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  1. My humble responses Question 1: Is "Name It and Claim It" a cult hidden in plain sight amongst born-again believers? I would not call it a cult. Definition of cult is as below. These people are not directing their devotion to some one other than Jesus. It's just that they got their doctrine all mixed up. a system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object. Question 2: Is the "Prosperity Message" biblical? Depends on what we define as Prosperity Message. Prosperity is definitely a blessing promised by Lord to so many people. However, it does not mean it is a guarantee for everyone. Question 3: How many Christians here on this forum became Christians after hearing someone speaking in tongues? No, it was not because I heard someone speaking in tongues. Question 4: How do you know the language you're speaking is not gibberish? Actually I don't speak in tongues. All my prayers are in my native langauge or English. I would not call them gibberish. Question 5: How did you first start to speak in "tongues"? Refer above. I don't speak in tongues Question 6: What benefit does speaking-in-tongues serve today's church? As long as there is someone to interpret, it will edify the Church. Helps personally as well.
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    *CAR CRASH*

    Praying.. Praise God that you are safe out of this accident. That's why our prayers always need to be filled with thanksgiving. We may see only the bad things from an event. We never know what God rescued us from and how He was gracious.
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    DOES GOD WANT CHRISTIANS TO FEAR HIM?

    I found this very helpful a while back https://www.ligonier.org/blog/what-does-it-mean-fear-god/
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    Baptism

    No, there should be no age restriction. We just have to ensure the person taking baptism understands what it means. That understanding can come at any age. I would rather encourage teenagers to make such decisions. May be they would realize after growing up that they need to rededicate and take baptism with full understanding in their heart. I don't see any problems with that. It would take immense courage and faith for young people to commit to baptism. They should never be forced into though. Most of the youngsters take baptism due to pressure from family. I think that is totally wrong. If someone is genuinely asking for it, then it means something!
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    Supernatural occurrences

    I have heard so many such stories. Of how people just realize their time is up and set things right with God. Everyone is saved only through faith. And nothing else. It simply amazes me of our Lord's grace and mercy. That He would reach out to a person until the last minute. I don't think the bath really mattered. What would have mattered is what was going through in his heart. I hope and pray that he had asked for forgiveness of all his sins and asked Jesus to wash him clean with His blood.
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    Please help

    This is a good read on OCD, if you think this is really your problem. I am not sure of your situation though since I do not know much details. https://www.gotquestions.org/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-OCD.html I would suggest to stud Word of God more. You would realize that legalism has no place in a believer's life. We have complete and tool liberty in Christ. At the same time we are His slaves.
  7. Why would it even be considered a gift? What is the rationale behind asking if it could be a gift? I know lot of people question whether if it is physical ailment or demonic. This is the first time I am seeing someone ask whether it is a gift!!
  8. I was rooting for Patriots! But I am happy to see a team with many believers win eventually. While it is good, I still feel bad Patriots lost.
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    Modern day tecknology

    The answer is Yes for some people and No for some people. Technology is inherently not evil. But it would be used by devil as a tool to tempt many. And many would fall for that. It is up to an individual to whether fall for those temptations or not. It is the same thing with everything! Money itself is not evil. But many fall for greed over money. Do insane things to get money!
  10. Have been praying already for Chinese Christians. We personally know a family there. Will continue praying
  11. Welcome and will be praying for you! The greatest encouragement is the promise from Lord Himself. He never leaves us or forsakes us. Wanted to post these verses as an encouragement. Romans 8:31-39New Living Translation (NLT) Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love 31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. 35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”[a]) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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    I or WE in church worship?

    It's not a big deal for me. Just my opinion though. It's not like everyone is singing a different song! Using we vs everyone singing with I in unison - I don't see much of a difference. I don't think it creates any division or does any harm. At the end of the day, someone can sing "we" without actually taking part in the worship spiritually. At the same time, everyone can sing "I" and be together in spirit.
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    Question

    What exactly is the question?
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    Can you lose your Salvation?

    I don't think 5 point Calvinist would even admit little that Scripture supports Arminian view w.r.t losing salvation! Reason I say 5 point is, Reformed theology believes in TULIP. In which, P stands for Perseverance of saints (or believers). This is the foundation for Once Saved Always Saved (OSAS) theology. I am not a Calvinist and I attend Assemblies of God Church. But I find myself leaning towards TULIP! Because I believe that's what Scripture clearly teaches. I don't think Bible really talks about a person losing Salvation. A person can completely fall away after learning the truth. After tasting the truth. But cannot fall away after being saved. We need to see what Salvation entails. Sealed by Holy Spirit. Born again in Spirit. We do not have anything in reverse. Unregenerate? Unborn again? Unseal Holy Spirit? There are no such things. If these things cannot be explained, how can a person lose salvation? Many say OSAS is a way to abuse grace. I don't believe in that even a little bit. OSAS gives me great assurance of Salvation. Because being saved was not my own doing. It was not me who asked Jesus into my heart. It was Lord who added me to His flock. It gives great assurance that there is nothing (including myself) that can separate me from His grace. Finally, you cannot look OSAS outside of predestination These 2 go hand in hand. Once cannot believe in predestination without OSAS. I have ultimate respect for Arminians. And I don't think these differences should cause conflicts within believers. We just have to accept the difference and embrace each other. I learned a lot of how to show mutual respect from James White and Michael Brown. Watch their debates. They bring so many good points. At the end of the day, they are great friends and stand together for Christianity. That is way we all should treat each other.
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    6 month to live

    Praying for you
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