Jim Lincoln wrote: news to me Mr. Huckabee. none of my family has been Catholic since the Reformation, well okay, some have made a mistake, but the great majority of them have been Protestant, i.e., Christian. I guess we'll just have to go show you we are not all Catholic--when we go vote.
Before the Reformation, your family members were (choose one)? a. Saved. b. Unsaved.
There is Hope wrote: Could it be that there are professing believers who have never been born of the Spirit?
The churches are FILLED with people who "draw near with their lips, but whose hearts are FAR FROM GOD."
They have agreed to a "belief system," but have not met the LIVING GOD!
They want the PERKS - eternal security, earthly prosperity, etc., etc. - an insurance policy, if you will.
Just as those who followed after Jesus for the MIRACLES - for the bread and fishes - their pursuit is a selfish one. They want Heaven when they die. They just don't want to SUBMIT to the LORD during their earthly stay.
If they were to find the JESUS of the Scriptures, and love Him for Who He Is, apart from anything He can and will do for them, they would come closer to salvation, but Salvation is OF THE LORD and by the HOLY SPIRIT - NOT of man!
The call of Jesus is a burden to the unsaved, "Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Me." "Love not this world or the things of the world." "Die to self."
But, to the one "born again," it is their delight to "suffer for the One, who suffered for them," even as Paul and the Apostles, rejoiced in their suffering for the cause of Christ.