Unprofitable Servant wrote: one of the major characteristics of humility to esteem others better than yourself (Philippians 2:3), yet you choose to put John UK down
False exegesis or interpretation, Unprofitable Servant. The grace of humility can be well installed within the true Christian and he can still admonish someone in error. (as indeed your post suggests) Otherwise we wouldn't be able to point out unchristian behaviour and statements by anybody. Would we.
What John's error is to wage a private war against all things Calvinist which he has been doing for years. The method he uses is the insulting term quote "frenchy" More recently he has used the insulting term of quote "ingleesi" of CHS. Why he does this and purports to imply he is a Calvinist, is something only he can explain. But it is not a Christian practice or witness to call people names even dead theologians.
If, by your post, you are supporting your friends position on this as a more Biblical quote "humility" then perhaps your interpretation of Scripture requires more work in that area.
The Big Un wrote: Ahhh BUT you come across as anything but. Shouldn't that cause you concern?!
Of course not. Its only your judgment and methinks you are biased towards the sinner who calls people names.
John UK wrote: when "whats in a name" was called by the Lord "by name", he replied, "What's in a name?" The Lord rebuked him and told him to cease from his nonsense. But then, sanctification, and the mortification of the sinful nature, can take a very large number of years.
Touched a nerve have we John?
Proverbs 22:4 By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.
Mike wrote: Humble enough to declare yourself humble, too.
Dictionary on "HUMILITY";- the quality or condition of being humble; modest opinion or estimate of one's own importance, rank, etc"
It being quote "one's own" opinion - From whence then Mike would you require it? "ESP" perhaps?
BTW Charles Haddon Spurgeon said "On the other hand, ***humility is a grace*** that hath many promises given to it in the Scripture. Perhaps most promises are given to faith, and love is often considered to be the brightest of the train of virtues; yet humility holds by no means an inferior place in God's word, and there are hundreds of promises linked to it. Every grace seems to be like a nail on which precious blessings hang, and humility hath many a mercy suspended from it. "He that exalteth himself shall be abased, and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted;" "Blessed are the poor in spirit;" and in multitudes of other passages, we are reminded that God loveth the humble, but that he "bringeth down the mighty from their seats, and exalteth the humble and meek." Charles Haddon Spurgeon
If humility is a *grace* (or does that not work in Arminianism, eg faith is also a grace) - Then shouldn't the Christian be blessed to witness thus??
John UK wrote: I got the idea from you guys who in your own estimation are not good enough to use your own name.
We have humility and choose to identify ourselves thus - Not others. Whereas You are specifically insulting of others in an unChristian manner. And to be perfectly frank I think your reason for insulting theologians etc was not because of "our choice" of alias - Therefore you have just lied about it. Father of lies .... !!!
"Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."
"they claimed to be offended by simply hearing the invited speakers deliver prayers that included a reference to Jesus Christ"
Satan seems to be working very hard these days in society. He wants to remove THE Name!!
Matt 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
Matt 19:29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
John 14:13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.