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    • Do you think that being baptised will change someone?
      Personally, I do not think it will have any effect whatsoever. We change, because it is God who has changed us on the inside. We do not get baptized so that we can change, we get baptized, in obedience to Jesus because we have been changed. Now, I am not saying that a person cannot be baptized, and then realize some behavioral changes, a person can go to therapy, or to AA meetings, or marital counseling, etc, and have changes in their behavior. Those changes however, are psychological, motivational, self-discipline type changes, that can happen. Real change, however, happens because we have been born from above, when God works in us.  8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.  14 What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? 17 Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. James' point there is that true faith, saving faith, is accompanied by works. It is the natural outgrowth of salvation. If we think we have faith, and are saved, but are still sinning and lacking in good works, we have reason to wonder, it we have really been saved. This is not to say that the works, our good living brings salvation, but that our salvation, changes us, and we seek God more, and sin less.  These changes happen at different rates for different people, but I suspect that it is not God, who is the slowpoke, it is that we do not surrender to His will but stubbornly cling to our own ways. More than baptism, I would suggest that the person you spoke of cultivate a love of God, seek His will, pray a lot, read the Bible, hang around with people who are good examples, full of wisdom and spiritual maturity, who show the fruits that accompany salvation, in their lives. I have been a Christian for over 30 years now, and the person you are describing, that one who has difficulty shaking off sin, describes me for my first 22 years as a believer. I tried to repent, I wanted to repent, and would even manage to repent, for a while, then always fell back. it was a very frustrating cycle. One day though, it finally changed, I was through pleading with God to fix me, through trying to fix myself. I was given the understanding, that I had already been repaired, been washed of my sins, not by baptism, not my effort, but by a sovereign act of God.  Oddly, I became more obedient, when I just relaxed a little, and learned what is was like to truly submit my will to His. I am not perfect, but I am so much better than I was. The battle was over. I understood that my problem, was not my failing at fighting sin, but that I had not yet abandoned my practice, of fighting against God. One thing that really immersing oneself in prayer, Bible, and good company does, is that it gets God on you mind more. When this is the case, you realize (not just intellectually but practically) that God is with you all the time. Would a believer sin, with Jesus sitting there right next to him or her? Not likely. So, a bit part of it comes down to practicing the presence of the Lord. If one takes their eyes off of Christ, they forget who they are and become who they were. I hope that is helpful.
    • Judas is He saved or lost for ever ?
      I'm still waiting for a direct, honest no bs answer to my question:   If the apostles were saved before Jesus picked them,  did they not need the atoning work of Christ on the cross for their salvation?   A)  Yes they did need the atoning death  of Christ on the cross for their salvation. OR B)  No they did not need the atoning death of Christ on the cross for their salvation.   So which is it?  
    • Judas is He saved or lost for ever ?
      Devils are fallen angels - demons. They are not human beings, they never were human beings, and never will be human beings.  
    • Judas is He saved or lost for ever ?
      Actually, the more I think about this, the more I realize that it is really none of my business. What is my business, is to try and help other to avoid missing salvation, give them the good news that Jesus commanded us to take to every creature.
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    • bopeep1909  »  C_Beth

      You are God's Masterpiece...Ephesians 2:10
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    • bopeep1909  »  *Zion*

      God be with you in your absence sis. You will be in my prayers. I will miss you
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    • SINNERSAVED  »  Your closest friendnt

      thank you for your post and trust in my words, it is at times I post questions to people ,to just get them to answer , but I know the answer before I ask , it is to show the false teaching and those leading others astray on this sight, I know I am saved , and in the spirit of the holy one, and I am trying to share the love of Christ with all to see the beauty and glory we have in Him
       I hope I can encourage and help in my ability to bring scripture to you , and thank you for the  rep points, blessings to you and I pray all is well with you ,my brother
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    • Eragon

      2 Chronicles 7:14
      "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
      I encourage you all to pray every day for our country. There is no turning back from the path we have taken, we can't erase our mistakes, but we can pray that we don't travel any farther down this dark road. 
      -Download the free 7:14 app. Pray for our country.
      www.7:14movement. com

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      Yay, it's Friday!!
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