It‚Äôs from before my time, but if I understand the history correctly, it is a reference to a group of hippy-style freaks who believed either aliens or the government (or both) can read our thoughts, and practice mind control. Thus they went around wearing tin-foil cones on their heads to protect themselves and their ‚Äúindependence‚ÄĚ! Nowadays, calling someone a member of the ‚ÄúTin Foil Hat Society‚ÄĚ means they are a conspiracy theorist. So if people got RFID chips in their heads and they wished to block the signal then they would have to adopt the previous Tin Foil hat wearers fashion styles!
‚ÄúJohn 8:32‚ÄĚ is suggesting a Faraday Spacesuit!
‚ÄúThe problem is, that the RFIDs are going to be injected into our body, either in the hand or forehead.‚ÄĚ
Well, if that happens then the Tin Foil Hat Society will be all the rage!
Personaly, however, I don‚Äôt think that‚Äôs going to happen. For one thing, as Christopher pointed out, those who have RFID cards are already having issues. In fact, US Passport Cards are automatically issued with Faraday Shielding envelopes to keep them in. I really can‚Äôt see anyone lining up to be injected with their bank info- and at least here in the US, you‚Äôll have a significant number of folks living off-grid and trading for goods with wampum!!
On the other hand, I‚Äôm not really sold on a literal ‚ÄúMark of the Beast‚ÄĚ. I‚Äôm more inclined to think it denotes a person‚Äôs thoughts (forehead) and actions (right hand) being ruled by Satan; somewhat similar to the symbolisim of rabbinical phylacteries and God‚Äôs law.
@Christopher Can they remotely scan Magnetic strips? I thought they could only use skimmers on those.
(TMC) @John UK We are non-denominational as well, for about the same reasons.
The basic historical reason for producing statements, articles, theses, confessions, canons, and creeds is- ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre not fine, our doctrine has been corrupted, and heresy is being spread- let‚Äôs circle the wagons and get back to what Scripture says on this point (i.e. The Divinity of Christ, The Trinity, Indulgences, Predestination, Divorce, Sodomy, etc., etc., etc.,).‚ÄĚ
Now, the situation may well be different in the UK, but in the US, there has been a huge push within the Church to accept perversions of Manhood, Womanhood, and Marriage in the name of tolerance and ‚Äúlove‚ÄĚ. Even in churches that didn‚Äôt accept this, a long-standing silence on the topic left folks vulnerable to widespread heretical propaganda. Given this situation, in my opinion, the Nashville Statement is a long-overdue declaration of orthodoxy and a move to clear up error on this and related subjects within Christ‚Äôs Church.
I‚Äôm afraid I still don‚Äôt understand how the Nashville Statement re-affirming what the Bible says on a subject is ‚Äúadding to the Word of God‚ÄĚ (i.e. Sin) but the WCF, LBC, or JUKSF are all fine?
(TMC) As a former KGB officer, in a country where political dissidents and journalists have a tendency to ‚Äúdisappear‚ÄĚ, and witnessing can land you in jail, I‚Äôm sure Kirill is rather familiar with ‚Äúthe collection of user data‚ÄĚ even without an ‚ÄúAntichrist‚ÄĚ on the scene. https://world.wng.org/2018/10/one_state_one_church
(TMC) @ John UK "Folks are going about muttering..." Not I! Be encouraged that there are still happy people in the world! Hope you have a Blessed day today!
(In light of an earlier discussion on here, by a "Blessed Day" I mean blessed with the Grace to profit by whatsoever God in His Good Providence has determined to send your way, both for your good and His Glory! Not to mention- since every breath is a blessing from Him, then you've never had a day where you could say you weren't blessed!) May His Grace be sufficient for you!
@ Banging on
Yes, John UK and June both have issues- as do we all. However, if I may, sometimes the way a person wins the battle can make it harder for them to win the war. I'm far from perfect in this regard, but my ambition is that what I say on SA would model James 3:17. May we all continue to grow in Him! Blessings!
@Lurker Hope you have a Blessed evening! One of the Elders at our church shared how when he was about 10 years old he stumbled across a particular headstone in an old graveyard that he can still quote verbatim. He was not saved at the time and it really shook him. I don‚Äôt know it exactly but it roughly was
something about passing by, ‚ÄúAs you are, so once was I, As I am, so you must be,‚ÄĚ then a line that ends with ‚Äúme‚ÄĚ
I‚Äôm sure the Lord will have no problem putting folks back together for the Resurrection, even Wycliffe. That said, I do find it interesting that archeologists can tell when many Pagan cultures adopted Christianity by the fact they started burying their dead in hope of Christ‚Äôs return, instead of burning them. I think it serves as a fascinating final witness- apparently even hundreds of years later.
I also think graveyards remind people of their own end; a well-fertilized flower bed not so much.
@QC Speaking of trees, earlier this year we had some dealings with the previous owner of our property‚Äôs step-son and he informed us that he snuck onto our property a couple years ago and sprinkled his step-dad‚Äôs ashes around a particular tree!!! I just hope we didn‚Äôt step in him- Ick!
Your believer in question would have communion at every gathering of the church, would likely celebrate multiple acts of God in history, would have composed some hymns and spiritual songs, and if using your logic, would walk everywhere and not use the internet.
(TMC) @ John UK ‚ÄúAnd Jeremiah lamented for Josiah: and all the singing men and the singing women spake of Josiah in their lamentations to this day, and made them an ordinance in Israel: and, behold, they are written in the lamentations.‚ÄĚ 2 Chronicles 35:25
This refers to a lament composed by Jeremiah about the death of King Josiah and sung by men and women. So we have someone other than David, composing a song about a historical event, well after the Book of Psalms was completed. The Hebrew word for ‚Äúlament‚ÄĚ here means ‚Äústrike a musical note‚ÄĚ.
Just to be clear, my intent in posting on this and other threads is not to throw rocks at ‚Äúnaysayers‚ÄĚ but rather to explain why I, myself, celebrate our Lord‚Äôs birth on Dec. 25th and why I believe I have Biblical license to do so. I‚Äôm not celebrating rocks, stars, twigs, the pope, dead pagans, a fat guy in a red suit, or fuzzy feelings. I‚Äôm celebrating the fact that the Lord of the Universe, who spoke everthing that is into being, deigned to enter into His Creation, take on flesh, walk among us, and give Himself as a sacrifice in our stead.
(TMC) @John UK If Purim is somewhere condemned than Esther is irrelevant- but it is not, therefore it applies as I outlined earlier and per 2 Timothy 3:16.
‚ÄúRegarding your response to no 2, I would say that national Israel was the church, and the church is God's people.‚ÄĚ Not true- ‚Äú...For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.‚ÄĚ Romans 9:6-7
‚ÄúThe new covenant is a plain covenant. Check out kingdom halls and puritan-style people.‚ÄĚ The culmination of the New Covenant is the heavily adorned New Jerusalem: Rev. 21. Again, 2 Timothy 3:16 applies. The only ‚Äúkingdom halls‚ÄĚ I know of are the JW cult clubs, and praise the Lord, I‚Äôve never been in one. Is that what you are reffering to instead of any actual Scripture?!?
I‚Äôm not responsible if people make or select ‚Äútrite‚ÄĚ cards, or only give gifts to people who will give the same amount back. The point is that the actions of sending greeting cards and giving gifts are not violations of Scripture. How do you justify sending out cards?
In God‚Äôs Complete Word He has given us the example of Godly people setting up yearly celebrations of His works. These ‚Äúgood days‚ÄĚ were clearly not binding or Holy in the way the commanded Feasts were, and were nowhere condemned. If there was a later addition to God‚Äôs Revelation that condemned the establishment of Purim and the Feast of Dedication as wrong or sinfull then I would agree with you- but that is not the case.
Also, both of those celebrations were ‚Äúnational‚ÄĚ rememberances of God‚Äôs blessings- not ‚Äúchurch‚ÄĚ celebrations. Rather like Guy Faulkes Day. I am not arguing for Christmas as a ‚Äúholy‚ÄĚ day or a ‚Äúchurch‚ÄĚ celebration - but rather as a Global one (Luke 2:10). So Nations and ‚Äúall people‚ÄĚ can set aside Dec. 25th to celebrate the event of the birth of Christ and I, looking to the Ultimate Authority of God‚Äôs Word, can say that they are simply doing what Godly people have done before- as He has chosen to reveal to us in His Word.
This is a far cry from inventing ‚Äúholy‚ÄĚ events or extra-biblical offices in the church.
2. Do you think all home decor is in violation of God‚Äôs Word? If beauty and ornamentation were permitted in God‚Äôs House, who are we to say that it is wrong?