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Frank wrote:
Perfectly said brother. Baptism is a wonderful sacrament and all believers should go through it. But, whoever performs the baptism should be convinced of their salvation. There does not need to be a rush in doing it.
Hey bro

Good to see ya posting. Hope all's well. Have been meaning to write cos not seen ya post recently.

Lord bless!

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Well Dave that has to be one of the quickest answers to prayer! Hooroo and chin up!


News Item7/1/16 8:08 PM
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John for JESUS wrote:
1) John's baptism wasn't the only one.
Agreed. Jesus's disciples baptized in water on his authority and this was not seen as the same as John's baptism.

John for JESUS wrote:
2) Yes.
3) No, they only seemed to lay hands on the Samaritans and then Gentiles.
4) Right. Hebrews is talking about ceremonial washings.
5) Believing doesn't merit salvation. Because God promises to save those who believe, He baptizes them into the body of Christ, saving them.
6) Trick question? Lol. He said to repent and be baptized, that's 2.
3] In which case the majority of NT believers were not baptized by the apostles. So what happened to the commission for them to baptize?

4) Ceremonial because you say so? I get it.

5) I didn't suggest that believing did merit it. But we are saved by grace through faith (not baptism!)

6) Repent and be baptized and as a consequence you will receive the Holy Spirit. If baptism and receiving the Holy Spirit was one and the same how is reception of the Holy Spirit a consequence of baptism? Great mental gymnastics!

Gotta go. I'll check in tomorrow, but won't hold ma breathe.

Lord bless all His dear children.


News Item7/1/16 7:35 PM
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Dave wrote:
...Declan 6 also want to be baptized? He truly does appear to be drawn by God,he knows of sin, us,hell,Christ,redemption,regeneration,Grace and he certainly has faith.
When he prays, he is with God, I need advice quick as I only have an hour
If ya's asking ma opinion, I'd ask how long since he believed, what fruit is present, has this faith been tested in any way, are the marks of the new birth present etc.

As a general rule I'd say no. There's no rush to baptize. In fact it can be good to keep the young and old waiting for a while because it gives time for instruction, for the fruit of salvation to manifest etc.

There's enough people in the world who can say I tried it and it don't work, or who're not genuine but stay as part of the church to infect it with their worldly tastes and views. Some made a profession, went through the waters of baptism etc but they lacked the root of the matter and left. Other's cling to the husk of the religion. It would be sad to add more stubble, if ya know what I mean.

May you know the Lord's guidance and blessing today.


News Item7/1/16 7:15 PM
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MS wrote:
Concerning "altar calls" they are unbiblical.
There is neither a hint of principle or practice of this in the NT.
Is it not interesting sister that adherence to Scripture and scriptural principles is now considered "legalism", truth is so nebulous that Calvinism, Arminianism etc is all irrelevant, God is so big that he don't care about any of this? Expediency and pragmatism are therefore fine for Christians to adopt as a matter of policy and if we don't follow these woolly notions of Christianity then we can't be loving the Lord or trusting him to be faithful and complete his work.

All we can say is wow, wow, wow!! Ain't it just amazing how far Christianity has been dumbed down that this is now accepted as piety. Why, even SteveR's here approving of this post and lamenting how hateful the genuine born agains are.

Lord have mercy on us.

Thank you sister MS for remaining faithful.

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Hey Carl

Just seen ya post. Glad you're able to post that. May your days get better. Lord bless.


News Item7/1/16 3:23 PM
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Dear brethren, i don't have the time to post at length, and so to help those of you who have a gut instinct that J4 has it wrong, but are finding it difficult to put your finger on it, I should like to point out that the Quakers in the 1600s held to the exact same position and there were very many books written to refute their position.

Notice J4's assumptions:

1. John Baptist's baptism was the only water baptism and was for the Jewish economy
2. Jesus only ever baptizes with the Spirit (see John 3.26)
3. All NT believers were baptized by the apostles with the laying on of hands
4. There is only one baptism (but what about Heb 6.2?)
5. Believing alone is not enough to be saved (implying one can genuinely believe and not be baptized with the Spirit) (This is plain wrong!)

The question is how did the apostles understand it. Take the day of Pentecost after the Spirit had descended. What were the 3 requisites that Peter insisted on to be saved? See Acts 2.38

This alone should suffice to destroy J4's case, but I am sure with the hints given you will do a sterling job of addressing his errors.

The Lord bless all you dear brothers and sisters.


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carl haydock wrote:
I feel like I'm having a breakdown
I'm so low
Carl, praying for you.

If you need a shoulder, write me.

Blessings


News Item6/29/16 12:18 PM
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Mike wrote:
Ladybug, can you trust something without deciding to trust something?
Not answering for sister ladybug, but can you remember Mike when you decided to trust your parents? Or for that matter the ground you walk on?

Mike wrote:
How does that work out, practically speaking? "Trusting in Christ means you are resting on what he has done..." The problem is this starts with the trust already existing, and does not address how you get to the point of trust.
Sister ladybug was giving a defn of trust, not starting with it.

Mike wrote:
"You are resting..." is present tense. Is one overwhelmed with trust from out of the blue? Or does one hear, and believe what is heard? When that happens, was a decision made, or was it the believing somehow imposed? These are real questions.
Intellectual assent can be called belief, and many stop there as though this were genuine faith. Faith is more than such belief. It is the heart dependently clinging onto what God says, and such a faith has life changing implications.

Even the devils believe and tremble, but they do not trust God.

Any kind of "faith"/"repentance" which does not produce fruit is worthless.


News Item6/29/16 10:34 AM
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Kev wrote:
Did some research have it all figured out except: how long was Adam and Eve in the Garden one must see the importance this plays on dating the earth as well. Here is my finding from a young earth site.
https://answersingenesis.org/bible-characters/adam-and-eve/how-long-was-adam-garden/
They say in large print they can't tell how long Adam was in the garden. This is one of the young earth sites so I would have to say that is a pretty non biased opinion. Without knowing the periods of time they were in the garden I could not figure that into the age from scripture anyone see where I'm coming from and can help on this point?
Am I missing something here?

Genesis 5:5 And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.

If you know "all the days that Adam lived", why does it matter how long he lived in the garden?


News Item6/29/16 10:24 AM
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Kev wrote:
Literal I mean as respect that the six days are six twenty four hour periods as we know a day. As there is scripture that supports a day for God is different than it is for us.
Good morning saints.

May the Lord Jesus bless each one of us with a felt sense of his presence and guard and protect us from all evil this day.

Hi Kev

Do God's days have a morning and an evening?

Also, if the day is not literal how'd ya know what else ain't literal? Maybe the earth, the heaven, Adam, Eve, the serpent, the fruit of the tree is all symbolic, eh?

I'm not trying to be funny or cute here. I'm trying to get you to see how this small end of the wedge creates all sorts of issues in a book that is history. And of course the harder we hit the wedge as a hermeneutical rule the larger the gap between what's written and what's allegedly meant.

The reference to the one day as a thousand etc (2 Peter 3. 8) just indicates that time don't matter to God. What he has promised will certainly come to pass at the time of his choosing.

Blessings.


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Kev wrote:
Wanted to have fellowship with some of my brothers in Christ so I read your comments but decided to stay on topic instead of commenting on the words said below. I am so blessed to have the wife I have and I have to honestly say I think she works harder than I do. Thank God for giving me a great woman and a great helper.
Thank you for bringing the thread back on topic.

Praise God, that I too have a wonderful helpmeet. I just don't know what I would do without my soulmate. Bringing up a family of 3 boys would have been more than challenging without her, and all that she has done and continues to do at home, with voluntary work etc makes me feel inadequate.

On top of all that she has to put up with me. Now that takes a special degree of sanctification!

Feeling extremely blessed.

Well, I gotto go, and so I'll wish all the saints the Lord's richest blessings!


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GSMontana wrote:
SteveR writes:
Reprobates who pretend to be Christian give themselves away when they take such satisfaction when the LORDs name is taken in vain.
Funny you never mention as such to John Yurich who makes such asinine statement regularly.
It's not taking the Lord's name in vain if a Roman Catholic utters them. They're the elect don't you know?

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SteveR wrote:
Reprobates who pretend to be Christian give themselves away when they take such satisfaction when the LORDs name is taken in vain

Why do you attribute those words to me Liar? And if they're taking the Lord's name in vain, as you claim, why repeat them?

Brain cells on strike again, and heart still venting the devil's fury, eh?

Which is why YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN!


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MS wrote:
Not wanting to be contentious, but all that was brought forth on this thread was that the unbiblcal evangelism that has permeated the land is a devils narcotic to lull many into a false peace.
A few verses of Scripture are read which describe man's lost condition, then the words believe and then a little persuasion "won't you accept Christ" and say this prayer after me, and bam it's a done deal.
Wretched!
Dear sister MS

So good to see you continue to post.

Regarding your post, I should clarify that I was only trying to address the specific concern that bro Christopher raised in his post, not addressing anything that anyone else had written, because I had not even read the entire thread.

What you write about unbiblical evangelism in spot on. I would have no truck with modern methods of evangelism like altar calls and decisional regeneration. They lead to false and deluded professors.

Hope that this clarifies.

Blessings.


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GSMontana wrote:
SteveR wrote:
Let me know when the tickets go on sale, I would like to among the first to attend.
You can surf the crowd such smash hits like "Flipping The Switch on The Electric Chair", "Jesus Dont Care Which Church You Attend", and "Republican Jesus"
Too funny!

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ladybug wrote:
"I repented, believed and was born again without any understanding of the doctrines of grace. I have spoken to countless others for whom this is also true. Let God be God and let's do what is commanded us." This is true of myself as well. ..Grace is magnificent and marvelous when rightly understood
My original complaint was the 'method' of Trump's alleged salvation, his 'accepting Jesus'. There isn't a verse in the Bible that commands us to accept Christ. It has spiraled downhill from there....
Just to be clear ladybug, my gripe is not with what you wrote, but with a general misunderstanding in some minds of how the "ground level" believers' experience gels with how God actually works. I posted on this a while back addressing our resident name changing Presby who happens to be a Hyperman.

All I would say about terminology is that we may certainly use words like "receive" (see John 1.11, 12) provided it is guarded with explanations.

I would add that I rather doubt the reports about Trump becoming a Christian. We can never say never, but judging the source of the reports we have to pause and wonder.

Finally, like yourself, when I came to understand the DOG.. mind blown, heart full of praise and wonder. Wow!!


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ladybug wrote:
Observer,
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It isn't for us to determine who will be saved, nor are we to coerce/manipulate. The power of salvation comes with the preaching of the Gospel {Romans 1:16}
Yes, that is right sister.

We have to make allowance for the parable of the sower - viz. some will simply not understand and the word will be stolen from his heart, some will respond positively and in fact accept it with eagerness, but when they encounter trials or persecution, because the root of the matter is not in them, they will fall away. Others will believe but the the cares of the world, the deceitfulness of riches will choke the word so they cannot produce fruit, and then there are the good ground hearers.

Now even with this we need to be careful not to think that people are fixed in one category and that that is it. People who did not previously understand, can be brought to understand and become good ground etc.

The Hypercalvinist because of soteriological framework can never be true to the gospel commission!

I repented, believed and was born again without any understanding of the doctrines of grace. I have spoken to countless others for whom this is also true. Let God be God and let's do what is commanded us.


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Dave wrote:
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Believing is doing yes, but the heart cannot even ask the question sincerely " what must I do" unless the Holy Spirit first gives us a new understanding, a heart that draws nearer to God/scripture.
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Good morning saints!

I don't disagree with the main thrust of what you wrote Dave.

Care to explain the rich young ruler's question in Luke 18.18 viz. "...what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" Do you believe he was saved?

Christopher

The problem with some people is that their understanding of how God works prevents them from issuing the gospel call to repent and believe in case their hearers do it in their own strength. We do not find any such restraint on the part of the early disciples and apostles. They preached it and even commanded it.

To approach it their way, they would spend more time explaining how we are to judge whether their desires are God given or not, IOW they would focus internally and not outwardly to Christ as being the source of salvation. This is the essence of hypercalvinism which says that the gospel promises are only made to "sensible" sinners viz. those you feel their sins and are convicted! They don't get it!


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Mike wrote:
Faulty premise, and the usual sidestepping. Gay Allen brought up God in the discussion about healthcare. Asking for Biblical basis is appropriate.
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.. If government greatly helps you stay well, why do we have such a sick and corrupt one, and why is overall health deteriorating in spite of your Caesar's incoherent involvement?
Ps, it's the medical profession that I prefer to be involved in my health, not politicians. And the who and what should be my choice, not the politicians'. Pursuit of happiness. Liberty. So simple even liberals can understand.
Nationalized health care is nothing more than a Ponzi scheme. This is one reason why western democracies who have nationalized health care are struggling because demographics have changed with the nuclear family contracting in size and therefore fewer workers to pay for scheme benefits up the ladder and hence the Ponzi scheme eventually becomes unsustainable. The shame is that our political leaders are so clueless they introduced it here.

Allie - great comment at 6/23/16 8:43PM

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