Ken, the way you 'get' saved, going to an altar,lying on your death bed, reading a tract handed out at a rock concert, praying at home, it does not matter how God reachers you, the important thing is that He reaches you. That you see your sinful life and yourself as needing a saviour, next step you are so sorry that you have sinned and so you turn from that sinful life toward Jesus and believe in your heart that He died to save you from that sinful life and you may be emotional or it maybe just a decision you make it doesn't matter, what matters is how you live your life afterwards. Do you continue to practice sin as before, has your desire to obey Christ increased and you seek ways to show your for Him and all He's done. It's a process of growing, learning and part of that is daily prayer,reading and studying His word and being His witness to others. Jesus gives us His Holy Spirit to guide, comfort and teach us and most of all He loves us and forgives us when we do sin( like David, and others that failed at times).Thats when you repent and ask forgiveness and restore that broken fellowship you had with Him, which John UK so wonderfully describes in the last post. God bless.
Nameless, everthing you posted was absolute truth but the fact that you did not agree with them caused them to become defensive and in their attack mode. I guess they keep forgetting Paul's words in Galatians 5:13-15 For you brethen, have been called to liberty: only do not use liberty as an oppertunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word,even this:"You shall love your neighbor as yourself."vs15 But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another. Think for one second these that do this will see themselves? Alas, afraid not but hopfully you don't allow them to dampen your wonderful Christian spirit that is so needed to be an encouagement to others. God go with you.
Angela Whitman wrote : Responding to WWJD?'s first post: I've been where you appear to be spiritually and will pray for your knowledge and faith to increase; then you will understand why Reformed Christians are quick to defend the faith and correct faulty/false teaching. Who knows but that you will also join our ranks.
I want to thank you for a gentle response. My main point in saying what i did was to point out that a lot of reformed Christians come off as legalistic and condemning when talking about people they dont agree with. I am now in the reformed faith, and i am learning how we can't water down Christianity so that everyone feels comfortable. But like i said i think some reformed Christians, and all of us who are believers would do good to remember to speak the truth in love.
Im always amazed by those professing Christians (usually reformed) who are so quick to blast people they dont agree with (long haired kids with jewelry) and insult them because of the way they do their hair. I dont think buzz cuts are a requirement for salvation. Besides, why would they want to switch over to your superior, more Biblical beliefs when all they see is a bunch of angry legalistic people who say you probably aren't even saved, just because of your hair, necklace and earring. They're not seeing the joy of the Lord, thats for sure!