They arrested the Vatican appointed? Well there in lies the problem, seriously what's the difference between Vatican and China in the big scheme of things. As evil as each other. I truly pray for any of god's beloved caught up in this mess.
John for Jesus, your take on Reformed Churches teachings on the Doctrine of Salvation is laughable. As any pastor, who cares about their walk, & love for Christ & His Word, knows their is a stricter judgment for one, who is a Shepard of his flock. No Reformed Pastor I know or ever read, would ever,teach teach, such an unBiblical message you are, trying to portray. As the Bible message on how one is saved & justified, in how one becomes a child of God is, clearly put forth out. As salvation has & will always be of the Lord alone, as one is saved when one is spiritually adopted as Child of God, not of man, but from up above alone, as Jhn 1:12-13, is crystal clear on that point!
I'm afraid that Reformed churches have way to many people in them who think they were chosen by God and really aren't because they were never taught how to be saved. One could go to these churches thinking, I believe there is a God, I attend church, and I try to be nice, therefore I am saved. There is no favoritism with God! If He loves one sinner then He loves them all.
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1. While I agree they adopted the term "gay" to lighten the concept of sodomy at this point everyone associates it with sodomy. If you told somebody that you were "gay,", no one would assume it meant you were happy they would all believe you were calling yourself a homosexual.
2. The Scripture has many applications even if it is not the main interpretation of the passage. You would not say a Christian cannot claim the sufficiency of the grace of God in life's difficulties because they are not the apostle Paul to whom that was said about a specific ailment (2 Cor. 12:9). You wouldn't say God won't supply the believers needs because they are not part of the church at Philippi which met Paul's temporal needs in the first century. (Phil. 4:19)
To be clear, are you saying that where two or three believers (or more)are gathered together that Christ will not be in their midst if they are not involved in church discipline?
I had a blessed opportunity to hear John MacArthur speak last Friday night in Lubbock and he preached for 1 hour on the first five words of the Bible . Priceless opportunity and consistently spot on. Our world is like the days of Noah.
The scripture used by those denying it plainly states who chose who, when it was decreed. Allow them to deny god and his word, forget them, leave them be. They have been given the gospel, and still believe in their merits not god's. I have no time for them. There are people who need the gospel of Christ presented truthfully that need our attention more than those who think they choose god. They have eyes but cannot see as evident by the 2nd comment below this one