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Brother Stafford

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    Brother Stafford got a reaction from BabeinChrist in Religious groups get $2,050 to settle each immigrant and sign waiver to NOT witness to them   
    If that is true that they are being paid to accept them and that they are agreeing not to witness to them, I don't even know what to say anymore.  To forsake the single most important command as a Christian, is beyond insanity.
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    Brother Stafford reacted to Jordan Kurecki in Preaching Preference   
    I use to love and prefer only fire and brimstone preaching... However I think sometimes it's really easy for us to hear fire and brimstone preaching and that it's easy to say amen to. However I think encouragement and admonition is just as important. I also grow tired of preaching who get up and preach about all the sins except for the ones that their people are guilty about. It's really easy to preach against sins like sodomy, and abortion, because hardly anyone in our churches does those... I wish more preachers would preach on modesty and dress (and I mean actually talk about it instead of referring to it in vague generalities), the evils of public school system, worldly carnal entertainment, gossip, bitterness, etc. 
    I am all for preaching about hell and telling sinners to repent.. but I just think preachers really need to get down to where their peoples needs are and as God leads them to deliver God's message to them. I am not particularly fond of dry expositions, or shallow messages either.. I guess It is hard to explain..So much preaching is shallow in it's exposition of the scriptures, and so many times I feel like there are topics that should be preached on, and they are avoided or when they are touched on its so shallow as to even have an effect. 
    I think what we need today is true spirit filled men, who are sensitive to the heart of God, preaching and proclaiming God's message at God's timing.
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    Brother Stafford reacted to BabeinChrist in Preaching Preference   
    Brother Stafford, I think this is an excellent question & I wish more members would respond. Here are my thoughts:
    Since I am already saved, I go to church because we are not to forsake the assembling of saints. IOW, because God says to. I want to obey Him to the very best of my ability, because He is my Father.
    i know I cannot be perfect, & that I will be a sinner as long as I am in this sinful suit of flesh (Praise Jesus for His righteousness, by which I am saved), and that I am already sealed unto the day of redemption, being born again from God. Therefore, since I am now a child of God, He treats me as a daughter, and chastens & scourges me as one. 
    I am not a glutton for pain & punishment, nor do I want to foster a life of misery by my own hand.. I  WANT to live a  life that is pleasing to God, and not just  sin with reckless abandon. 
    That is exactly WHY I believe that hard preaching is vital to the believer!
    Simply put, it is essential because it helps you get the sin out of your life. (And sometimes even helps you identify sins you didn't even realize you were committing!). Here in America, the preaching is so watered down & people are so easily offended that you start to wonder if even some of the regulars are saved. 
    Maybe I am just thick-skinned, but I want to know where I'm messing up so I can correct it. I couldn't find a church when I first got saved that had a Pastor that wasn't afraid to rip face. And upon examining their fruit I discovered the congregation was ripe with drunkenness, fornication, sodomy, divorce, adultery, gossip, etc. Why? Because the Pastors were too afraid of offending the congregation to preach against it! I guess they were more concerned with having their fancy house & overflowing offering plates & rubbing elbows with politicians than the spiritual health of their congregations.
    There was zero accountability in those churches & people's lives were a mess. It got to where I saw no difference between lives of those of the world & the churches. I wanted to go soul winning, see people get saved, see sin being squashed from lives(including my own). I told one Pastor once, "I will TELL you what I'm doing wrong if you'll preach against it!" Not a peep.
    Sadly, MOST churches are like this, which is why they are so lame & falling away.
    Anyhow, that's my two cents.
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    Brother Stafford got a reaction from BabeinChrist in Preaching Preference   
    How many of you prefer hard preaching?  Admonishing and fire & brimstone preaching is to what I am referring.
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    Brother Stafford reacted to swathdiver in Marrying a Couple   
    Well, how about showing them their sins from the scriptures?  The fools make a mock of sin but the wise in heart will receive commandments.  I would also be blunt and tell them you do not marry fornicators and drunkards and how dare they defile what Christ died for, one of his New Testament Churches.  The church was established to the edification of the saints and to worship our Lord and Savior not for the heathens...  Sorry but that touched a nerve.
    As a pastor, I don't think it wise to officiate the union of unrepentant sinners.  
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    Brother Stafford reacted to Miss Daisy in Why The Hypocrisy?   
    Oh, I'm glad I'm not the reason. I got to agree with you, we've lost quite a few good members lately. But added more Calvinists who just agree with each other. Maybe you could start an only IFB forum? Don't leave we need your knowledge and input!
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    Brother Stafford reacted to Jordan Kurecki in Why The Hypocrisy?   
    Why is that we fundamentalists reject CCM because it uses the Rock and Roll beat, yet we embrace Southern Gospel and other styles that use the same exact Piano Rhythms that were used in Ragtime, Swing and other early genres from the early 1900s.
     
    Do a study on the history of the musical genres of Ragtime, Blues, Honkey Tonk, and Boogie Woogie.
     
    I really am tired of this hypocrisy, you either must accept all genres as being valid, or you must reject all these other genres that borrow the worlds bar scene rhythms.
     
    does 50 years passing by somehow make these genres and styles that were used to promote filth somehow make these now sanctified?
     
    after studying and praying about music I've come to the conclusion that it's the rhythm of all these genres that connects them to immorality. 
     
    Our young people and others are going to see through this hypocrisy and this is going to cause us to lose any right we have to preach against CCM.
     
    You cannot preach against CCM and yet embrace Southern Gospel without being a hypocrite, and don't think just because the Southern Gospel you listen to doesn't have a drum beat and your ok, Even most of the Southern Gospel songs that don't have drums in them at all still have Ragtime Piano Rhythm. 
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    Brother Stafford got a reaction from wretched in Early church eternal security   
    One thing I do avoid is referring to the Greek and Hebrew.  I have heard many people say, "A little Greek is a dangerous thing."  I am confident that the translators of the King James Bible had a far greater understanding of Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic (and many other languages) than anyone alive today.  I don't think that looking up a bit of Greek or even studying it for a few years of college, prepares one for attempting to dissect the scriptures.  I do not believe the KJV to be inspired as the original texts were, but I do believe that God worked directly with the men who created the KJV.  I trust God's guidance through those men enough to not need to refer to the original languages.
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    Brother Stafford got a reaction from BabeinChrist in Early church eternal security   
    Yes I do.
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    Brother Stafford got a reaction from BabeinChrist in Proof of the shrinking American brain.   
    While I was watching brother Kurecki's video about abortion, he mentioned (and rebuked) the overly used pro-life argument: "It's a woman's right to choose what to do with her body."  When I heard that, a verse immediately popped into my head:
    (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? {20} For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s."
    As Christians, our bodies are not our own.  Neither a man, nor a woman, has the right to do with their bodies as they please, because we are told that we are not our own.  So, women, not only do you not have the right to kill the lives that are growing within your bodies, you most definitely do not even have the right to choose what you do with your own bodies because, "ye are not your own."  Your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost that God purchased through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ.
    I used to engage in fornication, alcohol abuse, drug abuse and have had many tattoos put on my arms.  I no longer engage in any of those things (and I keep my arms covered) because, not only are those things sinful, but I do not have the right to do those things to a body that does not belong to me.  If God chooses to cause a life to grow within the belly of a woman, it is His business.  If that child lives or dies, or if the mother lives or dies, it is God's business.
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    Brother Stafford got a reaction from BabeinChrist in Proof of the shrinking American brain.   
    Saved, It is s simple question.  No, I have not read the articles.  I do not believe that I should be asked to read a number of lengthy articles in order to receive an answer to a simple yes or no question.  Since you cannot seem to grant such a simple and honest request, which I believe I have done in a very kind manner, without putting words into your mouth as of yet, I can only assume that you are not answering because you believe that women should, indeed, have the legal right to terminate the lives of their unborn children.  You must have some special circumstances or special justifications for believing so and you may be refusing to answer the question because you believe the answer, in the affirmative, to be complicated.
    If I read your previous posts correctly, you have only recently been baptized and, I assume, that you are a fairly new Christian (please correct me if I am wrong).  I believe that we should allow newer Christians to find their bearings and to give time to the Holy Spirit to convict them of sinful and evil thoughts and practices.  I still love you as a sister in Christ, but if you do, in fact, believe there are acceptable reasons for ending the life of an unborn child, I must inform you that you are wrong.  This is not opinion, this is fact.
    Before God even created us in the womb, He knew us.  So, when a woman becomes pregnant, the being that is growing inside of her, however small and undefined, does, indeed possess a soul. God does not create a new living thing within the body of a woman and then, sometime later, put a soul into it.
    (Jeremiah 1:5) "Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations."
    Please read and consider what God says about causing a woman to lose her child.
    (Exodus 21:22-25) "¶ If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. {23} And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, {24} Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, {25} Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe."
    It is at least worthy of punishment and, at most, worthy of death.  There are some subjects that are open for discussion and debate and about which we, as Christians, can hold different opinions, but the subject of abortion is not one of them.  Even in the case of saving a mother's life, it is not acceptable.
    Consider this:  Say that a mother and a baby are riding in a hot air balloon.  All of a sudden, one of the ropes, that holds the basket to the balloon, snaps, but the basket is still held secure.  Now another rope snaps.  Now another.  Now there is one rope left and the mother knows that the basket will definitely not hold the weight of both her and her child.  If you were that mother, would you throw your child out of the basket in the hope that it would save your own life?  Or would you leave your child in the basket and allow yourself to fall to a certain death; hoping the basket would hold your child?
    We are all going to die.  It's just a matter of when and how.  Dying while in the process of giving birth to a child is just one of countless ways we can die, and, I would argue, a noble way.  However, allowing a doctor to end your child's life, just so you can have a few more years or decades to live, is possibly the most selfish and despicable thing a woman could possibly do, second only to "terminating" their child for convenience or for maintaining financial comfort.
    In the case of rape, it is still evil.  The act of rape does not invalidate the life that God chose to create.  Remember, even though we may not understand everything He does, God intentionally created a life to come about as a result of that rape.  A child conceived by rape didn't somehow slip past God; He created it intentionally and to "terminate" it is to tell God that He was wrong, that He made a mistake and that the gift that He gave you is worthy of being destroyed and thrown into a dumpster.
    In the case of birth defects, it is still evil.  Remember remember remember... God created that life on purpose.  If He wants a child to be born with Downe's Syndrome or AIDS or with no legs or without working lungs, or whether or not it lives or dies, that is God's business.  He has His reasons and we have no right to second guess His decisions.  
    Talk to some abortion survivors.  Talk to some mothers who ignored the doctors and gave birth to perfectly healthy babies and survived giving birth just fine.  Doctors can be and are wrong very often.  Risk or no risk, healthy or disabled, a long life or a short one, abortion is always sinful and evil.  
    As I have said before, I love you in Christ, but, my dear sister, abortion is an abominable evil.
     
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    Brother Stafford got a reaction from Invicta in The Trail of Blood   
    I'm more of a hold it in your hand, real paper book kind of fellow.
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    Brother Stafford got a reaction from Invicta in The Trail of Blood   
    I'm more of a hold it in your hand, real paper book kind of fellow.
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    Brother Stafford got a reaction from Ronda in Making America Great Again   
    That is quite precisely the point; they are specifically forbidden to preach the Gospel to the people they are being paid to help.  So, to answer your questions, Yes, they need the Gospel like anyone else, but no, it would not be beneficial to the refugees since they would not be getting the Gospel.  The "churches" that are being paid to house them and keep silent about the Gospel are whoring themselves to the U.S. government.
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    Brother Stafford got a reaction from John Young in Stop Lying About It!   
     
     
    Just adding my opinion here.   Unless profanity has been used, I'm not a big fan of editing posts to remove things to which people have taken offense.  I much prefer clarification, retraction and apology and leaving the original posts the way they were.   Returning to past posts to remove content disrupts continuity and makes it difficult for others to follow.  Also, I believe it is a good example to others to leave the original content and apologize/clarify/retract in a later post.  This allows others to see how appropriate and courteous resolution is to be conducted.
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    Brother Stafford got a reaction from No Nicolaitans in The Mysteries of Life and the Questions They Pose   
    Why do they call them apartments when they're all stuck together?
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    Brother Stafford got a reaction from swathdiver in Way of Life:Feedback From “A Plea to the Clark Family” and “A Plea to Southern Gospel Fans”   
    Amen!
    The negative response above pretty much sums up the rest of the negative responses, even though the others wax on, ad infinitum, and in a way that warrants censorship of foul language, about how much deeply seated hatred they have for Brother Cloud; but out of their superior righteousness and love for Christ.
    I find it very telling when opponents launch vile, hateful and profane rants when a calm, collected and respectful response would suffice.  
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    Brother Stafford got a reaction from No Nicolaitans in The Mysteries of Life and the Questions They Pose   
    Why do they call them apartments when they're all stuck together?
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    Brother Stafford got a reaction from swathdiver in Way of Life:Feedback From “A Plea to the Clark Family” and “A Plea to Southern Gospel Fans”   
    Amen!
    The negative response above pretty much sums up the rest of the negative responses, even though the others wax on, ad infinitum, and in a way that warrants censorship of foul language, about how much deeply seated hatred they have for Brother Cloud; but out of their superior righteousness and love for Christ.
    I find it very telling when opponents launch vile, hateful and profane rants when a calm, collected and respectful response would suffice.  
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    Brother Stafford reacted to swathdiver in Firearms   
    I was referring to the style, the numbers change depending on the material used and whether it's chambered just for .38 Special or for .357 Magnum as well.  
    At the range those are intended to be used for, .38 Special would be enough for me.  Those little J-Frames become uncomfortable after a while of shooting.
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    Brother Stafford reacted to Orval in Best Perennial Veggies and Fruits   
    Hello brother, If you are planting asparagus seeds you want to plant your trays this month.  If you are going to use sprouts plant in Early May.  Typically you would not harvest your bed for 3 years.  You can also plant lettuce with your asparagus and harvest the lettuce in year one.  I am not sure about the berries other than watching you tube.  lol
       
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    Brother Stafford reacted to DaveW in Firearms thread.   
    What does that even mean???????
     
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    Brother Stafford reacted to swathdiver in Woodworking   
    I enjoy working with wood as well.  Have both power tools and old school hand tools.  I'd like to become more proficient with both and switch completely to the latter as my health and strength returns.  Bought my first two box planes, one I'll use in building a pair of bookcases which will be assembled without any screws save for some finishing nails on the back to secure the wainscoting back board.  
    I'd like to give each of my children and my wife a hope (blanket) chest made in the old ways well.  I've been switching from screws to cut nails on some projects, they look so cool but I reckon none would look even better!
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    Brother Stafford got a reaction from 1Timothy115 in Early church eternal security   
    There are early writings; there are many of them in the King James Bible and the fragments that make up the texts from which the KJV was derived.  
    John 3:16 John 6:37 John 10:27-29 2 Corinthians 1:22 1 John 5:13 And most clearly: Romans 8:38-39 Correct me if I am wrong, but you don't seem to be considering the KJV, and its sources, valid historical writings.  
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    Brother Stafford got a reaction from wretched in Early church eternal security   
    One thing I do avoid is referring to the Greek and Hebrew.  I have heard many people say, "A little Greek is a dangerous thing."  I am confident that the translators of the King James Bible had a far greater understanding of Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic (and many other languages) than anyone alive today.  I don't think that looking up a bit of Greek or even studying it for a few years of college, prepares one for attempting to dissect the scriptures.  I do not believe the KJV to be inspired as the original texts were, but I do believe that God worked directly with the men who created the KJV.  I trust God's guidance through those men enough to not need to refer to the original languages.
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