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!
Michael Hranek wrote: 'We do not realize how precious to God a true expression of the church is.'
I have been following this discussion with interest, not only because of its importance, but also because the reality for so many nowadays is to choose between a church which is a church in name only or to stay at home.
I am not even speaking here about finding a perfect church, whatever that may be, but a church where the gospel is preached, where sound doctrine is espoused and where the Lords people want to grow in the knowledge and love of Christ, and desire to serve him acceptably in this evil generation.
It seems to me that most churches have capitulated to worldliness, oftentimes the worst forms, and church is now pure entertainment value.
Regenerate church membership is out, discipline is out etc.
So we can all explain the ideal from the Bible, but please have a heart for many who have tried and from frustration have to stay at home. The desire is there to be part of a church, but realistically the prospects are bleak. Does the Lord not accept the intent for obedience where practically it is not possible?
With love in the Lord to all who care for his glory.
John for JESUS wrote: .. We could all probably know our church history better, but that doesn't mean we cannot talk about it. Thanks for the link to "The Pilgrim Church".
A number of points:
1. Your moniker is provocative to say the least. Are you trying to say that you ONLY are for Jesus and everyone else posting here is not? If this is not the case, then it would be wise to change the moniker.
2. There is nothing wrong with the term "Catholic", if used correctly. In Protestant usuage it just means "universal".
3. The corruption of the churches from their primitive purity was gradual and so your quest for a specific date is a little simplistic, although there are some key events that accelerated the decline e.g. during the time of Constantine.
4. To insist as you wrongly do that there was one cohesive organised church from its inception known as the "Catholic" church is nonsense and anyone with even a little knowledge of church history would not make that mistake.
John for JESUS wrote: JOHN UK...Before the Reformation occurred all Christians outside of the eastern orthodox branch went to a Catholic church. After the Reformation, a lot of Christians left the Catholic church and formed new churches. So all those Christians who went to Reformed churches came out of the Catholic church, which was around for some 1500 years.
May I suggest that you study church history books before making dogmatic statements which are just plain wrong.
One of the best books to read is E H Broadbent's "The Pilgrim Church". This is a thrilling read for anyone not familiar with church history. He does not go into great depth but makes a broad sweep.
John UK wrote: Well howdy there brother. Good to hear from you, and I am looking forward to having you participate again on the forums when the time is right. I am glad you are cheered; you are a real blessing to me.
Thank you for your kind words bro.
Still not up to the heat that would be created on forums like this. Recovery has been slow, but praise God, sure. Thank you for your prayers and concern.
John UK wrote: Hey brother - great to hear from you my dear friend. Are you still on the same e-mail address? If so I will write. If not, I'll post mine own one next post. Blessings to you and yours also!
Not sure what email you have for me and I do change them quite often to keep spam mail at bay.
Best if you let me have your contact details through
Must listen! Rev Wagner covers many relevant points that are a needful warning for all churches today. We must beware of the wiles of the devil, lest we offer the thrice Holy God polluted worship. The portion on music is very well put for those who are still doubtful.
John UK wrote: About these passages, I rather think this is a prophetic passage, concerning the dispersion of the Jews all over the world....
Ah John, are you snowed in? Keep warm brother - warm soups, hot water bottles and multiple fleeces are the order of the day.
Re: the passage on Deut- hasty answer John ... what would be the significance of such circumcision if it was only to take place at the dispersion? Why would repentance and love to the Lord be pre-requisits to such a circumcion? What is this circumcision then?
Look also at the surrounding verses, some of which are quoted in the NT, and see how the NT writers understood them ... Requires patient searching, but I am sure you will be guided to the correct answers.
I must be away from SA now ... too many other things to do.
So I shall say Lord Bless, and keep in touch.
You're on my wavelength, and the Gal 4.29 verse is very pertinent.
BTW: Just an aside to all - some say conversion and indwelling are synonymous... what proof is there in the Scriptures that this is the case? Conversion is a change of nature - indwelling is, as far as I understand it, a specifically NT blessing.
John UK wrote: ....Are you saying the old testament saints were all born-again believers?
Hi John UK
Just looking in briefly. Hope you are well.
Don't want to get embroiled in the controversy on this forum, but having read your last post, permit me to ask:
How do you square Deut 30.6 with Romans 2.28-29?
Pay particular attention to the "circumcision of the heart".. what is this a reference to? Who carries this out? And why is a true Jew one whose heart is thus circumcised? and which Jews is this a reference to- to all true Jews, including those in the OT, or just to Jews under the NT dispensation? Bear in mind that the Deut passage refers to circumcising their hearts and those of their descendents.