John's witness is Roman Catholic in that he accepts the place of idolatry, blasphemy, worship of dead people and relics, iconolatry etc etc - As a place where he can worship God. Question is, Does God accept the sins idolatries and transgressions of man in conjunction with and in communion with the worship of HIS people?
Or should we respect and praise God for providing the true Church after the Reformation and thank HIM by attending what God has providentially ordained and provided. And join with God's true believers worshipping Him according to His Scriptures?
John's example is that you can attend anything that is vaguely religious and expect God to accept your views over HIS providence and Bible instructions. Thus people who attend RCC, JW, Mormon, Mosque or synagogue are religious enough to get by???
""the American church no longer bears any resemblance at all to the one that in the past proclaimed ‚Äúthe faith which was once delivered unto the saints.‚ÄĚ (Oops, I quoted from the KJV, high on the new evangelicals‚Äô mockery list)""
Socialism and its sister (PC) Liberalism got Obama and the Democrats elected. This partially derives from a socialist type immigrant increase in recent decades.
Liberalism is polluting and destroying church and morals in western society.
The establishment versions of 'church' are of course being gradually influenced by Liberalism and have been since the sixties. Their policy is ditch the Bible and keep the sin - eg. homosexuality.
By removing God from the authorship of Scripture - and subsequently blaming Moses and man for the "mythological" parts of Scripture, they remove God and embrace the politically correct religion of modern man.
Liberal idolatry is the worship of man containing the conviction that he is much more educated today therefore better able than previous generations to construct a Bible which does not discriminate against anybody. Viz. All sinners are equal whether they belong to church or not, thus their god receives everybody into heaven.
Punishment of sin and hell are therefore no longer entertained in religion.
Anybody can read and regurgitate the english words John. Even Mormons, Roman Catholics, JW's, cults, Arminians, socinians, antinomians, atheists, etc etc etc.
But as the Calvinists and the Puritans always teach and say; It is God who in Sovereignty elects and provides the indwelling Holy Spirit - which makes all the difference between the dead and alive.
As for "loving" John - God commands that we Love our neighbour and our enemy.
"13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come."
John UK wrote: You really shouldn't argue against the word of God. That makes you an unbelieving rebel.
You are the one who put forward that verse as a premise to prove what you had previously stated in relation to evidence of a true Christian.
I demonstrated that your premise is faulty.
My original statement then stands that YOU cannot tell from the outside who is a true believer or not. Which fact shows that your Baptist hypothesis of so called "Believers Baptism" - Is evidently and obviously flawed.
Perhaps it is time for you to go back to the strong Biblical Christians - the Puritans - and learn the facts.
Jim Linkon I think it is John UK who needs your advice.
John UK wrote: Observe: 1 John 5:1 KJV 1 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.
John. This was taken from a Mormon site. Quote; "Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and the Son of God. He is our Redeemer" Mormon Site
Question is the Mormon a true Christian according to your premise? ------ This is one from the Roman Catholics, Quote; "but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son." Christ, the Son of God made man, is the Father's one, perfect and unsurpassable Word." Roman Catholic site
Question; Does this declaration make Roman Catholics fit into your designation of true Christian?? -------- What about the folks referred to by Jesus in Matt 7:21-23? Are you convinced they are true Christians? After all they sound as though they fit the bill.