I am not familiar with Johnson's case, but I have met many, many "nonviolent drug offenders" whose ultimate suppliers were almost without exception violent drug cartels in the U.S., Mexico, Colombia and elsewhere. If I never murder anyone, but pay a hit man to do it for me, can you honestly say that I am "nonviolent"? It's sorta like Mr. Obama. Although he may not have committed terrorist acts himself, he sent billions of dollars to Iran to enable the Persians to continue to be terrorists. He should be hanged as a traitor for that.
Unless I have misunderstood previous posts, I don't think anyone has suggested that all Jews are or will be saved (except the remnant that survives the tribulation), but only that God still has a plan and a place for Israel. From a practical standpoint, the doctrine of election is God's department, and not ours. Since none of us have received an "Electoscope" from God, we are commanded to preach the gospel to EVERY creature without discrimination. Some will get saved; sadly, many will not. While those who do get saved are"elect according to the foreknowledge of God," they are "born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever" (I Peter 2:33). Sow the seed of the gospel. He that soweth bountifully shall reap bountifully. He that soweth sparingly shall reap sparingly. He that soweth nothing shall reap nothing, and he that soweth discord shall reap God's chastening.
Our church has members who are white, black, Asian, Hispanic, mixed, Yankees, Southerners, you name it. In the past six months we have had missionaries to (and some from) Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, Brazil, Kenya, Madagascar, and other countries preach in our church. I don't know what you mean by a "color-blind gospel," but I know what it means to preach the gospel to people of every color.
No doubt Christian Fellowship Church is a fine church, and if you had ever attended First Baptist of Hammond as I have, and knew any of its members as I do, you would realize that despite the problems they have dealt with, they were and are a fine church as well. If every church that has ever had a former pastor who messed up big time dried up and blew away, there probably wouldn't be many left. I can honestly say that there is no church in America with a greater zeal for the salvation of the lost than FBC Hammond. Maybe you should step away from the computer and experience life in the real world from time to time, Jim. "And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all." (John 11:49)
Amen, QC. I am one who believes that we should pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and I don't believe that means the New Jerusalem. I pray that God will save many, many Jews prior to the Great Tribulation. I love and pray for the children of Israel (both national and ethnic), and despite the ravings of Bible-denying, antisemitic "Christians," I have no doubt that God has loved them "with an everlasting love" (Jeremiah 31:3), and that Jeshua Himself yearns for their salvation (Matthew 23:37).
Christopher and some of his fellow tramps are trying a new program called hobo-farming. They put a tomato plant in a five-gallon bucket and are hoping to get a grant from USDA. They were paying a wino to keep an eye on the plant, but he thought he was Zacchaeus and tried to climb it.
Chris, I took correspondence courses (books, tapes and proctored exams) from an Independent Baptist Bible college and seminary in the Southeast. Like most such schools, it is unaccredited and therefore not worried about political correctness. There are no liberal professors and no one teaches anything contrary to the inspiration and preservation of the Bible. It was not a perfect school, but I wasn't a perfect student either.
penned wrote: the problem is when you allow assertions such as dispensationalism in the churches, then you have replaced a racially blind gospel with a racially charged gospel. Penned, do you ever get lonely being the only member of your cult?
Watcher, be a-prayin' fer pore old Chris. Me an' him wint to the doctor's offiss yesterday fer our annyul fizzical. The doc said I wuz as fine a spessamun of manly good health as he'd ever laid eyes on, but he told me Chris wuz on his last laig. "Why doc," sez I, "how long has he got?" "Shucks," the doctor said, "he might live to be a hunderd, but I don't think he'll ever have a fully functioning brain agin." Sez I, Whut do yew mean 'agin'?"
Congratulations on finally getting a new motor for your Yugo, Chris. I knew Briggs and Stratton would have just what you needed. Watcher, don't mind Mr. Triple Aught. He's unarmed and considered ridiculous.