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Mike,if noname hadn't brought his (Graham's) name up, we would still be and are on other topics. If Graham doesn't want responses to all of his news comments then he could just stop trying to grab the spotlight (as if he ever says anything original or new to begin with). What we would like to hear one day from him that would be newsworthy is the Graham's repentance for leading so many astray and their disaffiliation with the RCC and ecumenical movement. Noname and you brought it up. Just sayin'
The news sources do like to cram him down our throats,noname,(as if he were some sort of spokesperson for the evangelicals) but if you read through many of these threads you'll find that he is usually just a springboard for other topics. Graham does like to be in the public eye though,doesn't he?
Praise God for the voice of ladybug on such forum. She never exercises authority over but always speaks much in a very direct and gracious manner. A lady indeed by Christian standards. Keep contributing ladybug as the Lord sees fit.
Very broad sweeping statements from Beck. He has no way of knowing what Christians care more about,only what the papers say. Lots of propaganda and indoctrination- something which he is very much a party to.
I believe that Frank is probably sensitive to the Holy Spirit and is being obedient. If he isn't,we should all fail so miserably. For someone who is out of the will of God, he has a lot of fruit. And,we have all benefited from such. One doesn't need to ponder on the "what ifs",if one is being used to the glory of God.
John Y asks "... If I tell other Catholics on discussion forums that the only way to become saved is to trust in Jesus alone for salvation then how is it that you believe that as a Catholic I am a disgrace to the cause of salvation?" Because you go to a church that believes otherwise? How can other Catholics take you seriously if your actions suggest otherwise? Is there a whole group of Roman Catholics that attend RC church but actually reject its catechism? There is no such thing as an undercover witness for Christ. One must walk the talk,not just talk. You must just be pulling our legs...seeing how many responses that you can get...maybe? This is pretty basic.
How does Frank forsake the assembling with other Christians just by not being part of a local congregation? There are many ways to join together without being part of a local church.Dorcas and ladybug have covered/explained it very well. I would hardly call it "tooting ones own horn" when 1517 was demanding some kind of answer as to how Frank contributes/acts as part of the body of Christ when Frank offers examples. It was a very judgmental and accusatory statement on the part of 1517. Really... condemning Frank because he doesn't play church one day a week. If such condemnation is any kind of fruit,it is surely bitter and sour. Are you going through some kind of crisis,1517?
Hello MS I enjoy the fellowship along with MANY others that we share on this forum. It's edifying to communicate with one another,occasionally share and always pray for one another. What I thought was just a place to respond to current events has turned out to be a forum by which to fellowship with other believers as well. Praise the Lord! ...keeping Mourner in prayer as well
Cleansing the Temple and harassing/making lynch lists of sodomites are two different scenarios/2 different groups of people-one professing believers,the other-lost sinners. If Jesus walked the Earth today,He would probably clean up quite a few churches which drag His name through the mud and partake of vain traditions which demean Him. On the other hand,He would not be harassing sodomites.
Better for a Christian to be about God's work than to be playing church with a bunch of other like-minded people content in having an air of religiosity and sit on their blessed assurances while the world drops dead around them.
Christians do not have to be in one physical place to still be an effective part of the body of Christ. Frank uses his gifts for Christ to serve other people apart from belonging to a specific group of people in a building.And his contributions to this forum are very solid and edifying. I'm inclined to think that he is where God wants him. I have often come from a church service just to find myself in the midst of many outside of it who are need of God's touch. Most of the congregation were content with their "spiritual duty" in attending service. Do you think that the people who were in need at the time cared? There is a world of need out there and ,sadly,many seem to be content playing church and following a liturgical calendar.
1517 might want to actually read the article before condemning an appropriate comment as to activities that allegedly took place. Just because a group of people hate homosexuals doesn't mean that the way in which they express their disapproval is valid. Though they are probably less caustic in their approach as a professing Christian/Christian who has to malign another Christian because they disagree with them. NOT CLASSY. And it is heretical to mix Jesus Christ with mass and untruths. There is no way around that.
John Y, "...I John 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth." -doesn't say that church attendance is required for salvation. I think that you need to understand what the RC mass is. If you did,you would not say that it has any scriptural parts. Surely you must know that if you have to hide the very thing that makes one a Christian-grace alone by faith alone in Christ alone- a secret from your "church",then you are deliberately choosing to walk in darkness. If you are not ashamed of the Gospel then others would be more convinced of such if you didn't hide the fact from your church. If your church has a problem with it then that should be a very strong indication that you need to leave it...providing that you are a Christian. It is a sin to lie. You must know that. Being deceptive is tantamount to lying.