John for Jesus Look at what Aninias said to Paul: And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.â€™ Acts 22:16 It's what one does when they call on the name of the Lord. God then baptizes them of the Holy Spirit which washes away their sins! Faith is not a work.
The act of Baptism does not wash a way sin in its self; but its the blood of Jesus Christ which removes sin. Baptism is symbolic act of the accomplished work of Christ. The thief on the cross was not baptised; but his sin was washed away by the work of Jesus Christ's atoning sacrifice.
Paul was actually already born again when Ananias Baptised him; his sin was already dealt with by Christ. Paul in fact was not asked to make a decision for Christ he had been given such a profound experience of conversion he was compelled to believe upon Christ.
God is God; He alone determines all things including who shall be saved. This might not sit well with proud man and his opinion of himself; but as Paul says, Rom 9:20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? :22 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one v
John for Jesus wrote: Jesus chose to save me after I believed in Him. Please explain this text; Eph 1:4 according as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, THAT WE SHOULD BE HOLY (not because we would be holy)
I washed away my sins by calling on His name and being baptized.
So the cross is in effectual; it mans decision which cleans his sin away.
So explain this text
Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his MERCY he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. (not our decision)
John for Jesus wrote: God doesn't show favoritism toward anyone. He loves us all and desires that all people are saved.
Perhaps you could explain the following;
Joshua 11:20 For it was of the LORD to harden their hearts, that they should come against Israel in battle, that he might destroy them utterly, and that they might have no favour, but that he might destroy them, as the LORD commanded Moses.
or speaking to Pharaoh and his people
Exd 9:15 For now I will stretch out my hand, that I may smite thee and thy people with pestilence; and thou shalt be cut off from the earth. :16 And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to show in thee my power; and that my name maybe declared throughout all the earth.
Then there is Malachi 1:1-5 Rom 9:11-18.
How is this not showing favour to one group of people over another?
God is not constrained by mere men's idea of what is right and wrong but by His Holiness, His thoughts and ways being far above ours Isa 55:8-9.
Jim Lincoln wrote: Or, they could have excruciating incurable pain.
What all 38% of them; I very much doubt it. The sad truth is most so called evangelicals are ignorant of scripture; being Charismatic they are experiential in their thinking; suffering being contrary to much of their health and wealth theology. But scripture says :- Phil 1:29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; Suffering is part of the believers calling whether it be because of persecution or the affliction in our life. Our last work for Christ on earth will be that we die for Christ and in Christ. Not railing against our circumstances or situations but trusting in Christ that in all things God is working for our good Rom 8:28, even in our God given suffering.
Jim Lincoln wrote: BRF are you transplanted yankee getting all the benefits of the national health service?
No Jim I am a true blue Brit. Any none national person has to pay for treatment these days. While like all Brits I have the right to free at the point of service the NHS is not free, we pay for it by our Taxes taken from our pay, whether we use it or not. Unlike most Brits I do not consider the NHS a 'sacred cow' which is beyond reforming or criticism. Privatising some parts of it may actually be for the great benefit of all.
[QUOTE]The British state church is the English citizens' business, so are British users can make comments about this article.[/QUOTE]That so kind of you Jim L. There is only one reason to continue with the established state church and that is to stop other religious croups seeking to replace one corrupt system with another. The CofE has been as useful spiritually as a chocolate tea pot for a long time. When it abandoned its 39 articles of faith which are very anti Popery and quite Biblical the rot set in and now only serves to keep others at bay. I don't think any government having to deal with Brexit though would want to take on the massive amount of constitutional work required to disestablish the church. Also this would start a proses which could result in removing the monarchy as well.
SteveR my first post was short on the history; but the reality remains Popes legitimised the crusades by giving people get out of Purgatory promise they don't posse because there is no such place. Popes also still retain the right to use the Inquisition and still maintain that all leaders should submit to their authority; even if they can't at this time use them. They long for the day when they could reintroduce them both Then real persecution will ensue and not the pretend persecution you claim goes on these threads. It won't be against you but those who stand for true Biblical religion. Then we will see the real nature of the beast that claims to be so loving and pious.
Youth in Asia wrote: BRF The church is already heavily persecuted, North Korea, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Russia, all have terrible persecution. I don't think praying for more persecution is wise, considering you have other options, like living so you could be more giving, telling the church to weekly or daily remember those persecuted. Learning to be a teacher, so that you can teach others, being an example in family life amidst a divorce filled and unhappy society. Being a good neighbhor.
I had the west in mind, I know that our brethren in these countries are suffering for Christ it so happens its also in some of these countries the church is growing both spiritually and numerically far more than in the west.
The crusades were the work of the Roman Catholic church and particularly the Popes of the day. So to blame Christians is historically incorrect. The gospel as never been spread successfully by the sword. In fact it has been more effective under persecution than when in the ascendancy. May be that is why the church today seams so ineffectual a dose of persecution might just be spiritually good for us?
Will the real Jim Lincoln please stand up, When he is defending his dispensationalist views he opposes moralism but when defending his left wing politics he become very moralistic. Not sure which is the real one? The USSR was very found of Charles Dickens because of the way he portrayed the UK and by extension western capitalism. No wonder Jim is so found of the Christ less and salvation by works Christmas carol.
Charles Dickens was no Christian but in fact a Unitarian and so did not believe in the true God. This is reflected in a Christmas carol which is a Christ less story teaching salvation by works. Just because one character say God bless us does not make it a Christian story because the God being invoked is not the true God but the false God of Unitarians. I therefore can not get too upset if an equally lost soul objects to a Christmas carol because I do as well.