It's just a Red Herring. Just because I oppose the Calvinist's thesis does not mean that I support the antithesis to what the definition would be.
A synonym for "power" is not "ability." I think you are thinking of "authority." When the Bible states that we are dead to sin. It is not stating that we are unable to sin, but rather that sin has no authority or power over us.
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Ok DB. If you have not found it by now, odds are you will never find it.
Like I said, your definition of "death" is nothing more than a fabrication that exists only in the F_anciful L_and of the Calvinist.
You do not believe that death=death. You believe death=inability. There is no dictionary in the world that supports such a definition. You insist on propagating a theological lie just for your own existential pleasure.
Thanks Linda. It really touched my heart when I recalled how Jesus saved me, who was a spiritual fornicator. And even after I've been married to him, when I go awhoring after other gods, he never divorced me.
Discerning Believer wrote: I admit that I am not an expert on the doctrines of grace, nor do I claim to agree with everything within its theological system, however reading scripture for what it says has shown me many things that I once held were not so.
OK. How is fabricating definitions that do not exist anywhere but within your own theological system equal to reading Scripture for what it says?
Think about what you so proudly admitted: you have converted to a theological system that you do not understand. This is hardly illumination; it sounds more like apostasy.
Sovereignty of God? You can't even at least admit that God can save everyone if he wanted to. That's hardly a sovereign god that you have. I mean I am of the different opinion but at least I admit that if God wanted to he could have decreed unconditional election. Of course the Bible does not state that he did, but at least I can confess that he can do what he wants to do.
Humanistic? How about fabricating definitions that do not exist. Or when ask for a Bible verse the best you can do is quote the WCF and divines. Or how about your buddy's confession: "I do not have a verse but I have deductive reasoning"?
By adding the helping verb "is" you are changing the verb from a simple declarative to "progressing."
There is a big difference is stating:
1. John runs.
2. John is running.
That, my friend is the distortion that you are imposing on John 3:16.
As I stated before. The present (indicative) tense simply states a fact. It makes a simple declaration. Since this particular one is placed in a dependent clause with the condition "that" then it simply stating that those who meet that condition will have eternal life.
Actually, I am not the one that keeps changing the subject. On top of that, I graciously answered all the questions that you presented me. On the other hand you refused to give any rebuttal to refute it.
For a pastor, you should at least have a conscience to be honest. "Thou shalt not bear false witness," is still in the Bible.
Unfortunately, the Bible prescribes the victim to remain unmarried. Of course, there is probably no chance for the ofender to come back and it will be a long journey, but it is a cross the victim must bear.
Such a situation which you describe sounds like something that happened before the couple was saved. Apparently, there has been years involved so if this happened while they were in church, then somebody dropped the ball somewhere.
There is rarely an instance where only one is at fault.
Sorry DB, but what you propose s bad grammar all the way around:
1. The tense has nothing to do with who is the subject. The number does. And in this case the number agrees with the subject.
2. The present tense is ALWAYS is in the active tense. So your point is frivolous at best. If you are reffering to the opposite of passive, then you have no point at all for to channge the sentence to passive tense would only make "God" passive. "Whosoever" will still remain active.
So, DB you have no point at all.
The present tense exists to make a statement of fact. In this case, one has a conditional clause beginning with "that."
The statement of fact is that only those who meet the condition of faith will have eternal life.