Since Christ's ascension we have been in the "last days". We are in tribulation each day if we are true believers. This whole Rapture, pre/post tribulation emphasis is rather speculative and a Western interpretation.
John Yurich, Your Aunt being a member of the Lutheran church is irrelevant. Lutheranism was AFTER Luther and the product of those who agreed with Luther, but took the separation (Protestant) further. Luther never felt he left the Church, hence the name REFORMER.
I praise God for his work through Martin Luther; to include his translating the Scripture in the vernacular. Though he maintained the RCC was the church, God in Christ work through him and many others to reform what was grossly in error and deceiving God's flock. It is evident, in our present age, we need Reformers once again. SEMPER REFORMANDA.
BTW John Yurich, Martin Luther did not start the Lutheran church. He actually was against the notion, thought it schismatic.
This is the kind of article subject that makes me laugh. A dad who says he is a Satanist has an ugly daughter who is being told to dress more appropriately...for the 8th grade! Yeah, it's because they are trying to convert her. Mere common grace will reveal the necessity of a girl her age to dress more like a girl than a whore. Ridiculous. God please grant us wisdom.
I worship with a congregation in which the pastor's wife homeschooled all 8 of their children. All well mannered, culturally aware, and intelligent teens and adults. Homeschooling isn't for everyone and we need Christians in public schools, but this nonsense highlights the utter need of parents to raise their children proper...the world will eat them up otherwise.
BRF, Loving my enemy has NOTHING to do with this devilish religion. I don't mock people, make fun of their raiment, or ethnicity. But I do mock the blasphemous use of "prophet" for the belligerent, murderous Mohammed and his Koran. Your quoted scripture is out of context as it relates to a religion. Paul did also state God's truth in 1 Cor 13 "Love hates evil".
I guess the true Prophet,Elijah, should not have mocked the Baal priests neither. Further, maybe GOD shouldn't have mocked all idol worship when he explained how the same wood used for fire and cooking food is the same to carve up an idol. Graham would have Christians "stand up!" for religious freedom, but not for God's glory. Lastly, Muslim "faith" is not faith at all. I mock that religion without hesitation.
This is good news for those who live "under the heavens". Rome persecuted, vehemently, the church, but Christ conquered that empire. Will do the same there as well. These are great days brothers and sisters!
Jjperra, You have nailed down the lunacy of today's spirit. They want to walk according to desire but assume it will stop at homosexuality. If this wall falls, we are officially a doomed nation. Yet, God be glorified, we all knew this was coming, just not the means.
i am going to try and walk circumspect here, please bare with me if you can.I read Jim's and John Y's posts and have been conflicted inside. On one side I am inclined to side with Jim because I know the official teachings of the RCC are, in fact; unbiblical. Yet, I do not believe there NO differences between Islam and the RCC.I think of the Reformers pre-Reformation. They were priests and/or members of the RCC. I ask myself "were they not Christians prior to God drawing them to the Word over and against the RCC teachings?" I think they were. I do not deny the reality that they may NOT have been, but believe they were. I then think about the current Western Protestant "church". Are there Christians in "churches" that are suspect and have unbiblical teaching? I thought so. With that said, I believe if Christ has truly redeemed John Yurich, he IS saved, regardless of his attending a Catholic Church. BUT, as you grow in grace John, you WILL end up leaving that church.
Michael, I will pray for you because I have the same acid churning reaction too. This capitulation to sodomy is demonic without question. I swing from "board up the windows" and go hermit to "How long God?!" This is our struggle; the aggressive belligerence and madness is sweeping the land.
Mourner, I do NOT advocate joining any church for the sake of going to church. I currently attend a 25-30 member Baptist church that has reverent worship, adherence to scripture as the sole source of God's revelation and standard for man, and has warm caring people. Is it "Reformed"? No. Is every person in attendance saved? I don't know. Is the Word preached without fundamental errors? A resounding YES. If the likes of SC, Dorcas, Frank, and Ladybug do not have this basic example to attend, but gather on the Lord's Day with others, no matter the numbers, and worship together, praise God.
ALL, I do not refute, ignore, or will contradict any scripture that has been presented in context. I stand with you in recognition that there are far more heretical, worldly, and downright apostate "churches". I pray we all stay away from any of that as well as pray ALL would be lead to a fundamentally sound congregation for corporate worship.
Mourner, I believe the Reformed position as well as doctrinal standards. My main point is the desire or lack thereof toward corporate worship. We are certainly saved individually, but as John 17:22-23 and Romans 12 point out we are to be one and many members of one body. I can't accept there are NO congregations for believers to join together in worship. No church or congregation have it all perfect, but there has to be at least one for Christians to fellowship.