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  1. The above is very essential to get a grasp of what God's plan is for our lives, our beginning and our final destination. Then, listening to sermons, lectures and general discussions would make more sense and will encourage more bible study. Cherry picking or random reading for the new believer would lead to a bit of frustration in joining in discussions and following topics ect. Just my experience on when I first started out as a believer. Also, IMO, reading some supplementary books of encouragement by authors who has been given the gifts to exhort and pen words of encouragement is good too, example Tozer, John bunyan, Spurgeon and the numerous others, that a believer browsing through the christian bookstore would browse through and buy those books . There are many online for free too.
  2. In retrospect, I recall when I lived very carnally and observed my two sisters, who were pious as it seemed to me, I thought that I would like to live a trouble free life. Then one day, my number was called and the war started, that is the spiritual battles. It has never stopped and continues till this day. The bible says, those who put their hands on the plow and look back is not fit for the kingdom and he that we must share in Christ suffering, those are huge words that a Christian would find hard to swallow. Every believer has his own testimony to tell. Only he knows the truth of his life's journey. The Lord has promised to bless us and that we would also face the trials of life and the enemy that knows us too. Many believers lost their lives proclaiming the gospel, starting with the apostles and continues today. 1 Peter 4 King James Version (KJV) 12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: Luke 9 King James Version (KJV) 62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
  3. Continue to read the entire bible at least once. Does not matter you don't get the full picture as to all the meaning as you go along. When you have finished reading it once, you will then get the general picture of how each book and its title is in its place. Then you can go with a reading plan and get the tools that helps you to understand things that is difficult, and that happens to everyone, even the theologians. Just stick with the determination that you want to understand God word and he has promised to help you with that. It is an experience that comes with time and patience.
  4. The word "Holiness" has to be looked at or studied by the believer in depth as to it's meaning. Is it not in a nutshell means to be set apart from the world and its appearance and striving to be more in the image and likeness of the teachings of our Lord. Every believer would be for the most part at different phases of their walk and their experience in living the christian life would necessitate change as they go along. Some habits and lifestyles changes very quickly , while some is has to be wrestled and fought to be broken. It is called spiritual warfare. We have an enemy which knows us too well and presents us with the world to entice and woo us into his camp of deception and lies. It's a battle. The minister of the word has to preach the full gospel and as they are the appointed teachers of the word, he has to make the call for abstinence of certain lifestyles and behavior. How this is done may be the sticking point to many, but again, as believers we have to live a holy life and the process of sanctification has to be observed by him and work towards elimination of habits and images that does not reflect that to himself first and to his brothers and sisters. Indeed the body is the temple of the Lord and we cannot as believers do as we please. The bible says to train up a child in the way of the Lord and when he is older he would not depart from it Proverbs 22.6. Some believers do need to be reminded at times even though they feel that they should not be. At the end of the day, it really is a spiritual battle for our mind which the world, the flesh and the devil plots for constantly. Correction within the right context of people and organisation is not a bad if done with piety. We cannot let culture of the day rule over holiness in our christian walk, that is plain giving in to the devil and his schemes.
  5. I'll make the point upfront. I am not the judge of anyone salvation. However,scripture warns or admonishes us to "have nothing to do with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them." Ephesians 5:11 So now, if they are enlightened to the truth and see what the teachings are and the heresies of the RC church, then much is to be examined there. IMO, those who are born again and remain in the RC church are not examining scripture and are followers of false doctrines. This cannot be. They have to come out from among st them and be ye separate. Ephesians 5 King James Version (KJV) 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 2 Corinthians 6 King James Version (KJV) 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
  6. Then you have to scrutinize all of Paul letters the same way then Abby. No, Paul was an apostle, that is he got direct revelation from the Lord. If he used the word I, it does not necessarily means it is his own personal teaching. Don't you think Paul knew that a statement like that would have serious wranglings within the Church. He gave a reason why he made the statement, if you read it its entirety in 1ST Timothy. 1 Timothy 2 King James Version (KJV) 7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.
  7. I have head and read that coffee does a lot of things that was previously held as taboo. I myself have about two to three small cups of TIM HORTONS, up here in Toronto. Also, it is a good warmer for the cold weather we have here. Well read on the following of the benefits as from the reputable American heart organisation. https://www.heart.org/en/news/2018/09/28/is-coffee-good-for-you-or-not Just a couple of calories a cup, good old black coffee packs quite a punch. It wakes you up, boosts your metabolic rate and decreases the risk of some diseases. Not that habitual coffee drinkers need convincing, but evidence of its health benefits stacks up quickly:
  8. One Light point is valid in the sense that if a dialogue is in progress and someone replies with a page or two with scripture that references the main word in the topic, then it is not a dialogue anymore. Suppose you reply to the reader and encourage him to write what is in his thoughts about the topic and he continues with scripture verses, then it all becomes rhetorical and interest is lost in the thread or with that particular person and it also flags that person to be unread by me at least as his method in conveying his message becomes boring. Not to say that scripture is not to be posted to substantiate a reply, but only scripture without some human soul searching is kinda telling me something else. We all are spiritual beings and we can reflect that by sharing our thoughts too, not just only quoting scripture endlessly. Psalm 119 King James Version (KJV) 105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. edit ... want to see an example of scripture bombing. Go to the current thread titled " Why do Christians continue to sin, are they unconverted ". Here I tried to dialogue with a fellow and the response was just quoting scripture.
  9. Throwing a bunch of scripture verses is all well and good. Certainly, you can express yourself with a few sentences of your own to expound your real thoughts. Any man can quote the scriptures with intensity . At the end of the day, it's the heart that holds the truths and who can know it, but the man and the Lord. What a man can hide from another man, he cannot from the Lord. Oh the closet sins, how a man can deceive himself outwardly, but when he closes the door and know one sees him or so he thinks, then his mind can wander into places and who knows what takes place. Oh yes, it can happen to the best of us. So what do we do, give in to the devil and take to the bottle or listen to his whisper that God has abandon him. No, then he has to be reminded of what his life was before the Lord granted him favor and run to the place that he knows the prodigal went to, his father and seek forgiveness. We are in foreign territory full of the traps set by the arch enemy and constantly has to remind ourselves that the battle is for the mind. The Lord has promised us, he will never leave us or forsake us, but we are not omitted from the trials, temptations and the world that is before us.
  10. Those who have and experiences spiritual battles with the unseen forces, would surely know that all those occult, Halloween and things that seems harmless are just subtle ways the devil uses to draw men to his camp and keep them there. The bible warns explicitly to have NOTHING to do with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. I will quote the following scripture as often as it warrants, to remind believers what they are up against, i.e the unseen things that masquerade as innocence. Ephesians 6 King James Version (KJV) 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
  11. So realistically, are you perfect in your practical daily living. A painter painting a picture, first draws his sketches and when he has done so, starts with the brush to bring his image to life. He then finishes with the touches to his perfection. So the believer as he goes along, will have to learn from his mistakes and falls that he would encounter as he goes along the trail towards his goal. It's called sanctification in this life which leads to glorification when it is over and thus called true perfection. Indeed, the scripture verses you quoted are scriptures, but it is to guide you towards that goal, which man in his flesh cannot achieve on this earth. Spiritually, he can live a holy life, but that is between him and the Lord as the judge. . Outwardly, a man has the ability for pretense, but when he is alone his demeanor can change to his wits that is known by him and God. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Wisdom leads to understanding and to righteousness. It is a process that believers live as the new birth. We first drink milk and then meat to become stronger in the pursuit of Godliness. We have to be mindful in the pursuit of perfection that the believer does not make his calling one of works and strive to enter into the kingdom by it. \ Proverbs 19 King James Version (KJV) 23 The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.
  12. So, now you get the experience and ideas of how DENOMINATIONS came to be. It's not only confusing to new believers , but scholars too as there are plenty who holds different view or biblical interpretations. You the believer has to come to your conclusions as you trod on, and sometimes new held beliefs changes as you mature. It's the Christian life and you cannot despair, but run the race with diligence and persistence .
  13. Let's ask a question about sin. When does one discover or admit to a sin. Is it the moment he commits the sin or on reflection through guilt. I would think the answer would be, some sins are obvious at the very moment and some would be, one checking his conscious of what was done is wrong and therefore guilty. Tell me then, which believer does not do that, be it occasionally or frequent. The question then becomes one of willful ,habitual sin and sin through our moment of weakness or our thought pattern being tested, tempted or just plain dropping our guard. I would say willful, habitual sin in a believers life has to come to an end at some point or progress has to be made in avoiding and eliminating it. Some say they still smoke cigarettes as believers and for whatever reasons, they continue to do so as they see it as not a sin factor. I myself as a former smoker knows how difficult that habit is to break, but it harms the body breathing system and therefore hinders the purity of the body. In my opinion , it is not keeping this temple pure even if it is one a day, as the point remains that ingestion of toxic poison into the body is not a step in keeping it in purity. I know the argument about eating junk ect would come up and it is valid too. So you see the depth and qualifying what is sinful or not is a matter that has to be worked out when the believer has come to the conclusion that though his sins are paid for already, he still has to fear the Lord and respect his laws and statues and when we fall short, which everyone would at some point in time, we have to use the graces given to us to seek our immediate forgiveness for the wrong done in the sight of the Lord. It pleases the Lord too, when we come before him in meekness .
  14. Have not read through the entire thread, so pardon me if my reply has been answered already. When anyone ask the poster question or similar, then I think the first thing that need to bring into clarity is "The definition of sin " and how it relates to real life living today. Sin as defined in the Bible is 'The transgression of the law", but which law really. Is it the mosaic law or the summary of it with the ten commandments. Right the summary. So how then do we break it down in practical living to say what action is a sin and what is not. For example, some may say drinking alcohol is a sin and some may say it's not, and those who say it is, may reply here with the thinking that they sin when they consume alcohol, and then the question becomes for those who say it's not, how much is acceptable. The thing is as many have said here, we are not perfected as yet and the flesh, the world and the devil are our enemies as we trod along to the celestial city. We only have to look back at the great men that served God and did sin to see that the flesh war against the spirit and the spirit against the flesh. It is a battle that endures till our last breadth. As believers mature though, through the trials and troubles, he should and must be determined not to go back like a dog to its vomit and thus learn of the word sanctification, which grooms him to a holy life.
  15. All the dissection of John 3:16 in Greek as you put it can be argued by other scholars I would think. I am not a scholar, nor learned in Greek languages . I have heard that the translation to English can be difficult, so will take your word for it for now. On the other hand, Paul the great apostle, has written so much on the salvation of ALL MEN and Paul has said himself, that his words are given to him by Christ. Yes, I can see a type of Calvinism in the gospel, but also that God sent his son into the fleshy world as the final offering for man, and salvation for anyone who would believe and yes it is by the grace of God, that is at work, Ephesians 2:8-9 . Ephesians 3 King James Version (KJV) 3 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, 2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: 3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, 4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) 5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; 6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: 7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. 8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; 9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
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