Adam McManus informed us on his News programme on SA that tragically Master Sergeant Bergdahl came from a good evangelical home, an Orthodox Presbyterian family, obviously rebelled, as a young man, lived for 2 years in a Buddhist monastery, joined the Army, where on his posting to Afghanistan, he apparently converted to Islam, and then deserted his post, where he was picked up by the Taliban, and then that terrible president, Obama traded dangerous Taliban prisoners to retrieve him.
If Hilary Clinton had been elected he would have been honourably discharged by the Leftist / Islamic establishment and been feted everywhere as a hero.
I have a feeling though, under President Trump, he will get a lifetime in a Federal military jail instead! It is fortunate for him that the traditional penalty of death for desertion and treason is not still in force!!
Christopher000 wrote: I have a question. A random stranger, someone being witnessed to, or even another born again Christian, whoever, asks...How do you know you're born again, or, how did you become born again? How are those questions answered without responding with an intangible act of the will(Doing something)?
Think of Christian of Pilgrims Progress. That huge burden on his back which represents his guilt of transgressions against a holy God. Paul was loaded down with the same burden on Damascus Road. He couldn't kick against the pricks of guilt and that guilt, wrought by God's ten commandments being imposed, is what turned him around in repentance and pulverized his stony heart. Paul's heart was now a new lump of clay that God, through the HS, fashioned into a vessel of honor.
So how does one know they are truly born from above? By the absence of guilt forgiven and the assurance God gives us:
1 John 3:21-23 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another...
Dr. Tim wrote: "For by grace are ye saved through FAITH," not through baptism. Jesus did not say "Infant baptism is the way," but rather "I am the way." Infant baptism is just another hellish invention of Rome and is no more scriptural than the ridiculous doctrine of transubstantiation. Even circumcision, which one poster claims is a precursor to baptism, is "of the heart" (Romans 2:29), and the heart of a baby craves not a wet face, but a dry bottom. The denominations that practice this papist tomfoolery of infant baptism are like the scribes and Pharisees to whom Jesus said, "Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition," for it is nothing but a less than worthless tradition of men that may actually condemn souls to hell by making people think they are in the family of God when they are actually lost.
Infant Baptism is the same as Infant Dedication because Infant Baptism is just a dedication of infants to Jesus and does not impart salvation.
Good verse there Adriel it shows that God will have mercy on who he will have mercy. --- Christopher here are some more verses for your study. God causes you to walk in his statutes as in Ezekiel 36 which was given earlier. Here are some more verses that show that it is God working in you through Christ Jesus to set apart your life to God. Philippians 2:13
13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Philippians 1:11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
John 17:23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
Romans 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.
24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.
Christopher000 wrote: So again, how is one to know when, and how it even happened if we play absolutely no role, even after His Spirit opens our eyes to belief?
'Repentance' is not an action which the sinner can do in his "natural" state - pre-conversion.
Repentance = Greek metanoia = means 'a change of mind' - HOW does a person change from natural state to Christian? First it is not a human action it is divine providence by grace. Man cannot effect this change. Eph 2:8,9. Rom 10:9. Note:- Heb 12:17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears." Second when this 'change' is brought about by the Holy Spirit, by grace, 'THEN' you (can) seek to repent of your sinful life.
To repent of sin one must first overcome sin and perceive its evil unacceptable presence - that is grace at work not human. As a Christian you will have noticed the new perception of self as sinful. That comes by grace not by human activity. Only then do you seek your Saviour. These are the acts of a "Christian" seeking salvation (deliverance, safety).
Connor7 wrote: Rudy Goins said: "Donâ€™t mind if God mandates burning up more of California" uhhh I live in California, I personally know conservative pastors in California...please remember that Christians, conservative Christians live in California, and they are in danger of losing their house, job, family, etc.
McCain's father has been named by many who claim a coverup of the events of USS Liberty, the attack of an American Ship by the Israelis, a sustained attack that was kept from the ear of the American people at the time.
Jim Lincoln wrote: Anybody who is in stock market --and I am-- is of course a Globalist. Low-information Republicans as one writer called them, don't seem to realize that Trump will at least mentally run a cost-benefit analysis of all his foreign actions and see how they benefit him. I'm extremely happy with his effect on the stock market. I probably will be effusive my praise of him, if he moves the American embassy to Jerusalem
I'm not even going to comment... speaks for itself
Christopher000 wrote: Backing up to 1517's explanation of His Spirit giving us the ability to believe...fine, makes perfect sense, but that's still followed up with the acts of SURRENDERING, REPENTING, BELIEVING, and DEDICATING which most always say is wrong..
Who gives repentance unto life: 2 Timothy 2:25
25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God PERADVENTURE WILL GIVE THEM REPENTANCE to the acknowledging of the truth;
SURRENDERING: Romans 8:7-8
7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is NOT SUBJECT TO THE LAW OF GOD, NEITHER indeed CAN BE.
8 So then they that are in the flesh CANNOT PLEASE GOD.
BELIEVING: Ephesians 2:8-9
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; AND THAT NOT OF YOURSELVES: it is the GIFT OF GOD:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
What we are showing you Christopher is not some obscure thing as some would have you believe. It is the simple English of the verse. It is not complicated, it is simply seen when you:
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
You can't DEDICATE your life to Christ without the above first. No room.
In a fallen world where the churches would rather have sodomite agenda preached instead of the Bible, it is no surprise that the TV brain washing of children is dark.
I remember someone quoting a sodomite saying that they don't have to worry about the older generation because we are dying out; - Whereas they already have the younger generation convinced to accept the abomination as "natural," and commonplace.
Signs of the times? Signs of the end-times?
Genesis 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart."
I wonder if California will be the first to receive fire and brimstone?
Genesis 19:24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; 25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground."
Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."