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  1. Excellent exhortation, dhchristian. I keep this passage handy. Act 20:28-31 (28) Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost has made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he has purchased with his own blood. (29) For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. (30) Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. (31) Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.
  2. The OP has been edited so the clip only showed in your reply to it which explains why it showed your name, oops! Just edited it out...
  3. They failed to heed Jesus, who made good on His words. The weed-covered desolation above of Odeum, the smaller theatre of Ephesus, symbolizes the state of Christianity today in Turkey, where Ephesus is located. Turkey, once the heartland of Paul's ministry, is 99% Muslim and devoid of Bible-based Christianity today. That's too bad for Turkey, but could the same thing happen to Europe or North America? SOURCE & LINK: Church At Ephesus Maybe Extinct
  4. By meesh from washington dc - really?, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39949041 Who would have thought there would be such a sign...I like it.
  5. Welcome. I hope you meant to type "canons" not "cannons" - two different things entirely. The transmission and preservation of Scripture as we have it in our Bible is indeed a fascinating topic.
  6. Refer to Scriptures describing Mystery Babylon the Great, Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth.
  7. It's actually called Eternal Judgment, if that helps, Addison. Heb 6:1-2 (1) Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, (2) Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. What matters is the consequence of the Day of Judgment rather than the duration of it.
  8. And yet we are to aim for sinlessness...Heb 12:1-4 (1) Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, (2) Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (3) For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest you be wearied and faint in your minds. (4) You have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
  9. What about the converse of freedom to sin, namely freedom not to sin? Do you think we need to achieve a 100% sinfree result this side of heaven?
  10. If they are met with Christian kindness and exposed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ some may become Christians, but the situation is very testing for all, to be sure.
  11. The Crusades were by and large nothing to do with genuine Christianity but the product of Satanically instigated Roman Catholic Imperialism. Genuine Christians have been heavily persecuted from the time of Christ, no less under the Papacy and various monarchies of Europe in the period you mention. Since that time we have the so-called Reformation, Enlightenment, and Awakening, and the Papacy has to watch its step, so I like to think there are advantages to being a Christian in the current time period rather than in medieval times. However, the Bible clearly states that global wickedness, in the forms of corruption, deception, and exploitation, will increase before the return of Christ , so genuine Christians will be put to the test as usual with the climaxing of the natural wickedness of mankind.
  12. Statistically yes. 70% of the population profess to be Christians. But when we speak of a nation as Christian we do not mean all the people believe in Jesus Christ and are saved by His shed blood, but rather that the country is founded on Christian principles, and tends towards Christianity in many things, though not all. How can we know if people are Christians? By their fruits, what is produced, how they behave. USA can mean Under Satanic Attack, so the more genuinely Christian the people are, the more desperate to destroy them Satan becomes.
  13. This is from Wikipedia. It gives statistics of those who profess to be Christians, but this does not take into consideration the problem of cultural forms of Christianity that do not align with the genuine beliefs and practices of Chistianity as prescribed in the Bible. Link: Catholic & Protestant & Other Percentages of Professing Christians per Country Christianity by country Country Christians % Christian % Catholic % Protestant/ Orthodox/ Other Christian GDP/Capita PPP World Bank 2012 Afghanistan (details) 6,250/8,000[21]-30,000[22] 0.02%-0.1%[22] 1,399 Albania (details) 580,000 17.0%[23] 10% 7% 9,443 Algeria (details) 380,000[24] 2% 1% 1% 8,515 American Samoa (details) 70,000 98.3% 20% 78% Andorra (details) 78,000 89.5% 88.2%[25] 1.3% Angola (details) 17,094,000 75%[26] 50% 25% 6,105 Anguilla (details) 15,000 90.5% 3% 87% Antigua and Barbuda (details) 66,000 74.0% 10% 64% 19,964 Argentina (details) 37,561,000 86%[27]-90%[28] 71%[27]-77% 13%-15%[27] 12,034 Armenia (details) 2,826,000 [29] 97.9% [29] 97.9% [29] 6,645 Aruba (details) 98,000 88% 80.8% 7.8% Australia (details) 12,201,600 52.1%[30] 22.6% 29.6% 44,462 Austria (details) 5,940,000 67.3% 57.9%[31] 9.4% 43,324 Azerbaijan (details) 280,000[32] 3.1% 3.1% 10,624 Bahamas (details) 335,975 95%[33] 12.0% 83.0% 31,629 Bahrain (details) 185,000 15.0%[34] 9.0% 23,886 Bangladesh (details) 420,000 0.4%[35] 0.4% 1,883 Barbados (details) 244,000 74%[36] 4.2% 70% 18,805 Belarus (details) 5,265,000 55.4%[37] 7.1% 48.3% 15,579 Belgium (details) 6,860,000 65%[38] 58%[38] 7%[38] 38,884 Belize (details) 247,000 76.7% 40% 36.7% 7,529 Benin (details) 3,943,000 42.8% 27% 15% 1,583 Bermuda (details) 44,000 64.7% 15% 50% Bhutan (details) 7,000 1.0% 0.1% 0.9% 6,699 Bolivia (details) 9,730,000 89.0% 76% 13% 5,281 Bosnia and Herzegovina (details) 1,622,093[39] 45.94%[39] 15.19%[39] 30.75%[39] 9,235 Botswana (details) 1,416,000 71.6% 5% 66% 16,986 Brazil (details) 180,770,000[40] 90.0%[40] 64.6%[40] 25.4%[40] 11,909 British Virgin Islands (details) 23,000 94.0% 85% 9% Brunei (details) 45,000 11.0% 53,348 Bulgaria (details) 6,364,000 85.0%[38] 1% 84%[38] 15,933 Burkina Faso (details) 3,746,000 22.0% 18% 4% 1,513 Burundi (details) 7,662,000 75.0% 60% 15% 560 Cambodia (details) 148,000 1.0% 0.15% 0.85% 2,494 Cameroon (details) 13,390,000 65.0% 38.4% 26.3% 2,324 Canada (details) 22,103,000 67.3%[41] 38.7% 29% 42,693 Cape Verde (details) 487,000 89.1%[22] 78.7% 10.4% 4,430 Cayman Islands (details) 42,000 73.8% Central African Republic (details) 2,302,000 80% 29% 51% 857 Chad (details) 4,150,000[22] 35.0% 20% 15% 1,493 Chile (details) 9,900,000 68%[42] 55% 13% 22,655 Colombia (details) 43,560,000 92%[45] 79% 13% 10,587 Comoros (details) 15,000 2.1% 1,230 Congo, Democratic Republic of (details) 63,150,000 92% 50% 42% 422 Congo, Republic of (details) 3,409,000 90.7% 50% 40% 4,426 Cook Islands (details) 19,000 86% 16.8% 69.6% Costa Rica (details) 3,912,000 83% 69% 14% 12,943 Côte d'Ivoire (details) 7,075,000 32.8% 28.9% 3.9% 2,039 Croatia (details) 4,107,000 90.1%[46] 86.2% 4.7% 20,532 Cuba (details) 6,670,000[22] 59.2%[22] 52.7% 7.5% Cyprus (details) 863,000 79%[47][48] 1% 78% 30,597 Czech Republic (details) 1,175,000 34%[38] 29.0%[38] 5.0%[38] 26,426 Denmark (details) 4,400,754[49] 79% 1% 77.8%[50] 41,388 Djibouti (details) 53,000 6.0% 1% 5% 2,784 Dominica (details) 59,000 88.7% 61% 27% 12,643 Dominican Republic (details) 9,734,000 83% 65% 18% 10,204 East Timor (details) 1,152,000 99.1%[51] 96.9% 2.2% Ecuador (details) 14,099,000 94.0% 74% 20% 9,738 Egypt (details) 9,029,000 10.0% [52] 6,723 El Salvador (details) 5,073,000 81.9% 52.6% 29.3% 7,069 Equatorial Guinea (details) 683,000 88.7%[22] 80.7% 8.0% 30,233 Eritrea (details) 2,871,000 50%[53] 4% 45% 566 Estonia (details) 310,000 45%[38] 3%[38] 42%[38] 23,024 Ethiopia (details) 52,580,000 64% 0.7% 63.4% 1,139 Falkland Islands (details) 3,000 94.3% 94% Faroe Islands (details) 33,000 95.4%[54] 94% Fiji (details) 540,000 64.4% 8.9% 55.5% 4,943 Finland (details) 3,965,000[55] 71.9%[55] 0.3% 71.6% 38,230 France (details) 36,700,000-40,000,000 51.1%[56]-58%[38]/63-66%[57] 50-63%[58]/54%[38] 4%[38] 35,845 Gabon (details) 1,081,000 88.0%[59] 41.9% 46.1% 16,086 Gambia (details) 79,000 4.2% [60] 1,948 Georgia (details) 3,930,000 88.6%[61] 0.9% 87.7% 5,902 Germany (details) 47,200,000 57.3%[62] 28.3%[62] 29.0%[62] 40,394 Ghana (details) 19,300,000 71.2%[63] 13.1% 58.1% 2,048 Greece (details) 11,000,000 98% 0.7% 97.3% 24,667 Greenland (details) 55,000 96.6% 96.6% Grenada (details) 101,000 97.3% 53% 45% 10,827 Guatemala (details) 14,018,000 87% 47% 40% 5,100 Guinea (details) 1,032,000 8.9% [64] 5% 5% 1,069 Guinea-Bissau (details) 165,000 10.0% 10.0% 1,192 Guyana (details) 434,000 57.0% 8% 49% 3,399 Haiti (details) 9,597,000 96.0% 80.0% 16.0% 1,228 Honduras (details) 6,660,000 88%[65] 47% 41% 4,194 Hong Kong (details) 835,000 11.8%[66] 5.0% 6.8% 51,946 Hungary (details) 5,254,179[67]- 6,501,000[38] 52.87%[67]-65.0%[38] 38.96%[67]-58.0%[38] 13.91%[67] 21,570 Iceland (details) 274,000[68] 76.8%[68] 3.9%[68] 72.9%[68] 37,533 India (details) 30,000,000 2.3% [29] 1.3% 1.0% 3,876 Indonesia (details) 24,000,000 10%[69] 3% 7% 4,956 Iran (details) 380,000[70] 0.4% 0.4% 11,395 Iraq (details) 944,000 3.0% 3.0% 4,246 Ireland (details) 3,992,000 [71] 83.8% [71] 78.2% [71] 5.6% [71] 42,662 Israel (details) 266,000 3.5% 3.5% 28,809 Italy (details) 53,230,000[72] 83% 81.2% 2% 32,512 Jamaica (details) 1,784,000 65.3% 2% 63.3% 7,083 Japan (details) 2,921,000 2.3%[73] 1% 1% 35,204 Jordan (details) 388,000 6.0%[74] 6,148 Kazakhstan (details) 4,150,000[22] 26.2%[22] 2.3% 23.9% 13,892 Kenya (details) 34,774,000 85.1% 23.4% 61.7% 1,761 Korea, North (details) 406,000 1.7% Korea, South (details) 14,601,000[22] 29.2%[22] 10.9% 18.3% 30,722 Kuwait (details) 458,000 15.0% 3.2% 12.8% 49,001 Kyrgyzstan (details) 610,000[22]-944,000 11.4%[22]-17.0%[75] 2,409 Laos (details) 145,000 2.2% 1% 1% 2,926 Latvia (details) 1,570,000 70%[38]-80%[76] 24.1%[38]-25.1%[76][77] 46.8%[38]-54.9%[76] 21,005 Lebanon (details) 1,600,000-1,800,000[78][79] 38.0%-41.0% 26% 15% 16,610 Lesotho (details) 1,876,000 90.0% 45% 45% 1,963 Liberia (details) 1,391,000 85.5%[80] 85.5% 655 Libya (details) 170,000[22] 2.7%[22] 0.5% 1.5% 17,665 Liechtenstein (details) 30,000 84.4%[81] 75.9% 8.5% Lithuania (details) 2,827,000 81.4%[82]-86.0%[38] 77.2%[83]-80.0%[38] 5.6%-6.0%[38] 23,487 Luxembourg (details) 360,000 72.4%[84] 68.7% 3.7% 88,318 Madagascar (details) 8,260,000 41.0% 978 Malawi (details) 12,538,000 79.9% 902 Malaysia (details) 2,820,000 9.2%[85] 17,143 Maldives (details) 300 0.08% 9,072 Mali (details) 348,000 2.4% [86] 1,214 Malta (details) 400,000 91.6%[87] 88.6% 3.0% 29,013 Mauritania (details) 5,000 0.14% 2,603 Mauritius (details) 418,000 32.2% 15,649 Mexico (details) 107,780,000 92.4%[88] 82.7% 9.7% 16,676 Micronesia, Federated States of (details) 106,000 95.4% 3,824 Moldova (details) 3,480,000 95.3%[22] 2.0% 93.3% 3,424 Monaco (details) 30,000 86.0% Mongolia (details) 58,000 2.1% 5,462 Montenegro (details) 500,000 78.8%[89] 3.4% 72.4% 14,206 Morocco (details) 336,000 1% [90] 5,193 Mozambique (details) 13,121,000 56.1% 28.4% 27.7% 1,024 Myanmar (details) 3,790,000 6.2% 1% 5.2% Namibia (details) 1,991,000 90.0% 13.7% 76.3% 7,488 Nepal (details) 269,000 0.9% 0.1% 0.8% 1,484 Netherlands (details) 5,750,000-7,900,000 34%-44%[38] 22.0%[38]-23.3%[91]- 10.2%[92]-22.0%[38] 42,938 New Zealand (details) 1,858,977[93] 47.8%[93] 12.6%[93] 35.2%[93] 31,499 Nicaragua (details) 5,217,000 84.6% 58.8% 25.8% 4,072 Niger (details) 85,000 0.5% 5% 665 Nigeria (details) 74,400,000-107,000,000 40% [94]- 58%[95] 10-14,5% 30-43,5% 6,204 North Macedonia (details) 1,334,000 65%[96] 0.3% 64.7% 11,710 Norway (details) 3,844,000[97] 76.7% 2.4%[98] 74.3% 62,767 Oman (details) 180,000[22] 6.5%[22] 27,015 Pakistan (details) 3,300,000 1.6%[99] 0.8% 0.8% 2,891 Palau (details) 16,000 77.9% 65% 12.9% 19,031 Palestinian Territories (details) 1%-2.5%[22] 14.50 Panama (details) 3,057,000 92.0% 80% 12% 16,615 Papua New Guinea (details) 6,800,000 97% 27% 70% 2,898 Paraguay (details) 6,260,000 96%[100] 88% 8% 6,138 People's Republic of China (details) 31,220,000[43]-67,070,000[22] 2.3%-4.0%[44] 0.3% 2% 9,233 Peru (details) 27,635,000 87%[65] 77% 10% 10,940 Philippines (details) 86,500,000 85%[101] 80% 5% 4,413 Pitcairn Islands (details) 50 100.0% 100% Poland (details) 36,090,000 94.3% 86.3% 8% 21,903 Portugal (details) 10,110,000[102] 84.3%[103] 81.0% 3.3% 25,305 Puerto Rico (details) 3,878,000 97.0% 50% 47% Qatar (details) 263,000 13.8% 86,507 Romania (details) 18,067,000 98.0%[38] 11.0%[38] 87.0%[38] 16,518 Russia (details) 66,000,000-99,775,000[104][105] 46.6%[106]-77.0%[107][108] <0.1% 46.6%-77.0% 23,549 Rwanda (details) 9,619,000 93.6% 56.9% 26% 1,354 San Marino (details) 31,000 91.6%[22] 90.5% 1.1% Saudi Arabia (details) 1,500,000 5%[109] Senegal (details) 570,000 4.2% [110] 1,944 Serbia (details) 7,260,000 91.0%[111] 5.0% 86.0% 11,544 Seychelles (details) 80,000 94.7% 82% 15.2% 27,008 Sierra Leone (details) 619,000-1,294,000 10%[112]-20.9%[113] 1,359 Singapore (details) 900,000 18.0%[114] 5.7% 12% 61,803 Slovakia (details) 4,730,000 80.0%[38] 67.0%[38] 13.0%[38] 24,896 Slovenia (details) 1,610,000 68.0%[38] 64.0%[38] 4.0%[38] 26,801 Somalia (details) 1,000[115] 0.01% 0.0002% 0.01% South Africa (details) 43,090,000 79.8%[116] 5% 75% 11,440 South Sudan (details) 6,010,000[117] 60.5%[118] 30% 30% Spain (details) 33,000,000 71% [119]-72%[38] 68%[38][120] 2%[38] 32,129 Sri Lanka (details) 1,531,000 7.5% 6.1% 1.4% 6,247 Sudan (details) 525,000 1.5%[121] Suriname (details) 262,000 48.4%[122] 21.6% 26.8% 8,858 Swaziland (details) 994,000 82.7% 25% 57.7% 5,246 Sweden (details) 6,292,000 65%[123] 2% 63% 42,217 Switzerland (details) 5,700,000 69.1%[124] [125]-78.0%[38] 37.9%[124]-40.0%[38] 31.2%[124]-39.0%[38] 55,246 Syria (details) 1,800,000[126] 10.0%[22] 2% 8% 5,436 Tajikistan (details) 110,000[22] 1.4% 0.1% 1.3% 2,247 Tanzania (details) 31,342,000 61.4% [127] 1,601 Thailand (details) 778,000 1.2% 0.6% 0.6% 9,815 Togo (details) 1,966,000 29.0% 1,051 Tonga (details) 84,000 81.0% 16% 65% 5,026 Trinidad and Tobago (details) 774,000 57.6%[128] 21.5% 33.4% 26,647 Tunisia (details) 25,000[129] 0.2% 0.2% 9,795 Turkey (details) 120,000[130]-310,000[131] 0.2% 17,651 Turkmenistan (details) 466,000 9.0%[132] 9% 10,583 Uganda (details) 29,943,000 88.6% 41.9% 46.7% 1,352 Ukraine (details) 34,830,000[133] 81.9%[133] 7.5% 74.4% 7,418 United Arab Emirates (details) 940,000 9.0%[134] 7% 2% 42,384 United Kingdom (details) 33,200,000 59.3%[135] 8.9% 50% 35,819 United States (details) 230,000,000 [136] 71% [136] 20.8% [136] 49.8% [136] 49,965 Uruguay (details) 1,941,000 58.1%[42] 47% 11% 16,037 Uzbekistan (details) 710,000[22] 2.6%[22] 2.6%[22] Venezuela (details) 28,340,000 88.0%[137] 71% 17% 13,475 Vietnam (details) 7,038,000 8.2%[138] 7% 1% 3,635 Western Sahara (details) 200 0.04% 0.04% Yemen (details) 25,000[139]-41,000[140] 0.2% 0.02% 2,489 Zambia (details) 12,939,000 95.5%[141] 20.2% 72.3% 1712 Zimbabwe (details) 12,500,000 87.0%[142] 17% 63% 559 Europe 565,560,000[4] 76.2%[4] 35.0%[143] 41.2%[4] - Latin America and the Caribbean 531,280,000[4] 90.0%[4] 70%[144] 20%[145] - Africa 526,016,926 [4] 62.7%[4] 21.0%[143] 41.7%[4] - Asia 285,120,000[4]-375,905,000[146] 7.0%[4]-12.0%[146] 3.0%[143]-5.1%[146] 4.0%[4]-6.8%[146] - North America 266,630,000[4] 77.4%[4] 22.0%[143] 55.4% - Oceania 25,754,000[147] 73.3%[147] 38.9%[147] 34.4%[147] - Middle East-North Africa 12,000,000–16,000,000[148] 3.8%[4]-5.0%[149] 2.0%[143]-2.6% 1.8%[4]-2.3% - Total 2,431,209,718[146] 33.4%[146] 16.9%[146] 16.5%[146] -
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