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  1. Since you've had a bit of stick for this, I just want to say, for what it's worth, that when I encounter someone using the word "most" like you did, then unless they've qualified the word elsewhere in the sentence or there's an immediate context, I just assume it's shorthand for "most in my experience" or "most to my knowledge". I've always done that without a second thought to be honest--seems common sense to me. For example, if I pulled on a roll of sellotape and it tore too early, and a friend standing next to me said "how annoying, most of them do that", I wouldn't suppose that my friend had evidence of the outcome of every sellotape-pulling in world history and was relaying to me the results.
  2. And an anticipatory Happy Independence Day to Scotland and Northern Ireland for when they separate from the UK in response to Thursday's vote.
  3. Mmmmm, I love mashed potato.
  4. I just look the udder way.
  5. Here's another pretty pic of Creation, Alan: a Chaffinch nest I found a few years ago.
  6. That is true, John!
  7. That's unfortunate, then, because the action was deceptive (circumventing a ban by creating a new account) even though the motive wasn't. I would have asked the forum admin what I could do to have the ban overturned, and then I would have respected the outcome of that discussion.
  8. Hi Ronda Since your earlier post seemed to be aimed at me (i.e. you quoted me), I'm going to reply to you out of respect, even though you've rarely responded when I've talked to you in the past. Firstly, I'm not sure I understand your point here, but since I'm the one who's just brought up the promotion of multiple gospels, I can only think you are saying that 'pot calls the kettle black' applies to me because I am objecting to the promotion of multiple gospels while at the same time affirming multiple gospels myself by believing in reformed doctrines. If you think this, please consider that I don't believe in reformed doctrines, and I'm not a member of that site. Secondly, I know you don't subscribe to replacement theology and I don't think anything I've said in this thread (or any other) implies or in some way relies on a presumption that you do. Whether or not you feel your beliefs are honestly and sincerely held, whether you feel you interpret scripture literally while others don't, whether you can write a robust, scriptural defence of your doctrinal beliefs--none of those things are relevant to the point I was making. What I was saying was, if we want to say that those who hold to calvinism or don't hold to dispensationalism or do or don't hold to some other eschatological view aren't welcome on this IFB forum, then what do we say about the range of views on the gospel? There are folk on here, including yourself (see below--just one example of many such postings) who on the one hand are saying the forum needs to take a hard line on things like eschatology and the atonement but on the other hand seem to be saying a wide spectrum of views on the gospel is fine so long as the holders are sincere. That doesn't sound very consistent to me. My own opinion on it? I'd welcome an approach like the one Pastor Markle highlighted earlier, and yeah that would involve a more precise set of board rules than we have at present. For my first three years on this forum I was an atheist and in that time I questioned just about every Christian belief as politely as I could and as quietly as I could, and I got patient answers back. So I'm all for sincere, moderated discussion.
  9. And I should have said--contending earnestly for any true belief is still good and the rest of us are blessed by those like you who do it, Alan.
  10. I don't think Covenantor should be trying to come back on this forum if he's been banned, unless the ban has expired or been forgiven by the mods. And I think Covenantor and GP's relentless, non-stop efforts over many years to push a particular viewpoint on a web forum where it's obvious almost no-one on the forum agrees with them represents a severe case of someone's-wrong-on-the-internet syndrome, to say nothing of the spiritual aspects. But I do think some of your comments there highlight a difference between us, Alan. You say the belief that baptism is necessary for salvation (since that's the main 'work' being promoted here) is "mild" compared to the belief that baptism is a sacrament, whereas I'd say adding baptism to saving faith is the more dangerous view. Likewise I don't think using a NIV is worse per se than believing in salvation by works, or that holding a particular eschatological view is worse than teaching that there are 2, 3, 4 or even 5 gospels. Calvinism's getting closer but even there I'm tempted to say that reformed beliefs aren't as bad as believing in works for salvation. I don't believe you support or enable any of these false beliefs, Alan. But I have noticed on this forum a general tendency for folk to contend more earnestly for the true end times view, or the true view of atonement, than the true Gospel. And I'm not the first to say that.
  11. Alan, and yet while they've been away, their particular profusion of 'interesting arguments' has been more than replaced in volume and frequency by another profusion of arguments, about there being multiple gospels and about how salvation isn't always by grace through faith alone. And this latter profusion appears to have been more widely tolerated on OB than the former.
  12. Hmmmm, John.
  13. Welcome back, Covenanter! Do you know, it so happens your forum companion GenevanPreacher has just returned to the forum as well? Life is full of little coincidences.
  14. Gotta say, John, the last few weeks on here have felt like an eye-opener. Though the eschatology wars have been difficult to watch, there have always been eschatology debates/discussions on OB. But when it came to soteriology, I had always throught that folk on here--and IFBs in general--were united in believing that salvation is and always has been by grace through faith alone. Multiple threads and posts proclaiming works salvation--be it for times past or times future--with relative silence from forum regulars who have traditionally been quick and rigorous in defending OB's stance on free will and end times doctrines is something I never expected to see. But it might just be because we are down to about a dozen regular posters.