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  1. Four Blood Moons on God’s Feast Days

    Good call on warning rather than locking.
  2. easter

    Scripture also says we may differ on our holy days and the important matter is whether we are observing a holy day unto the Lord or abstaining unto the Lord or if we are doing one or the other for another reason.
  3. Where does Scripture say a pastor must hold a specific end times view or view on the timing of rapture? Our own Mike holds a different view on the timing of the rapture but he's still a pastor and not a wolf in sheep's clothing.
  4. Note: In surveys such as this, all Baptists are placed in the "Protestant" category. Large Number of Pastors Don't Believe in the Rapture End-time theology is wavering in the Christian church and a large number of Protestant pastors believe there is no rapture. Whether pre-tribulation or post rapture, a new study by LifeWay research reveals that pinning down details of the apocalypse among a group of pastors is hard to do. Although the Scriptures make it clear that Jesus is coming back, researchers found varying views on three aspects of end-time theology: the rapture, the Antichrist and the millennial kingdom. Out of the 1,000 senior Protestant pastors surveyed, only a third (36 percent) believed in a pre-tribulation rapture where Christians disappear at the start of the apocalypse and those left behind suffer tribulation. Thirty-six percent of pastors say the rapture is not literal, while almost 1 in 5 believe the rapture happens after the tribulation (18 percent). End-time theology is popular with churchgoers but it is not an easy topic to preach about, Scott McConnell, vice president of LifeWay Research, explained. "Most people want their pastor to preach about the Book of Revelation and the end of the world," he said. "But that's a complicated task. Pastors and the scholars they cite often disagree about how the end times will unfold." The diversity among eschatological views includes varying opinions on the Antichrist and beliefs in a millennial kingdom. About half of pastors (49 percent) see the Antichrist as a figure who will arise in the future, 14 percent believe he is the personification of evil, while 12 percent say he is not an actual person. Close to half of the pastors surveyed believe in pre-millennialism (48 percent), which is the view that the thousand-year reign of Christ happens in the future. A third (31 percent) of leaders don't believe in a thousand-year reign, but they do believe that Jesus already rules in the hearts and minds of Christians. Close to 1 in 10 (11 percent) believe in post-millennialism, the idea that the world will gradually become more Christian until Jesus returns. McConnell said it isn't a bad thing that pastors disagree on the details of the apocalypse because most agree on the main teachings about the Second Coming of Jesus. He said the rest doesn't affect the day-to-day life of most Christians. "The big picture of Revelation is clear: Jesus returns, people must be ready, evil is defeated," he said. "With the rest of the details, there is room for disagreement."
  5. a wife

    I'm not seeing the name-calling here. Saying someone is "wrong" isn't name-calling. Neither is saying someone is a heretick. Heretic - a professed believer who maintains religious opinions contrary to those accepted by his or her church or rejects doctrines prescribed by that church. A person could argue as to whether or not either "wrong" or "heretick" are accurate assessments but it's hard to say either are name-calling. Personally, I prefer a more detailed reasoning as to how and why a person is "wrong" or a "heretick" (or that one is right or traditional) than a simple declaration that they are one or the other. Simply declaring "thou art a heretick" or "thy doctrine is sound" doesn't prove a position. We should also consider that IFB churches have various independent positions on a variety of topics so that what might be considered a heretical position in one IFB church would not be such in another. This gives rise to the question of whether we should declare someone outside our own church to be a heretick.
  6. It's good they actually named some names and named the source material. In this way people can know who is specifically being spoken of and their own words can be examined in the light of what the article presented.
  7. Since those things are not politically correct they would receive media outrage aimed at the non-PC people would dare to try such things. At the same time, we could expect activist groups to rise up, protest, threaten riots and bring much fear into the equation. Politicians would be quick to show their support for those downtrodden "minorities" who had been so offended. There would be no thought these people had some constitutional right to expect a business to violate their moral or religious convictions in order to placate them. In the midst of all this none of these would see or admit the double standard and hypocrisy involved in forcing Bible believing Christians to violate their morals and religious convictions while not applying the same standard to everyone else.
  8. Four Blood Moons on God’s Feast Days

    While I agree with your premise this still adds a problem for if the rebirth of Israel in 1948 was a precondition, then the return of Christ for us could not have been imminent prior to 1948.
  9. a wife

    God's ways and timing are perfect even when we can't see what He is working behind the scenes in our lives. Even small faith can reap great results and the Lord is open to our prayers for help in this. As we read in Mark 9:24 when the man said, "Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief." Ask the Lord to strengthen you in your inner man. Seek His wisdom. Keep yourself immersed in the Word, prayer and about His business and trust He will work all things together for good. As Paul points out, the battle between our flesh and the Spirit is continual. Be strong and of good courage for Christ has overcome. My prayers go forth for you.
  10. Four Blood Moons on God’s Feast Days

    That really struck me funny, Alan!
  11. Why are Christians voting for Donald Trump?

    Too bad people aren't paying enough attention to realize just how corrupt and rigged the elections are. There are saved Presbyterians out there. Even so, there is no evidence Trump is among the saved.
  12. It has long been the policy of American presidents to expect Israel to give up "land for peace". This has been the case regardless of the political party the president belongs to. To a great extent, this is a major part of the reason the Israel and so-called Palestinians there are in the situation we have today. No American president, Dem or Repub, has been willing to accept Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Land Israel has captured during wars defending herself from Arab aggression has been viewed by American presidents as occupied land which Israel needs to give up. Israel having America as a "friend" has had some benefits for Israel but also a great many burdensome hindrances which over the years have prevented Israel from doing what should have been done at the time. Thus we have the very convoluted mess that now exists in and around Israel.
  13. Hey I need to talk to someone. I've been having a rough time letting go of Disney.

  14. Four Blood Moons on God’s Feast Days

    We do have to be careful with some terminology. Does Luke 2:1 "And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed." literally mean "all the world" was taxed? There are many instances in Scripture where words or terms are used in an other than literal sense. Just as today we may read a headline stating "the whole world stopped to listen to the pope's spech" or "everyone around the world paused to hear the pope's speech". Did the "whole world" literally stop and listen? Did every person around the world actually pause and hear? We do indeed have to be careful in our understanding of various wordings to detect if such should be taken literally or in a figurative or symbolic sense.