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USER COMMENTS BY “ BEEN WATCHING ”
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News Item4/21/18 11:42 PM
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Youth in Asia wrote:
surprisingly we are having a mature conversation. It is great to have a forum to discuss such things, a moderated one at least. At the end of the day we are called to be effective preachers, America is not a church, we share the stage with so many others, but the point is, we should instead stand out like lights in this perverse generation
Absolutely, but not if it means disgracing Christ by preaching to captive audiences. Being a Christian, I would feel creeped out if suddenly the bus driver started praying. Just seems to be done in bad taste is all.

News Item4/21/18 11:28 PM
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Backwoods Duck Farmer wrote:
Hence why I comment on SA very rarely. It's simply not the wisest use of time and mental energy.
Okay then...in patience and love, please explain your thoughts to me. What I read in your comments was you thought it was okay for this driver to do what he did as Christians should always pray and preach the Gospel even when they're not wanted. I read your comments to my wife and she thought the same thing, hence my response. I apologize if I jumped off the deep end.

News Item4/21/18 10:51 PM
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ladybug wrote:
Sorry, I don't see that as humor. Poking fun at heresy is never humorous, free will has deluded many into thinking they're saved...John Y is the fruit of such heresy.
It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God, it is tragic that someone is on the broad road and yet, they think they're saved because they exercised their free will.
And that's one of the problems with the church as I see it today. Everyone has this Hollywoodish mentality. Always cracking jokes, making light of stuff that we should be serious about. I myself have been guilty of this. A good, dear friend pointed this out to me yesterday, and I had to admit that I have been wrong to do so. Let's keep sober, vigilant and serious in this walk of ours. Humor is fine, but it can very quickly get out of hand.

News Item4/21/18 10:22 PM
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My Own 2 cents wrote:
I apologize about my comment I posted, I spoke to quickly and didn't read in the whole context.
I apologize for coming off harsh. I didn't mean to.
God bless all of ya and have a nice night (or day).
I guess offenses abound around every corner these days. Maybe we should round up a bunch of people in a room, lock the doors and force them to listen to the Gospel message? Maybe guns would help convince them? These children were a captive audience according the law.

Jesus NEVER forced anyone to listen to Him, He didn't need to as the Holy Spirit guided Him in His ministry. I think this sort of logic (I mentioned above) is dangerous and typically comes from those who embrace the God, guns, guts and glory business.

This isn't love. Love means you preach the Gospel to others as the Holy Spirit guides you and if they walk away, you don't chase them down and tackle them. You let them go. This bus driver was being underhanded and look at the shame it brought Christ.


News Item4/21/18 9:09 PM
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Backwoods Duck Farmer wrote:
And yes it would concern and offend me if I had children and a Muslim tried to convert them to Islam - but that's aside from the point because we Christians shouldn't be fair other religions and belief systems.
Not sure what that means. Can you elaborate?

News Item4/21/18 8:55 PM
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Youth in Asia wrote:
I think Ned Flanders is a parody of Christianity from the TV show "The Simpsons". It's something the world uses to put down christians, like the word Bible Thumper, When I became a christian, I struggled because I will now have to be associated with Ned Flanders, a character everyone laugh at. But thankfully, unbelievers are wrong on their representation of believers.
Unfortunately, many Christians act like him though. Hypocritical, proud and full of themselves. Even their humility is false. The world can see through it all. Just look at the pride and arrogance on this forum. Trust me when I say, the world is watching.

News Item4/21/18 8:44 PM
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Backwoods Duck Farmer wrote:
Ned Flanders that is*
Have you ever watched the Simpsons? Ned Flanders was depicted as the stereotypical Christian (at least in the world's eyes). Always looking for an opportunity to shove religion down someone's throat. My point may have been lost here but what I was thinking was there's a time and place for things, and this definitely wasn't it. He most likely knew the student's parents wouldn't approve of his actions so when he got them all together he took advantage of the situation. How would we like it if we had all of our kids on a bus and a Muslim took the opportunity to try and convert them to Islam?

News Item4/21/18 8:33 PM
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Definition of free will
1: voluntary choice or decision I do this of my own free will
2: freedom of humans to make choices that are not determined by prior causes or by divine intervention

So which Christian believes and embraces this definition of free will? Surely this is not biblical.


News Item4/21/18 8:29 PM
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Backwoods Duck Farmer wrote:
Youth in Asia, that's one of the reasons public schools and transport shouldn't exist at all. Biblically speaking, it's not the State's responsibility to run them.
Sounds like something Ned Flanders would do. A public school bus is no place to pray with sinners. Talk about a captive audience. It sounds like this guy was taking advantage of his opportunity. Not a smart thing to do.

News Item4/21/18 12:12 PM
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ladybug wrote:
From the article, "That He died on a cross and shed His blood for all the sins of mankind." Like his father, FG teaches falsely. Christ died for who?
"I lay down my life for the sheep." John 10:15
"Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many."- Mat 20:28
'All Christians hold that Christ died to redeem, but all Christians do not teach the same redemption. We differ as to the nature of atonement, and as to the design of redemption. For instance, the Arminian holds that Christ, when He died, did not die with an intent to save any particular person; and they teach that Christ's death does not in itself secure, beyond doubt, the salvation of any one man living. They believe that Christ died to make the salvation of all men possible, or that by the doing of something else,..' Spurgeon
If Christ died for everyone, then He died for those even in hell. What a waste that would be.

News Item4/21/18 11:52 AM
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Connor7 wrote:
Not really since God gave the Philistines into David's hand, that must mean that God...God interfered with the freewill of the Philistines. Now if you're consistent with your position, what choice did Nebuchadnezzar have when God took the kingdom away from him, and in God giving him a beasts heart, and having that for seven years? It was eternally decreed that it would happen, and was not Pharaoh's very purpose for being created is that God's power would be made known?
And the non Calvinist says that God eternally desired all men to be saved, I've never met a non Calvinist who believes otherwise, however if we explore this notion...
And I've never meet a someone who could deal with the Double Jeopardy argument by John Owen. I think every Calvinist should know this argument, and I will put it quite simply: If Jesus bore the wrath of God for all of humanity, on what basis does God have for punishing any unbeliever in Hell? Doesn't that contradict the doctrine of atonement, penal sub
Amen Connor. Thank you for your sound words.

News Item4/21/18 10:57 AM
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ladybug wrote:
'Arminianism was the false gospel of John Wesley and his followers in the eighteenth century, and of D. L. Moody in the nineteenth. It is the stock-in-trade of well nigh all the popular evangelists of this century from Billy Graham downwards. The gospel halls of the Brethren, Open and Closed, are nurseries of Arminianism. The active agents of the Faith Mission and the Salvation Army,...
Adam and Eve figured they had the power to make THAT decision that plunged the human race into darkness. They and the devil were playing right into the hands of a sovereign God who allowed them to disobey to accomplish His plans for the planet. Were they held accountable? Yes. Were they punished? Yes. Was the human race tainted and cursed? Yes. Was God in control of it all? Yes.

News Item4/21/18 10:43 AM
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ladybug wrote:
It's never about changing one's 'position'. Correcting error should always be the goal of the Christian. The 'bait' used doesn't fluctuate, salvation isn't contingent on a sinner's free will. If we mishandle God's truth, we will be held accountable. Scripture nowhere states salvation is part man's free will and part God's grace, not correcting this heresy has been tragic. There are now multitudes who assume they are saved because they did something. God help those who stop their ears to this truth and gnash their teeth at it!
"Free-will doctrine-what does it? It magnifies man into God. It declares God's purposes a nullity, since they cannot be carried out unless men are willing. It makes God's will a waiting servant to the will of man, and the whole covenant of grace dependent on human action. Denying election on the ground of injustice, it holds God to be a debtor to sinners". C.H. Spurgeon
There was a time when men of old vehemently fought against this heresy, and with good reason. How sad that it's no longer deemed important to stand against this heresy...
Well said Ladybug and NeedHim. Free will? Only as God allows.

News Item4/20/18 10:29 PM
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You have the last word. You live your life according to your rules and I'll live my life according to mine and we'll see who's right in the end. I believe God is sovereign over everything including:

Man's thoughts and words (Prov. 16.1)
The wicked (Prov. 16. 4)
Even the rolling of the die (Prov. 33)

I for one will not attempt to take away from His sovereignty by pretending I have some sort of freedom to make decisions outside of His control and supremacy.


News Item4/20/18 9:05 PM
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Dr. Tim wrote:
Connor I almost never answer your questions, or anyone else's on here, for the simple reason that doing so generally leads to endless disputes and I am not interested in engaging in those. That is what I meant when I said there are a few people running traplines on here; they are constantly trying to snare others into getting into fruitless theological debates. However, I will answer your questions this time. 1. Yes. 2. No. 3. Never heard of Time for Truth, and am not interested in looking it up. K?
I'm thinkin' the good doctor needs a hug. Here's a hug fer ya!

News Item4/20/18 8:21 PM
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Not the same wrote:
Seeing you keep bringing up free will let us do a quick reference on it. John 8:44 tells us man’s will is in bondage to his nature. However, if the unregenerate only do things that God predetermined they would, then you have eliminated our Lird’s clear teachings on degrees of punishment in hell
The phrase freewill , normally appearing before the word offering, as in Psalm 119:108, appears 17 times in the KJV Bible. Are you saying that a sovereign God who inspired the Scriptures made a mistake or had His sovereignty iimpugned by allowing, requesting and acknowledging such actions?
I am not going to continue this fruitless debate with someone who desires to make the point that God isn't entirely sovereign. You are confusing the idea of God wanting us to come to Him with a cheerful, obedient heart and God being in control.

Let's lay the cards on the table.

1. Is God sovereign? Yes or No.

2. Does man have a free will? Taking into account the definition of free will, please answer yes or no.

Someone has to be sovereign. We cannot share the throne. There's only room for One.


News Item4/20/18 4:22 PM
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ladybug wrote:
The bible warns of antichrist types {1 John 2:18}, 'anti' meaning 'in place of' it's no coincidence the office of popery has claimed to be the 'vicar' of Christ, 'a noun meaning [Roman Catholic Church] 1. the pope, with reference to his claim to stand in the place of Jesus Christ and possess His authority in the church.' Origin of Vicar of Christ-from http://www.dictionary.com/browse/vicar-of-christ
'Protestants generally suppose this adversary to be the Papal power; and some divines believe that, in a more general sense, the word extends to any persons who deny Christ or oppose the fundamental doctrines of christianity.' from http://webstersdictionary1828.com/Dictionary/Anti-christ
The office of popery has always sought to lead and set itself up as 'in place of' the true, living Son of God. There is not one thing biblical about the RCC: the Lord God detests false religion-https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?m=t&s=22012238299
Hey Watcher, I pray you too will be blessed by our great Lord, God and Savior. Looking forward to hearing back from you. BTW, you and I have similar personalities concerning getting flustered.
Amen sister.

News Item4/20/18 3:42 PM
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Kev wrote:
Yeah doing prettty well over here just busy with school all the time. Take care and God bless hope your enjoying the little one
Hey Kev and Ladybug. Hope all is well with you both. Ladybug I still have to write you back. Will do that tonight when I have enough time to write with clarity. Anyway, if you have been reading, please feel free to hit this subject from another angle as God leads, because I have to be careful not to get flustered. That's my personality and I have to watch myself here.

May both of you be blessed in Christ's love and peace and understanding.


News Item4/20/18 3:10 PM
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Not the same wrote:
That is because ‘it’s” logical conclusion is your logical conclusion not what is found in the Bible. You are generalizing a specific. So called free will has nothing to do with it do please leave it out of discussion, again only you are bringing it up
And you haven't read Romans 9 with understanding. This is where it gets frustrating because in my eyes, the Bible is quite clear. Read Romans 9 and ask God to show you the truth contained therein.

As my wife said, I would rather error (if in fact it was error), on the side of saying that God is sovereign and we have no free will, rather than stealing away God's glory and saying we have some sort of power to stay God's hand if we want to.


News Item4/20/18 2:57 PM
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Will give a brief response here as I am still not where have time and resources. Been Watching please don’t think I am trying to be argumentative or am unappreciative of your desire to exalt God. I simply saying you are either misdefining or misapplying the doctrine of the sovereignty of God....
In no way am I doing away with our accountability to God. We follow the plans of our sovereign God whether we do it with a smile or a frown. All of mankind follow God's plan for them. Romans 9 tells us this: 18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. 19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will? 20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God*? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? 21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to* make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

I don't think are taking the sovereignty of God to its logical conclusion. God is sovereign or He isn't. Sovereignty means in control over all. Not some. Free will says I can make my decisions and choices, and those choices will not be controlled or influenced by any outside source.

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