Jessica Dawson wrote: Thank you for all your prayers! I went to the doctor and it turned out that I have an ear infection and was prescribed medicated ear drops. I wasn't in a hurry to go to the doctor, so the infection caused problems in the surrounding areas. I'll have to go off the Methotrexate till the infection clears up, so my body can fight it. I would appreciate continued prayers (if God places me upon your heart). The Rheumatoid Arthritis has disfigured my hands, arms, ankles, toes etc. My left hip has been replaced and both of my knees. My arms are so disabled I am not able to dress myself or wash my own hair. I am very dependant on others. Thank you all for your encouragement and prayer support! "And Jesus answered and said to them, 'It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick." ~ Luke 5:31 NASB
Jessica, thanks for the update. Be assured of our continued prayers.
John Yurich USA wrote: You really are arrogant to state that I am not saved. The Bible states that salvation comes through trusting in Jesus alone for salvation. Well I trust in Jesus alone for salvation. I sure don't trust in my Baptism as an infant and the Sacraments for salvation.
Saw this post yesterday, but was too tired to respond.
John, what d'ya know of God's dealing with your soul? What does he do for you on a daily basis? Explain to us something of the spiritual experiences that you have enjoyed since the day of your 'accepting Christ'. What effect does the word of God have on you? How come you are so ignorant of the word of God? Why are your posts completely devoid of any spiritual content?
I'll tell you John, that you are the arrogant one, for presuming to think that you are saved when there is little to no evidence of new life in your soul.
But, hey, we've been here before, and you've been here so many times you're sounding like a broken record.
To put this beyond doubt John, tell us all your 'conversion' testimony, and in what respects your entire world changed since your conversion. How are you a new creature in Christ?
Jessica Dawson wrote: I take a supplement of essential fatty acids, either 3-6-9 or fish oils. And, I like to use real butter not margarine. Yet no matter what I eat, I still do not seem to be able to maintain my health. I am asking for praying, as I have been quite ill since Saturday. I am on the chemotherapy drug methotrexate for rheumatoid arthritis ‚ÄĒ and I went to a harvest type fair last Friday and visited with a lot of chickens and rabbits in a large barn. That night my eyes were really watering and I have been sick with recurring eye, ear, and neck pain and a headache since then. Last night the left side of my head was burning and I was in agony. I have an appointment with my doctor today, please pray for me! "Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much." ~ James 5:16 NASB
Real sorry to hear of your health issues. May The Lord be pleased to restore your health soon. Praying for ya.
works dont work wrote: John. The Christian who can read the Bible in the WCF is the Christian who exegetes the Bible correctly. Great Christians such as the Reformed Church and the Puritans have used the Westminster Confession and the Catechism to teach and convert for centuries. Even the early Baptists new the Biblical expertise of the WCF because they copied it for their own 1689 version. Of course sadly the error they made is not understanding baptism and the Covenant of Jesus correctly. What a pity.
You would exegete the Bible through the lens of the WCF?!!! Are you blind man? The WCF should be examined by the light of the Bible, not the other way round. If you were converted, you would not even need to be told that! And then maybe you would come to realize how flawed the document is. Until then you have no hope!
John Yurich USA wrote: There is no mention of the words Protestant or Catholic in the Bible. But like or not there is a division in the churches between Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Protestant. And Baptist teaching is derived from the Bible. So according to the Bible and Baptist teaching I am saved as I trust in Jesus alone for salvation.
I'm a baptist. I believe the Bible, and I don't think you're saved! You're deluded, duped by false teaching, and confirmed in it by people who are also duped and uphold false teaching.
Mike wrote: Agreed, Observer, there are differing levels of conviction, as everyone has different sensitivities, as you say. I was just questioning why Pink did establish the level of self loathing as the level required for Christ to be a Savior to them, and "a Savior to no others.", though it be subjectively assumed, thus not biblical. As I wondered before, where are we told to feel real bad so we can be saved?
Mike don't overthink this bro. Anyone who doesn't come to the right level of self loathing for themselves is never going to look outside of themselves for salvation. Christ is only embraced as Savior by those who come to realise that in themselves, that is in their flesh, there dwells no good thing.
John UK wrote: Churches are few and far between, bro. The north-east as a whole is a barren place, but it's the same everywhere. When I went to our Sunday Bible Study there was a pink Cadillac in the multi-story car park. It took up two parking spaces!
Ahhh a fella burn the candle at both ends!
Re: churches, I'd heard but now I see with mine own eyes and am doubly shocked!
Re: the pink Cadi - tell me it belonged to the preacher.
John UK wrote: Observer, You tried to find a local church in the north-east? One thing's for sure, all the rain you've seen is from the hand of God. Next time you're down this side the pond, do please make it to Wales, and we can have some good fellowship over some carrot juice!
Nay lad, a church local to the town I'm at. (I'm quoting it the way my host said it! )
For sure John, if I can find a way to get to you. Not sure I'd feel confident to drive on the tiny, crowded freeways - sorry - 'motorways' , and your train system's way too complicated for my old head. Carrot juice sounds tempting.
SF and Dorcas
Re: SteveR - he can't help himself. Proof, if ever it was required, that he is still in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.
Mike wrote: Mr. Pink brings up a question. How bad must one therefore feel about their sins in order to feel bad enough to be saved from them? "Feel the awful burden," "loathe themselves for it," are fairly subjective requirements. The question "What must I do to be saved?" was never answered "Loathe yourself sufficiently, and you will be saved" That sounds more like a form of self salvation.
How are sinners supposed to repent of something they don't feel bad about? And since we all have different sensitivities the convicting work of the Spirit of God will differ from person to person, even in the case of those who are converted. In their case sufficient to bring them to a sense of their need to turn from sin to the Savior.
The focus is not on the level of conviction, just a plain statement of fact that each will be thoroughly convicted of the evil of sin, whatever level may be appropriate to them.
The evil we face with easy believism, besides other things, is that there is no insistence on a thorough going work of conviction by the Spirit. Any such work is stifled by the need of a premature decision based on a false appeal not an exercise of faith born of true conviction of sin.
SteveR wrote: Precious time? How amusing By your own account you have spent a good deal of your so called trip to England not attending Church but posting on this board. If you are there, I would consider that a Blessing to those you could have infected yesterday.
May The Lord bless you with a new heart, a right mind and a civil tongue. IOW, make you a Christian so that instead of always cursing true believers and supporting the devils work you may be able to bless Gods people instead and oppose that which opposeth the Lord's cause.
G'day to you! ________________________
Christopher bro, I am following all you write and am so glad to read your response. Exactly what I had expected from a heart in which God is at work. Such a contrast SteveR's posts!
I'll write again towards the end of this week once I'm settled back home.
John UK wrote: Such a disturbance in the Reading Room, with papers being flung at each other! And poor sc not sure if she's a man or a woman. Never mind, "all things work together for good, to them that love God, to them that are the called...."
Good morning brother John UK
What lovely weather you guys enjoy! Seriously bro, I ain't never seen it rain so hard. No wonder you guys keep getting flooded!
I tried to find a local church - well, you'll guess what happened right?
Yeah, the reading room sometimes just ain't the place to be! Poor sc is one confused woman. Track back on her posts and you'll see that sometimes she does know she's a woman. Just a convenient loss of memory when it came to meddling with bro Christopher's marriage difficulties. She wants boundaries for other people but ain't too good at observing them herself.
Anyways bro, how are you doing? The journey to the UK happened on short notice, otherwise I'd have planned to meet up with you. I can see the American fascination with merry ol England. It's just so different here. My, it's been quite an experience! Maybe another time, eh? God willing.
Go easy on dear bro Lurker. Lurker if you're reading this know that you're loved very much!
s c wrote: obs,you took my statement out of context when you suggested to Unprofitable that I was stating that he did not have the Holy Spirit.
Comprehension is a real problem for you, as is evident in virtually all your posts and responses.
The very clear conclusion from that post is that in your opinion all who differ from you differ only because they do not listen to the Holy Spirit.
s c wrote: Also, whether you wish me to be a woman or not, you might want to keep in mind that a Christian is to be no respecter of persons.If you are going to try to pick on people who you think are female and posting advice, then you need to pick on the other females who do the same..those who are,clearly, women. It almost looks as if you are trying to be an instigator. Of course,God knows your heart and motive.
They did not post detailed advice or anything objectionable. So your conclusion that somehow I am being a respecter of persons is silly to say the least.
I think we're done sc. This correspondence is a complete waste of my precious time, so I'm moving on.
G'day to you. __________________________
UPS bro, love you in the Lord.
Got it thanks, and agreed with all you say. Lord bless.
Dorcas wrote: Observer, May God be with thee and protect thee. Enjoy 'merry old Engand'
Dear sister, thank you!
Sure is cold here, even when the sun is shining. Brrrr!! Thankfully, had been forewarned so came prepared.
Sadly, the Christian landscape appears to be equally cold, but no sun evident. Churches struggling to maintain the faith against modern novelties and encroachments, attacks from all quarters, greater acceptance of Islam and a contempt for the old faith etc.
And yet, there are still the elect according to grace.
I see here the pattern of things unfolding back home, and I must say if we don't repent soon the downhill progress will only gather more pace.
Who would ever imagine this to be a land from which missionaries were sent worldwide? It has become a mission field with desperate needs. May The Lord arise and send forth the gospel with power of the Holy Spirit again through this once privileged land.
s c wrote: obs,I would prefer that you did not assign a gender to me or to assume what it is. I,certainly, don't know you and and I know that I have not shared it with anyone.
How convenient would that be, eh? No one can then challenge the legitimacy of your pontificating on matters in which a woman has no business poking her nose.
Sorry but I cannot oblige. Unless you tell me otherwise you will remain a woman in my eyes. If you don't like it, tough.
Besides, writing sentences referring to 'it' goes against my sensibilities.
Do you use a genderless Bible? Do you ignore the exhortations, and commands to specific genders? If not, why would you want to remain 'genderless' on a Christian forum, unless it's a subterfuge for mischief?
UPS bro You've stopped listening to the Holy Spirit?!