There are 196 countries in the world today. Taiwan is not considered an official country by many, which would bring the count down to 195 countries. Although Taiwan operates as an independent country, many countries (including the U.S.) do not officially recognize it as one.
The above is from the internet.
I didn't read the article.
I will say that 196 countries have a distorted vision of the world.
The church is designed to be where born again believers gather for fellowship and like-minded worship of our Lord and Savior. The church cannot be divided especially by doctrinal issues. I would therefore forfeit my social life, retirement or income and come out of those churches and form another with those who have also come out from among them. House churches are a wonderful alternative in these situations.
If âanyâ leader in a church promotes homosexuality and they canât get rid them, then should simply leave. The denomination is apostate. A church is not a social club!
2 Cor. 6;14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
That is a good question! The issue with the birthday or wedding cake for a homosexual is they sometimes ask for bakers to put something on the cake that specifically refers to and therefore celebrates that type of union. If they asked the baker to put Sam and John as those getting married, then I would say no. If a male or a female comes to a baker and simply wants a cake, then the baker isnât obligated to stir the pot and get more information.
Your example of a catholic wedding is different. I have never seen a catholic wedding cake, but unless it is promoting the catholic faith in some way, it would simply be a cake in the bakerâs eye.
I donât believe a baker has to go through some sort of list to determine what the cake is used for, unless there is something that catches his/her eye then they have an obligation unto the Lord to delve further.
Wedding cakes are thought to be celebratory, so they are different than selling someone a hamburger. Because this issue is tricky, IMO, our consciences are in the forefront.
Oh, and if they go to a Muslim bakery, they wonât get one and the Muslims will not pay a price.
Mike wrote: Somebody is paying for their room and board, right? The 20-somethings aren't getting hungry or cold.
Interesting thought Mike. What do the parents and grandparents do with these young folks. It is likely too late to instill in them a work ethic and kicking them out on the street is a tough thing to do. And if someone is on the street, employment is pretty tough to get.
I am old enough that I didn't have to experience that kind of thing, but I often wonder if my two grandsons were suddenly kicked out of a mother and an aunt's house, would I let one of them move in with me?
Christopher000 wrote: Clear enough, US, and Frank, I like your point, and it's something I've used myself in other scenarios. The question is simple and poignant, and should cause anyone who is honest enough with themselves and wanting to grow, both spiritually and personally, to take a step outside of themselves to take a good look in. Bottom line for me is simply this: Anyone can believe, and most do. Anyone can repeat a prayer, and most have done just that, but after the belief is claimed, and that prayer repeated, is there any evidence of a new birth that follows? Too many recite a prayer and believe that's all that is needed and anything else is extracurricular, so to speak; recommended, but not necessary. Obediance is required, growth is necessary, and the fruit of a new birth is the evidence of both.
Perfectly said Chris! The new birth will give truth and guidance.
It would be nice if there were no news postings to bring the Jimâs of the world out. But, sadly the abortion issue is in the forefront of the culture and therefore must be addressed as all grievous sins. If scripture addresses and issue, then we must also be ready and willing to defend those positions. I know many of you agree with me. I have always said that Jim is crafty and therefore must be exposed and not always ignored. What a dilemma; we have trolls âthat all of us desire to ignoreâ and yet they can harm the true body of Christ or those who are being called by Him. And Jim gives credence to such evil people. I sometimes pray for his salvation.
I actually listened to the Pelosi video and one thing for sure is she truly believes that her position is correct. She uses our Lord and Savior to justify her evil positions and so do Jim and the other trolls.
Eph. 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [them]. 12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. 13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. 14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
SteveR wrote: John Y, you must be impressed with all the attention you receive after all these years. Even those that vowed years ago never to respond to you, continue to respond and even attack you. The Devil must have a Wanted poster with your picture out to his demons with a very high price on your soul. No worries, GOD will protect you(that's why the wicked are so angry)
Have you ever pondered why "only you" accept his testimony? Don't you think it odd that all of the rest of the posters on this forum reject him?
Do you have such discernment, that only you can be right? Are you really willing to say that "all" the rest of the posters are wicked?
I'm sure he is impressed about the attention he gets. That is how a troll thinks! And in his case, a very childish one.
I'll be interested in seeing your answers to these simple questions.
Christopher000 wrote: "For the first time as many Republicans support gay marriage as oppose it." Still the party of Jesus, John? The numbers are troubling, for sure, whether Catholic, Evangelical, or whoever because not one single person who claims Christianity, and claims to believe that the bible is God's complete and inspired Word should be falling victim to societal pressures or daring to support that which God clearly condemns.
Good comment Chris! You are correct about societal pressures on someone to agree with these sins. Abortion, homosexuality, greed, feminism and ecumenicalism all are being dummied down by silence and by watering all those concepts down. Social groups will reject Christians, families will become dysfunctional and many employers will look for a way to fire you or not promote you if you speak the truth in Christ.
When I hear of a persecuted Christian, I pray for them and thank God for them!
Matthew 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
John 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
ladybug wrote: Brother Frank, You nailed it. Jim L. is NOT here to seek truth, he comes here to push the liberal/satanic agenda of immorality and murder. He thinks he's pretty 'slick'! Even when he is proven wrong, it bounces off him and he just repeats his nonsense. He reminds me of John Y - a parrot. He's trying to use the childish tactic of name calling and he attacks my gender because he has nothing else. That has happened before here on these threads. Essentially, what he's doing is proving that a nerve is being hit on, so he retaliates as a child would. There are multitudes who claim to be Christian and yet are on the broad road. If God does not intercede in his/their lives, they will hear the dreaded 'depart from me'. If he/they would only think on those horrifying three words.
I agree with you sister. Jim tries to find a possible exception to a rule and then uses that exception to tear down the rule/truth. IOW, the exception, proven or not, becomes the new rule. It is called itching ears or eisegesis. What you said below is perfect!
Even when he is proven wrong, it bounces off him and he just repeats his nonsense. He reminds me of John Y - a parrot.
ladybug wrote: Don't flatter yourself - your continual liberal agenda posts are a nuisance to God's elect. You never post anything from your personal study of God's word, because you haven't the ability to discern His truth. You play the Christian card in order to push your devilish agenda. It's obvious you are not one of the elect, your rotten fruit gives you away. It would appear the truth presented against you is striking a nerve, for you resort to silly accusations and childlike behavior. How sad that you are blinded by the god of this world. This is why you must be born again. May God's mercy do a work in your heart. Your vileness oozes out of every post you put up.
You can usually tell who is seeking truth and who isnât. Those who are not donât address the scriptural arguments presented to them, but simply resort to their usual rants. Why someone would turn their heads from the truth is a very telling thing. Jim does that with the life of the mother silliness and other liberal agendas. The trolls on this forum will normally just proceed with their goals and ignore Godâs word.
Jim attacking your gender âwithout causeâ is a sure sign that you touched a nerve. Good for you.
Well Jim, I have never read where any of these posters have adhered to any of your links. So, why keep posting them? Is it to confuse folks into thinking that someone can vote for Obama and still be saved? Or is it a sly way of saying that your liberalism is somehow more moral than conservatism?
Well, the catholic church you attend does in fact pray to Mary and the saints. They believe the pope is the vicar of Christ on this earth. They believe if they die with a mortal sin on their souls, they go to hell. They believe in a works based salvation. And of course I could go on and on and on.
Canon 14: "If any one saith, that man is truly absolved from his sins and justified, because that he assuredly believed himself absolved and justified; or, that no one is truly justified but he who believes himself justified; and that, by this faith alone, absolution and justification are effected; let him be anathema."
CANON 12: "If any one shall say that justifying faith is nothing else than confidence in the divine mercy pardoning sins for Christ's sake, or that it is that confidence alone by which we are justified ... let him be accursed"
Like I have said, if you attend the RCC or defend them, then you are simply a disillusioned troll. The "or" is significant here.
Why would a born again believer attend such a church? Why do you think the Holy Spirit said  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing];
Anyway, this will be my last post to you on this issue. You fool no one.
Legislating morality is something that I am always glad to see because it tends to lessen immorality. So, legal penalties for murder and theft are a good thing because it lessens those sins. BUT, SPIRITUAL FRUIT CANNOT BE LEGISLATED. You must be born again to bear fruit!
The dominionists and others believe that we have to somehow subdue the world to make it more palatable to our Lord and Savior. So, their goals âincludeâ getting someone to act like they are a Christians when they are not. It is a conservative movement; not a Christian movement.
They see the world and Christianity through this lens. Scripture teaches that sin will grow worse and worse and then our Lord will return and destroy His enemies. It never teaches that it will get better and better and then the Lord âcanâ return.
If someone doesnât agree with them, they are pacifists.
Now before anyone decides to criticize my thought, reread the first sentence above.
The Manhattan Declaration and the ECT documents are perfect examples of where this view can lead us.
 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?  And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you,  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. (2Co 6:14-18)
Well parrot, for starters the above verse 18 is dependent on verses 14-17; especially verses 16 and 17.
Now, since you attend the RCC you are not a son of the most high. That is your testimony and I only posted this for the occasional viewer who "might" be confused by your comment.
You do realize that all of those who belong to Christ are His children.
1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God ...
Jim Lincoln wrote: From Google, ladybug: "Catholic (before eating) â "Bless us, O Lord, and these, Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen." [ ] (Preceded and followed by the Sign of the Cross.)[ ]" But I would certainly agree if they don't go through the pagan ritual of crossing themselves, then I at least couldn't find anything unchristian about the prayer. Ah, yes, I did find this source on, http://tinyurl.com/y8bk2mjd (Sign of the cross - what is the meaning?), which is neutral on the idea -- there's nothing in the Bible about it, however.
I'm not surprised that you were confused by this. The fact they don't belong to Christ makes it an "unchristian" prayer.
A catholic can do nothing that is pleasing to our Lord. Everything they "do or say" is to earn their salvation.
Christopher000 wrote: I should add that for me personally, I don't lump all Roman Catholics into one basket. I know there are those who don't buy into all of the various doctrines, and I know there are many who are simply ignorant to either what the church actually teaches, or to how God's Word lines up with all that they teach. The hard truth though is that we will all be held accountable in the end, regardless, and I don't believe anyone will be able to pull the, "I was tricked", or, "I didn't know" cards. God provided us with His Word for very specific reasons and His Word is available to all, so any ignorance is willful ignorance that I don't believe will be an acceptable excuse for any.
Hey Chris. Here is how I view RCs. If anyone understands their doctrine and continues to support them in any way, whether that is by attendance or through ecumenicalism, "they are lost" - period. That doesn't mean they are not part of God's elect. Many RCs leave that cult and find true faith in Christ later on. But that is none of my business. I can only ponder the here and now.
I was raised in the RC church and never understood what they taught or stood for. But, that didn't excuse me or give a pass when it came to my salvation.
Connor7 wrote: Steve, what is your definition of ecumenical? I think you're guilty of Guilt by association, in nutshell you're saying, "Ladybug quotes and agrees with such and such people, these people are Catholics, therefore ladybug is promoting Catholicism." That's what you're saying and it's ridiculous, I can agree with Hilter's quote, "He who owns the youth, gains the future." In a general sense that's true, I agree with his saying. That does not mean I am promoting Nazism, Hitler's pantheistic worldview, or anything of sort. Furthermore you said, "Not realizing it, you just Blessed Catholic Educated Doctors and their studies" can you document this? See what you're alleging is that ladybug is blessing all their studies and all their beliefs, when that is not the case, so unless you can document where ladybug promotes all their beliefs and all their studies, I'll have to dismiss your claim as an unsubstantiated attack on ladybug.
SteveR wrote: Its not all bad ladybug I was happy you brought to the attention of the board the finding by Irelands finest OB Doctors. Perhaps they are the finest in the world on this subject. If I would have mentioned this study first, its impact might have been limited because their educational platform was RCC teaching
I donât think sister Ladybug is saying that if you are against abortion, then that means you are part of the body of Christ. Many Muslims and Mormons are against this practice. You are adding to her thoughts and twisting them to suit your ecumenical agenda.
Here is an easy way of understanding this issue. Abortion is the murder of an innocent life and those that support abortion cannot be in the body of Christ because they would be guilty of practicing a sin that is clearly condemned in scripture; namely murder. The same could be said for those who practice and support homosexuality.
In all of her posts, I have never seen her even suggest that any moral issues trumps the necessity of being born again from above. That means the Lord calls us and gives us a spirit of repentance and complete faith and trust in the sacrifice the Lord made on the cross.