The article reads "...Take a look and see how God is STILL in our schools!" Football players doing a "baptism" ritual is not indicative of God working. People can get wet and still be sinners. And baptizing on a football field is like baptizing in the middle of a carnival. Whatever the motives for it,only the one baptism of the Holy Spirit matters and that won't occur by going through the motions or with pressure to try to please the group's leader/coach. I know of a race track owned by professing Christians. They still sell beer and make compromises. An outward form of religiosity can often times be more dangerous than none at all.
8/6/14 7:26 PM Women ordered to stop praying inside mall
US,I'm not equating making a profit or running a business with greed.However, from what I've seen,most malls are very relaxed when it comes to discernment in the modesty department. Many clothing and department stores have indecent posters in their windows and throughout their stores, even in the perfume section, and during that time of the season,inappropriate calendars are sold out in the open...just a couple of examples. I won't get any more descriptive. If you have a different experience at your local mall,good for you. I WOULDN'T BE COMFORTABLE AS A WOMAN walking in the mall and having to pass lingerie stores with men perched on the benches that are strategically placed within eye shot of them. It's sad that we've come to this point. It's no wonder that teen boys would rather look at porn than to have a girlfriend. (not suggesting that there ought to be any inappropriate relations in regards to having a girlfriend)Our children have this imposed on them it seems at every turn and bend.
You make a very valid statement,Christopher,and I applaud that you are making an effort to keep yourself from things that are not pleasing to God. The problem with those who aren't in Christ,as we were once,is that there is no reason to stop sinning...same for the RC. They can't comprehend the freedom in Christ to not sin and they are deceived in their sins. I had a church going member tell me the other day that he had heard a preacher say that because Christ loves sinners that we should just keep on staying "lovable". My guess is that this fellow may not be saved and he is devoid of the meaning of what it is to be free FROM sin. When we have God's perspective of it,sin loses its appeal,even for a season.Truth sets us free. Knowing Christ gives us liberty from sinning and the wages of sin still haven't changed.
Unprofitable,quit lying and accusing me of calling penned's testimony into question. How is calling into question the prostitutes' comments accusing pennned of giving false testimony? I'm not doubting that the prostitutes said what they did. You may want to carefully reread what I posted. Chip on your shoulder,Rodney? How did I offend anyone with my posts? If you're under conviction,it's not by my doing. And,given that you are assuming that I am a woman,it would be wise,as you don't know that to be a fact,to refrain from conjecture. Any gender may comment on the ways of men and women as they are clearly addressed in the Bible.The ways of man are clear-lost and found. Be careful lest you fall.
God's Grace wrote: That would be a work and we are not saved by works but rather by grace.
In fact works are an inseparable attribute required of every believer deemed worthy to inherit the Kingdom. Martin Luther invented the doctrine of not of works because he was tired of abstaining from carnal desires and came up with that idea to give him an excuse. He despised the book of James because James destroyed his entire theology. All through Paul's writings and indeed scripture we find we shall all be judged according to our works (Romans 2, John 5, Luke 6, Revelation 2,3, etc). Paul was refuting the Judaisers who were seeking justification through rituals of the law and circumcision. In reality, you have violated the law and the wages of sin is death, even if you return to obedience to the law. Past sins can only be remitted only through the blood of Christ. But it is ridiculous to suggest one passage of scripture (Ephesians 2:8,9) invalidates everything scripture clearly reveals man must do, strive to enter the narrow gate, walk in holiness, purity, obedience because: YE SEE THEN THAT BY WORKS A MAN IS JUSTIFIED AND NOT BY FAITH ONLY. James 2:24. The doctrines of men and demons, absolving man of responsibility enough to put his soul in hell.
Many thanks for the kind wishes from Lurker, Christopher, pennned, and ladybug. My daughter-in-law had had two miscarriages prior to the birth of our precious granddaughter, so every milestone during the pregnancy and the birth was not only exciting but a blessing from God as He graciously answered the prayers of His saints in regard to the matter.
Psalm 113:9 He makes the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord.
John Yurich USA wrote: Believing in justification by faith alone and rejecting unscriptural Catholic doctrines should not be grounds for excommunication. Only supporting abortion, homosexuality and artificial birth control should be grounds for excommunication.
You cannot prove that from scripture, but rejecting the gospel Paul preached leads to being anathematised Gal 1:8-9. Scripture then rejects those who reject the gospel i.e. Rome.
One form of worldliness which has spoiled the life and testimony of many a Christian is politics. We will not now discuss the question whether or not the saint ought to take any interest in polities, but simply point out what should be evident to all with spiritual discernment, namely, that to take an eager and deep concern in politics must remove the edge from any spiritual appetite. Clearly, politics are concerned only with the affairs of this world, and therefore to become deeply absorbed in them and have the heart engaged in the pursuit thereof, will inevitably turn attention away from eternal things. Any worldly matter, no matter how lawful in itself, which engages our attention inordinately, becomes a snare and saps our spiritual vitality. We greatly fear that those saints who spent several hours a day in listening to the speeches of candidates, reading the newspapers on them, and discussing party politics with their fellows during the recent election, lost to a considerable extent their relish for the Bread of Life.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒA. W. Pink (1886‚Äď1952)
‚ÄúHow striking it is that we should read of ‚Äúsilly women‚ÄĚ in this inspired list of ‚Äúlast days‚ÄĚ characteristics! How remarkably this is fulfilled in modern Feminism! Observe the words ‚Äúled away with divers lusts,‚ÄĚ which might be freely rendered ‚Äúambitious desires.‚ÄĚ This craving for publicity, this deplorable masculinity, this denial of man‚Äôs headship, this usurping of authority, is one of the most striking Signs of the Times. We refer, not only to the modern Suffragette movement which makes every self-respecting woman blush for shame at the immodesty of her sisters, but also to the attitude and position taken by so many ‚Äúsilly women‚ÄĚ in the churches. How sad it is to see the plain command of God ‚ÄĒ
‚ÄúLet your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak‚ÄĚ (1 Corinthians 14:84)
‚ÄĒ now so generally disregarded. Today there are not a few who unblushingly denounce the inspired apostle as ‚Äúan old bachelor with narrow ideas‚ÄĚ.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒA. W. Pink (1886‚Äď1952) How much worse has it gotten since Pink's day!! May mercy and truth go forth and sinners be saved. May our Lord come.
Let me add my congrats to US on the tiny gift from God...a precious grandchild!!
Things seem to be a bit different these days, John, with political correctness taking over the nation and the "if it might hurt someones feelings, don't say it" mentality. Given the students reaction, I would say that whatever they're learning these days is being grossly watered down and things they should be learning, bypassed altogether.