d. post wrote: MH 1. The reason why God records and commands that we receive teachers is (i) because He has ordained them. and (ii) because we obviously need them.
d post And a good teacher, one who is faithful to Christ, will point the child of God to Jesus Christ, to Scripture, and to the present day ministry of the Holy Spirit in the lives of a born again child of God, such we should listen to, still carefully humbly honestly verifying what they say with Scripture
As to unregenerate Calvinists, I don't expect these natural men to receive, accept nor understand the things of the Spirit of God, suffice it to say it is probable that for those who imagine they are one of the elect because they have placed their trust in Dordt, and not in Christ aren't Christians beecause they don't know God, only imagine they do. After all Satan's ministers disquise themselves as servants of righteiousness (Imho especially as supposedly being teachers of "real Christianity" in the Church, simmilar to the RCC's teachers).
TEACHERS who mislead us away from the Truth of Jesus Christ we should NOT listen to, LET ALONE RECEIVE TO FOLLOW their false Christianity and their rightfully cursed false gospel (see Gal 1:1-6,7-10; 3:1-5, 1 John 2:25-29, 2 John 9-11)
d. post wrote: MH If you care to read the Canons of Dordt what you will find is the statements of both sides.
d post Really?
Far better to read Scripture honestly humbly in the fear of the LORD Because in the Bible God Himself by the Holy Spirit teach us the Truth and give us if you will His sides on His complete Sovereignty in Salvation (and over the will of man, which He gave man), the falleness of man, how God uses means to save His elect, bringing them who are sinners, and dead (His deffinition NOT Dordt's) unto repentance and faith in Christ, Reconciling them to Himself, bringing them into obedience to the faith, obedience to the Gospel
The Secret (intimacy) of the LORD is for those who fear Him
Jesus Christ Himself gives a great PROMISE to those who abide in His word (John 8:31,32)
The unregenerate Calvinist (or unregenate Arminian Bogeymen too) do not appreciate nor understand what it means to be a real genuine born again of the Holy Spirit Christian
Thus to some a real Christian is someone who has received the Doctrines of Dordt whereas Scripture tells us a real Christian is someone who has received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and is born again of the Spirit of God (John 1:10-13)
d. post wrote: There is no point! You can't teach an Arminian the truth they practice the religion which rejects the Bible's Doctrines of Grace
d point PLEASE The Doctrines of Dordt, are a gross distortion of the Sovereinty of God and His Grace So despite their faults please don't bear false witness against "Arminian Bogeymen" for their rejection of the religious tryanny of modern day disciples of Dordt
Let me refer you to both Whitefield and Spurgeon, who were far more concerned with leading men to faith in Christ than prostylizing them into Calvinism, and who BTW acted a whole lot more like Baptist-type believers that modern day Calvinists
BTW the unregenerate "Calvinist" sadly won't understands this
Jim Lincoln wrote: I knew nothing of his background, while I doubt that if I did that would have made much difference considering the quality of the quote looked good when I saw it.
Jim So what he (Merton) said sounded good to you so you just went with it.
Hopefully we are all learning to be careful when we reference others. Recently I referenced Francis Chan as some of the things he says are Imho quite good BUT if I ever reference him in the future I hopefully have learned my lesson to identify him with great caution because he is ecumenical, soft on Roman Catholics
And I believe it is safe to say, Salvation is not in the RCC since they have a different Gospel, their Jesus isn't the Jesus of the Bible, they've added Mary as comediatrix of all graces, Popes, Purgatory, Rosaries to the Queen of Heaven ... and we ought to be doing all we can, with all the compassion and brokenheartedness God might rightly give us to tell them the Truth of Jesus Christ they aren't being told in their "church"
Think maybe it is much better, most of the time, to reference Biblically filled with the Holy Spiri Christian writers / speakers
If anyone of you all haven't seen it
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tS1RUK-f1SU The Power of Story - Camille
Silofolous wrote: Michael H, do you disagree with the quote? If so, what is the basis of your disagreement? If not, why judge him for bringing up a quote that you yourself agree with?
Silofolous It is not a bad quote, and ought to humble us that even a Catholic mystic can observe things like this
Yet, Jim Lincoln who is .... let me use the word "opinionated" puzzled me using Merton as a reference, as he has repeated posted objections to the RCC (something I believe all born again children of God ought to do because of the serious damning error/heresies in the RCC)
Not judging but commenting, knowing there are temptation and seductions (figure of speach) out of the pit of hell to mislead people, especially if it can be a weak/ignorant too tenderhearted child of God into ecumenism, the RCC, the modern day interfaith movement we ought to use disclaimers when we reference non-Christain sources (unless of course they are obviously known as non-Christian)
So what advice would you give politicians? Voters? the child of God in the times we are in?
Watch the Video! Pastor Harris, I am so thankful that you all have a video of your message, as it adds greatly in being able to see the examples you present. Thank you so much for an honest teaching on the issue of translations. It has encouraged me, even though I use the KJV at present in my preaching and teaching to remain 'multi-translational' in my convictions as having a better depth of understanding the use of good translations and good Bible dictionaries give helps me much in my faith, my love for Him and to love those the Lord Jesus Christ died for and to witness to them the Gospel
John UK wrote: sc, there is such a thing as a KJV-Only cult, or mentality.
Saint John UK Wales Imho there is an enormous difference between those who love the KJV and use it as their translation of choice (in conscience before God) and the KJV-Onlyist and their cult-like mentality
(I appreciate him very much) For the honesty in which if deals with various translations of the Bible and paraphrases, and the relevant information he brings to the matter
Anyone interested can check out their public statement of their convictions (Imho good ones)
BTW s c As to the differences of Easter and Passover if we witness to anyone we need to make clear and explain just what we are taling about Passover is of course historically the night God passed over Israel Our Lord Jesus Christ did not rise from the dead on Passover, rather on Resurrcction Sunday (oops Sunday has Pagan meanings too)
Dolores wrote: Correction, He does not want us to just be focusing on signs as a means to an end but to make us aware of what is happening in order to warn and work in and for His kingdom while we still can.
Dolores Good Morning!
Two quick things that serve Satan
God's people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge (seems Satan would love to keep people ignorant of the RCC, Crislam, etc etc)
Where there is no vision the people perish (seems like Satan would love that God's people would fall asleep and be bling to the lost who are on their way to hell all around them _ even to forgetting the Holiness of God and moving into an ecumenical/interfaith purpose driven/seeker sensitive Gomorah)
Z Pike I kind of like your post about those who idolize government (different story for any idolizing Calvin, the TULIP of Dordt, the WCF)
As to the potentially volatile subject of "free will" on one hand some people make it out like man has no will/choice whatsoever (a heresy) while on the other some forget God is completely sovereign in salvation (getting into a different heresy for those who deny He is) God Himself choosing those He will do His own supernatural work (using means) to save, He Himself choosing both the when and the how of it
Some even woefully denying their part (which God has for them to do, walk in and live out) in prayer, intercession, witness, teaching, preaching, serving, being a friend to sinners, in the lives of the lost that God's will would be done in them
Imho things uneregenerate Calvinists and others don't get And likewise things in which I have so much learning and growing to do, still trusting Jesus our Lord is more than worth it, for us to be faithful and pleasing to Him (not men pleasers)
Z. Pike wrote: These Michael, are deluded idolaters who worship the world and its sinful insidious ways.
F Joibrem wrote: Students acting in this anti-Semitic way bodes badly for the future of American society. This may be seen only as an incidental event but the fact that it is raised at this age of youth in the group means that the seed is planted and has a future. No smoke without fire.
F Joibrem Imho it might be time to prayerfully humbly, in the Fear of God, reread the Hiding Place, and go before the Lord in prayer for what (evil) is coming upon the this country
s c wrote: Well,Michael,it certainly would be yet another opportunity for FG to try to "win" the "fundamental" Christians and this (homosexuality)is what Christians like to boldly stand against so as not to be likened unto Judas. Bravo!And the BGEA love to be in the public eye..much like Sharpton and Jackson. I'd say that chances are,if FG hasn't already,he would be more than happy to support these wedding businesspeople/"martyrs". Perhaps,while you're at it,you could humbly take it before the RC church as well.
s c You missunderstand my comment FG and the BGEA is enormously intertwined with denominations that already support and/or ordain homosexuals to take this woman's case he would have to displease some of the BGEA's long time supporter
btw If the RCC make a scene in favor of this woman that actually brought her some help, I would not criticize that Perhaps you remeber the Nazi Schindler who put his life at risk to save Jews
Wayfairer pilgrim wrote: Has there been any public demonstration in support of Ms.Stuzman? I'm surprised there hasn't been or is this just sport for homofascist and the government alike. Christian, culture wars are won by the culture no matter how repugnant the issue.
Wayfairer pilgrim TX Do you remember Dayna Curry and Heather Mercer had a church (I believe it was in TX) if memory serves me that organized continual 24/7 prayer for them until they were freed
It would be so good if Ms.Stuzman had a Bible PRAYING Church or Churches to keep her before the Lord until He gives the victory
Saddly with the story out of Franklin TN it is likely there are (used to be) churches who would rally in support of the homosexual couple that the courts would do there worst to Barronelle Stutzman Along with (used to be) Churches that profess to be Bible believing that wouild excuse themselves from getting involved
Hmmmm, maybe the much maligned Franklin Graham might bring her name and plight before the public, never know (I wouldn't object if he did)
And maybe we ought to go to the BGEA's website and humbly ask them to
Bible Facts Explained wrote: 1. You would replace sin with free will. 2. man has to participate with God in modified sovereignty. Making election a joint action God plus sinner.
... restricts the Atonement to divine hands only and does not support your belief in human decision making and free will
... This upsets your conviction that mans free will can overturn the Spirit's work.
... Your believe that man can loose his salvation
B Calvinist Again thank you for posting It saddens me greatly to see you as a liar
1. No. I believe in total depravity (fallen sinfulness, man cannot save himself) not Dordt's total inablilty to respond to God 2. No. I believe in the complete Sovereignty of God in Election God Himself so working through His word, His Spirit, Witnesses, and Providence in those He saves to bring them to a conscience choice of repentance and faith to Salvation 3. Paritally Correct I believe Christ to be the propitiation for the sins of the whole world ONLY Effective in those God saves (brings to repentance and faith) 4. No. God is again absolutely sovereign over the will, which He gave to man, able to make them conscienceously willing 5. No. I believe the Lord Jesus Christ is able to Save and KEEP Saved Forever His own
B Calvinist Thank you so much for the opportunity to briefly respond
First a gentle correction It is the 5 points of Dordt
Second gentle correction If you want to disagree with me please do so rightly. I do not believe a single point you posted of your Arminian (boogeyman?)
Further who in the world gave you the right/authority to judge, to accuse and declare as fact others who are not Calvinists as being Arminian? Those guy at Dordt? Who are they, somekind of infallible Protestant Popes?
Imho some who called themselves Calvinists like Spurgeon and Whitefield sought much more to be Biblical first and foremost more than they did to be Calvinists, especially Calvinists of the Dordt (Hyper) kind, and not make themselves into somekind of infallible reformed dictatores but to be used by God to lead men to the obedience of faith in Christ
things the unregenerate Calvinist cannot comprehend
KK wrote: Looks like another sad case of "Did God really say?" Not too long back I received a call from one of the denominations requesting that I come back to the men's morning breakfast Bible study
KK I appreciate your post
And it makes me think one of the most damaging things of (no longer real) churches that have welcomed into membership (quite different from welcoming them in to hear real preaching of the word of God) is that in rightfully hating the betrayal of Christ by these denominations it makes it more difficult to witness the love of God to lost sinners and plead with them of their urgent need of being right with God and that the Son of God willingly died to pay the penalty not just of homosexuality but of all sin, the very root of sin our prideful, self-centered/seeking, enmity against the rightfull authority of God over our whole lives, not just church on Sunday morning.
Thanks for your post Your stand is an encouragement to me
SteveR wrote: "Christian" is a big universe in the USA. In 2015 anybody can claim the religion with minimal lip service. Isnt that what Americans want? No thought police to tell them what a true Christian is? Half the people in the pews dont understand what their own Church teaches, let alone another Church Irony is, Obama wants people to believe he is Christian despite his actions. Yet, he can point his finger at ISIL memebers and say they arent Muslims
SteveR Please I am trying to write this respectfully and be bluntly honest to add weight to my comment. I don't like you. I believe your ecumenism is quite wrong, a real betrayal of Jesus Christ and genuine Biblical Christianity (please repent)
Still today you have given a very good comment
Quote: Irony is, Obama wants people to believe he is Christian despite his actions. Yet, he can point his finger at ISIL memebers and say they arent Muslims End of Quote
and I have to think alot more people in the USA want to call themselves Christians when they are not, even some who post here on SermonAudio of all places
I liked what the article revealed about Barronelle Stutzman in that she had been a friend to Robert Ingersoll and had served him for years without any discrimination until his request for flowers to celebrate his gay wedding would have violated her faith and conscience A huge betrayal of Jesus Christ
It also reveals something about friendship of the world, along the lines the world will love professing Christians as long as they can use them but let anyone be a believing Christian then there enmity against God comes out of the closet
My I suggest that we agree together in prayer for the LORD's might mercies (see Psalm 136) to be desplayed in this woman's life (encluding salvation if she isn't) and especially however the Spirit leads you along the lines of:
For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou satest in the throne judging right. Psalm 9:4 kjv