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Lisa wrote:
My children went to catholic primary school- in those days I didn't understand the difference between Catholics and Christians. There were nuns running the school- I made friends with them and they were absolutely mustard and lovely ladies. It was whilst I was talking to them ( sharing the highlights of mel gibsons film the passion) that I realised we were not of one accord. Whilst I was adoring Jesus, they were clearly focussed on Mary. They could never accept that it is by faith ( in Jesus completed work on the cross) alone and I could never persuade them of anything different. Most of them have died- don't ever fall for the nostalgia here presented about nuns/ monasticism - some absolutely fantastic ladies have gone to hell because of this wicked institution. Praise God that there are no more coming along to be held in its trap.
Lisa, Wales
This is the real Michael H and I so appreciate your post. My heartbreaks how the RCC has exploited sincere(ly wrong) women with Mariolotry and that they have given themselves into both surpressing the knowledge of the Truth that is there even in their own Catholic Bibles so that they might imagine they are serving God

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James Thomas wrote:
This is not Saint Michael.
James Thomas
You are correct that wasn't me.
Apparently I've stirred somebody up

BTW
It also seems someone may have taken to impresonating John Yurich as well


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Rodney K. wrote:
William,
I don't follow John Piper very closely, but I've never heard him say anything remotely like this. Are you being facetious?
Rodney K.
in the Great Southern State of Tennessee

John Piper has written a book titled:
Desiring God, Revised Edition: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist
This should give you a starting point where you can research the issue yourself and make up your own opinion

Personally I am quite uncomfortable with "Christian Hedonism"
But NOT with the very Biblical 'delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart' in the context of Psalm 37 and all of Scripture

BTW referencing Amazon.com is not intended as an enorsement of Amazon, they like other online sites that sell books was a convient reference to the fact John Piper's book is widely sold


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Christopher000 wrote:
Well, that's good to hear anyway...
Christopher000
I can identify with your, "Well that's good to hear any..." and it brings me to interesting considerations of how some thoroughly ungodly and wicked, willfully sinning people can still have matters they are revolted by, that ought revolt us too.

The sexually immoral pagans in Corinth would be an example, in my words they would be revolted, it likely would have been unheard of by them, that a man sexually having his father's wife

That revulsion didn't mean in the least they knew God and were right with Him in the least, did it

Let's do pray, fervantly in all the faith God Himself gives us in His word and by the work of the Holy Spirit living in and filling us, for our lost loved ones, that our Father would bring them, sovereignly make them completely thoroughly sickened, nauseated, heart broken, revolted of their own sins against Him, such that it leads them to repentance and saving faith in Christ

AND that He prepare our hearts in faith to REJOICE at His Mercy to hear and answer in Almight Soverign Power even for people like us who are so undeserving and unworthy of such amazing grace.


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Christopher000 wrote:
Observer, the church of Rome is the same today as it was during the inquisitions...nothing has changed whatsoever in their views, beliefs, and end game.
Christopher000
Something I experience in the "Hostily" of a Roman Catholic Priest I encountered at an airport the other day, when I made it clear I was a "Baptist" and knew we had real differences in belief, for one that they had NOT taught me John 3:16 when I was raised in a (devoted) Catholic home.

Likely a large part of that hostiliy is that they know, if those of us who are genuinely born again and knowledgable of the word of God witness to the people in the RCC they have deceived and kept in ignorance the knowledge of the Truth we can tell them, point them to (even in their own Catholic Bibles) can lead them to Salvation where they will leave the RCC forever and potentially lead many others out with them too.

Even to repudiating their infant sprinklings and following the Savior in Believers Baptism by Immersion

May God help us to do just that!


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Unprofitable Servant wrote:
Thought I would share this word of testimony via John W Peterson
Unprofitable Servant in the Great Southern State of GA

Praise God! We are singing 4 John W Peterson songs in church this morning.

As to fellowship amongst those professing to be Christians perhaps this might help
There is a discernable difference (with the help of the Word and Spirit of God) between weakness and wickedness

With a weak (like in uneducated, ignorant, inexperiences, immature, doubting, fearful) brother or sister we ought to come alongside and help, interceed for in our prayers, point them to what God says in His word that they might grow strong in the faith, encourage them along the way

With someone knowingly determinedly practising wickedness (seducing people away from the Truth into acceptance of false Christianity, sowing strife and division, lying, spreading disinformation, refusing correction, etc. etc.) we ought to respectfully part company with such 'wolves in sheeps clothing':

BECAUSE 2 JOHN 9-11

NOT accept them as a brother with some problems, such as what deceiving ecumenicals do with the RCC


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Dear Ladybug, and other sisters who love our Savior
Observer wherever you are now
Saint John UK Wales
Helps UK and so many other Saints as well

It is indeed a pleasure to be part of standing up and earnestly contending for the faith once for all delivered to the saints with all of you (or you all 'Sountern English') even with all our imperfections, mine especially
God bless
Got some projects to attend to

The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:
The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

For the rest, You won't really know what you are missing until you repent, please do so soon, it is infinitely more important than pretending to know God


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works dont work wrote:
LB
Tell me what is the difference you perceive between these quote "man-made doctrines" and Biblical doctrines.
The WCF is based on the Bible so can you point out a WCF doctrine which disagrees with Scripture.
BTW: We will leave "infant baptism" out of this discussion since I know that Infant baptism is part of the Covenant of Grace and the Baptist rejects God's original tenets for His Covenant. And since we Presbyterians adhere strictly to Sola Scriptura we keep the Covenantal rules of God. So we will disagree in the interpretation of Scripture on that one.
Dear WDW
Before Ladybug answers you back
Please explain why to you
•Sola Scriptura, by Scripture alone (First, because it is impossible to have faith before/independant of, hearing the word of God)
is not good enough for you, as you communicate quite clearly you actually believe (essentially insist) you must have Scripture plus something. In this case the WCF

And again the Faith once for all delivered to the saints, the Faith God Himself gives His own elect born again of the Holy Spirit children is already there in the Bible
unless of course you want to read
2 Tim 3:16,17
and say it really doesn't mean what is written.


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works dont work wrote:
Now if there are some who cannot perceive the Biblical doctrines in the WCF, such as our dear friend Michael Hranek, and the Arminian group out there, then we should encourage them to read and study the WCF and its Catechism to learn from it the Bible doctrines manifest therein.

We need to help them perceive the truth and sound doctrines.

WDW
I want to make you very "Happy" this morning.

Your zeal for the WCF reminds me of how the Pharisees wanted to educate Jesus about the Sabbath that He in their eyes wasn't keeping, and how they complained His Disciples weren't keeping it they way they wanted them to either.

Remember the 5 Solas of the Reformation:
•Sola Scriptura, by Scripture alone (First, because it is impossible to have faith before/independant of, hearing the word of God
*Sola Fide, by Faith alone. Which was 'once for all delivered to the saints' long before the Protestant Reformation, Luther, Calvin et al
•Sola Gratia, by grace alone.
•Solus Christus, through Christ alone.
•Soli Deo Gloria, glory to God alone.

As I have already commented
Scripture Alone, the Sufficiency of Scripture doesn't seem to be enough for you...Why is that? Don't you believe God?


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John Yurich USA wrote:
What is your problem anyway with the Westminster Confession and Catechism? I accept the Westminster Confession and Catechism.
Your question is a misleading distraction
A better one is what is my problem (others too) with you?

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John UK wrote:
Moniker Man,
The Bible never did say, "Adhere to the Westminster Confession & Catechism and thou shalt be saved."
Brother Saint John UK Wales
WDW (or Moniker Man if this is accurage) illustrates something enormously important.

If he (or she) were ever to do some serious self-examination humbly before God in prayer. How would he (or she) ever make their calling and election truly sure?

If Scripture alone humbly and honestly studied out before God without preconceived prejudices, isn't good enough to decide the issue 2 TIM 3:16,17 I cannot begin to imagine the WCF, the Catechism of the RCC, the Quran, the Books Mormons use, dreams, visions of angels, hearing voices will really settle the issue either...except tragically give somekind of false assurance of salvation

Makes me comment here, just for thought, are JY and WDW closely related, or something, they are so amazingly dogmatic in what they believe and argue against Scripture for something else.

We don't see this kind of thing with 'Calvinists' like Spurgeon who IMHO is famous for pointing people to the Bible NOT the WCF nor an empty sinner's prayer either


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Barry from KY wrote:
Good morning Michael, hope all is well with you. Just a quick question, wasn't John the Baptist preaching against the established church (Judaism) and not Rome?
Actually Both!
As King Herod would have been part of the Roman system.

Forgive me, Good Morning to you as well! I am on the phone


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danfromtn2 wrote:
Protesting against the government is not Biblical Christianity.
Really?
Ever hear of ....... John the Baptist?
Protesting (preaching against evil and sin) assembling to peaceably bring valid grievance before the state, that the state might ammend its ways, is quite a bit different from lawless rebellion against the state to overthrow it.

We all might well consider if the right to peaceably assemble to address grievances is taken away such injustice breeds rebellion not peace


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ladybug wrote:
Michael,
No need to apologize.
Ladybug
Dr. Peter Marshall's comments were helpful weren't they.
And Thank you for your concilatory gesture.

I will keep them in mind in the future to pay close attention whether or not someone is having difficulty expressing a Biblical order (testimony might be a much better word) of salvation, or as I have regretably found some thoroughly distort it and so divorce repentance and faith from it, even while they may give lip service to them, there is no manifestation of actual new birth in their lives.

And as I have already posted, if they have no testimoy of God's dealing with them leading them to repentance and a time they personally put their faith in Christ, to urge and plead with them to make their calling and election sure


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Helps wrote:
Sorry, I should have stated in my original post. The answer to your question is yes, it is Dr Peter Masters of Spurgeon's Metropolitan Tabernacle, London.
This was one in a series lamenting the death of persuasive evangelistic preaching in the Reformed tradition. Dr Masters is convinced, rightly so in my opinion, to attribute the death of such preaching to a wrong view of regeneration.
For those who wish to follow the entire series of presentations, the link is Evangelistic Preaching - The Forgotten Imperative
This is such an important topic I would encourage all to listen to the series.
Enjoy!
Helps UK
Thanks Again, his message certainly doesn't go against those whom God has saved having a very real testimony of salvation
nor
Sabotage people from laboring for the Lord in our seeking God, fervently praying, laboring for the Lord in the harvest field, studying the word of God that we might be more effective witnesses in the hands of the Holy Spirit of the Gospel of Christ

as some seem out to sabotage our faith


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Helps wrote:
Ladies and Gentlemen
Re: Regeneration
You are all discussing the subject past each other.
May I recommend a sermon which clarifies the subject?
Regeneration
The modern Reformed position is sadly erroneous, but there is an older reformed position which is more biblical, and the sermon above seeks to clarify the differences.
Hope that this helps.
Helps UK
Thanks for posting the link
Who preached this message?
Whoever it is is putting the 'order of salvation' in a much better clarity than I am hearing from those claiming in my words here, 'everything (new birth) is accomplished in a work of God before repentance and faith as if they have no part in salvation
Thanks so much for posting

Ladybug
a correction here
I meant to type "directly" not "correctly" in my earlier post to you
I apologize


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ladybug wrote:
Michael,
Where have I presented anything from the WCF?
Ladybug
Essentially when you 'took up for' WDW
Didn't your intialy question have to do with how and why I responded as I did
And have you not essentially continued along the lines of the WCF even though you haven't quoted or referred to it correctly.

And now is this conversation getting too touchy for you, because deep down inside you know something ain't right with "modern day Calvinism" even though you don't want to admit it or it brings up pain you don't want to face it and see exactly what it is

If you want to call the early church Christians fine, if you want to imagine they sprinkled babies and all that nonsense (no disrepect or offense intended if your non-denominational church does) that would be a whole other conversation

Personally I am "frustrated" as I never said it was anything else than a Personal supernatural work of God that saved the Apostle Paul and shake my head as to why you question such things, unless your 'reformed theology' has prejudiced you where you unintentionally (maybe) refuse to consier what us 'baptist type-believers' may say to you

I don't know, you have a Bible, you can read it for yourself, please choose wisely how you read it


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ladybug wrote:
Michael,
What would cause the sinner to cry out to God for salvation?
Ladybug
The painful brokenhearted sorrow/mourning of the conviction you have unjustly vilely sinned against One worthy of all your love (obedience)

You may not appreciate this
and a zeal for the WCF, etc might have blinded you to this

But I am one of many a man and woman who knows what it is to have, by the work of the word of God and the Spirit of the LIVING God, real conviction of sin leading to repentance in personal experience before 'calling upon the name of the Lord to be saved from ones sins' with the faith God Himself by His Word and by His Spirit gave us.

Further if you or anyone else doesn't have like testimony of the work of God in convicting you of sins, before somekind of mystcal spiritual awakening to "Calvinism" I would plead with you to make your calling and election sure, as you might not be saved at all, only religious.

Matt 7:13-27

Just who is kicking against the goads?
Didn't the Lord Jesus speak thus to Saul before he was saved that is what he was doing in railing against genuine believers seeking to destroy them
Wonderfully coming to where he preached the faith he once tried to destroy

Early churches were "Baptist"


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ladybug wrote:
You simply cannot perceive spiritual truths until God the Spirit does a work in the heart
Ladybug
I didn't say they could, did I
It appears you are trying to have it both ways.

Can an unregenerate sinner, UNDER THE CONVICTION, THE DRAWING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT preceive sufficient spiritual truth BEFORE NEW BIRTH...

(I would call this different from actually preceiving THE THINGS OF THE SPIRIT)

...To cry out to God to be saved from their sins?

Apparently the Holy Spirit and the Apostle Paul think so:
Romans 10:13-15 is just one example

So Why don't some zealous for the WCF fail to see this? Could it be they are yet unsaved/unregenerate in rebellion against the Word of God, distorting it to their own destruction substituting the WCF for God's word, spiritually blinded in intellectual religous pride to seeing in their religion a real personal need for they themselves to repent and cry out to God to actually be saved from their sins? Even while they loudly profess to know and serve the Lord Jesus Christ, especially in imposing their religious opinions on others as if they are the only true Christians and everyone else but them is "stupid"

God indeed set before us life and death, choose wisely


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ladybug wrote:
Nicodemus came to Christ at night, was drawn to Him AFTER hearing Him teach and seeing Christ do miraculous things. He was drawn by God to Christ, not because he possessed a free will, but because God moved him in his understanding. Others saw Christ do great things as well, and even 'believed on His name', but Christ did not 'trust Himself unto them' {John 2:23-24}. Nicodemus coming to Christ is an example of what Christ meant in John 6:44.
As for John 12:32, 'draw all men unto myself' cannot mean every person ever born, for broad is the road to destruction and many are on that road. Most perish in their sins, so to try and claim the text means every person ever born goes against what the Bible teaches.
'All men' means some from every tribe, every tongue, every nation {Revelation 5:9-10}
Ladybug
Do you mean to tell us that sinners (the unrepentant and unregenerate) can be drawn to Jesus?

I am NOT trying to be funny

I am hoping to deal with this "myth" of confusing New Birth before faith...before one can even be drawn to seek/desire to "find"/come to Jesus, that is being perpetuated by some, like WDW, who might curse and damn such coming as DIY works, and sabotage sinners desiring to do so

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