Agreed, it is offensive. Reverend is a term synonomus with charlatan in the US. It is a worldly religious term invented by that old devil himself. Only religious hirlings apply that term to themselves, similar to priests and "fathers" of popery. Noone truly called of God. I call noone good either. We seriously misuse that word if you apply it to any person.
Bro Mike: That lady you reference does have a legitimate point. Take a look at the passage again carefully in context and go at least one verse past where people normally stop. ICor 11:16 "But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God" As we men sometimes complain about the clean cut american business culture look as being unScripural but preached about as if a fundamental doctrine, the same applies here. The context is referring to customs and not sin, in fact, it basically gives two options for either sex (bald or long and flowing) seemingly no inbetween. In addition the context reads as if it is dismissive and unimportant regardless how either sex wears their hair. Strange that in my experience the woman preachers of the snake oil charismatics all seem to have long flowing hair while the women I see in fundamental churches wear a variety of styles many that could be thought of as short (relatively speaking anyway). .
Not sure of your points in any of this post friend but thanks for quoting me anyway. The last lines of your post however were simply Markle's refute of the unverified, unreliable reliance preterism has on man's written account of history. No, he certainly does not buy into preterism in any form or fraction of it from what I can tell.
Good point Alimantado. I would interject faith in God that His Word is written for all do understand it in context from beginning to end. However the more complex doctrines require grammatical mastery or we run into issues like this. Faith is the key. If we believe it is true our only hope to understand it all is mastery of the grammar, word usage and definition after we are born again. The Word makes no reference or footnotes to any "mans" history or books. It is completely independent of all other written materials. It stands alone. The problems like preterism are based on misunderstanding of grammatical context and the interjection of 'man's' written perversion of history to prove a false idea. I have seen 'mens' interpretation and recording of historical facts throughout my lifetime and of hundreds of example, nothing written soon after those events came close to true in the details. However, God's Word is absolute truth in every jot and tittle. The original conjurers of preterism placed equal weight of fact on these perverted written records as they do Scripture. And lets face it, no one enjoys being wrong especially when they fall on their swords blindly in the defense of a false idea.
The Spirit will never change the meaning of English grammatic context to match a reader's inability to comprehend. God has appointed teachers, preachers to instruct those who cannot. The Spirit will never change a "yes" to a "no" or a "have" to a "have not" just because we want Him to match a preconceived notion we have bought into. This is the true meaning of "private interpretation". Understand it as it is written or seek the counsel of those that can. Nowhere does God say He will teach us how to read. Do not run off with notions invented by those who should have sought a teacher but insisted in the flesh to be someone who understands "differently" Seems every tom, dick and harry wants to pronounce themselves as teachers and prophets and preachers when they have no business doing so. Chief of the boat hit the nails on every head in his last post. VERY few are given by God as Pastors, prophets or teachers. If you can't figure out what it says yourself, why on earth would you think God wants you to teach it?
Recipe for disaster i suspect. In all relationships, the one who shows the least interest is always in control. Even in this post women's lib culture, when women chase men the men tend to start running away faster. Back off and let him come to you. If he doesn't then you have your answer. Might seem a hard idea now but will save you pain later.
I think one point MC is making is there are some believers who will not partake in the Lord's Supper out of confusion over sins of the mind committed even the day of. Particularly if they haven't had a chance to talk to the Lord and get them right thoroughly enough in their minds. I personally haven't seen anyone refused by the church to partake however. I am referencing the Christians themselves declining out of conscience. Based on the context of I Cor 5: 9-13 Jim mentioned are in keeping with outward sinful practices shamelessly among brethren and not hidden sins of the heart. Face it, we are all fornicators in the mind from time to time, more so covetous and idolaters. The context Scriptures surrounding these passages are of outward public displays of sinful practices.
I can't believe any reasonable man could waste God's time and money watching millionaires play a children's game when they should be floppin whoppers at burger king in all fairness- this goes even MORE for football except 90% of those players would be in prison and not burger king. Good clean fun....I suppose but make no mistake, the countless hours of precious time you waste watching this dribble will all be for naught in eternity and you will regret it. Hey but I guess you could be watching porn instead so enjoy.