Since this was turned into a political, admittedly partly my fault, but hey the article was about a mind-numbing potential problem, I just couldn't help remembering another mind-numbing encounter which might have had me voting for Wild Bill Clinton, if I hadn't stopped listening to Rush. I will put this up as gentle reminder to me, and to anyone else around.
Geoff wrote: This seems to be one of the defining issues of our day. Many positions compromise the Scripture in this regard and it seems their concern is looking foolish in the eyes of the world. I suppose Noah looked foolish when he went to building the ark and preaching righteousness. Let's be busy about preaching righteousness and building the Kingdom of God, regardless if they say we are foolish.
I can imagine the guffaws as the crowd watched Noah and Co. building a gigantic boat with no way to get it to the sea once built. They were likely among the first to pound on the outside walls as the water rose. "Let us in, it's not fair you won't share that big boat with us" In today's world, the president outside in his armored rowboat, might shout to Noah, "You didn't build that."
Thanks so much John UK and Shane for your kind words, it was not easy sharing something so meaningful to me but what Shane said and you about how you had similiar experiences has been an encouragement to me also. Thanks for sharing . Blessings to you both.
The first defense of the arrogant is to call someone names. Jesus alone is our judge, but for a believer to call one a fool, is placing yourself in line for judgement unto hell. Think about that , are we really taking eternity seriously enough to guard our mouth. Sometimes it's best to not cast your pearls before swine lest they turn and tear you up, case in point.
Veritas, many highschoolers educated in government schools would probably appreciate coloring books because they are, more likely than not, on par with their comprehension level. I might find this item to be more controversial if it were not for the sad fact that a satanic coloring book would probably only be very similar to much of the material that high school students are familiar with any way. A lot of the music, videos, games, entertainment,etc. that are popular among this age set might be milder. God was "kicked out" of public schools a long time ago. I suppose that it's possible to let your child attend one but it's hard to imagine that they would not be worse off for it.
Pat's argument against creationism- "...â€śThe truth is, you have to be deaf, dumb and blind to think that this Earth that we live in only has 6,000 years of existence.â€ť With this line of "reasoning" he would do well to check out the facts before he, yet again, puts his foot in his mouth. Although,if a foot in his mouth would hinder him from making foolish statements it would prove to be of some benefit. There is an ample amount of material available. Being ignorant of the truth can be more readily overlooked the first time that it occurs but repeat offenses will often discredit ones character. Further,if, as he suggests, people are turned off to the Bible because they can't accept creationism, then,I would logically conclude that they would have a problem with much of the rest of it as well.
the accidental chemical model worked for building big business, but was never of benefit to the human body because we are organically made.
that is made as a whole before the fall to live well in the environment we were placed.
this was all carefully designed by Creator God.
when man fell from grace death came into the world, and man was divided from God by his sin.
its as simple as that.
evolution is an unproven theory, after a century of digging up bones, we still find animals of their kind and not morph species.
we see human beings under the chemical model getting sicker and sicker, leading to eugenics which is reflected in agenda 21.
eugenics and evolution are close cousins.
it is the antithesis to Christian thought.
Pat Robertson seems to be deeply aligned with the gods of this world.
as a side note, changes within species is well established and seen within genetic research and there seems some morphing between virus/baceteria/fungus, creationists are on that subject too, no worries, we did not come from monkeys.
wherever I've gone, evolutionists have shown me their vast records of their area being under flood, fossils and such, there may be a reason for that!
ham's movie on dinosaurs and dragons very interesting.
John Yurich stated-"...if Graham preaches that salvation comes only through embracing Jesus as Savior and trusting in Him alone for salvation then Graham is saved." There will be many on that day of the Lord who say (paraphrase)-"...did we not prophecy in your Name, did we not cast out demons?"... And He will say "Depart from me you worker of iniquity, I never KNEW you. We always rejoice over those who receive the gift of salvation but we don't know hearts and God can use anything or anyone ,saved or not, as an instrument to that end.
This is par for the course for anti Reformation Jesuits. From the outset when Ignasius Loyola founded it, to this day, they have been involved in doing the devil's work worldwide, both ecclesiastically and politically. Whether by works of benevolence or by political intrigue, their goal has been and always will be to bring about a reversal of the Protestant Reformation. Professing Christians(?) like Tim Keller and others, need to stop promoting Loyola's works and start renouncing their unfruitful works of darkness. I won't be holding my breath though.
This seems to be one of the defining issues of our day. Many positions compromise the Scripture in this regard and it seems their concern is looking foolish in the eyes of the world. I suppose Noah looked foolish when he went to building the ark and preaching righteousness. Let's be busy about preaching righteousness and building the Kingdom of God, regardless if they say we are foolish.
Thank you Dolores for that lovely testimony. I have no doubt that the Lord communicates lessons to us by many different ways in accordance with our needs and capabilities. That was a great lesson learnt by way of a dream, and seeing as it is wholly a biblical concept, I don't think even the gainsayers will be able to argue against it. But they might try, so "keep your eyes on Jesus" and it will be like "water off a duck's back".
John UK wrote: As far as I know, the evangelistic association would not hold a crusade in an area unless every church there was fully supportive of it. This is a dreadful thing to impose, and comes from an ecumenical root. For that reason alone, I am totally opposed to it. However, there is no doubt Billy Graham has reached a huge number of people with the gospel, even though his altar call method has probably resulted in a vast multitude of pseudo conversions. But in amongst them, will be converts who were genuinely called of God, truly born again, and currently attending good churches. Even if he only got 10% who were genuine, that means that God used his preaching to bring thousands or tens of thousands into his kingdom by grace. And I will thank God for that. What fruit have I brought forth? Thirtyfold? Sixtyfold? An hundredfold? Nay, not even thirtyfold.
Thank you, bro John, for the most sensible comment on this subject I've heard so far.
Frank wrote: Well brother, I donâ€™t know about BG, but I know that every time you have posted something that brought praise and honor to our Lord, then you have borne fruit. Every time you have given to or helped a saint, you have borne fruit. And of course this list could go on and on.
Thank you Pilgrim, you have refreshed my spirit.
I know that in the glory, Jesus will be the focus of all attention and praise. But if just a few people come up and say to me, "Brother, I don't suppose you remember the occasion, but I do sincerely thank you for standing out in the snow one Saturday morning and handing me a Ryle tract, for that was what started me off on seeking God for my salvation, and the Lord used that little tract to awaken me and convict me of my sins and show me my need of a Saviour - praise the Lord!"
It is one of the hardest things in the world to give out tracts while wearing gloves.
Well brother, I donâ€™t know about BG, but I know that every time you have posted something that brought praise and honor to our Lord, then you have borne fruit. Every time you have given to or helped a saint, you have borne fruit. And of course this list could go on and on. Bearing fruit is something that all believers â€świllâ€ť do, but I would bet that the majority of the time we donâ€™t know when we have done it or when we havenâ€™t. There are lots of examples in scripture of bearing fruit which has nothing to do with salvation. I will provide the scriptures if you like. The mysterious thing is scripture also says we cannot bear bad fruit. Bottom line, when we are doing something that brings glory to God, then we are bearing "good" fruit.
 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither [can] a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. (Mat 7:16-20)