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Pope Francis Becomes First Pope to Visit Pentecostal Church; Calls Evangelicals His 'Brothers'
Pope Francis became the first pope to make an official visit to a Pentecostal church, after he flew on Monday to speak at the Evangelical Church of Reconciliation in the southern city of Caserta, Italy. The pontiff apologized for persecution of Pentecostals the Roman Catholic Church was involved with in the past, and reached out with friendship to evangelicals.
"Among those who persecuted and denounced Pentecostals, almost as if they were crazy people trying to ruin the race, there were also Catholics," Francis said, according to The Associated Press, referring to Italy's fascist regime when the Pentecostal practice was forbidden....
Michael H, no problem. It's easy to be zealous not out of self-righteousness but in an attempt to correct error. I haven't seen any of your posts as offensive.I tend to be direct myself and am trying to be more sensitive to His Spirit as well.
Michael H., Bible reading where there are children, there should be done in a family setting with the father leading of course. Naturally,
1 Corinthians 14:9 So also you, unless you utter by the tongue speech that is clear, how will it be known what is spoken? For you will be speaking into the air. 1 Corintians 14:11 If then I do not know the meaning of the language, I shall be to the one who speaks a barbarian, and the one who speaks will be a barbarian to me. ---NASB
You might be surprised while I think the NASB is the very best Bible to be used in a church setting, and by adults. Perhaps for young adults, the NIV (1984 or earlier version), ESV, and yes, even New King James Version, though probably a John MacArthur Study Bible.
So, yes, I have no disagreement with what you said that the Bible corrects all errors, and as John MacArthur pointed out those suffering from Charismatic Chaos don't pay that much attention to the Bible.
Oh, if the John Y., is around just to remind him about The Papacy.
dear s c I want to apologize for my abruptness with you yesterday. I was wrong to be so quick and not patient and gracious on such an important matter (the divorcing of the Holy Spirit from evangelism and even our own Bible study by some and who their influence hurts all of us)
Please forgive me I will seek by the grace of God to not do it again when I seek to earnestly content for the faith
SF from TX wrote: John UK wrote: " . When they are very young, it can be read to them from a children's Bible" No need for a "children's bible.." we read ours the KJV. They're quite capable of understanding (as much as possible). I see no reason to dumb the word down and put it on the same level as Winnie the Pooh. It's not another "children's story" but the living word of God. Not that you implied that. Just my two cents on "childrens bibles".
Thank you SF for your insights born of experience.
The Revival Movement Association produces Bible stories on large sheets of paper with the passage written on one side (in KJV) and on the other a full width picture, say of Moses receiving the Ten Commandments, which relates to the story. Child evangelism fellowships and missions use these a lot in places like Africa. When they read the passage, the children can look at the picture, which keeps them from getting bored, and helps them to understand what is happening. I'm told that if you want to help your child get off to sleep, read them a long story without any visual helps.
John UK wrote: " . When they are very young, it can be read to them from a children's Bible"
No need for a "children's bible.." we read ours the KJV. They're quite capable of understanding (as much as possible). I see no reason to dumb the word down and put it on the same level as Winnie the Pooh. It's not another "children's story" but the living word of God. Not that you implied that. Just my two cents on "childrens bibles".
MS wrote: My good pleasure John Btw....never once did we ever hear the Gospel of grace preached in any RCC that we attended. Which we will never set a foot in ever....no exceptions. It is a complete superstitious pagan religion. any one born of the Spirit of God will be able to discern that.
Ah yes MS, I certainly know in mine own experience that intellectual knowledge may be helpful, but it is really the Spirit of God who gives the discernment regarding spiritual things, even immediately after being born again. Your testimony reveals that you are taught of God, and it just goes to show how much God loves you, and will never leave you nor forsake you.
My good pleasure John Btw....never once did we ever hear the Gospel of grace preached in any RCC that we attended. Which we will never set a foot in ever....no exceptions. It is a complete superstitious pagan religion. any one born of the Spirit of God will be able to discern that.
MS wrote: John...we were not attending RCC anymore. We were complete heathens very happy in our darkness. Then a series of providences concerning life threatening health issues, and a man telling one of our children to read the Gospel of Matthew , and at home reading the Bible the Holy Spirit of God broke our hearts and showed us our great need of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ....and we have never looked back. To God be the glory!!
MS, that is a most wonderful testimony, and just goes to show that the word of God, especially in the gospels which reveal the life and testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ, is the power of God unto salvation to all that believe.
What a Saviour is Jesus Christ! Amen, and thanks for sharing that, it is a great encouragement.