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  1. This is the Nicene Creed, a profession of Faith in the Holy Trinity, in Our Lord Jesus Christ, and in all the essentials of salvation: "I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_versions_of_the_Nicene_Creed When a man named Arius said that "Jesus was not God but just a creature", 318 Bishops in the Council of Nicaea (325 A.D.) professed the Trinitarian Faith in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit above in response.
  2. Hi Joe. It's the command of Our Lord Jesus and of His Apostles. God expects us to do what He told us to do. In that way, we receive His Grace every day, Luk 22:19"And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. 20Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you." But if all that is required for salvation is one single act of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord, then every one who has ever professed the Nicene Creed is saved. Lord Bless.
  3. Yes, it's all very sad. Open Doors estimates that more than 245 million Christians, nearly 1 in 9, around the world are severely persecuted for their Faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ. We must remember to keep the Suffering Church in our prayers. And let us plead with the Lord to lighten their burden in carrying their Cross after Him, and to abundantly give them His Grace to help them do so. "245 Million: In the top 50 World Watch List countries alone, 245 million Christians in the world experience high levels of persecution for their choice to follow Christ." https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/stories/christian-persecution-by-the-numbers/ 1 Cor 12:26 "And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it." Heb 13:3 "Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering."
  4. Thank You Jesus! You are truly the Prince of Peace in our lives!
  5. Justification !=(not equal to) Salvation. Salvation = (is equal to) (1) Grace of Justification (being washed from past sins)+ (2) Grace of Complete Sanctification (what early Christians called Theosis)+ (3) Grace of Final Perseverance (such as we are taught to ask for in the Lord's Prayer "forgive us our sins ... deliver us from evil"). Bible passage for reflection: 2 Pet 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ." Theosis: "For many Church Fathers, theosis goes beyond simply restoring people to their state before the fall of Adam and Eve, teaching that because Christ united the human and divine natures in Jesus' person, it is now possible for someone to experience closer fellowship with God than Adam and Eve initially experienced in the Garden of Eden, and that people can become more like God than Adam and Eve were at that time ... All of humanity is fully restored to the full potential of humanity because the Son of God took to himself a human nature to be born of a woman, and takes to himself also the sufferings due to sin (yet is not himself sinful, and is God unchanged in being). In Christ the two natures of God and human are not two persons but one; thus a union is effected in Christ between all of humanity in principle and God. So the holy God and sinful humanity are reconciled in principle in the one sinless man, Jesus Christ." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theosis_(Eastern_Christian_theology)
  6. Some Bible passages for cross-reference: it is a liberal idea that the bread and wine are not truly changed, by the Word of Christ, and the prayer of consecration, into the true Body and Precious Blood of Jesus Christ on the Altar. The teaching of Our Lord Jesus, and of St. Paul the Apostle, is crystal clear. We are to discern the Lord's Body before we eat. How can we be guilty of the Lord's Blood if we do not, if Holy Communion is just a symbol? It is not a symbol, but the real Blood of Jesus Christ which we have Communion with. Hence, the Lord says, he who eats of His Flesh, will inherit eternal life. And so too he who drinks of His Blood will have life in Him. I. Jn 6:48 I am that bread of life. 49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. 52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? 53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. 54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever." II. 1 Cor 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. III. 1 Cor 10:16 "The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? 17 For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread. 18 Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar?" IV. 1 Cor 11:23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: 24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. 26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come. 27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. 29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. 30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep."
  7. Well, Wow, this is good news. Do pray for millions more to come to know and love Jesus Christ by faith, and to daily grow and persevere in His Love forever. Your thoughts on the report? Taken from: https://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/michael-foust/christianity-booming-atheism-declining-around-the-world-report-says.html "Christianity Booming, Atheism Declining around the World, Report Says The headlines might declare that Christianity is declining in the United States, but new research shows it’s growing faster than the population around the world – and atheism and agnosticism are on a gradual decline. The 2019 Status of Global Christianity report shows there were 2.5 billion Christians in the world as of mid-2019 – a major increase from the 1.98 billion Christians in 2000 and more than double the number of Christians (1.2 billion) in 1970. Christianity is growing worldwide at a rate of 1.27 percent each year and outpacing population growth (1.20 percent) – and is booming in Africa (2.37 percent), Asia (2.79 percent) and Latin America (2.29 percent). By comparison, there were 138 million atheists around the world in mid-2019 – slightly more than the 137 million in 2000 but less than the 165 million in 1970. Atheism’s annual growth (.04 percent) is less than that of the population, and the number of atheists worldwide is projected to decline to 132 million in 2025. Agnosticism and those affiliated with the “nonreligionists” category also are on the descent, according to the report. The Status of Global Christianity report is released by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. A Pew Research Center study this month showed the percentage of American adults who call themselves Christian has declined the past decade, from 77 percent to 65 percent, while the percentage of U.S. adults who identify as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular” has risen from 17 percent to 26 percent in that same span. Globally, though, the data is opposite of the Pew data, according to the Status of Global Christianity report. There were 716 million agnostics in the world as of mid-2019, but by 2025 that is projected to fall to 707 million. Nonreligionists numbered 854 million this year but are expected to fall to 839 million by 2025. Much of Christianity’s growth is due to its surge in other continents. Africa (119 million) and Asia (160 million) each have more Christians than North America (100 million). Among Christian traditions, evangelicalism (2.19 percent) and Pentecostalism/charismatic Christianity (2.26 percent) are growing faster than Protestantism (1.61 percent) and Roman Catholicism (1.02 percent). Despite the positive data for Christianity, the report showed its growth in cities isn’t as dramatic. The global urban population is growing at a rate of 2.15 percent, more than the growth of Christianity in those cities (1.58 percent)."
  8. See how Our Lord Jesus explains it in the parable of the Vine and the branches. The branch is incorporated in the Vine by grace through faith that works by love. But the branch that does not bear fruit will be cut off. Hence, it is necessary to bear fruit in good works, and pray for the grace of final perseverance. "Jn 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you." So the Apostles are clean. They are washed. Yet, He continues to tell them, "4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned." So, if a man does not remain in Christ, he can fall away. Justification is the beginning of salvation. Persevering in justifying grace is the end of salvation. If someone commits "sin that is mortal" (1 Jn 5:16), he loses the grace of God. Then, he must confess them (1 Jn 1:8-9). That's why Sacramental Confession and Holy Communion has always existed in all the Apostolic Churches, Catholic, Orthodox, and even some historical Protestant denominations. When a believer comes to Christ, his past sins are forgiven. He is justified and regenerated. But he can lose the state of grace and justification by mortal sin. After confession, he is restored to Grace. King David fell after he knew God. He had to confess his sin. Then, he was restored.
  9. Just these two 2 New Testament verses alone show that faith alone is wrong. There are many more, but these will do for now: Jam 2:24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only." 2 Pet 1:5 "And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
  10. The Epistle of St. James is very clear: not by faith alone, but by faith working through love, just like Abraham was justified by his obedient faith and works. Jam 2:17 "Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. 24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only." Similarly, St. Peter says in his second epistle, that it it is necessary to add many virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and charity to faith, to make one's calling and election sure, contra sola fide: 2 Pet 1:5 "And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:"
  11. All who are saved are saved by Grace. All who are condemned are condemned justly. Predestination is gratuitous, purely from the Grace of God: Titus 3:5 "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;" Reprobation is deserved, owing to persistent rejection of Grace: 2 Thess 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." No one is lost except because of their free-willed rejection of the Truth and Grace that came through Jesus Christ. But free-will does not save us, the Grace of God, which transforms our free will, and enables us to do all our good works in God and His Grace, saves us.
  12. If Justification=Perseverance, then how do we explain the Biblical examples of those who were justified and then fell away later? Our Lord Jesus' parable in the Vine and the Branches is, after we are cleansed from sin through His Word, and made members of Him by grace and faith, we must continue to bear fruit in good works. It is possible to fall away, so we must continue to pray and ask for the grace of perseverance, just like God gave us the grace of justification. In the Old Testament, we have examples like King Saul who fell away after once knowing God, King Solomon; even King David sinned gravely. If we sin seriously, we should repent of and confess our sins. After that, we continue to pray and ask for the gift of final perseverance in grace. Jn 15: I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. 9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love." I believe the "equation" is this: Justification+Perseverance=Salvation. Both the grace of justification and the grace of perseverance are undeserved graces. But they are not the same grace. Once we have received one, we pray for the other. Even in Our Lord's Prayer, He taught us, "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." Once we have matured in Christ, when our walk with God has become strong, at that time, by prayer, we can receive perseverance. Phil 3: 12 "Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you." We must strive to be perfect. Our Lord Jesus also taught this, "Be perfect even as your Heavenly Father is perfect." The beginning of justification is one thing, sanctification is another. Also 2 Pet 1:8-10 " 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:"
  13. Here is a Creation Science Textbook (from about 1920) that exposed the Piltdown Fraud before evolutionists and secularists caught up some 33 years later. We know bad doctrine by its fruits. When ideas produce atheism, godless and hedonistic living, we know from those bad fruits that it is not True or Good. "So baneful has been the effect of teaching evolution as a proven hypothesis, that multitudes have been led into infidelity and atheism. Prof. James H. Leuba, of Bryn Mawr College, Pa. sent a questionnaire to 1000 of the most prominent scientists teaching sciences relating to evolution. The replies indicate that more than one-half do not believe in a personal God, nor the immortality of the soul--beliefs almost universal even in the heathen world. So pernicious is this doctrine of evolution that more than one-half of the professors who teach it and kindred subjects, are infidels and atheists and farther from God than the ignorant heathen. And while we are happy in the conviction that the great majority of professors and teachers of other subjects are Christians, yet one or two atheists or infidels are sufficient to make havoc of the faith of many, in a great college or university. A doctrine so abhorrent to the conscience, so contrary to the well nigh universal belief, and so fruitful of evil, certainly can not be true. Small wonder is it that students are fast becoming infidels and atheists, and we shudder as we think of the coming generation. A great responsibility rests upon the authorities who employ such teachers. The answers of the students in seven large representative colleges and universities to Prof. Leuba's questionnaire, show that while only 15% of the Freshmen have abandoned the Christian religion, 30% of the Juniors and over 40% of the Seniors have abandoned the Christian faith. Note the steady and rapid growth of infidelity and atheism as a result of this pernicious theory. Will Christian parents patronize or support or endow institutions that give an education that is worse than worthless? What the colleges teach today the world will believe tomorrow. It is the privilege and duty of parents to send their children to institutions that are safe. Atheism, under its own name, has never had many to embrace it. Its only hope is to be tolerated and believed under some other name. In Russia, no man is allowed to belong to the ruling (Communist) party unless he is an atheist. It will be a sorry world when "scientific" atheism wins, under the name of evolution.No one has a moral right to believe what is false, much less to teach it, under the specious plea of freedom of thought ... Most of the writers who advocated evolution became atheists or infidels; most of the professors who teach it, believe neither in God nor the immortality of the soul; and the number of students discarding Christianity rose from 15% in the Freshman year to 40% in the Senior. What more proof is needed?" http://ldolphin.org/wmwilliams.html
  14. I'm afraid that's not true, though it's often repeated: "reckoning by the sacred writings, we find that not 6000 years have yet passed (City of God, XII, 10).[18]" we can calculate from Sacred Scripture that not 6,000 years have passed since the creation of man.”4 See: https://answersingenesis.org/days-of-creation/augustine-on-the-days-of-creation/ and http://kolbecenter.org/st-augustine-rediscovered-a-defense-of-the-literal-interpretation-of-st-augustines-writings-on-the-sacred-history-of-genesis/ God Himself, the Light of the world (Jn 8:12) gave the Light on the First Day. In the Book of Revelation, we read, in Heaven, He will Himself be Light again. Rev 21:23 "And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof." I'm reminded of that famous song, "That fair City so Bright, where the Lamb is the Light." etc. I want to point out one universally known Evolutionist Hoax, Piltdown man, very likely a deliberate fraud on unsuspecting Christians, first attacked by Creation Scientists, now universally admitted to be fraudulent: ""Piltdown man was extremely influential in shaping evolutionary thinking and early research on human evolutionary theory. For the four decades before it was exposed, Piltdown man was considered the ‘missing link’. It was used as one of the key evidences against creation in the Scopes trial. It altered the education in the United States for a whole generation and found its way into major science textbooks and encyclopedias—and it was a hoax. There were over 250 publications on Piltdown man alone!1 The implications for evolutionary theory were tremendous. Entire evolutionary-developmental theories about hominid evolution were based on Piltdown and many of those were demolished when the fraud was exposed. 250 publications! It would be nothing short of historical revisionism to downplay its significance." https://creation.com/evolution-fraud One.Opinion, sources? The ones for A-DNA (Ancient DNA, a total contradiction in terms; if DNA still exists in "ancient organisms", that is an incontrovertible scientific proof that millions of years simply never passed) were given there in the Wiki link, and are widely admitted today. Here are some on soft tissue, from mainstream publications: "Science Mag: "One study, led by Mary Schweitzer, a paleontologist from North Carolina State University in Raleigh who has chased dinosaur proteins for de­cades, confirms her highly controversial claim to have recovered 80-million-year-old dinosaur collagen. The other paper suggests that protein may even have sur­vived in a 195-million-year-old dino fossil." http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/01/scientists-retrieve-80-million-year-old-dinosaur-protein-milestone-paper Science Daily: "Utilizing the most rigorous testing methods to date, researchers from North Carolina State University have isolated additional collagen peptides from an 80-million-year-old Brachylophosaurus."https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170123145210.htm Soft tissue, collagen, protein, haemoglobin, blood cells etc, will hardly survive tens of thousands of years. Therefore, those specimens are not millions of years old. Peace and Grace. In Our Lord Jesus.
  15. God created Man and Woman different, but equal. That's why he made Eve from Adam's side, not from his heel to be his slave, nor from his head to be his lord, but from his heart, to be a beloved and treasured companion. And all of holy Scripture says that the husband is the head of the wife and of the household. And every Christian wife, with godly love, who accepts this God-ordained order, will be blessed. Every Christian husband must know it is his responsibility to lead in love, just as Christ leads and loves His Church. Modern feminism was designed by those who hate men and whose thinking is foreign to the Gospel, not by those who see everyone, both men and women, through God's eyes. A Christian society or household respects man's headship. Every husband should love his wife as his own body, his own flesh and heart, as the Word of God teaches. A Christian society always respects woman and is chivalrous. A gentleman is he who treats women with respect, remembering the Mother of God was a Woman, and seeing in every woman her image. Modern feminism is all about denying or overthrowing man's headship and is not of God.
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