Every believer should here this message. The Fruit of the Spirit is explained so clearly in this message. Love being the head of all the other Fruits. Please take the time to hear this,your love for Christ and others will be greatly blessed by this message.
John UK wrote: I will have an attempt at answering this question. It is a good question. The answer is no. The only cure for mans' sinful nature is the purity of Christ's mind filling our mind (heart). Then, and only then, will we be 'pure', and to us, at that point, all things will be pure. It is a restoration of innocency found in the Eden Garden, and is becoming increasingly rare in the 21st century.
I agree, John.
Patiently waiting for that restoration. It's a purifying hope.
For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
And not only they, but ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
Independent Thinker wrote: Why did God harden Pharaoh's heart?
God hardened Pharaoh's heart so that the people of God would only come out of the land by compulsion.
IOW, there would be a great demonstration of the power of God to deliver His people, and belief would occur in the hearts of the people at such a demonstration. Even the Egyptians, and the people in the surrounding lands would see, hear, and know of the mighty acts of God.
And, that miraculous deliverance would be talked about down through the centuries, even unto today.
So, there was a reason. And, that was to manifest the God of Glory to the people of earth, so that they would believe.
John E. Jones wrote: He should have never been nor should he ever be in a pulpit. If he had any respect for the office of an overseer or the glory of God, he would not even consider returning to any leadership in the body of Christ. Just like Swaggart the only reason he stopped what he was doing because he was caught not because he felt conviction to turn.
I couldn't agree more. It would bring reproach on the name of Christ to allow him to return to a leadership position. Forgiveness should be enough to satisfy Mr. Haggard for the rest of his life and into eternity.
Some churches won't even allow a husband to serve if married to a wife who has been previously married and divorced through no fault of her own.