I'm not sure if PM is working right or not. I did receive a notification when someone posted a new thread, I think it was Heartstrings but not sure, but that's the only notification I've received in a long time...and I'm not sure why I got that notification...and not sure why I don't get any others. What IFB area is a non-IFB posting in? I'm having a very difficult time following OB without the notifications.
Reverend is a common title in America, both through being given as a degree title and what some churches use as the official title of the pastor. While some fringe folks may seriously abuse the title, for the most part it's simply meant to convey a person who has attained a ministerial degree and/or is the pastor of a church and is used in the same manner as titles such as pastor, mr., doctor, etc. All of the Methodist pastors I've known, and known of, were titled reverend. Many Baptist pastors also hold that title, either through degree or due to that particular Baptist church preferring that title for their pastor. It's not uncommon to hear a pastor referred to as "the right reverend (insert name)". When the man who is our associate pastor now completed his ministry degree and was officially ordained, I joked with him that he could just sign his name "RRR" since his first name begins with an "R" and so does "right reverend". Like our senior pastor, he uses the title of pastor, but most often is referred to by his first name, as is our senior pastor. Our senior pastor's office door used to have a sign on it which read "Minister". He didn't care for that title either, preferring a sign which reads "Pastor".
Those unfamiliar with the topic, those on the fence, those unsure in their stance on such things, could gain much from a biblical discussion of the topic. One of the reasons so many are confused in this area, or find themselves holding a position they know little of, is because this topic is so often dismissed with words of anger, hate, ridicule and such things rather than dealt with through Scripture. In my own case, I was a Christian for many years before I ever heard of this debate among Christians. When I tried to find information about it what I encountered was mostly each side bashing the other. It took a long time to find those willing to biblically discuss the topic and to find material which addresses the issue from Scripture, not emotions. Similar happenings is part of the reason I've seen some Christians get caught up in Charismatic things. When they first hear of Charismatic things it's new to them. When they tried to learn about the matter they were confronted with very unchristian attitudes, lots of charges and attacks, but no actual point by point from Scripture to rightly address the issue.
This would be a good topic for a civil, biblical debate. Rather than the constant "you're wrong, I'm right" from each side, quickly followed by unchristian personal attacks, it would be good to have the two sides presented and examined in the light of Scripture. While this won't solve the matter, it would be far better than blanket statements, false accusations and simply telling folks something is so just because someone has said it rather than presenting the biblical evidence.
It's a common title, as mentioned above, given upon completion of certain Christian degrees. Our pastor, who is Baptist, who attended a Baptist seminary, holds the title of "Reverend" from the seminary. Even so, he typically uses the term "pastor". Different pastors use different terms for various reasons. Most IFBs I know don't use the term "Reverend", even if they hold that title from a degree, except sometimes in an official capacity where such is helpful or needful.
The Lord deals with His people according to His perfect wisdom and timing. I was a follower of Christ for nearly a decade before the Lord brought the matter of a Bible version to my attention. One day, as clear as can be, the Holy Ghost directed me to the KJB, and I wasn't even considering the matter at the time. Even so, the direction was so clear I got a KJB and the Word opened to me like never before and I've used the KJB ever since. I know some fine men of God who use other Bible versions, some of which I find so watered down and/or hard to understand it's amazing to me they can walk with God so closely using them. All things are possible with God! The Bible they use is, ultimately, between them and God. I'll share with them how the Lord directed me. I'll share with them some of the ways I've found the KJB to be superior to the NIV (or whatever version they use). I'll show them resources or share web links on the subject. At that point, it's still between them and God. I certainly won't dismiss them as unbelievers when they exhibit the fruits of salvation. The Bible one reads from doesn't prove, or make, them a true or false believer. Just as there are many true believers who don't use the KJB, there are also many false believers who do use the KJB. Our salvation is by grace through faith in Christ alone.
Another "gift" from a Republican president who also opened the doors to China becoming our greatest rival, paving the way for China to become the dominate world power in the 21st century. Back to cash, for a couple years my favorite gas station gave a 5% discount if paying in cash. For some reason they ended that this year. The discount typically only amounted to some change each time but over the course of time a good amount was saved. I always carry cash, which I prefer to use, but I keep credit cards on me too. It's funny to talk with some of those who buy gold coins to stockpile with the idea they can survive when the economy crashes. For some reason they don't believe the government can make their gold illegal and take it from them even when it's pointed out the government has already done so in the past. More amazing is the number of Christians who believe they may have to live through some form of tribulation which sets the stage for "the" tribulation (with some also thinking they may have to go through some of the actual tribulation) and they rely upon their underground shelter or "safe house" in the wilderness and stockpiles of dehydrated food and a little safe filled with gold and silver coins. Their trust is clearly in their preparations and what they have set aside rather than in God or His Word.
I pointed this out to my wife. Having home schooled our sons I know of palindromes. Our youngest son was fascinated by them when I first taught that to him. For a long while he was looking for, and finding them, very often. Even now that he's grown he will still mention such when he notices it.
With the media giving more focus to the presidential election, and more people joining the race, I've noticed more Christians are once again consumed with the idea if they can just get a Republican elected as president then America will be saved and Christians can sit back and live in peace and prosperity. When it comes to the Dems most Christians are quick to attack even their tiniest fault yet are willingly blind to the faults of Republicans; even when their faults are the same as the Dems! Donate time and money to a Republican political rally, candidate or cause and the Christians are all in. Try to get these same Christians to attend a prayer meeting, a soul winning campaign, or sometimes even a regular church service and they are suddenly busy. Christians having put away holy living, having set the things of this world above the things of God, having covered their light with a bushel, having hoarded their salt to themselves, have allowed and continue to allow this country to become a center of sin. Christians yoking with the ungodly and doing things the worlds way isn't the answer to America's (or other nations) problems. Scripture tells us what we must do but that seems to be what we (Christians) are unwilling to do.