Dr. Tim wrote: Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. ‚Äď Winston Churchill
The reason this country continues its drift toward socialism and big nanny government is because too many people vote in the expectation of getting something for nothing, not because they have a concern for what is good for the country. ‚Äď Lyn Nofziger
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. ‚Äď Thomas Jefferson
Significant quotes regarding the redistribution of wealth by any state.
The greatest danger along this, is the redefinition socialism needs of man's inherit nature, which greatly defers from the definition the Bible rends. To function, Socialism is obliged to admit at every turn that man is 'diseased', not responsible for his own doings, and at bay of chances, in order to justify all sorts of 'benefits'; when God says he is corrupted from head to toe and should be held accountable for his actions. Romans 3 Socialism gives privileges without responsibilities, God upholds rights along accountability.
A unique occasion This is a memorable and Christ-centered mourning to watch full of devotion and love, when over a church along with a thousand people honoured and remembered a life well spent in Christ's service.
Gargano wrote: Free things in exchange for your rights? Isn't that the promise of communism and socialism? That's why I laughed when I read a headline that said USA will never become socialist. When the heart lusts, it will sacrifice anything.
Wherever the state redistributes wealth through taxation, you have a socialist setting.
Just a Guy wrote: Good... 1. Why should rich people be penalized for making money? What will encourage the rest of Americans to work to get more money if, all that will happen, is their money gets taken away?
2. It's a good thing that they are short of money. I only wish the all the state's would be short on funds. Then they will be forced to cut spending on the useless and wasteful things that they spend money on.
1. This is socialism, a way of eroding classes leveling all citizens to a minimal surviving existence, creating a state of serfdom of all the population against the high class of the bureaucrats of the state.
2. No, the state will not run ever out of money; it only needs to invent a new tax, or increase any of the existing ones.
Douglas Fir wrote: When I see junior high kids visit the local library, they are not opening books unless they are with a private tutor working on some school assignment. They are all using their smartphones to text; I don't even see them carry on conversations on the phone. So I guess they can read their smartphones, but I am not sure since it could all be images like those used at fast food cash registers.
Most of the British libraries were cleared out of old works and sources 15 years ago, and these were replaced with pure fiction, of no content or moral value, and ongoing entertaining stuff. It is rare to find a book going back to the 1800's,- most of them refelecting the Victorian ethos derived from Christian heritage, or even a decent book from the early 1900's of fair outlook. Most of the materials are videos, DVDs, gossip magazines about the stars of the film industry, royalty or the sport world, games, fancy stuff of the curiosity like, works promoting New Age, relativism, or fads, books on diets, or the instant-know-how books. Culture seems to have gone into hibernation. It is a way of disconnecting a generation from its valuable past, as if nothing of important before them ever existed regarding values, way of life or lifestyle.
John's brother in Christ wrote: You have made some very wise and gracious comments and we can only hope John will return. Only Vultures would be circling for bones as one would think he was 'suddenly' an apostate by all the clamour. He makes simple challenges to some posters who maintain that they are biblicists...show me the men who preach the same and the churches that do likewise and he could show you thousands on SermonAudio that hold to the same doctrine as himself, including the founder of SermonAudio. He doesn't hide the fact where he stands ... J C Ryle's evangelistic preaching and where he believes the 1689 confession is scriptural. So he will be sadly missed. The two most recent sermons from my own Pastor might be helpful to us all ‚Ä¶ ‚ÄėLet no Corrupt Communication‚Äô ...
Take heed wrote: Some ... commend him for being a good teacher
Please, accuracy. This was *never* stated.
Hidding behind a moniker without the accused person present is the easiest way to pass on misconstrued statements.
John, was of a gregarious nature, seeing 'good' were others immediately frowned, something as Barnabas. When others were scared about the new convert Paul, he took the risk of siding with him in bringing him to the apostles, due to a peculiar insight others missed.
Heaven will answer to all such near misses, due to all things being exposed to the excrutiting wisdom of God analysing matters beyond face value in the complexity of motives of the corrupted human heart. And this is where we leave John. For being extremely open and involved, one of his flaws, people now fuel on him as the archers mentioned in Genesis 49. Surely, John over stepped himself at times, if he had not, he would be a demigod, which thing is not endorsed here. Simply, we admit to an honest believer, blood-bought, who as any of such is in the process of sanctification.
We see in part, Scripture says, but one day we will see all things as they have been known from heaven.
Meanwhile, this forum will be the poorer missing robust insights.
June A. Nadolny wrote: Tone was the flaw, not content"
****** So true B.Mc. John is a passionate man, both zealous and earnest in his convictions. And it must be conceded that Christian apologetics is by its very nature contentious.
God's Word exhorts us to "contend earnestly for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints." - - Jude 1:3
This I believe is what John has ever sought to do. In Christ, June
Fully agree, sister. To seek to bring his memory down by scoring each of his demenours is quite dishonourable, yet this is what religious leaders attempted with Christ - he being the "faultless" Lamb of God, convinced they were rendering service to righteousness in doing so !
Besides, apart from 'heretics', and the descriptive 'rufians', John did not practice the systematic insult culture as some do. Challenge? yes, debate? yes, a Christian philosopher? no doubt, ongoing dialogue? Definitively, too long sometimes, while keeping Christian composure; but he had the time and will to spare on this, and this was his choice.
John's brother in Christ wrote: ... base my findings on having had contact with John and reading his posts, off and on, for 13 years. He isn't perfect and doesn't claim to be, but he is still defending his firm convictions ‚Ä¶ 1689 Reformed Baptist. The same convictions as the great C H Spurgeon. I believe we can easily forgive any mistaken outbursts; even if we only be guilty of the same ourselves in thought. At least John can usually be nailed down 'doctrinally', but can we
June A. Nadolny wrote: 1. "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" - Jer.17:9
2. "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, *be acceptable* in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer." - Ps 19:14
Take care sister. May you walk in the light of His countenance and may we each prove the sufficiency of His grace in our earthly pilgrimage. In Christian fellowship, June
1.The verse of Jeremiah is amply justified by the obtuse conclusions some draw out without proper understanding. Christ had a lot of this happening during his earthly ministry, as we see in the Gospels.
2.Certainly it can be said of John UK what people had said of another John, "John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man (Jesus) *were true*
He battled against error, and some passing as orthodox 'evangelicals' are glad of his "fall" or jugde him for his faults, which he had, missing the big picture! The lamentable thing is that in spite of his flaws he was a voice for truth. 'O, let our words be acceptable in your sight of God'
One can tell enemy from foe by the way we act re. the sins of others, either expose them or cover them. The thermometer of love shows up.
June A. Nadolny wrote: "Love covers a multitude of faults" B Mc We must keep John in our prayers. for John-UK's encouragement: Prov.18:24b ‚Äú... there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother‚ÄĚ
Dear June, God can make events as this work for our good; so whining us from the 'good' of sermons, or Christian discussions, he can draw and bless us into the 'best' of his own word instead, not for novelties, personal fancies, petty talk or debate, but to dig deep into himself, for which there are no comparable substitutes whatsoever, no matter how good a preacher, or a Christian fellowship might be, though helping aids such be in Christian experience. May the Lord be pleased to grant John robust growth inside the perfect refuge and companionship of God, the true gentleman he is to those that walk upright. And the same to you dear sister.
Man's heart is an unfathomable mine of destruction, who can contain it? Only by the mercies of God, when walking in the secret of his presence and in the strength of his might, such can be subdued. Man cannot change man; even Christ left some to their own, "... the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying ... he said, let them alone" Running the race by faith and grace, Kind regards
Perhaps the words spoken about the patriarch of old may have a place here,
"Joseph is a fruitful bough, ... by a well; whose branches run over the wall: The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, ... But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; from ... the shepherd, the stone of Israel"
John UK is a sincere, yet imperfect man. If his remarks got out of hand of late, it should be acknowledged that we have seen far worse behaviour from his accusers here in the past who often used blatant insult as a norm, yet all this going unchecked.
If he strove of late bravely against cardinal error, he was left alone to do so, only to become in the end the single target of those that condemned him. If he took extreme pains to clarify James' senseless arguments for days and weeks with much patience and kindness, his detractors ignore this, not only leaving him alone in his efforts, but dropping on him as a due of fire.
John did not misrepresent as a norm. He took time to ask and to proceed accordingly. Regretfully, and unfairly, what he got in the end seems a 'merciless' dismissal at the hands of some of his "brethren" who fell on him in his exasperation.
John, not sure why you ask this question, but bland/blank statements as this do not suit the genre of divine revelation, as the context defines the meaning of terms, which can be used in more than one sense, say figuratively, literally, retorically, as a type, as an illustration of simply with different, but close, meaning.
For instance, the term judgment can mean more than one thing in Scripture. It can mean retribution, a veridic, a path to obtain justice, or a concious approval of what is right. The context will guide.
So with Jew, it is much more than a biological ascentry, it is a spiritual culture brought to pass in order to frame the plan of redemption. Christ defined it this way: "salvation is of the Jews", not meaning that they are the originators of salvation, but that their intrinsic existence had the one purpose of channeling of the means of salvation, by type, ordinances, history, revelation, and witness.
This is what binded Jews together where ever they were dispersed, be a Jew born in Pontus as Aquila, or born in Alexandria as Apollos, -a Jew with a Greek name, or from Tarsus as Paul. It was 'spiritual culture' that linked them all. See, "Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? will he go unto *the dispersed*