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  1. Denominations

    Hi Who are "our enemies"?
  2. Denominations

    I am not sure if this response is going to be on-topic with your OP, because I am going to be considering only “Christian denominations”. It seems to be a more pertinent question, as to why all born again believers, do not all hold, identical doctrinal views. I will try to make this as short as possible. In my discussions with other Christians from other Christian denominations over the years I have been asked this question several times. I remember what may be the very first time that I was asked this question as a pastor about 25 years ago. I was at a lumber yard buying some material to work on my house and the man that was assisting me ask me why there are so many different denominations if we all believe the same thing. Well, I pulled out the little Gideon Bible I carry in my back pocket and I laid it on a 2'-4' that was laying on a nearby table and said, “Here is the Bible and here are all the different Churches” and made a chopping motion with my hand on the board, along side my Bible. This is most likely the best illustration you can make, to answer this question. I said to him, "This first denomination(closest to the Bible), is the Baptist and from there out you have all the others, Methodist, Pentecostal, Presbyterian etc, etc". And I said, “What makes each of these denominations different from each other is how far away from the Bible they are”. Now recently I've been thinking about the subject of Baptist distinctives: and as I began to think about the doctrines that set the Baptist denomination apart from others I realized why we are different. And that is because we are not afraid to dig deep for deeper truths in God's word. The two examples that are uppermost in my mind at this moment are the doctrines of “eternal security” and “the priesthood of the believer”. As I began to articulate some of these Baptist doctrines to other it quickly became apparent that I was taking them into deeper waters and they were used to. Christian Denominations differ, because of how meticulously they study the Bible and accept the truths they find(in the same way that individual Christians differ). As for how the LORD feels about these differing views among Believers, this can be found in Romans 14:1-ff V.1 ¶ Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, [but] not to doubtful disputations. V.2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. V.3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.” (Romans 14:1-3) The Lord wants us all to get along with each other, because "He has received us", even though some of us may have a deeper understanding of God’s truth, than others do.
  3. Donald Trump and America

    A verse of Scripture, about Donald Trump’s presidency..... Proverbs 28:2 “For the transgression of a land many [are] the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding [and] knowledge the state [thereof] shall be prolonged.” ------------------------ “For the transgression of a land” When a nation sins, by turning away from God, this causes the kind of public disorder that brought our country to the idolatry, profanity and immorality, that we find it in today. ------------------------ “many [are] the princes thereof:” The result of a Godless society, is many will be pretending to be in authority over us(the bureaucracy of little dictators that we have in Washington DC and all over the country); Causing the people to lose their national identity and to brake off into parties and factions. This is where we have come, with the Obama presidency; With more racism, division and political corruption than we have ever seen. ------------------------ “but by a man of understanding [and] knowledge” But wise leadership, can solve this problem by a man of understanding and in his right mind, who chooses wise counselors. Things are brought back into the right order again. And the right methods of healing the nation are put into place. ------------------------ “the state [thereof] shall be prolonged.” Therefore the nation will be strong again and be prolonged. Praise the LORD He gave us Donald Trump for a president. We should be praying for his success and safety every day.
  4. Holy week

    Could it be, that the Holy Spirit, put this word into the heart of the translators? And I am not talking about Double Inspiration,
  5. Holy week

    My OP was about the superstitious and extrabiblical celebrations of the so-called Holy week. But it has derailed into an argument about semantics. This is like arguing about that holiday in July. Some people call it “Independence day” while other people call it “the 4th of July”. It doesn’t matter, because it’s the same day. One is more descriptive than the other while the other one is more patriotic. But EVERYBODY knows what you are talking about. The Bottom line, is that THE BIBLE HAS NO MISTAKES!
  6. Holy week

    Over the years, before I started posting here, there was another site(an SBC site), where I would post and find a lot of trouble, because of my views on the KJB. Every year I would post a thread something like this and would be attacked from every corner of the site. I am not allowed on that site any longer, so here is this years observation. (This is an edited copy of one of my posts to that site.) -------------------------------------------------- I have spoken up against “holy week” observances, as a purely “superstitious” practice, disguised as a religious practice in the past and have been amazed at how many of the “Christians” here, come out of the woodwork to jump down my throat for such sacrilege. Well the “lenten season” has come around again, but this year I have a new observation to add. The observation is, that almost 99% of these people who will come out in favor of the unbiblical recognition of “good Friday”, are also KJB haters. Now this has never surprised me, because of the fact that a love of the KJB is usually an indication of a love for the DETAILS of what God’s Word has to say. And any honest detailed look at the Scriptures will point out how truly unbiblical this whole idea of holy week is. But the new realization that I am adding this year is the fact that these same people who Hate the KJB, will be quick to point out the “so-called mistake”, in Acts 12:4..... “And when he had apprehended him, he put [him] in prison, and delivered [him] to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.” ------------------------ Now for sure, the word “Easter” here, is translated from the same GK word that means “Passover” and people are quick to jump on this as a reason not to read the KJB. While in the same breath, lifting Easter up as the star in the holy week’s crown. (You either love Easter or you hate Easter, make up your mind.) Now as I have said before; Although I do recognize Easter as a special day, I also celebrate easter every Lord’s day. And also I don’t see this translation in Acts 12:4, as the big mistake that others do, for 2 reasons. ➀ First, we aren’t Jews; We are Christians. And the man that had been put into prison in Acts 12, was a Christian who was being persecuted for his faith. Also the vast majority of those who will be reading the English Bible, will be Gentiles, Therefore it seems perfectly natural to set the precedent here, in that regard. ➁ Also, almost 100 years before the KJB used the word Easter in this verse, it had been used in Tyndale’s Bible. And a little over 200 years before the KJB, the Wycliffe Bible(the first English Bible), also used this word in Acts 12. ------------------------ I remember someone from that other site, telling me in years past that.... “Any Church that didn’t celebrate good Friday, needed to repent”. And as usual I am saying, that “Any Church that celebrates good Friday or any of those other Catholic holy week observances, needs a new pastor”.
  7. New - The Discipling Church by David Cloud

    Hello wretched What I am getting at, is it is impossible to “force anyone to learn”. We can teach, until we are blue in the face(and I do), but it is not up to us, if they learn. As for Acts 11:26, of course it was the disciples at the Church in Antioch, that were being called “Christians”(little Christs), because those members at that Church, that were living for the Lord, looked like Christ. But what about those who were in disobedience to Christ. Even in the best of Churches, there are some who do not live for the Lord, like they should. And finally, the “concept” that I thought was lacking, was “using the wrong word”. If your talking about “teaching”, than use that word. Don’t use the word “student”. It’s just a slippery slope, that we should avoid. But I will agree with my brother 1611, this is not a fellowship breaker. Who knows, maybe I am wrong. I have not arrived yet. Although SALVATION does change people, we still retain our free will. And most professing Christians that I interact with, do not appear to be living for Christ, but I don’t through them under the bus.
  8. New - The Discipling Church by David Cloud

    Hello again 1611 Thank you for so quickly responding to my post and for going to the horses mouth with your response. And I am looking forward to scrutinizing his response. But, I needed to quickly respond to the opening premise of his statement. It starts out by saying.... A TRUE BELIEVER IS A DISCIPLE OF CHRIST The reason this is not true, is because Biblical salvation, is by grace through faith and that not of ourselves.. And Jesus repeatedly stated, that we do not become disciples by Grace! Luke 14:26-27 26 If any [man] come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. As much as we would like it to be the case, it isn’t. Not every true believer(in fact a very small percentage if true believers), take up their cross and follow Jesus. And this is just “one” example of Jesus sharing the qualifications of becoming a disciple. There are more. Now, there is a false teaching out there, called “Lordship Salvation”, that might state that this is the case, but maybe not. Now, I am back to reading your response....
  9. New - The Discipling Church by David Cloud

    Hello 1611 My attitude about the subject of “Disciples”, has as much to do with the actual definition of the word “disciple” as it does with what the Bible says about it. At the heart of this issue is Matthew 28:19 "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:" Years and years ago, I was reading a newsletter, that made the following statement.... “...just as Jesus told us to go forth and make disciples....” The trouble was, I could not remember Jesus ever saying this and the fact is HE DIDN’T say this. This statement is taken from other English versions of the Bible in Matthew 28:19. But “the Bible” does not make this statement. The fact is, the word disciple means “student”. Therefore the words disciplship, or discipling etc. do not exist. This is like saying “studenting”! The bigger FACT is, that God is the only one who can “make disciples”, because only God can put it into a person’s heart, to “want to be a student of Jesus”(like Mary sitting at Jesus’ feet). Therefore, I am turned away from this book, simply by the title. Although, we are to bend over backward to accommodate Christians, in the area of education, as both individuals and as Churches. Therefore, this may be a good book. But just as with the Bible itself, “words are important”. So if we are going to write a book about educating Christians in Church, we should not call it discipling. This is a step in the wrong direction.