Not a problem. I've always been uneasy about it.. But I have stuck to my guns refusing to help them with their slaughter whenever they ask, which is surprising because I didjn;t think they allowed "infidels" to do so. At any rate, it has been an opportunity to interact with and show kindness to strangers and to be a witness. How else can we do that?
It appears somone has coined a name for the Laodicean mindset...... "Homo Spiritual" http://www.independentbaptist.com/2015/07/are-you-a-homo-spiritual-person/#at_pco=smlrebh-1.0&at_si=55bf7e14f59f25cb&at_ab=per-4&at_pos=4&at_tot=auto
I don't know. That's a tough call. We all have to do business, however frequently, with folks whose religions and sins we don't agree with. I have refused to do graphics work which was profane and lost a good customer another time because I declined to put a "scripture" on his store window out of the NIV. In my sign business, I've sold dozens of signs to Pentecostals, Holiness, Assemblies of God, "COGIC", Church of Christ, Seventh Day Adventist, etc. Last week, I constructed and sold a sign, to a church (a repeat customer) which has a woman "pastor", speaks in tongues and doesn't believe in eternal security. Last month, I sold one to a Freewill Baptist church . I have to make the call whether or not to make signs for religious folk who work their way to Heaven, get "saved" by baptism, speak in tongues, have woman preachers, worship a god who might revoke your salvation or even a nasty one who dooms you to Hell simply because he didn't unconditionally choose you before the foundation of the world. So. again, when you're in business and have to make the decisions, it's a tough call sometimes. Hey, I've even done work for a lesbian before,. The sign had nothing to do with "lesbianism" but if it had, yeah I would have declined; and probably be in trouble with the authorities. I wouldn't have baked that cake either. Back to the Muslims, I don't participate in any of my customers' prayers or blasphemies; I'm just in the business to sell sheep. But like I said, the Muslims, with their particularly sick and dangerous brand of religion, make me a little nervous. So I'm glad all the sheep are sold for the season and I don't have to deal with them anymore this year; Hopefully never again. My hope is to continue in the sheep business and to acquire a few buyers, primarily from South Florida, who will buy larger numbers of animals, on the hoof, and haul them away like the last one did.
Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Does God love those who are not elect?
The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments. If nothing else it shows that serving God and others, writing down the Word of God, inspired by the Holy Ghost, was most important to Paul.
9 hours ago, heartstrings said: Are those who are not 'elect', the enemies of God? I know what I think: I'm asking you.
I didn't mean "I" destroyed anything: that was a typo. Sorry. God graciously gives you the choice to hang on to Calvinism, as well as the choice for me to deny it but I will tell you this: even though He freely gives us choices in this life, He alone controls the consequences of those choices. The word "sovereignty" does not appear in the King James Bible, but God is all powerful: He will put all those who reject Jesus in Hell.
Jesus spoke in parables, "paralleling" spiritual things with the natural world. The natural world is all they were capable of understanding. He didn't just tell some enigmatic story just to sound esoteric. In another place He said "Jerusalem, Jersalem, how oft would I have gathered thee.........". The word "would" is a form, of the word "will". It was his will that they ne saved but they "would" not. Romans 5:18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
Does the phrase "all men", in the above verse, mean two different things? If it doesn't, It totally destroys your Calvinist doctrine in one verse. But your pride won't let you see that because you have closed your eyes just like the Children of Israel did theirs.
1 Timothy 2King James Version (KJV)
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
Looks pretty plain to me: "all" means all. Why do the Calvinists or "reformed" keep insisting otherwise? I don't understand that.