How To Be Identified On the Internet?

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  1. Enow

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    I have been asked to correct my lack of identity in my profile. I am not sure how that is a necessity for identification.

    I mean, consider this: who can really know anyone on the internet?

    Doesn't the internet caution against posters in giving out personal information?

    Plus the fact that people can come in here, claiming to be someone that they are not.

    So how does anyone know?

    By the words they post.

    If a person came in here and says that he is not catholic, and yet we see him pushing the doctrines of catholicism, which would you believe as to who he is?

    If a person came in here claiming to be a believer, and yet in all his posts, he is trying to sow doubts in God's words and begins to mock the existence of God... which testimony would win out?

    So how are we to testify of ourselves? We can't. Not really. Even God says so, and He wasn't even on the internet.

    John 5: 31If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.

    So how are we to be identified as His?

    By the words of our mouths.. or in this case, by the words of our posts.

    Psalm 19:Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

    By that, those that read can bear witness of who we are.

    John 3:28Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. 29He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. 30He must increase, but I must decrease.

    John 7: 18He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.

    2 Corinthians 4: 5For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. 6For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

    If and whenever I should get around to my profile, I may add a little more information other than what has been posted there.

    Course, my actions of avoiding posting in the (Baptist Only) forum should at least declare that I am not a baptist officially, even though I have been assumed a Baptist in one other forum ( and I do not mean the ALL Christian section of this forum but another forum entirely). My wanting to be identified by my faith in Christ and not a church is my way of being a witness of Him. :jesus:

    If a church seeks to be a witness of Christ, then there would be no need to be identified by a church, right? :1_grouphug::jesus::thumbs:
     
  2. SaggyWoman

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    Welcome to the board.

    Seriously.
     
  3. Enow

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    Thank you for the welcome.:thumbs:

    Here are some complimentary flowers: :flower::flower::flower:
     
  4. matt wade

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    So in other words you are a CoCer?
     
  5. Enow

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    I honestly do not know where you got that from. Feel free to share and correct me from whatever it was that I had posted.

    Oh, wait. The abstaining from denomenational title thing? No. That is not what I meant. I "think" CoC consider denomenation as a sin against God. I sure would like to hear their explanation of the seven churches in Revelation then, in how they were all different in one way or another. Wouldn't that be considered a denomenation?

    I merely meant that we are identified by faith in Jesus Christ, and it is by that faith, we are witnesses of Him. If the church represents your faith, then there would be no need to explain what the church stands for towards anyone, right? As if there was some addendum left out from the Gospel message. If they believe the Gospel message you had given, they are automatically a member of the body of Christ. God did it. Not a church.

    The church at Philadelphia had an open door. Because they had little strength, they were called to strengthen what they had: faith.

    The identity of a church does change through the passage of time in its representation. Some believers have left a streamline church because the church no longer held to the beliefs or practises they lived by.

    Being a former Presbyterian member, I can attest to the differences in these Presbyterian churches that it would be difficult to show my faith from where some of the others churches stood that may misrepresent my witness if I sought to be identified as a Presbyterian overall. Getting to establish my identity with the particular church that definitely represent my faith as apart from all the other Presbyterian churches would be taking time away from witnessing of the faith in Christ Jesus.

    As it is, because of the commitment to follow Christ for salvation, and the Promise Keepers program, that has practically gone through all the Presbyterian churches unchecked as well as other streamline churches, I left when they would not hear correction from the Word of God. I mailed those corrections to every other denomenation in the area, including catholics. Not a one heeded, but several phone calls were made as I was called a nut, while a few others tried to get me to join a Pentecostal/ Charismatic type church of which I had declined at that time, seeing how they were not alarmed and missing the defense of the faith.

    And no, I am not condemning anyone, but just explaining why I am seperate so that my faith will be seen as apart from the apostasies running amok.

    My former church became the center for the Promise Keepers' in the valley.

    It was a losing battle as God was showing me that He was sending two plumblines out across the nation: whom would depart from faith to resort to their own power or chase after other gods which was the Promise Keepers and the "holy laughter" movement respectively as it went nationwide in popularity in the media in 1994 as reported by the 700 Club which was also endorsing those two movements as of God.:tear:

    Jesus said that it will happen; the falling away of the faith. So Jesus is Lord, irregardless.

    So since the good fight is not keeping oneself falling away from the church, but keeping the faith in Jesus Christ; I would rather be identified by my faith in Him.

    Galatians 3: 14That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. ....26For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

    As it is, defamed and oppressed presently in my area, by His grace, He has led me to bear witness of Him elsewhere as in the forums till it is time to go.
     
  6. Jim1999

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    I clearly identify myself as a Basptist. Not because I am in love with the name Baptist, but because I am in love with what it once stood for. It is the nearest to New Testament teachings about the local church.

    When I tell people I am a Baptist, people generally associate it with strict belief in the Bible, despite the fact there are some very liberal Baptist churches. I like that too!

    We can give all the reasons we desire not to claim any "denomination" but essentially it is superficial in reality.

    All titles can be misleading. How many in this world call themselves Christian, but do not demonstrate what the name means? The early Christians did not claim that name. It was given to them by their enemies for what they believed. Taking the name Baptist gives one a starting point in a discussion. It is then up to that Baptist to demonstrate his beliefs.

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
  7. Enow

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    Exactly my point. By how we witness in these forums by the words of our posts can anyone really know the poster.:thumbs:

    Since we are to be witnesses of Jesus Christ, the less we speak of our church, the less we appear to be seeking brownie points by getting a member for that church. If God perchance use any of us to sow the seeds and water what was sown, for Him to convert someone, they are automatically a member of His Church, the body of believers. It is the "proceeding in our reconciled relationship with God" that is the exhortation we are to give by His grace also, so that the joy of their salvation may be full.

    I may qualify as a Baptist in according to their beliefs, but I am not an official Baptist to be recognized since I am not a member of any Baptist church. So out of respect to the forums, I only participate by His grace in the ALL Christian section of the forum.
     

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