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  1. There seems to be a pattern of Christians who are always on the prowl; waiting for some person who walks in the Spirit to make 'a' mistake. And ONCE they supposedly spot a "character flaw" -- they behave as if they are appalled. Do you ever make any mistakes in your Christian walk? How about just once per day?Amd of so, why does this surprise you? Btw, what you wrote is a personal attack at my character and walk with God, and responded to me as if you expect me to walk in sinless perfection. You nor anyone on this website know ANYTHING about my walk with God. I am stunned that you have judged my character based on a post. I am disappointed at you, Frances . . . very disappointed. This "holier than thou" attitude is troubling to me because it shows not only a double-standard, but hypocrisy at its finest. I don't care if I get banned. I have a crown of honor waiting for me as a result of those who attack me for standing up to the truth. You have NOT said ANYTHING about the personal attacks that maryjayne had made -- rather you ignore those and focused solely on me. Sure, I except all prayers coming my way; and I will also be praying for "holier than thou" men and women of God to realize the error of their hypocrisy. I am also SHOCKED that you did a poor assessment of my Character as if you do not make mistakes. I stand firm by what I wrote. And I were to continue in this discussion -- I can back up every word that I have written in my posts as BIBLICAL, and righteously indignant. If you read the bible . . . you will find that there are times when we are COMMANDED to show others of those who attack God's Truth and reveal their "fruits". The very FACT that I am the only one who seems to be bothered by personal attacks on the very nature of God is very telling about how much such people honor God. I will also be praying for you, and that God will have you cand others who picked solely on me while COMPLETELY neglecting what the other person just did. I hope you come to the realization that what you have just done and said is utter hypocrisy and a "holier than thou" attitude. There are a few people on this forum I'd like to bid farewell too. My dear Brother frienduff thaylorde, NOONE, and listener24. I love them dearly as they have displayed genuine Christian attributes (i.e., "humility, divine love, and wise underatanding without ANY bias or passing judgment on my character and walk with God. I will be moving on to greener pastures where I no longer have to deal with holier than thou people who take NO OFFENSE to those who call God's Word untruthful. And revealing a "double-standard" and utter "hypocrisy". This is a SERIOUS offense and something which ANYONE who is a Christian that LOVES God with all their hearts would be GREATLY troubled over this. In Christ, *Pumpkin*
  2. Once again, hello my Sister in Christ! I cannot understand how it is humanly possible to completely IGNORE all of the exegesis I have written. You have not responded to ANY of the Hebrew or Greek Grammar, but all you said was "opinion" and NOT proven with biblical hermeneutics at all (Rom. 3:4; 2 Tim. 2:15; 2 Pet. 3:14-18). This is very problematic, and I'm sure most of the others in this discussion can clearly see this too. So my challenge to you is to take the exegesis on what was written about God regarding Him not progressing; because the Hebrew words (any Hebrew scholar will tell you this) mean just that. Your only response is: "God is able to know the beginning from the end" but provided absolutely NO exegesis at all. What is also troubling is that you claim that God exists outside of time; and because of this . . . it clearly proves that you were NOT paying attention to what I had wrote. I had CLEARLY said that God exists outside of time. Did you read that in my post? Because if you did, then why are you so obstinate in trying to prove me incorrect? I simply got your "opinions" rather than any prooftext refuting anything I have written. That is really poor scholarship; and that is an understatement. I notice that some people will not change their views even if proven with irrefutable prooftexts, and this is very saddening. Such a behavior is indicative of pride, and someone who is not willing to be corrected out of "fear" of being Wrong in front of others. This happens all the time on Christian forums. I guarantee that not only others understand what I am speaking of; but you do as well. You have not posted a SINGLE bible verse. If you're honest with me and others here, then please refute my prooftexts -- and not personal opinions. And you have also accused me of someone being haughty and superior about my relationship with God; but I NEVER said that no one is closer to God than I am. I am absolutely STUNNED that you can say such about me when it was just the oppposite ("Those who mention predestination do not know God as they should"). So this is hypocrisy to say the least, and you have been exposed for this. Did you read the signature that I've quoted at the end of my post? Do you understand what it means according to its context? If so, you would not be accusing me of someone who believes that I am above all others in my relationship with God. Your response is filled with hubris, and such behavior is unchristlike. I have matured enough to recognize when someone is not willing to be corrected by them forcing their eisegesis on a particular text with their personal opinions. There's absolutely no point in trying to engage in a discussion with someone who has their mind already made up. And I can assure you that I back out of debates because the person I am reaching out to has their mind already made up -- NOT because I am unable to answer them. I stand firm on what I said; and that anyone who continually believes that God "progresses" (note: Mormons believe this, and any bible student can tell you that this is a very serious theological error borderlining on heresy). In Closing: If you're not going to respond to my exegesis and force your opinion on me, then it defeats the purpose in continuing a dialogue with someone who does not want to be corrected with FACTS. Sadly, this sort of mentality stunts the person from "progressing" in their knowledge of the truth of Scripture. Btw, Hello to you too. Not very friendly, and this also "reveals" a lot about a person who claims to know God, while others simply are unlearned. You can argue until the second advent about those who disagree with you do not UNDERSTAND God, but I can CLEARLY see that since you are not able to respond to my exegesis -- it is in FACT you who does not understand God. And that is truly sad and reeks of arrogance. A tree is known by its fruits . . . "Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee; reprove a wise man, and he will love thee. (Proverbs 9:8)" *In Christ, *Pumpkin*
  3. Hello my Sister in Christ, Your word choices are a little vague; and it almost seems as if you are painting those who teach "predestination" with a broad brush, and whoever believes this just doesn't know God as you do. So I take some offense to that because I love God with all my heart. I love the Fact that I know God on such a personal level that it would have many Christians heads spinning; even more close than any "human" relationship -- including my own family members or close friends. Predestination is a biblical doctrine of TRUTH: "Moreover whom he did predestinate (Grk. "proorizo" aorist [t] active [v] indicative [m]), them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. (Romans 8:30)" The problem is NOT that "they" don't "know" God as others do; rather it is a misinterpretation of the word "predestination" itself. God doesn not move "through" time as that would be suggestive of a type of "progression" on His part -- and this is a misunderstanding of the very nature and attributes of God. As written previously: God inhabits eternity (Note: Isaiah 57:15; Heb. "shakan ad" [that inhabiteth eternity] -- an active participle in the 'qal' stem). God is "Immutable", and does not change or progress in ANY way. (James 1:17); hence, He does not "move" through time. The passage in Isaiah 57:15 ("Inhabiteth Eternity") is ONLY found in this verse ALONE, and nowhere else in the entirety of the Hebrew Old Testament. The Hebrew words clearly suggests God as stationary, and not "moving" through time. If I have misconstrued your words in an incorrect manner, then I sincerely apologize for doing such. It's just that it appears the simple meaning of your words seems to imply that predestination is not biblical, or those who believe in such do not know or understand God. "But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD. (Jeremiah 9:24)" In Christ, *Pumpkin*
  4. Hello my Sister in Christ, I absolutely agree with you that the doctrines mentioned above are flawed. The doctrine denying the Trinity (Modalism) is completely unsubstantiated. There is one passge in the bible ALONE which can easily disapprove that heresy. It is Jesus' baptism. "Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus (The First person of the Godhead) also was baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, And the Holy Ghost (The Second person of the Godhead) descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven (The Third person of the Godhead), which said, Thou art my beloved Son; In thee I am well pleased. (Luke 3:21-22)" No matter how much contextual gymnastics Modalists try to do to fit their pet theology; it is crystal clear that God is not simply "changing hats" -- nor is He speaking with Himself. In order for that to work . . . God (The Father) would have to say to His Son, "You . . . wait, I . . . am my beloved Son, and I am pleased with myself." Jesus also said that the testimony of TWO witnesses is True (Jn. 8:17). If He and His Father were the 'same" person, then Jesus would be telling a lie; and we all know that's not possible. Apparently personal pronouns (e.g., "You, I, Him") means nothing to Modalists. I can get into all the other errors that you have mentioned, but you already know about it in detail. I had a friend of mine who came to hate me when he kept arguing that we needed to be baptized in Jesus' name ONLY; and not in the Tripartite Godhead. He said that failure in doing so would cause me to end up burning in hell forever. Both ways would be sufficient because it is mentioned both ways in Scripture. I would definitely NOT attend such a local church that taught that many theological errors . . . especially denying the Triune nature of the Godhead and quibbling over some "formula" regarding baptism. I think you made the right decision in not allowing your children to be corrupted with heretical doctrines that point to "another" Jesus. In Christ, *Pumpkin*
  5. Hello my Sister! I usually have a KJV bible, but use other versions (e.g., NIV, ESV, NKJV) for cross-referencing. They are calf or goat-skin leather I believe. It is extremely pliable and I can literally fold it in half without damaging it. They also have two ribbon markers in case you may want to keep another part of the bible open for comparing scripture with scripture. In Christ, *Pumpkin*
  6. Hello Sister naominash, God predestined whom He would save according to His Sovereignty (cf. Prov. 16:4; Jn. 15:16; Rom. 8:28-30; Gal. 1:15; Eph. 1:4-5; 2 Tim. 1:9; 1 Pet. 1:20; Rev. 13:8). God does not look into the future to see who would choose Him and then predistinates them; He KNOWS now who will be saved as He exists outside of time and space (i.e., "He inhabits eternity" -- Isa. 57:15). I am NOT a Calvinist, but I do hold to some of their doctrines as biblical. What I find very disturbing is how non-calvinists accuse God of being a "monster" if He chooses by His own free will to save some; while creating vessels doomed to destruction (Rom. 9:15,22). I would like to ask these people a few simple questions: Who deserves to go to hell, and who is deserving of Eternal Punishment? Answer: Everyone! (Fact: 10 out of 10 people die to confirm this biblical Truth) Who deserves Eternal Life? Answer: NO ONE! Why do a lot of people have a problem with Eternal Punishment but act as if they are "worthy" of Eternal Life? (some do!) If we ALL deserve the Wrath of God (1 Kin. 8:46; Ps. 14:3; Eccl. 7;20; Rom. 3:9-10; et al.), then how is God "unjust", or a "monster" if He decides to save only "some" when ALL of us deserve condemnation? What I'm trying to get these people to understand is that calling God a "monster" because He MAY choose to damn some people while choosing to save others reveals that person does NOT completely understand how he/she has fallen short of the Glory of God. To make such a complaint and diatribe is characteristic of fallen human pride and arrogance; because that person does not even deserve to take another breath -- let alone have God extending His mercy towards them. We do not or cannot "force" God to do anything; as He is absolutely Sovereign and works "in" us as believers (i.e., "the body of Christ" -- 1 Cor. 12:12-27) -- and not the other way around. So our prayers will be answered according to God's Divine decree as He works in the body of all the redeemed that He has predestined. There's no such thing as a "bad" prayer as some may suggest. For example: "I don't need you praying for me because you might pray for something bad to happen in my life!". Such is nonsense; because God ONLY answers prayers that are part of His Sovereign and Eternal Plan (cf. Matt. 7:9-11; Jn. 14:14; 15:7; Jas. 1:17; 4:3; 1 Jn. 5:14-15; etc.). Hope this helps! In Christ, *Pumpkin*
  7. Excellent post with irrefutable exegesis!
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    Welcome, Verde! A great place to be with like-minded believers who have a zeal for the Truth and the compassion for the lost. In Christ, *Pumpkin*
  9. I cannot speak for others as I am unfortunate to say that I have come across those who only talk the talk, but do NOT walk the walk. Some of us are not afraid to preach the Gospel with boldness in a world where "professing" Christians are ashamed of the Gospel. I had to do a speech today for my brother who had just passed away. I did not prepare my speech ahead of time; but rather I let the Holy Spirit speak through my heart with boldness. I did NOT sugarcoat the message with preaching one side of the coin -- I preached on the free gift of Eternal Life through the precious blood of Jesus Christ; and the consequences of "rejecting" this offer of God's unfathomable love. I can assure you that the moment I mentioned what it would profit a man if he gained the whole world but lost his soul? I immediately got dirty looks because there were plenty of entrepeneurs and business savvy people who were living life for this world only -- and after its lusts and carnality. Now knowing this . . . if a person is not interested in the Truth after preaching to him/her over and over again; then forcing the Gospel down someone's throat isn't going to help. We have to use "discernment" in casting our pearls before those who will only use it to tear us to shreds; and I have seen this plenty of times. We are to use our time and talents "wisely" to those who have "ears to hear", and a heart to understand. Then pray that the LORD will open their hearts. "Preach the word: be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. (2 Timothy 4:2)" In Christ, *Pumpkin*
  10. Hello, trialsOFlife! I can tell you EXACTLY what's wrong from reading your words. Our TRUE home is an Eternal City whose architect is God Himself. There will be NO sorrow, misery, pain, tears, etc. We as sojouners are "passing through" this world (cf. Jn. 14:2; 1 Pet. 1:17; 2:11). We are IN this world, but not OF it (Jn. 17:14-15). Your entire perspective on life is NOT how the LORD wants us to see it as. You used the words "relentless" and pointless" -- but that is not true in any sense. All things work together for our Good as God's children (Rom. 8:28); even if you do not see it as such . . . unless you see it through your "spiritual" lens. Everything that you do here on Earth is NOT about ourselves; for such is self-centered and selfish; we are here to Glorify God and to serve others -- and we should take "joy" in doing such. If anyone claiming to be Christian does not have "joy" in the midst of all the misery in this world, it's because they are not centering their thoughts on the Hope of Glory -- but rather in the here and now. Trials in our lives are the "pruning" process in which we MUST endure as good "soldiers" in Christ (see John 15). I see just the opposite from you. Put on the full armor of God and march forward as a soldier into battle; for you are NOT alone in this! In Christ, *Pumpkin*
  11. Sorry to hear about that! And as cliched as this may sound; things will indeed get better, but not in the way the "world" would see it as so. We are told by Jesus to not be anxious for "anything". As difficult as this may sound, we have to trust that the Word of God is true and faithful to its promises (Ps. 23:4; Prov. 12:25; Jn 14:27; Col. 3:15; 2 Thess. 3:16). "Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. (Matthew 6:34)" "And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. (Mark 4:37-39)" Brother wingnut's signature is a key verse in Scripture that should always be part of our daily walk with God. I DO understand how debilitating anxiety can be to some; and I myself have experienced my share in the past as a young man. I'm quite certain that a raging storm would cause most people to be filled with fear and anxiety. Peter, and most of the disciples were "master" fishermen; and they are skilled in fishing as they have most likely done so for most of their lives to support them and their families. Their level of fear and anxiety during the raging storm caused them to wake Jesus while He was sound asleep. They were filled with anxiety because they had failed to put their absolute Trust in Jesus; who had authority over the raging storm (v.39). Our Creator God does not sleep nor slumber (Ps. 121:4; cf. Matt. 12:1-8). Although God had created or "completed" His work of creation in 6 days . . . He does not stop "working" in the sense of Him watching out for His creation and caring for them. An example of this is found in Matthew 12:11 where Jesus illustrates how we should ALWAYS do good to those who are "in need" regardless of what day or hour it is. Jesus (as God) is the Lord of the Sabbath (Matt. 12:1-8; Mk. 2:23-28) and as the "Good Shepherd" (Jn. 10:11-18), He always watches over His sheep -- and guarantees their safety regardless of the day or hour. Jesus was both man and God, and He knew that even though He was "asleep" . . . His Father promised that He will make absolutely certain that His Will cannot fail, and that He is watchful at ALL times -- even when we have our doubts. The fact that Jesus "rebuked" (Grk. "epitimao"; i.e., to "criticize with disapproval") the wind is telling us that the raging storm was most likely a deliberate attack from Satan; as Satan wanted to make every effort to stop God's Divine Will from coming to pass. Jesus only "rebuked" someone or something when He expressed "disapproval". "Be careful [i.e., "anxious"] for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ. (Philippians 4:6-7)" In Christ, *Pumpkin*
  12. Amen, my dear Brother in Christ! When I am fully aware and abiding in the Spirit, the LORD gives me the green light to weep with those that weep, and to rejoice with those that rejoice. I can't accomplish God's Will in this life without my Beloved in Christ (You, her, him, they) that encourages me and give me guidance to walk according to the Spirit. And I am Greatly Thankful to all of my Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ for that. Jesus said that we will receive a hundredfold in this life, and in the world to come (Matt. 19:29; Mk. 10:30). And I am extremely grateful for receiving many of My Brothers and Sisters in Christ now. And I am looking forward to the Eternal state when we will receive more (Brothers and Sisters in Christ) which no man can number. "After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothes with white robes, and palms in their hands. (Rev. 7:9)" In Christ, *Pumpkin*
  13. Thank you my dear Sister in Christ, Here's the link: The God of All Comfort
  14. Greetings, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ! I was encouraged to write this as a Brother in Christ had just recently suffered the loss of his brother. I had a blood relative die just recently too -- and he was only 50 years old. It was only by the Grace of God; the Hope of Glory, and the Comfort from my dear brothers and sisters in Christ was I able to cope with this. Long story short . . . I had the opportunity to witness to him and share the Gospel message the last time I was with him (on his birthday; 3/18/18). He TRULY believed the Gospel with all of his heart everything that I had told him concerning the Gospel message; and how/why Jesus shed His precious blood for us sinners on the Cross. Now he is with God and could not be more happier! As difficult as life may seem at certain times in our lives; we can rest assured that God sympathizes with our grief and sorrows as our "Creator" who had "formed" us. He understands us better than we understand ourselves (cf. Matt. 8:17; Jn. 14:17; Rom. 8:26; Heb. 4:15; 5:8). Jesus cried with "Great Love" at the death of His dear friend, Lazarus.; but He also understood that there will come a day when all of our past sorrows and tears will be "eclipsed" by the insurmountable Joy when we enter the Eternal State. Jesus wept intensely at the fact that the people of this World bear so much agony at the loss of their loved ones; and at the same time understood that such things "must be fulfilled" in order for us to understand God for who He truly is. "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. (1 Corinthians 13:12)" "And this is life eternal, that they may know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou has sent. (John 17:3)" This may sound bizarre, or even "delusional" to some; but I have prayed to the LORD that I may know Him in such a way that would surpass all understanding (here and now in this world). I can CLEARLY see it already coming to pass, and it is undeniable to me; however, I have also learned that such a request will come with the whole "package" (i.e., "extreme sorrow; grief and tears beyond measure, incalculable sadness, absolute separation from the world system, severe pain, suffering in the flesh, death to sin; etc."). Eternal Life is not only the "duration" of life, but also the "quality" of life (Matt. 16:25; Jn. 6:35; 8:12; 10:10; 12:25; 14:6; Gal. 2:20; Phil. 1:21; Col. 3:3-4; 1 Tim. 6:17-19; 1 Jn. 5:20). Death is not a "cessation" of existence; rather it is a "separation of something in which it belongs (i.e., "faith without works is dead; the body without the spirit is dead" -- James 2:14-26) to. In the world to come; God will lead us unto living fountains of waters -- and it will literally take an "Eternity" to "know" God for who He truly is in the purest and highest sense of the word. "For the lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains or waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. (Revelation 7:17)" Knowing these things: we can "rejoice" and be filled with the "Joy of the Lord" no matter how much Fiery trials we have faced or will face in this short journey of life. I pray that the Lord will give Comfort to those who need it in this time of need: an "otherworldly" Kingdom Joy and Comfort; and a peace that the "world" cannot give to them (Deut. 31:8-9; Josh. 1:9-10; Ps. 23:4; 27:1; Jn. 14:26; et al). Our life is but a "vapor" in light 'of' Eternity; and NO amount of misery, grief, sorrow, and tears can take that away from this very Truth which will come to pass one day in the World to Come (Isa. 65:17; Jas. 4:14; 2 Pet. 3:12-13; Rev. 21:1). "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (1 Corinthians 2:9)" In Closing: We cannot full fathom why certain things occur in our lives unless we are zoned in to the Will of God for us. Nevertheless, we only need to know what we need to know in this world; and there will ALWAYS be events in our lives when we are tempted to ask God, why, or why me? Even so . . . God is Faithful to only give us that which we are able to deal with; and to not overwhelm us with hardships that we cannot bear as we put our Absolute Trust in Him. "But let him that glorieth (Heb. "halal" i.e., "boast") glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD, (Jeremiah 9:24)" In Christ, *Pumpkin*
  15. The loss of your brother has encouraged me to write a topic regarding comfort and peace in the midst of trials. I will do so now. Thanks!
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