birth. Do I get any satisfaction from knowing that? Absolutely not. It pains me to witness one rush headlong into the abyss of eternal separation. But unless there is evidence God is working in the man's life there is nothing any mortal can do to open His eyes and prick his heart no mater how sincerely or eloquently we try. What appeared to begin with a sincere inquiry for biblical truth has turned out to be a full on defense of the doctrines of devils.
Thank you Dr Tim for your excellent post and for sharing some of your testimony of true conversion. It always warms my heart, when hearing of souls saved, no matter how long ago they were. One of those texts you recommended is on my blog in the form of a picture text, and is the first thing you see when clicking on "The Gospel" menu. This is because I believe it is the everlasting gospel, and applicable to every generation in history, the only exception being before sin came into the world.
Isaiah 45:22 KJV (22)Â Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
I especially like this text for its simplicity and suitableness for open air preaching, where the audience is always on the move. It is a text which excludes all thought of works, and humbles us before a gracious God who is willing to save.
Jaycobee, you said you don't see any "intellectually meaty arguments on this board." There's your problem in a nutshell. There is no intellectual path to heaven. There is only a spiritual path, and that is "repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ." Satan is far more intellectual than you, me, or any of the Catholic apologists he has inspired over the years. Obviously he has hooked you with his intellectual worms and reeled you in on his seemingly logical Ugly Stik. Throw away all your books, Catholic as well as Protestant, get a King James Bible, and read it from cover to cover with an honest heart and an open mind. When I did that years ago, I hadn't read two dozen chapters before the Holy Spirit convicted me that I was a sinner and that if I didn't have my sins forgiven, I was going to hell. One verse--and it made no mention of popes, priests, or even of a church--opened my eyes to God's truth and led to my immediate conversion. That verse was Acts 16:31, which says in part, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved." Like most people, you are looking for something to save you, when you should be looking to Someone--Isaiah 45:22. If you are truly looking for answers, they are in the words of God , which are spirit and life (John 6:63),
Jaycobee Wrote: "guys i appreciate your time. MS please don't ban me. I will leave and not post anymore. thank you."
Jacobee, if you are in fact sincere, I would encourage you to stick around. I'm trying to point out to you why you've been receiving the backlash that you have. I'm trying to get you to see the big picture, and how your approach has people confused, and even caused some to make up their minds on a perceived agenda. Anyone here, including myself, can come to any conclusion concerning your goals, but the truth is that only you and God know for certain. Again, it's your approach, and perceived defense of Rome as of late that has people confused and seeing red. Just trying to get you to understand that...
Hey Jacobee, you must have been typing at the same time that I was. Here's what I don't understand...you're relying on the people here to prove Rome wrong, when there is a wealth of information on the Christian internet which does just that, and using scripture alone. I've directed you to William Webster's site, who was a lifelong Catholic, and refutes their doctrines very concisely with scripture. MS has given you a book title, comparing Romes doctrines with scripture, and I've given you, A Woman Rides the Beast, which is a thoroughly referenced history, and scriptural refutation of Rome's theology, and the Popes, etc. No matter what anyone thinks of Dave Hunt's personal theology, the book is about Rome, period, not free-will, or anything else. From the very beginning, I've pushed the comparison of what Rome teaches with God's Word, which should have been the starting point, but as I said, it almost seems like you're leaning towards proving that the scriptures we have today are incomplete; having been compromised by later Christians who redacted the doctrines Rome teaches today, along with its traditions, etc.
...and knowing very little, I thought, to being able to dig out just the right answers, which has taken me aback a bit. The issue for me is that everything I've seen; everything I've read sure seems to be in defense of Rome, and proving them right, or their statements being misinterpreted, etc., while never the other way around. I'd like to ask you a question: Jacoby, with God Almighty as your witness, can you categorically deny that you are not here to promote all things Rome, to defend their doctrines, and that you are in fact on an honest quest for truth, while not currently being aligned with the church of Rome? I would expect an honest answer from a God fearing Christian.
Hi Jacobee, I'm probably the toughest person on this forum to be convinced by others that anyone has malintent, unless a person makes it obvious. I'm usually the one who will step in and defend anyone who I feel has been labeled rashly, and unfairly, and will give the benefit of any doubt for some time, but all the while will be listening very closely and weighing out everything said to make sure I'm not wrong. Unless a person makes it clear to me that others are right, I always keep my mind open and give them a longstanding chance to prove them wrong, and I'll usually stand behind them, but cautiously. That said, what my brother and sister, Lurker and MS stated yesterday, has been on my mind the past couple of days. I never could figure why anyone on an honest quest for the truth wouldn't begin with a simple comparison of what Rome believes, teaches, and practices, and scripture, and if things don't line up, then no need to continue on. Seems to me though that you've been searching deep, almost in an effort to make a claim that the scriptures we have are corrupt, and are simply missing those doctrines, dogmas, and traditions that, to me, you almost seem to be defending now, and attempting to prove as being lost along the way. I've seen a search turn to defense.
To lurker, ms, unprofitable servant and d mccausland, I am not lying to you. I am not posting under other names after posting as Jaycobee. As I said from the start, I was considering converting to the RCC and still am. I came here asking for solid reasons for the case against RCC. So far I don't find any responses convincing. Much of what everyone has posted had been either out of context, misrepresented statements or just name-calling lacking any real substance. I want truth. Nobody as yet has offered a historical chain of Protestantism from the first century onward from the church father's writings. I have gotten a book name to read, and while waiting for the book, online research suggests McCarthy's scholarship is not meaty. Frankly I don't see any intellectually meaty arguments from this board, just misunderstandings. I have become open to the RCC partly due to their in depth detailed and logical arguments. Christianity is true also because logic is The word of God too. Now after offering rebuttals to misunderstandings I am being threatened with expulsion? Doesn't sound fair.
Jaycobee's posting alternates with Yurik's. They do not post simultaneously, but in batches one after the other ... which points to a sort of scheme towards the same aim: the promotion and acceptance of Catholicism here, though figuring as from two different personalities and approaches.
MS wrote: Bless you brothers Lurker and US for your stern reproofs of one who I have considered from the get go an RCC troll. After todayâ€™s posts from him, there is no doubt in my mind what his agenda is. He is very well schooled in their doctrine of demons.
Blessings to you and yours too, sister.
I had an interesting experience here several years back that you may enjoy hearing about.
There was an atheist who called himself Pastor Mike who popped in every few weeks just to troll the regulars, to get a laugh. He rarely engaged. This went on for a few years and then he popped in once and commented that God was a monster for sending people to hell for not believing in Him since faith is a gift from God. He posited that God can't justly condemn people to hell while withholding the means to get to heaven.
Anyway, I took the bait and we entered into a serious and civil discussion (he knew the bible well, just didn't believe it) which went on for a couple days. In the end I convinced him from scripture that unrepentant sinners will be condemned because they broke God's righteous laws. He thanked me for the discussion, said he wouldn't soon forget it and has not been back since.
That I can handle but this RCC propaganda has no end.