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#301242 World View?

Posted by HappyChristian on 06 July 2012 - 11:31 AM

What an absolutely stinking attitude. Well, the same could be said about anything. If Jesus comes today or tomorrow, what difference does it make if I wash the dishes? take a bath? raise my kids? mow my lawn? PLANT FLOWERS? ect, etc. What a copout. Grrr - the absolute apathy towards our liberty and the maintenance thereof galls me. Shame on all of you who think it's okay to just twiddle our thumbs and let whatever happen...but then complain about. Louder than anyone.

#301148 Bluegrass anyone?

Posted by HappyChristian on 05 July 2012 - 01:36 PM

I love this song, done here by the Primitive Quartet. I'm going to try learning this one tonight. Just ignore the photo. It's some kind of commercial I guess.

This one made me think of my Dad...he loved bluegrass gospel, and he would have loved listening to this.

#301142 Who Is Your Favorite Pastor Among John Piper, John Macarthur, Max Lucado, Jos...

Posted by HappyChristian on 05 July 2012 - 12:31 PM

Oh... that's sad to know because my pastor's wife and my pastor recommends John MacArthur books to me. I first read the STANDING STRONG (about spiritual warfare). BEcause many evangelicals/pentecostals believe in the mission of casting evil spirits out in places and people. The names that you mentioned are new to me. Yes, I've heard that about MacArthur but he explained and he said he never said that. Here's the article... http://www.spurgeon....icles/blood.htm

I've heard that he explained that he never said that...but I heard the sermon where he did...Too many preachers say things and when confronted with them deny it.

Check out the Starr's books as well: http://www.starr-pub...s.com/main.html Mrs. Starr has a series of books for women on various issues. She is continually adding to the series. I know her personally and know that she lives what she writes. Bro. Starr also writes books that would be good to read. None of them are long, and they are actually quick reads.

#300914 Why Women Can't Be Church Leaders/female Pastors?

Posted by HappyChristian on 03 July 2012 - 09:47 AM

A testimony is also proclaiming the Word of God - without preaching. A woman who stands up in church to preach is usurping authority. A pastor who allows it is usurping God's authority. Nowhere in scripture does it validate a woman preaching in church. As to Mary Magdalene - that's a completely different thing. She was not in church, and she was not preaching. She was telling the disciples that Jesus was risen. The Gospel, yes. Preaching, no. That erroneous idea is one of the directions in which the pentecostals have gone awry.

#300826 Discernment And Being Judgemental?

Posted by HappyChristian on 02 July 2012 - 11:21 AM

Blessed, what many people don't understand is that everyone, Christian or not, judges on a daily basis. Discernment is a type of judging - what we discern to be wrong via scriptural teaching is a judgment. As is what we discern to be right.

This woman you referenced is, in fact, judging you by stating that you take religion too seriously. See? When we state our opinion or belief on anything, it is a form of judgment.

That said, hats off to you for taking a stand against bad movies. If you simply told her that you and your hubby don't watch those kinds of movies anymore, you didn't point out her sin - but she was pricked by it anyway, and that resulted in the "judging" charge. That is an altogether too common charge thrown at people nowadays, in an attempt to justify the person's sin and make that person feel they are okay and it is the "judger" who is wrong.

The Bible does, in fact, tell us to judge. John 7:24 says, "Judge not according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment." That verse is pretty self explanatory, but it simply means that we aren't to judge what we think we see, but rather on scriptural commands/principles/patterns. The movie you referenced is unscriptural. The "bear" is vulgar, to say the least (I've not seen it - just heard about it). Based on that alone is enough reason not to watch the movie.

The one thing we need to be careful of as Christians is not to come across smug when we tell someone why we believe or practice as we do. We are to present the truth in a loving way - and then the chips will have to fall where they fall. I would agree that it would probably be best for you to separate from this person.

#300825 Why Women Can't Be Church Leaders/female Pastors?

Posted by HappyChristian on 02 July 2012 - 11:07 AM

pilgrim, if Joyce Meyer limited herself to teaching women and/or children, there would be no real problem with her teaching. I've got a couple of booklets written by her on biblical dress - and they are quite scriptural. The problem comes in when she teaches men in a formal, church-style setting.

John cited two passages. Here is another one: 1 Cor. 14:34. This passage is dealing with speaking in tongues in the assembly, but it is apropos to your question. "Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law. And if they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church."

There is nothing in scripture that your friend can correctly cite that allows a woman to preach (in our understanding of the word). A woman is to be in subjection to her OWN husband...and if she is in the pulpit preaching, she is not in subjection to her husband. If she isn't married, she's in disobedience to scripture telling her to be silent in the church...

#300277 This Day In History....

Posted by HappyChristian on 22 June 2012 - 12:54 PM

Yeah, I was just thinking that, John. It's a bit TMI, as well. I'll change back later today when I add the next post.

#300112 Tips For Single Christian Ladies On Courtship And Love

Posted by HappyChristian on 20 June 2012 - 11:41 AM

Polymer cookies are great. And I understand not singling him out...but now let's get on to the real thing. Make some cookies for your friends (some edible cookies), but make some just a wee bit different for him - make iced cookies, with his name in icing, or put an extra something in his cookies. Something subtle and yet there... :icon_smile:

#299550 ‘Christian’ American Idol Winner Carrie Underwood: I Support Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

Posted by HappyChristian on 12 June 2012 - 09:25 AM

Well, I just have to say our church is gay-friendly, too. We welcome them to come in and hear about Christ and their need of a Saviour. They can attend our Reformer's Unanimous to learn how to break free from the stronghold of their egregious sin. That said, though...they don't consider us gay-friendly...

#299549 Tips For Single Christian Ladies On Courtship And Love

Posted by HappyChristian on 12 June 2012 - 09:22 AM

Do continue to pray, and trust the Lord. That sounds like a pat answer, but it is the best one! However...if there is someone in whom you are interested, and you are friends with him make him some cookies for his birthday...

#299260 How Satan Destroyed America

Posted by HappyChristian on 08 June 2012 - 10:44 AM

Erm...I believe Britain already knew how to wage endless war before America came on the scene...they weren't the empire on which the sun never set by completely peaceful means...

I don't believe Britain was godless when the colonies declared independence. But they were oppressors who weren't willing to let their "child" become an adult. And if, when studying the history of America, one cannot see the hand of God, one is willfully being blind. Does that mean America/Americans are perfect? Of course not, and no-one in their right mind would claim so.

Yes, slavery was abolished in the British empire before it was here in America. But it was coming to America - slowly but surely - before the civil war was used as an excuse for the federal government to claim non-constitutional powers over the states. (and it was here in America before America was the United States...courtesy of the British)

True freedom is indeed in Christ. As many of our founders knew, and that is the reason that religious liberty was built into the Constitution. They understood that the abuse of spiritual liberty allows dictators (whether it's a King George or a POTUS run amok).

pilgrim - the chaos comes from 1. power hungry people (every country has them) who oppress those who are weaker (through military might, finances, bad laws, etc [bad laws being those, on a federal level, which are diametric to the Constitution, and on a state level diametric to state constitutions]. 2. Salyan is right. Teddy Roosevelt warned that when we hyphenate who we are (Italian-American, African-America, etc) we fracture ourselves as Americans. And he was right...this "melting pot" didn't come to be to have all kinds of fractured communities living like they did in the old country, but to form a new country, a new people. And even just 50 years ago, immigrants knew this. With the influx of illegal immigrants (and it isn't just Mexican, by any stretch, although they are the larges #), and with political correctness, the country has definitely fractured. 3. Whether people want to call it conspiracy theory or not, the fact also remains that there are forces out there who want to dismantle the freedom America has offered and turn her into a third world country in which the common folk serve those in power instead of the people being in charge and the politicians being the servants. It's been happening for years, and we are seeing the fruition of it in the rioting, occupying, me-me-me focus of so many.

#298413 Turning From 8 Years Of Special Feelings

Posted by HappyChristian on 25 May 2012 - 10:12 AM

I'm sorry, Baptist Girl. When we give our hearts and the relationship ends, there is always great pain. You can get through this, though - throw yourself completely on the Lord and His mercy and love will ease your pain. God will bring you to the right man when the time is right. Praying.

#298042 Good News Boys And Girls!

Posted by HappyChristian on 22 May 2012 - 03:27 PM

The Lamb was slain before the foundation of the world. Why? For our salvation! Whether Abraham, Jeremiah, Peter, Paul, Adrian, Jerry.

John 14:6

King James Version (KJV)

6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

There is no argument with the fact that Jesus was slain before the foundation - scripture is clear on that. And scripture is clear that salvation is only through Christ. And it is clear that all who call on Him WILL BE (not already are) saved. Salvation was paid for before the foundation of the world. But it is only delivered when the individual calls upon Him. To assume that, because Jesus was slain before the foundation of the world, we are automatically saved is adding to scripture where scripture is silent. PBear quoted a scripture that might be used to suggest what you are saying, John, but as he pointed out, that isn't what it's saying. Salvation was planned before the world was created. But, again, it's not mine until I take it...

#298041 Tithing

Posted by HappyChristian on 22 May 2012 - 03:21 PM

StandingFirm, you really need to give this topic a rest. You were making the same arguments when I was on this board over 4 years ago. Arguing about whether it should be called tithing or not is about as useful as arguing about the Gap Theory. Most mature, sincere Christians are probably giving at least 10% or more whether they call it tithes, offerings, gifts, or whatever else. Is God going to look on my offering less than yours because I happen to still use the word "tithe". If so then I guess the blood of Christ isn't all sufficient (No disrespect intended, I am only making a point). Or perhaps I will get to heaven and God will say, "Here I had 10 crowns for you, but you insisted on calling your offerings "tithes". I am sorry, you can only have 5 crowns". Somehow I don't see that as likely. Perhaps the missionaries that are supported through my tithes and offerings are really only effective with that portion of my money that goes in as offerings and the tithe portion is just wasted away. Again, I don't think that is likely.

Give with a joyful heart unto the Lord and He will accept it whatever you call it. You can call it offerings all you want; if it is offered insincerely, it is of no affect in Heaven.


I second the request to give it a rest...(the tithing). The lying part is of more concern, but it really isn't ours - it's yours and Linda's, Standing (although I do understand your upset at lies from the pulpit...). If this pastor were staying there, I could see a possible discussion. But he's leaving, and taking his lies with him. Instead of using it as an excuse to bring tithing up yet again, maybe rejoice that God is moving him on. Perhaps your next pastor will agree with you about tithing, or at the very least won't preach about it.

#298023 Good News Boys And Girls!

Posted by HappyChristian on 22 May 2012 - 09:51 AM

Hmmmmm - I've never read in scripture that we were saved before the foundation of the world. I've read that the Lamb was slain before that...but never that we were saved. I, personally, was not saved until I turned to Christ for forgiveness of my sins 44 years ago. Yes, the plan for salvation was set before the foundation of the world, and God knew I would turn to Christ. But I wasn't saved until I asked...

Just out of curiosity, John, where does scripture say we were saved before the foundation of the world? (And it isn't in the verse about the Lamb slain. Rev. 13:8 says: And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Not a word about salvation....)

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