We mustn't let our own personal convictions cloud our understanding; what you struggle with may or may not be what others wrestle against. If football is an issue with you, then by all means, do not watch it. I struggled with alcohol and would not touch it, however, I would never tell another believer they cannot have a drink. God the Spirit is the one who convicts us, let's allow Him to do His work. We all have weaknesses, but we all do not share the same weaknesses. Lust is more prominent in men, according to my brother. This is what makes porn such a big industry; however, the brother in Christ will seek God's wisdom and strength to war against lust, and every sin that seeks to ensnare. We mustn't beat each other up with a hammer! Let's pray for one another, confess our weaknesses as OUR weaknesses, and ask the brethren for prayer as needed. Your continual allegations come off as being legalistic, judgmental, and unloving. You cannot know what the brethren wrestle with, let's leave that to the One whose job it is to handle such.
May God cause us all to examine our OWN hearts, may we have compassion and mercy towards one another, and show love by being there for one another, and serving one another. This is pleasing in our God's sight
Will be praying for your sister Dave. I am an ex smoker, quitting after being convicted. I wrestled with this sinful addiction for two years, it was only after heart felt prayers that I was able to quit. That was eleven years ago...all praise goes to our merciful and mighty God!
Thank you for your response. I appreciate your attempt to clarify your position, however, what I took issue with you still have not addressed. So, let me point out again your statement, "You must surrender to be born again! That is how you become born again" This is what I am asking you to clarify - to put it simply - the new birth, or the doctrine of regeneration. You seem to be saying that you must surrender in order to be regenerated by God, if you believe this to be so, can you provide scripture to support your belief? Or could it be you have simply used an erroneous choice of words? Your latest comment says nothing about being born again, you address predestination and other issues, which is fine. It isn't that I do not understand what you've said, it is that you are not directly addressing your statement concerning the new birth and the need to surrender. This is what I am trying to get you to clarify.
You did not address the wrong I pointed out in your statement, you said, "You must surrender to be born again! That is how you become born again" You are attributing the new birth to your doing something....surrender. That is not what the Bible teaches. The new birth is the ministerial work of God the Spirit; Christ taught this in John 3.
Abortion is a horrendous sin, as is homosexuality, greed, idolatry, lust, etc. We would do well to hit our knees and cry out to God on behalf of the unborn, and for America - a nation quickly deteriorating and storing up more wrath for the day of wrath. We have weak, powerless preaching in the majority of the churches, and many who profess Christ yet have not separated themselves from the world, dead religions, from their own sins, etc. They know nothing of the work of God the Spirit as He regenerates the sinner. This is quite good - http://www.eternallifeministries.org/awp_sal3.htm
We must also not neglect our own hearts, this from Thomas Watson is most beneficial - http://www.gracegems.org/Watson/spiritual_watch.htm
Geff, your understanding of the new birth is faulty; being born from above is a supernatural work of God the Spirit as Christ plainly teaches in John 3. The Spirit of God moves as the wind, no one can tell whose heart He will regenerate; nor can you do anything to bring about this new birth. You cannot surrender so as to be born again, for you are including a 'work' in order to be saved. Ephesians 2:8-9 is very clear, salvation is of God, by His grace, and not of 'works', lest any man boast.
Amen and Amen! It is not worth feuding over who is the best candidate, for the nation as a whole is wicked, vile and depraved. No unregenerate can reverse or change the direction this nation is headed - God's wrath abides on America. We would do well to proclaim to sinners to flee the wrath to come, and proclaim the command to repent and believe on the Lord Jesus. Whoever anyone chooses to vote for, do not expect to see an improvement in America. God raises nations up and He brings them down. Things will not get better, " But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived." 2 Timothy 3:13
For those who are examining the candidates, this concerning Rubio is of interest - http://surphside.blogspot.com/2016/02/marc-rubio-says-he-is-not-against-gay.html
Notice Mark does not say he that believes not and is not baptized. Regeneration is a supernatural work of God the Spirit, as John 3 clearly teaches. If one had to be baptized to be saved, then Jesus lied to the thief on the cross. We all know our Lord was without sin. We also know salvation is a gift of God, not of works (Eph. 2:8-9)
Good points GS and others; this link gives the rundown on Cruz's father, which is very frightening. Cruz may be influenced by his father. http://www.alternet.org/belief/some-real-truths-about-sketchy-past-ted-cruzs-father-rafael Even if he holds to some form of 'Christian' values, what is his agenda/motive? Only God knows, but holding to some from of values can be good or it can be bad. How he intends to use those values remains to be seen.
There is nothing scriptural about any part of the RCC mass ... period! Anytime you add to or take from God's word, it no longer is biblically based. Being a troll is something you will answer for JohnY. You have no fear of God and know nothing of the new birth. You attend a type of Church God hates and then you heap up more wrath upon yourself by defending such devilish worship. Truly, may God have mercy on your deluded soul.
Jim L, A couple of verses for you to ponder... Psa 118:8 -It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. Psa 118:9 -It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.
America doesn't need a Republican or Democrat in office, albeit man or woman. America needs to hear of sin, repentance and Christ's atoning sacrifice for sin; His death, burial and resurrection. It matters not who wins the election, for America will continue to grow in wickedness. America is headed for tremendous wrath from God. Instead of reading links, commentaries, etc, you need to open your Bible Jim L and plead with God for mercy. You know nothing of the new birth, the supernatural work of the Spirit of God as He regenerates the dead sinner. You and others like John Y parrot verbal professions, but the fruit you both bear is rotten. You reprimand him, and your religion is just as dead as his! God have mercy on your soul Jim L, all the professing in the world is meaningless unless God has mercy on you and the Spirit of God moves as the wind within your inner man.
You focus on politics, which is a distraction from the greatest need you have.....to truly be saved by God's amazing grace.
John UK, again, well said. I agree, the body of Christ needs to love Christ 1st, and love and serve one another as our Lord left us an example.
Rodney, I think there may be some discrepencies concerning Herod's roots, it seems he descended from the Edomites, but I am not positive. Actually, my point was the boldness of John the Baptist in addressing Herod's sin, this boldness is sorely lacking in our day. For those who may be interested, this writing concerning John the Baptist's boldness is most uplifting - http://www.gracegems.org/Ryle/l03.htm
I agree Frank, many will not open their mouth and speak out against sin, warn of judgment, and point the sinner to Christ; they would rather not rock the boat. The lukewarm church is a compromising church; it is ineffective and will be spit out. May God stir His people with zeal and passion for truth, and with fear of God and not man.
Romans 10:9 does not address the new birth, John 3 does. You're stating the new birth is a result of your confessing and believing, the bible teaches otherwise. "Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." John 1:13 'That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.' John 3:6-8 You are still in your sins, the Bible commands repent and believe, neither of which is humanly possible. Your greatest need is God's mercy and saving grace. As preachers of old used to preach, 'throw yourself on God and plead/beg for His mercy'.
Well said Frank. I recall a church I used to attend, one of the Deacon's daughters wore a dress that was way too short and way too tight. The pastor of the church claimed it wasn't his duty to tell women how to dress, it was the husband's duty. I disagree, it should be addressed by the church. Concerning the culture and how to dress, this isn't exactly on topic- I recall John the Baptist telling Herod, "It is not lawful for thee to have her." This concerning his brother's wife and the adultery Herod was guilty of. We need to stand firm on God's truth, not demanding society transform, but warning them 'it is not lawful' for whatever sins they are guilty of and speaking of impending judgment.
Notice the similarities... "I am saved because I embraced Jesus as my Personal Lord and Savior and I trust entirely in Jesus alone for salvation, which means the minute I embraced Jesus as my Personal Lord and Savior during that Altar Call at that Non Denominational Church I repented and I Believe that Jesus is my Lord and Savior" John Y The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, "God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess." the religious, self-righteous Pharisee Highlight all the 'I's in both men's words and see if they aren't exactly the same. Both are relying upon what they do as a means of being justifed, but...both are still in their sins because they know nothing of the new birth, and because they rely upon their own 'works' to save them. John Y, if you keep repeating something over and over your human mind will be convinced it's true, however, Christ warns those who make verbal professions, 'why do you call me Lord Lord and do not do what I say?... Depart from me....' 'Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.'
Sister Dorcas, your quote from McCheyne was beneficial; yes, those who gaze/look upon/to Christ continually will greatly benefit from doing so. We are to meditate upon Him/His word, pondering who He is, what He has done, and His coming again, marveling at His works and person!