Unprofitable Servant wrote: a) Do you honestly think that being a Calvinist makes one immune from succumbing to the desires of the flesh?
b) You also stated that the church was invisible, how do you reconcile that with letting our light shine ....
c) (unless u r SteveR)that recorded in this thread
d) You are cutting down a faithful servant of the Lord
e) I have to say with God's saints of old that I am vile
a) Not at all. I simply know as Mr Spurgeon stated that "Calvinism is the Gospel.
b) True Church is invisible. None can know who the elect are. Many churches today are popish, Arminian or cult. The true Church IN Christ are God's elect chosen from the foundation of the world. They are invisible to human perception - Otherwise the cults would change.
c) No. SteveR is a RCC sympathiser thus he actively denies the truth and allows them to go to hell by way of idolatry, blasphemy, heresy et al.
d) No. I tell the truth which contradicts his theories. The end result by the grace of God may be bringing him to the truth.
e) You qualify the term servant (Christ server) with "unprofitable" That suggests that which may serve Christ is unprofitable???
More news about the Arminian kids leaving their human faculty - free will 'faith.'
From the Arminian dogma. "Although human nature was seriously affected by the fall, man has not been left in a state of total spiritual helplessness. God graciously enables every sinner to repent and believe, but He does not interfere with man's freedom. Each sinner possesses a free will, and his eternal destiny depends on how he uses it. Man's freedom consists of his ability to choose good over evil in spiritual matters; his will is not enslaved to his sinful nature. The sinner has the power to either cooperate with God's Spirit and be regenerated or resist God's grace and perish. The lost sinner needs the Spirit's assistance, but he does not have to be regenerated by the Spirit before he can believe, for faith is man's act and precedes the new birth. Faith is the sinner's gift to God; it is man's contribution to salvation." http://www.the-highway.com/compare.html
Trouble with the Arminians is that they don't really understand sin and its power over humans.
Michael Hranek wrote: Really? Think thorough this honestly and tell me, 'If a good Calvinist/Reformed is NOT being fed the word of God in his/her local church, where the leadership is in error, where the membership is (ab)used by those who throw their position as Pastor or Elder around, where the leadership is off in its own clique and the sheep
As per usual Michael you Arminians always leave God out of the equation. Try to see that the Bible teaches that God governs the life of HIS elect and the life of HIS Church. The result of which is glorious and praise worthy only of Christ.
Unprofitable Servant wrote: am so confused, I saw my reflection in the mirror when I shaved this morning, should I be concerned that my salvation is not genuine?
I have noticed your confusion before Unprof. What you see in the mirror is a depraved sinner. Concern for salvation must therefore be relevant. Unless you can't perceive the relevance of salvation being manifest?? BTW as a 'servant of Christ' why do you proclaim your life as being unprofitable?? Is there something you are not telling us??