Hello everyone. I have not been posting for the last few months, because I have simply been too busy: (and I still am So I may not be able to respond to your comments in a timely manner. But I have learned something that I wanted to share with all of you. -------------- My new ministry has brought me into closer contact with other pastors than I have ever experienced and I praise the Lord for the things I am learning. One pastor(a good man), has openly identified himself as a kind of “Baptist brider” and as expected this is the source of some doctrinal error. One particular error is that of throwing blankets over groups of people. Just as “we” can’t condemn every Catholic individual or every Church of Christ individual etc. to hell: Even though their system preaches a false gospel. We don’t know if every single individual in these groups are lost. Well recently I learned that the Jews, were also under one of his blankets. In a mysterious way, the Jews are God’s people: and the Bible(in many places and ways), reminds us that those Jews, who are truly Jews, will always be God’s people. This pastor is not alone in his lack of understanding in this area, but he needs to admit(just as God’s Word has convinced me to), that we don’t have all the answers...... Romans 11:33 “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable [are] his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” ---------- Now the purpose of this thread, is the bigger question that is on my mind: That the Lord has been slowly answering for me. And that is how someone(anyone), who is in error, can still be used by the Lord? And the answer that I have learned is.....that none of us are totally 100% free, of error! -------- It’s kind of like the “Egyptian mid-wives” question. Of course they were sinners and lied.....but they were still blessed by the Lord: But which one of us are not sinners? Just as with Gospel preachers. If God chose not to use preachers who had error in their doctrine(although they preached the right Gospel), than He could not use any of us. The best that we can do(and stay), is to be open to correction. And have the wisdom and respect for others, not to force “our understanding” down their throat. Have a good day folks.