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  1. The Tithe, for the Church or not?

    For a pastor to know if you tithe or not, he will not only need to know how much you give, but also how much you earn.  How will he know that?
  2. What Ever Happened To Christmas?

    Spurgeon on Psalm 81 (extract) from the Treasury of David (The psalms) Verse 2. Take a psalm. Select a sacred song, and then raise it with your hearty voices. And bring hither the timbrel. Beat on your tambourines, ye damsels, let the sound be loud and inspiriting. "Sound the trumpets, beat the drums." God is not to be served with misery but with mirthful music, sound ye then the loud timbrel, as of old ye smote it by "Egypt's dark sea." The pleasant harp with the psaltery. The timbrel for sound, must be joined by the harp for sweetness, and this by other stringed instruments for variety. Let the full compass of music be holiness unto the Lord. Verse 3. Blow up the trumpet in the new moon. Announce the sacred month, the beginning of months, when the Lord brought his people out of the house of bondage. Clear and shrill let the summons be which calls all Israel to adore the Redeeming Lord. In the time appointed, on our solemn feast day. Obedience is to direct our worship, not whim and sentiment: God's appointment gives a solemnity to rites and times which no ceremonial pomp or hierarchical ordinance could confer. The Jews not only observed the ordained month, but that part of the month which had been divinely set apart. The Lord's people in the olden time welcomed the times appointed for worship; let us feel the same exultation, and never speak of the Sabbath as though it could be other than "a delight" and "honourable." Those who plead this passage will keep such feasts as the Lord appoints, but not those which Rome or Canterbury may ordain. Verse 4. For this was a statute for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob. It was a precept binding upon all the tribes that a sacred season should be set apart to commemorate the Lord's mercy; and truly it was but the Lord's due, he had a right and a claim to such special homage. When it can be proved that the observance of Christmas, Whitsuntide, and other Popish festivals was ever instituted by a divine statute, we also will attend to them, but not till then. It is as much our duty to reject the traditions of men, as to observe the ordinances of the Lord. We ask concerning every rite and rubric, "Is this a law of the God of Jacob?" and if it be not clearly so, it is of no authority with us, who walk in Christian liberty.  
  3. The Tithe, for the Church or not?

    Sad thing is many saints believe what they have been taught because it has been taught by many trusted teachers,not realising that it is the doctrine of man, they then try to make the scripture agree with what they have been taught because those who taught them, they believe, could not be wrong.
  4. windows 10

    I quite like Windows 10 .  Much better than 8.1 which I had on a laptop. I also have a laptop with Vista, and I have never had problems with that except it is rather slow these days. 
  5. The Tithe, for the Church or not?

    Regarding giving to the poor.  The pastor of a Baptist church I used to go to often had people turning up to church asking for money.  If it was the fare to London, he would say "Meet me at the station in ½ hour and I will buy you a ticket."  If it was for food he would say "Meet me at my house in  ½ hour and my wife will make you some sandwiches.  They never met him.
  6. What Ever Happened To Christmas?

    Tried twice to post on what one of our church members said were  "Good Christina Hymns" and each time I clicked on "Submit Reply"  it disappeared into the ether. So here is a link
  7. The Tithe, for the Church or not?

    If the pastor (or anyone else) asks how much anyone gives I would say it is none of their business.  I'd probably be quite a bit more polite than that,.Anyway we don't have "Staff." we work for the Lord, not for man.
  8. The Tithe, for the Church or not?

    How does a pastor know how much anyone gives? Many of our members give cheques,  Others pay directly into the bank by electronic transfer. In the first instance only the two people who count and check the offering will know, and they are not always the same two.  In the latter case, I as treasurer am the only one who knows and I don't tell anyone. 
  9. The Tithe, for the Church or not?

    Alan forgive me if I misunderstand your first post.  You say the Grace position is correct, which I take to freely giving,, but later seem to say that tithes are required, can you tell me which is correct? I did know a pastor who said we should give tithes and offerings on top of that..  ?????? A friend went to a church about 25 miles from here and he said the preacher once said he wouldn't preach until  he had £2.000 and that God had told him eight people would give him £250 each.  It seemed he soon got that amount. They didn't pass round a plate but credit card readers. We have freewill giving.  We have a box on the wall at each side of the rear of the church.We don't expect visitors or unsaved to contribute to our church.  We believe that it is for the members to support the church and its ministries.  
  10. Errors of Calvanism

    Romans 8:28−30   Pastor Alec Taylor Foreknew ... predestined ... called ... justified ... glorified   The Jews had the advantage of possessing the special revelation of God through the Old Testament (‘the oracles of God’, 2). They were however, the same as the Gentiles (‘Greeks’) in that they also were sinners. They are all under sin (9,23). Paul fully accepted the Old Testament Scriptures as the word of God and quoted from the Psalms and Isaiah to prove the guilt of everyone (10–18). Man’s depravity is universal! Notice the words ‘none’ (10–11). Man in his natural state is ignorant of spiritual things (11; cp. 1 Corinthians 2:14). Sin is vile and its terrible fruit is described in verses 10 to 18. We also sin when we fail to do what God commands (sins of omission). It is sin not to seek after God our Creator (11). Our goodness is not good in God’s sight (12) because all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). The speech of sinners is deceitful, poisonous and full of cursing and bitterness (13–14). The tongue is a world of iniquity (James 3:6) which we must learn to control if we belong to the Lord (Ephesians 4:31; 5:4). Let your speech always be with grace (Colossians 4:6). Sin also produces murderous attitudes and brings misery and destruction (15–16). Man in his sin cannot know peace nor does he fear God (17–18). When we speak to many who are not Christians, it is soon apparent from their attitude to sin, righteousness and coming judgment that there is no fear of God before their eyes. Many vainly believe that because God is love there will be no judgment and so nothing to fear. They fail to understand the nature of the love and justice of God. We must tell them that the Bible teaches that God is angry with them and that they will perish if they do not repent. God’s holy law cannot save us, but it reveals our sin. The law silences and condemns us all. It speaks that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God (19–20). Let us praise God for giving his Son to die so that in him our guilt is cleared through justification. The doctrine of predestination brings great comfort if rightly understood. On what basis did God choose us before he made the world (Ephesians 1:4)? Some Christians interpret ‘foreknew’ to mean that God chose those whom he knew would have faith to choose him, making election (God’s choice) ultimately dependent upon us. Such teaching fails to accept that faith is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8) and that we can only come to the Son when the Father draws us to him (John 6:44). The foreknowledge of God means more than him knowing about us. It means ‘to know and to love with intimate personal awareness.’ (cp. Genesis 4:1; 18:19; Hosea 13:5; Amos 3:2; Matthew7:23; John 10:14). The Lord did not set his love upon us for any good found in us, but on the basis of his free and sovereign grace according to the good pleasure of his will (Ephesians 1:5; cp. Deuteronomy7:6–8). The apostles Paul and Peter poured out their hearts in praise to God when they thought of the doctrine of election (Ephesians 1:3–6; 1 Peter 1:2–3). God has chosen us to be holy (Ephesians 1:4). Those who lead careless lives and yet profess to be saved should not take their salvation forgranted. We are urged, ‘Be diligent to make your calling and election sure’ (2 Peter 1:10). We have been predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son (29). Can the beauty of the Lord Jesus be seen in  your life? There are five links in the chain of salvation that cannot be broken. Notice that they are all the work of God. — He foreknew ... he predestined ... he called .... he justified ... he glorified. We cannot lose our salvation. Everyone whom God has predestined, he calls, everyone who is called is justified, and everyone who is justified will be glorified. God does not choose us and then lose us; what God begins, he completes! He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6). He is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy (Jude 24).
  11. Errors of Calvanism

    My question is "Does God have the right to choose, or not?"  Did Go choose the Hebrews to be His people? or did they choose him?
  12. All Preachers Should Have A Conceal Weapon Permit

    I think gun crime rate is more usual  in towns like Manchester in the North.  One of our members is not only a retired Baptist pastor, but also a ex Manchester police officer, I'll ask him.
  13. Errors of Calvanism

    Apologies. No, of course we welcome all nationalities. In our church we have had a Zambian preacher, a regular Czech girl, a semi regular Lithuanian,   we have had Dutch French, German, a South African Preacher, we even considered an Australian Pastor (rejected) When we are able to spend a few day in France, we try to visit the Eglise Baptiste Biblique in Laon.  The pasteur is an American Baptist. 
  14. Whats for Supper...

    Poisson a la Bordelaise  with baked potato, green beans, asparagus with julienne carrots and celeriac.
  15. Errors of Calvanism

    It is amazing the methods  you Americans try to get around what the scripture plainly teaches.