This story is disturbing, yet not surprising. Military personal are employed by the same statist institution and philosophy as public school teachers (who also have their hands tied as to what they can say). It is in these situations that the fallacy of our post-modern/no absolute truth philosophy becomes glaringly obvious... Even to the non-believer. Another recent example was the Colorado incident where the preborn baby was cut out of her mother's womb and not considered to be murder.
There is absolute truth... Thy Word is truth. He is the way, the truth and the life... and we must not be ashamed of the gospel, for it is the way of salvation for those who believe. Bless this man for speaking the truth, and we all need to remember to fear God, not man, and to speak the truth in love. There is a lost world that desperately needs to hear. I'm afraid that these stories will only become more frequent in the days ahead. I'm glad that at least our press still deems them newsworthy. There may come a time where this "craziness" won't even seem "crazy" to the average person.
Michael Hranek wrote: Brother Saint John UK Thank you for your encouraging post He who has the Son has life!
Earlier you mentioned, "Here we go again. Salvation by goosebumps" which if we really dig into the things being stated is at the heart of the matter Let me again point to the heartbreaking reality of those with no experiential faith in the Lord Jesus Christ in the new birth must needs be come up with a perversion of the gospel whereby one needs to do nothing and must do nothing but believe the 5 points of Dordt.
This, Brother Saint Michael, is the key issue. Even Matthew Henry declared that when Christianity is real, it is both "experiential and experimental".
The new birth creates a new creature in Christ Jesus. This new creation is characterised by expressed love. Those that do not love are not of God. In this is determined the children of God and the children of the devil. Whoever does not love his brother abides in death. And we know that we have passed from death unto life because we love the brethren.
We also have the indwelling Holy Ghost, who fills us with love and compassion for the lost, we desire their conversion, that they might be set free from the devil.
Just wait for the local church pastor to be sued for not marrying Bob and Sam. And when the federal judge force that on the church, will we then perhaps decide secession as a course of action? When mainline churches swapped the bible for the advocate magazine , some folks left.
Brother Saint John UK Thank you for your encouraging post He who has the Son has life!
Earlier you mentioned, "Here we go again. Salvation by goosebumps" which if we really dig into the things being stated is at the heart of the matter
Let me again point to the heartbreaking reality of those with no experiential faith in the Lord Jesus Christ in the new birth must needs be come up with a perversion of the gospel whereby one needs to do nothing and must do nothing but believe the 5 points of Dordt
And again they cannot stand the Truth of Scripture by itself alone, and point people to it, but must needs always redirect people to their "ultra enlighted Presbyterianism or something"
Spurgeon and Whitefield were not this way, they could and did, what believers can in good conscience do today, point people NOT to Dordt but to the Lord Jesus Christ
And Yes! Perhaps even with the urgency of telling them. Pray! Seek God! Read your Bible seeking to hear what God says to you. Until either you die or He saves you.
Something I do not believe unregenerate Calvinists understand, and worse perhaps have hardened their hearts so against God they no longer will ever want to understand
If you change the baseline you get different results. The articles I pointed to don't say the U.S. would move to the top spot, they just acknowledged if all other countries in the list were basing their statistics on WHO standard, then the U.S. would move significantly up the list. You can't sit there and say that because Elmer makes 90% of his shots and pennned only 30% so Elmer must be a better shot. If you don't take into account that pennned is 30 feet out from the basket and Elmer is 5 feet away. The changing of what is the baseline skews the results.
If you have no problem with that and want to throw out anything that challenges your point of view, far be it from me to debate the point. It doesn't appear that either of you bothered to check the articles I cited. I asked an open question and I appreciate your answer pennned.
John UK wrote: I could very easily sit down with Brother Saint Michael and have some sweet fellowship with him, even with the differences between us
John. You should try not to encourage the free wheeling Arminians even if you are a devout Hyper-Wesleyan. What you should be doing is teaching them to learn the Biblical Doctrines of Grace, the TULIP. In these times of dreadful apostasy we have Arminian churches such as the Church of England and their Episcopalian cousins and you are implying that this type of free will theology is acceptable. But it is the seed to Liberalism. Bad enough that your denomination has rejected the Old Testament and God's Covenant of Grace, that you should also be flogging the papist salvation by works. Free will is blasphemy and idolatry by the rejection of God and our crucified Christ. What all this human power you and Michael advocate will do is more apostasy and less Bible doctrine. If only you folks could understand Total Depravity then perhaps you would understand true Sovereignty of God and the barren landscape of the natural man dominated by sin. Beginning with that approach in evangelism would present God and the Bible in proper perspective to the unsaved. After all that's the Bible.
In Fairness to Al Mohler My Brother,
To state Dr. Mohler only made the distinction of having a different heaven than Mormons fails to give the fullness of the distinction he made. Al Mohler said this at the beginning of his message, "I come as an evangelical Christian committed to gospel of Jesus Christ and to the Trinitarian beliefs of the historic Christian faith. I come as one who does not share your theology and one who has long been involved in urgent discussions about the distinctions between the church of the Latter Day Saints and the historic Christian Church." This is clear statement in making a distinction on multiple differences in theology, including the person of Christ (the Trinity is rejected by the Mormon), and that the historic Christian faith is stated as opposed to Mormon Theology, are two differences at least said by Mohler contrasting Mormonism and the Truth of Christianity of the Bible.
Perhaps in looking for evidence to support your message you inadvertently overlooked the importance of this opening distinction he made.
I appreciate your gospel preaching on youtube and stand with you in not standing with those who clearly stand doctrinally opposed to the gospel.
Look forward to your response.
Love in Christ,
No need to remind me never to contemplate attendance at a HyperMan Presbyterian Church.
However, I could very easily sit down with Brother Saint Michael and have some sweet fellowship with him, even with the differences between us. When we realise that "God is love" and the Fruit of the Spirit is also "love", secondary doctrines can pale, when the fellowship is "in the Lord", showing respect and honour to other children of God, redeemed by the Lord Jesus Christ and precious to him, not wishing to anger the Father by censuring his children, nor even desiring to censure, through the new birth and circumcision of heart, which takes away the hard heart and puts there a softened and humble heart, which is responsive to the Spirit's leading, considering that they who are led by the Spirit are the sons of God, having been sealed and baptised with the Spirit, and baptised into the body of Christ, which is the universal church, the one, true church of Jesus Christ, which has no separation or distinctiveness in the eternal felicity, but all shall worship and adore the Lamb of God, the Light of Heaven, and the glory of God, and that, for ever.
But the important thing for all men today, is that, "ye must be born again."
Oh Steve, I live as a shut in and had no pastor or church, I have been studying online and haven't found a church home, the only fellowship is here with all of you wonderful people that had to endure my immaturity, may God Bless you all. I have suffered with this condition for ten years, and believe it might be my time. may God have mercy on us all. with love from get real
Michael Hranek wrote: 1. If a person reads the Bible for themself what are they reading? 2. The words of mere men? 3. The words of mere who have merely had a supernatural experience? 4. How about the very word of the Living God, who has sovereignly placed His word before them in their life? 5. when a lost man or woman begins to read the Bible for themselves 6. humbly honestly read the Bible that way for yourself?
1. Reading the Word of God WITHOUT the Holy Spirit will have zero effect on the sinner. 1Cor 2:14 refers. 2. Don't you know how the Bible works in the lives of (a) the Unsaved? and (b) the Saved? 3. Are you aware that the Holy Spirit has an imperative, essential role to play in the comprehension of the Word of God? John 16:13. 2Tim 3:16. 2Pet 1:20 refers. 4. Have you ever heard of election? Eph 1:4,5. John 15:16. 5. There you go again Michael telling people that sinners can do it for themselves. The Bible does not teach what you suggest. 6. You have not once here addressed the work of God and HIS Holy Spirit in revelation of the Word of God. Your premise appears to be that sinners don't need God, Christ or the Holy Spirit. Your works based religious theory seems to be analogous to the RCC method.
get real wrote: I have a question I can't get answered by the secular world. If I believe I am dying and am in intractable pain, is it ok to go to a hospice and die? will I be damning myself to hell? I have no money or a doctor and take whatever care they feel like giving me when I go to the ER as beggars are not choosers.
Get Real, Do you have a Pastor that can sit down with you and discuss this pressing matter? The LORD has raised up the local Church for many reasons including issues such as this
Falling down on the job on what's happening Down Under! This only partially concerns Australia, Catholic Church faces international fallout over sex abuse cover ups, an excerpt from which, "An Australian Archbishop accused of covering up child-sex abuse has added to the pressure on the Vatican, which is also dealing with a case in Chile where a bishop faces similar accusations.
"The Archbishop of Adelaide is taking indefinite leave from his roles in the church."
A story that just covers Australia,
John Ellis wrote: I'd like to think that the Catholic Church and a lot of other institutions as well have come to recognise that they've abused the privileged position that they've been given under the law, and that they need to come and step in line with other institutions in the community and be responsible for the harm that their conduct has caused.
John MacArthur wrote: The whole law of the Old Testament, lex talionus, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, was never for personal vengeance. Personal vengeance is never an option for an individual. Lynch committees and that kind of thing never are in the purview of Christian people. We never use anti-government behavior, rebellion, law-breaking approaches to get what we think is the kingdom way. Our responsibility is to recognize that God has allowed government to be what it is. I mean, God has ordained government, even the governments that we look at and say they're evil, they're dictatorships, they're corrupt, they're full of graft and crime and sinfulness and even a muddled democracy like we have that is now under the control of a dominant force of immoral and ungodly people. Nonetheless, the eternal God of heaven has not lost control.
You should use than one search engine. Google wouldn't allow some of the older Android tablets to use Google search! Really a blessing since there are times that DuckDuckGo, comes up with some very interesting, and useful results different from Google search, q.v., https://duckduckgo.com/about
Anyway, Mike of NY, I'm glad you know where I stand. Food for people and livestock, and we have plenty of our own oil (and Canadians would be happy to sell us the oil from their tar sands ) to run our machinery.