I havenâ€™t been following this thread but the below has probably already been brought up. The below verses in Ephesians is all about what God alone does for the sinner he has chosen. We were dead in our sins and dead means dead. He chose us and raised us up. When I received Christ as my Lord and Savior; yes I did make a decision to do that. But, it was the Holy Spirit who gave me the knowledge and will to do that. All praise and honor go to Him and Him alone.
Epesians 2:5. Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 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. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Kenny wrote: "Then there is the debate over the role of women in the workplace vs caring for their own children". In the world of Christians, that should be the ONLY debate unless a woman is a widow or has an invalid husband. Actually, if Biblical Christians are involved it shouldn't even be a debate. What goes on inside the workplace is secondary and irrelevant - just like the government schools. A child from a Christian home has no place in Babylon's school system. A Christian mother with an able bodied husband has no business neglecting her kids in the workplace.
Well said Kenny! Whenever possible a woman should stay home and take care of her children and her home. This evil egalitarianism has taken its toll on the Christian community and they don't even realize it.
John UK wrote: I love to read anything "gospel" bro. Thank you. The wrath of God is a dreadful thing, frightening, eternal to the unrepentant. Outer darkness, weeping and gnashing of teeth, "tormented in this flame". Luke 16:24. It will all happen one day, after the great day of judgment. Meantime, the gospel bells are sounding, as you mentioned, "the mercy and sacrifice of our Lord and Saviour" who is "not willing that any should perish, but that all come to repentance".
Good afternoon Pilgrim!
Thanks for your comments and thoughts on this subject. I don't normally write on this, but the terror the unsaved will experience when they see their fate is something that is incomprehensible.
Proverbs 29:1 He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
Psalms 73:16 When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; 17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. 18 Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction. 19 How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors. 20 As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image. 21Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins. 22 So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.
I have heard this from professing atheists before. Since God doesnâ€™t strike them dead, then they somehow think that God doesnâ€™t exist or something along those lines.
But, unless they repent and trust solely in the mercy and sacrifice of our Lord and Savior, they are going to experience the wrath of almighty God.
Psalms 14:14 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
John UK wrote: Amen brother! It is perfectly normal for a new convert to be baptised in water, despite the inconvenience of it, especially for multitude immersionists like John the Dipper (where 'dipper' is the correct translation of the greek word). Of course, circumcision was even more inconvenient, not to say painful, but who are we mere mortals to argue with our Creator? I agree with you, that baptism does not save. And I also agree with you that it does serve to show physically and pictorially that which has happened spiritually in a sinner's life, when he came to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. JG on Colossians 2:12 says, "....but that they and all their sins were buried with Christ, of which their baptism in water was a lively representation." How good is that!
Baptism is a sacrament that simply publicly shows what has been done in your heart and soul. It cannot save in and of itself, but as you said just about everyone would say it is not optional in the obedience sense. There are some who become saved that donâ€™t have the opportunity to be baptized, but if opportunity is there it is mandated.
I have read where some dispensationalists have relegated baptism to a certain period of time in scripture, but then claim it is not necessary today. Of course I disagree with that. And when possible, baptism should be by total immersion.
Romans 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
Very interesting story. To me the most significant thing that came up was clearly that someone can be the head of his home as long as he doesnâ€™t exercise headship. And that a womanâ€™s modest dress is solely up to the woman. I would think that a womanâ€™s husband would be more likely to see something that is immodest than she would and if he is the head of his home, he should be able to dictate what his wife wears.
Now this is a Hollywood story, but my guess is this sort of thing happens throughout the professing church and the real church. In todayâ€™s world verse 25 means let your wives do what pleases them.
Ephesians 5:22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
We have all read where the socialists say that having children is a negative for climate change. And of course most of us know where there are some countries in the world where abortion is actually mandated in the case of someone having more than the allowed quota.
I heard on the democratic debate last night where abortion to a poor woman is a good thing; not a negative thing. And all Americans are responsible for aiding that.
What we are seeing is a society that says murder is good and god is pleased with it. But â€¦
Leviticus 20:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2 Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones.
I, Michael Pompeo, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; That I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.
Now, since no one would say our Constitution is infallible like scripture, what does Pompeo do if something in the Constitution or the Amendments conflicts with scripture?
Well, I donâ€™t think that churches should get tax exempt status for any reason. I donâ€™t think the below have changed and there are restrictions for the church:
In 1954, Congress approved an amendment by Sen. Lyndon Johnson to prohibit 501(c)(3) organizations, which includes charities and churches, from engaging in any political campaign activity. To the extent Congress has revisited the ban over the years, it has in fact strengthened the ban. The most recent change came in 1987 when Congress amended the language to clarify that the prohibition also applies to statements opposing candidates.
Currently, the law prohibits political campaign activity by charities and churches by defining a 501(c)(3) organization as one "which does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office."
Neil wrote: What nonsense! Weber offers not a shred of evidence for this ridiculous claim, unless "Evangelical" means "Gentiles endorsed by Israelis." So Kurds were descended from the Medes. How is this pertinent? Radical Zionists must think American Christians, like the fool in Prov. 14:15, are morons who will swallow everything they're fed by propagandists, no matter how absurd. And given the anti-intellectualism rampant in America, on all sides, I fear they may be right. Perhaps we should thank Jim for offering such astounding examples of shoddy journalism, even though it's irrelevant to the article anyway.
Good comment Neil. Jim is what I frequently refer to as a "cultural" christian which means in name only. The below is from the internet:
The most widely practiced Kurdish religion is Islam. According to a 2011 study conducted by the Pew Research Center, nearly all (98%) Kurds in Iraq identified as Sunni Muslim, while the other 2% identified as Shiite Muslims.
Earlier this week, a jury found Guyger guilty of murder in the first-degree for fatally shooting Botham Jean last year when she entered his apartment. On Wednesday, she was sentenced to 10 years in prison with the possibility of parole after five years.
Well, I havenâ€™t followed this case, so I clearly donâ€™t know the specifics. But, if 1st degree murder means 1st degree, then how in the world did she only get 10 years with possibility of parole after 5?
In the article someone asked what the sentence would be if the victim had broken into her apartment and killed her? That is a very reasonable question. My guess is life without parole or death?
Adriel wrote: Life begins at conception. Proof......... Your life began at conception. My life began at conception. Everybody's life began at conception. To stop any life from conception to your eighties -- You must KILL that life -- that is fact. Abortion is murder. The nation is culpable of murder.
Good comment; life does indeed begin at conception. I can easily show that from scripture.
I have read where 1 in 4 women in the U.S. have had at least one abortion. All this country does is try and regulate this murder. IMO, the mere fact that someone even suggests we can and should regulate the murder of these unborn children is ludicrous.
Neil wrote: Because the Scientific Method is logically fallacious, and research often involves Conflict of Interest as well ("He who pays the piper calls the tune"), it can never achieve the certainty its credulous promoters claim it has. The only thing constant about science is its varied conclusions!
Well said Neil! I remember when I was growing up they had a similar thought. It went something like if you donâ€™t like a scientific finding, just wait and it will change.
Unprofitable Servant wrote: Dr. Tim, would you share the N.T. admonition or command to tithe. When our Lord healed the leper He told him to go and make the appropriate sacrifices as Moses commanded and the night before His crucifixion He and the disciples had the Passover Seder, so He clearly operated under Old Testament law. His admonition to the Pharisees about tithing would have fallen under the same. Havenâ€™t read Jimâ€™s comments so not agreeing or disagreeing with anything he said
Luke 17:10, I did a study on tithing years ago and came to the conclusion that tithing is not a NT mandate. So, I agree with you and just wanted to let you know.
Well he pushed the womenâ€™s movement and the LGBT movement and basically said the U.S. would go against any government that hindered either movement. At the same time, part of his speech concerned what he referred to as the necessity of having religious freedom. Well what about those religious movements that do not adhere to his thoughts on homosexuality and the feminist movement?
And concerning abortion, all he basically did was say it should be regulated like most republican politicians do. Although he didnâ€™t use these words; safe, rare and personal that is his position.
Typical political speech that has little or no Christian perspective.
But like I have always said; I will vote for the politician that panders to Christianity the most.