Thanks, Frank. Assuming that was what Park meant, it does clear up what he said. My approach is the exact opposite of yours. If I download a sermon and the preacher does NOT use the KJB, I chuck it and go to the next one. The reason I do that is very simple. The KJV is the Word of God. The ESV, NIV, NASB, "New King James" and other perversions of scripture are not the Word of God.
Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him. (Proverbs 22:15). Instead of applying the rod of correction, public schools--and particularly those in liberal states such as Hellifornia--are doing all in their power to ensure that students become more and more foolish. It is this very agenda of turning from God to every form of wickedness that has put the "duh" in the dumbing down of America.
It has been my privilege to go to many good Baptist churches, Jim, and without exception they used the King James Bible exclusively in all of their teaching and preaching. Shallow, worldly churches use the "easy-to-read" (not!) versions such as the ESV. Many, many denominational factory outlets are peddling a watered-down gospel that calls for no repentance and allows gross sin to run rampant. I think you would be hard-pressed to find more than a handful of such so-called churches that use the KJV. It's a whole lot easier to justify having lesbian pastors and queer weddings when you use one of Satan's counterfeit Bibles.
Just what is wrong with a Baptist Church celebrating Advent by having a different family come forward on each of the 4 Sundays of Advent and read passages from the Bible and then light one of the four Advent candles each Sunday of Advent? Nothing wrong, John. Everything Pastor Steve and the Deacons (sounds like an early 1960's rock group) do is exactly right. Everything you do is right. Everything that Catholic crime organization you go to does is right. No use in telling you any different; you wouldn't listen anyway. Besides, why shouldn't a Catholic go to a Baptist church that does things the same way Catholic churches do them?
I am baffled by Christians who back anyone with the pompous title of "archbishop." Jesus Christ Himself is referred to as the Bishop--not the Archbishop--of your souls. The title Cardinal makes far more sense. Men walking around in dresses are real birds, that's for sure.
Good answers, Kev. In your first response to Christopher, you mentioned that you would tell a lost sinner how that Christ died and rose again, and that alone puts you miles ahead of the average soul winner. Far too many present a dead Savior, but not a risen one, and we both know that only a living Savior has any power to save. I think I would be a little leery about telling him to search the scriptures looking for Christ, because he wouldn't know where to start and wouldn't understand much of what he read until after he got saved; like the Ethiopian eunuch, he would need some man to guide him. It doesn't appear to me that we preach two different gospels, as some have claimed. We just have a different understanding of who the potential candidates for salvation are. Kev, I hope you actually do preach it, and that all of the other believers who have posted on here do also, and that we do it with all humbleness of mind, with utter reliance upon God and His grace, and in the power of the Holy Spirit. And who knows, maybe some sinners will get saved in spite of us poor vessels that God sends to them with His word. After all, it is not your intellect, my wit, or another person's reasoning ability that draws men to Christ, but it is the gospel, and nothing BUT the gospel, that is the po
And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, "See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?" And Philip said, "If thou waitest ten years, and provest to me that thou art really saved, and art able to win countless arguments about how difficult it is for sinners to come to Christ, thou mayest." Then answered the eunuch and said, "Never mind."
And please stop saying "the elect" when you know good and well that what you really mean is the ELITE, which is what you imagine yourselves to be. Maybe instead of "Pilgrim's Progress" you should go back and read "Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners."
I am fed up with these exclusionary Christians who stand before the portal of salvation and say, "You may enter--but not you or you or you or you or you." Since these people are so insistent on quoting Spurgeon, let me add one of his quotes as well: "The doctrine of election, true as it is, does not...close the fount of grace upon any seeking soul...If you will to be saved, if you come to Christ, believing in Him, there is nothing to shut up the fountain of life or prevent you from being cleansed and healed. If there is any shutting or forbidding it is your heart that is closed, and your pride which forbids." For God's sake, stop trying to keep men from being saved! "But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in" (Matthew 23:13). I would encourage everyone to listen to Abigail Miller's wonderful song "I Can Go In" and rejoice in the fact that God invites ALL men to be saved.