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DEAD MAN'S CHOICE?
The vast majority of retail religion "worships" a grandfatherly god who has given over to them the power of eternal life, or death. On the one hand they are told they are dead in trespasses and sins, and in the next breath they are told to "make" Jesus their lord and saviour. This beggar god is a blasphemous idol of men's imagination and an affront to the God of scripture.
The scriptures declare a Sovereign God who from eternity, chose a people in time, redeemed them in...
Specifically a baptist church that holds to BFM 1963 or a stripped down version of it? At least, on the web site, the doctrinal statement is minimal.
It seems like there would be a lot of room for various positions. Could a dispensational, a covenantal, a reformed... all be members?
Preaching does not seem to give away any one system as far as pastor's preference.. though being in the same town as a major dispensational school, people in Sunday school have an obvious bent toward...
A calling, not one:s works are to precede one's election.
MLV, Romans 9:11, . . . for* the children were not yet born, nor had practiced anything good or evil, in-order-that the purpose of God according-to his choice might abide, not from works, but from the one who is calling.
I have made the following statement….
… If God responds to something mankind does and then makes them “elect”, that is a works based salvation.
… If mankind responds to what God has done through the power of God Holy Spirit after election, that demonstrates grace…
There are numerous passages that support these statements. However, I would like to focus on Romans 9:16.
The question that the Apostle Paul is answering is who are Abraham’s descendants that will inherit the promises of God....
Luke 22:41–44 And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray, saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” Now an angel from heaven appeared to Him, strengthening Him. And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground.
Did Jesus ask God that if possible to remove the cup and submit His will to the will of the Father?
Total Depravity: The lost can only be saved by means of a gift, Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8.
Unmerited Conditional Election: One cannot be elect except by means of faith in the gospel, Ephesians 2:8, Romans 1:16.
Limited Not Atonement: A not limited Atonement is necessary in order for one to really know Christ gives one eternal life, 1 John 2:2, 1 John 5:9-13.
Irresistible Grace: Salvation is a gift, Ephesians 2:8, Romans 6:23, 1 John 5:13.
Perseverance of the Saints: God who does...
Does God Control Sin?
Firstly, we have to establish what is meant by the word “control”
As defined by the Oxford English dictionary;
When used as a noun
“the power to influence or direct people's behaviour or the course of events”
And as a verb
“determine the behaviour or supervise the running of”
There is no doubt that God is indeed Absolutely Sovereign, which means that He can do anything without any restraints or restrictions. This is very clear in the entire Bible.
The KJV and The Holy Spirit
The King James Version of 1611, has for reasons that are not known, translated the Greek in certain passages, that refer to The Holy Spirit, by using the impersonal, neuter gender. There is no justification for what the translators have done. The Holy Spirit is Personal, as much as The Father and Jesus Christ are. The Three are “Persons” in The Holy Trinity.
“And Iohn bare record saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heauen, like a Doue, and it...
By this title I mean things that a Bible translator must know or check or learn in order to do the best possible Bible translation. Sure, anyone who knows a source language and a target language, both, can do a Bible translation, but it may turn out to be extremely literal (Ulphilas in the 4th century, Young's in the 20th century, etc.), or full of errors (like a certain tribal translation that had to be recalled and all the copies burned because of a single wrong word in the target...