As a literalist, I know that a constant literal interpretation of the Bible leads to some very unfortunate beliefs.
The best literalists I know are those who hold to The Biblical Doctrines of Free and Sovereign Grace which some people refer to as Calvinism or Reformed, as they are more discerning when it comes to matters of interpretation of scripture.
The swamp is not a bunch of self serving politicians in DC...
...powerful politicians from both parties...
CV, you wrote me a lengthy post, and I appreciate your effort, really I do.
But honestly, you will never get me interested in politics, nor in secret societies, nor in power hungry fools.
What I am concerned about is how to faithfully follow the living Lord Jesus Christ through thick and thin, quiet times and times of persecution. In other words, can you tell me, without any more preamble, what is the practical outworking of what you said in your post.
In plainer words, if you did not grasp the import of the question......
If you are unable to answer the question, because you have no answer, do please say so, and I will not think any the less of you.
BTW, I have no tin foil hat. I only possess one hat, and even that is not a hat, it is a very cheap baseball cap. I really must get a winter bobble hat now the colder weather has set in.
Frank wrote: It is like FOX news saying the media are a bunch of liars. But, FOX news is part of the media.
Reminds me bro of subtilty, which is not always of the devil, but more often than not is of him.
Genesis 27:35 KJV (35)¬† And he said, Thy brother came with subtilty, and hath taken away thy blessing.
2 Kings 10:19 KJV (19)¬† Now therefore call unto me all the prophets of Baal, all his servants, and all his priests; let none be wanting: for I have a great sacrifice to do to Baal; whosoever shall be wanting, he shall not live. But Jehu did it in subtilty, to the intent that he might destroy the worshippers of Baal.
Matthew 26:4 KJV (4)¬† And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him.
2 Corinthians 11:3 KJV (3)¬† But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
This last text seems most relevant to the cunning deceptions of men in the political world, especially in reference to religion. This is why I like to steer clear of politics and bask in God's word, which is always true, in every generation.
Frank wrote: Brother John, I like James' definition of the DC swamp, but let me add this. It is normally the conservatives accusing the democrats of being what they themselves are. If you call someone something, then most don't or won't realize you are also guilty and the same. ALL D.C. POLITICIANS are in the swamp.
Frank, I think I am getting it. I did wonder about that. So the political system itself is fine, the constitutional republic, it is only the politicians who compose 'the swamp' that are faulty, and they do most of their work together in DC, presumably in a large building?
James Thomas wrote: Edit: John, The swamp is a metaphoric description of the corrupt politicians that have been residing in DC for years only to maintain power and wealth by governing with their own interests in mind. Furthermore, they hate the country they represent where the people have the voice. They want to mimic the likes of Cuba and Venezuela where dictators are the only voice.
Thank you St James! I think I have it now. They are called the swamp because that is often a place where undesirable creatures lie in wait as predators.
So it must be like a movement, with a membership, secret or otherwise, but they all have the same aim, which sounds a bit like communism, as per your reference to Cuba. But, pardon another question, is there a reason why all these politicians, presumably elected or unelected, are residing in DC? Is that a state itself, the District of Columbia? So what gives that they all reside there?
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Wow, imagine what would happen if that was imposed here. Whatever would the free willers, arminists, and hypercalvinists do then?
Frank wrote: Amen brother and what wonderful scriptures. When we were born again from above, we became positionally perfect in God's eyes and all our sins; past, present and future are completely forgiven. Christ paid for them in full.
It is a wonderful thing bro and worthy of great rejoicing and praise to the Creator and Redeemer. We looked at this yesterday, comparing the sacrificial system being continually repeated year after year (Hebrews 10), and it could never take away sins, but that Christ our Lord in one sacrifice of himself, took away all sins, every last one and, as you said, makes us positionally perfect before God, right with him by imputation of righteousness through faith. Praise God!
I may be tired and lethargic because of the weather here, but to discuss these truths is a good tonic and it quickens me. Amen.
Romans 8:33-39 KJV (33)¬† Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. (34)¬† Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. (35)¬† Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? (36)¬† As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. (37)¬† Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. (38)¬† For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, (39)¬† Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
It is extremely difficult for a Christian to live in a Muslim country, and there are other countries like this one. But in this case it is the fault of the British for partitioning India in the first place, giving the Muslims their own space and opportunity to govern themselves and impose their own religion on all.
Adriel wrote: If an Arminian takes the vaccine and lives he/she can continue doing good works and access salvation by their human effort. If a Calvinist takes the vaccine he/she can access salvation because God has already chosen them before the foundation of the world. The elect of God will get saved and taken into eternal life whatever happens. Papists, atheists, Liberalists and JW's etc need not apply.
Romans 8:28-30 KJV (28)¬† And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (29)¬† For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. (30)¬† Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
Michael Hranek. wrote: Hi! John 1. It's real simple, let me say it this way, do you mean a brother or sister who has never met me, never walked in my shoes has any right to demand what I think of John Calvin?
2. And John, while the specifics are individual the Great Commission is for all the Redeemed. And may God grant us to be about our Father's business.
Brother, if it helps you re-read my post and comment on it, I will answer truthfully your questions, and trust you to do the same for me.
1. No, of course not! I looked back through the thread and could not find what you meant by saying that. However, you could have just answered that point rather than pick an obvious fight, just after the last one you caused. I realise you have suffered something, and will pray that the Lord keeps you by his grace.
2. Amen, you know my position on that. And don't forget that when Paul and Barnabas set off on their first missionary journey, most of the church remained in Antioch to maintain the assembly and do their various ministries there. There is more to obeying the commission than merely preaching the gospel to the lost.
The Quiet Christian wrote: Brother John We know some who call Christmas a "Celebration of the Incarnation." That's the whole point. But the Lord we worship and serve is not a baby in a manger anymore. He is ascended and glorified. Indeed, He is the King of Kings! Alleliua!
Amen, Quiet Brother!
You are indeed fortunate. I knew there must be some other Christians who do not play with Santa Claus and go all gooey over the period. And yes, "Celebration of the Incarnation" is fine in my book, and I shall be doing that over the next few weeks, because it is a very wonderful thing that happened when God was made man, in order to take mans' place, and suffer for man at Calvary, in order to appease his own just wrath against the man.
Adriel wrote: ‚ÄúThere is no worse screen to block out the Spirit than confidence in our own intelligence.‚ÄĚ ‚Äē John Calvin
Thank you Adriel for this quote. Today at meeting, we were talking about the simplicity of the gospel message, and how little children receive it more readily than adults. Intelligence is helpful, but it can cause unbelief if not used carefully. One of the problems today in the west is the tendency to rely on something within man (a God-given faculty) rather than on the Spirit of God, who alone can properly teach the scriptures.
Then he said, ‚ÄúI tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven." Matthew 18:3 NLT
Don't you think?
p.s. I was blessed by the quotes of John Calvin, he was quite the innovator.
Michael, I know you have a heart for souls, and I greatly appreciate that. You know that, I know that, we both know that.
However, the Lord Jesus has given gifts to saints, as the Spirit wills. Each Christian is to make use of these gifts as given, and not go into areas not willed for him. His attitude is to be (as it says in the Messianic psalm)...
Psalms 40:8 KJV (8)¬† I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.
One trick of the devil is to get Christians running hither and thither, trying to accomplish everything needful in their locality and beyond.
In the Acts of the Apostles, if you study the local churches formed by the will of God, you see different ministries operating, according to the various giftings God has given. And these Christians were to be led by the Spirit, and confirmed by other men in the assembly, as having been gifted.
So, if you will excuse me, brother, it is not for you to determine what another Christian thousands of miles away from your home, whom you have never met, ought to be doing in his walk with the Lord.
When we hearken to the voice of the Lord, and obey him, all will go well, and fruit will come. But wood, hay, and stubble, will burn away.