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  1. The timing of this post is just uncanny...
  2. Everyone that has been interacting with 'Bob' on this board should take a walk over to the introductions thread and read this:
  3. Wow. Some people really need to get a life. It's nice to meet the real Bob Hutton (he sounds a much nicer fellow than the fake one!). The other guy has been banned.
  4. I have mixed feelings. On one hand, they are a visible 'christian' presence in the business community that one doesn't care to see lost. On the other hand... Bro. Stafford is quite right that they are filled with junk. I went through a large one near me some years ago, just to see what 'good' books they had. I think I maybe found 2 that I knew I could recommend? And maybe 1 or 2 other possibilities. The others were all either on subjects or authors that I knew were bad, or were described in such a way that I knew wouldn't be good, besides the RCC books. And yeah, the CCM section pretty much matched the book section. It was a good place to get ornaments Bible-themed doodads for kids ministry - and that's about it. Although getting KJV Bibles at clearance prices from closing stores is a great way to stock up our church's book nook. :-D
  5. No, that would not be wrong. It would of course be best for you to be able to learn and grow under good Bible teaching, but that isn't always an option (especially when you're young). We have a young fellow in our church that was raised Lutheran, but his family were church-goers only, and were not saved. He began studying the Bible, and came and found our church. He wanted to be baptized in obedience to Christ, and join the church, but his family were very against it. He chose to honour them by waiting until he turned 18, at which time he was baptized (which event they attended!), joined the church, and has been faithful ever since. He did have the advantage that they allowed him to visit our church before that time.
  6. You know, my observation of Calvinism is that a) it isn't learned from the Bible - it comes from the teaching of men - many books and 'much learning' - and b) it presents itself as an intellectual doctrine and attracts those who are drawn to intellectualism. It often seems to become a point of pride - "see how much more study/learning I have done" or "see how much more I've thought about it than all you peons". Your statement above about 'shallow thinkers' really does reflect this observation, as it displays this as a point of pride in your life (you obviously think that you are a much deeper thinker than anyone who rejects MacArthur or Calvinism). Oh, and I am going to answer a question posed above. You asked if I considered Spurgeon to preach a damnable heresy, and said that if I said yes, I'd condemn one of the greatest preachers of the Western world (thus attempting to negate my statement by the supposed position of the man). I haven't studied Spurgeon much, so I really can't speak to what he did or did not preach. However, if he did teach the 'doctrines of grace' (irresistible grace, total depravity, unconditional election, etc.), than yes, he did preach damnable heresy. And you know what? If he preached such heresy, then perhaps he was not one of the 'greatest preachers of the Western world'. Because the popularity of a man does not define the truth of his teaching. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. Gal. 1:8 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. James 2:1 For their is no respect of persons with God. Romans 2:11
  7. Remember, remember, the fifth of November...
  8. I'm not sure why you can't post in the lounge, but a doctrinal discussion on Calvinism might be better placed in one of the 'Biblical Issues' forums.
  9. No, actually, it's not (ridiculous, that is). Calvinism is a damnable heresy, and as such, it is a poison. I'm going to ask that you move on from this point.
  10. Ha! Some of our youth got in trouble for this went they went to the States for college. Up here it's legal to put stuff in mailboxes (although considered rude to put unaddressed mail in boxes that have written requests for no junk mail), so when they went door-knocking at college they kept right on doing it! Now there's a picture...
  11. Bob, the Bible says to mark those who bring teaching contrary to the faith (my paraphrase). That is what Dave & Jim are doing. Instead of focusing on your perception of their words as abusive (which, btw, they're not), why don't you examine the allegations against Scripture and see whether they don't have something?
  12. (Bother, where is that 'back to topic' emoticon when you need it?)
  13. Calvinism teaches the idea of 'irresistible grace' - that God has predetermined (as opposed to merely pre-knowing) those that shall be saved, and that they will be drawn to God and saved through no choice of their own. What you're saying sounds rather like that, which is probably why Alimantado is cautioning you. Although discussion is encouraged, any strong promotion of Calvinism is not permitted is not permitted on this board. Just wanted to let you know so you're not blindsided later on. :-) I'm going to say this now to prevent the thread being hijacked. (This is for everyone, Bob, not just you.) The topic of this post is soulwinning, so let's try to keep it to that, shall we? Any discussion of Calvinism should be deferred to another thread.
  14. I simply chose to respond to the point I had issue with, namely, that the color of one's hair should be cause for any suspicion whatsoever. Naturally-colored hair, after all, is not a requirement for membership on OB. I am very disappointed that a simple (and I would have thought, reasonable) request should raise such an argument. In my estimation, we were treating her unkindly, and, as a moderator, I am asking that our members be more considerate in their responses in the future. Hope Charity, I'm locking this thread as I feel it's heading nowhere good. Feel free to introduce yourself in a new thread, if you so choose.
  15. Pink hair, blue hair, or rainbow hair, she deserves to be treated with kindness and respect. I am asking that all members consider that in future when responding to new members. Thank you.