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#269823 Praise Him with stringed instruments.....

Posted by heartstrings on 29 April 2011 - 12:56 PM

Harp guitar..........

#269821 Stanley Brothers- Scarlet Purple Robe

Posted by heartstrings on 29 April 2011 - 12:43 PM

Clean as mountain water..........


#269817 ...that was the name thereof...

Posted by heartstrings on 29 April 2011 - 11:19 AM

When our children were little, it was always a delight to hear them say those precious, cute little things. Our little daughter was out in the garden with her mother one day and brought her a little bug. My wife said "that's a ladybug". My daughter left and returned a few minutes later with another bug and exclaimed "look Mama...a MAN BUG!". When it came to the animals on our farm, it was the kids who did the naming. Sometimes the names didn't make any sense to my wife nor myself but, whatever they named it, that was it. It was a pleasure to let them name them. A black cow with a "V" shaped mark on her forehead was named "Vicky" But then, we had a beagle named "Wax"\ and another named "Kellybone" , my little son named a wild rabbit I had caught "Spotty". He had no spots but that was his name. All these things were a delight to my wife and myself and as I was thinking about that the other day, I was reminded about God giving Adam the priviledge to name all those animals.

Genesis 2:19And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. 20And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field;..........

I mean, the Mighty Creator made each one of those living marvels of awesome beauty and complexity, but he brought them to lowly Adam to name. It was like, "here Adam, I've made this thing but, you name it...whatever you want to call it, that;'s what we'll call it". How much delight Gid must have had in Adam, to give him that priviledge! How much greater, more intimate and precious and wonderful is God's delight in us than the relationship of a father to his child?

#269119 ABC's 20/20 Special on Independent, Fundamental Baptists

Posted by heartstrings on 16 April 2011 - 02:07 PM

Yet another example of “special pleading” was seen in a few short excerpts from sermons
presumed (but not documented) to be quotations from pastors of IFB churches. There appeared to be
three different pastors whose words were heard, without the contexts of those words being presented.
While some of those statements seemed improper, they were not substantiated by Scripture, and were
evidently the subjective opinions of those individual pastors.
While multitudes of sermons by IFB
preachers which are designed to build families, instruct parents in child-rearing, and help young people
to avoid sexual disasters could have been cited to give a fairer representation of the IFB churches, ABC
chose to omit that significant information.

...some of those statements seemed improper,

My kids heard the phrase "oral sex" for the first time, from an IFB pulpit.
Our pastor told us that blacks were meant to be slaves told jokes about blacks from the pulpit.
A visiting pastor also poked fun at blacks from the pulpit.
Another pastor, who didn't want his wife to get pregnant, divulged to us, from the pulpit, the gory details of his wife's miscarriage
There's more but I think that's enough.

they were not substantiated by Scripture, and were
evidently the subjective opinions of those individual pastors

I hear stuff like this all the time. How can one call themselves "preaching the word of God" when what one is saying is opinion and not substantiated or backed up with scripture?

Ecclesiastes 10:1
Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: [so doth] a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom [and] honour.

#267266 Temptation of Jesus

Posted by heartstrings on 19 March 2011 - 09:01 AM

......I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life..........

Jesus is pure and Holy. He is light and in Him is no darkness at all. He is and always was God,;
There are a few things God cannot do.....He cannot deny Himself, He cannot lie.....and He cannot sin.

Agreed, Jesus as God cannot sin. Yet Scripture says that somehow Jesus was also FULLY MAN. From Adam onward we see that man, even when created perfect, can sin. The first man and woman didn't have to sin because they didn't have a sin nature, they chose to sin.

God can't experience hunger, thirst and being tired, yet Jesus the man did. God can't be tempted, according to Scripture, yet Scripture says that Jesus the man was tempted. Scripture tells us that Jesus the man faced all that we do and yet without sin because of His closeness to the Father.

....and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.......

He had a body alright, but unlike us, He didn't have a sin nature. He was "the second man" (1Cor. 15). Not only that, but HIS body, even though it died, never decayed or corrupted, and is still alive today.

The first man [is] of the earth, earthy: the second man [is] the Lord from heaven. 1 Corinthians 15:47

#265862 "universal rights of the people"

Posted by heartstrings on 25 February 2011 - 02:17 PM

From a well known highly respected fundamental pastor
The "Curse of Canaan" on black people----twisting scripture to try and prove it.
"we inherit our blood from our male parent only"---spoken as fact from the pulpit
Just a couple off the top of my head

Yes, anyone can twist Scripture, likely all of us here know that, yet pointing that out doesn't prove or disprove the views previously mentioned.

You asked a question, he answered it and then you discounted it.......that's very rich.

That's not an answer. That was a statement that some people have, perhaps still do, twist certain other Scriptures. That fact doesn't prove or disprove that being discussed.

Some say Scripture says infant baptism is right, some say not, both cite Scripture. To simply say one side or another may be twisting Scripture because some have twisted Scripture about a curse in the OT, doesn't answer whether one or both the baptism views are biblically right or wrong.

At the last camp meeting, the last speaker, an evangelist, mentioned something i was "guilty" of and I knew that either the Holy Spirit had to have told him to say that or he had been given 'inside information"; and I knew who that someone was. So after the service, I asked him privately* about it. He admitted that he had, in fact, been asked 'to pray about it" but when I asked him twice, point blank, if the Holy Spirit told him to mention it, he could not say. One of the statements he had made was: "Lemme say this right here...Dad, you are raising your children for somebody else". So I asked him if that was always true and pointed out what Paul said in 1 Corinthians chapter 7:6-40. He avoided discussing that and was ready to end the conversation. He later told my pastor on me and I was confronted. He was called and put on speaker phone during the confrontation at which time he accused me of questioning his preaching on two other occasions. I asked him to specify and he named the occasions. Both were untrue.
#1 The first instance was when he preached on the incident of Naboth's vineyard I had AGREED with him and merely asked him a question after the service.
#2. The second time he said that I disagreed with him on Calvinsm. But what really happened was that some of the men were discussing Calvinism after a service. I had merely joined in and showed him something I had found in my studies which refuted Calvinism as well.. I did not question his preaching that time either because his message had not even been on Calvinism. So I thought we had been in agreement them as well.

I am still totally stunned that a man of God would stoop that low, and seemingly trying to inflict as mich damage as possible, resort to false accusations. Does being a "man of God", give one the right to say anything he wants from the pulpit, even attacking people, making unscriptural statements and dareing anyone to question him? Even threatening people with "touch not mine anointed" so they will fear him? Some better wake up and realize that "touching God's anointed" means we better not hurt ANY of God's children...even if we are a preacher.

#265063 Was Naboth in the right?

Posted by heartstrings on 15 February 2011 - 12:06 PM

As a young man, I was walking with my little daughter into a store in our tiny country town when we passed an old gentleman dressed in overalls. He stopped for a second , looked down at my daughter and said. "That's more gold than a mule could pull" and went on his way.
All of the lands you could acquire, all of the gold you could dig up could not even come close to the value of one of your children. That, is heritage.
I looked up the name "Naboth" and, from some of the definitions I found, it means "fruits".

Psalm 127:3
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

4As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.

5Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

Surely Naboth knew that real estate is actually worthless. But Naboth fully appreciated that his parents had left that land to him and he in turn was going to leave it to his children. That is a heritage worth dying for.

#264971 What is a Ruckmanite

Posted by heartstrings on 14 February 2011 - 02:00 PM

Jeremiah 17:5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.

2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

Listen to the doctrine,
does it uplift the speaker, or uplift Jesus? John 7:17

Try the Spirit
1 John 4:1-6 Beloved, believe not every spirit.............
You see, a MAN can say anything with his mouth..... for example; Benny Hinn even has the plan of salvation on his webpage.
But what does the SPIRIT behind the man say? Does it really lift up Jesus or deny him?

Inspect the fruit and observe the nature.
The tree can look good, but when the fruit comes out, it is what it is. And it can look exactly like a sheep, but sooner or later, the wolf is going to reveal his true nature, and that won't be a pretty sight. Matthew 7:15-20

#263558 The Invisible Church?

Posted by heartstrings on 19 January 2011 - 03:17 PM

Ephesians 5:25
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 28So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 29For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: 30For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 31For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 32This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

How many wives will Christ have?

#254496 Article on "Once Saved, Always Saved!"

Posted by heartstrings on 20 September 2010 - 02:40 PM

Romans 8:37
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Not only that but God is my Father...and I am His son....
When my earthly father begat me, I inherited his likeness, his characteristics, his nature, his wealth, his name, and there is nothing which can change the fact that I am his biological son. I will always be his son. It's the same with my Heavenly Father. When He begets you, you are His son and nothing you can do will change that.

When a person shows no signs of change after being "born again" do you just assume they didn't have saving faith? Or, do you accept their salvation based on their moment of possible belief?

Like John 81 says, the only way I can assume another person is saved is by seeing a change in their life, or the fruit of the Spirit working and bearing witness to me.
I can see a change in their life, but I can't see into their heart; only God can do that. But I can be certain of my own salvation because I was there when Jesus came into my heart, and I know what He did for me. The people in the church house could hear me tearfully cry out "Jesus!" as I hurried to the altar, but only He and I knew that He filled me with His Spirit. So really, they had to see a change in my life as well.

I guess we both agree then that a change of some magnitude must take place. Without change, I fear for that soul hanging on by a "prayer" .... it's never just a prayer alone, but the repentance that leads to the prayer. Without repentance I can't see genuine salvation. One must see the error in their ways and want to change.

I guess that is where I bunt heads with some of the eternal security folks. They look at the Bible and see an absolute moment of rebirth. A date. A time. I don't disagree that it's faith alone that saves, but the Bible shows many times where head knowledge won't get you far. It's a genuine moment of rebirth where one sees the need to trust Christ alone and nothing else. And at that moment the insides are changed and the child of God starts a journey along with the Holy Spirit. That child will never be separated from God. But, I see an earthly hand reaching our for a gift with a stipulation attached. God says to love him and keep his commandments and that faith without works is dead. If someone seeks God and starts the walk but then suddenly stops and has zero works and zero love for God I believe the Bible says they are still lost. Some say they had no saving faith, but it's not about a moment of salvation but about a beginning that must grow.

Some are strong in their faith and they grew from being a babe in Christ. Others just seem to stagnate. I fear for the unchanged "Christian" because I believe God reached out, He saved them, and then they rejected him in their infant state. They didn't build on a rock. They were seed on bad soil. I don't know how long God gives the babe in Christ, but if they don't start to grow I fear for them. I believe the speck of saving faith is small, just so one trust Christ alone and what he did on the Cross. But, how can one expect eternal life if they don't trust Christ anymore? Bible says they are dead, and dead means no life at all. Maybe they are weak, and still trust Christ, and maybe they are dead and don't want Christ. What about those moments of life? Was that nothing at all or maybe God turning the key and starting the journey. They didn't grow, they didn't care, they died, they gave God back his gift and said I don't really want it after all.

Am I the judge? No. But the Bible says faith without works is dead. That should fear people. Those hanging on by a prayer don't fear, they just accept they are helpless humans and that God made this magical way to heaven. They assume Christ is their advocate even as they reject him. They say he saved them on such and such a date. How foolish. They have no moment when they trusted him as their savior, they just have a date then when acquired head knowledge.

Not sure my stand is clear.

On a Sunday morning, May 11, 1986 in the Berean Baptist Church, about 3 or 4 pews back, on the left side of the auditorium, Jesus came into my heart when I beleived and called on His name right after the preacher had preached a sermon entitled "The Lord is my Shepherd". This is what the Bible says happened......

John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

So, 24 years ago I heard the Word and the moment I believed on Jesus I was a possessor of everlasting life, passed from death unto life, with a promise that I would never go to Hell. Please read this verse.......

2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his.And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

Now read the next verse........

Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Did you catch that? God says that He "Knoweth them that are His", but in the future when He puts those in the Lake of Fire He won't say "I used to know you"; No, He will say to all of them "I never knew you.

#254370 Article on "Once Saved, Always Saved!"

Posted by heartstrings on 18 September 2010 - 03:38 PM

Yes, the word "altar" occurs 378 times in the KJB. But the New Testament "altar" is not a physical thing where animals are sacrificed; instead, it can be the point at which believers present themselves as a living sacrifice to God. It is a "place" of giving; the giving of gifts of praise to God or the giving of love to our brothers and sisters in Christ. Hebrews 13:10-16
Our church has no physical piece of furniture called an "altar" but that is what we call the place where we kneel at the front. I should have just said "when I came forward" or something like that. But anyway....I was saved before I left the pew.

#252720 Do Wives Have To Love Their Husbands?

Posted by heartstrings on 01 September 2010 - 11:42 AM

Proverbs 31:23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. When describing the life of the virtuous woman, why does it say that her "husband is known in the gates"? It says that because the virtuous woman of Proverbs 31 is a woman who builds her husband up instead of tearing him down. No other person has such power as a man's wife. She can make him or break him, so to speak. Now read one of the things that happens to this woman because of such virtuous conduct.......
Proverbs 31:28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

Proverbs 31 shows a family whose members who encourage and thereby bulid each other up. Showing appreciation makes the other person want to do even better and it shows that you really love them: It really does glorify God.....

16But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth?

17Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee.

18When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers.

19Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit.

20Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother's son.

21These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.

22Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.

23Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.

A biting, slandering tongue is a destroyer.... But real reverence. and real, sincere, honest praise encourages people and it shows them that you really love them. It says "I appreciate you...you are valuable to me". Just start by praising your husband; brag on him; build him up and encourage him. As mentioned earlier; don't question him when he has to correct the kids; As long as he's not abusing them, that's what he's supposed to do. Your kids know if you respect him or not. Be an example. If you continue to reverence him and make every effort to honor him, and praise him for his achievements, it can make a huge difference in your home. Do that, and pretty soon, you'll hear him and the kids praising you too.

#252222 Do Wives Have To Love Their Husbands?

Posted by heartstrings on 27 August 2010 - 02:11 PM

Titus 2:3-5 . . The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

Seems to me, that if God wants a woman to be taught to do something, He wants her to do it. That's not rocket science.
And a woman, who truly is in love with her husband WILL reverence him. In fact, she will honour and obey him. This is not subservience; it is simply God's order of authority. A wife who loves and reverences her husband and submits to his headship can have everything she wants out of life; authority, wealth, peace, happiness, love and honour. She can even be an entrepreneur. You can read about her life in Proverbs 31. I'm married to such a wife, BTW.

If a wife cannot bring herself to submit to her husband; that is no excuse for him; he is still responsible for the Godly order of his family. Jerry #s, I would have to say your uncle didn't "man up" and take the lead in his home. And Cliff; if you look and and lust after other women, you don't love your wife.

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