CV wrote: After having used Kastens to establish sprinkling as historical, I can understand why paedos are stuck doing damage control instead of throwing the baby out with the dirty magic water. If Kastens wasn't saying that sprinkling saves, his readers would have been convinced otherwise anyways. It gets better, for Kastens here exhorts the parents to HASTEN to do something now so that in the future this "may/maynot" have done anything. Bettere yet, when Jesus says, "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly- John 10:10", perhaps he was merely expressing the POSSIBILITY. We may/maynot have life through JESUS, somewhat of a coin toss.
Quite so, CV.
It's a new adventure every time a Presby posts their proofs. As near as I can tell, the best thing they have going is an inordinate willingness to humiliate themselves.
Lurker wrote: Christians do not delay but hasten with their children to Baptism that they may received the gift of salvation and regeneration ..(Galatians 3: 27)." Dennis Kastens
After having used Kastens to establish sprinkling as historical, I can understand why paedos are stuck doing damage control instead of throwing the baby out with the dirty magic water.
If Kastens wasn't saying that sprinkling saves, his readers would have been convinced otherwise anyways. It gets better, for Kastens here exhorts the parents to HASTEN to do something now so that in the future this "may/maynot" have done anything.
Bettere yet, when Jesus says, "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly- John 10:10", perhaps he was merely expressing the POSSIBILITY. We may/maynot have life through JESUS, somewhat of a coin toss.
I remember getting a Bible from my mom for graduation. I am ashamed to say I was not too excited but then after living away from home for a while, I came to rely on that Bible every day. What a blessing!!!
Great Sermon! I want to say this was a balanced message, and though I agree with the other commenter that burial is a more biblical choice than cremation, I believe there is the place for the points that this pastor brings out. Namely:
2. exalting Jesus
3. sharing the gospel
4. comfort and service to those mourning
5. the reflection on eternity.
Bta wrote: a. "may" in this context, indicates to the parents the future possibility that their child might be one of the elect.
So why do you suppose Kastens just didn't say that?
But let's set aside what he wrote and consider what you wrote.... "the future possibility that their child might be one of the elect." May I assume you are saying that infant baptism assures absolutely nothing?
Bta wrote: b. "coin toss" - Election is like that for the seed of Covenanted parents, as Paul taught and God has ordained, - "they are not all Israel, which are of Israel" Ro 9:6.
Not sure what the Jews who were broken off the olive tree (covenant of peace) have to do with Gentile election. Some sort of Presby members only secret?
Great Sermon! Those cities were and example, not a prophecy for moore ok.
2 Peter 2:6
And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;
Where does it say in scripture that God will take out His wrath on sodimites or any specific group of people before the tribulation of the last days.
This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.
Could God send a tornado to OKC, sure. And if He did, there would be no doubt it was His doings.
But as Pastor Mike always says, show me in scripture where it says He would.
I love my Lord, and when psators blame Him for all the bad things in the world, I get upset.
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Bad things happen on this earth to all, both saved and lost. Its a broken world, not the same after Adams sin. Tornado's thunderstorms, things like
SteveR, I really wonder why you insist on showing a negative, condescending attitude toward those whom you say are your brothers in the Lord. God says, if you say you love Him and don't show love toward your brother you are a liar (I John 4:20) You negate yourself with the snipes that you persist on taking and make your own posts of little or no value. It is not Frank's fault that you do not share his sense of humor. You could have left off your post with the first line and have expressed your opinion without the snarky paragraph that followed. (like you really had anything to do with the different views of lapsarianism) It doesn't matter what you say or think of me, but I do get tired of you castigating the fine people who post here with a simple desire to assist others in their walk with Christ. I might even understand the back and forth banter you have with those who treat you the same way you treat them, yet the Lord said do unto others AS you would have them do unto you. So tell your big shots a message for me, God resists the proud but gives grace unto the humble. I hesitate to even post this because I am no better than the next guy and have my own corruptions to bemoan, yet I felt compelled to say something in light of this senseless attack.
Greatly Blessed I did so appreciate this message on Precious Faith love the questions you asked...by Gods grace was able to answer them for my self.Thanks for your faithfulness to preach truth to sinners like ourselves.
John UK wrote: Just in case anyone wanted to do a little study on the four main views, this article by Phil should help.
John, that is an excellent link. I thought I understood the differences, but now I am going to give it some more thought. After skimming it, I think the truth lies in a combination of more than one. But, in all seriousness, I really never intended for this to be part of the issue as to whether God creates evil. There is some overlap, but that is all.
I am going to rename my meditation on Catholicism and leave out the word cult. That way SteveR might want a copy of it. What do you think?
I can't believe he is saying such nasty things to me, but since he isn't presenting anything relating to scripture, then I won't respond to him.
John UK wrote: Hey I never even thought of that, Lurker. But there may even be a simpler explanation....They just don't bother reading the Bible. I was very fortunate in that when I was converted, I was encouraged to read scripture, and utilise books only as a support or help. I found the Bible so exciting to read, that I devoured it daily, and read it through many, many times. That was back in the days when I had the energy! There is so much to learn from scripture, that even a lifetime of study would not complete the job. But what a quickening word God's word is!
AMEN!!! may we be like Job and esteem the word of the Lord more than our necessary food, because man does NOT live by bread along, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God! Thanks John, although he may have already retired for the night.
Strong Sermon! Brother Mike lays it out -- our need to deny self-love and anything else that focuses on ourself. Today's church is in denial and error when it preaches on how we can develop ourselves to get the most out of life -- go for the most for ourselves -- be all you can be. In truth we should become a slave for Jesus Christ -- we should spend our life to bring Glory to God -- to help spread the Gospel. God will reward us in heaven for our Christian works.
Great Sermon! whats strange about the millienials, is that in my opinion, the women arent as pretty as their mothers or older sisters. The men are getting more obese and marked full of tattoos to boot. They remind me of buds who wont bloom. UNLESS they are raised within a strong church, the kids are MENTORED especially the boys into men, and the girls become more feminine; doing domestic like chores,and wanting to get married before they settle on 'careers' that may go nowhere, the women need to become more interested in becoming wives and mothers and WEAR DRESSES instead of pants but they need to find GUYS who are men.This sounds petty, but its what im observing. Previous generations were destroyed by MARIJUANA, and led to the younger groups going downhill. Pot has actually a gateway into the occultic realm that a little wine wouldnt have