I see your point Theodore, but I really wouldn't have much else to say to one who presumes to take such a name of blasphemy as "Holy Father"!
Matthew 15:12 Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying? 13 But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. 14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
A religious organization is not a "church" Mr. Yurich. A "church" is generally a local assembly of God's blood washed born again children. It sometimes also refers to the entire body of Christ, which generally means all of the local assemblies of God's people, from all locations and from all times.
1 John 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. 23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: [[but] he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also].
You believe that 1. You are sinless? NOPE 2. God elects you because you are sinless? NOPE 3. Atonement is unlimited so everybody gets saved? NOPE 4. Grace is irrelevant because you resist it anyway? NOPE 5. You do not need any help from God? NOPE
And He gives the needed grace to those who obey His command to abide in Him. Without Him we can do nothing, but if one with the Spirit finds he can do nothing, it's probably because he is disobeying the command to ABIDE. Those who CONTINUE and ABIDE in Him know Him; they are known by Him; and they receive and walk in the grace He gives.
Be ye perfect, as your Father in heaven is perfect.
John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, [then] are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. 33 They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? 34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. 35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: [but] the Son abideth ever. 36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
Sometimes I wonder if those believing in neo-gnosticism (Calvinism) find it harder to keep themselves pure from porn and other gross sins of the flesh due to the fatalism in Calvinism?
It seems to me that one might not be inclined to do their own part if one believes that they can add absolutely nothing to their walk of holiness. Does that make it harder to stay pure I wonder, when folks believe that it's only a matter of Jesus making them pure, instead of understanding and trusting/obeying the scriptural commandment to "keep oneself pure"?
It's an honest question to think about. Maybe some find it difficult to obey the Lord's command to walk in holiness. Would perhaps understanding doctrine in a more Christ-honoring way help us to be separate from the world?
I noticed someone said below that many devout Christians are addicted to porn. Is that the consensus here?