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.
I would expect the oppressed minorities of any country to sympathise with other oppressed minorities, including the Palestinians. That does not make them antisemitic or anti-Jewish. We have to distinguish between antisemitic, anti-Jewish & anti-Zionist - as many Jews do. Being opposed to militant Zionism is NOT antisemitism. Was Jesus being antisemitic in Mat. 23 when his forceful denunciation of the Jewish leaders? Or Stephen in Acts 7? Jews for Justice for Palestinians (JfJfP) is an interest group based in Britain that describes itself as advocating for humanand civil rights, and economic and political freedom, for thePalestinian people. It opposes the current policy of Israeltowards the Palestinian territories, particularly the occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and seeks a change in their political status. The membership of JfJfP is primarily made up of British Jews. Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
May I suggest a solution to John's question of a world-wide attack on a tiny nation? At present Christians & Jews are spread out all over the world as they will be during the millennium. The attacks will be against them/us wherever they/we are living. Jesus' rule is over the whole planet as King of kings & Lord of lords, so the attack on him & his people could be all over the planet - as it is today. In a world war there are many camps, even though there may be only one HQ. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. Just as Jesus told the Samaritan women that true worship would be in Spirit & in truth, rather than localised on Jerusalem, we can expect that to apply in the millennium, wherever his people are.
Another big plus is grandchildren & the fact that our singing is appreciated. We can share our second childhood with them. Though not on the climbing frames We are a source of living history We are (hopefully) examples of the benefits of godly living We have time to do things we always wanted to do. In my case music - choir & piano (keyboard) BUT If we start feeling we are getting older in our fifties (as I did) it's time to make a lifestyle change - & experience the benefits. Many years ago I told my children I would admit to being middle-aged when they could beat me at table tennis. They would have a hard time today.
My Hebrews (3) & Revelation threads have been deleted, & the mod posed the question, "Why these books & not e.g. Colossians?" My reason for Hebrews was that from time to time people have argued that Hebrews was written for Jews in the millennium, as also Revelation, neither book being intended for the church of the present Gospel age. My concern has been to show that these books are for real, living people in the present age, for the blessing, encouragement & rebuke of every reader. In particular, are Christians within the new covenant in the blood of Jesus, or is the new covenant ONLY with Israel & Judah? That leads on to the question whether old covenant prophecy focuses on fulfilment in Jesus & his church (Jew & Gentile as one body) or on future generations of ethnic Israel, to whom the prophecies were made. Incidentally, under the previous incarnation of the forum, there were frequent links to studies by Morris, father & son. You & I often commented on these, but such threads had few further comments. I'm happy that you agreed with me regarding the blessing for those who read, hear & keep the things written in Revelation. It would be helpful if you were to explain how your teaching in this thread is for OUR blessing in the present "dispensation."
The problems that are now evident are the unintended consequences of "inclusive" legislation - There is no "conscience" clause, so that malicious complaints are being made & upheld, & folk with a Christian conscience are being criminalised. Now, how can Christians take offence & bring counter charges?
@BroMatt Just to point out that I have 3,400 posts in 6 years, have an excellent forum reputation & NO warning points. I have not posted against the forum, have responded courteously & Biblically (or ignored) those who have attacked me & accused me of heresy. Where there have been personal attacks on me, at least one of the mods has supported me, & banned the attacker(s) while disagreeing with me. So far as I know, there is no official forum line on prophecy. Now you @OLD fashioned preacher delete 2 Bible study threads without warning or any reason relating to forum policy. That is NOT appropriate mod action. These threads have been serious Bible studies intended to encourage study & application to our living situation. Note @Alan10 posted in the Revelation thread: @BroMatt may I ask you to reinstate the threads, & inform OFP what his action should have been in the situation. AFAIK he has made no input in the relevant threads.
I remember it well - the 10 nation European Common Market being the fulfilment of prophecy before the rapture of 1981 ..... the revived Roman Empire. I heard an interview with one of the US prophecy mongers to the effect that he had 35 filing cabinets in his basement, all with newspaper cuttings of fulfilled Bible prophecy. These political matters should be considered on the merits (or demerits.) I do not think they have anything specific to do with prophecy. What did Jesus say? Luke 21: 7 And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? 8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. 9 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.
I understanding that when Mussolini in the 30s wanted Papal approval, the Pope enquired of the phial of Jesus' blood - which would give approval if it liquefied. It didn't. Mussolini then said, probably with menace - "try again!" It liquefied.
Over on Trail of Blood, Sam is disagreeing with me on "Calvinism"
Sam was thrown of the same KJ forum who excluded us. He said they told him they didn't exclude anone from their site. At about the same time, sam was made a moderator on TOB.