ladybug wrote: What you are missing is what was pointed out - faith is a gift. Paul is consistent in his writings, keep on reading until you get to Ephesians 2:8,9. Faith is a gift, it is given by God, we don't 'put our trust' in Christ, we haven't the ability to do so. God must give us faith to believe, that was the whole point which seems to be overlooked. Faith is a gift, not something you do, not a work, like 'putting your trust', all who believe do so because God has given them faith to believe. Eph. 1,yes, they trusted 'after' they heard the Gospel, this is how God saves. He opens the mind at the preaching of the truth, He gives His elect understanding and causes them to trust in Christ. Apart from Him, you can do what? Nothing. We abide in Him, by His power, even believing is by His power.
I believe you are missing the point dear sister. I don't disagree with what you posted.
No need to assume that a site that uses language found in the Bible is teaching false doctrine. If I say a person needs to receive Christ, there is no need to jump to the conclusion that I am implying some man made ability, it is the language of John 1:12 and Colossians 2:6, same goes for trusting Christ.
Thanks James, I am not disputing that. Sister ladybug said that a website using the same Scriptural language found in Ephesians 1 was teaching a false doctrine of salvation by works. Well if they were then Paul under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost was too. That was the issue I was trying to address.
What name wrote: Neil from Tucson "FYI, hybrids like the basic Prius have very limited EV capability, enough for parking; plugin hybrids like the more costly Prius Prime are what you're talking about." Time to get your battery serviced. We drive around the city on electric all the time in a Prius C and save a lot of $
If you paid $10-15 thousand extra dollars for your electric car, it is going to take awhile before you "save" money
Paul’s testimony in Acts 26 was that God told him to go the Gentiles to open their eyes to turn them from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins an stated he did that by telling them they should repent and turn to God and do works meet for repentance
What you do not find is someone saying do nothing, if you’re God’s elect the Holy Spirit will enlighten you to this truths and grant you repentance and faith, if your damned then this message is meaningless to you.
Not denying man’s inability, not denying that only God’s sheep will hear His voice, denying the non Biblical premise that men are not called to respond to the gospel when clearly they are.
Is is correct for you to assume an admonition which uses Scriptural language is somehow negating the work of God in salvation?. Why do you assume, despite the fact that i have made my position clear for years that salvation is of the Lord that somehow quoting Scripture, which is all i did, I am saying man has ability apart from Divine intervention. In no case do you dind a gospel message given without a call for men to respond.
Just poiiting out that the Word of God uses terminology you called worjs
That we should be to the praise of His glory, who first trusted in Christ In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, which is earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession , unto the praise of His glory
cv wrote: But it's not a substitute for wanting to know the truth - to know Him - THE TRUTH
Sorry you are missing my point cv. I dismissed USA post because it not substantiated (I took time to research and posted the most obvious reason it was just someone making something up. USA never sourced it). Hislop work has been debunked, you do the research.
Ask anyone who has posted here for a long time, I have always advocated for a daily celebration of our Lord's Incarnation and I don't see why I should suspend that on December 25th, so to say I am trying to push Christmas is inaccurate. Thank you for your thoughts though.
May I note that there is no *command* to honor, celebrate , or remember the events of the first chapter of Genesis but several Biblical passages and God Himself speak of His work in it and it is celebrated, praised, remembered and honored.
There is no *command* to honor, celebrate or remember the examples of Old Testament saints for their faith, but Hebrews 11 is still in the Bible.
There was no *command* to honor, celebrate, or remember the Providential hand of God (in a book that doesn’t even mention Him) but we still have the days of Purim
There is no *command* to honor, celebrate or remember the many great stories in the Bible, like Abraham and Isaac, or Daniel in the Lions den, or David and Goliath, the three Hebrew children in the midst of the fire, etc. but they are still celebrated, remembered and honored in Christianity today .
Not even sure why we need a command to celebrate, honor, and remember anything about our Lord’s life, teachings, miracles, death, burial, resurrection, ascension, Great High Priestly office, second Coming. Indeed everything about Him is a precious gem of truth to those who know and love the Savior. This would include his miraculous conception , birth, and all things surrounding it.