Continued: Galatians 5:21"Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in times past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God."
Though one may dead spiritually, he/she is still alive physically and quite capable of sin.
2Thessalonians 2:13 "But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you for salvation through the sanctification of the spirit and belief of the truth."
Now if God chose the saints in the beginning for salvation, like this verse teaches, where does that leave your belief that anyone of his own power can believe and get saved without the conviction of the Holy Spirit?
J4J wrote: Why do you think sinners are such good people that if they could just understand they would automatically believe?
I'm not sure why you think that I believe that seeing as the point I've been trying to make is that salvation is the work of God, and not the result of mans understanding or own ability. I don't agree with your interpretation of John 6:44,55 as I see nothing about ascending to heaven in those verses, but in context seems to me to be drawing one unto salvation.
To say someone is dead spiritually means they do not have eternal life. It doesn't mean a person has an inability to believe like a corpse. That would mean they would be unable to sin also because they would be "dead" to act one way or another toward God, either in obedience or disobedience.
Being spiritually dead and unable to believe in God does not mean they would be unable to sin, because sin reigns in the flesh: Romans 7:5 "For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death." Galatians 5:19-21 "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyin
God-send I plan to listen to this every night before I fall asleep; I know God has shiwn you His Truth & nothing but the Truth with no lies mixed in; it is a blessing, a true blessing to come across people I don't know but that God knows who know His Truth and who are able, willing & do share it! I'm searching for this and God has me on a journey to finding & learning from such.
In Jesus Christ's name, love & peace towards YOU from thise who are asking God to bring them into contact, to make known to them, people like YOU who â€¢knowâ€¢ His Truth, believe it, share it & live it...
God bless YOU, Mr. Wages!
Great Sermon! Having been born into a Catholic family naturally I was baptized as an neat. Today a a believer and outside the Catholic religion, I do not believe in Infant baptism. But I was wondering something as I listened to this message. If there any NT verses that support it, then I stand corrected. I just can't think of any. Is there any Scripture that supports or mandates immersion? How do we know that John the Baptist immersed, apart from Jesus coming up from the water and a dove (the Holy Spirit). lighting on Him. Are all the pictures of John immersing al those people just assumption?
To what advantage has the jew? Much in every way... Ishmael even was even heard by God. Believers children are set apart in a way that unbelievers are not. This is not salvific however the promise of God remains. He made the Aberamic covenent unlike any others.Check the promises in Gen 17 and see how Galatians 3 &4 read
Back to the cathedral... It is a wonderful bit of architecture , a beautiful building , but because of that which rules the so called church that it represents it is too bad the earthquake didnt level it.
Thomas the Doubter wrote: Where is the church told they should celebrate christmas? I missed that one.
A rhetorical question, I know, but the Feast of the Nativity seems to have been instituted by Early Church Fathers, such as Chrysostom, around the 4th century. Charles Dickens & Prince Albert also helped things along; after publication, "A Christmas Carol" was a bestseller in both the UK & USA.
The only force more powerful than the pull of winter holiday customs is a Black Hole. Every other tradition can go to blazes, but don't touch Christ-mass or you are a Scrooge.
Besides, when else can retailers turn a profit? Remember Paul & the Ephesian silversmiths. And it's a great time to fill the pews, so don't wait for pastors to halt proceedings, either.
I think this is a disgrace that they would consider to enthansia a child or a person who has an illness, to me that is called "Murder" and I think we all should be ashamed to even cosider to come up with thisconclusion
at a loss how you are saying Baptist are changing the Greek word.
it interesting to note that the GREEK orthodox church, which baptizes babies practices immersion, why, because they know the word means to immerse.
Can you not get this? It is YOU who are trying to change the meaning of the word to match your beliefs. It seems like a better practice would be to make my beliefs match Scripture and where Scripture and my beliefs differ that I change my beliefs, not vise versa.
Plus you keep making up history to match your beliefs. Also, we note the false accusations. But one thing I have learned, your motto is don't confuse me with the facts. (except for 1517)
note your refusal to answer questions from John UK and Luker
Note you NEVER gave GS a single verse that supports infant baptism.
Note you cannot find any place in the Bible that says that baptism replaced circumcision. Did Peter say that, no; Paul,no; James, no; John, no; Jude, no; anywhere in the 4 gospels or Acts, no; the book of Hebrews, no, wait that covers the entire NT. Maybe it is in the OT in verses about the New Covenant, oops not there either
Unprofitable Servant wrote: J4J, your #2 response went over my head. your number 5 answer contradicts what you say you believe, but will ask again the question you did not answer, Where do you believe that people GET the faith they use to obey the gospel?
2) To say someone is dead spiritually means they do not have eternal life. It doesn't mean a person has an inability to believe like a corpse. That would mean they would be unable to sin also because they would be "dead" to act one way or another toward God, either in obedience or disobedience. 5) How is that contradictory? I believe we have to be saved, but repenting and trusting in Jesus does not merit righteousness from God. Salvation is of the Lord Jesus and it is by His righteousness that we are saved. If someone has faith in God, that He will save him or her, it doesn't mean God owes them salvation because of what they did. They are not owed a righteous standing before God because of their faith. He will make them righteous (innocent) because that is what He promised to do, not because He owes it to that person for being obedient. People follow God (or reject them) of their own free will. As God has created us to be able to do.
1517 wrote: Unprofitable Servant, ... What are your thoughts?
Hey 1517, thanks for your response. Appreciate you. The subject of the covenant of Grace is something I have not given a lot of thought to since I did my research on it nearly 30 years ago. I believer Luker has a pertinent question. I appreciate your emphasis on the fact that one must be quickened so we are on the same page. I don't see the church as the replacement for Israel so I don't see baptism as the replacement for circumcision. I do believe we here in the West don't fully appreciate what the ordinance means. If we were in the middle east or lived back in Biblical times there would be a realization that taking that public stand for Christ could cost us our lives and we would be counting the cost. (Luke 14:26-35) Even when you read authors like Spurgeon and his contemporaries you see the seriousness they placed on both ordinances and people living up to their meaning.
J4J, your #2 response went over my head. your number 5 answer contradicts what you say you believe, but will ask again the question you did not answer, Where do you believe that people GET the faith they use to obey the gospel?