JayJay... I wasn't making light of scripture. Don't confuse the WCF and TULIP with scripture! If I want to know what God says about Himself and salvation, I go to His Word. The whole idea that faith is imputed upon the unwilling is false and though you may argue, that is what Calvinist teaches.
Makes me wonder if we should have bothered taking Suddam Hussein out. Seeing how the Muslims in power are worse than he was, not that he was good, and it is resulting in the mass destruction of Christians. Wasn't that supposed to be the whole point of being there? To prevent mass destruction.
The peaceful protesters clashed with police? So typical! I wonder what they expect Israel to do, just keep getting bombed and let people die and property get destroyed? When are they going to protest the treatment of Christians by Muslims in Sudan? Lol.
I'm sure some Christians may have stepped out of line and used inappropriate language. However, there are no guarantees that all those people who posted vulgar stuff were Christian or that this lady is Christian herself. I don't know her. A lot of times when Christians speak out and show what God says about murder, homosexuality, adultery, fornication, etc., it is called hate speach. Even though it is not. I doubt this article was intended as a letter if correction for the church, but rather a way to put down the church. Amazing how many times the media puts down Christians while ignoring how hateful Muslims are doing far worst than name calling.
GSTEXAS... As long as you are saved, that's the main thing. I know God will do His thing whether we agree or not. You said you don't believe in the millennial reign of Christ because you feel like it leads to ridiculous absurdities and then you say you aren't opposed to it based off of how you feel, lol. Be a Berean and believe God's word for what it says even if you don't like or understand it. Then pray for understanding.
GSTEXAS... What do you reckon the last day to be? The very last rotation of earth before Jesus comes? Or the 24 hours after He comes? Will believers only rule with Him for that day? Why should He even come back if that is the case? Isn't it just that a 1000 year rule sounds to silly for you? Why not just take God's word for what it says? There were believers in the early church who had converted from Judaism and didn't believe in a physical Resurrection of Christ, they considered His Resurrection to be a allegory or spiritual. Do you believe that too? Why not? When do you consider something to be literal, when you feel like it?
Those who have done good and those who have done evil will be judged on the last day, which is the day of the Lord. Those who did good at the beginning and those who did evil at the end. But, a thousand years is as one day to the Lord.
GSTEXAS... You make a thousand years meaningless by your interpretation. Fact: A thousand years is as a day to Him and one of His days is a thousand years to us. You will understand that better in the day of the Lord, lol.
Death will not end until after the millennial reign of Christ.
Revelation 20:14-15 NKJV
Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.
JIM... If that is the rapture, then what is the Resurrection?! Was Jesus raptured in your view? The reason it is important to know if He was is because He is the example of what will happened to believers.
I Corinthians 15:20, 23 NKJV
But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christâ€™s at His coming.
GSTEXAS... No you couldn't because the verse is talking about God's patience and how one of His days is as long as a 1000 years to us. Also, if there is no millennial reign of Christ then all things won't be put under His rule, death won't be conquered, and we will not rule and reign with Him.
But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
The day of the Lord is the same as the 1,000 year reign of Christ. At the end of that day, Jesus will give the kingdom over to the Father who will then judge the wicked and destroy the heavens and earth.
GSTEXAS... That's kind of the point, Jesus hasn't ruled for a 1,000 years yet, but He will. At the end of that time, Jesus will deliver the kingdom over to the Father and God will do what it says He will in 2 Peter 3:10-13.
If there were a rapture of believers prior to the Tribulation, then all the verses which speak of the dead in Christ being raised first would be wrong and Revelations 20 would be wrong where it shows the Resurrection taking place at Christ return.