Praise God! The church continues to miss the point of these incidents. It comes away with a negative perspective at times that really misses the point. Persecution is to come. The shock that the church should have is that it HAS NOT come. Which should prompt introspection and not external disdain. We need more, not less trials of faith.
There is not a place on earth that doesn't have Christians or willl have them. Man doesn't decide the when and where of Christ's kingdom, none can stay the hand of God. I pray the "vicar" would see through faith and not with his eyes.
This isn't a surprise. All Progressives believe any religion that asserts absolutes, by sword or grace, is "apostate" to their God government. The difference is, they fear Islam and will capitulate on the grounds of their innate cowardice.
SteveR, Not in context of the objective point. By divine fiat God created Eve from Adam, yes. But also by divine fiat, God the Father sent the son to be BORN of a woman, fulfill what Adam could not, lay down His life for the elect, and take it up again in resurrection. Hence, my statement.
Ladybug, I use those terms to reference the article and topic at hand. You are correct, there is only biblical truth and error. We are to follow Christ because it was He who came from glory to give us life through His birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension. Glory be to God sister.
Calvinism/Reformed theology is the proper view and interpretation of scripture. The moment someone declares his choice over the sovereign choice of God (no matter the linguistic gymnastics) has wandered from biblical accuracy. It's rather simple; it comes down to who or what enables anyone to choose God? Yes, there is a choice, but what is the choice based upon; man's autonomous ability to choose or God's enabling power and choice to draw man to Himself?
Kiev from SAN Diego, That was a succinct but solid response to J4J. Scripture does not equivocate or is vague concerning God's sovereignty over salvation. The moment we begin to hold our choice above and beyond God's own, we unfortunately tread into error. Good post.
This president does the same theological contortionist act that all Armininians perform; mainly, state it is ALL God's work of salvation, BUT we must choose (work). If I can CHOOSE Christ, then I could have CHOSEN to follow the law. Man is DEVOID of innate ability to choose good ( God only being good) therefore must be MADE able to choose. Man's choosing God in Christ is preceded by God's own choice of the elect.
Angela, It's not that everyone is desperate for Jim Lincoln to join the GOP. It's more of a questioning why, no matter the subject of a political article, Mr. Lincoln positions himself in a defensive posture for Hillary Clinton and a "Trump is worse" stance. Plus, your reasoning is really wanting. The notion that congress will "true her hands" is planted in thin air. Further, who is of an upright heart and blameless as an incumbent or candidate that is worthy of our vote? For example, the line of thought here in Ohio is "vote for Portman so the GOP can hold the Senate." Well, Mr. Portman supports sodomite "marriage". But he is the only Senator who stands in the way of Ted Strickland; an open borders, Federally funded abortions, sodomite marriage, transvestites using whatever bathrooms they wish, and the stifling of the church. Do you realize that King David had Bathsheba's husband murdered AFTER he had an adulterous affair with her? Yet, he was GOD's chosen leader of His people. Paul imprisoned and held the coats of those who murdered Stephen, yet he wrote a majority of the NT. We ALL are fallen, but God uses ALL for the sake of his people. Maybe Trump as well.
Jim Lincoln, Sir, your use of scripture is quite appalling. To say being in the military is unbiblical is wanting of any true CONTEXTUAL biblical validation. When Jesus commended the Roman soldier on his faith did he add a "but, he is a soldier, therefore he cannot truly be my disciple"? Of take King David, he certainly shed blood and was a military leader, yet, wasn't he God's chosen and a significant ancestor to Jesus? Further, the Scripture tells us to remain in the calling in which we were placed, even AFTER conversion. Your thinly veiled liberal theology and worldview are on constant display here. Why is it you use the scripture and the Christian faith as a cloak? These do hide but actually expose your true identity and bent.
John UK, 1 Corinthians 9 Paul uses his extensive understanding of sports training to make a biblical point. I believe the inference is that he actually viewed, willingly, these events. You make a very serious point as it relates to Super Bowl viewing on the Lord's Day IN the sanctuary. That runs off course of biblical living. Much like the likelihood of churches shutting down this Advent season because December 25th falls on a Sunday.