Thanks for calrifying John Lee, I heard what I believe you're talking about described as such:
Paul in Romans 4 is talking about how you enter into a right relationship with God, while James in general is writing about living in such a way that shows you are in a right relationship with God. One enters in the right relationship as illustrated by the father of faith Abraham, and then live in the relationship by faith that is also illustrated by Abraham.
If you're referring to my final sentence YOA, I don't mourn her daeth which is why I posted an intro to her book from Amazon. I said condolances to er family given a loss of a mother will not make life easy for a toddler and an infant. May they still be won to Christ as well her spouse if he is not already saved.
I think I'd do well to just read the articles for a while.
From John, "Fred, you talk as if Jesus does nothing to your character, that conversion is similar to joining a club."
Not true, I understand I am to grow in the grace and knowledge of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, but I also understand that in my weakness I will need to be strong in His strength. Have you ever read books by Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand or other believers that went through hard persecution as opposed to the soft gradually kind in the west?
Let's be honest if we're putting percentages to the blender metaphor, it's 100% given everyone on here still battles a sin nature and prone to weakness somewhere,... lest we sound like the Pharisee impressed by his own faith instead of praying in humility for strength and grace.
simul justus et peccator-at once justified and a sinner
Lady Bug is right to also call out misogyny, but Held appears more than a feminst given she was disingenuous in many cases in misrepresenting applicable New Testament Christianity seemingly to sell books, mock the faith, or both.
"Pursuing a different virtue each month, Evans learns the hard way that her quest for biblical womanhood requires more than a ‚Äúgentle and quiet spirit‚ÄĚ (1 Peter 3:4). It means growing out her hair, making her own clothes, covering her head, obeying her husband, rising before dawn, abstaining from gossip, remaining silent in church, and even camping out in the front yard during her period.
"See what happens when a thoroughly modern woman starts referring to her husband as ‚Äúmaster‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúpraises him at the city gate‚ÄĚ with a homemade sign. Learn the insights she receives from an ongoing correspondence with an Orthodox Jewish woman, and find out what she discovers from her exchanges with a polygamist wife. Join her as she wrestles with difficult passages of scripture that portray misogyny and violence against women."
Not to mention, not all Reformed theologians of the Amillennial persuasion have the exact same take the issue. G. Vos seemed to espouse that there would be an end time revival ethnic Jews; and I believe Kim Riddlebarger and John Piper have also moved in that direction. There would then be converted Jewish believers among the end time people of God. This makes the most sense to my understanding of both eschatology and soteriology.
Lord bless with your ministry and evanglism John Lee UK.
I read with interest considering what the Lord has done on your journey and given some curiosity for the faith of those in the homeland of my mother's family from Wales.
I was raised RCC given my mom married a Catholic (both born again late in life) and they agreed at the time to raise me in that Catholic tradition. Yet I often wonder what role some early influence a Welsh Baptist Church in our PA coal mining city had that I sometimes visited for family events like baptisms. It was there that I was given Hurlbut's Study of the Bible that I became introduced His story. I learned enough to never be drawn to statues or some of the other false doctrines that takes ones eye off of Christ and that we only heard snippets of Scripture during a mass.
Sadly, that Welsh Baptist eventually focused too much on culture and their witness became very dulled over the years and they had to unite with another similar congregation to keep the doors open.
For what it's worth Dolores, TX, I'm not one of the regulars per say, but check enough to know it's good to have your perpsectives considered on here for balance and with appreciation today for your conciliatroy spirit. I's alright that we don't currently all sing from the same hymnal. As you alluded to, we'll make up for it among the saints in glory with perfect harmony and more humility in that day.