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False accusations and coarse jesting should be addressed.On the positive side,at least,they do serve the purpose of revealing those who engage in such. It allows for fruit inspection. A Christian forum will be much like a Christian church-there will be Christians and professing Christians on/in it and we don't need to "put on a good front" for anyone else.People respect honesty.The Holy Spirit works through it all. I know of a time in my life when I was turned off by phony televangelists/charismatics as a non-believer. When I came across the real deal then (a true Christian) ,though,I saw a clear distinction so hearing/experiencing the professing stuff served a purpose. The fake is more apparent when set against the genuine.
Yes,Jim- RCs call themselves "Christian" which confuses the issue. Of course,sadly,a lot of professing Christians,particularly,the ecumenical and many charismatic ones would call the RCC "Christian" as well. It's no wonder that Whoopi would be ignorant too. Penn "...Deep down she has to know that its not true." The heart is deceitfully wicked. She probably actually believes the rhetoric and prides herself in it. Of course,we pray that her spiritual eyes would be opened.
I've also noticed that people can be evasive when unable to address valid questions by making statements like "...Too many tiny boxes of tradition created as litmus tests." RC "holidays" can't be backed by Scripture. It's one thing to be ignorant or naive on a subject and it's quite another to support something with a verse which,when put in context,only confirms that Christians should avoid those things which were a shadow- Colossians 2:16-17 16Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an Holy day, or of the New moon, or of the Sabbath days: 17Which are a shadow of things to come, but the body is of Christ. The holy day,new moons,sabbath -WHICH ARE A SHADOW What's worse than a Christian observing the Jewish feasts which were a shadow is a Christian observing a pagan day and dragging Christ into it?
(Galatians) 4:9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? 10Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. 11I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.
Why do Christians observe days/times? And,Dolores,if you make a statement,you should be able to support it (i.e. answer Ladybug)
As usual,no response to what should be easy questions for a Christian. Ladybug never shows off. She is very gracious and has much wisdom. I guess that would be threatening to you. Dolores,why is it that people who care to defend the truth are automatically the most sour/negative people that "you have met"? Maybe it's because you are of the same mind that the world is when it comes to carnal things. If what comes out of the mouth is an indication of what is in the heart as the Bible states then,Dolores,you have a pickled heart.
GSM,pencil man is probably referring to the sodomites who claim to be Christian. In many Christian circles,the NIV is readily accepted and that may very well be why so many churches and high profile "Christians" have no problem and even encourage immoral behavior/lifestyles. And,of course,then there are the "celebrities" like Bieber and Dr. Phil who appeal to those who love their sin and still want to believe that they are spiritual....and on and on a domino effect
Interesting, J Y, when and where did the wise men celebrate the birth of Christ? ...and why would that be a warrant for others thereafter to do so when no one did,even those who had been with Jesus? And,Ladybug,no surprise that a good question which you pose didn't get answered. -same situation,different topic- when people would prefer to wallow in their emotions rather than to acknowledge their error. I guess that it allows them to write AT LENGTH about themselves. Some Zin dude gets more attention than the topic at hand.
Dolores while "... this type thing is such a witness to people more so than the health,wealth sermons..."
Scripture stands well on its own. It is by his Word through which one comes to faith... not His word plus sentiment.
A lot of people who are wooed by artists/writers who manipulate feelings with God's Word are often times much like the soil in which the seed doesn't take root. -always placing their faith in experience over truth.
It's because the schools/government invented the disease like add and adhd. The same principle for most everything else that the government wants to control- create a problem for which they have the "solution". Children/people who can't concentrate,can't concentrate because they have been so conditioned by tv and media.
Baptism for the dead is a convoluted work /way of fulfilling the requirement for salvation. ...just another point of ignorance when it comes to those who claim to be satanists if they think that it matters if one opts out or not. No work of man fulfills the requirement for salvation. Only Christ alone!
Very fine comments, B.Mc. Dolores,God did NOT give us man-made folidays.When you celebrate them,you are celebrating the same as the unbelieving,pagan world. They celebrate "christmas" and you celebrate "christmas" but "christmas" is definitely not in the Bible. If it were,then the RCC would not have imported it from the feast of saturnalia which ONLY the pagans observed. Party if you want but don't call it something that it isn't. Christians are accountable for adding to the Bible. Christ's Incarnation was an event but it was never mandated for an annual observance and it certainly wasn't "celebrated" by the Apostles nor called the exact opposite of what it means; the death of Christ is the opposite of the birth of Christ. Christians who know what the mass is,should consider what is coming out of their mouths when they parrot that tired annual expression. The mass is still the mass in the most heretical cult on the Earth.
Jim,did "christmas" come from the RCC? And did they not so name it for the mass of Christ (one of the most important RC foildays)? If the RCC had coined it "christ gayday" instead of "christmas" Christians would be using it,seemingly,without any thought justifying it by saying "that means something else to me" all the while parroting (like a robot) ""christ gayday".
Are words allowed to be subjective when they are only convenient?
Christopher said, "... I just can't believe how two very small minorities, the sodomites and athiests, have been allowed to put a stranglehold on an entire country..."
They didn't start the mess. They're just the byproducts of a nation that is under judgment for killing millions of babies and winking at adultery,promiscuity and depravity.
And,who is twisted,Christopher,the guy and/or Dr. Phil? I've heard of Dr. Phil professing Christianity but I know that he has had a lot of twisted ideas of what is acceptable that would deviate from that.
Maybe some don't know that before the 4th century that Christians did not celebrate this "christianized" festival. One has to ask why the disciples and apostles never observed this day.There are only a couple of instances of birthdays in the Bible and they are associated with the wicked. God is very specific when giving dates and details that He wants us to know in his word. Why did He omit the exact date of the Incarnation if He wanted people to observe it? And while there was a time that He did come in the flesh,the Word always was. Doesn't the word "christmas" mean the mass of christ in the RCC? If they coined the term and still use it,how can anyone else pretend that the word means something else whether they actually partake of a mass? Saying "merry,christmas" is the same as saying "happy death of Christ".