Michael Hranek wrote: Brother John UK Wales How much better to get arrested (if we have to get ourselves arrested) for preaching the Gospel, really preaching the Gospel, preaching the word of God, the Law of God, the Holiness of God, the day of His righteous judgment against all unrepentant and unbelieving sinners, His immeasurable undeserved reward for the Redeemed, pleading with sinners, Politicans and Prostitutes, drug dealers and church attenders, rich and poor, black and white, university educated and illiterate, literally everyone we can, to repent, "protesting" and exposing the evils in our world, preaching that only through Jesus Christ can one be forgiven and reconciled to God and today is the day of Salvation (things like that) Much learning and growing to do in all this, and prehaps if it is God's will, jail time too.
No No NO wrote: This stupid referendum may herald the "Break-Up" of Britain - Therefore the British should vote, - NOT just the northern British. So John you and your southern brothers should now act and vote to say NO NO NO to Alex Salmond's violation of Britain's Union.
Break up of the UK? Oh, perhaps you didn't realise that the kingdom is only "united" because of enforcement. The English were victorious over the Scots, the English conquered the Welsh, the English marched into NI and displaced the people there, taking their property. Oh sure, united kingdom, the biggest army won it.
As for voting, nay lad, the Welsh are not allowed to vote on this one.
Currently it is neck and neck, with the No's just edging it, but with many people undecided till Thursday morning, there is no telling what will happen.
Meanwhile, look at our double-mouthed Westminster politicians, falling over backwards to offer the Scots more devolution if they say No. Wicked people, false promises, losing more of the Empire, poor dabs.
Dolores wrote: Btw, if the Church does not tell it like the Bible says it is, there is really not much hope here for them. Our pastor at one time was on TBN with his From the Heart Ministry. So he was preaching on the sin of homosexuality one Sunday. He said that this part of his sermon would be cut before aired on TBN!! He is now on The Church Channel and no problems there. I thank God for a pastor that stands up for the truths of God and no watered down sermons from him and he has married a couple that were living together.
Thanks for sharing that, Dolores. I guess checking out ministries is almost as much listening out for what is NOT said, as for what IS said.
Michael Hranek wrote: Brother Saint John UK Wales Indeed, what a wonderful headline it might have been to read: Christians Congregation laboring fervently in their prayers and witness to see homosexuals, lesbians and their lovers, friends and the families they were born into saved.
Bro, it is rather tragic that hardened sinners - boozers, drug users, heavy metal devotees, perverted people, gamblers, strippers and prostitutes, hippies, CND protesters, Muslims, criminals, and all the rest - are left alone by the Christian population in general to their fate. But! As soon as any such get converted, or show any interest in spiritual things, boy oh boy, churches are after them, one after another, to "come and join us", including all the cults. All on a sudden, the people who ought to have been hungry for winning souls, and getting out there with the gospel, get interested, and try to win you to THEIR way of thinking, not pondering the fact that someone else did all the work and deserve the fruits of their labours.
Whatever became of that museum-piece called EVANGELISM?
Rodney K. wrote: May God give us strength to stand in this evil day.
Yes indeed, Rodney. But I believe the Lord will only strengthen those who ARE prepared to stand in this evil day. Too many are playing armchair Christianity and don't want to get out there and fight for souls. Jesus spoke about losing one's life for his sake and the gospel's. Is it revival we need, or just old-fashioned obedience?
Jim Lincoln wrote: Oh, I had a similar thread Bob Jr. posted on another thread, but this one is rougher on him, you not being wild about any Democrat, means you should like this one, mike. Bob Jr. is anti-vaccine.....
Jim I wish you'd cease from posting very lengthy links, they play havoc with my screen, elongating such that I can't read half the post.
Dorcas wrote: Nothing is taught more clearly and insistently by the Lord and the apostles than that the sinner's salvation is by faith in the Son of God, in His atoning death and resurrection. (alone) But down through the annals of church history we see men who arrogate to themselves the power of admission to or exclusion from the Kingdom of God; sacraments or forms that are made into necessary means of attaining or keeping ones salvation. This has given rise to tyrannies and untold miseries on mankind , that has obscured the true way of salvation that Christ has opened to all through faith in Him. (Sacerdotalism) Sadly many of the reformers were of this stripe failing to shed the rotten rags of Rome and mans religion.
Very well put, Dorcas. "Rotten rags" describes Rome very nicely.
Mike wrote: UK as a whole is part of EU. If Scotland leaves UK, it wouldn't have to be under EU unless it wants to join that club independently. I take it from your moniker you wish to remain under Brussels?
Of course he does, Mike. Without a sub from England, and no support from the EU, Scotland would shortly bankrupt itself, and all the wee drams would be topped up with the tears of those drinking the nasty stuff.
James Thomas wrote: Saint John of UK, Great observations on your part there... Sheds some light on the foundation from which the beliefs come from. The part that baffles me is the inability to defend a particular belief based on the Word of God...Instead the basis for a defense comes from another man and what he said or believed. Maybe this is why when one gets pressed on their belief, the conversation ceases or gets diverted away from the specific topic by introducing a new one in hopes that they will not be required to reply.
Quite so, St James.
If we go a little further with this communion thing, which, to true believers, is a most reverent and thought provoking and heart stilling and wonderful time of meditating on the finished work of Calvary, at which our Lord Jesus, by himself, secured the salvation of all believers:-
The Lord has made an atonement for sin at Calvary. Now how on earth do we appropriate that atonement, that it may be to our benefit?
The RCC says by a physical way - the mass.
Hyper-Presbies say you don't appropriate it, it is merely applied.
Christians say biblically that "Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved". Or, "Repent and believe the gospel".
James Thomas wrote: SteveR, I do not see symbolism of the new covenant in your breakdown of how to understand what Matthew 26:26 means.
James, according to the confession SteveR says he holds to, two people can take the Holy Communion, but only the one with faith will benefit, the elements of bread and wine being a representation of the broken body and shed blood of our Lord. This is a mite better than the RCC, who teach that.... well you know what they teach.
The big problem of course with the Belgic Confession is the whole business of a bizarre covenant theology, which allows man to overtake the sovereignty of God, by producing elect souls from believing people, and baptising them as a sign of that election. Even the Presbies did not look into this seriously enough, and continued the man-centred election.
However, I'm glad the Belgic at least shows that idolatry is a mark of a false church, which renders the RCC first in line for that accolade.
Matthew 26:26-29 KJV (26) And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. (27) And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; (28) For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. (29) But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.
As I see it, the blood of Christ our Passover Lamb is remembered in the same way that the OT Jews remembered their own Passover lamb, which was slain in Egypt that their firstborn should not die. After all, it was at an annual Jewish Passover meal (which he'd celebrated with his disciples twice already) that Jesus instituted the Lord's Supper, making Passover redundant, the OT covenant obsolete, the Jewish feast days finished.
Mike wrote: Is this move toward independence a resisting of God-ordained authority, or was the earlier conquering of Scotland the resisting?
Or is the result of the referendum preordained of God? Or did the God-ordained authority give their permission for a referendum because God made them allow it? And if Scotland re-gains independency, is that because God wants them independent?