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But "one would think" that if 1 state made the Bible "their" state book, then the rest of the states are at quite a disadvantage as states cannot have a "designated" state object which belongs to another state. Yes? As if the Bible were something which was exclusive to a particular group of people in a PHYSICAL area. What if another state wants to have the koran as their state book or the LSD book of mormon...heehee the LDS book? The people in the state are stuck with it. Silly idea...good intentions or not.
Pennned,you make a very valid point. Frank,as always,very well spoken. Jim in saying "like you,they're good to go" with tongue in cheek or with green faced emoticon with tongue hanging out-which is probably how most will "go" if they don't change course. James McCarthy,btw, is a very solid and well-versed witness on the subject of the RCC with which he ,formerly, was very closely affiliated.
John Y, says"...Just because 99.9 percent of you guys here think the RCC is a Cult does not make it so"
-kinda makes one wonder who the other .1% is. J Y,it matters not what the majority of us think but what the Word of God says. God's Word is 100% and deems RC cultic and blaspemous. If you would like an indepth explanation of such, John MacArthur does a very fine and thorough sermon series on the RCC on his website gty.org If you would listen,then you could understand very readily why the RCC is a cult. I would think that if you could,in any way, refute what most of us say to you in this regard,as resolved you are in defending yourself,that you would be quite eager to listen or to read many of the links which are provided with what God says on the subject and take us to task. As of yet,you fail miserably in defending that which,you must know,cannot be defended. It's very difficult to take you seriously,however,you do act as a springboard for many on here to address the RCC heresies for others who may be passing through. As for yourself,take heed, for you of all people will be without excuse
Just in case you think that I was referring to you,Dave...I was not. I was referring to our confused RC church attender who says that he believes one thing but then loses credibility when it comes to his resolve to support the RCC. We,of course,love him and he,of course,is probably in most prayers. Lord willing,the fellow will get clarity soon.
I think that it would help to know the purpose of a "state book". In making the Bible a "state book",it reduces it to something so much less than it is,no matter the intentions. ...much like setting aside 2 "special" days for Christ in a year. Just by default,Christ is corporately celebrated less the other 363.
I would agree with most of what is said, I think the person with whom I would take to task,and he knows who he is,would have more of a valid comment if he could see to take the speck out of anothers eye. I will add this unexpected twist,however: While I would probably be one of the first to speak against rock-n-roll, I know from personal experience that while having the perspective of an unbeliever, God can still draw one with so-called gospel music. I recall being "moved" by Elvis gospel songs years before I received Christ.( Songs like "So High","How great Thou Art", and that song about a sinner running on for awhile only to face his Maker ultimately.) I was lost at the time but the words did catch my attention. And, I wouldn't advocate most of that after conversion. I wouldn't know Michelle's heart but she may be in the process of being drawn or it's possible that it's just another way to take pride in being dark skinned ("afro-amer. spirituals and "blk gospel"). She did hear a pretty powerful testimony not that long ago so it is conceivable that God is drawing her. Imagine the outcome-then the President might see a change in his wife and so it goes...Praise the Lord! What a testimony he could have,huh?
Steve R, who do you know that was baptized as an infant who is saved? Babies cannot understand what is suppose to be taking place. You may as well have fun at such a ritual and blow bubbles. Maybe the baby would smile any way. And only those who are wicked would tell a child that he/she is saved because they were baptized as an infant,fooling them into believing that they were eternally secure only for them to find out that they were deceived. Anyone care to give input to this- ? http://graceambassadors.com/tradition/does-romans-6_3-4-teach-water-baptism Just as an aside,I know many people who place so much confidence in water baptism as the instrument by which to be saved that they have been dunked 4 or more times in their lifetime. Then again,maybe the water didn't profit them that much as they lack assurance in that they have to repeat the ritual again and again as if somehow the water could possibly cleanse their soul.
The article reads "...(the faux pa) Benedict XVI on Sunday called on bishops from around the world to revive the Christian faith among those who have forgotten or abandoned it." First off,he needs to understand that bishops are unable to do that which only the Holy Spirit can. Then,Benny needs to grasp that nothing can be forgotten or abandoned if it was never to be had to begin with. One cannot lose that which one never had.
...very eloquently stated Marty. I don't think that anyone was suggesting that our being sojourners was relevant to the Kingship of Christ. ...just stressing where our home actually is. And I think that people can find the Word of God in all states,not just Tennessee. Thankfully,it's still available and even in the KJV. God's in control and all who will be judged will be judged fairly.
Spiritual regeneration is accomplished through God's Word and by His Spirit. Eph 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word... Traditional rituals do not regenerate. Circumcision does not sanctify.
I agree with Wayfarer. Further, making it a "state book" doesn't justify or sanctify those who live in Tennessee. It's highly probable that it doesn't reflect the beliefs of many,if not most,who live there. There is no such thing as a Christian state. Christians are all just sojourning here; Heaven is their residence. Is it just me,or did anyone else not know that states have "state books"? I've heard of state flowers,state birds and,of course,state flags but I would be hard-pressed to correctly answer which flower or bird belongs to each state.
Reading through this article is like digging through garbage. Evans,who opposes advertising but is pushing her book says,"...If youâ€™re turning away gay people, weâ€™re going to see through the hip B.S.," ...poor millennials,it's not enough to have a "cool" church,now they must also have a blatantly unscriptural one. They truly are blind. There but for His grace go I, but it is pretty clear what the Word says in regards to issues like homosexuality. If they don't like the Word of God,they could save themselves a lot of trouble and stop trying to be Christian. If God doesn't make one into a new creature,it's not happening.
Jim, I think that we got your point,lol Joe and 1517, very true! I just wanted to add: They wouldn't all fit anyway. How many are them? Countless. I guess one of their "gods" is too inadequate,so they have to have a "god" for everything. Come to think of it though,...not too unlike the many supposed saints which one prays to in the RCC.
Haven't they heard about our homeland security? Surely the enemy wouldn't get past the granny prodders at the airports. Oh yeah,that would be discriminatory and profiling. I guess that it's pretty easy. I still say that they could save the time and trouble; we have enough of our own terrorists destroying us from within. Have a hostess ding dong already.
Again,Tulip,when you say that you pray for the Holy Spirit are you saying that you pray for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (which is unnecessary as we receive the Person of the Holy Spirit upon conversion) or are you saying,rather,that you pray for the power and ministry of the Holy Spirit? Don't you see the distinction? It almost sounds like you are supporting the false charismatic idea of a later baptism of the Holy Spirit.
When you state, "... either fall in line with Catholic teaching and be against abortion, homosexuality and artificial birth control or be excommunicated from the Catholic Church."
it would seem,John Y,that you expect more from the faux pa than you do from yourself unless there are only some issues like the justification by faith alone in Christ alone (which makes you an anathema in the RCC) which are exempt in your selective reasoning. If it's alright for you to be disingenuous in regards to the things for which the RCC would excommunicate you,then you have no voice in the matter when it comes to other things for which one may be come excommunicated for. To be consistent, you either stand for truth completely or stay silent,lest you be found guilty, when it comes to compromise. A silent witness is no witness at all.