Well church is the body of Christ and fellowship is for believers and their edification. Now evangelism, that's for the lost. Notice Scripture says GO not HAVE THEM COME. It's to take place somewhers other then the fellowship of the saints. Question, how did he share the gospel when he was riding a bull? Have you ever seen a bull ride? The rider is being thrown around. It appears this man just made God look "cool" and by doing so blasphemed His name. It's bread and circus.
Some odd years back when I was in he youth program the topic of tattoos came up. My youth minister said, "What do I think of tattoos?" And then he proceeded to lift his shirt and turn around to show a back full of "christian" tattoos. Very classy
Yep! Oh the damage that can be done through such a little screen. Irreversible damage. But of course there is nothing new under the sun and as Unprofitable Servant said it is just a tool. The heart is the issue. But it does seem some tools make it easier to do some things. Anyways the comments here were great.
Definitely know of adultery cases being carried out via facebook and via chat rooms. The internet is a good tool but can be misued. Likewise facebook is a good way to discuss biblical things but can be misused. Accountability would do a lot of good. Personally, facebook had to go. It made it to easy for me to be a busybody. It's also an easy way to become self absorbed-let me post this and see how many likes I get, how many friends can I get,etc. Not blamimg the site just saying it makes some sins easier to do. And of course there's the whole privacy deal. Facebook is brought up in a lot of divorce cases. But this is a minor issue where liberty is to be applied. Having or not having a facebook doesn't make one more or less of a christian.
Jim wrote " but it's good to get a pastor from a respectable seminary, such as Masters Seminary"
Seminary? Ha. A man only needs God to call him and equip him with one on one training with a knowledgable biblical man. That and some commentaries/books by the likes of J.C. Ryle, Charles Spurgeon, etc. Simple and effective. What he doesn't need is to attend a place where compromise is acceptable. I was curious if our local "christian" university was biblical at all so I called to see if I could become a pastor despite being a woman....as expected I was reassured feminism is encouraged there. :shakinghead:
Tb wrote: " Some (not all) who marvel at the saving power of the Doctrines of Grace marvel like that because they are still living in sin, so naturally they say "Why me Lord?"
To these I say, Be not deceived, God is not mocked."
Nice to know you're perfect and never sin. Ah but.if you did, well, you lose your salavation. Bummer all hope is lost.
1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
Penny, I see your point. There's a differnece in crocheting something (which you can do while you watch your children play) and then selling it full price for what it's worth-online or at a flea market, farmers market, or some place where the whole family can go if desired. And between selling for a company that requires a lot of time and effort with no promise of a payment. Example: I once was a consultant for Avon (ny convictions would keep me from doing that again). I ended up owing them money and making absolutely nothing. But if it worked for an older woman than I think selling for a christian company would be fine. As Anne pointed out, Proverbs 31 woman was a woman of seasons. I think we're peetty much in agreement.
The Father imposed His wrath due unto, and the Son underwent punishment for, either: 1. All the sins of all men. 2. All the sins of some men, or 3. Some of the sins of all men. In which case it may be said: a. That if the last be true, all men have some sins to answer for, and so none are saved. b. That if the second be true, then Christ, in their stead suffered for all the sins of all the elect.in the whole world, AND THIS IS THE TRUTH. c. But if the first be the case, why are not all men free from the punishment due unto their sins? You answer, Because of unbelief. I ask, Is this unbelief a sin, or is it not? If it be, then Christ suffered the punishment due unto it, or He did not. If He did, why must that hinder them more than their other sins for which He died? If He did not, He did not die for all their sins! - John Owen
The doctrines of grace is a very humbling doctrine. It really shows me how merciful, gracious, long suffering, and loving the Lord is....a lot of times I look at my sins and am left wondering "why me? Of all people why me?" So undeserving of what Christ has done for me and so grateful too.
Frank, that's a great verse. I also find 1 Samuel 3:18 comforting.