No Nicolaitans

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    ♫ The B-I-B-L-E...yes, that's the book for me. ♫

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  1. new here

    Hi Dewayne. Welcome aboard.
  2. The Tithe, for the Church or not?

    I listened to a sermon this morning from James Scudder called "Giving isn't what you think it is". I thought, "Hmmm...maybe this will be worth listening to." It was actually a video of their church service from Nov. 15...and it started off bad...with them reminding and encouraging people to fill out their "Firstfruits Cards". The singing and music was wonderful. Then the sermon was about tithing. Not sure how the title fit in with the sermon...  
  3. Heads or Tails?

    Yeah...I would think that if it were against the law, all those theme parks would be in all kinds of trouble with their coin pressing machines that turns a coin into a souvenir...stretching the coin into an oval shape and replacing George Washington or Abraham Lincoln with Mickey Mouse or a super hero.
  4. Errors of Calvanism

    No...sorry. If man doesn't have freewill, and God directs all of man's actions and thoughts...then there's a major conundrum with those verses, because in those verses, God is speaking to Israel concerning their sinful idolatrous acts. He's saying that... He didn't command them to do it. He didn't tell them to do it. It didn't enter his mind that they should do it. If God didn't command them or tell them to do it, the actions were their own. If it didn't even enter God's mind for them to do those acts, then the thoughts to do the acts came from their own minds. So...either God lied, or there's no explanation other than they did it of their own freewill. Not only has a non-freewiller ever explained those verses, but even when confronted with the verses...they ignore them and continue their non-freewill belief.
  5. Heads or Tails?

    Liberty/In God We Trust/Birth Year would be my vote.
  6. Errors of Calvanism

    Still have never had anyone (who claims that man doesn't have freewill) explain these two simple verses... Jeremiah 19:5 They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind:   Jeremiah 32:35 And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.
  7. leave first love

    I don't know your situation completely, nor am I asking you to elaborate on it further. What I do know is that I can somewhat understand. You see, I've been through some pretty hard times myself...begging God to heal, take away, or if nothing please take my children's health problems and give them to me instead. He never gave me what I asked and begged for. Though I never turned from God, I did go through some deep valleys. We all do. Remember how Elijah had that tremendous victory over the prophets of Baal? The next thing he did was run and hide because he was afraid of Jezebel...wishing he were dead. He went from an incredible victory to being incredibly defeated...but he kept going. What got me through was this simple (but deep) truth...God loves me. Despite my circumstances, he loves me so much that he sacrificed his only begotten Son for me. Nothing...NOTHING can begin to compare to that. I may not understand why he allows things to happen, but he does...and he knows what is best. When I survey the wondrous cross, On which the Prince of glory died. My richest gain I count but loss, And pour contempt on all my pride.        
  8. The Tithe, for the Church or not?

      Sorry for the weird formatting... I'm on a phone. Leviticus 27:30-34 30  And all the tithe of the land,whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD'S: it is holy unto the LORD.  31  And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof.  32  And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD.  33  He shall not search whether it be good or bad, neither shall he change it: and if he change it at all, then both it and the change thereof shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed.  34  These are the commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses for the children of Israel in mount Sinai.
  9. The Widow's Mites

    Bro. John...I won't go into the whole story, but that was me and my family. I take responsibility for not having studied the truth myself, but I followed that teaching for a long time and never received the promised "blessings" or the "safety from the Devourer". I'm ashamed to say it now, but I put our family through a lot because we were "supposed to tithe no matter what". I tithed willingly and with a good spirit. However, we just kept getting deeper and deeper in debt. Every time we turned around, we had problems arising that needed money. I kept thinking that it was a see if I would trust God and continue to tithe. I'd keep tithing, and we'd just keep getting worse off. This wasn't a short-term thing was over the course of years. We never received that "miracle check in the mail", the "God will make your car last longer", and there was no reprieve from the medical problems in our family. It finally reached a breaking point. Either God lied about tithing, or something was wrong elsewhere. I finally decided to study about tithing...from God's word...not from what I'd been told. It took a while for me to accept what I found. At one point, even after I had discovered what God's word says, I was still struggling. Tithing had become so ingrained into my belief. My wife asked me if we were still going to tithe the upcoming Sunday. We had again been slammed by several things needing money that week. I sat there...thinking about it...and though I had discovered the truth, I said, "We're still going to tithe." So, my family went without needs, and bills weren't paid. Even after discovering the truth, it took me a while to accept that what I had been told for so long, what had been preached as truth for so long, and what I had believed for so long...wasn't biblical.
  10. The Widow's Mites

    While I'm thankful for Bro. Alan's testimony that he has never used Malachi 3:10 as a proof text for Christian tithing...and his testimony that he agrees that Christians aren't commanded to tithe...such a testimonial is few and far between. At least it is in my area. In my area (and MANY other areas that I know of), pastors and teachers use any and every "tithing" passage to say that we are to tithe today. Not only that, they pull out God's command to Israel for "firstfruits" as proof that Christians are to tithe on their gross income. Their justification is that God wants your firstfruits. They haven't even studied enough to know that Israel's command for their firstfruits was completely seperate from the command(s) to tithe. God wanted Israel to offer their firstfruits AND their tithes. Why do we get so upset when someone uses scripture to justify a false doctrine? Such as, Hagee's false doctrine about salvation for the Jews. We get upset about the false doctrine concerning losing salvation. We get upset about SDA's false doctrine about keeping the sabbath and other commands. We get upset about women pastors. We get upset about people who deny the Trinity. We get upset about the prosperity gospel. We get upset about people who promote hyper-grace. We get upset about people who put down the KJV. We get upset about every false doctrine out there (and rightly so)...but tithing gets a pass...even though it's a false doctrine for today's church. If you want to see whether Christians are supposed to tithe today, it requires a little study...but it's very simple. Look for this...who, what, where, why, and when. Who was to tithe? What was to be tithed? Where were they to tithe? Why were they to tithe? (In other words, what were their tithes to be used for?) When were they to tithe? You'll have to read more than just the verse where tithing is mentioned. Such as, Malachi'll need to read the entire book of Malachi to find out who God was saying was robbing him of tithes. After you have discovered the answers to the who, what, where, why and when of tithing, look to see where God ever changed who, what, where, why, and when. I'll go ahead and give the answer. The who, what, where, why, and when has been changed...but not by God or his word. Now look to see what the New Testament says about our giving...using the same who, what, where, why, and when. Also, don't be shocked when you realize the answers. Today's church has added a lot to what God's word says and "requires" about New Testament giving. Now...with all of that said...I also believe that if a person desires to give 10% (or more) of their income, that's long as it comes from THEIR heart instead of a pastor or teacher saying we are supposed to, or God will send the Devourer to get his tithe anyway. Which brings up another false doctrine often promoted about church members "tithing"...used to scare people into tithing. God's gonna get his tithe one way or another! Such as... You might end up in the hospital, and you'll have to pay your tithe then! Your car might break down, and you'll have to pay your tithe then! Your children might get sick, and you'll have to pay your tithe then! It preaches really good! Except for the fact that God's not getting "your tithe" in such scenarios. The hospital is getting your money. The mechanic or parts store is getting your money. The doctor and pharmacy are getting your money...not God.  
  11. Alternative Method for Finding New Content on OB

    That's what I deduced too. Thanks! 
  12. posting a photo in directory

    I'm on my phone, and it's showing that the Facebook link that you gave is for a church in Mississippi.
  13. Alternative Method for Finding New Content on OB

    That works! Finally! Thanks Salyan! I did notice that some of the buttons are shaped like stars...not sure what that means? If anyone isn't sure what to click, this is it...
  14. Evolution Evangelism

    Genesis vs. abiogenesis One makes complete sense. The other makes no sense and isn't possible...but it's the one evolutionists believe. It doesn't matter how they spin it...they believe in abiogenesis.
  15. My Blessings

    Wonderful testimonial! Thank you for sharing it with everyone.