Think of it this way. Which produces the greater good or the greater evil. Someone's murder because your own conscience won't allow you to lie? Or the lie that commits someone to death. I think the answer is pretty clear but God will always give wisdom in time of need and give the right words to say whatever your position.
I agree Jeremy. We do get distracted with what is happening around us. I wonder what would happen if we even just got on our knees and prayed for our country and fellow men instead of the time we spend discussing how disgusting and vile men can be and what they're doing. May God put on our hearts to become prayer warriors and not key board heroes!
We were looking after a woman who had had an abortion in the past. She was so agitated, disturbed and wanted things done straight away. Almost threw a hissy fit. To me that is a person who is mentally and emotionally suffering.
I will try to find that booklet dolores.I'm in the middle of reading his book 'man the dwelling place of God'and he gives good advice there: that let noone interpret the bible in such a way for you to diminish the gift of the spirit. Or in similar words. ..let us strive to be walking and breathing witnesses of Christ.
Yes dolores...I've read his book the cross and the switchblade and also run baby run. They were amazing testimonies ay the power of God to change a hardened evil heart. We do need the power of the holy spirit to be effective witnesses. It's so important especially now. I was speaking to a friend who read a testimony of an ex witch and she shared how they would send people in infiltrate church and seduce the elders.they would fake their spiritual gifts and encourage others to do the same. So that it was about the look not what was inside. And so you get an empty hypocritical shell of Christianity within the church and it would fall apart as it is not based on Christ and Christ is not the Centre. Let us always keep Christ on the throne in our hearts!
Praise God pennned. That is absolutely amazing. For query how can one edify yourself with an unknown tongue:many people here might disagree but i can only speak from experience. When the holy spirit fills me up and i pray in my unknown tongue-i receive spiritual blessing and encouragement from the spirit. It is like when i am tired from a long day at work-after praying i feel regenerated, i feel closer to god.at times at night i have been awoken by the spirit to pray for someone and the spirit films me and i pray in tongues. I don't understand but i know that i am praying for that person. And sometimes it is like God let's you feel his heart about that issue. You may think I'm beating it on emotional experience but i am not crazy or loopy but i have found that tongues edify me.
I do not doubt that we are in Christ by the spirit and that we are in him forever. I do not think people are not saved if they do not speak in tongues. But i still believe that baptism is the holy ghost is a separate and supernatural occurrence that can only happen to born again believers. The purpose being for equipping and edifying the church through spiritual gifts which everyone here believes they have ceased. But i think we will just agree to disagree about that otherwise this thread will be going around in circles ?? It was nice discussing this with you all. Catch ya around ?
B.Mccausland Thank you for your time but you still haven't answered why the apostles had to go lay hands on the believers in Samaria to receive the holy spirit. It is a delegate occurrence otherwise it just wouldn't make sense.