20For where two or three gather together in My name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20
The first churches were in people houses if it was good enough for the first believers it is good for today's believers. Faith, that is the point of any assembly of God. That is what church means (assembly of believers). Where the faithful come together Christ is there. I do not believe we need pastors and priest to follow Christ. We in Christ are all Arks of the Covenant. It is what God intended us to be in His Son. I do not need someone to transform the Bread and wine to the Body and Blood of Christ because it is the Holy Spirit which does. Baptism -any believer can perform on another coming to the faith.
Mourning Turned to Joy Jeremiah 31:32-33
…32It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt—a covenant they broke even though I was a husband to them,” declares the LORD. 33“But this is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD, I will put My law in their minds and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they will be My people. 34No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity and remember their sins no more.”…
I believe the predestined, elected chosen need not be taught by anyone , for they all know the Lord. He makes all His -full of Wisdom and all spiritual gifts. I am sound in my faith and follow no one but the Lamb. God Bless!
Conflating 'great tribulation' with wrath, and equating the last week with wrath leads to false conclusions.
The entire pretrib doctrine is based this false equivalency. But you don't see it. It seems better to believe this I suppose.
The problem with pretrib doctrine is not in the scriptures, it's in the desire for an acceptable outcome, at least for those so affected.
How do you explain the church avoiding 7 years of wrath while condemning an untold number of believers in Jesus to the very wrath from which pretrib promises an escape?
In other words, the church gets raptured and avoids the wrath of God, but the poor souls who come to Jesus during the 70th week, immediately upon being born again, suffer the wrath of God.
Not possible if 'we are not appointed to wrath'.
Is God not telling the truth, or the doctrine?
Maybe you think the current church is special and is granted special treatment.
I guess pretrib doctrine must think tribulation saints are a lesser group not under the protection of 'we are not appointed to wrath'.
In any case the doctrine fails at the foundation. But you go ahead and believe what you like, that's your privilege and burden.
I am familiar with several missionaries around the world and I am familiar with their expenses and they get what convention has agreed to pay them. Some of them take the money they receive and put that money back into the ministries they are involved in. They work hard and have sacrificed a lot to serve and some of them are serving in areas that are very hostile to the Gospel and they literally risking their lives. So I don't have a problem with the salaries they being paid. If you think it is wrong for them to receive those salaries, you are free to write to the IMB and explain that to them.
Hmm... I'd say that maybe comparing LGBT to Christianity in this issue perhaps isn't the best.
Both groups gather up and march when it comes to similar goals. People within the LGBT community may perhaps march in a pride parade, but each individual person is either an L or a B or a T or a QRSTUV, whatever that may be. Most if not all parades require a police presence not only to protect those within it from outside threats, but also to keep the peace within the parade itself. Christians may come together and march on something that they agree is wrong, like let's say local sanctions that seek to intrude onto any individual church's ability to worship, regardless of denomination. They too have a common goal and purpose, but you've still got Pentecostals, Lutherans, Baptists, Catholics, and other denominations marching under police presence.
One need only look at drama on Twitter or Tumblr to notice the divisiveness in the LGBT community. You've got many folks who are transsexual/transgender who argue constantly and consistently over what are and are not proper terms, what is or is not acceptable. Gender fluid people, gender neutral people, asexuals, pansexuals, demisexuals, all these different groups go at it on one difference or another. Especially asexuals, you got tons of folks in and out of the LGBT community who don't believe in asexuality and so the asexuals are pretty much on their own, when they're not arguing and fighting amongst one another.
Don't get me wrong, I still agree with the message... And I certainly don't know what would be a more appropriate comparison, either. We all have our differences of opinion and that is fine; so long as our goal is to follow Christ, we should at least attempt to be peaceful and civil.