Many Romam Catholic get saved, but the caveat is that their eyes are opened from without, not within. God knows His elect and theu hear Him as He calls them to come out from her. Now, for me, "her" can mean any other religion that is not of Him as well, cults, occult, or whatever. To me, the "her" is basically any so called religion, etc which is outside of God's Word, commands, specific doctrines, etc, etc.
Anyone can say anything they want; making anyone believe pretty much anything they want, but...what does the evidence say, and does it back up the claims made. I can insist that I love someone, but if I beat them and emotionally abuse them every day, should that person believe my mere words or or look at the evidence?
Hi Dolores. Good point, Shane. As kids, we think we are invincible and will live forever, so anything of importance can wait. As adults, the invincibility phase wanes as we do begin to recognize our morality but most don't want to miss out on the "pleasures" of life so they tend to put off repentance amd dedicating their lives to Christ until the last possible moment; etc, having had their fill, or waiting until much later in life after the party days have expired. Most of us think we will ive to old age, having plenty of time to change when we see fit and that nothing will ever happen to us between now and then. Problem is that the people who die in car wrecks, from heart attacks, a blood clots, murders, freak accidents, plane crashes, etc, etc, had no idea they were going to die that day as they made plans for the following day and weekend, etc. Today could, and will be the day for so many who will have eternity to consider how important the pleasures of the flesh really were.
I wanted to add that among other comments, I pulled that particular quote because I, myself found it offensive and I'm not black. I suppose if the whole article wasn't read and the quote was read too fast, then I can see where it could have been misunderstood.
"...Thatâ€™s why Jews and Blacks have been persecuted over and over again throughout history. because they have the most magic ... all Iâ€™m trying to say is that black people are naturally born SEERS, DIVINERS, WITCHES AND WIZARDS. we have REAL supernatural powers..."
God just isn't enough for most as the mixologists add in occultic, or even UFO and other worldly fantastical things to make it all more interesting as they claim secret knowledge. Claim some secret knowledge or power and you have instant followers. As for witches, sorcerers, and psychics, etc, I believe 95% of them are powerless frauds, but I do believe that there are those who are posessed and can display unexplainable feats, etc.
I agree that demonic influence is much more fitting than possession in most cases, by the way.
Hi US, what's disappointing is that the hard questions always go unanswered. The commets just stop. I don't recall any valid questions on this topic ever being answered by anyone in a rebuttal which I always find iinteresting. Anyway, as for Luther, no mans beliefs trump the Word of God, whether or not the Holy Spirit happened to use that man for His will at some point in time. The Holy Spirit can use anyone for anything at any time of His choosing, but that certainly doesn't mean that from that point forward, that man will be forever doctrinally flawless and inerrant. That sort of logic is just ridiculous.
Everything is backwards these days. Sodomy has gone from being considered a mental illness to being glorified and glamorized as crowds rally around those who come out clapping and shouting, "good for you!" Now, being fit and as healthy as one can be is being attacked as unusual, odd, and even deranged. Strange days. Then there is sodomite marraige which most of the world would have frowned on; even attacking the mere mention of it not all that long ago. Many of those same people who now welcome it saying God has changed as they proudly attendÂ church, encourage and welcome the lifestyle into their folds and even preach from pulpits before they head home to their same sex partners. I wonder what's next as morality twists upside down and the fear of God becomes a cbildrens fairytale.
By the wah, not really looking for a debate because I know this has been discussed 1000x and it never goes friendly. The link is long but really hits on the verses that confound me when trying to think any other way. Maybe I just haven't comprehended it all just yet.
To trust in Christ is to love Him. To love Him is to obey Him. To obey Him is to be repulsed by and have nothing whatsoever to do with anything that isn't of Him, works against Him, and adds to or takes away from Him by promoting false doctrines, trumping His Word with traditions of mere men, etc, etc.
I still have such a difficult time understanding what seems to be so simple to most when I remove Augistine/Calvin, etc, from the scene and just read the bible itself. When I read up on specifics in the bible, and viewing it all as a whole, from cover to cover, I seem to have to work very hard to understand anything other than what it seems to be saying concerning salvation in this particular case. This link pretty much expresses my thoughts/questions on the topic and keeps me wondering how I seem to be one of the very few who just doesn't seem to get it yet. The "we do absolutely nothing" part, that is.
John. Yurich Wrote: Dorcus, Only one who is ignorant states the Catholic Church believes the bread and wine are gods.
Hi John, I think Dorcas is talking post transubstantiation when the wine turns to literal blood when it's consumed and the wafer turns into Christ's flesh (allegedly). Every priest, during ordination, is given a "special power" which allows them, according to Rome, to literally pull Christ from heaven and place him into the host up to 200,000 times per day (I think that's the number). The host is then placed into golden boxes around the world and worshipped, because that host is now Christ Himself which is worshipped, adored, paraded down streets, and gaurded closely by nuns and/or volunteers who look after "Christ" night and day. This is Roman doctrine as it pertains to transubstantiation and the host, not my own view.
The Roman Catholic religious machine is one of Satan's greatest masterpieces...not the people, but the false system that has been directly, or indirectly involved in some of the greatest attrocities known to mankind. The Roman religious system is a mass deception that continues to fool using wealth, pomp, and the promise of Heaven if you don't deviate from grossly unbiblical and manmade traditions, rituals, and the whims of popes who added to God's Word for their benefit. The one and only part of a mass that isn't an abomination is the direct reading from His Word
What she needs is a lot of prayer because it seems stardom has infected her with a mish-mosh of alternate views that float around in the minds of the rich and famous. I saw a clip of AC/DC opening at the grammys playing their 2nd song, Highway to Hell" As the camera, at one point, panned across the front row, several people were wearing red horns on their heads, and Katie Perry did the devil horn sign with both hands. I don't know how people get so twisted up, especially when coming from a bible based upbringing. I guess my point is that I assume she is well aware of basic bible doctrines, do's & donts, the plan of salvation, etc, etc, yet seems to have adopted what gives her own self comfort.