Chrisgp from England wrote: Yes, of course we can sing in our heart to the Lord, which I do very often, but we are commanded to sing literally.
Okay, so sing literally. Jehovah is not going to dock your dividend for not doing what you are not permitted to do. Or, if you are that serious about it, go ahead and break the law. You can always sing to your heart's content in a prison cell.
a. Sure, and there are plenty of biblical examples of this. But there will always be the last one, and after that, the end. I believe we may be nearing that situation.
b. In Wales, there are many people trying to make a living from hand to mouth. If you wish, you may call that capitalism. And when they go bankrupt because the guv shuts their business down or closes their shop, it is financial ruin.
John Yurich USA wrote: That is totally illogical that Spiritualist Church would get so bent out of shape about having salvation tracts left there.
It would be, John, except I forgot to mention that I entered the building with ten minutes to go before the Sunday morning meeting started. When I was offered a hymnbook by the usher at the door, I said, "No thanks, I'm the preacher!"
And so I walked up to the front of the church and began reading out my scripture texts which condemned them for trying to raise the dead and 'get a message' from beyond the grave.
It was at that point they threw me out and called the police. They locked the front door of the building, and a little old lady walked up trying to get in the meeting, but I told her there was no meeting today, and she went home.
A police officer arrived in a van, and so I told him what evil things they were doing inside that building. He agreed with me, and told me he was a Catholic. I had a nice time talking with him.
Ah, the things a young Christian does, in zeal for the Lord, without sufficient knowledge.
I truly wish the gift to the church of apostle, along with apostolic gifts, was still available, and that poor people who are suffering intense pain day in and day out could be completely healed and maybe converted also, just as it happened in the time of the gospels and Acts.
Ephesians 5:14-21 KJV (14)Â Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. (15)Â See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, (16)Â Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. (17)Â Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. (18)Â And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; (19)Â Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; (20)Â Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; (21)Â Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
There is such a thing as 'singing in the heart to the Lord'.
Frank wrote: Yes brother, I know that many donât agree with me, but I believe God is indeed cursing the world and especially the U.S. and this pandemic is just part of it. We have turned our backs on the Lord and many have made culture, prosperity and politics their gods. I believe this pandemic is real, but even if it was made up, it has still destroyed millions of lives and 10s of millions of livelihoods. That would make it one heck of a conspiracy theory.
Thank you brother. As an elder brother, your eyes might have been going dim; but no, they are wide open and available to see what is going on without hindrance.
I would love to stop and chat, but my appointment with the Land of Nod is well overdue, and I must depart and become unconscious for a few hours, before the sun comes up and another glorious day of grace begins.
I hope these police officers were all offered a tract. When I went into a Spiritualist Church as a young Christian, with a stack of scripture verses to show them their error, I was thrown out physically and the police were called. So when the police van arrived I spent some time witnessing to the police officer, and I hope he got saved.
No-one really knows what to do. Man is a fallen creature and his mind is not really working as it ought. All of the courts, the judges, the scholars, they are all nobodies just like me. It is only through the Holy Ghost that the minds of men begin to take shape, and then, only slowly and painfully. The effects of The Fall are so great, that the mind is not fixed overnight.
Mike wrote: Probably not. A virus that kills less than 1%, and mostly old people, just doesn't exactly seem like a God given punishment, does it?
Mike, are you saying that when the figure goes up to 10%, you will consider it as being the justice of God?
Or are you saying that the figure needs to be more like 99.9999% as it was in the day of the flood, when only eight people were spared.
Our guv spoke about a second wave, if great care was not taken, and it is turning out to be far worse than the first wave. I see no reason why this pandemic should not usher in the collapse of the world as we know it, a huge population decrease, the end of capitalism or financial greatness, and the second advent of our Saviour.
It is said in Revelations that God sent successive chastisements upon the world, but men would not repent. Maybe this pandemic is merely the beginning of the end, starting slowly and building up to massive tribulation?
And no, I've not read anything on this subject from fear-mongers or anyone else. It is merely a few thoughts that come to mind as I compare what is happening with scripture.
p.s. I don't have any fear, being kept in perfect peace by the Holy Ghost.
John Yurich USA wrote: Today at my Baptist Church during Adult Sunday School it was part 4:The Decline of the Medieval Church. Then during worship the sermon was given by Pastor Neil and was titled "Find Your Place in the Gospel" and was from 1 Peter 3:18; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Isaiah 40:6. The sermon was about the gospel message is that salvation is received by receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior. Then after the sermon Holy Communion was celebrated.
1 Peter 3:18 KJV (18) For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
It is a great gospel text, John.
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 KJV (1) Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; (2) By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. (3) For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; (4) And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
Frank wrote: Yes brother, our Lord always has a remnant that serves Him in spirit and in truth. What is happening in Wales is happening throughout the world. The Holy Spirit has told us that things will grow worse and worse as the end draws nearer and nearer. 2 Timothy 3:13 âBut evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.â But, you and I know that we still must fight against evil and the evil doctrine of ecumenicalism. This causes a dummying down of the gospel of our Lord.
Absolutely, Frank. Spend enough time in the company of ecumenists, and it is clear to see that they do not actually believe the gospel; rather, as you say, a dummied down gospel which is no gospel at all.
The last time I looked, the RCC was still not a member of the WCC (World Council of Churches); but with all the ecumenical groupings heading that way, under that umbrella, at some point the Papists will move in and take over, headed by the pope of course, and the job will be done. Perhaps.
In the meantime, yes we stand for the gospel, the preaching of the cross, the preaching of the blood of the Lamb, and justification through faith alone in him alone. Amen!
Colin wrote: Demas walked away and that has always scared me.
Demas was much like Lot's wife. Neither of them wanted to leave the world for Christ. They were both worldly, and not prepared to pay the price of discipleship.
Luke 17:32 KJV (32)Â Remember Lot's wife.
2 Timothy 4:10 KJV (10)Â For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world...
A half-hearted Christian will never make a happy Christian. Colin, if Jesus is Lord, serve him with a whole heart. God will never force Christianity on you; you must receive the word, and you must receive Christ as Lord, leaving the world in favour of God's kingdom.
Hebrews 11:13-16 KJV (13)Â These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. (14)Â For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. (15)Â And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. (16)Â But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
You'll struggle to find a church in Wales, let alone a church leader who is Christian. I quite expect most if not all of these so-called leaders are part of the Ecumenical Movement, having truck with RCC and other groups who deny the gospel of Jesus Christ. Their churches are better off remaining shut, seeing as they do nobody any good.
Of course there is a remnant in Wales. May the Lord bless them and keep them and by his grace multiply them.
Extract from the booklet, "Seven Certain Signs of True Conversion" by Dr Peter Masters (pastor of Spurgeon's old church in London, the Metropolitan Tabernacle, a 1689 Baptist church).
[Are there recognisable signs that true conversion has occurred? How can seekers tell if God has worked in their hearts? Or how can Christian workers discern the spiritual standing of a seeker or inquirer, or 'test' the standing of an applicant for baptism and church membership?]
[Several passages in the Bible spell out a number of definite signs of conversion which our forebears used to call - 'marks of grace'. 1 John for example, lists these marks so clearly that Bible commentators have described the main points of this epistle as 'the tests of life'. John says emphatically that we may know that we truly know Him by certain evidences (1 John 2.3). Romans 8 also describes several clear signs and indications of conversion.]
Dr. Tim wrote: âMy light is still shining.â âDo we begin again to commend ourselves?â Yup.
Not at all, Tim. Someone told me that just recently. Please ensure your facts are straight before building your strawmen.
I realise you are feeling somewhat out of sorts because you can't get your lamp burning brightly, but the answer is not to lambast those whose light is shining, but to take heart that God can light you up also from the inside out. But it will need a lot of repentance for all the mocking and scorning you have been doing recently.
Ah, but you will still plough on regardless. You neither believe in the irresistible grace of God, nor do you have it in your heart, or you would behave somewhat differently. For out of the heart the mouth speaks.
Colin wrote: Brothers, we know God is Holy. Our nation is wicked. We are promised persecution as Christians. Let us live Psalm 1 in these dark days. Looking to our King as the Standard with our lights shining in the darkness.
Amen to that!
My light is still shining, even through the gloom produced by the psychological manipulators on this forum. Whenever they realise they have no biblical argument, they resort to attacks and mocking and scorning, which is mentioned in the NT as coming from the ungodly.