John Mark wrote: I have no interest in TS's testimony do I John? Are you also part of the Trinity now John? How dare you impute motives to me that are in fact untrue. I do in fact care about TS's testimony because I want him saved in case he insn't saved. Which seems to be more than you want. John:"I knew you'd get there eventually, but have been gracious towards you.." You have a strange way of being gracious to me John, imputing to me motives that in fact are not true. That's called lying John though I am certain you did in ignorance not intentionally. Have you never read John, in 1 Corinthians 13 that you are not supposed to impute to me or anyone else "evil": "does not impute evil". .
David, you are digging yourself an even bigger hole. You have no interest in TS's testimony, but behaving like an enemy of the saints. I knew you'd get there eventually, but have been gracious towards you. It's a pity you can't recognise grace, either in men or in God. Can I recommend you bow out?
PursuitofTruth wrote: Please focus on the last part especially!
PoT, I admire your thinking, and you will find that there are many Christians on the board of differing views on certain subjects who nonetheless experience good fellowship with each other for the simple reason that they are all "in Christ", having been saved through faith in the same Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. I am one such - I hope - and my lowest common denominator for fellowship is based upon this verse:
"He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life".
But there are some here for whom that is insufficient for fellowship. They would have you bow down to the WCF and do obeisance to it, and accept its every precept, before they will even call you brother. In this, they are not being biblical but cultlike.
The body of Christ - the universal church - is made up of those who have Jesus Christ, and it is surely a shame that many are at loggerheads with each other, as this is hurtful to Christ himself.
But there is one key issue which separates the sheep and the goats, and the question is: "How can a man be right with God?"
Biblical Calvinist wrote: Calvinists are elect Christians who are guided by the Holy Spirit in all truth.
Well, except the genealogical election, thus baptisms of babies, thus sprinkling, thus misleading them into thinking they are saved when they are still unregenerate, taking God's sovereignty away from him, producing elect souls by human procreation, enforcing attendance at church, not comprehending the greek word baptizo (to dip) etc etc.
Of course, even an unregenerate troll will extoll the virtues of this website, if it helps with his subterfuge. So too the calling of the saints "brother", as if to imply any sort of relationship. Poor dabs, floundering about and wasting their time. The saints here will not capitulate, neither to Roman Catholicism nor ecumenism.
John UK wrote: The dispute was NOT over DOCTRINE. Now perhaps you can explain to me what it is in my long post that you disagree with, seeing it is fundamental, sound doctrine, which all those involved in the Acts 15 dispute believed? Hmmmm?
Refusal to answer the question is not wise, David. It puts you in a very poor light. You were the one said about a contradiction. Now stop playing the fool and answer me. If you continue to play games, just like you did last time, then the end result will be just the same.
Let me put it this way. Unless you cease your nonsense, I won't even bother to read any more of your posts, let alone respond to them.
The papacy claims worldwide authority still, but has only a square mile in Italy. It will be like that when the Lord Jesus returns and a billion or more Catholics get a big shock when they realise they've been deceived by a mighty piece of devilish, unspiritual machinery. As will of course the duped, unregenerate ecumenists, who either ditched the gospel or never had it in the first place.
The BIG DIVIDE is made perfectly clear by the answer to the following question: How May A Man Be Right With God?
DSPP wrote: My wife and I were guests of the Paisleys for a meal in 1981 prior to my preaching for him at Martyrs Memorial in the evening. He encouraged me, under God, so much in my early ministry and, now 75, I give thanks to the Lord for him and his labours over the years. Lesser men will denigrate his memory which tells me more about them than dear Ian Paisley.
Thanks for that heart-warming testimony brother. And I add my welcome to you on the board.
Mike wrote: Sounds like you could use a good cup of coffee, Elmer. As you probably know, there's a nice coffee shop right on Main St in Berlin. If I were there, I'd buy you a cup.
Mike, you could take a video of that coffee house in Berlin, with people going in and out, buying coffee and drinking it, and Elmer still wouldn't believe it existed, just as he doesn't believe all the film of hospitals in West Africa being inundated with new cases of that viral disease they call ebola.
Now if he was to walk down the street and see the coffee shop with his own eyes (in opposition to the CT website who claimed it never existed) he might well believe, just as he might if he went over to Liberia and went on hospital visitation to shake hands with the poor souls dying there. Without any protective clothing, of course.
Rodney K. wrote: Mark 10:27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.
Yes Rodney, a good text, and one which should good every saint cause for great rejoicing, that God has been so gracious to them.
Mark 10:26-27 KJV (26) And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved? (27) And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.
Dopey wrote: I do see a "paradox" and a "contradiction".
There is no contradiction.
A justified sinner is not a contradiction.
If he is justified, God declares him righteous.
If he is a sinner, he has sinned.
"All have sinned", yet some are declared righteous (perfect) through faith in Jesus Christ, having the imputed righteousness of Christ.
Who is it that have sinned, bringing on themselves the wrath of God? The ungodly.
Who is it that have repented of sin and believed that Christ has died for them? The ungodly who believe on Christ, for "Christ died for the ungodly".
Who is it that God sees as perfect in his eyes? The ungodly who have sinned, yet who repented of their sins and trusted Christ, receiving Christ as their Lord and Saviour, having been born again from above. It is these whom God declares justified. What is justified? To be declared "just". What is just? To be declared "righteous". How can a sinner be declared righteous? (sounds impossible). By having the righteousness of Christ imputed (put, credited) to him.
Calvary is where it all happened. My sin was imputed to Christ, his righteousness was imputed to me.