Johnny Y: Maybe men should be bowing to you since you said "I am the only one who is about what RCC doctrines are unscriptural" That means that all of true believers that seperated form the RCC are wrong?...once again, 562
GG (aka. I have never read the bible Stannard) You said "All of the priests that I have ever met were men dedicated to serving God and their people." Have you met any pedophile priests? Certainly they exist. Is that the way your priests serve your god?
Dwayne: It would be a good work and honest if you would tell us if you are associated with a particular denomination, sect or cult. It may be that you are just a renagede. Either way, let us know. You certainly stand for a works based gospe, but most "christian" religions do. Let us in on your secret.
Also when James uses the word "Justified" in the context of works works he is not speaking about spiritual justification, but the fact that true faith "produces" good works. Jesus uses it the same way when he says Matthew 11:19 "...But wisdom is justified of her children."
Dwayne: "by their complete imitation of Christ" are you going to die on a cross for the sins of the elect? Have you performed miracles? Can you by your own power save souls? Can you not sin for even 1 minute? True believers are without spot or wrinkle right now. they are in Christ. Paul says in Colossians 2:10 that believers are "complete in Him" if that is true, how can I add more to completeness? Completeness needs noting else or it would have been incomplete. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." Eph. 2:8-9 If I do anything of myself to earn salvation, I can boast.
I agree that belivers will be more and more conformed to the image of Christ in their daily walk, and should strive to do so. But, I am not judged on what I have done myself, but on what Christ has done to me, for me, and through me. That is good news. It's all his work by his grace.
Once again I will offer to speak with you via telephone. Many men on this site are cowards and will not speak with me via phone. (i.e. GG, Lance, John Y) They hide behind the mask of electronics. Maybe you are different. Let me know and I can arrange for you to contact me.
Paul is saying here that he doubts that these galatians are saved or "Born Again." If you would read the next verse you would see this... Galatians 4:20 I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I STAND IN DOUBT OF YOU. He doubts their salvation.
Please let me know when you walk enough like Jesus for God to let you into heaven. I will gladly get on a plane and come to see such a thing.
Dwayne: Dude, I surrender. I don't even know where to start with your silly ideas. You can "birth you own jesus in your own bosom." The True and Living Christ is in heaven interceeding for His elect, of which I am one. You go your way, I'll go IN Christ. I must tell you though, if you try to stand before the Holy God on your own rightousness you will surly perish. Please repent and trust in the work of Christ alone by faith alone, to the glory of God alone as told in the Scriptures alone.
Also, If you wish to speak about these things via Telepone (where we can really communicate) I will be glad to contact you or have you contact me. I will gladly foot the bill.
Dwayne speaks words of the flesh as he ignorantly perishes: "Are you trying to make a joke of the Gospel?" The Gospel is no joke but is "Good News." What kind of good news is having to work your way into the approval of God? No man can do that except Jesus Christ. And he did it for His elect of which I am one. Since God gave me the grace to believe this glorious truth, I can declare on the authority of scripture that I am one of the few, the chosen, the elect of God. The just shall live by faith.
As for we elect, we like david can say: In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Selah. Psalms 44:8
Dwayne quickly changes the subject while Peter anwers boldly..."Add me to the list of saints. I have totally fullfilled the law IN CHRIST. You can keep working your way, I will rest on Christ's work on my behalf.
How will you get to heaven if you do not perfectly keep the law?
James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.