Folks, my time here has come to an end. In the beginning I really enjoyed the time spent here sharpening my irons so to speak and learning when I was wrong.
Over the past year I've become increasingly frustrated with the rampant false teachings and some dear online "friends" whom I persuaded to stay on board for a time, finally left. Others strong in the faith rarely post anymore, while others who used to be strong seem to be adopting the doctrines of fools.
Brother Matt, thank you for providing this forum for Independent Baptists and the lost and I pray that you'll be able to devote more time to it in the future and set it aright on the tracks again.
My family has appreciated your prayers and we've been honored to pray for your needs as well.
You're way off base LuAnne. Because their hearts were hardened, the Lord allowed divorce for one reason only during the Law, for fornication. This is what Jesus was referring to when he spoke to the Pharisees in Matthew 19, not the disciples or church.
If we accept that Jesus gave us something new, then Paul contradicts it with 1 Corinthians 7. That's ridiculous. I forget the verse but there's a saying that Jesus didn't tell us everything, some things he left for later, for Paul to reveal to us.
The Holy Spirit had Paul write no divorce for any reason. Jesus, the Holy Spirit and Paul are not going to contradict themselves so you have to be, you are, incorrect.
No, no and no. Jesus simply reiterated the exemption given by Moses under the Law. This is the plain reading and it is in accord with Paul when he gives us the doctrine later. Jesus gave us nothing new. Paul did, or rather, it was a restoration of the time before the law, no divorce for any reason.
Under your thinking, you make one of them wrong and that is not so.
I agree with your last Larry but disagree about Prohibition. There was mOB violence but that's a pittance compared to the havoc heaped upon our society today. I was taught that the FBI's primary role in those early days was to root out subversives like Communists and spies.
The war on drugs today is a travesty. It should have been treated as a threat to National Security and the drug runners and dealers punished with death. Hangings used to be a great deterrent to crime. Now, there's little deterrent to crime, save for the Gospel.
If your pastor only marries members of the church, he'll never marry a couple of sodomites. Since we both belong to NT churches, the only candidates for membership are biblically saved Christians. The excludes the sodomites.
Should the state try to mandate such, the local churches will cry and go to battle (politically speaking) over separation of church and state, and rightfully so.