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  1. John81 added a post in a topic Creeds and Confessions   

    While IFB churches have statements of faith, they are generally put forth as a means of letting folks have an idea of what that particular church stands on the fundamentals or other aspects of the faith.
    As far as holding to a particular statement of faith, the intent of them is not to be held to. Each IFB church is, as the first initial indicates, Independent. Each church establishes their own statement of faith, which may or may not be the same as another. Some IFB churches have a very simple statement of faith, some have much longer and sometimes even detailed statements of faith, while others land somewhere between the two.
    Some IFB church statements of faith may not include a reference to the Rapture while some others might believe they need to, yet both groups may hold to the same belief on the matter.
    IFB statements of faith are not meant to be memorized, used as a core teaching themselves, or elevated to a high position as some differing churches do.
    Most IFBs would say they hold to the KJB and the whole counsel of God contained therein.
  2. John81 added a post in a topic Creeds and Confessions   

    For the most part, IFB churches don't use creeds or confessions. In one church I visited years ago the pastor led the congregation in reciting the Apostles Creed which was displayed on a screen. Afterward the pastor preached from Scripture the meaning of that creed.
    To an extent, a church statement of faith would be akin to a creed. Creeds were originally put forth to be a concise statement of faith, although for some they became more later.
    As far as holding up a creed or giving one a prominent position as some liturgical and Reformed churches do, that's not something IFB churches do.
  3. John81 added a post in a topic Through The Bible One Verse At A Time   

    Exodus 4:6
    And the Lord said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow.
  4. John81 added a post in a topic Through The Bible One Verse At A Time   

    Exodus 4:3
    And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it.
  5. John81 added a post in a topic Book The Harbinger Johnathan Cahn   

    This has been big business for lots of folks over the years. I still remember the books I read in the 80s which were written in the 70s and 80s. They were filled with speculation about America, the end times, how the Soviet Union was going to usher in the end, how an impoverished China was going to spend their money blocking off a river so their poor army could travel across on horses. All sorts of books about the American Apache attack helicopter being described in the book of Revelation, and the Soviet Union clearly in there too.
    Speculation and guessing games and trying to declare every contemporary thing to be a sign from God isn't what we are called to do and actually harms the cause of Christ.
    Right after the Supreme Court legalized homosexual "marriage" many people took pictures of rainbows and claimed that was a sign from God that He approved. They got this idea from Christians on social media sites who constantly post pictures of rainbows and claims they are a sign of God approving some particular political action.
    We would be so much better off reading the Word, praying over the Word and living in accord with the Word
  6. John81 added a post in a topic In God We Trust   

    The Supreme Court ruled that "In God We Trust" is a secular motto with no attachment to any particular religion or God/gods.
    In other words, they ruled this motto to be generic and meaningless.
  7. John81 added a post in a topic the Days of Creation   

    I was saved in 1981 (the reason for the 81 in my name).
    None of what you said in any way gives any valid reason to question the very clear Scripture which consistently says that each of the six days of creation were literal days (24 hours). For reasons not in accord with the clear wording of Scripture, you choose to believe this portion of Scripture to be untrue and therefore search for ways to circumvent the clear statement of Scripture on the matter.
  8. John81 added a post in a topic Butterfly transformation   

    Great illustrations in both words and pictures! I've always liked dragonflies too. When I was younger we spent a lot of time on the river where dragonflies were plentiful. Sometimes in the early evenings I'll watch them flying across my back yard.
    Indeed our God is so amazing and awesome. His creation shows so clearly that He exists. The idea that such complex creatures and the complex means of life they go through could just all happen by chance, and all from a beginning of nothing, is beyond incredulous.
    The Creator of dragonflies and butterflies also created you and I. How amazing is that?!
  9. John81 added a post in a topic the Days of Creation   

    Explaining away Scripture and unsaved person doesn't understand, or accepting a false view of Scripture to try and get someone to listen about something goes totally against Scripture.
    Those lost souls who choose to focus upon anything other than Christ and their need for salvation are exhibiting evidence of resistance to the Holy Ghost. It's a common tactic to avoid confronting, facing or dealing with something a person wishes to avoid by deflecting. So, whether someone turns from hearing about Christ by trying to argue about creation or dinosaurs, or Catholics, or what angels look like, or homosexual politics or anything else, it's the Christians duty to continually steer the conversation back to Christ, back to the salvation message.
    Denying what Scripture clearly says and what was clearly understood by Christians for nearly 2,000 years, in order to appease lost people is telling the world the Bible is not accurate and we don't believe everything in Scripture. Might as well join with those who get the latest rebellious haircut, sport a bunch of tattoos, wear a sideways ball cap, leave your pants hanging halfway down your backside and learn to use hip-hop gestures and rap at least part of your message so you can be like the world to reach the world.
  10. John81 added a post in a topic Through The Bible One Verse At A Time   

    Exodus 4:1
    And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The Lord hath not appeared unto thee.
  11. John81 added a post in a topic Through The Bible One Verse At A Time   

    Exodus 3:21
    And I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty.
  12. John81 added a post in a topic Book The Harbinger Johnathan Cahn   

    Considering I posted that nearly three years ago I'm guessing that's the reason.
    Likely you could find the articles if you go directly to the site and search for them.
  13. John81 added a post in a topic HOW OLD IS THE EARTH?   

    God gives us clearly in His Word that each day was a 24 hour day, "And the evening and the morning were the first day"..."And the evening and the morning were the sixth day". From evening to morning is used as a literal reference to a literal 24 hour day during the entire creation from day 1 to day 6.
    Why argue or speculate where the Word is so very clear? Such serves no good purpose.
  14. John81 added a post in a topic Hey everyone   

  15. John81 added a post in a topic HOW OLD IS THE EARTH?   

    Can't you just accept that God doesn't have to have the sun in place in order to have a literal 24 hour day in operation?
    You are trying to create mystery where Scripture is very clear in what it says.