Certainly I generalize just as anyone who has been around a day or two does. The longer you live the more you realize everyone is 99% the same. Minor personality differences and minor appearance difference make up the remaining 1% IMO. Jesus said He needs no one to testify of man because He knew what was in man. No one needs to hear your excuses for following your flesh into Calvinism. You did it for the same reasons everyone else did it; it makes your life a lukewarm, fleshly and easy existence. You as with your lazy friends now never will pick up your cross, forsaking your pride and dignity and suffer reproach for Him. You talked yourselves out of it by lying to yourselves over Calvinism. You don't fool anyone guy. You certainly don't fool the Lord. Now for your second fleshly question: Check out Ezekiel : Eze 3:18, When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Eze 3:19, Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul. Look friend, all false teachings originates in the flesh of man, calvin is among the worst of them. It turns what could have been a reproductive servant of God bearing much fruit into a useless theologian, full of intellectual pride. I am sure that rings a bell with several "intellectuals" on here
More weak, lame or lazy using calvinism as their excuse to not preach the Gospel to everyone. The flesh says why bother when God will save them all regardless of what I do. I believe the exact opposite to be truth. I believe we will be forced to watch all those whom we did not warn day and night at the Great White Throne. All those we know in our lives, we will recognize on that day: coworkers, friends and relatives. This is what the tears in Heaven will be all about.
I think the point Saintnow is making is being missed again. There is a thread a while back called replacement theology that discusses the same concept. You know the concept that satan makes us all miss all day, every day: He that loses his life in this world shall find it. Even the vast majority of IFB miss this concept completely. They get saved, THANK GOD, but then their discipleship is more along the lines of replacing all their past wasted time in what every lost and saved person knows is wickedness with a milder, less wicked versions of the same. OH, and don't forget to pray once a day and read a couple of lines out of your Bible and you will be living for the Lord - HA!. Porno replaced with the family channel or discovery and hollywood with pixar and disney. The exact same amount of personal time is wasted but since it does not SCREAM SATANIC, we think God approves. Well, pilgrims, He don't approve. I can only pray to get over this flesh and live it one day. The thing that I will never do is try to justify wasted time with statements like "God gave us this life to enjoy it while we are here" BALONY - I would ask someone to show me anywhere in the Word where Jesus says anything like this, but I already know it is not there. The example of how believers are to live in is Acts but we still don't get it. They continued steadfastly in prayer and preaching daily. It doesn't mention entertainment outside of the church anywhere. It certainly would if we were allowed to write it though. So pilgrims, we resemble the first century Christians when work, play, family time is completely centered around prayer, witnessing, serving and worshipping God. Everything else is of the world and is sin by and by. I have know a handful of believers over the years that would have fit in perfectly with the first century church. 99.9% are a hollow shell of those these days. The same people keep clinging to their delusions of their replaced lives. If it is not of God, it is of the world period. Live in the world, what choice you got - duh. Live for the world, that is a choice you got daily and most of us fail daily. We spend an hour in prayer and Bible study and 4-5 hours on the world's seemingly harmless entertainment. Sure guy, you are living for the Lord like that - NOT. Quit lying to yourselves.
What planet do you live on? Setting aside all the Scriptures this idea ignores completely as explained to you 100s of times on this forum, lets look at the world as it is today. Not just the tiny portion around Jerusalem you folks keep referencing. Surely as the heathen are endowed with common sense (Romans 1:20), a professing Christian MUST have the same sense. Look around and explain where Christ is King on this sin cursed earth right now? Where does Righteousness reign on this planet? The lost's acceptance of the Gospel these days is a watered down shadow of what it was prior to 70AD simply because professing Christians these days are a watered down, worldly, pale shadow of what we were prior to 70AD. This planet is truly now like unto the days of Noah. The South Carolina sized portion of it you believe was the whole world was back in 70ad wasn't even as bad as the whole planet is now. Now the whole ball of wax is filled with depravity, ruled by reprobates. Do you live under a rock studying false teachings all day? So in the opinion of your false teachers, officially forgetting God in all of human government is described in the Word on Christ's Kingdom age? Homo marriage is described in the Word as Christ's Kingdom age? Roman paganism being the largest religion is described as Christ's Kingdom age? Muslims running amuck murdering countless professing followers of Christ is described as Christ's Kingdom age? ETC ETC. AMAZING
Yes and this new element suffers from it own unique malady: pretendinitus. Pretendinitus is a form of malingering only found to afflict administratium. Symptoms are confusion, loss of memory and redirection of blame. The only cure: Removal from office
Sadly friend, I understand your situation. . Bottom line is this: Her heart has turned away from you and toward another man. She won't be reasoned with for quite some time (years possibly). I know this first hand. The unanswered question is: Does she want to stay with you and keep this dude on the side (highly unlikely) or 1. does she want to leave you and take your son or 2. does she want to leave you and leave your son too? Has she mentioned divorce? Is she still at home with you and your child? I can't tell from the posts unless I missed it. It is hard to speculate on practical advice without knowing what she is telling you? Another question: Are you a missionary to this muslim country? Wouldn't be the first time this has happened to a missionary.
Well you ain't the only person who disagrees Sword, HA but I stand by it and think the weight of Scripture supports the view I present more than yours. BTW there are many references in the NT to support the definition of adultery I present. Even your verse quoted presents both terms separately. Had they meant the same, it would not be written so.
Grace and Mercy is male according to his profile. Hopefully you are giving the whole story. I recommend you give both sides as best and honestly as you can if you expect a serious, Scriptural answer. I know the OP seems cut and dry but these things absolutely never are and besides I am not 100% sure of what the OP is saying, whether in code or just typos. So, this is not necessarily directed at you but it does seem folks just want an echo to what they have already decided or want to hear and not real Scriptural guidance. Fornication and adultery are not the same thing in Scripture. Even Matt 5:32 addresses them as presented and defined separate from each other. We can commit adultery against God. Scripture defines adultery as a turning away of the heart, not a sexual thing. Now fornication can lead to adultery and adultery can lead to fornication so there is a connection between the two obviously but they are not the same thing. Men can commit fornication all day long with numberous women without their heart ever turning away from their wife. A woman however is wired very different and if fornication has occured, she most likely has turned her heart away from her husband already. In my experience men fall into bed but decide to love. I have never in my life met a man who has decided to love two women HA! Women are the opposite: they fall in love but decide to bed. We are polar opposites emotionnally in most cases unless the dude is effeminate.
Wow, what rubbish. The exact opposite is true in Scripture. I don't call myself anything but born again but I certainly believe there are differences in how God dealt with man through the History written in the Bible. Since Pentecost in Acts believers are sealed by the Spirit making it impossible to ever again repent from the true God. Prior to that there is no indication anywhere in Scripture of regeneration, renewing or sealing of the Spirit. IMO it is evident throughout the OT that Israel could turn away from the true God and worship idols. They had no Spirit living in them or sealing them. Sure they sinned all over the place because they were never born again. As soon as the signs, wonders, miracles, visions, dreams, etc. stopped for a while, what did Israel do? They plunged deep back into sin and idol worship. So did pretty much every man and woman God used back then. Now we have a constant battle internally between the flesh and the Spirit. The key here is not so much sins but idolatry and adultery against the true God. It is impossible for a born again believer to ever turn away from the true God and become a catholic or muslim or hindu or humanist. HAPPENED all the time in the OT, they could not keep their faith in the true God without constant signs, wonders, miracles, etc.. This sproul fella has it backward completely.
Unfortunately Bob doesn't get it. He thinks if someone is predestined and elected, no matter how the Gospel is presented, they will be saved. Funny though after 30 years of hearing testimonies hard to number, I have never heard of anyone getting saved with the methods he and his "man-idols" spew out.