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  1. This is a very silly question; and one which I strongly suspect is intended for the purpose of obfuscation. Everyone knows what "habitually" means; and it is not a matter of counting seconds or minutes. Stop playing games.
  2. Eph. 1:13,14 (EMTV) 13 in whom you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the possession, to the praise of His glory. You have been reading/listening to false teaching. Look at the context (always look at the context!). 1) This is addressed to, and about, believers (i.e. those who have already been saved). 2) The Holy Spirit is our guarantee (the Greek word is a technical term, meaning "a down-payment, guaranteeing final payment"). 3) This means that this passage is explaining to believers that the Holy Spirit is their down-payment, guaranteeing their full and final redemption (the resurrection - i.e. the redemption of our bodies - our spirits already having been redeemed). 4) The "guarantee" is nothing to do with those who are presently unsaved.
  3. An habitual sinner proves thereby that he has not been born again. 1 John 3:9 (EMTV) No-one who has been born of God practises sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God.
  4. The Holy Spirit inspired all the writers of the NT books (and the OT books, for that matter). They all teach gospel truths. No-one said anything about them all having equal spiritual insight; but they all knew the gospel. Even in the Old Covenant, the Jews had the outer court, for GENTILES. They had some Gentile converts among, so they all knew that Gentiles could be saved. Peter, in Acts 10 (I take it that you are referring to the story of Cornelius) was surprised that the Holy Spirit was given to them, just as He had been given to the Jewish converts, because he had counted Gentiles as unclean, compared with Jews. This does not mean that he did not understand that Gentiles could be saved! Unbelievers DO NOT want the Lord! They are hostile to God; they hate the light and will not come to it; and they do not receive the things of the Spirit of God (I'll give you Scriptural quotes, if you really need them). This is why we MUST be born again, in order to see and enter the kingdom of God by repentance and faith. The so-called Prosperity Gospel is heretical, and I have nothing to do with it, so I'm unsure why you brought it up.
  5. See my answer to MaryJayne, in the previous post in this thread.
  6. We were chosen before the foundation of the world. The Father gives us to Jesus, BEFORE we came to Jesus (i.e. before we were saved by him). This means that we belong to him, before we are saved; indeed, that is WHY he saves us. Eph. 1:3-6 (EMTV) 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ, 4 even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of His glorious grace, by which He bestowed favor upon us in the Beloved.John 6:36-39 (EMTV) 36 But I told you that you have both seen Me and you do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not that I might do My will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 And this is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me, I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. When we (sheep, chosen before the foundation of the world) are born, we have our inherited sinful nature. Once we are old enough to know the difference between right and wrong (usually very young), we sin. We are lost and need to be saved. This is the same as the goats; but, the difference is that the goats were not chosen, are not given to Jesus and he does not save them but leaves them in the sin they desire.
  7. The sheep was indeed lost; but there is nothing to say that it was saved, then lost.
  8. I had no special expectation; however, I agree with this. Again, we agree. Islam is obvious error, to any Evangelical Christian. Roman Catholicism, on the other hand, seems to fool many. It is a far more dangerous counterfeit than Islam. The "Pope" is a replacement for Christ. One of his blasphemous titles is Vicarius Filii Dei (Vicar of the Son of God - "vicar" meaning "one who stands in place of"). This, literally, means "anti-Christ" ("anti" not only means "against" but also "instead of" or "in place of"). Another blasphemous title is Holy Father (this title belongs to God alone). Rome replaces worship of the Lord with worship of a wafer made by men's hands, also with worship of Mary; and it introduces her as a "Mediatrix", replacing Christ as our Mediator, etc, etc. The list of its heresies is never-ending! Amen. James, Peter, Matthew, etc. (NOT the "Pope"!) were inspired to write their NT books, by the Holy Spirit, just as Paul was. We need to heed what ALL the writers of Holy Scripture wrote (all 66 books of the Bible), not only the books written by Paul. I think you mean "fakers", not "fakirs" (Muslim or Hindu religious ascetics). We need to watch out that pride does not start to creep into our lives. It can come in many guises, one of which is to think ourselves wiser than others, which can make us condescending. It can cause us to think that we are teachers and others are all our pupils, which is not a godly trait, especially if there is evidence that we may not be teachers at all. James 3:1 (EMTV) My brothers, let not many become teachers, knowing that we shall receive greater judgment.
  9. Do you know what "elect" means? It means "chosen". Do sheep and sets of special, silver coins choose their owners? No, of course not! Please, don't be blinded to the obvious by your pet theology! The Bible says that we were chosen before the foundation of the world. When you elect a member of parliament (or a senator, in the U.S.), he is elected first, by others, then he becomes an M.P.. He does choose to carry out that office but only after he has been elected. It is the same with Christians. We were elected before the foundation world, then, in time, we who have been chosen, chose to follow the Lord, upon being born again, which removes our enmity towards God. The Lord gave the same principle to his disciples, when he told them that they did not choose him but he chose (elected) them. The natural (unregenerate) man hates the light (the gospel and the Lord himself) and will not come to it. He MUST be born again, in order to see and enter the kingdom of God by faith. John 3:19,20 (EMTV) 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness more than the light, because their works were evil. 20 For everyone that does evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works be exposed. There is a very strong contrast between the case of the natural man (above) and the following verse. John 3:21 (EMTV) But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his works may be revealed, that they have been done in God." The natural (unregenerate) man MUST be born again, in order to see and enter the kingdom of God by faith. John 3:3 (EMTV) Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." John 3:5-7 (EMTV) 5 Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'
  10. Please show me where sheep choose their shepherds? Sheep are given to the shepherd to look after, by their owner, just as the Father gave certain ones to Jesus to look after. They are given to Jesus BEFORE they come to him (obviously, the Father chose which ones to give to Jesus) and ALL of those given to Jesus DO come to him. Please show me where coins choose their owners? Would not the idea of a coin show, very powerfully, the concept that everything about them is dependent upon the owner: their choosing (election), purchasing, looking after and finding, if lost? God expects you to use the brain he gave you, at least a little bit. Election is not just a word, it is a concept. It is found throughout the Bible but the words "elect" or "election" are often not present, nor do they need to be.
  11. It was indeed about the lost sheep of Israel; but it was also about the lost sheep of the Gentiles. John 10:15,16 (EMTV) 15 Just as the Father knows Me, I also know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. 16 And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; those also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. Jesus tells us that he would lay down his life for the sheep (the chosen from amongst the children of Israel); but he also says that he has other sheep, not from the same fold (i.e. not Israelites) whom he must also bring. That not every Israelite was a sheep, is clear from the same chapter. John 10:24-26 (EMTV) 24 Then the Jews encircled Him and said to Him, "How long will You keep us in suspense? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly." 25 Jesus answered them, "I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father's name, these things testify about Me. 26 But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, just as I said to you. It is very important to notice that these Jews, who were not sheep, did not believe the Lord, BECAUSE they were not sheep. It is not that they were not sheep, because they did not believe; rather, they did not believe, because they were not sheep. The Lord clearly stated that he would lay down his life for the sheep, so he was not going to lay down his life for these Jews, who were not his sheep. There are still "sheep" nowadays (both Jewish and Gentile) and there will be, right up to and including the Great Judgment. Matt. 25:31-34 (EMTV) 31 "And when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then will He sit upon His glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on His left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: Eph. 1:4-6 (EMTV) 4 even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of His glorious grace, by which He bestowed favor upon us in the Beloved.
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