It is rather puzzling, this. Tim refers to me as Brother John, then John Lee, now it is Johnny lad (who is apparently disingenuous and obnoxious). Almighty God says that He loves me with an everlasting love, so that will do for me.
Anyway, if anyone cares to disagree with what I said 5/10/19 2.03pm, please feel free to quote me and you can make your point, and I will respond with respect and love.
Benjamin, thank you for your advice concerning KJV-Onlyist cultists and how they behave. You will probably know far more about them than I do.
Frank, I appreciate your support. You also know far more than I do about KJV-Onlyist cultists, but I am catching up bro.
"So says" is a troll who is stirring the pot. Think about what you do, the Lord sees all.
Brother US, I greatly appreciate you, and will respond more to your statement after breakfast. But I will just say that although the Met Tab in London is independent, and fundamentalist, and Baptist, it is nothing like an IFB church and would never call itself such. It is 1689 Baptist (in IFB terminology it is a group of the Frozen Chosen).
Wayfarer, I am running out of space, but I am sorry if I have caused you any confusion, and I will answer your question fully, later on. Thank you.
Moses wrote: ...especially when your weapon is a plastic sword...
Actually, there is no such thing, except in the minds of Yee Ha cultists. The other swords are quite normal; it is only in about 5% of their construction that there are weaknesses and even severe errors. But attendees at IFB churches where they hear the Yee Ha preachers brainwash them into thinking the King James Bible itself is perfection, even better than the original greek mss, well, they come out of church every Sunday brandishing their heavy Bible muttering, "Well, I've got my steel sword; shame about the poor dabs who only have a bit of plastic for protection."
Luke 8:11 KJV (11)¬† Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
If a mighty fine Christian had been born anew by reading the Good News Bible, he had read the GNB all his life, and turned out well, being obedient and useful to the Lord, receiving rewards at his decease for his service to his Master, having used his talents well, then I rather think his Bible must have been the word of God, and the Holy Spirit certainly used it to bring him to faith, for faith comes by hearing the word of God. And I don't think you ought refer to the word of God as a bit of plastic.
Unprofitable Servant wrote: Hey John can you be more specific? This, like cataract surgery or coranary bypass surgery was unknown at the time the Scriptures were written. Not speaking in favor of the procedure but I could see where it would be used apart from the LBGTQ group
Hello brother. Well, surely this could have been done by anyone right from the time of Adam and Eve, but not without sin. Also, we need to remember that Abraham tried this on, in order to get an heir because God had closed the womb of his wife, and instead of keeping to God's plan for these things, he went his own way and method and produced a race of people for this world which we are regretting even today.
It's like this bro. God says "No" and we say, "Aha! But there is a way around it." It's very similar to the unwarranted celebration of Christmas and Easter. God doesn't say, "Yes" so we say, "Yes" and do just what we want to do.
Hi James, I'm not sure what point you are making, but the portion of scripture you mentioned involves chastisement and restitution.
Isaiah 1:24-27 KJV (24)¬† Therefore saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies: (25)¬† And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin: (26)¬† And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city. (27)¬† Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.
So "faithful city" to a "harlot" to a "city of righteousness, the faithful city".
I think Rnel is saying this city, Zion, is the Mystery Babylon referred to in Revelation.
Dolores wrote: The fig tree signifies Israel, keep your eyes on Israel.
Hi Dolores, I fear you are quite wrong on this, sister. For eg.
Matthew 24:32 KJV (32)¬† Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
Mark 13:28 KJV (28)¬† Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:
Obviously in the first text, 'his branch' refers to all the male Jews. And in the second text 'her branch' refers to all the female Jews.
Matthew 24:33 KJV (33)¬† So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
'..when ye shall see all these things' refer to the signs which Jesus has just been talking about, which have nothing to do with fig trees representing Israel. _____
Rnel, thank you. I tell you what, can tell me one big central verse which was very important in your own discovery through seeking and prayer? I will then try a search for sermons in the Bible Text box later on tonight. I would love to learn more about this subject, as we are surely very near to seeing these things.
Rnel, you may have missed my request. I asked if you knew of any sermons on SA where your views on the matter are preached. This wasn't a rhetorical question, I am willing to listen to a couple of sermons if you can point me to them.
Christopher000 wrote: The old reformers, and anyone else, before, or since, had good reason to refer to the Roman religious machine, and its Papacy, etc., as mystery Babylon; the great harlot.
Of course, the Reformers were a lot closer to the spiritual persecution of the day, and the Roman machine was revved up to prevent the Reformation, knowing that it would spell the end of their dominance in the world, their physical power allied to spiritual power (so-called). When that attack failed (praise God), it was up to the Counter-Reformation to negate the effects of the Reformation and try to restore lost adherents back to the fold of Rome. This now had to be accomplished without either physical or spiritual clout, and thusly the warfare of subterfuge began, which is currently sucking in vast numbers of what would ordinarily be called Protestants (but no longer are), and this, without them even knowing it. Now this RCC vacuuming machine is both clever and devious, born of the devil, of course, and highly successful. And of course it will leave just a little remnant who are true to Jesus The Head of His Church, and who are sheep indeed, following their Master and Good Shepherd.
Christopher000 wrote: Wow John, that was seriously deep. You really do have a gift for thinking outside of the box. I have no idea how you come up with this stuff, but your brainpower is impressive, to say the least; always leaving me in utter awe. ūüėä
Thank you Christopher, but I think you are overstating the case. Of course it was good, but not that good. Wait until I've got 20/20 SV, now that would bring out something special.
I wonder if it's a mortal or venial sin in the Roman Catholic Monstrosity for a member of the laity to report on their clergy. After all, it's the priests who have got the laity's souls in their grubby mitts.
Chris G P wrote: My heart also goes out to the multiple poor Christian families in Pakistan struggling with enforced debt by greedy lustful Muslim landlord / employers, who are running them as slaves, seizing and raping their daughters, and police who just stand back and do nothing, and where a Muslim only needs to mention the magic word ‚Äúblasphemy‚ÄĚ to get rid of his Christian neighbour.
It is just so, Chris GP.
Pakistan was created by partitioning part of India as a homeland for Muslims. The British gave any non-Muslims 24 hrs to leave the country and go across the state line and remain therefore in India. After then, the border was put up.
I asked someone recently why all the Christians did not depart at that time, when they had opportunity? He said that many Christians did not wish to depart the place of their birth, and they also did not realise just how difficult it was going to be, to live in a country which is 97% Muslim.
Currently there is a great multitude of Christians who would love to 'escape' from the country; their lives are one continual stress.
Frank wrote: What a great comment brother and I can relate to your complete comment. There have been times when I was "filled with the Spirit" (don't want to argue this terminology) and times when the only thing I can relate to is Paul in the latter part of Romans 7. I don't know why either brother, but I know it was for my good and His glory.
Well I'm right glad someone else has had exactly the same experience brother, so I thank you for responding.
Yes, as I look back, I can see now why John Bunyan placed the 'delectable mountains' into his book, a spiritual place during the spiritual journey, from where a view of the holy city was far more pronounced than is normal. The sort of place you might like to remain and just gaze at the glory and see light inexpressible.
But alas, it is merely one place along the narrow road which leads to life, and there are harder places to trek across and enemies to fight and, as you say, Romans 7 experiences to lament.
But there comes a day when the Jordan River comes into view, and we must go down into the water and get across it. Jesus is on the far bank waiting for us. What a Saviour!
Frank wrote: Thanks for that quote Pilgrim. It certainly puts fear in perspective. I am ashamed at the times fear or anxiety have overcome me and stopped me from praising my Lord and Savior. But, one day, we will have incorruptible bodies and then no fear or sin.
Brother, I just cannot imagine what it will be like to be able to praise him continually from a pure and unsinning heart. I have known some occasions in my pilgrimage when I was taken up in praise and worship which was euphoric for a while, as the old chorus says...
Turn your eyes upon JESUS Look full in his wonderful face And the things of earth will grow strangely dim In the light of his glory and grace
...but mostly it has been a battle, a lamenting, failures and failings, waxing hot and waxing cold, up today down tomorrow, sort of thing. But praise God, all that will cease in the glory, and all will be perfect. And no service rendered to Him will be regretted.
Christopher000 wrote: Sorry John, I was in a hurry earlier, which is why my follow-up was so short. Anyway, yes, it's a modern proverb, but the same basic meaning, nevertheless. You aren't alone, and I'd bet most Christians believe it to be an actual verse of scripture. I did for most of my life. I wanted to go back to your original thoughts, and wondering if your position has changed at all, keeping in mind what I said earlier:
Christopher, my biblical stance is what the Bible says. This is truth and is unchangeable.
What I said was that I preferred sanctions rather than actual physical violence. I do not like violence, I have a very soft heart.
Thankfully, I have never been in a position to test this out, so on my part it is mere speculation what I would do.
1 Timothy 3:2-4 KJV (2)¬† A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; (3)¬† Not given to wine, **no striker**, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; (4)¬† One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;