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FRONT PAGE  |  9/28/2022
MONDAY, OCT 19, 2020  |  24 comments  |  2 commentaries
I am Calvin University’s first openly gay student body president.
In the 102 years that Student Senate has existed, we’ve never had an openly gay student body president. It’s beyond time that the LGBTQ community is represented in the highest student leadership position at Calvin. I’m proud to be the first.

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News Item10/29/2020 11:14 PM
Observer | Louisiana  Contact via emailFind all comments by Observer
Fascinating that Jim from Nebraska finds reasons to comment on every Trump/COVID headline on the site, but never touches headlines which are explicit within the text of Scripture. Nowhere to be found on topics of infanticide or sodomy. Seems a bit like swallowing a camel and straining out a gnat. Of course, I’m not without sin there, and I don’t mean to say that I’m holier in any way. I just find it fascinating what he seems to want to be vocal about.
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News Item10/21/2020 6:11 AM
Chrisgp from England | England  Find all comments by Chrisgp from England
This is so tragic. This university, affiliated to the Christian Reformed Church, has apparently gone the way of many other “evangelical” colleges and universities and apparently, if not with total enthusiasm, embraced the LGBTQI+ culture. How can Reformed churches, with their previous doctrinal statements (Westminster Larger & Shorter Catechism) for the more Scottish / English / Irish ones, (Heidelberg Catechism, Belgic Confession and Synod of Dordt), for the more Continental ones, and both movements having an emphasis on Holy Scripture and the Psalms in particular have gone so wrong. What about this young lady? Did she come from a godly Christian home? Did she attend a good solid Bible teaching and believing church in her childhood and youth? How did she get corrupted into this lifestyle? I tragically saw something like this as far back ago as my college days in the hate 1970’s, there a seemingly Christian young lady from a good family, got sucked into the then embryonic LGBTQI+ movement and ended up with a lesbian “partner”. Very sad, very tragic, what deception!
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News Item10/20/2020 11:50 PM
Lurker  Protected NameFind all comments by Lurker
John for JESUS wrote:
Lurker...
Prior to the NT, Gentiles were not granted repentance, so they had to go about it as a Jew.
Circumcision of the flesh and keep the first covenant commands. Right.

Thanks for the clarification.

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News Item10/20/2020 11:18 PM
John for JESUS | Atl  Find all comments by John for JESUS
Lurker...

Prior to the NT, Gentiles were not granted repentance, so they had to go about it as a Jew.

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News Item10/20/2020 7:24 PM
Lurker  Protected NameFind all comments by Lurker
John for JESUS wrote:
Lurker...
But in the New Testament one does!
Sure enough. So why did you write "Gentiles had to become Jewish."?
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News Item10/20/2020 6:52 PM
John for JESUS | Atl  Find all comments by John for JESUS
Lurker...

But in the New Testament one does! The curtain between us and God was ripped in two. We can now go directly to the Lord for repentance. No more priest and temple sacrifice. To the Jew first and then to the Gentiles chronologically.

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News Item10/20/2020 1:01 PM
Lurker  Protected NameFind all comments by Lurker
John for JESUS wrote:
Lurker...
Gentiles had to become Jewish. Salvation by faith was to the Jew first and then came to the Gentiles.
You can search high and low but you'll not find that God granted repentance to anyone during the first covenant age. That came as part and parcel of the new covenant and God's promise to take away stony hearts and give hearts of flesh.
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News Item10/20/2020 12:01 PM
John for JESUS | Atl  Find all comments by John for JESUS
Lurker...

Gentiles had to become Jewish. Salvation by faith was to the Jew first and then came to the Gentiles.

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News Item10/20/2020 10:08 AM
Frank  Contact via emailFind all comments by Frank
Unprofitable Servant wrote:
We in Acts 15:11 clearly in the context refers to Jews and they to Gentiles.
Thank you brother for your outstanding exegesis on repentance.
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News Item10/20/2020 9:12 AM
Unprofitable Servant | TN  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
We in Acts 15:11 clearly in the context refers to Jews and they to Gentiles.
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News Item10/20/2020 8:55 AM
Lurker  Protected NameFind all comments by Lurker
John for JESUS wrote:
Unprofitable Servant...
To grant repentance means Gentiles were given the ability to ask God for forgiveness of their sins like the Jews already had the ability to do. It means sinful people must first repent to be saved.
Then prior to Acts 11 the Gentiles were doomed to the Lake of Fire, not being gifted the ability to repent? I thought you rejected fatalism (election) in favor of free will.
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News Item10/20/2020 8:18 AM
John for JESUS | Atl  Find all comments by John for JESUS
Unprofitable Servant...

To grant repentance means Gentiles were given the ability to ask God for forgiveness of their sins like the Jews already had the ability to do. It means sinful people must first repent to be saved.

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News Item10/19/2020 10:49 PM
James Thomas | Fla  Find all comments by James Thomas
Something of note while this is being unpacked.

When was Peter saved?

Acts 3 during the salvation sermon he gave right?

So why would this be said here in Acts 15?

Acts 15:11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ *we shall be saved*, even as they.

The shall be save speaks of Future event spoken of correct?

So what happened between Acts 3 and Acts 15?

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News Item10/19/2020 10:27 PM
Unprofitable Servant | TN  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
Repentance is granted by God to the sinner to turn from sin to Christ.  It is not a bargaining chip whereby I will give up this or that to be saved,  As the song writer said it Just as I am without one plea but that Thy blood was shed for me.   If we have to clean up our lives to be saved, we are all doomed.   Transformation in character is a result of the new birth not the reason for it.  

There are more Scriptures I could use but two will do the job.   In discussion the conversion of Cornelius and those in his house, note what they said about those who were saved in Acts 11

Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?

When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.

Please note repentance is considered to be a defining part of  their salvation

In II Peter 3:9 note how the unregenerate are contrasted to the regenerate

not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Perishing describes the lost, repentant describes the saved.  

No matter what we say or think God Himself says repentance is part of salvation.

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News Item10/19/2020 10:25 PM
Unprofitable Servant | TN  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
Now to be clear, the Bible in II Timothy 2:25  and elsewhere clearly teaches that repentance is something granted to individuals by God not something that comes from fallen human nature.  If God does not grant repentance then it will not be found.  So, we are definitely talking about salvation by grace and solely proceeding from the in wrought work of God not the outworking of man without Divine intervention.

Repentance is never defined as stopping sin.  How oft shall I forgive my brother, every time he REPENTS and asks for forgiveness.  Not sinning is our goal, (I John 2:1) and as the Lord’s people we should desire that we would not see root nor fruit of sin in our lives.  We want it by the grace of God, through the power of the Spirit to be put to death. (Mortified).   Repentance is also not defined as fleeing sin, if we would flee sin then we would avoid it, pass not by and not partake, and thus have no need to repent of it.

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News Item10/19/2020 10:24 PM
Unprofitable Servant | TN  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
Come back to our Savior’s words about the men of Nineveh in Matthew 12 and note He said that they repented at the preaching of Jonah.  Well, what exactly did they do? (Jonah. 3:8-10). They turned from their evil way, our Lord called that repentance.

Look at Pau’s testimony of his conversion and commission in Acts 26

God said he was sent to the Gentiles to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light,  how did Paul interpret that command?  He preached (v20) that they should repent and turn to God and do works meet for repentance   Was he preaching a works salvation?

What evidence is offered in in Revelation 9:20, 21 and 16:11 that men had not repented?  It was because they continued in their sins.  

In Ezekiel 14&18 we find the words. Repent and turn from (idols, abominations, transgressions). Turn and live
What words did Paul say to the people of Lycaonia (Acts 14), turn from these vanities unto the living God.   

Paul commended the Thessalonians because their salvation was seen in that they turned from idols to serve the living God.

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News Item10/19/2020 10:21 PM
Unprofitable Servant | TN  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
Let us examine what we find in Scriptures

The Lord Jesus said to a group of Galileans two times

Except ye repent you will likewise perish

First we will establish that those commanded to repent were the people to whom He was speaking.   Except YE repent.  In the Greek this phrase is in the active voice which means the subject IS the doer of the action.   

Now from what did they need to repent.  Again context is important. In both cases he stated that those upon whom the previous judgments had fallen were sinners.  He was obviously correcting their misconception that their sin wasn’t as bad as those whom the Lord mentioned.  Repentance thus was from sin.  No other explanation makes any sense.

Christ came to call sinners to repentance (Luke 5) not to just inform them about it, there is definitely an expectation of a response.
Go to Acts 2 and find those whom God’s Word who were pricked in their heart said what must shall we do?   Peter’s first response was Repent   If repentance is not part of salvation then the Apostles got it wrong and Luke was incorrect to say 3000 were saved.   

Go to Acts 3 and in the midst of Peter’s salvation sermon we find the words Repent and be converted.
Again showing repentance to be an integral part of salvation.

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News Item10/19/2020 7:54 PM
Frank  Contact via emailFind all comments by Frank
If I thought that you could confuse any of the brothers on this forum, I would respond directly to your thoughts. But my guess is few even read your comments. I wouldn’t have except I noted my name in line 1. But, now that I see your agenda, I can assure you any response you have will go unread by me. Why don't you take MS's advice and just ignore us "good ol boys".

Psalms 1:1 Blessed [is] the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

Revelation 2:20 - Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

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News Item10/19/2020 6:35 PM
ladybug  Find all comments by ladybug
Frank, you would benefit from studying the definition of 'repentance'- noy-eh'-o; from G3563; to exercise the mind (observe), i.e. (figuratively) to comprehend, heed:—consider, perceive, think, understand;... turning away from homosexuality is not a 'condition' to be saved anymore than turning away from heterosexual sin. Again, repentance from dead works is what's necessary, works you think you must do to earn favor. You fail to grasp imputed righteousness. How much sin must we repent of in order to be accepted Frank? When will we know we've repented enough? ***BTW, the elect do flee sexual immorality***, but not so God will save us, or as evidence of salvation. Look at your own lives, each day every one here sins willfully, repeatedly. The Pharisee in all of you won't let you admit that, because you're all too busy pointing your self righteous fingers at others. What sin is it that wasn't nailed to the cross? Unbelief- the sin of not believing on Christ alone, the sin of looking to 'self' and going down your self righteous check list. No matter how much 'sin' you think you've repented of, you don't grasp God doesn't accept even the slightest bit of sin left in you. Again, imputed righteousness escapes the 'religious'....
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News Item10/19/2020 3:24 PM
Adriel  Find all comments by Adriel
Obviously "Calvin University" is NOT Calvinist - and NOT Christian.

Belonging to the modernist Liberalist PC corruption of society it is satanic, evil and abhorrent to God.

God states :-
Lev 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination."

Rom 1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet."

GOD will punish these evil sinners in Hell.

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