Weeping wrote: All one has to do is spend time listening to the newest sermons every day and you will see, or will hear. are you aware of how many different pastors contribute? There are even youtube pastors who are liars in pastors clothing, you want a list and I'm not going to keep lists, I'm going to pray.
Alas, if you have a ministry to cocaine-snorting pastors, you won't find many if any here on these threads. You could try e-mailing them individually, and asking them if they have a cocaine habit, seeing as you have the googled answers to all their problems. But I personally think you'll find that most of the sniffers had a cold or some such thing. But hey, if the Lord has led you to help them out, get to it, talk to them personally and see if you can do some good.
Always remembering the exhortation:- 1 Timothy 5:19 KJV (19) Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.
Weeping, Becoming a Christian is a calling of God - called by theologians effectual calling - and God similarly calls some of these to the pastoral ministry. It is incumbent on these who are called with such a high calling, to seek to be the most godly man they can attain, by God's grace, and to conquer all sins, that they may be good and fruitful in their ministry, being a great example to the flock, and so on.
If one in five hundred were snorting cocaine, I wonder how many sermons by different preachers on SA you have listened to, in order to reach your conclusion of "many".
Christopher000 wrote: Thanks John. Not always easy being completely honest because it tends to invite accusations of not really being saved, daring to question God, and being faithless, etc.
Yes indeed, Christopher. It's sad to say that many church fellowships live in a sort of a religious dream world, which seeks to divorce itself from reality and just play the game of church.
For example, I have seen a group of charismatics in Somerset, England, many of whom followed the charlatan Kenneth Copeland. Because of his erroneous teaching on health and the need to maintain "faith" in order to be healed, you could ask any one of them, "How are you today?" and they would always reply, "I'm fine," even if they were suffering severe depression. Nonsensical.
As for tragedy, especially among those who love God and worship him. In mine own experience, at a time when I was being assailed by devils, ill health, spiritual darkness etc., it was at that time that the Lord revealed to me a most important truth, namely, that "God is Good". That has helped me enormously, and has never left me. It is when I know that God is good, I can mourn tragedy without falsely accusing the Lord.
Christopher, you raise some very helpful points, which most Christians would never voice for fear of seeming a bit odd. But I don't think you're odd at all, you look at things as they are, rather than what we would like them to be.
I have puzzled over these things for decades, and am no nearer an answer now.
One thing I did learn, is that when we walk with God and pray in faith (God given), our "mountains" can be made to move. I have seen this in the lives of others, who seem to have a very close relationship with the Lord. But don't try to get the "Grand Canyon" to move, as I don't think that was the sort of mountain Jesus was thinking of.
Christopher000 wrote: Many pharmas are synthetic, but many are made from plant based materials, plants from nature, plants God created. The indians and indigenous peoples knew how to use these and big pharma still studies their knowledge today, well, maybe not anymore, but that's where it began. Personally, I think God made plants and trees to provide oxygen, for beauty, as land shelves, as shelter and food for wildlife, humans, and also for healing. I think we've lost the art of using them to heal ourselves long ago. Well, maybe the art and knowledge is still around but most turned to the manmade concoctions of big pharma.
Amen bro. Years ago there used to be plenty of books called "Natural Remedies" and you could go out into the forest and collect for free all the ingredients. Now, because of big business wanting to make their fortune, they will sell you the same things for big bucks.
Dave wrote: Narrow is the gate. Context context context Is the word referring to all Americans, Slanderer shall not enter the kingdom. There are our Lords chosen throughout the whole world, To suggest all American Christians are false is just ignorance really.
Hi Dave, I don't think Elmer even understands that justification is by faith alone in Christ alone yet. But who knows, if he sticks around long enough, the Lord may work in his heart. Calling himself a brother, a saint, and one of God's elect without the fruit, shows much.
Christopher000 wrote: I have a question: whether or not this man interpreted Mark 16:18 as being for today instead of for the apostles, his faith was as strong as stong can be, but it didn't help him. He "knew" God wouldn't allow him to be harmed, yet he got bit and died. Now, I know he refused treatment, but that was also a display of, I think, incredible faith, yet he died. Yes, he mistakenly interpreted the cerse wrong, but he seemed to have enough faith in this instance to move a mountain. Why is he dead when he had more real faith than many that God would protect him? I'm thinking maybe because he was testing God?
Good morning Christopher. I'm thinking that misplaced faith is more wishful thinking than a genuine faith in God's word. Is it a bit like Roman Catholics who place their faith in a system, in those who call themselves priests?
This isn't the first one to die in a snake charmer's church, and I don't think God is impressed with such a carnival. There is not one biblical precedent for doing what they do, not even in the lives of the apostles.
However, when the apostle Paul was about doing his Master's business and was bitten by a snake on the island, he came to no harm.
Observer wrote: Hey John I'm not holding my breath waiting for this clueless internet troll to answer any questions. He likes to parrot the same things over and over again, thinking himself very clever when in fact he's being utterly dense. As for his experts, did you read Kutilek's article on the KJV being a Catholic Bible. I couldn't stop laughing for hours. And just now I read the short snippet about him on this thread and it made absolute sense why another ignoramus would want to parade his ignorance - because he has an axe to grind! Every argument Jim has brought 3 and 4 times over has been answered one way and another. It's a shame that he cannot bring himself to answer a single question. Maybe he hasn't found a link that does all his thinking for him. Lol
Bro, with the technology we have today, and the speed of computers, here is what I propose. Concerning the NT, we take every single ms which has the NT text, or portions of the text, including all the Aleph and B etc, in other words every ms even the Alexandrian ones, and we program the software to separate for us any ms which is so different from the others that it is obviously corrupted, and make a new composite Greek text called the John UK text.
Ah well, perhaps even the Pentecostals will begin to spiritualise some scriptures now, instead of taking everything so literally. Even if taking this verse literally was correct, the Apostles were quite unique and not to be repeated. But that's just my opinion.
J C Ryle wrote: Do you carry a cross? No cross - No crown. = He actually chooses affliction. http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=111612226582
Hebrews 11:24-26 KJV (24) By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; (25) Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; (26) Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
A sobering word by Ryle, in light of today's easy-going, cross-less, affliction-less evangelicalism.
It's only four minutes but, like Spurgeon, he can pack a lot into just four minutes of biblical exposition.
Well, well, still grumbling about the non existant KJV-Onlyist cultists on this thread. Man, you need help.
And if you are too ignorant to read the posts made by others, why should ANYONE bother to read any of your ridiculous posts? At least we are making sense, whereas you are merely trying to bolster up the Kurt Aland fan club and trying to make ecumenists through the United Bible Societies.
And the issue never was about the language of the KJV, AS YOU WELL KNOW.
So please, Jim, stop acting like an idiot, and let's start with the proper issue, namely, what Greek text shall we translate into English, supposing we wanted to give the Christian public an inerrant NT Bible to read in modern English?
You've basically got a choice of two, AS YOU WELL KNOW. So which one, and why? Thank you very much.
Of course, God doesn't speak any particular language, but he understands all the languages of men.
So Jim, take the original Hebrew in Psalms 12 and what do you get in English?
I tell you:
Psalms 12:6-7 KJV (6) The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. (7) Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
Oh, I get it, you prefer the NIV version, which doesn't have that. What about the Good News Bible? Psalms 12:6-7 GNB (6) The promises of the LORD can be trusted; they are as genuine as silver refined seven times in the furnace. (7) The wicked are everywhere, and everyone praises what is evil. Keep us always safe, O LORD, and preserve us from such people.
Albert wrote: Jim, so you are telling me that God could not preserve his words in the English?
Albert, join the queue of Christian people waiting for answers. If Jim doesn't answer these important questions, it just proves that he is not interested in looking seriously at the issue, merely he has an agenda and nothing will deflect him from it.
If you are not aware, I ought to tell you that Jim doesn't believe we have a Bible (not one in 150 English versions) that is reliable and accurate, inspired and inerrant.
Thusly he is a doubt-monger, and he doesn't really know anything, he merely makes himself look as though he does, by constantly posting links, as if that makes him a scholarly professional researcher. In fact, it makes him look an idiot, because he is unable to answer questions put to him. Figure.
Observer wrote: Lol Spot on John. And to answer your question, no I did not expect an answer from the clueless internet troll. Funny thing is he doesn't even bother to read the articles he posts up and most of the time the articles don't actually say what he thinks they do. How dumb. Ha! Anyways, got to go. Catch ya later bro. Hope you have a great day!
Looks like we might have to wait a long time bro, as the questions are all stacking up, and there is no reply to any of them. And then he has the nerve to say that some of the answers are found in some of the links he will insist on putting up. Well, why doesn't he just come out with the answers? Oh yes, you said, he doesn't even read or study what his mentors come out with. Poor dab.
Observer wrote: Hey John I asked a number of questions, none of which have been answered.
Brother, you expected answers? No, of course not, he has none.
He's like a politician, full of seemingly good statements, but when you properly evaluate them, you find there's nothing really there. They certainly don't stand up to scrutiny.
It reminds me of the cults, where the "leader" teaches, and the adherents sit listening with glazed over eyes and tickled ears, soaking it all up, and repeating it over and over until they believe it so much that they won't hear of anything else. I think it's called brain-something or other, something to do with cleaning....er...?