I am concerned by the focus that the church has placed on one particular sin, homosexuality. In Paul's list of aberrant behaviors in Romans, it is not the headliner. Yes, it is sin. And we all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. If the church had given attention to the other sins it turned a blind eye to in years past, perhaps we would not be battling this trend today. Love and treat the sinner with dignity and respect for they too were created in the image of God. Be compassionate but stay strong in the Lord and serve Him. Oppose sin, but reach out to the sinner.
This is why I gave up watching televised sports, because it has become a religion unto itself with the worship of athletes and teams. Music is the same with their concerts to worship the musicians. It's all idolatry. "Hear O Israel, the Lord your God is one God, and HIM ONLY shall you worship."
To fulfill biblical prophecy, the nation of Israel must be forsaken by all (including America) and have no hope of survival against the invading hoards. The the Lord God shall appear and smite the enemies of the nation and bring the nation to true repentance.
Seems like 18 may be a little too late to be telling her "NO" and making it stick. I feel sad that these parents are finding out just what a spoiled, miserable, ungrateful little brat they had raised. Bet you Sunday school never figured into it.
"He, convinced against his will, is of the same opinion still." When unregenerate men are presented the truth, they will dismiss it as a fairy tale. The Bible tells us that it is by faith we believe the creation story. It is by faith we believe the Bible is the word of God. Faith is a gift from God. So, if you hate God then you will not believe, no matter what the argument is.
I was a lifelong attender of churches but it wasn't until I was on my own that the Lord opened my eyes to the truth of His word and I was truly "Born Again". My personal study and devotion feeds my spiritual growth, augmented by sound teaching from certain radio preachers. I am not a church member but I love getting together with like minded believers. Why does it have to be at a church? God gives us gifts to bloom and grow where we are. If there is no "church" worth attending you will still find communion with other believers in other setting and you and they will be edified through God's gifts. This forum is always a blessing to me.
God raises up Leaders of nations to bless or to curse the people, always to His own glory. This nation has fallen away from God and our failure to repent and return to His righteousness has earned us the leadership we have today. And still we refuse to repent. I guarantee things will get worse for all of us. You aint seen nothin' yet!
John UK wrote: All good points. But I wonder if you imagine that the Son of God was incapable of falling for temptation....
If there was not the possibility of Him falling for temptation then He could not have been tempted as we are. But his ability to resist temptation is something we don't have because we are born with a sin nature. We are fallen, He is not. Paul say "sin reigns in us" and that is what causes us to fall. If we were not born with a sin nature then we would be like Adam and Jesus, both born without a sin nature. Adam was tempted and fell. Jesus was tempted and overcame. It was 'possible' but not probable.
John UK wrote: You're just woffling, that's all. I see you do not like to answer my question about sinless Eve struggling with the devil when he tempted her....
The fact that Eve contemplated the temptation instead of saying, "Yep, all except the one," and then trying to reason why not, is what brought her into sin. She should have gone right back to picking flowers or whatever she was doing and not given the serpent another thought. Walking the street past rows of peep shows, keeping your mind on Christ rather than craning your neck to see what's going on is resisting temptation. Temptation was all around Jesus. He hung out with sinners! Did he ever consider joining in their sinful deeds? NO! Like the answer he gave His mother when he was 12, "I must be about my Father's business." Focused on the righteousness and glory of God. We don't have that focus. We are tempted and fall into sin. Christ? Never.
BroBill wrote: Temptation is when the platter of food is set before you. Struggle with temptation is when you take the time to consider the food and imagine yourself partaking. committing is grabbing a fork and digging in. Jesus was tempted by sin in that it was presented to him. He neither considered it or partook of it and therefore He was sinless. We sin when presented with a temptation and we consider it. "As a man thinketh, so he is in his heart."
In the garden, the serpent tempted Eve but her fall into sin was when she "considered" what the serpent had said. We are inundated by temptation every day (porn, drugs, idolatry) but it is only when we CONSIDER these things (allow our minds to dwell on them) that we can fall into sin. That is why we are told to guard our hearts because consideration of sin leads to sin, not temptation, for temptation can be resisted. Christ Never considered the temptations, therefore He could not(would not)sin.
Temptation is when the platter of food is set before you. Struggle with temptation is when you take the time to consider the food and imagine yourself partaking. committing is grabbing a fork and digging in. Jesus was tempted by sin in that it was presented to him. He neither considered it or partook of it and therefore He was sinless. We sin when presented with a temptation and we consider it. "As a man thinketh, so he is in his heart."
Reply to Sam Brother,
Isn't it something, based on your connection with Philippians 2, that Christ the Word "has a name above every name?" Consider also Hebrews 1:4. Thanks for stopping by to comment. Praying for your family. Thanks for being a quality example.
The prime tenet of Mormonism is this: "As man is, God once was; As God is, man shall one day become." If you need more than this to convince you that Orthodox Christianity and Mormonism are at complete odds, then I don't think any amount of talk will convince you.
The Doctrines of Grace is what Calvin taught and is what finally gave me peace in my walk with Christ. I was seeking the truth and the Spirit led me to the 5 points. Once my mind and heart was opened to understand, everything else in the Bible came together for me and all made sense! I give God all praise and glory that he used His humble servant JC to show me the truth. "Seek ye 1st the kingdom of God and His righteousness."