Michael Hranek wrote: John UK Me too! Because honestly not all "reformed" turn themselves into 'benevolent religious tyrannts' out to control others in their faith. Some like Spurgeon urged faith in Christ. Other exhort people to read the Scriptures for themselves. Still others pour their hearts out to God in prayer and a famous for telling the lost of Christ. I am not speaking of such.
Thank you bro. I think the Lord would have us without hypocrisy, and that the letter of the law is no subsititute for the spirit of the law. Churchianity never did cut it with the Lord, as history proves. The only thing that counts is a new creature, a circumcised heart, dead to self, and wholeheartedly for the Lord. The one who takes up his cross is a man who is not going home.
Amos 5:21-24 KJV 21 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies. 22 Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts. 23 Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.
24 But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.
Michael Hranek wrote: Dorcas John UK In considering how, 'The Devil is here, even in the 21st Century', and the comments on this thread and others. I am concerned there is a real 'devil', a spirit in and behind what I am calling "Reformed Priestcraft" If those in church leadership actually lifted up the immeasurable importance of the word of God in the life of believers, and sought to teach them to personally read the Bible for all its worth, IMHO we would see an enmormous decrease in the abuse of verses such as Matt 19:14 to propagandize infant sprinklings, and other garbage as well________and a great increase in people's lives of the reality of John 8:31,32...If you abide in My word "Reformed Priestcraft" IMHO seeks to divert people from what Scripture actually says, to what they want to make Scripture say to conform to their system of theology, and bring people into and under their bondage. This is something the RCC, the cults and false religions do. Keep people from reading the word of God for themselves, get them 'dependant' (enslaved/addicted) to their own teachings.
Dorcas wrote: Concerning Matthew 19:14-------------------------- "To this we give this one word, see that ye read the Word as it is written, and you will find no water in it but the Lord Jesus only. Are the water and Christ the same thing? Is bringing a child to a font bringing the child to Christ? Nay, here is a wide difference, as wide as between false doctrine and the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ". C.H. Spurgeon
Herein lies the heart of the matter. When some folks read their Bible, they seem to see things which just aren't there.
Thanks Dorcas for posting the quote, always good to see Ingleesi in print, always a blessing.
Mike wrote: Luke says Herod reads the Jews, and notes that they are pleased with the killing of James.(Acts 12:3) He, popularity seeking politician that he is, decides to do the same for Peter. But being the days of unleavened bread, "then were the days of unleavened bread..." he decides to wait until after Passover, and puts him in prison until then. Why? Because it is the Jews he wants to please, not Christians, and it wouldn't be pleasing to the Jews to dirty up the Passover feast days, not Easter, with a public execution. This feast lasts several days. See also that Luke uses the terms "feast of unleavened bread" and "the Passover" interchangeably in Luke 22:1.
Thank you Mike, good post, covers all bases. I'm glad this subject comes up every year, as it gives us all a chance to rethink our position to ensure it is the correct one.
The KJV-Onlyists have written many articles about why the KJV is correct in translating the "passover" word Easter, but really it is just clutching at straws, when thought is given to the passage. If "passover" was always considered separate from the subsequent feast, they would have a point, but it isn't.
The Scottish Baptist minister knew that the gospel message was a very simple one, and preached it to the last. Salvation can occur in a matter of seconds, when there are only seconds to go, and I like his choice of text: "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved."
Moody Church never did get to hear their possible new pastor.
Iain B wrote: 1. Don't you possess a Christian heart which cries out 'come Lord Jesus, come soon'? 2. Are you not a Christian who lives in a place where you do not belong and suffer trial and tribulation? 3. Are you perfectly happy and content with this fallen and iniquitous society to continue as it is doing?
1. Sure. 2. Sure. 3. Of course not.
However, there is no biblical basis whatever that the Lord will rain down fire and brimstone on an individual country like the UK because of a few weirdos. In this you are greatly mistaken.
And like US has already said, you have a wrong spirit in you if you yourself hope and pray for such a thing. You would be biblically correct if you prayed for God's grace upon his enemies.
So if you are currently building a fire and brimstone-proof underground shelter for yourself and your famly, I could advise you on better ways of parting with your cash. Get some tracts and go give them out to sinners who need to hear the gospel. This is much better.
Christopher000 wrote: Hi John...I thought a protestant was basically anyone who wasn't Roman Catholic, and then Protestant was an umbrella that covered all of the various denominations. Shows how much I know.
If you want to read some short articles written, I believe, by men of the fundamental baptist beliefs, concerning why baptists are not protestants then this article may help. It is followed up by a link to another article about protestantism, and that one is followed up by another article explaining what the gospel states, from the website "God's Simple Plan".
These articles may help clear up in some people's minds the furore over presbyterianism and lutherism, both of which still hold to unbiblical views of infant baptism and sacramentally imparted grace.
I am not an IFB myself, but there are many good brethren on these forums who are, and who bless me no end with their words and comments.
Iain B wrote: Now its the united kingdom of Sodom and Gomorrah and the sodomites have more power than the church. And when you have sodomites such as David Cameron running things political and Justin Welby running thing religious the only option left is for fire and brimstone weather.
That's a bit far-fetched and melodramatic, Iain. We must live in the real world. I'm not expecting the Lord to demolish the UK on account of a few weirdos.
Elise wrote: Och John I always thought you were Welsh, just love the Welsh but I suppose as you're my brother in the Lord I can love you too.
Sorry about that, Elise. But I do feel more Welsh than English now. I feel as though I've come home, and I shall be buried here. Yes, the saints have this in common, that they "love one another", no matter what colour or country of origin. It is the indwelling of Jesus Christ that transforms our thinking.
Elise wrote: Hello John...IF Scotland get independence we won't be any better off, we will still have Brussels ruling over us, independence is Alex Salmons dream just as " gay " marriage was.
Elise, times have changed dramatically, and we cannot expect it to improve except revival comes. But God is in total control, nevertheless. He sees his people, knows their plight. Our hand is to the plough, and we shall never look back. The offscouring of the world will march on in victory, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. While the world goes quickly mad, we shall be the only ones in our right minds. The coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
Shane wrote: Thanks for the education John. Scottish is still considered British, correct?
No-one knows any more Shane. It used to be the United Kingdom, but the four countries that make it up: England, Scotland, Wales, and North Ireland are getting more independent. Wales itself has its own politics and some law-making powers, Scotland is vying for independence, Eire wishes to reunite Ireland again against Westminster, and so on. I was born in England and now live in Wales, and I don't know what I am.
Elise wrote: Please, not Milliband next and the same goes for Nick Clegg
Hello Elise, Yes, I'm afraid so. You know what it's like at Westminster. We vote in the Tories and then when the people get fed up with them they vote in Labour. It just goes round in circles. I never vote, to register my disgust. And I tell them if they come to the door touting for votes.
You'll be okay though, when the scots vote for independence. At least it will all be more local.
Liza J wrote: Pastor Jason Cooley preached yesterday three messages on why preachers need to start warning the congregants against the Roman Catholic religion . He is one of the very, and I mean very few who is not afraid to preach the truth. Found here on SermonAudio. Well worth your time to listen and take heed.
Too true. I'm not a Protestant per se, but good preaching against the Catholic organisation is very necessary to make it harder or even impossible for the counter-reformation to win the battles they wage against God's people. Not with persecution so much now, but with double tongued ecumenical speak.
Cliff Leckey wrote: Oh NO not milliband, anything but him! That's a fate worse than Death. He`s already in the Middle East stirring things up.I wonder could we not encourage him to stay? Just off to the Isle of Arran for a holiday in the camper & perhaps get my head cleared. The yanks have no idea where Arran is.
I figured it was in Scotland somewhere, it's famous for something, maybe wool. Have a nice time, Cliff.
As for Milliband, how about another coalition guv with Nick Clegg?