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Pastor Scott Markle

Member Since 27 Dec 2012
Offline Last Active Jan 26 2015 10:43 PM
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In Topic: Suffer Little Children

10 January 2015 - 02:51 PM

Well, when a daily Biblical walk with the Lord takes a "back seat" in the parents lives, why would it not also take a "back seat" in the upbringing of their children?  Furthermore, when an deep and daily study of God's Holy Word for sound Bible doctrine and for genuine spiritual discernment takes a "back seat" in the parents priorities, why would it not also take a "back seat" in the upbringing of their children?

In Topic: Thou Shalt Not Grow A Beard.......

08 January 2015 - 10:27 AM

I know a pastor who say that Jesus was normally clean shaven but due to the timing of the arrest and trial didn't get a chance to shave --- wow! Now that's some fast growing hair for a 24hr "beard" to be able to be plucked!

 

And that is a perfect example of the lack in Biblical discernment among independent fundamental Baptists (even among the leadership thereof) over which my heart is so grieved.  I thought that the "fundamental" word in the title "Independent Fundamental Baptist" was supposed to mean that we are a BIBLICALLY minded people.

In Topic: Thou Shalt Not Grow A Beard.......

08 January 2015 - 09:30 AM

Not natural???!!!  Facial hair on a man is exactly according to nature.  And as one pastor in our area indicated -- Since God desires that there be some form of distinction between a man and a woman in external appearance, and since God HIMSELF created facial hair on the man as a very obvious distinction, it might be that we should strongly encourage (rather than so strongly oppose) our men to have facial hair.  (Note: I am not indicating that we should command it, for I am not aware of such a command in God's Word.  Furthermore, as I have previously indicated, I myself remain clean shaven.  However, we certainly should not oppose it as some kind of ungodliness.) (Secondary note: I wonder if Adam had facial hair from the moment of his creation?)

In Topic: Thou Shalt Not Grow A Beard.......

07 January 2015 - 04:15 PM

To me, the most sad part of this matter is the lack of Biblical discernment among independent fundamental Baptists (even among the leadership thereof).

 

Probably, the anti-facial hair movement began around the time of the rebellious, ungodly hippy movement, in order that godly men might not be equated with this rebellious, ungodly movement in society through the "facial-hair" symbol that they portrayed (as a point of counter-culture against the "clean-shaven" business men and "official" men).  For that time, in order to appear separate from that ungodly movement in society, I would grant that the anti-facial hair movement among independent Baptists was founded upon the ground of spiritual wisdom and even Biblical principle. 

 

However, the hippy movement is now long dead as a strong societal movement; and facial hair upon a man no longer relates that man to that ungodly movement in society.  So then, why have independent fundamental Baptists retained their anti-facial hair position?  I believe that it is because they turned this application of spiritual wisdom and Biblical principle into an absolute standard of spirituality, founded upon the commandment of man.  This then is my burden of sadness -- Where is the Biblical discernment concerning spiritual righteousness (as opposed to a man-made standard of supposed righteousness)?

 

(Note: Do I myself have facial hair?  No, I remain clean shaven.  My wife would prefer that have facial hair, but I cannot get past the itching stage.)

In Topic: Being Confident That You Really Have Turned It Over To God....

30 December 2014 - 10:43 AM

I would contend that this statement in and of itself could be acceptable -- depending upon its perspective.  If it is stated and/or received from the perspective that an individual can make a singular decision which will by nature have a continuous application, then I would contend that this perspective is false (as per my posting above).  However, it this idea is stated and/or received from the perspective that an individual should make a heart decision of faith before the Lord and then go forth in fullness of faith (with the recognition that such fullness of faith will require a continual maintaining), then I would contend that this perspective is right and acceptable.

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