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    (Omega) got a reaction from Alan in Hey, it's Alan's Birthday   
    I personally do not celebrate birhday's, but I just wanted to mention it just for the sentiments.
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    (Omega) reacted to HappyChristian in Eternal Security vs O.S.A.S   
    One thing of which to be aware: most Calvinists (or those who follow reformed doctrine) are against the idea of OSAS for simply because: they do not believe in an individual's free will acceptance of Christ as Savior.  They believe that the elect must persevere in order to prove out that they are, indeed, part of the elect. And, should they "unpersevere" (stray away from the paths of righteousness), that is proof of never having been part of the elect to begin with. 
    We are indeed always saved, once we are truly saved. However, there is an easy believism that has permeated Christianity that causes problems. One of those problems is false profession. Another is false security. Salvation is simple. It truly is. But it does involve repentance, which far too many people have popularized now as a "work" and therefore cannot be part of salvation. 
    The fine line is that many of those who pray a prayer are trusting in that prayer, rather than the person of Christ. Assurance comes from the fact that they prayed. And as they continue in life, regardless of what they become involved in, they look back to that prayer and assure themselves (or their family assures themselves) that "once saved, always saved."
    Two examples that my husband and I just discussed come to mind. We know two young men who we watched grow up...both of them made professions as children. And, boy, did they know scripture! And yet...they are both homosexual and proud of it. They are both "married" and successful. No hint of any conviction, no "doubts" that they are indeed saved, because "once saved, always saved."
    Now, I know folks might say that we cannot judge the heart, so maybe they are. I'm sorry, but that's not what the Bible teaches. The Bible does NOT teach that anyone will LOSE their salvation. But it DOES teach that there are false professors.
    "Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit."
    A corrupt tree cannot bring forth good fruit - we have an apple tree that has been dying for a while. The fruit has not been very good at all.
    This is true of people as well. We are all corrupt until we are truly saved. If we make a profession, but our fruit is corrupt, we are not saved. That does NOT mean a saved person will never sin. It DOES mean that a saved person will be convicted because he or she is indwelt by Almighty God, and God is, upon salvation, working to form us to the image of His Son. God is not going to allow His child to live in continual, habitual abomination. 
    Now, let me again say that once we are saved, we are always saved. But the term has become a mantra for those who want to convince themselves that they can willfully and continually sin and be saved - and no conviction of sin, no consequence of that continual, willful sin. 
    There is a balance - once we are saved, we are saved. We are still in our physical bodies, and so there will be sin. But a truly born-again believer will be convicted - and if the person doesn't respond to the conviction, spiritual spanking will follow somehow (else, the Bible says, we are not His children).  If none of the happens, the person was never truly saved. Salvation was not lost, it was never had to begin with. I am not averse to using the phrase "once saved, always saved," because once a person is saved, it is for always. Eternal security.
    Phew - just some really quick thoughts this morning. I hope it makes sense...and if there is anyone out there who can explain it better, please jump in.
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    (Omega) reacted to DaveW in Missionary with cancer   
    A missionary friend of mine has recently been diagnosed with cancer in his digestive tract. 
    It also looks to have spread to other areas of the abdomen, but I don't know how far. Could still be localised and not throughout his system, but no real way of knowing yet.
    10 or so years on the field, children to young adult age, growing church on the field.
    Faithful man and serving family.
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    (Omega) got a reaction from BabeinChrist in Eternal Security vs O.S.A.S   
    Absolutely no offense taken. :) As HappyChristian said, the differences are minute in detail, and not very difficult to understand. I am 61 years old and have been studying biblical doctrines for almost 30 years, especially doctrines regarding Salvation. I have done public debates on Eternal Security with proponents of "Conditional Security", and those who believe that we can lose our Salvation. So if you're still having difficulty differentiating between Eternal Security and OSAS, then it's probably because the word choices that I use are poor. It's also that I'm having trouble with my memory these days. There are several Pastors on this board, and I am certain that they can explain it to you more articulately and eloquently than I can. So feel free to reach out to them. I am sure that they would be willing to help you out, if they have the time to do so.
    God Bless,
    Daniel
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    (Omega) got a reaction from Alan in Clarence Larkin - The Spirit World   
    BroAlan, it's always a pleasure to read your assessments and thoughts on Clarence Larkin. Keep up the good work. I like this thread because it sheds a lot of light for serious Bible teachers, evangelists, and even Pastors. There is always room for spiritual growth and the knowledge and wisdom on the Word of God. Thanks, I greatly appreciate it.
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    (Omega) reacted to Alan in Clarence Larkin - The Spirit World   
    Daniel,
    Thank you for your thoughts, scripture verses, scriptural knowledge, and the illustration concerning how a hurricane can destroy a house but does not annihilate the house. That was a very appropriate illustration.  
    I am sure that your thoughts were a blessing to others besides myself.
    Alan
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    (Omega) reacted to Alan in Clarence Larkin - The Spirit World   
    Chapter 15
    The Abolition of Death
    Although there is no chart in the chapter. In Chapter 17, called, “The Resurrection,” there is a chart on page 131 that may help your understanding of Larkin's teachings in this chapter. I will upload the chart on page 131 on my Chapter 17 overview.
    Larkin has the basis of 'The Abolition of Death' through the words of Paul the Apostle in 2 Timothy 1:10, “But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”
    Larkin states, “What is “Death”? Death is the “departure” (Exodus) of the “Soul” and “Spirit” from the “Body,” leaving the “Body” to corruption and dissolution. What does the word “Abolish” mean? The Standard Dictionary's definition is - “To do away with; put an end to; annul, destroy.”i
    Larkin then relates that the penalty for breaking the law of God is death and that death was twofold: the death of the spirit and afterwards the death of the body of the person. Larkin gives the example of Adam and Eve in this regard and quotes Romans 5:12, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for all have sinned.”
    Larkin further states, “Jesus Christ abolished “Death” when He arose from the dead. And death will be abolished for all who are Christ's at the “Rapture.” Then the “Dead in Christ” shall rise from their graves, and all the living “in Christ” shall be “caught up” with them without dying to meet Him who abolished Death, in the air (1 Thess. 4:13-17), and those who shall be thus “caught up” shall be able to say - “O Death, where is thy STING? O Grave, where is thy VICTORY?” 1 Cor. 15:55”ii
    Larkin then refers to the following passages to give us an understanding that Christ has the power over death and abolished death for the righteous:
    Revelation 1:17-18
    1 Corinthians 15:26
    Revelation 21:4
    Luke 20:36
    Larkin is careful to teach that “Death” has not been abolished for the unrighteous through the following two passages:
    Revelation 20:11-15
    Matthew 10:28
    Concerning Matthew 10:28, Larkin spends the necessary time to explain the words of the Lord Jesus in detail. Matthew 10:28 says, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Larkin states, “The word here translated “Hell” is the Greek word “GEHENNA,” which means the “Lake of Fire.” We must distinguish between the the word “kill” and the word “destroy.” To “kill” is to take away life or existence. To “destroy,” in the Bible use of the word, is not to take away existence, but to change the state of existence. We see then that while men can “kill” the BODY, God can “destroy” both SOUL AND BODY in the “Lake of Fire.”iii
    i Larkin, Clarence The Spirit World, (Glenside, PA: Rev. Clarence Larkin Estate), 1921, page 114
    ii Larkin, Clarence The Spirit World, (Glenside, PA: Rev. Clarence Larkin Estate), 1921, page 116
    iii Larkin, Clarence The Spirit World, (Glenside, PA: Rev. Clarence Larkin Estate), 1921, page 117
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    (Omega) got a reaction from BabeinChrist in Eternal Security vs O.S.A.S   
    Absolutely no offense taken. :) As HappyChristian said, the differences are minute in detail, and not very difficult to understand. I am 61 years old and have been studying biblical doctrines for almost 30 years, especially doctrines regarding Salvation. I have done public debates on Eternal Security with proponents of "Conditional Security", and those who believe that we can lose our Salvation. So if you're still having difficulty differentiating between Eternal Security and OSAS, then it's probably because the word choices that I use are poor. It's also that I'm having trouble with my memory these days. There are several Pastors on this board, and I am certain that they can explain it to you more articulately and eloquently than I can. So feel free to reach out to them. I am sure that they would be willing to help you out, if they have the time to do so.
    God Bless,
    Daniel
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    (Omega) got a reaction from HappyChristian in Are We Teaching the Bible Well in Our Churches?   
    You are a godsend. I checked out your link and there is an IFB church in Alameda, California. Alameda is about a 15 minute drive from Oakland. Once again, thank you very much!
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    (Omega) reacted to BabeinChrist in Eternal Security vs O.S.A.S   
    Ok, I took HappyChristian's advice. (Which was helpful, btw, thank you HC)
    Just so we're clear, I am not trolling, instigating debate or attempting to sow discord amongst brethren. I tend to be a very straightforward woman & I hope that does not come off as being abrasive because I really do not mean it that way. 
    I apologize if I have rubbed anyone here the wrong way, including you, Daniel. 
    I am struggling to understand this teaching, because I have not heard it before, and have never even met anyone who believes in eternal security that does NOT believe OSAS.
    It just doesn't make sense to me, so I'm trying to see what I'm missing, and hoping someone more seasoned in this particular subject can help fill in the missing pieces.
    So, here's where I am at with this.....From what I've studied, & what I've heard preached, OSAS IS the doctrine referring to the eternal security of the Believer.
    if anyone else understands this differently, please feel free to let me know.
    Kind Regards,
    Claire
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    (Omega) reacted to Saved41199 in Are We Teaching the Bible Well in Our Churches?   
    @(Omega) I feel so bad for you. I looked online and the one church that mentioned Oakland, once I looked it up said San Leandro. I'm not familiar with the area (I live in Nevada). Here's a link to the site http://fundamental.org/fundamental/churches/index.php3?action=listchurchesinstate&statename=California I hope you can find a home soon. 
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    (Omega) got a reaction from BabeinChrist in Evolution Evangelism   
    If I am correct, Charles Darwin had a problem with the human eye with regards to evolution. How did evolution know to have a human eye that can see? Did it just form itself because the eye needed to see? Did the collocation of atoms during the evolutionary process just form an eye KNOWING that it needed to have eyes to see?
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    (Omega) got a reaction from HappyChristian in Eternal Security vs O.S.A.S   
    *Omega takes a step back and breathes* 
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    (Omega) reacted to WellWithMySoul in Three Grandsons Saved Today!   
    What joy!  Three of our grandsons were saved today!  The two oldest boys (15 and 17 yrs old) are both special needs boys, and that just goes to show how powerful God's love and His truths are and how they can pierce through and not be hindered by those special needs!  The youngest is almost 12 yrs old and he was the first of the three to ask the Saviour to save him.  "Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth" (Luke 15:7).  What glorious answers to this grandma's countless prayers!  I'm rejoicing with tears of praise, and ever grateful in prayer!  Yes, praise God from Whom all blessings flow!
    I can't help but to add...
    What an unspeakably joyous thing it was to hear the oldest young man ask Jesus to save him! To be told that his countenance was one of peace and serenity surely wrought the instant longing to join the very angels in Heaven and burst out in joyful song! Glory to God in the highest for all three of my grandsons accepting the gift of salvation! Praise the Lord for my grandsons' momma who led them to Him...and their daddy for also teaching them and desiring that they be saved!
    In the quietness of your heart, if you will sweetly still yourself...you shall hear the RE-JOY-SING (JOY AGAIN and AGAIN!!!) in Heaven over these 3 precious young men!
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    (Omega) reacted to Jordan Kurecki in Missionary School   
    in the near future I will begin sending email updates about my journey to and future ministry in Uganda, if you are interested in receiving these update, then please click the link below to subscribe!
    http://eepurl.com/c3Df8T
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    (Omega) reacted to HappyChristian in Eternal Security vs O.S.A.S   
    I think both of you need to take a step back and breathe. It seems that you are talking at each other, saying much the same thing. For some reason you've rubbed each other the wrong way (at least that is certainly my impression of your interactions in this and other threads).
    Sadly, I do know of Christians who have stupidly said things like "you can go murder your grandmother now and you'll still go to Heaven." My mother's best friend was told this when she got saved as a teenager. It's no wonder she had no interest in learning anything more about the Lord.
    The fact of the matter is that eternal security is a Bible doctrine, and we are promised it in God's Word. We do not persevere, we are preserved.  Christianity has, in many instances, equated OSAS with eternal security (and Omega is correct that there are minute differences between the two; but minute is the key...). Because once we are saved, we are saved. Period. And that is something with which the two of you are in agreement, even if you don't seem to realize it.
    So, let's, as I said, take a step back and a breath. And let's rejoice that we will meet in Heaven - and we won't talk at cross purposes! 
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    (Omega) reacted to Rosie in "Ban The Person Above You" Game   
    Ban Omega for trying to make NN cry
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    (Omega) reacted to Jordan Kurecki in Thompson Chain Reference Bible   
    Church Bible Publishers and Local Church Bible Publishers (These are two different entities) are both great producers of bibles, they are ministries and their goal is producing high quality bible at cost of production. I am honestly do not like the KJV store, the KJV store purchase bibles from LCBP and CBP and then marks them up and sells them, it seems like all the KJV store does is buy bibles from other retailers and then make them up 30-40 dollars. Do NOT buy from the KJV store.
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    (Omega) reacted to Invicta in The Human face of God   
    I cannot see any reason why it would be genuine.  RC relics are false What if it was genuine?  That would be no reason to worship it.
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    (Omega) reacted to Alan in Clarence Larkin - The Spirit World   
    Thank you for your comment.
    I believe the same thing. It is very obvious that King David is speaking of meeting the soul of  his child in heaven; not beside the body of the child in a graveyard.
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    (Omega) got a reaction from Alan in Prayer for Jeff   
    Please pray for a friend of mine named Jeff. He has killed someone in the past (served his prison time). I don't know if he is saved or not now because only God can judge his inner heart. He prays for people now and seems to care more about them more than before. He is on Dialysis and only has lass than a year to live. This brings me to tears because I want to make absolutely certain that he is a child of God, and I want to see him in heaven. Jesus did not come for the righteous, but sinners to repentance. May the LORD have mercy on his soul and bring Him to Christ as his LORD and Savior.
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    (Omega) got a reaction from Alan in Clarence Larkin - The Spirit World   
    Some have suggested that the verse mentioned means that King David will be buried alongside his dead child. But I do not hold to that interpretation because we are condemned for NOT believing and a child or baby does not have the mental capacity to "believe", therefore they cannot be condemned.
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    (Omega) reacted to Rosie in "Ban The Person Above You" Game   
    Ban Omega for not banning me as I can give him reason too
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    (Omega) reacted to Jordan Kurecki in Thompson Chain Reference Bible   
    Not sure how you can make the statement that most of the notes are based on Westcott and Hort? 
    1. Most of the study material in the Thompson is simply just topics and cross references, there is hardly any traditional study bible type notes.
    2. Occasionally they include an alternate readings for words in the margins from the Revised Version these are not very common though, I just ignore those however.
    I am more concerned with the way the Thompson handles Revelation, because the Thompson interprets it as history and not prophecy. But again I read everything with a discerning eye, I like the Thompson because of it's chain reference system that allows me to really dig into topics in the bible. I use the Thompson and ignore it just like I use Matthew Henry's commentaries and ignore his teachings on baptism, calvinism, and prophecy, or how I use Scofield but ignore his teaching son the Gap theory, or how I read Oliver B Greene but ignore how he sometimes corrects the KJV readings, or how read John Gills Commentaries and ignore his Calvinism... I don't even agree with everything my Pastor teaches or says!
    The Thompson is a great study bible for those who desire to be serious students of the bible, but just like anything else it must be used with discernment. 
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNwbl77qAS8
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    (Omega) reacted to Jordan Kurecki in Thompson Chain Reference Bible   
    long story short, most bibles will include little letters or symbols in the text above the words, and then you look in the margin and it will reference you to similar passages and such. 
    The Thompson however has marginal columns on both sides of the text, and by each verse it has different topics or themes with a number next to the topic. every topic has a number, and in the back there is a list of topics with verse that belong to that topic. In the margins of the text, the margin will give you the next reference in the chain of that particular topic, and you can go through the entire bible looking at the different verses in the topic. It might sounds complicated, but honestly if you look at a Thompson for 5 minutes you will pretty much figure out how it works. the first time I glanced at one I couldn't figure it out, but that was only because I was use to other kinds of reference bibles. Rather than just having notes at the bottom to tell you what to think about a particular passage, the Thompson gives suggestions for different topics contained in a particular verse and will lead you to references pertaining to those topics. It is a great bible for those who actually want to study God's word, and also great for searching out particular thoughts you have as you are reading the bible devotionally. 
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