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God has set eternity (immortality) in the hearts of all men. If men will always choose their greatest desire, how can there be a greater desire than what God has set in your heart, and according to the principle of compatibilism, how can man choose contrary to such a desire?
In another thread, JesusFan told of a Pentecostal preacher who is attending his church, and worries about some of his ideas on healing, etc., infiltrating the church. He also worries that he may try to join the church.
I asked if the Pentecostal preacher sought membership, would his church require rebaptism. He said no, if he had been baptized as an adult.
How would you have answered the question?
Would you accept a Pentecostal baptism in your Baptist Church?
What about a Mormon...
I've notice lately that many of the posts by non-cals on BB has trended toward Open Theism with some saying that God doesn't know all things, others implying that things happen over which God has no control, etc.
Jacob Arminius and John Wesley would turn over in their graves if they heard some of the things being said around here.
I think some folks are just so rabidly anti-calvinist that they'll embrace any argument that seems to counter it, no matter how irrational. Very sad.
"To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God, but those who are outside get everything in parables, 12*so that WHILE SEEING, THEY MAY SEE AND NOT PERCEIVE, AND WHILE HEARING, THEY MAY HEAR AND NOT UNDERSTAND, OTHERWISE THEY MIGHT RETURN AND BE FORGIVEN." (Cross reference Luke 8; Matt. 13)
Notice that this passage tells us that Jesus used parables so that certain Jews wouldn't believe and be forgiven. But why?
If Calvinists assumption, that men are born unable to believe in...
Missed this last night (Friday, 8 April).
Watch '20/20' Friday Nights at 10 p.m.
20/20 did a segment on Trinity Baptist Church and Chuck Phelps' cover-up of a rape of a 15-year old girl. I became aware of the episode because someone then e-mailed a website I manage, with the claim that they now know about our despicable IFB church and our teachings.
I'm sitting here wondering, how do people like Chuck Phelps continue to be pastors? Are we IFBers...
Due to length, this Opening Post is presented in two posts, Part One below, and Part Two in the next post.
Reformed Theology makes two assertions concerning their doctrine of Election before Time, first that God chose a particular number of foreseen individuals before creation to be the recipients of His salvation, and two, God chose the foreseen individuals because it pleased Him to do so, but not because of any foreseen characteristic or belief of the selected individuals.
A recent trip to top off my gas tank found me paying $4.01 for a gallon of regular. That is in Riverside, CA.
So, where do you live and what is it costing you to keep that fossil fuel drinking car running?
Are you giving up other things to pay for gas?
Where do we regard the Catholic "official doctrines/dogmas" as placing them?
is that Church seen as being essentially Gospel, with peculiar additions, or as being "outside pale of Orthodoxy?"
JUST referring to the officially held teachings/doctrines/dogmas of that Church , to see if it is to be considered teaching the true Gospel, or another False one?
Like peeling an onion, when we delve into this difficult passage, we find layers and layers of possible meanings. Lets have some fun and at least think about all the issues this passage lays before the Bible student. Many of the insights into possible meanings of this passage were derived from a commentary by Karen H. Jobes on 1 Peter.
1 Peter 1:1-2 NASB:
‘Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and...