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  1. No, I can't believe someone can be saved and remain a Mason, unless they are in such a low "degree" or whatever, that they don't realize the evil in it. My Uncle Ray was also a Mason. But my Dad witnessed to him and, later in life, Uncle Ray was saved. I saw the change and the fruit in his life. Praise God!
  2. 1 John 4:1-5 4 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. My mouth may profess "Jesus". I may even use a King James Bible, but what does my "spirit" really say? What do I really say between the lines while I promote Catholicism. "Universal salvation" and "New Age" stuff? If anyone was saved, at a Billy Graham crusade, it was because they heard some of the Word of God. The Bible says "my word shall not return unto me void"(paraphrased). And God even used Balaam to a point. Billy Graham has done a lot of good things, some of which I admire greatly. So who am I to judge? But when we hear something that isn't doctrinal, we are to take notice and beware because there are wolves out there which look every bit like a sheep. It's easier if I put zero confidence in Billy Graham, Charles Spurgeon or any other man, even my own pastor, even MYSELF. We're all fallible.
  3. Frost: "Why is Islam the fastest growing religion in the world?" Graham: "The tremendous discipline that they have in Islam in the sense that there's a judgment if you do wrong, and there's a tremendous hope that people have that you are Islamic. Suppose you die on the battlefield fighting for Islam, the promises they give you for the first thousand years would make any young man say, 'Well, I think that's what I'd like to have.' They have so many things. And I think Islam is misunderstood too, because Mohammed had a great respect for Jesus, and he called Jesus the greatest of the prophets except himself. And I think that we're closer to Islam than we really think we are." -Billy Graham, Interview with David Frost, "Talking with David Frost: Reverend Billy Graham," David Paradine Television, Feb 18, 1997
  4. "I do believe that something happens at the baptism of an infant, particularly if the parents are Christians and teach their children Christian truths from childhood. We cannot fully understand the mysteries of God. But I believe that a miracle can happen in these children so that they are regenerated, that is, made Christians through infant baptism. If you want to call that baptismal regeneration, that's all right with me." -Billy Graham, quoted by Briton Hadden & H. R. Luce, Time, Vol. 78, Time Inc., 1961, p. 612 "I would be for abortion in violent rape... I take the same stand that the pope takes, I'm against abortion, except in cases of rape..." -Billy Graham, interviewed on Larry King Live, January, 1988, retrieved July 15, 2013, "Since his election, Pope John Paul II has emerged as the greatest religious leader of the modern world, and one of the greatest moral and spiritual leaders of this century... The Pope came [to America] as a statesman and a pastor, but I believe he also sees himself coming as an evangelist, forthrightly urging those who have perhaps given little thought to spiritual matters to realize the truth of the Christian message and commit their lives to Christ... The Pope sought to speak to the spiritual hunger of our age in the same way Christians throughout the centuries have spoken to the spiritual yearnings of every age—by pointing people to Christ... Also, in countless ways many evangelical Protestants and Roman Catholics are discovering they share a common bond through their mutual commitment to the Christian faith... Recently I learned that the word 'pontiff,' (a title by which the Pope is often known) comes from the Latin words which originally meant 'bridge builder.' During his visit to America, Pope John Paul II was indeed a bridge builder, and that is something our divided world desperately needs. In a world which often seems to have lost its way, his voice will continue to remind us of our responsibilities to each other—and to God." -Billy Graham, "The Pilgrim Pope: A Builder of Bridges," Saturday Evening Post, January-February, 1980 "I think that hell essentially is separation from God forever. And that is the worst hell that I can think of. But I think people have a hard time believing God is going to allow people to burn in literal fire forever. I think the fire that is mentioned in the Bible is a burning thirst for God that can never be quenched." -Orlando Sentinel, Florida, Apr 10, 1983
  5. 1 John 4 4 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. 6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. 7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. I just can't see how a man can love people, and tell them that the God of the Bible may or may not love them and may or may not have died for them. I don't see how his WORDS can TRULY confess the Jesus Christ of John 3:16 while his underlying teachings say otherwise.
  6. sa-weeeeeeeet
  7. To "be a witness" is to live for Jesus before the world. To "witness" is to testify of Him verbally.
  8. Guy said he was coming to get 4 ewe lambs and we both agreed to a quantity price of $150 each(the single price was advertised @ $175. So we penned up the lambs, who hollered all night for their mamas and the next morning he shows up. We it comes time to pay he claimed $300 was all he had with him but if I let him have two now, he would come back for the other two. After the lambs are loaded and the money changed hands he changed his mind saying he WASN'T coming back for the other two AND I couldn't help but notice he had another wad of cash in his hand besides the already counted out wad of $300. ;) He calls back later saying he's coming the next morning for 5 more. You pretty much have to pen up the whole herd, like we did the first time, (about 230 animals) to capture and separate out what you're selling. So we agreed and my wife had the lambs caught before I got home. Then this weasel calls and says he won't be able to make it because his "well pump" quit.. Just then I sent him a text saying to check the points first (an easy fix with a part from Lowes or Home Depot) and asked him did he want us to keep his lambs penned until the next day. They're out there hollering for their mama's as we speak and I haven't heard back from him.
  9. Well, evidently those scholars/translators and the Church of England missed their chance to promote their heretical beliefs, back in 1611, because the King James Bible ain't Calvinistic. Psalm 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. 7Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. ...and I believe He did, sir, in spite of any translator/s.
  10. .....how loving and patient He MUST be.......... :)
  11. I thought we were discussing the word "foreKNOW"?? First of all, the word origins of "ordain" simply mean "order" as in "set in order". If you want to see an example of another, the Greek word translated "ordained", in Acts 13:48,, is also translated "addicted" in another place in the NT. When you're "addicted" to something, your life is "set in order" and "established" toward that thing you're addicted to. Know what I'm saying? And I strongly suspect the "reformed" movement, early on, had great influence on how this English word has been corrupted. Now, ordain is mainly used to refer to a priest or preacher's "ordination" and little else. And I don't hardly think it meant "predestinate".
  12. What if it simply means, Ones he has "known" "before"......... Rom 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to beconformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. ........as in "knew" them in salvation. Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. .......so, the moment you get saved, God "predestinates" you to be comformed to His image? No? Just a thought.
  13. Well, at any rate, you know what they say... God can even draw a straight line with a crooked stick. Otherwise, these dudes would have left out a whole lot of "whosoever wills" and things like that. Have a good day Brother
  14. Verse 20 says "who" 20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, That means "the Word", the Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Eternal Father, the Prince of Peace, the King of Glory, the Way the Truth and the Life and the "Immanuel" was foreordained. But the Bible also says that Christ is God's "Elect". Does that mean God picked Christ out of a list of candidates? No. It means Christ had and has a purpose: a "job".. http://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/election election noun [ C/U ] US /ɪˈlek·ʃən/ politics & government the act or occasion of being chosen for a particular job, esp. by voting: elect verb US /ɪˈlekt/ to decide on or choose, esp. to choose a person for a particular job by voting: [ T ] We elect representatives every two years. [ T ] She was elected to the board of directors. [ + to infinitive ] He was invited to join them at the concert, but he elected to stay home and watch the ballgame. Of course God did not "take a vote" either but "chosen for a job is what "election" is. And likewise God foreordained that his "elect" people would serve a purpose and that purpose is to live holy lives, fellowship with Him, love one another, love sinners, tell others about Him and thereby glorify Him. And "predestination" simply means that AFTER you get BORN AGAIN, you WILL BY GOD's DESIGN and PLAN, be eventually conformed to the image of Christ through progressive sanctification AND chastisement. I'm just a simple countryboy and not very educated or smart: but why does this have to be hard?
  15. And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man........Romans 1:23