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  1. "I actually choose to do something CRAZY! I choose to BELIEVE JESUS' WORDS!" "Oh how wonderful am I"? Your lack of humility is stunning. You know passion alone, knowledge alone, being right alone, and doing them all diligently and even perfectly, having a mastery over the Scriptures---none of those things will bring you or those you believe you want to convince any closer to the kingdom of God. Your grandiose approaches---which they are---do nothing to draw a single person to Christ. You are unrelatable. You will fight and argue and demand your point is right. To what avail? It is empty without genuine love for those you speak to. You craft your words without affection or concern---only to declare another piece of Scripture and how correct you are! I will leave you with this one verse, and after this, I will leave you and your responses to others to fight with. This is a never-ending butchery and division of Christian love. Like little birds picking and pecking at one another, you continue to fuel the fire. Instead of drawing people to Christ, you are pushing people away. Your kind words hide behind friendliness---without friendship. 1 Corinthians 13:2 (NIV) 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
  2. All of the Old Testament sacrificial systems typified substitution. Every lamb that was slain and whose blood was poured out, every offering on flaming, brazen fire, every Day of Atonement, every Yom Kippur, every sprinkling of the blood between the cherubim, every priest who ever sacrificed before God, typified that great revelation of substitution. When the worshiper came with his offering, he took the sacrificial animal, put his hands on its head, and confessed there his sins. The animal was then slain and its blood poured out at the base of the altar. Why? By putting his hands on the head of the animal, he identified himself with the lamb or with the bullock; and when the animal was slain, it was as though he, the worshiper, had been slain. It was a substitutionary sacrifice. That is the gospel. There is in Christ an actual substitution. This is not a metaphor or simile. This is not poetry or fiction. This is not imagination. This is an actual substitution. God took Christ, His only begotten Son, and delivered Him to the judgment and death, to the damnation and cursing assigned to us. Christ received in His own body the curse and the judgment. He died in our stead. “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us ... that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith” [Galatians 3:13-14]; “that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him” [1 Corinthians 5:21]. That is, He actually took our place: the law fully satisfied, judgment for judgment, blood for blood, damnation for damnation. All of it did He take, bearing in His own body our sins on the tree [1 Peter 2:24]. Pastor Criswell Hebrews 9:22 (NIV) 22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. But now, praise God: Matthew 26:28 (NIV) 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
  3. It takes courage to do what she did, and while no one is "voteable" because of their morals, some (few) are willing to stand up against evil and be "crucified" for it. So many of us, even here, talk a big game when they are not personally faced with the possibility of losing everything because of principles you believe in, but she did---and is being mercilessly smeared for it. Imagine if she took a stand, under those circumstances, for Jesus just like she is taking for her personal and political persuasion. Imagine making that kind of difference. When someone like Kanye uses his global platform to praise and sing for Jesus, thousands hear and become convicted. I hope a man like Kanye doesn't get too old too fast after he learns the religious ropes; those ropes put a spiritual noose around the soul. I pray for Tulsi; who knows, maybe she might become Kanye's sister---and ours.
  4. Well said Maryjayne. It is very important to know your audience, or a person's words are like a wind at sea; they go all over the place and yet with nowhere to go. One must know who he is speaking to. ❤
  5. Thank you Veelynn for your kind words. By them, I am assuming you are relatively younger, so we who may be older have a lot to learn from you, especially by you saying you are "...very excited to be able to connect..." That is what Jesus did so perfectly. He connected with us.
  6. I am trying to understand what bothers me so much about what you say---even while you remain calm, you come across as intelligent, well-versed, and undeterred. Pastor Richard Wurmbrand was recalling a story about a wonderful Priest imprisoned with the others. He was always compassionate, kind, considerate, would take the tortures of others upon himself, etc. He was so good in fact that the others were asking, "If he never seems to do anything wrong, how are any of us going to make it to heaven"? But one day, an argument among them ensued, and for a brief moment the priest became angry and shouted at them. The others were startled and said, "Oh, praise God he sinned. Now perhaps some of us can enter heaven too." The priest became relatable. And this is what I do not see in you. Instead, your efforts are alone. Jesus did not convince people alone. He was relatable, and his new Covenant was convincing. You have all of the "right" words, all the right answers, but they make scarcely any impression on anyone because they are spoken alone. I do not mean to sound belittling, and if it appears so, I would ask your forgiveness. Feathers are ruffled here---not at what you say necessarily, but the way you come across as an outsider thinking he can change a whole family of believers without yet being "trusted." Can you imagine a child having to understand your long passages, or a Vietnamese farmer who is uneducated, or an infirmed man in a hospital? They would feel overwhelmed. That is kind of the feeling you leave with me, and perhaps others. No one---or perhaps very few---are even familiar with what you jumped into this forum espousing. Would it be surprising to say that many here who believe in Jesus, and who desire to live a life trusting him feel somewhat insulted? Please help me to understand your vision in this forum because from the many words you have spoken, I am not seeing it. Best to you.
  7. Dear sister, The word "Rapture" and the word "Trinity" are not found in the Bible. Should we therefore void those concepts? Those words are not there! Yet men explain them as if they were. Why? Because there is truth in the Rapture, and there is truth in the Trinity---and there is truth in what BB shared. We cannot stand on both sides of the fence. No problem about the brother-sister confusion. :)
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    Dear Kalsey, God is sending you many mentors and friends right here. You did not come by accident; God did just what you desired. Each of us has things which are difficult in our lives that we must face every day. No one has it all together though some may make it sound that way. We are all fallen and need Christ desperately in our lives. Jesus said we would have many problems in this world, but added "Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life"? Share with us how we can come along side you.
  9. (I am your brother). Should we have accepted Jesus saying that we should drink his blood and eat his flesh? Jesus said it, and yet many of his followers turned away because it was too hard to hear. Many of us can only hear something that sounds right to us, but we must try to understand the intended meaning. Thousands of expositors write books about the Scriptures because they say things that we find difficult to interpret, and the meanings may not always be clear to the reader. What BB said was accurate, but it was said in a way that most do not hear. BB was not meaning there were literally two ways to be saved anymore than Jesus literally meant for us to drink his blood and eat his flesh. He prefaced his thoughts with the idea that "If we could..." But we can't. He was indeed saying that only by the blood of Christ can men be saved.
  10. Dear sister, Thank you for defending the faith. It is what we ought to do. I believe I understand where BB is coming from. Who of us can obey the law perfectly? No one. But if we could, we would be able to do what only Jesus already did on our behalf---perfectly. If we could obey all of the law, we could save ourselves; no one would need Jesus. But we do need Jesus because that cup that the Father gave him to drink was not a cup of sin, but the full fury and wrath of God for sin---every sin, past, present, and future that men committed. We did not, nor could not, obey the law; we could not drink the cup of God's wrath; only Jesus could, fully and unconditionally, and it was because he was willing to drink that cup that we are forgiven. That is all BB was saying. The law cannot save us. It can only drive us to the One who can. God bless you.
  11. While what we prefer is not on the menu as often as it used to be, one cannot expect the world to change. "We live in the world, but we are not of the world." More and more we will see ourselves deliberately squeezed, boxed in, and persecuted for the righteousness that is ours in Christ. If you have children, now is the time to teach them what is better so that they will grow up equipped to discern the value of Godly things. God bless sister.
  12. Why? The true Church is where two or more believers are gathered in Christ's Name. What you describe is a building, not only having born again believers, but those who are not yet born again---even outright unbelievers. The wheat and the tare. I know you are familiar with what Jesus told believers not to do. Jesus never told anyone to leave. In fact, in the worst of the seven churches in Revelation, Thyatira was overseen by the most undesirable of them all---Jezebel. She was inducting into her "hall of fame" the sexually immoral, adulterers, and those who practiced and agreed with that lifestyle. But what did Jesus say? Revelation 2:24-25 (NIV) 24 Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan's so-called deep secrets (I will not impose any other burden on you): 25 Only hold on to what you have until I come. He never told a single person to leave, only to remain doing the things which were right. Do you suppose perhaps that those who remained, and who were steadfast in their faith, might have been there to help others see their fallen state?
  13. Glad you were led here Faith. God bless.
  14. True, I did enjoy the author's point of view, and most of the time I do respond with my own thoughts. This pastor shared my thoughts by his article---which was to me, an article about God's grace, and how the Law needed something greater. I hope others do not read what I post and think that I simply talk for talking's sake without anything to say. So, please accept that I do not always comment about the material; I believe that it speaks for itself.
  15. I think Jesus speaks to each one of us differently. When you read his Word, and I read his Word, his "love letter" to us is personal. We all hurt in different ways, and the same solution may not be applicable to everyone of us. We must go to the One who was hurt the most and pour out to him how we are struggling, and ask him to help us in our suffering. Don't give up, but keep praying. He hears us and knows how to respond to us.
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