The comments here are quite edifying; I appreciate the reference to Ezekiel 36 - 24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.
25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.
Studying the ministry of the Holy Spirit will answer your questions bro. Christopher. I recall Lydia believing...why? "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
It is the same with all who believe, all who 'inquire' of the Lord. As Christ stated in John 6:44, no one can come to Him unless the Lord first 'draws', or literally 'drags' them. Understanding the new birth wrought by the Spirit of God is the key to understanding how sinners are saved, this is not some kind of 'theology', this is biblical truth. The jailer asked 'Sirs, what must I do to be saved?' Did he ask this own his own 'free will'? Not if you read what took place prior to the asking. Something supernatural took place prior to his asking. If God says you must be born again, sinners love darkness more than light, all are in bondage to sin, no one can come unless He draws them, etc., then that must be so in every instance of a sinner being saved. The 'method' of salvation is wrought by the triune God, but not understood by many in this day because of the accursed gospel of 'free will'. Read http://www.eternallifeministries.org/lrs_Spirit.htm
John Piper is NOT someone the true elect of God would quote under ANY circumstances. see http://surphside.blogspot.com/2017/10/desiring-god-continues-error-of-john.html and see http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/9663680100.html From that link-"Cathy Mickels, co-author of "Spiritual Junk Food: The Dumbing Down of Christian Youth." Mickels says, "The message John Piper delivered at Lou Giglio's 2017 Atlanta Passion Conference in an atmosphere of a worldly rock concert is an example of Piper's Christian Hedonism and the dumbing down of college-age students in the extreme." Â Mickels states, "His talk gave God's Word a new spin by dogmatically declaring 'the fall of Adam and Eve was not that they disobeyed a commandment' of God." Furthermore, she says, "Piper suggested if they were taught to believe Adam and Eve did disobey, they were taught wrong. Hence, he gave thousands of young adults a taste of falsehood rooted in his Christian hedonistic philosophy."
This is informative as well - http://www.therealjohnpiper.com/ and this -http://pulpitandpen.org/2017/09/12/new-book-explains-problems-with-john-pipers-theology/
I am convinced that you would quote Satan if it furthered your 'agenda'.
Did not Christ here intimate that something more than clear vision and a kind and steady hand was required if we are to succeed in removing a "mote" from another's eye? As we pointed out at the close of the previous chapter, the one with an injured eye must be agreeable to submit if you are to help him; the one at fault be willing to receive an admonition. But many are not so: so far from it; they will resent your well-meant overtures and revile you for themâ€”treading your admonitions under their feet and venting their fury upon you. "Speak not in the ears of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of thy words" (Prov. 23:9). Thus, having shown how to admonish, the Saviour now makes known who are to be admonished, or rather who are not to be. To reprove a son of Belial is wasted breath (1 Sam. 25:17). "Reprove not a scorner lest he hate thee" (Prov. 9:8). Here, then, is a necessary caution: zeal must be directed by knowledge and holy prudence. Not every person is a fit subject for reproof. Unreasonable men will scoff at the mildest criticism of their evil ways, and to quote Scripture to them only incites them to blasphemy and is casting pearls before swine.- excerpt from A.W. Pink on casting pearls, sermon on the mount
The NWO Globalist puppets stick together! McCain is a puppet used by Satan to further the globalist agenda = http://www.thedailysheeple.com/globalist-puppet-john-mccain-showered-with-praise-by-liberal-establishment-and-hollywood-over-health-care-bill-opposition_092017.
It's no wonder you would sing his praises Jim, you are both in the same 'camp'....
And your response is simply a diversion from the sin of killing babies. You trot the JMac quote out whenever it suits your twisted agenda, not realizing you are guilty of the very thing JMac speaks out against. You swing WAY LEFT on all your dealings, you push what God hates, in this case, killing babies. Then, you use politics and religion to defend your vileness. You only desire to push a leftist political satanic agenda, then you trot out 'religious' quotes from 'religious' men to justify your sins. You are in dire need of God's mercy, blinded by your vileness, and dead in trespasses and sin. You dance around your sins and divert attention away, but you fool no one....certainly NOT God who sees all. You believe yourself 'saved' because you followed the 'Roman Road'. Your brand of 'religion' is the same as that of John Y. and all who rely upon their 'works' to save them.
Conservatives and liberals have this in common....they BOTH want to 'change' and 'control' the world through their agendas. You desire to push your liberal agenda Jim L. which is Satanic. The conservatives are just like you. The other common factor is this - being dead in trespasses and sin - and using 'religion' and politics as a means to further your agendas. You rage against the conservatives and the Republicans, and they rage against your liberal/Democratic agenda. Our Lord warned that nation will be against nation and kingdom against kingdom. You are proof of prophecy being fulfilled.
May God cause you to cry out for deliverance from your sins, and to be saved from the wrath to come.
. Your grace preached liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that were bound. Your power performed what your love proclaimed; and you brought the prisoners from the prison, and those that sat in darkness out of the prisonhouse! Oh wonderful to tell! I, among your ransomed, have followed you in the regeneration out of this dismal Egypt, and have tasted a little of the glorious liberty of your children. Not unto me, my dear Savior, not unto me, but unto yourÂ name be all the praise. I was wallowing in the mire of Egypt, and in the mud of the Nile; I was entirely given up to the filth and pollutions of this world, and should have remained therein, till I had been sunk for ever in its woe; unless your mighty arm had worked my deliverance, and set me free. Glory to you, Jehovah-Jesus, you Savior all-divine, for mercy unmeasurable like this, for grace and glory yet before me, to which there is no end! Oh how shall I shew forth your praise for all which you have done for my soul? Ambrose Serle
Why does a believer care what the world accepts? We follow God's word, regardless of what the world says/does. We are not trying to 'change' the world, we are to warn that murder is a violation of God's law, and all who violate His law will suffer wrath. As Genesis 9:6 states, all who shed blood must suffer the same fate. "â€śWhoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.â€ť
As for 'universal health care' some of the brethren here have already rightly pointed out the hideousness of such a plan. Being a liberal, and a minion of Satan, you would not comprehend the evils of such. This is why you must be born again Jim L. May God do a work in your evil, unregenerate heart. Disguising yourself as a sheep when, in fact, your fruit reveals you are a goat, is no light matter. Trying to divert away from the root issue, murdering babies, won't work. Using the smoke screen of 'rape' and 'incest' won't work either. Nowhere does God say you can kill a child due to the manner of conception.
It matters little what Northern Ireland says about infanticide ---- what does God's word say?"Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man." Genesis 9:6 "These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood" Proverbs 6:16-17
"Less than 1% of all abortions are performed to save the life of the mother. While he was United States Surgeon General, Dr. C. Everett Koop stated publicly that in his thirty-eight years as a pediatric surgeon, he was never aware of a single situation in which a freeborn child's life had to be taken in order to save the life of the mother. He said the use of this argument to justify abortion in general was a â€śsmoke screen.â€ť from http://www.abortionfacts.com/facts/8
BTW,concerning your 'factcheck' website, http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2923825/posts It's a liberal, politically motivated site - isn't that shocking?! Keep pushing that Satanic agenda.
The Satanic liberal agenda uses the lie 'life of the mother' as a means to kill babies- when will you repent of your vileness Jim L.? May God have mercy on you and grant you eternal life.
I see you are still bearing false witness, you do realize that is a sin right Jim?
Here's a quote from you, "This is a very good article; read it" Do you remember the thread?http://www.sermonaudio.com/new_details.asp?ID=48494 Yep, the article on repentance that you supposedly read. Yet, you continue to bear false witness and spread lies. If you were born from above by God, you would know how God hates sin, and how He grants repentance to His elect. Since you apparently see no need to repent of your wickedness, it's clear you are void of the Spirit and not been granted repentance by God.
The tares will be among the wheat until the end of the age, which is rapidly approaching. May God's grace to a supernatural work in your heart. Being deceived is a dreadful thing.
As I have stated repeatedly, I am not nurse. You have terrible comprehension skills Jim. If you were truly born again, you would delight in the fact that life does begin at conception, regardless of whether this comes from a reprobate or not. Since your 'god' is politics, you recoil at this bold move by the Trump administration. Your true colors are showing again...
You come here daily, being divisive and spewing out your ignorance, making sport with the brethren here. I am convinced you already have a job, and you do this on your lunch hour. If not, then you are without excuse for NOT working, which is sin. You can waste time on the internet daily, yet you cannot use it to fill out applications for employment? You are a college grad, yet 'unemployed' and live in a 'shelter'? You should move to Hollywood and be a writer, for your stories are worthy of that.