BioMember of FIEC churches since 1957 - the year of my conversion & baptism.
Married to Ann.
FIEC is the UK equivalent of IFB, with a doctrinal basis that insists onfundamentals, but allows divergence on other matters.
This was discussed in this thread. We do look for Jesus to return at the end of the present Gospel age of grace, when he will raise & judge the dead & bring about a NH&NE. 2 Peter 3 OT prophecy focuses on Jesus & his saving work, the new covenant including all nations, & the eternal blessing for all God's redeemed people in Abraham's Seed - Christ. See Hebrews. I do not hold to the version of preterism that ends all prophecy in AD 70.
Some will take Scriptures like "not braiding the hair" & the other negatives of 1 Peter 3:3 & make them into commands, after all, long hair is Scriptural. The positives of v.4 are more important. 1 Cor. 11:1-16 presents a challenge to interpreters. Modest dress & hair style are appropriate for Christian women. And I would recommend legal marriage. You are clearly fully committed to each other. Then there can be no criticism, & you will be a godly example in this perverse age. Far too many live together, have children, & then separate with resultant problems, especially for the children, & especially if their parents take on new partners. May God guide you. As you draw near to him, you will be drawn nearer to each other.
I don't think it will be profitable for the forum to continue this exchange - I did not start the thread. But I think you will find that the Israelis are winning 100-fold in "the constant harassment, kidnappings, murders and rocket attacks." Being opposed to Israel's actions with regard to settlement expansion, destruction of Palestinian property, restriction of water supply, etc, is not antisemitic, it is a concern for justice. Michah 6:8 Edit to add: Letter from Congress Member Betty McCollum regarding the Israeli Border Police murder of 2 Palestinian teenagers.
Note the Government response in full. Note too - "Back to schools in Palestine after 3 months of annual summer vacation, back to completely or partially destroyed Schools but not spirits, will and determination...10s of Palestinian schools in Gaza were completely or partially destroyed by Zionist occupation forces airstrikes and shells during the Zionist criminal war on Gaza last summer, 27 August 2015."
The wider question is "why do we believe what we believe?" We trust those who teach us, unless/until it becomes apparent that what they teach is untrue, or until we come to repentance & salvation. Then we know that Jesus is true, & the Bible is trustworthy. I came to Christ in the Church of England. I was taught to read & trust the Bible, & had been reading with the Scripture Union for several years already. I had no reason to doubt such doctrines as infant baptism, church hierarchy, life after death, the second coming of Jesus for resurrection & judgement, & various other doctrines expressed in the creeds. A few days before university one of our CofE group who had been in London for a year introduced me to a local Independent Evangelical church, which held to Reformed (Calvinistic) teaching. When I got to university I heard a range of other doctrines as a listened with the attention of a new convert. Some I responded to readily - I was baptised as a believer at the first possible occasion. I heard & questioned the doctrine of a future millennium which was contrary to the basic statement of the creeds. The Pentecostal teaching was obviously questionable, as it included loss of salvation. Ecumenism became doubtful, as it effectively denied personal salvation by being all-inclusive. So, with reading Scripture, sermons, teaching, discussion, reading religious books, etc, & more recently Internet discussion, I came to a basic system of belief - basically independent, reformed, baptist. Some of my beliefs have become less firm or changed as I have discussed them, & some have been strengthened. The basic FIEC position is that there are doctrines that cannot be questioned, & others where sincere disagreement is acceptable, provided we adhere to the fundamentals.
What does he understand by ..... ? "Unconditional eternal security" is taught by those who preach salvation by faith without repentance & works of faith, but that's more likely to be Billy Graham & his teachers than Calvin. John 6:39 teaches predestination & unconditional eternal security - And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. "Penal substitution" has been redefined as "cosmic child abuse." John 3:16 teaches unconditional eternal security and penal substitution. I suspect that the reason for the comments is a rejection of the Westminster Confession which I understand is a statement of Calvinistic doctrine. It does provide Scripture proofs, some of which are obscure. But I haven't read Calvin. ---------------------
In 1957 - a few months after my conversion - I went to Hull unversity. Ann also went there. The first time she noticed me was at my baptism in December. We were in the Christian Union - a good place to meet other believers & get to know them without getting personally involved. After the exams in June we teamed up. I met her parents & younger brother when they were caravanning in the New Forest, cycling distance from my home in Southampton. They didn't like me. When we w ready to marry in 1962, they didn't arrange the wedding - my parents did. Ann's mother's sister was her only relative there. She was very supportive over the years - even made her home available if we needed it during the honeymoon, as she was away. We had no money, so we were camping, & the weather turned wet in the second week. The police arrived at her home soon after we did! Parents provided a number of wedding gifts for the house, but the estrangement continued until Jeremy arrived a year after the wedding. Grandad fell in love with him, & we often visited after that.
Don't know about celebrating - Ann has her first session today at the pain clinic at the local hospital - 12:30 to 3:30. She has chronic leg pains. She insisted on making her own way by bus, so I'm on my own for lunch. Saturday we were expecting to look after our 2 1/2 y-o grandson Michael. But we had news that my brother (2 years older) was in hospital having suffered serious strokes. We were able to see Michael's family, & his 1 month old sister Alexandra, but afterwards went on to see David. We did have a big family gathering 3 years ago at our church - see my picture.
Good point BMU, though the 12 had the direct commission from the Lord to be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judæa, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. We never hear of most of them by name again in Scripture, though some may be in Jerusalem in Acts 15. Presumably they were obedient to their Lord. Paul with Barnabas were commissioned by the Holy Spirit speaking to the Antioch church. Both are considered Apostles in Acts 14:4,14 Peter & the 120 were in in prayer before they considered the Scriptures calling for a replacement for Judas. There is no suggestion that they were mistaken. We know of Peter, James & John, & possibly Philip. It is likely that, like Paul they went first to synagogues wherever they went, where they existed. An obvious line to follow would be the Jews of the dispersion who came from the countries recorded in Acts 2, to instruct these new Christians, & spread out from there. There are stories/accounts of their lives & ministry in church history, but how reliable are they. As for ""mixing" the Gospel of the Kingdom with the Gospel of Grace" there is only ONE Gospel, one saving name - Jesus. # written before Alan's reply.