James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble."
"James is clear that although this belief a good thing, it is definitely not proof that a person is saved. What he means is this: "You say you are a Christian and you are in God's favor. You think God will let you into heaven, and the proof of it is, you believe in God. But that is no evidence at all, because the demons also believe, and they are sure to be punished in hell." The demons believe in God, you can be sure of that! They not only believe that He exists, but they believe that God is a holy God, a sin-hating God, a God of truth, who has promised judgments, and who will carry out his vengeance upon them. This is the reason the demons "shudder" or tremble- they know God more clearly than most human beings do, and they are afraid. Nevertheless, nothing in the mind of man, that devils may experience as well, is any sure sign of God's grace in our hearts." (How to Know if You are a Real Christian) from [True Grace Distinguished from the Experience of Devils by Jonathan Edwards, 1752. This modern language version is Copyright 1994 by William Carson].
John UK wrote: What if God supplies a teacher who rejects the WCF as unbiblical and prefers to use the Apostle's Creed?
Don't worry John. The Elect know the true value of the WCF and have used it for centuries to build God's Church. God's grace is wonderful. Amen.
The Truth has never changed God has seen to that. The 16th century Truth as taught by the Reformers is the same truth which Jesus taught and the same truth which the elect perceive today. The WCF teaches the Bible and those who receive the Bible receive the WCF.
Shane wrote: SteveR... I said something 100% biblical and you tell me my father is the devil? Woe to you. Repent
The Bible therefore God states that people should be taught. It is not just a matter of reading the Bible on your own, that is how cults are formed by Satan.
1Cor 12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. 28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
Eph 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
"Justin and his team spent time on Saturday searching for a place with a pool where they could conduct a baptism for him"
You don't need a "pool" for baptism. The correct Biblical method is affusion. He could have found that at a font in the nearest Biblical Church.
"The passages referred to in the preceding prove that many Old Testament washings (baptizings) took place by sprinkling. In a prophecy respecting the spiritual renewal of the New Testament day the Lord says: ‚ÄúAnd I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean,‚ÄĚ Ezek. 36:25. The matter signified in baptism, namely, the purifying Spirit, was poured out upon the Church, Joel 2:28,29; Acts 2:4,33. And the writer of Hebrews speaks of his readers as having their hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, Heb. 10:22." (L.Berkhof)
Christopher000 wrote: I find it interesting when I see those who judge, berate, and dictate. They are always the same...they look down upon others, and are unteachable; believing that they have it all figured out, and oftentimes, they love to make personal comparisons. These people believe that they are being persecuted for Christ's sake; praying and thanking Jesus when other Christians come agaist them. To them, it is the result of them doing someth
The "Remnant" are the hated minority they are even hated by the nominal Christians. If you are acceptable to the worldly societies we live in then you will not be hated. The "hated minority" is the Presbyterian Calvinist Church which sticks to Sola Scriptura.
You appear to be like the Sadducees who did not perceive the Resurrection in the OT. Thus do you contradict Christ Himself. Who replies to you...
Matt 22:29 ... Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. 30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. 31 But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, 32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.
Lurker wrote: 1) Are you suggesting that sperm and egg are the same? Are the works of the law of Moses and the faith of the COG the same? 2) Are you saying that there was? Book, chapter and verse from the historical OT please.
1) Are you dealing with IVF treatment back in Sarah's days???
2) Try Psalm 49 and 16 for example. Tell me does your religion teach that OT people do not receive eternal life??? In effect were not saved???
I guess you don't believe what happened at Matthew 17:3???
John 5:39 Why would the Jews think = "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me"
Why would the rich man ask how to receive eternal life if it was not thought by the Jews to be an option.
Then there are the verses which deal with heaven and hell in the OT. If these are not possibilities to them why would they discuss them?
The term "everlasting" in the Hebrew means "time out of mind"
Oh The afterlife. Unlike the Sadducees, the Pharisees also believed in the resurrection of the dead in a future, messianic age. The Pharisees believed in a literal resurrection of the body
Lurker wrote: So we must conclude that the woman's seed plays an equally important role in the offspring.
Are you suggesting that Sarah's "seed" is different to her husband's???
See also Gal 4:23.
Lurker wrote: In addition, Israel was promised real estate in the historical OT but in the NT the promise is eternal life
Are you saying that there was no promise of eternal life in the OT???
Gal 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ
The Elect: Ro 4:12 And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised. 13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
The Elect: Ro 9:7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. 8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.
"THE Moderator of the Church of Scotland has warned that children should not be forced to attend kirk services as it risks putting them off religion"
He is correct.
The Church of Scotland has been putting people off Christianity for years.
The Kirk has been UnBiblical and UnChristian for years.
The Church of Scotland is Liberal and therefore serves Satan. They are a false witness. They wouldn't know the Bible from the Bus timetable - just like the Church of England.
Biblical Christians do not attend the National churches of the UK.
2Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
""I saw a Christian pastor maligned by journalists because he dared to call people ‚Äúsinners.‚ÄĚ In other words, we are now targeted for stating even the most basic tenets of our faith""
Looks like people today are full of deceit and prepared to call God a liar. Come Lord Jesus, come soon.
1John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
"Obama's Pentagon "issued new regulations Friday forcing all military chaplains to facilitate homosexual wedding ceremonies in military chapels in some states" or face disciplinary action. "In other words, chaplains MUST open up their chapels to desecration," Klingenschmitt said"
Government in charge of religion???
Prov 17:15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.
Prov 18:3 When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach
Prov 29:2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
Jer.10  Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:  Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.  For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.  They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.  They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.  Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might  Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? for to thee doth it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto thee."