Chuck Phelps has been off the radar and out of the news for a while. We left our IFB Church because of things happening like this a lot and no one ever gets punished or ousted for such actions. It is very upsetting that this bus crash happened.
We do not agree at all with what Chuck Phelps did but we are sad for what the Phelps family is going through.
Bro. James wrote: xplain how it is that we do not have free will?
Prior to being born again and thus born of the Spirit, (John 3:6) we are under the dominion of sin. Sin holds power over our will it is therefore not free.
Note, "In which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them" Col 5:7. - What Paul is alluding to here is the sins (see v5,6) we used to walk in before being saved. So he identifies the two phases of life, once under sin, the other under grace.
Grace helps us to overcome sin, whose power remains with us (see Rom 7:14ff), and thus releases us from its bondage, even though it still tempts us and overcomes us sometimes.
After regeneration we are under grace and so is our will.
See also Eph 2:2,3 - in dominion of sin V5 - Under grace.
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The reason we do things or don't do them is because of God's commands. That has been the response of the Reformed as to why do evangelism when God is in control. Carey's 'apology' of the use of means in reaching the lost is an example. Similarly, we provide an apology because the Bible gives us example (Paul at Mars Hill) and command (Always be ready to give a reason for the hope that lies within you...), not because we 'feel' it will win a lost soul, but because God tells us to. In giving that reason, which should rest on scripture, the gospel, the Character of God, and His touch on my life (my 'witness'), God's Word will go forward and it will accomplish that for which He sends it. 'Nuff said, and all we need to know about the subject.
Does anyone know in Schotland who the Antichrist is ? According to Dr. Beeke the reformers TO THE MAN said the pope of Rome was THE antichrist. However Dr. Beeke and Dr. David Murray (former minister Free Church of Scotland Continuing) believe in a future antichrist. No wonder that God in His Providence has been destroying al this unfaithfulness and backsliding, and still with so much apostacy the so called reformed and presbyterian do not repent or start cleaning their own house before going out laying burdens on others they do not carry themselves ! Revelation 18v4 KJV
Shocking Shocking to hear so many people living alone in the USA, and so many people living outside of marriage.
I am glad that there is one spot in the USA where this is not so, namely in the home of mr. Swanson.
Perhaps mr. Swanson might consider that the reason the marriage in the USA has been broken down so much, is because of the work of those who say they are ministers of Christ but are not. This because when the demograf of the church is the same as in the world, and at a pastorsconference the adultviewing went up, the problem lies with the leadership not with those who struggle day by day to make the best of life by Gods Grace.
Mr. Swanson might also consider that he himself is included in the leadership.
How long will the leadership in the churches of the USA continue to act if they are righteous before God when their whole country has become a pigs breakfast when it comes to christian witness ? May I remind Mr. Swanson that in April the pope of Rome (=THE antichrist) visited the USA, seen nationwide, and was called a 'minister of the gospel' by both Bush and Cheney PUBLICLY !