True ministers will just have to stand their biblical ground and face consequences, just like the disciples did in the NT days. Ahhh, the good ol' days are coming back, when persecution for the truth was the norm in a Christian's life (where "good" does not necessarily mean good).
Dolores, did you ever see the film made called The Cross and The Switchblade? I thought the moment when Nicky Cruz came to faith in Jesus Christ was portrayed really well, as the Holy Spirit brought the enlightenment to his mind, and turned him around.
And I also thought David Wilkerson a great example of a caring evangelist, risking his life for the sake of the gospel, to preach it where not many would go for fear of their lives.
James Thomas wrote: Right you are Saint John of UK Then they said to him, ‚ÄúWhat must we do, to be doing the works of God?‚ÄĚ Jesus answered them, ‚ÄúThis is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.‚ÄĚ (John 6:28-29 ESV)
Yes indeed, St James. Key words "this is the work of God".
But what is the work of God? "That you believe in him whom he has sent"?
Yes, this is the work of God, seeing as man cannot believe, as Simon bar Jonah found out, when he said to Jesus, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God."
He would not have known, but that the Father revealed it unto him.
As George Whitefield says in most all his sermons: "Ye must be born again."
But prideful unbelieving sinners are not able to do this. They may flap about, being religious, and uttering pious sounding words, but for the new birth they ought to know their dependency on the sovereign Lord God, who "quickeneth whom he will".
Lurker wrote: Amen, brother. You're up kinda late, eh? Blessings.
Aye, an artist's work is never done, coz I never leave the office (er studio). I've been finishing off and mounting a painting ready for framing, and a few other bits and pieces. But now I am growing a bit weary and the Lord's Day has just started, so perhaps I'd better turn in. And I shall pray for the Skyriter, whoever she is.
Lurker wrote: Isn't it interesting, bro., that while Skywriter seems to deny the imputed righteousness of Christ, he/she (not CAB/Original Cheryl, btw) apparently believes the innate ability of man (logic, reason) to accept or reject God, which I suppose he/she believes is biblical faith, is capable of righteous deeds? But, it is for God to give eyes to see, ears to hear and a heart to perceive.... or not. The book of life is sealed to this person unless/until God opens it.
Quite so, Lurker.
Those who have been set free from spiritual imprisonment and darkness, know exactly what the light and life of Christ is like. But for those who still languish in death, they can only grope about, even though they think themselves full of wisdom and learning.
Self-righteousness can only be cured when we have a full sight of what sin actually is. And when we have that, it is enough to make a grown man cry in despair.
But praise God that he is willing to make that revelation known, and give us understanding of our corrupt and sinful nature, for it is that wonderful schoolmaster to lead us to Christ, that we might be justified not by our own works or deservings, but by the completed work of our wonderful Lord Jesus, who died that we might live.
Skiwriter wrote: .... strive to enter through the narrow gate because you will be judged according to your deeds....
The reason you do not understand what the strait gate is, happens to be the fact of total inability, when it comes to spiritual things. I feel very sad that you are in such a state as that, as is evidenced by your lack of comprehension when various good saints on these threads have sought to assist you in your spiritual walk.
You seem to follow after the spiritual mistakes made by Pelagius, who is well known as a heretic and false teacher.
Maybe you should read the Article 17 of the Church of England, and discover what it is that makes you so miserable.
Rodney K. wrote: Long my imprisoned spirit lay, Fast bound in sin and nature‚Äôs night; Thine eye diffused a quickening ray‚ÄĒ I woke, the dungeon flamed with light; My chains fell off, my heart was free, I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
Christopher000 wrote: Good news (I hope)...This terrorist group is negotiating the release of the 200+ kidnapped school aged girls. I can't imagine what they have been through and I still wonder about all the men and boys who were taken after. A terrorist group that names itself afer western education...crazy.
Yes I hope it comes about. It's been a long time since the Moslem brainwashing began, and I hope they are okay.
Christopher000 wrote: Religion can cause such blindness. Most grow up being taught this or that and go through their adult lives, and die, never, ever questioning that which they had been taught. Most never do any investigation into such important, eternal things; choosing to believe mere, error prone man.
Such is the awful state of the natural man, Chris. He will believe anything and everything except the glorious truth of the Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, who is the propitiation for our sins and not for our's only, but the sins of the whole world.
But herein lies the glory of the gospel, it is the power of God. When the gospel is heard by men, and the Spirit enlightens the mind as to its truths, the sinner who is dead is brought to life, he suddenly sees spiritual things, he understands spiritual truths, he begins to see Jesus, and something is wrought in his heart that he was previously incapable of - a genuine, evangelical repentance.
It is the Lord that does these things, and the Lord Jesus is seen as a Saviour rather than an available Saviour.
Thusly, "Jesus Saves", rather than "Jesus offers himself as a Saviour".
This is why of the strait gate, "Few there be that find it". And, "I was found of them that sought me not".
Frank wrote: Well brother, the Colombians probably worship Santa Muerte, which is an aberrant form of Catholicism and the North Koreans worship a man. My guess is I would live longer than you if you went to North Korea. I have often thought that if for some reason I outlive my wife, then I would pack up and move to Pakistan or Iran. In either country I would probably end up dead in a very short period of time. I think that would "rightfully" accuse me of blasphemy against the prophet whatever his name was.
Talking about Pakistan, there is a Christian refugee from there, who was so taken with the baptisms we had in the sea last Saturday, that he is hoping he may be baptised also. The Lord always speaks to him in the meeting, and blesses him so much. You are right bro, about it being a fierce country; he often speaks of his friends and relatives there who are in constant danger of their lives for holding to faith in Jesus.
Frank wrote: Pilgrim! I told my wife that if the U.S. elected a female president or vice- president that we were leaving the country.
Well bro, when we are aged and counting down the seconds to our death, why not use that short time to go spread the gospel in the sort of places that even missionary minded people will not go. You could head down the coast to Colombia to witness to the drug barons, and I could get a hold of some tracts and spend a few hours in North Korea as a witness for Jesus before being arrested and imprisoned.
Frank wrote: I agree, we should not use modern versions.
I reckon Frank, that if there were three born again Christians, one had only the Coverdale, one had only the King James, and one had only The Living Bible, if those brethren read and studied their Bibles every day, praying for enlightenment, and obeying every word of God, and repenting of anything amiss, then just maybe each one of them would become a mighty fine Christian, serving the Lord and being salt and light in this world, bringing others to know and love the Lord Jesus Christ, worshipping in spirit and in truth, being loving and kind and gracious to all that they meet, holding God as the supreme love of their heart, and looking forward to being with Christ in heaven for all eternity, having the evidence of good fruit brought about by a connection to the True Vine, for, as Jesus said, "Without me, ye can do nothing."
Some thirtyfold, some sixtyfold, and some an hundredfold.
That's great to hear that, Dorcas. An appointment, even if it be a hospital appointment, can be profitably used to meet new people and plant the seed of the word. If that nurse hearkened to your words and read the tract, there is no doubt she would have heard the gospel message, maybe for the very first time. The Lord can cause that seed to grow, and would there not be great rejoicing in heaven if you found her there? There is nothing better on earth than being the instrument God uses to bring a poor lost sheep safely into the fold, but very often we don't know what effect we've had, not until we reach Beulah land.
From what I've heard today, there are well over 200 health care workers dead from Ebola, and even more infected. This is not going to go away any time soon, and there is no developed vaccine, nor one on the horizon.
Maybe Moniker Man and any other Presbies who believe in Psalms Only simply come on here to aggressively teach the saints, with scorn and sarcasm and effectively lording it, because they have no converts to teach, which does not surprise me one bit, seeing they have no interest in evangelism, nor in telling sinners that Jesus is an atonement sufficient to cover all their sins, and that he is willing and able to reconcile to God all that come unto him by faith.
And then they have the gall to come on here and try to get others to bow down to them, as if they were little gods who only have the truth.
Moniker Man can keep his dwindling genealogically saved congregation. I won't be attending it any time soon; but I will be continuing to spread the glorious gospel to people whom God providentially brings into my life, telling that they should not neglect so great salvation, but call upon the name of the Lord, who has done so much for them, that in repenting of sins and trusting Christ, there is eternal life. A look at the crucified one is all it takes, when God the Holy Ghost is at work in their very soul.