"Steve", from your very gracious response, I'm guessing that you are unable to answer my questions? ...must be that conviction thing. People are most irritated by those things which convict them. By the way, patience is a fruit of the Spirit. Perhaps you are lacking.
One will invite demonic oppression in if they open the door to it or if they are neutral/silent in response to it. There are spirits that can come in through negative, demonic elements that is why there is not to be so much as a hint of that which is coarse associated with a Christian. If one thinks that negative tv is of little avail, they need to read their Bibles. I am kind of curious now as to what some of you would warrant for some kind of boundary setting in this type of marriage. Since immorality on the tv doesn't, then what? And how does one know where to set the standard? If one makes allowances for the tv, where is it okay to draw the line? How "bad" does it have to be? Clearly, and not surprisingly, there is demonic oppression. A Christian doesn't just speak "in the name of Jesus" and make it go away. There are other principles which God has given us in the Bible when faced with such and opening the door to them and idly sitting by while they wreak havoc isn't one of them.
Talk about making up scenarios...observer, maybe you shouldn't try to read anything else,it may be incomprehensible to you as you don't seem to be able to correctly understand what I communicate. Considering what position it would put you in, I can understand why you might be so vehemently against checking out the website. I am wise enough to know that the answer is always in the Bible. I have tried to answer your questions and direct you to a place that is more thorough than I can be here which uses Scripture to warrant the response which I had given to Christopher.You,however, have yet to answer mine.And,"that piece of inspiration", as you call it is Bible. Lots and lots of Scripture taken into context to address a specific question trumps whatever Scripture or advice you can offer taken out of it. One may direct another Christian to a website if that website is Biblically sound. You never listen to a preacher or check out Christian websites? Is it just your take on the Bible that has value? Don't you know that Scripture is of no private interpretation? I,as a Christian,can know whether or not what is given as an answer from another source or from a source which uses Scripture is in line with the Bible or not. The Holy Spirit is very key in this endeavor.
I have already read and tested the answer on the website against Scripture. I can vouch for it. I recommended this to Christopher because it is very biblically sound. I'm hoping that he will be interested enough to check it out. This,by the way, "observer" who seemingly is only interested in "being the hero" was supposed to be for Christopher's best interest not as an exercise to boost your "ego". My gender is really irrelevant in the matter. I am a Christian though!
I referred Christopher and those who are sincerely interested to a website which uses the Bible in depth to address a specific concern. If you, observer, do not wish to check it out, that's on you. If I were you and wanted to be contentious in so doing that I wouldn't have mud in my eye as a result, I suppose that I would opt to avoid it. The main thing is that Christopher will have much to gain from reading it as it addresses his concern and gives Scripture (in context)to do so.
It doesn't have to be in front of a child. The point still sticks. That's why there is demonic oppression. There is a principle of that which one is subjected to and what consequently entails. That's why Job would not put anything evil before his eyes. watermelon, do you put anything before your eyes? Are you the product of cheap grace? You cannot understand the concept of boundaries?
I'm not that familiar with this site but I did come across it and thought it would be very valuable for Christopher and informative for others: www.gotquestions.org search "What are boundaries, and are they biblical?" Lots and lots of Scripture!! Now, since I have answered your objections, answer me this: Would you allow your spouse ,even as immaterial as it is according to the watermelon man, "watch an inappropriate tv show in front of your child? And, if you have no problem with that, perhaps you could give Scripture to defend your answer.
In answer to "Want a Successful Marriage?", I would suggest that people go to the Bible and see what it has to say, cut through the psychobabble and ignore the advice of "christian" psychologists and counselors.
And you ,observer,are very free in offering your advice as well.. "Better not to discuss such private matters on a public forum. I'll write you with some of my thoughts." I'm sure that you will deem them to be more biblically sound. I had suggested to Chris that he set some boundaries because I suspected that there would be demonic oppression in his household based on the information which he shared. And, not surprisingly, as you can read from his posts following mine, that is,indeed, what he is experiencing. If you had been totally informed, you may recall or would be able to pull up one of my responses to Chris encouraging him to be steadfast in his marriage. My suggestion to him in setting boundaries are not contrary to Scripture. Obviously, an unbeliever will continue in their sins, however, one doesn't have to make it easy for them to do so in a shared household. For example, would you allow your wife/husband to watch porn or something comparable in front of your children? Would you allow a spouse to do drugs/drink alcohol? and on.. If I were Christopher, I would feel extremely oppressed. I'm not suggesting that he chase down his wife when she may be engaging in particular behavior outside of the home but he does and should set limits within the household and he is t
I appreciate Grant's advice. I think that he is well meaning and he does have a very valid point. It wouldn't be bad for Christopher to set boundaries. The negative elements are working against him too. Why invite the devil into your household to take up residence? Our prayers and thoughts are very much with Christopher and his wife. Seemingly, they are unequally unyoked. While a believer should continue to pray and do all that is possible to maintain their marriage, an unbeliever may still,ultimately, leave. It sounds like this is the course that this marriage is set on but the main thing is to be faithful and to not lose heart. Boundaries are good though whether the wife likes them or not. Don't tolerate anything that is antithetical to God. She will do what she wants regardless but you have every right to disallow certain things in the house. I wouldn't be an enabler.
Hello Dorcas and Dolores. I keep missing you guys. I just wanted to say "hello",hope all is well for you.Dorcas,I think that I may have come one of your comments on SA under a sermon comment. It appears that you came out of catholicism? What a blessing to hear of that. I know so many catholics who won't even question their church so it's always encouraging to listen to or read of those who have.
â€śShe (a teacher of Dyer County HS) said that weâ€™re not going to have godly speaking in class.." That would be deemed abominable in such an institution where ungodly things are so highly valued. The student should rejoice that she's outta there and she should not try to go back. God hasn't been in the majority of public schools for a very long time. They teach little that is correct and they do a poor job at that. This is why most college educated students who cannot get a job in their chosen field or who don't fare well academically often opt to become teachers.
The article reads: "Ferguson police released surveillance video showing Brown stealing cigars from a convenience store just before his death. Jackson came under intense criticism for disclosing the tape and a related police report as he also insisted that the alleged robbery and the encounter with Wilson were unrelated matters. Brownâ€™s family, through their attorney, suggested the tapeâ€™s release was a strategic form of â€ścharacter assassination.â€ť Brown should have considered that before he did his deed as robbing/stealing are not private matters. He alone is responsible for any ensuing negative public opinion that results in committing a crime.
Christopher, I had written a response in regards to the very topic which you had previously and have again expressed a concern over. 2014 7 26 The article starts out..."and attacks on free speech â€“ are creating thugs and cop killers." Isn't it interesting that the one thing that provokes violence, namely crap music, is the one thing that gets a free pass when it comes to free speech? Granted,sin is equal opportunity but hasn't anyone figured out that it's probably not in the best interest of society to encourage violence? ...Isn't this pretty basic? Here's an idea: If it's illegal to do it, then it should be illegal and not an infringement of "free speech" to produce material which panders to illegal activity. Time to dump the crap music...and everything else that provokes aggression. 7/27/2014 Malcolm X, Strat? ...the sharpton or jackson of his day. He would have made a much greater contribution to society if he would have kept his mouth shut altogether...the instigator/racist. You really ought to check this out: Youtube Ferguson Missouri rant. "Dude goes off about the race rioters". I've only heard a portion..hopefully, it's clean throughout. You'll appreciate it though...many valid comments from an unlikely source.
"why build another one?" Because America needs to be evangelized as well. I don't think that it will necessarily be the end product (the completion of the Ark) that we should focus on, rather the process. We hope that the Ark is completed but sometimes what is more important is the process. God is more concerned with our faithfulness. Ironically, the one nation on earth that has been so richly blessed is one which has forgotten the One who has blessed it.
Mike, one never knows what will be accomplished through it. Even if people don't actually end up going there, you don't know how God will use it as a tool for evangelism. Even high profile characters such as Nye and Dawkins have contributed to its promotion. People will be curious about it and those who are being drawn by the Spirit will be led to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. This is the Great Commission, after all. And America is one of the biggest mission fields around.
I understand that we are to be salt and light. There are sinners all around us. We don't have to go in the middle of their sin to witness to them. We're already among them. We're not denying anyone the access to the Gospel by not partaking or by not observing them while they are doing their deeds; that was my point. God's not limited. I'm surprised that you find most Christians to be cloistered. My experience is the opposite and I can see trouble coming down the pike a mile away. Most "christians" who want to be around evil scenarios tend to be worldly. We're to set no evil thing before our eyes which would cause us to stumble. We are not even to have the appearance of evil doing. This is not to suggest that God cannot keep us; it's just using common sense. One can't expect to shove a doughnut in front of a policeman and then expect the policeman not to react. He will either eat the doughnut or he will charge you with bribery. Unless you're a eunuch, concentrate on all of the others who need to hear the good news.Don't you know of anyone else? God will make it accessible to the tainted/painted women. Women can witness too.