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This is more of a rant / vent session than of anything else, so please bear with me.....
I recently spent almost eight weeks in either the hospital (1.5 weeks) or a nursing home (six weeks) rehabbing a foot that had to have surgery due to a MRSA infection, and undergoing a six week "intensive" antibiotic regimen to fight the MRSA virus. While laid up for all that time, I couldn't make it to my church in person, so I would watch the Sunday morning services online. Not the best way to "do...
In a thread that is now closed, we discussed the realities concerning the narrative in Genesis 1-3.
I brought up what Paul said concerning Adam and Christ and the nature of the Resurrection and said I would bring in more context to show Adam was alive physically, but not spiritually. Another aspect of that was to show Adam's death was physical.
This is the passage I want to focus on for a second...
1 Corinthians 15:21-22 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead...
JonC said:I never tried to get around that. Although another topic, what I rejected was (to borrow from the "radical reformers") the "romish" residue of your tradition. Consider how often Scripture deals with the Scapegoat. What we can say is it symbolizes Christ removing the sins of the people. Now look at what you've added from those few verses.
What you have done is used Scripture to justify your position rather than derive your position from that text. The Scapegoat symbolically carried...
The Problem (cue melodramatic music)
In another thread this comment was made to justify a system of belief not specifically stated I Scripture. No. We are not adding to the texts just understanding them as they are meant to be understood.This reflects a concerning aspect of contemporary “scholarship”. At one time “when properly interpreted” meant taking the time to study Scripture, develop an interpretation, and recognize/own what is one’s own understanding. I can’t remember how many...
Every tradition has unique ways of expressing theological issues in Scripture. Often these expressions speak more to the questions of believers than they do to truths actually provided in Scripture. Often people seem to have a need to "smoothe out" biblical doctrine or fill in blanks to create a flowing narrative that suits their traditions or theories.
This seems to have occured in some traditions of "spiritual death". I understand a need for simplification, especially when dealing with...
Solomon explicitly states that God "made man upright" (Eccles. 12:7) and Genesis 1:26 explicitly says that God made man "LIKE US" and "IN OUR IMAGE." Part of God's image is described in moral terms by Paul in Ephesians 4:24 and Colossians 3:10 "in righteousness true holiness." The New birth is a creative act that restores this kind of moral nature to fallen man.
This moral nature of man was transformed beginning "in the day" that man disobeyed God as man "died" in some sense at that point...
A new thread bashing God's sovereignty in salvation was started.
Calvin & Arminius were both wrong
No matter how it's sliced, saying that one has natural power to say yes or no to grace is to say that those who say yes do so because they are inherently better than those who say no.
But God was wise to make Jacob and Esau twins. While yet in the womb. Each equally innocent. Neither having done any good or evil. Both conceived of the same act, under the same star, of the same heritage, both...
Before I became an indie fundy Baptist, my first church was Herbie Armstrong's WWCOG. His messages seemed to be Biblical; even before I was saved, I believed ALL intel about God comes only from Scripture. (I simply paid it no mind in my BC days.) After salvation, I began looking for a local church, but was attracted to the WWCOG by its literature, passed out to me by a veteran member. I eagerly embraced its teachings.
Soon, I began attending a local indy fundy Baptist church, knowing it...