Mornin' Lurker. Well, you know that death frees from law, as in the case of, for instance, marriage? If a spouse dies, the other is free to marry again? But if both are alive, they are bound by the law?
A few times in the NT it is said that a believer is "dead to the law", so that "through the law, we are dead to the law". Well, if I was dead to the law, it would be impossible for me to sin, because as far as the law is concerned, I am not living.
Observer wrote: Ahhh a fella burn the candle at both ends! Re: churches, I'd heard but now I see with mine own eyes and am doubly shocked! Re: the pink Cadi - tell me it belonged to the preacher.
Ha! It looked like the one I've seen on display at Powderham Castle near Exeter in Devon. They reckoned it was one of Elvis Presley's motors.
Can't stop, I got to load the old jalopy up with paintings and get off to market. I just hope this headache clears up. Say, if anyone would like to pray for me, I sure would appreciate it.
John UK wrote: Churches are few and far between, bro. The north-east as a whole is a barren place, but it's the same everywhere. When I went to our Sunday Bible Study there was a pink Cadillac in the multi-story car park. It took up two parking spaces!
Ahhh a fella burn the candle at both ends!
Re: churches, I'd heard but now I see with mine own eyes and am doubly shocked!
Re: the pink Cadi - tell me it belonged to the preacher.
Observer wrote: Nay lad, a church local to the town I'm at. (I'm quoting it the way my host said it! ) For sure John, if I can find a way to get to you. Not sure I'd feel confident to drive on the tiny, crowded freeways - sorry - 'motorways' , and your train system's way too complicated for my old head. Carrot juice sounds tempting.
Churches are few and far between, bro. The north-east as a whole is a barren place, but it's the same everywhere.
When I went to our Sunday Bible Study there was a pink Cadillac in the multi-story car park. It took up two parking spaces!
Great Sermon! This is a very powerful message. Very enlightening about preaching God's message for today for this evil age and not only preaching the truth of God's Word and the doctrines of truth. It truly is a very challenging day for preachers and the church seriously needs to undergird in prayer these fierce, uncompromising preachers.
Free grace wrote: OBSERVER WROTE: The evil we face with easy believism, besides other things, is that there is no insistence on a thorough going work of conviction by the Spirit. Please, do explain. I was never aware that there was such a thing called hard believism.
You've obviously never tried to get people to believe the gospel. Or do you have the choir sing "Just as I am without one plea" while tenderly pleading with folks to "repeat after me" the sinner's prayer?
"On stage, he outlines no transgressions for which sinners must repent, gives no soaring evangelism and no lesson in morality. He returns repeatedly to the same simple theme, telling the faithful to turn from darkness to light, from Satan to God."
So he tells them to turn from Satan to God, but never speaks of sin or repentance? How will they know what they are supposed to repent of? And where is the gospel of Jesus Christ? Just more dead religion for the masses.
1 Corinthians 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 15:2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
2 Corinthians 7:10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. 7:11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.
Why build one at all? Jesus answered Dives who thought his brothers would be converted if someone rose from the dead... (Luke 16:31 NIV) "He said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.'" Do we really think people are going to be genuinely converted because of a replica of the ark? Use the money to spread the gospel, not a gimmick. Remember the lesson of the Gospel Blimp.
runethegoon wrote: This group is not conservative ...more like liberal lite...the reason for their growth is people are abandoning the sinking ship of the pcusa... that is a great thing if it leads to the people returning back to the scriptures....
I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who has serious misgivings about this "conservative" denomination. How come these churches are only NOW separating from the ungodly neo-orthodoxy that marks liberal "churches" such as the PCUSA? The acceptance of homosexuality by the PCUSA is minor in comparison to their denial of the authenticity, inerrancy, sufficiency, and authority of scripture. By their denial, they have called into question the sovereign authority, truthfulness, and faithfulness of God. If the congregations that have split off have been content all these years to discount the Bible, what is there to make us believe that they have suddenly had a wholesale change of opinion concerning sola scriptura which is (I dare say) far more important - and fundamental - than doctrines about homosexuality? I hope that I'm wrong. However, I fear that "liberal lite" is a good description: close enough to the truth to pass all but the closest scrutiny, yet containing enough error to be damning. Job 14:4
Great Sermon! Great sermon as usual. I can tell you really study God's word. I always come away with a greater understanding of God's word when I hear you preach. I have read this story many times and it is one of my favorite, but you still managed to shed more light on it for me. Thanks. I really enjoyed it.
I never have and never will have any "faith" in the ancient pagan cult of the queen of heaven or any of its heresies and blasphemies.
People are so abhorrently stupid, they have the bible freely to read and they refuse it every single day for their pagan stupidities, superstitions and heresies and they refuse to listen to the righteous men who warn them of the lies of their stupidity.
"count it all joy when you fall into various trials"
Sickening false association of this verse to this topic. Lets see how you much feel righteous to rejoice when you find out homosexuals had infiltrated your children's church, taught them fecalist, lesbian, transvestite propaganda, touched them, took secret photos of them, shall I go on so you can "count it all the more joy" ????????????
John UK wrote: Ah, the good ol' doctor. How we miss him! BTW I had a funny thought yesterday, and I wondered if I ought to run it by you bro. It concerns being dead to the law. But I don't want to overload your thinking, brother.
The easy believism that is mentioned by Observer is a label used by some people to describe a way of becoming a Christian. First is the notion that nothing more is necessary for salvation than an intellectual acknowledgment of God's work on the cross and accompanied by a verbal appeal to be saved. This "formula for salvation" is often coupled with the accusation that it is then okay to go out and live a sinful life without any good works since a person has said "The Sinner's Prayer" and is now saved no matter what.
Didn't see where He said anything about hard believism.