Lewdale wrote: "Total" Depravity is not about a quantity. It is about a condition. Man holds back from "Total" that much as sin prevails him to believe is not depraved. The sinner who declares himself "Partially Depraved" is fooled by sin itself and remains under the dominion of sin. Partial Depravity replaces God with man to gain salvation by works. "Therefore all men are conceived in sin, and by nature children of wrath, incapable of saving good, prone to evil, dead in sin, and in bondage thereto, and without the regenerating grace of the Holy Spirit, they are neither able nor willing to return to God, to reform the depravity of their nature, nor to dispose themselves to reformation" (Dordt)
penny wrote: every new soul saved is the building of the Kingdom. Heaven is being filled generation after generation of those who have passed on and remained in the faith, those who have passed away before us. It is God's work through the Holy Spirit but He has called His elect to be His Ambassadors. How will they hear if no one preaches to them? Behold the fields are ripe. have you not heard? unless a man be born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God? when a man is born again, he will see the Kingdom of God. blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. have you not heard of the Kingdom of God? "This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." Acts 4:11,12
It is the Lord who builds his kingdom, not us, and that was the point I was making.
Mike wrote: I would suggest that he appeared to the disciples the same day as he resurrected that prophecy might be fulfilled. Matthew 12:39,40 "But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth." If the Lord did not appear when he did, but some other day, how would the sign of the prophet have been given? As you say, the Lord does nothing without significance.
If the Lord was buried on Friday, how was he in the grave 3 days and nights with the resurrection being on the first day of the week?
John UK wrote: But it must be understood that in the text we look at, Paul is referring to the church meeting - not Sunday School, not a ladies meeting, nor website forum, but the gathering of saints for worship.
Does this mean that a woman can teach and usurp authority over the man outside of the church?
everlasting wrote: God made a Covenant with Abraham AND HIS SEED. God ordained that Covenant as everlasting in perpetuity. And God does not lie.
Have you ever read:
Numbers 14:34 After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.
Did you know that God breaks his promise, when the covenant is conditional, and that it's not a problem that he should do so?
1 Samuel 2:30 Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me ^^^for ever^^^: but now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.
Oh dear! Sounds like God changed his mind because the people were unfaithful, even though he'd said that they would walk before him FOR EVER!
If you still want to insist that the Covenant of Gen 17 is everlasting, let me know. I've got more questions for you.
Bible Presbyterianism wrote: Oh good! CV I'm glad you were able to eventually work that out. If you need any further Bible teaching just ask a Presbyterian, Calvinist, Covenantal, Bible Christian.
We're all simply astounded by how astute and clever you are. No wonder you didn't need conversion. The Lord must have been overwhelmed by your superiority over all living things and given you eternal life by virtue of your knowledge of Presbyterianism. Go pat yourself on the back!
Reply wrote: Why do presbies..Congregationalists ..et al.."sprinkle" tiny babes and bring them into some covenant
GOD's Command Genesis 17:7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. 8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. 9 And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations. 10 This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised." 12 And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed. 13 He that is born in thy house"
Nowhere in the Old or New Testament are these precepts regarding the people of God rescinded or annulled. Therefore they should be obeyed by ALL "CHRISTIANS."
The ONLY change which Christ commanded is that circumcision - IS REPLACED BY BAPTISM.
Frank wrote: I would agree with what DJC49 said and would simply add that if God does something, then it can't be wrong simply because He did it. God is perfection and therefore incapable of doing something that is not perfect. Of course we can draw lessons from those verses, but your thoughts are incorrect. I think you just need to think through what you are saying.
Thank you Frank and DJC. You both make good points. I shall think further.