No Nicolaitans

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  1. Praise the Lord!

    I'm the same way.
  2. Praise the Lord!

    Right...I'm trying to lower mine naturally.
  3. Praise the Lord!

    Dave, I want to encourage you to make the changes now. Your blood pressure now is what mine was for several years. Every time I went to a doctor or checked it myself, it was "140-something" over "90-something". Never higher and occasionally a little lower. Doctors told me I needed to do something about it, and I did at first, but I slipped back into my old eating habits and lack of proper exercise. In fact, my diet became even more unhealthy due to the need for convenience because of my job and lack of free time. I hadn't even checked my blood pressure in well over a year. Make some changes now so you don't have to make drastic changes like me. Thankfully, I'm happy with the changes I've had to make, but not everyone would be.
  4. Praise the Lord!

    As I mentioned elsewhere, I recently found out that my blood pressure was dangerously high. I don't remember the exact numbers, but it was something like 175/105. I attributed it to being anxious about going to the doctor, because I hate going to doctors. However, I checked it myself about a week later, and it was still in that same range. As I also mentioned, I completely changed my diet and started walking about two weeks ago. I've noticed a change in several different areas since I started this...good changes. Last night, I decided that I would check my blood pressure for the first time since I made the diet and exercise changes two weeks ago. I didn't really expect to see any improvement in just two weeks, but then I saw the numbers...158/92. I never thought I'd be glad to see my blood pressure at 158/92! That's still high...but what an improvement! Thank you Lord! Praise the Lord! He's so wonderful! He allowed me to catch my blood pressure before anything happened because of it, he allowed me to make the changes that I needed to make, and I trust him to help me continue on...
  5. "Unpardonable Sin"

    I believe I know the verses that you're referring to from Hebrews. Even here, you will get different interpretations of what those verses mean...but I do believe that despite some differences in their meaning, most here would agree that they're not talking about a saved person being lost again. With that said, let me give what I believe they mean. I will try to keep it as simple as I can...forgive the length. First, as you read the Bible, what truths do you already know and are assured of? One that you've recently settled is that eternal salvation is eternal...right? One can't lose their salvation. AMEN! You've seen that truth, you've accepted it as truth, and you're assured of its truth. So, when you come across a scripture that (in your mind) seems to contradict that truth, you're left with a couple of options... Accept that the truth you know isn't truth after all. In its most basic concept, this will leave you with feelings of doubt concerning God's word. Do I believe "this", or do I believe "that"? One of the most important things to God is that we believe him and his word. Accept that the truth you know IS truth; therefore, the seeming contradiction must somehow align with and affirm that truth. This involves digging deeper into God's word. In other words, it requires study and prayer. It requires cross-referencing...known as comparing scripture with scripture. As a new believer, you're on what the Bible calls "the milk of the word". That's absolutely nothing to be embarrassed about; we all start out as babes. As you grow, these harder to understand portions of scripture will become easier...you will move from the milk of the word to the meat of the word. Now, I believe that your situation (if I understand it correctly) is this... You believe in eternal security, but it's verses such as the ones in Hebrews and "the unpardonable sin" that makes you doubt if you are truly saved. We've seen what the unpardonable sin is, and the verses in Hebrews are neither about a saved person being lost again nor about a lost person who is unable to be saved. Let's look at them... Hebrews 6:1-8 1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 3 And this will we do, if God permit. 4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. 7 For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God: 8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned. Verses 1-3: See the word "Therefore" at the beginning? That means what he's writing now is based upon what he had just written previously. So you'd need to go back to the previous verses before it to see what he's building on top of. He was building on exactly what I was talking about...moving from the milk of the word to the meat of the word. Since we need to grow, there must come a time when we "leave the principles of the doctrine of Christ". We leave the basics of dead works (our works can't save us), faith toward God, baptism, etc. In other words, we move past the basic knowledge and understandings about Christ, his work, and the basics of Christianity. We move past that toward becoming a mature believer. Simply put, as God's child, we must grow. We must grow in our understanding of his word; thereby, we grow in our relationship with him. Verses 4-6: See the word "For" at the beginning? That means these verses are based upon the previous verses...so they also refer to growth...or lack thereof. What are the verses saying? First, you must think about who these verses were written to. They were written to "Hebrews"; therefore, much of what is written must be looked at through "Hebrew eyes". What would have been an early Hebrew Christian's temptation to fall away to? The Mosaic system of laws and sacrifices. I believe that's what is being inferred here. He's saying that if they were to fall away from the basics of the doctrine of Christ...in other words, they know, believe, and have accepted the basics of the doctrine of Christ. They're saved; they've been made partakers of the Holy Ghost. However, if they fall away and return to some form of Mosaic system, it's impossible to renew them to salvation? No, it's impossible to renew them to repentance. Rather than repenting (turning from their error of mixing works and grace), they will continue in it. The book of Galatians is a great example concerning this and condemning this. So how can that apply to us today? There are denominations who present a works plus grace gospel; such as, The Church of Christ and some Messianic Judaism churches come to mind. They will not repent of it. I think the difference is this though...the writer of Hebrews was writing to actual believers...new believers...warning them not to depart from the true faith. They were saved; however, if they departed and mixed the basics of Christianity with works, they would lead others into that same false belief...condemning their converts into believing a false gospel. The denominations who teach works plus grace do the same today. They will not repent of it, and they condemn their converts into believing a false gospel. Verses 7-8: Cross reference those verses with these verses...in fact, look at how this whole section of Hebrews fits with these verses from 1 Corinthians 3... 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. 14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. Many of our works will be burned...but those who are saved will still be saved. I know it was long, but I hope it possibly helped.
  6. Well, they deduced that the R in R.C. Christian was the first initial of the other man -- Robert M. Merryman. I can't remember what the C. was from, but it made sense. Sorry about that. The doctor's last name -- Kersten -- actually translates into "Christian" in whatever country his family was originally from. Can't remember the country either.
  7. "Unpardonable Sin"

    First, I would say that the feelings of guilt, fright, and hating your sins are good signs. I know that might sound strange, but it shows the struggle between your flesh and the new spirit within a saved person. What is the unpardonable sin? As you've attested, you'll get different answers from different people. Some here may even disagree with me, but let's see what the Bible...what the Lord Jesus Christ says the unpardonable sin is... Matthew 12:31-32 31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. 32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. Now, what is blasphemy against the Holy Ghost? The Lord Jesus Christ tells us in the previous verses... Matthew 12:22-30 22 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. 23 And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? 24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. 25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: 26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? 27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. 28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. 29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house. 30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. So, to blaspheme the Holy Ghost; in short, is to attribute his work to Satan...or to deny that his work is his, and attribute it to Satan. They were basically saying that the Holy Spirit was actually Satan, and the Lord Jesus Christ received his power from Satan. That's my understanding of it. How that relates to life today, I'm not sure. Remember my testimony that I shared with you? I struggled for several years thinking that I couldn't be saved unless I "felt" Jesus come into my heart. It got to the point that I thought that I couldn't be saved at all. So, I know what you're going through to an extent. All that I can tell you is what I told you before...the answers and comfort you need and seek are in God's word. That's where I finally found my answers after years of turmoil because I believed what a man...a preacher told me I should experience...and there wasn't a lick of God's word that supported what he said. There's nothing wrong with seeking advice from others; the Bible even says that it's wise to...just be careful with what others tell you (including me). I can tell you from my own experience, just because a man is a preacher, that doesn't mean he's right about everything. Get advice, and measure it (as best you can) by what the Bible says. The answers are in God's word; you just need to find a way to win this battle that has you not wanting to read it. Hey, you don't have to spend hours in it friend...just try 10-15 minutes a day. You'll get there, and know that I'm praying for you.
  8. Yes, they named him, and their evidence was very sound. He wasn't from Elberton though. He was from Iowa. The case in the garage did provide the clues as to who he was...well...clues to find out who he was. That part about the case in the garage kind of left a bad taste in my mouth. I feel like they took advantage of an elderly man in order to get the evidence. The elderly man was the president of the bank in Elberton when the stones were erected, and he was basically the go-between between "R.C. Christian" and the builders. He received the money from R.C. Christian and paid the workers. He was sworn to secrecy of course, and he kept the secret all of this time. He still wouldn't reveal who R.C. Christian was to the documentary crew. When they got him to agree to open the case, I feel it was under false pretenses, and the way they handled the situation seemed underhanded to me. The elderly man was old, and he seemed not too sharp any longer. But that's me. There were actually two men involved. One of them was a businessman, but he wasn't R.C. Christian, and he wasn't as involved in the actual carrying out of the stones being erected. R.C. Christian was a doctor. I guess since the documentary is available publicly now, I can't be sued or anything for revealing "the secret". The businessman's name was Robert M. Merryman ( he was a publisher also from Iowa). He published a small book to go along with the Guidestones; in which, it urged everyone to return to "An Age of Reason"...definitely influenced by Thomas Payne if you're familiar with his views. The doctor who was R.C. Christian...his real name was ____________________________ . Dr. Herbert H. Kersten
  9. This is my personal opinion; people are different. I enjoyed it and found it interesting; however, now that I've had the experience of watching it, it's not something that I would buy. You might be different though.
  10. Whats for Supper...

    Well, after finding out that my blood-pressure is dangerously high, I've made a lot of changes to try and correct it naturally first. Now I eat throughout the day, and my meals (other than breakfast) consist of a salad. The salad is... Fresh spinach and broccoli, bell pepper, carrots, raw zucchini, raw squash, cucumber, onion, tomato, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, black beans, seared/baked chicken breast, and sliced almonds. The dressing is extra virgin olive oil with red vinegar, a few Italian herbs, and a small amount of Dijon Mustard. I eat that 3 times a day. Snacks are 1 piece of dark chocolate a day, a slice of whole wheat bread twice throughout the day, apples, and occasional carrots and cucumber. Soft drinks are gone. Coupled with walking every other day, I've already seen (and felt) a huge difference! I've also lost 12 pounds in the 2 weeks I've been doing this.
  11. If anyone is a member of Amazon Prime, this documentary is now available to watch for free. It was a little slow in segment one (I think there are four segments), but it was really interesting overall. If anyone isn't familiar with The Georgia Guidestones, just do an internet search on it. Basically, it's a huge granite monument with 10 "guides" written in various languages. The 10 guides are suggested needs for making the world better. The first one is a call for population control. Secular humanism and tree-hugging combined with a little Masonry and Rosicrucianism. They reveal (with pretty strong evidence) who the man was that had it erected. He swore everyone to secrecy (that was involved) to never reveal his name...and they never have.
  12. God's Soul???

    Pastor Markle, this is an interesting topic and one I wish I could contribute to; however, as I've thought about it, I find myself in a familiar predicament... I remember as a child, I would wonder where God came from. When I would wonder that, my mind would just go blank. Other times, I would wonder what (if anything) would exist if there was no God. When I would wonder that, my mind would just be filled with a blurry whiteness (if that makes sense). I've tried to think of biblical passages that might allude to your thoughts, but I can't think of any off the top of my head...and the more I think about it, the more my mind goes blank like when I was a child. So, although I don't know that I can contribute, I do look forward to seeing what others may say.
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