Why be shocked that they would not mention his doctrinal errors, when they all agreed with them? Error wasn't why they removed him, rather because of, it seems, becoming somewhat of a dictator to his group. But the doctrines? The doctrines are why so many followed him in the first place-they have no issue with that.
I read a post from a lady on Facebook, (I actually dated her in HS), who said that when the 'religion peddlers' come knocking on her door, she will zing them by saying 'Blessed Be', which as many here may know, is the typical Wiccan/witchcraft greeting. She's not really wiccan, but likes to play with it, as so many do.
But of course, as she indicated, she figured it would shock them religion peddlers.
So, I answered her. I told her, first of all, many who come a-knockin' will have no idea that it is a wiccan blessing, so they'll be pleased you seem to want them to be blessed. Then they will definitely come back! I also told her that, if someone said that to ME, I would respond, " Yes, Blessed Be..Blessed be the name of the LORD!" And then I would give them the gospel.
I also had to let them know that when most 'religious people' come to her door, to call them peddlers is not accurate, because peddlers come to sell something, while most door-knockers I know aren't seeking renumeration in trade for what they bring, and I told her, and the rest of her respondents about the FREE gift of salvation.
As you can imagine, this generated a lot of responses, but surprisingly, no one was rude about it. And they heard the gospel.
They should just all go and preach the sermons for her, personally, one after another. in fact, let's ALL go preach for her! Imagine, a hundred preachers, and lets get a bunch of IFB's to come and preach down heaven, there on the front lawn of her house, in front of city hall, wherever she goes.
And we don't just pre4ach on homosexuality-no we get ALL the sins in there, and all the richness and doctrines of the word of God! We'll preach His birth and His death, the gospel and the doctrines of hell and heaven! She wants it? Let's give her ALL of it!
OKay, to remain consistent, I am locking this title, as it is promoting the idea of chopping up the New testament scripture in an unbiblical manner.
Peter said that both Jews and Gentiles were saved the same way-the same gospel, and all believers, be they initially Jewish or Gentiles-the same gospel saves them all, and they are all gooing to be considered one and the same in the eyes of God-neither Jew nor Gentile, male nor female, in Christ. Yes, in this world, there tend to be differences, but in Christ, in Spirit, in eternity, there is NO difference-all children of God.
So I am going to be the bad guy and close it off now, because it is going to gender toward strife between brethren.
If evolution is true, shouldn't we be living longer and longer as time goes on?
Also, if we evolved from monkeys and frogs then why are there still monkeys and frogs?
And since there are still monkeys and frogs, why don't any of them change into humans today?
Logic always trumps book smarts!!! Besides if you believe any book then you are really putting all your trust in the author of that book to be right. That's why I'll take the KJV Bible for answers to these silly origin questions, because I trust the author!!!
Here is what they will tell you:
"We didn't 'come from monkeys and frogs", rather we all, monkeys, etc, had a common ancestor, and that split up, so to speak, and evolved into monkeys and frogs and humans" The theory changes, and then we are called ignorant for not being able to follow their theory as it continually, well, evoles, because with every new discovery, evolution is found false, so it must be tweaked to try and keep it alive.
Recently, I have read how scientists found that the boson higgs particle they so desperately sought with the great hadron collider, and they apparently found, disproves the remote possibility of a 'big bang'. That's exactly what the researchers said, but when I brought it up, I was told that it had nothing at all to do with the big bang and it disproved nothing-even though the scientists said it did. This is why we are not hearing anything more about that.
Then scientists came out and said they had proven the expansion of the universe which to them, proved the big bang. Except it ALSO proved the truth of the Bible, which says the Lord stretches out the heavens. Suddenly, those scientists were wrong and it was poo-poo'd.
They found vast oceans-worth of water in the earth, encased in a type of mineral, enough water that, they said, if it was all on the surface, would, (surprise!) cover the entire face of the earth, over the mountains. Oh, but this can't have ANYTHING to do with a world-wide flood that covered the mountains and then asswaged back into the earth.
Willingly ignorant. More and more, I believe the Lord is allowing secular scientists to find proof positive of His word, and with each discovery,it is ignored or re-interpreted to try and fit their view.
This mod doesn't have the know-how, so I'm off da hook.
In the time I have been here, there have been many discussions on reformed theology, on both sides, ad while it often devolves into fighting and anger, it is usually because sound biblical reasoning is dismissed off-hand for another's views, or a favorite author's arguments are placed above scripture.
I don't need to read Calvin's books, or the writings of Arminus to have a good enough understanding of 'Calvinism' or 'Arminianism", to declare it unbiblical. I invite those whould revisit the subject seek back into the archives and go over the various arguments that have been made there.
By the way, it would not be reasonable to insist one cannot understand what it is to be IFB unless they read the writings of John R. Rice or David Cloud-you want to understand it? Read the Bible.
The one difficulty with tracts, particularly for those of us who don't espouse the "1,2,3, repeat after me" method of quick salvation, is that tracts are, by their very nature, very brief-it isn't as though you can suffuciently explain man's sin and deserving of hell, as well as Jesus' perfect redemption, in a tiny, 200-word tract. I suppose they are really more intended to act as either planting or watering, giving them SOMETHING to either open the door and add to what has been given.
So, if a tract has the gospel in it, does that mean its a quick prayer tract?
This is a good time for churches to look at their tax status. If you are 501C3, its a great time to get out from under that, because with it come the strings whith which the government can have control. That doesn't mean you will pay taxes-the IRC 508C1A defines churches as being naturally tax excepted because they are churches-you dont have to request it or apply for it-churches automatically fall under it.
I suspect this who queer marriage issue will end up with tax exempt churches being forced to do weddings, and pastors and staff sent to re-education training, er, I mean, Sensitivity training, if we give the government any foothold into our churches, and that's exactly what 501C3 does.
IFB are generally Arminian and their theology flows from there. But as you wish I won't promote Calvinism.
That is incorrect. While there are some, and certainly some IFB who are moving toward reformed, most are neither.
Like myself, many see some good in both views, while also seeing major problems in both. We are biblicists, to one degree or another, ideally not seeking to follow any man's doctrinal box. The Bible is plenty narrow without narrowing it any more by seeking to follow a set of man-made rules, of which are CALVINism and ARMIN(ius)anism.
Actually I found a note, 2 times in my bible, that calls Sunday - 'Upon the first day of the week which the Scripture calleth the Lords day, others Sonday', spelled both times with the first three letters 'Son'.
May not be much, but there it is, the translators put it in the gloss of the bible in 1560.
I have seen older writings that spelled it Sunday as well. I suspect, (my thoughts), the writers of the Geneva may have referred to believers, who, meeting on 'Sunday" preferred to refer to it as Sonday, thinking toward Christ, which would make perfect sense, as well as 'taking back', if you will, the Lord's day from the false sun god.
Jesus was born of august 13. There. I have as much authority as anyone in this matter, I suppose. So, next August 13, have a big festival, Jesus' Birthday, (no mass, thanks), and send me a check in honor of the great enlightenment I have bestowed upon the world.
Seriously, the conversation has been, overall, very good and polite, and even the little bit of indignation shown is, honestly, not unexpected in such a subject, and I think probably well-placed. One year, at our church, just after I had really given up the whole thing, though still allowing others to do as they believed right, at the end of service, I wished them all Merry Christmas. One lady got so man she never came back. Of course, she holds to the Sabbath as well, so no real surprise there.
I make one admission, though--I LOVE Christmas specials on TV: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, ("I want to be a dentist!"), Charlie Brown Christmas, the Grinch, even, (oh, the shame!), Nightmare before Christmas, (don't ban me, please!).