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And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.

I Corinthians 15:17-19 NKJV


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I'm sure the ACLU will jump right on it! Haha

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Jim Lincoln from Nebraska writes:
I can think of 4 reasons that a Christian might not support Trump, and also anyone else who expects a contract to be honored and those reasons are: Melania Trump - ?Ivana Trump - ?Ivanka Trump - ?Marla Maples.

Matthew 19: 7 They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?” 8 He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. 9 And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.”

1 Corinthians 6:9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.---ESV
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I would add to that:

He goes around claiming to be of Christ and doesn't seem to know much about Christianity.

He ran a casino.

He has filed for bankruptcy. We don't need someone in office that is poor with money and makes bad decisions. America is almost bankrupt as it is.


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Dorcas...
I get that people here don't like the Catholic church but isn't the real problem that the state of MA is saying they must hire a gay person? If they do that to them, they will be doing that to other churches also. Whatever happened to freedom of religion?!

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Wow, here the state is denying religious liberty and all folks want to do is crack Catholic jokes about pedophilia! Truth be told, there have been more pedophiles in schools and other places than Catholic schools and churches. People just like piling on.

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ladybug writes:
Faith comes by hearing, but not all hear. Only those whom the Lord opens the understanding will hear.
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But I say, have they not heard? Yes indeed: “Their sound has gone out to all the earth, And their words to the ends of the world.”
Romans 10:18

They all hear, the don't all choose to believe.

And he went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading concerning the things of the kingdom of God.
Acts 19:8

If they couldn't understand Paul's preaching, I wonder why he would use reason and persuasion techniques?

For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.
Hebrews 4:2

The gospel doesn't profit some because it wasn't "mixed with faith in those who heard it." It doesn't say it didn't profit them because they didn't understand.


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Lurker...

But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness...
Romans 4:5-8

I believed in Him who justifies the ungodly and my faith was accounted for righteousness.

If I qout from scripture, why do you find fault with that?

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
Romans 1:16-17

...the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe.
Romans 3:21-22 NKJV

You mock me for stating that I have been made righteous, but the righteousness is of God through faith and not my own.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
Romans 3:23-24, 26


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ladybug writes:
One final time, where does faith come from, free will, which is tainted by sin? {see Jeremiah 17:9}
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Yes!

For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “ Lord , who has believed our report?” So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Romans 10:10, 13-14, 16-17

Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. But they have not all obeyed the gospel. With the heart one believes unto righteousness. It says "unto righteousness" because before they believed their heart was wicked.


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Lurker wrote:
You dance well.
Of course Abraham believed first. The point is "it" was imputed to him for righteousness. What was "it"? His faith...... his act of believing. So here it is again, applied to you, according to your theology:
'I, J4J, believed Jesus of my own free will and "it" was credited to my account for righteousness.'
Don't be ashamed to proclaim your righteousness from the rooftops, J4J. Make your boast and be proud of it.
But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works: “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered; Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin.”
Romans 4:5-8

I believed in Him who justified the ungodly and my faith was accounted for righteousness.


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fiver...

“O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the Lord . “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel! The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it, if that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it.
Jeremiah 18:6-8

He makes vessels of dishonor unless they repent. If they repent, He will relent. He does as He pleaded. He saves those who repent and believes.


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For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12

Obviously it has pierced a few here who now have resorted to lies.

GSMontana...
If I had contradicted myself, you would have been more than willing to point it out with examples.

F Berringe...
God is sovereign and I never suggested different. Scripture teaches over and over again that God has people choose who they will serve or tells them what they must do to be saved or receive His blessing. He has chosen to give people choices. The choices are dependent on God granting them to people and not on the people doing the choosing.

just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,
Ephesians 1:4-5

God chose that those in Him (Jesus) would be without blame because He predestined to adopt them. How and when are Believers in Him?!


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ladybug wrote:
How is it they all of a sudden understand, whereas others do not?
2. True, so if Christ opens or keeps shut the understanding, then it isn't based on your free will.
3. "whose heart the Lord opened". Now, it isn't based on her 'hearing'. Many worship God and die and go to hell, so being a 'worshiper' does not mean one is saved.
4. Neither I nor that verse implied such.
5. "Then opened he their understanding".
1) God sends preaching for people to understand. Some don't want to believe, therefore they don't understand. Others who understand still don't want to believe.
2) It was based off of their free will. They previously would not believe so God didn't allow them to when He was here on earth.
3)Apart from hearing, how else would she believe? To say Lydia was a Gentile worshiper meant she believed in God. She had not yet received the gospel message.
4) In a dream, in a vision of the night, When deep sleep falls upon men, While slumbering on their beds, Then He opens the ears of men, And seals their instruction.
Job 33:15-16
5) "Then He said to them, “Thus it is written," Luke 24:46
He showed them from scripture so that they understood those things that were prophesied about Him and how He fulfilled those prophecies.

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F Berringe wrote:

4) Without the Holy Spirit indwelling, man is blind and ignorant of truth, and his heart and mind are run by Satan.

5) 2Cor 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
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4) The problem with your view is that the Holy Spirit only indwells those who believe.

he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”
Acts 19:2

Meaning, the Holy Spirit only indwells those who have believed.

5) Who is Satan blinding again? Those who don't believe. Begs the question why they should be blinded to begin with if they are otherwise unable to believe anyways!

And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
John 3:19-21


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F Berringe wrote:
1) You imply by your posts that God is not sovereign or supreme.
2) This means you lack faith, God's gift to HIS Elect.
3) The called and predestined elect of God are those who were chosen before the foundation of the world. Per Ephesians 1:4,5.
4) Without the Holy Spirit indwelling, man is blind and ignorant of truth, and his heart and mind are run by Satan.
5) 2Cor 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
1)No, I believe His sovereignty isn't dependent on people's decisions. Calvinist seem to believe that if an unbeliever makes a choice to believe then God would somehow be dependent on that person's choice to do as He pleases. Since God is sovereign, they imagine that God must control the person's decision or else He is no longer sovereign. I believe God sovereignly decided to allow people the freedom to decide for themselves who they will serve and then what would be the outcome of that decision.
2) Those selected for salvation are the elect. For God to select someone, they must first believe. So faith is something His elect already have.
3) He is talking about believers.

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ladybug wrote:
"but a person hears and responds to the truth or they don't"
1)But why? 2)How is it some come to a right understanding and others remain in their natural state? 3)...explain why, after hearing of Christ and His Gospel, a sinner would 'choose' to remain in their sins and face eternal wrath.
1)Free will.
2)You act as if all it would take is for the natural person to understand the truth and they would automatically believe!
3) For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful...
Romans 1:18-21

Sinners suppress the truth that they inherently know and are ungrateful. When the gospel is preached they either don't understand it and the devil comes and snatches the truth away or they understand it and consider the cost to great or love the things of the world more. See Matt 13:18-22.


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ladybug wrote:
1-A sinner cannot respond...they are in a 'natural' state.
2-Why did they hear and not understand?
3-And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. Acts 16:14
4-Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction. Job 33:16
5-"Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures" Luke 24:45
1)They are in their natural state of ignorance until the gospel is revealed to them.

2)Because Jesus didn't want them too, so He spoke in parables.

And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.
Matthew 13:10-11

3)Lydia was already a Gentile worshiper of God. She just needed to hear the gospel.

4)Just because their eyes were opened through dreams doesn't mean they unconsciously believed.

If a sinner understands the gospel, do you think they will automatically do the right thing and believe?

5) Jesus was helping believers understand scripture.


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Lurker wrote:
Rom 4:13-25 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**... And therefore **it was imputed to him for righteousness**. Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;

But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead....
You can't weasel out of it, J4J. By claiming you believed of your own freewill, you are by default claiming your own righteousness. Deny it at your own peril.

Abraham believed first and then after that God imputed righteousness to him. He wasn't somehow made righteous before that and therefore made the right decision to believe. He was a sinner who believed God and then God imputed Abraham's act of belief for righteousness. If Abraham's belief was truly meritorious for salvation, then there wouldn't be a need for God to impute it for righteousness. Neither would there have been a need for a Saviour. Salvation was earned according to the law by Jesus Christ and we can only accept His saving work by Faith.

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James Thomas wrote:
1) What causes sinners to believe?
How is it they come to trusting/believing/having faith in Christ?

2) Does it rest on the ability of an individual to come to the correct conclusion based upon the evidence in which they choose to believe?

1) Through the preaching of the gospel. Like the parable of the sower and soul.

2) Not positive that I understand your question, but a person hears and responds to the truth or they don't. In scripture, people are told to choose who they will serve, to be obedient, to save themselves, to repent and believe in order to be saved. Repenting and believing is something unbelievers are implored to do, never forced or made to do unconsciously. Believers are only saved by the work of Jesus Christ which is applied to them after believing in God to save them.


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ladybug wrote:
1)What causes sinners to believe? 1 Cor. 2:14, " But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." In your natural state, God says you are not able to understand spiritual matters, yet you claim man has the ability to believe, in their natural state.

2) John 8:43 "Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word." Why is it those Christ was addressing were unable to'hear'? They physically heard His voice, yet they were unable to discern. Why?

1) How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?
Romans 10:14

Apart from the preaching of the gospel, the natural person won't believe. What causes the sinner to believe? It is from hearing the gospel and responding to it. The Word pierces them and convicts them of sin and truth and they choose to obey or they resist and the devil comes and snatches the truth away from them.

2) That was a different time and place. Jesus spoke parables so they would hear and not understand. Why? So they would not hear and believe.


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Lurker wrote:
Ha! Abraham believed God and it was counted to him for righteousness.
Let's apply this to you.
J4J believed Jesus and it was counted to him for righteousness.
If your faith is your own, a product of human logic and an act of freewill, this sounds hollow. Why do you suppose that is?
Why should it sound hollow? NT believers don't seem to be counted as righteous. Rather they are made righteous in Christ. Before Jesus died on the cross, Abraham wasn't made righteous. He was only set aside as righteous while awaiting the sacrifice for his sins, Jesus Christ. The Bible says Old Testament believers were seen by many after Jesus died. Why? Jesus had to cleanse them from their sins, after they believed, and now they are in heaven with Him.
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