I had my eyes opened reading a Gideon New Testament years later that I had received while in the Army. God's Word does not return void. The atheistic socialist statists know that the Church empowered by the Word of God is the greatest impediment to their totalitarian goals. That is why they are going after believers whereever they find them: in schools, universities, the military, in business, & in government. Ride on King Jesus!!!
Since the Impostor from Kenya likes to brag that he is "good at killing people" why doesn't he DRONE Kim Jong-un? I guess the "humanitarian crisis" in N. Korea doesn't fit with his godless narcissistic agenda and he doesn't see how he can score political points in his meglomaniac mind.
So you don't like the term 'total depravity.' Then how about the biblical language "dead in trespasses and sins?" A dead person cannot do anything for himself until he is "quickened" (another biblical term) or "made alive." We don't make ourselves alive, GOD does that! GOD is Sovereign, NOT us. Our will is in bondage to sin. HE has a TRULY Free-will and HIS IS BIGGER!!!
John UK, I really don't see where you and I disagree! I never disputed the verses you cited from Matthew. I don't understand why you think we are in disagreement. Getting back to the subject in the article, just as this preacher misinterpreted the biblical passage referring to deadly serpents, he probably believed he would be healed and that is why he refused medical treatment when it was offered.
John Yurich, Back in the 80's I was heavily involved in a church that employed altar calls when I came across a booklet by Iain Murray "The Invitation System" printed by Banner Of Truth Trust. I would highly suggest you read it and think about what he says. He confirmed many things I was troubled about concerning this system of evangelism which was popularized by Charles Finney and then Billy Graham. Not all Baptist nor evangelical churches follow this method and one of the dangers of this system is the churning out of false converts who are convinced they are saved because they went forward in a service and made a profession. Remember what Jesus will say in that day to many, "I never knew you." Examine yourself whether you are in the faith. Make your calling and election sure. Don't trust your salvation to man-made methods! Trust in the LORD!!!
John UK, I was in no way denying the Lord can heal physical infirmities, but the verses surrounding that much-abused verse that I referred to speak of Him being "bruised for our iniquities" and nowhere in that passage does it speak of physical healing. It is referring to SIN. Can the LORD OF ALL LIFE apply His Word as He sees fit as in the verse in Matthew you cited? CERTAINLY! But that is not the same as the way charismatics such as Benny Hinn claim healing with that verse, "wearing" it as a talisman.
In the old testament it was required that there be two or three witnesses before a judgment could be rendered. No single verse of scripture stands alone, but should be seen in the context of the verses which preceed and follow it as well as the larger context of the whole of scripture. An example of misinterpretation based on not simply a single verse, but a partial verse, is the oft-quoted, "by his stripes you are healed." If read in context, it is obviously talking about spiritual healing, NOT physical.
penned, I was in no way suggesting that the Republicans are without fault. I was merely expressing my observation based on his previous posts that have never to my knowledge admitted to the horrendous record of the current administration, but instead deflects attention away from it by bringing up others who are no longer in office. I do not hold to a partisan position based on party loyalties. I believe that is destructive to the Republic and is one of the big problems with the electorate as well as elected officials. That is why we see so little change in Washington's policy decisions regardless of which major party is in office. I believe in holding all government employees accountable to their oath of office which is fidelity to the Constitution, not to a particular party or individual.
John for JESUS, Don't expect Jim to ever deal honestly with the travesty that is the Impostor from Kenya's presidency. All he cares to do is mock Republicans and blame them for everything. He apparantly reads off the same telepromptor as his idol in the White House.
Jim really should not repeat such liberal heresy and propaganda: "a judge who also ignored the Constitution." Judge Roy Moore was fully within the law of the State of Alabama as well as the U.S. Constitution. The well-worn phrase "separation of church and state" is constantly used by atheists and liberals to promote a distortion of history as to the intended meaning of the 1st Amendment. We need more godly judges like Roy Moore!
Great Sermon! I saw the video version of this debate years ago and I have to say that Joey Pipa blew Dave Hunt out of the water! As was said by another commentor on part 2 of this debate here on SermonAudio, It was a "Slam Dunk for Dr. Pipa." Pipa's arguments seem to come from an exegetical approach to Scripture while Dave's seem driven by emotion and maudlin sentimentalism.
Jim, I can't speak for the situation in Nebraska, but as someone who lives in Texas, born in Austin, I think I am able to say from my first-hand experience that the average person will have no problem with the English, even those born south of the border. While it is true that not all immigrants (especially illegal aliens) assimulate into the American culture and some are slow to learn English, this is only a small minority. Most immigrants learn English because it is essential in order to do business, live, work, etc. And even those illegals who don't know much English, their children and grandchildren are usually bilingual, so your concerns are largely unfounded. And even some of us bolillo gringos can habla espanol. My nextdoor neighbor is hispanic, many other families on my street are hispanic, and the lady who cuts my hair is hispanic. We have no problemo communicating (mostly in English).