To what advantage has the jew? Much in every way... Ishmael even was even heard by God. Believers children are set apart in a way that unbelievers are not. This is not salvific however the promise of God remains. He made the Aberamic covenent unlike any others.Check the promises in Gen 17 and see how Galatians 3 &4 read
no need... ...to be sorry Kris. Your point was valid. I'm very glad that you abandoned Catholicism for Christianity! I apologize to SermonAudio and to Pastor Harris for using the comment section to converse with others who have commented...but I couldn't refrain from expressing joy in a conversion. Catholics are typically very grounded in their church and not usually open to research of anything that counters it.
I read the article ...glad that you value fairness. I read the English translation of the originally Italian letter and while I thought that I was well read, I really think that the English version probably could have been reduced to 4 simpler sentences...in other words, a more concise and basic translation for the translation of the original. Thankfully, the Lord uses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise. I think that a lot of Christians with knowledge of Catholicism would probably have made the same error of assumption- not making an excuse for that, of course, but even one of the more prominent preachers, if not the most well known who is still living,erroneously aligns himself with the Catholic church and has said that people could go to Heaven without even knowing Jesus...I can see how one would assume that the pope would share in the same view.
in response to previous remark Representing someone fairly is a noble aim..which you also did when you stated that "works" are an essential part of salvation in the Catholic church. The Catholic church is ,yet,another "works-oriented" religion..which separates it from true Christianity. It is only the redemptive, finished work of Christ on the cross by which one is saved..and,obviously,one needs to be aware that they are indeed in need of a Savior before they will receive the gift of salvation...gifts are some times rejected (atheists would no longer remain atheists if they believe the gospel)...just a side note: In truth, there are no atheists. One would have to know everything that there is to know before one can truthfully say that they believe in no God..They may be confused agnostics but they are not atheists.
Further,Catholicism and Christianity are at complete odds because the mass of the Catholic church is merely an ongoing re-sacrificing of Christ by the priest...something that was completed Once And For All by Christ on the cross..Continuing to offer up Christ as a sacrifice negates what He did and is a picture of the priests offering up animal sacrifices in the OT (which was only meant to be a shadow of the One who would be the perfect propitiation for sins)...hope this helps for clarification.
By faith we know our Our God who sent us Jesus and who dwells in us through his Holy Spirit. By the deception of a lot of wicked people you have to come up with the trinity to make the bible fit your understanding. Why does mathew tell us to baptize in the name of the fathers, son, and Holy Spirit but the apostles baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. The apostles new the name that is above every name who is Jesus Christ. The apostles never mentioned anything about trinity why do Christians have to? It's because with out it they can't make the gospel fit their understanding.
The trinity is another blasphemous doctrine that came out of the Catholic Church and so many Christians believe it. Nobody believes that God came in the flesh anymore. In the Old Testament God says I will come and save my people. Jesus deserves so much more glory then he gets these days every knee shall bow before him either now or later.
confirmation of the sow/reap priciple I think that it's interesting how many Christians are up in arms now over the country's lack of morality. Where were all of the Christians when we were winking our eyes at all of the other lasciviousness that we program our children with? Why aren't Christians equally as upset with immodesty and heterosexual sins? Too bad we helped to usher it all in ourselves. Maybe if the church had resolved to not become worldly, the country wouldn't be reaping yet another consequence of all of its' compromises...judgment begins at the house of God. He does take away the light when the lamp is darkened. We have the country that we deserve. Maybe we'll sober up and examine ourselves.
The Truth hurts How does one know that "the glorious things the Holy Spirit is doing worldwide, resulting in the salvation of tens of millions of souls" is valid? Only the Lord knows the heart. How many millions of people have stepped forward in a billy graham crusade only to be re-directed to a catholic rep.? It's good to know that John MacArthur is "ruffling feathers" already.
I popped in and saw the discussion with Lurker on John 15. If I may offer a simpler explanation.
The OT people were a mixed multitude. But they were a vineyard planted by the Lord (Is 5). I think this is what the Lord is alluding to here as he says v5 "ye are the branches.." which includes Judas who was never a true believer.
The purpose of the illustration is not to explain what it means to be "in" Christ but to enforces a moral duty for those denominated the Lord's people (in this case the Israelites) to abide in Christ, and his word to abide in them so that they may be fruitful and prove themselves his true disciples thereby glorifying God the Father.
Of course, given this image, those of Israel who are not true Israelites (to whom his word means nothing) will wither away and be removed - hinting that this was what had always happened but also what will continue to happen to them. Judas in this sense represents a branch which is rejected.
I am not sure that I have explained it that well, but hopefully you get the gist.
A number of points: You are a professional. You are paid by the NHS. You are meeting these people in the context of work.
So you have a duty to God to give your best in your secular calling, as well as legal duties to your employers and clients.
Even if you had no opportunities to openly speak about the Lord, the way you live and conduct yourself at work should speak volumes about you and will undoubtedly lead to people asking.
And you are quite right to pray for opportunities, and to take them up as they arise.
But being intimidated by their paraphernalia is superstitious. Let me explain. I am a first generation Hindu and so all my family still worship Hindu 'gods'. Most Hindus have home shrines with pictures and statues of their 'gods'. They also eat food offered to idols. Now I know that these things amount to devil worship, but the pictures, statues etc. do not intimidate me in the least. I DO NOT eat food offered to their idols, not because there is anything wrong with it, but for their consciences.
Given the current climate in the UK we must heed:
Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves!
John UK wrote: I know nothing about a Christian movement which is dominionist. Could you give a bit more info on that..
Up late with kidney stone pain!
Google Christian Reconstruction or Theonomy and you will get the story. Rushdoony (a Presbyterian) championed this and it took roots in Presbyterianism [one could ask what doesn't? ]in the 60s and has grown considerably. The Paleo Presbys love it. Imagine what they could do to the Baptists if they succeeded!
It has also evolved a little and spread to Charismaticism in a slightly different form since the 80s.
Essentially those who hold these views believe that it is the duty of Christians to conquer and create a worldwide kingdom: in the case of Theonomists, patterned after the Mosaic Law. They wish to conquer all lands and make them like OT Israel viz. a theocracy.
Never mind that Christ said my kingdom is not of this world!!
Dr Masters wrote a book critiquing the movement. The blurb about the book (still available) states, "â€˜Reconstructionismâ€™ claims that Christians have a mandate to secure dominion over the world, bringing society under the authority of the civil laws of Moses. This book points out the mistakes which have carried the movement far from orthodoxy"
Christopher000 wrote: So, how do I neutralize this protein.? My wife never stops talking. I could be three rooms away or on a different floor and she will be blabbing as if I am right next to her, causing me to have to strain to hear her or run to her to find out what she's saying. Maddening. Look out though if I do the same to her. Women.
1 Peter 3.7
"Likewise, ye husbands, DWELL WITH THEM ACCORDING TO KNOWLEDGE, GIVING HONOUR unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered".
Michael Hranek wrote: SC UK O how I wish you lived in my area. I would be so honored to have you sit with my family and I on Sunday morning in the church (imperfect but a blessing) we attend, to worship the Lord together and hear His word preached and maybe afterwards to fellowship and pray for each other. I found this song on YouTube I hope you like it: Dear Refuge of My Weary Soul btw if John from Wales was with you he would be welcome too.
If I lived near you, the honour would be mine to fellowship with you. If the other believers in your fellowship are nearly as warm hearted and zealous as you, then it would be a home I would desire.
Thank you too for the link. I shall look at that later.
John UK is only a few hundred miles from me. I hope to meet him one day.
John UK wrote: The only way for isolated believers to have fellowship today is either to move or to pray believing. Seeing as the latter is dependent upon sovereign grace, a move is probably the better option. New York here we come!
Not possible when one has a business with staff and local clients!