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  1. That is not correct. An "elder" in the Greek word means just what the word means in English - properly, a mature man having seasoned judgment (experience) If "bishop" and "elder" are interchangeable, then Biblically, you need to start firing every single pastor who is under 40!
  2. So would you say that Priscilla (in the book of Acts), Corey ten Boom, and Elizabeth Elliott were sinning by sharing and instructing like they did?
  3. Just for the record: I Tim 3:2 (KJV) - A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Original Word: ἐπίσκοπος, ου, ὁ Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine Transliteration: episkopos Phonetic Spelling: (ep-is'-kop-os) Short Definition: overseer, supervisor, ruler Why am I making an issue of this? Because if Biblical accuracy is important to you, then you need to be accurate in even the minute details. You can't just toss to the wind a little snare that annoys you.
  4. If they are allowed to.
  5. LOL, that is one thing I actually agree with you on! There is a difference between the church overseer and those within the church who can be shepherds to groups within the church. It is wise for a church to have a female "shepherd" for the women of the church. But of course, the original church didn't require x number years of Bible school and seminary training to become ordained as a pastor. When Paul advocated the older women teach the younger women, I am sure these older women were ministering as shepherds.
  6. Have Americans been warned to leave Gaza before?
  7. I can't help but think of a this particular song. I'd gone through so much other stuff that walking down the aisle was tough but now I know it's not enough .... I asked the Lord into my heart they said that was the way to start but now you've got to play the part .... They told me that I'd fall away unless I followed what they say who needs the Bible anyway? [meaning, you have to follow their interpretation of the Bible rather than reading the Bible for yourself and learning to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit yourself] .... [sarcasm] I'm grateful that they show the way 'cause I could never know the way to serve him on my own.... But how do you explain this to someone who never realized they were being choked by control, or are being controlling themselves?
  8. There's only an unbalance if they are misconstruing what love is. Correction: He spoke that to only a handful of people, and that was because the situation warranted it (i.e. speaking to a repentant prostitute and an adultress). He never said that to "the woman at the well," Zacchaeus the tax collector, Peter, etc. (other people who committed a sin that brought attention). How about love being more about what you do for someone rather than what you not do to someone? Do you want someone's love for you being defined by what they don't do rather than what they do?
  9. True, but have you ever heard one of them talk about loving each other - other than, "It's loving to snatch people away from sin."? I've heard a lot more preaching and teaching against sexual immorality and drunkenness and the like that I have instruction on what constitutes gossip and how to avoid getting suckered into it.
  10. Here you go: - - - - - - - - Lionel Rainey III August 16 at 10:29pm · Baton Rouge, LA · Micro-Aggression vs. Macro-Affection This is why one of the worst natural disasters in a decade isn't being covered by national news outlets: the story of Louisiana doesn't fit their click-crazed, micro-aggression narrative. The story of Louisiana isn't playing out like the case of Alton Sterling, when the media was able to throw gas on the fire by dividing us into their ratings-driven boxes: skin color, gender, sexual orientation, age, economic status. The story of Louisiana isn't one of micro-aggressions, hashtags and quick sound bites. The story of Louisiana is neighbors from different backgrounds, different religions, different ethnicities, from all across our state coming to the aid of people they never met, and would likely never see again. It's the shelters that can't take any more donations because of the incredible outpouring of support from the same people whose homes were underwater. It's the men and women of all shapes, sizes, colors and creeds getting in a boat, going into unknown neighborhoods, and helping their fellow man. It's macro-affection from people who've been through floods, hurricanes and oil spills, yet pick themselves up, dust themselves off, and continue helping others. It's people who don't care for the fame or glory, but for the lady down the street who can't get out of her house. It's one of the most beautiful stories I've ever seen - and after four years in the U.S. Coast Guard, I've seen some good ones. So who cares if Fox News or MSNBC has satellite trucks and newsmen parked here for days...the story of Louisiana wouldn't feed their desire for ratings anyway. Macro-Affection doesn't sell papers - it saves lives. I wasn't born here, but I'm as proud as ever to say the story of Louisiana is my story too.
  11. Pleased to meet you, Behold! Yeah, there are many of us who are in total agreement with what you said above. It hurts us to watch what Obama and those he works for are doing to our country. And it grieves us to see and hear all the negative spin thrown at Israel.
  12. Growing up, I learned from many preachers and teachers who focused on sins to avoid, how to live properly, what good behavior to live by. Engaging in discussions with Christians over the years, whenever grace is taught there are many Christians who rebut with the importance and value of not sinning. Even her on the forum,there seems to be an obsession with rules and order and avoiding sin and living a good and wholesome life. Yet Jesus said, "By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:35) So why are we more obsessed with avoiding sin than we are with learning about how and encouraging each other to love one another? Isn't that what God's idea of godliness is about?
  13. There is something about this discussion that I've been pondering, but I am having a hard time figuring out how to explain it. But it seems there is a huge gap here in different people's understanding of what is meant by "control."
  14. OK, but that opens up a whole new debate. Was Jesus the legal heir to the throne by earthly laws? That is, if the Jews in Jesus' time had overthrown the Roman government and the priests researched the heir line of descent, would they have traced the line down to Mary's father? And why would the throne heir-ship be given to someone whom they considered an out-of-wedlock birth?
  15. I need to ask you: did Jesus love King Herod? How did He show this?