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  1. Behold

    Paul vs Legalism

    The Apostle Paul wrote the epistle to the Galatians to both instruct them, and to warn them, while also Spiritually condemning the Legalists who were harming the Galatian Christians by leading the away from the Cross and back under the Law Legalists, have one message, and this message is not designed to Glorify the Lord or give praise to God for Grace. But instead they identify themselves the same as they did in Paul's day, by trying to substitute The Blood Atonement and the finished work of the Cross, with.. "Torah", "Old Testament", "Commandment Keeping", "Obedience", "lifestyle", "LAW"...."enduring to the end".... Its all the same thing. Its denying Grace and trying to replace it with works. This is Legalism. Its THE substitution of the Law, of doing WORKS< in Place of the CROSS. Works in place of GRACE. Grace, God's grace, as you recall, is Him giving it to you as "The GIFT of Righteousness".... Whereas the Legalists, they want you to earn it. The Legalist believes that The Cross starts salvation, and then the law, and keeping it, or keeping the commandments, or whatever they think KEEPS IT< They teach you must do it........OR IF YOU DON'T, YOU LOSE Your Salvation. This spiritual and theological infection, LEGALISM, was so rampant in Paul's day, that he wrote an epistle to the Galatians to both instruct them and to expose and define exactly how a Legalist harms Born Again Christians. Paul recognized that this is such an issue, such a Satanic issue, that He literally said these religious people that do this are "cursed of God". So, Its really not a small time issue, and its certainly not a joke. Satan understands that if he can't keep you from being born again, then the next best thing is to totally ruin your Christianity. So lets take a quick look at Paul's teaching about these religious people, as found in Galatians . Galatians 3:1 : """O foolish Galatians, (born again) who hath bewitched you, that ye should NOT OBEY the TRUTH, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?"" Notice that Paul describes these Born Again believers as being foolish for falling for this carnal trap of legalism. Understand.....Legalism has you, .. if you have stopped trusting in Christ ALONE to keep you saved, and you are wanting to argue to prove that you can lose your salvation, and you then present your list of things you are doing, to save yourself. This list will include : Keeping-Obeying the TORAH and the COMMANDMENTS, and THE LAW... Obedience......=all of this is "WORKS", you do... to keep yourself saved,...... is now become your Savior. You are "Fallen from Grace" if i have just described what you THINK and BELIEVE. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Galatians 3:3: ''''''How foolish can you be? After starting your new lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort?"""" This verse is KEY, as its showing you the MENTAL transformation that occurs in the heart and mind of a Christian who has become mislead and fooled by Legalists. This Believer has stopped trusting that Jesus ALONE saved you (Grace), and keeps you saved.....And they have come under the control of spiritual blindness that is leading them to NOW believe that to be saved is to be your own savior, by doing works.... "Human effort".....such as ...."enduring to the end, obeying the Torah, keeping the commandments"...ETC. Remember in the first verse that Paul said you are foolish to do this, and he also said that you are BEWITCHED if this has happened to you. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Galatians 3:6 So also, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Notice how Abraham received God's righteousness, without any works, he did. This is "justification by FAITH" as Paul teaches... Its God giving you His righteousness when you give Him your FAITH.....(BELIEVE). Yet the Legalists will contradict Paul that teach instead that Abraham received God's righteousness, by doing a WORK of OBEDIENCE. This is a lie. Believe the verse that just told you that God gave Abraham Righteousness because of Abraham's FAITH. Just like God did the same for YOU, if you are born again. Righteousness is "NOT BY WORKS OF THE LAW", or by doing any Works. (Human Effort) You keep nothing to be born again, God is keeping YOU. This is the Effect of Jesus gaining eternal redemption for you and giving you eternal life. This is the eternal Blood Atonement IN EFFECT. -------------------------------------------------------------- Galatians 3:7 """The real children of Abraham, (all the born again) then, are those who put their faith in God."""" Thats you., Its NOT = The Legalist. ---------------------------------------------------------------- Now here is a really important understanding... And if you can get this verse, then everytime a Legalist comes to you with their ", "keep the Torah to be saved, endure to the end to be saved, .....Keep the commandments, be obedient to be saved"......ALL THESE WORKS THEY WANT YOU TO DO" You can be immune to their leading you.........If not, here is the end result for YOU< if you listen to them. Galatians 3:10: """For all who rely on the works of the law (obeying the Torah, Keeping the Commandments, enduring to the End, keeping the LAW) are under a CURSE""" Do you want to be under a curse? The Legalists will lead you to be under one, and if you believe them, then you will "fall from Grace", and you will put yourself under a curse. Do you want that? Is this what God's Grace is all about? Jesus shed His blood to deliver you from the "curse of the Law", and the Legalist will lead you back under this curse, if you allow it. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ A final Thought. Galatians 5:1 : """So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law"..... "Slavery to the law", becoming a slave to the law, is taught as : 1. Keeping-Obeying the Torah as a necessary condition to being Saved and staying saved. 2. Keeping the Law 3. Holding onto your faith, to stay saved. 4. Enduring to the end, to stay saved 5. Anything found on a List of VERSES that you are told to DO.... that will keep you saved, if you do them., till you DIE. 6. Obedience, to stay saved. -------------------------------------------------------------------- The New Testament, teaches that the Law is good, if you use it Lawfully. This means, that you understand that "Jesus has redeemed the Born again, from the CURSE OF THE LAW". SEE THAT CURSE? Thats the curse that a Legalist is under, and wants to do the same for you. Paul said that these religious people are under God's curse, and not just the curse of the Law. Galatians 1:8 They are under 2 curses., and they'd have you to be as well as this is the effect of becoming a "slave" to "human effort", "works", to try to keep yourself saved.
  2. Hi everyone, I am currently in the process of gathering information for my EPQ project discussing whether or not Euthanasia should be legalised in the Uk, as a part of this I am including the viewpoint of Christians to evaluate the discussion. I would be extremely great full if anyone would be willing to leave any thoughts with regards to Euthanasia and Christianity. Many Thanks
  3. Saint, Let me offer something that will really help a new Christian, and hopefully be a nice tune up for a pre-existing believer in Yeshua. So, if you want Light from God, then you have to get this revelation inside you, first, that im going to show you. This one..... You have to get this one....in the beginning of your walk with Christ... ..You absolutely must get this revelation of the Grace of God, or you will never be able to move deeper into the Light of the word of God as found in the New Testament. Questions ::: Have you ever wondered why there are a gazillion denominations, that all use a Bible, yet none of them agree? Have you ever wondered why there is no "unity" in the Body of Christ, no "same mind", within the worldwide world of all believers? Do you want to know why? Its because this verse posted next, is not known to most believers, and until it is known, and followed by ALL, there will never be any total unity between Christians in the world, on a forum, or between 2 Churches that are on the same STREET. The verse : Hebrews 13:9 : """"" Be not carried away with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with Grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein. """ This verse teaches and explains what happened to the Body Of Christ, regarding why you have a ridiculous number of denominations that all disagree regarding "church doctrine". Its simple..... you have to get the foundation LAID PROPERLY< before you can build the HOUSE correctly, so that there is harmony and unity between all Believers in Yeshua Now notice that this verse teaches that "diverse/strange doctrines, and meats", are all the same idea....... And the verse explains what will happen if your heart, (eyes of your understanding).. that receives the light of Revelation", ) is not FIRST ESTABLISHED with GRACE.. = (The understanding regarding God's freely given Righteousness.) What happens is that all who are not established within their Heart by GRACE, will be carried away, caught up, confused by, and lost inside of HERESY.... Which is "divers and STRANGE Doctrine/meats", and there as so many of these around. So many churches built upon them... Millions of Believers caught up in them.... And only because they were not grounded in GRACE, early in their Christian Beginnings. Now, i recognize that some of you are already yawning, as you are an expert in Grace, regarding understanding this central principal of the redemptive work of Jesus's sacrifice on the Cross, and THANK YOU JESUS< that many of you, long ago, "got the revelation". However, and for the benefit of those who didnt and have lived their entire born again lives, so far, trying to earn God's approval by self effort...(Legalism)..> Let me show you why you are already Approved By God, so that you can stop trying to become what you have already become, that God's Grace has already MADE YOU. As you read your bible, you will run across this phrase a lot. "made unto you", and this is a Key Phrase that will help you understand that everything that God has done for you, Thru the Blood of Jesus, has been "made unto you" when you were born again......That is to say... God has REMADE YOU TO BE. Got it? See, Salvation is to be Literally and Spiritually "made into" something BY GOD, that you were not before. Many NT Verses explain this as being "translated from darkness to Light". becoming a "child of the Light". "as Jesus is So are WE on this Earth", " heir with God"... "joint heir with Christ". "New CREATION in Christ", "bone of Jesus bones and flesh of Jesus's flesh"...and on and on. So, you have to see that you have become something by NEW BIRTH that you were not before you were born again, as this is the eternal effect of God's 'made unto you" CHANGE from "Lost" to "saved" , from Christ rejector to "Child of God", from "damned" to "Saint". Now, lets get an understanding of where you go to get what you need to know... You have to know where to look to find what you need to learn. You dont just flip open a New Testament and hope for the best, as that is a waste of time. So, this means we must go to where you find all the info, the doctrinal info, that God wants you to study. Read a paperback. Study a bible. Books are for entertainment. Bibles are for gaining God's Knowledge. The Bible is full of Light. Study is how you turn on the Light for Life. Its the "ON" switch. To do this, you run directly to Paul's epistles. And the reason? Its because Paul's pen, is the direct descendant of the doctrinal information that came straight from the mouth of Jesus The Christ. Paul is the only disciple and the only Apostle whom Jesus personally took aside for a long time, and instructed into him regarding the "first hand" information that rightly divides the Word. You dont get the ultra-fine doctrinal details from Jude, or James, or Mark, or Peter. You get your Bible Doctrine, your Church Doctrine, your lifelong Theolgy from Paul, who received it directly from the Lord, himself. So, what i teach, is what Paul would teach you. As this is what any true Teacher of the Word of God is going to tell you, and teach you. Now, here is a golden nugget for you. If you want to know exactly what Paul wants you to know, that Jesus taught Him, then of course you read all his epistles. Thats a no-brainer... But, and here is what your Pastor, Minister, Pope, and commentary never told you....If you want to know exactly what Paul is going to teach someone in person, a literal disciple of His, then you go and read Timothy 1 & 2, and Titus.. As they are both Paul's converts. So, just become one of Paul's converts, ideally, by reading what he taught Timothy and Titus., as well as what he teaches the Church at large, in his Epistles. As a matter of Fact, if you are called to Teach or Preach or Pastor, then you need to live inside Timothy and Titus and all of Paul's epistles for a while........like in, .......a lifetime. So what does Paul teach about Grace? Well, he teaches that Sin has separated us from God. And this is an eternal problem for each of us, that if not solved, will cause us to end up after we die, separated from God in Eternity. Currently, if you are not born again, you are separated from God by your sin. However, as compared to ending up in Hell then the Lake of Fire, being alive down here and separated from God, is not quit the same level of consequence. So, this problem that we are all born into, has been solved by God. And its Paul who, in the New Testament, teaches us best and most often about the wonderful love of God as expressed as The Grace of God. Salvation, Eternal Life, Redemption, Jesus dying on the Cross, are all an extension of the Love of God as reflected in the Grace of God. The central issue and subject of the New Testament, is RIGHTEOUSNESS. And the central issue between a human being and God is their lack of righteousness and how to get it. God is often accused, falsely, of "sending people to hell", But in fact, its a lack of Righteousness that is the reason that a person will not live eternally where God lives. Hell and Heaven are simply final destinations. They are Eternal choices that someone is going to make, by receiving or by rejecting Christ. One is the home for the Righteous and one is the place that maintains the unrighteous dead, until they meet their final destination. So, this issue of how to get righteousness, is only a problem that God can solve. Our New Testament says that we have all sinned and fallen short of God's righteousness. So, right there, ends any method or means of saving ourselves or keeping ourselves saved. You've noted that on a Christian Forum you always find a busload of heretics trying to make you believe that you are in control of your righteousness, and that you can earn it, and keep it...otherwise you LOSE IT The fact is, you have no Righteousness apart from Christ's because your sinning eliminated your righteousness long ago, and you can never have it again, unless someone gives you theirs. Enter, God. Enter, Jesus. Enter, The Cross. as all these have come to give you Righteousness. ALL this im writing is simply what Paul teaches. He is the Main NT teacher regarding the understanding of the Grace of God as the love of God given by God coming to this earth to meet all the requirements of the law and then die offering us HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, for our sin. Jesus did more on the Cross then just suffer, bleed, and die. He literally became your SIN. 2nd Corinthians 5:21... and If you are born again, then your sin was lifted from you, erased for you, and in its place, you have received "The Righteousness of Christ". Salvation is Christ on a cross becoming your sin and bearing it, sacrificially, so that you will never be judged for it, in eternity. Being SAVED, means you are saved from being Judged in Eternity for your SIN...... Christ bore all your sin, by becoming your sin.... and you were given as a gift, His Righteousness. Maybe sometime you can think about this... God came down from heaven, to become your sin as well as your sin bearer and in doing so He became your Savior.. Jesus said. "Father if possible, let this cup pass from me".. And that cup, is God's wrath, his eternal judgment, poured out on HIMSELF on your behalf. And that my reader, is The Love of God as well as Amazing Grace. <B><
  4. Hello Reader Thanks for taking the time to read this Thread. This threads topic will be for me, a slight departure, as im a teacher that is trained in Pauline Theology and am an evangelist by "call", so, 99% of what i show you, is going to be related to Salvation, or to Paul's specific doctrines for the Church. So, Typically i dont speak much about the Old Testament, or about The Revelation. However, recent discussion with a person here has decided for me that i should post a nice simple and clear Thread about one subject in The Revelation, so that you can see it clearly. Generally, as i said, im going to stick to Pauline Theology, and happily so. The other reason I dont really spend a lot of time teaching The Revelation, is because if you put 100 Theologians in a room, all discussing this part of the New Testament, and you left them in there 100 yrs...... At the end of the 100 yrs, they still would not agree with each other, regarding all its content. Thats a fact. So, i prefer to stay where the ground is solid, the rabbit trails are covered with clarity, and the truth is not enamored in symbolism, and the main subject is the Cross. Thats what works for me, the best. Now i need you to think about this. I need you to realize that the central teaching of the New Testament is the subject of Righteousness. Jesus came to give it, and if you die without it, that's an eternal problem that you can't solve. Sometimes i teach and state that the Lake of Fire will be burning the unbelievers, for as long as God lives. And that is both harsh and true. What keeps it from being cruel, is the fact that anyone who end up there, chose this for themselves. They made a fully informed freewill decision to reject Christ, freely. Never will a person stand before God, who has heard the Gospel while on the earth, say to the Almighty, that its His fault that they end up in the Lake of Fire. After all, what more can God do to get you into His family then let His Son die to get you into it? So, if you, reader, end up standing before God as a Christ Rejector, you did so after reading what i just told you. So, you have no excuse, and you already knew to Trust Christ as your Savior before you ever read what i just said. Right? Lets be REAL.....thanks. Now, Saint, when you have your revelation right, when you have rightly divided the word correctly, through the Holy Spirt, then the New Testament will function together in perfect sense. In other words, when you have the right Light, then there will be no contradiction found in the New Testament. And when you are being taught by someone who is full of Light, then what they teach, will not contradict PAUL. Got that? And this is one of the main ways you discern who is lying to you, vs who is teaching you what agrees with Paul. And how much does this matter? It is the only thing that matters when you are learning the New Testament, and when you are being taught by someone. If your teacher does not align themselves with Paul's theology of the Grace of God, as an unearned GIFT, and similar........then RUN. Remember that. Remember that Paul makes the Cross OF EFFECT< and a heretic tries to make the Cross of Christ of NON-Effect., of NO Effect, regarding keeping you saved. I just used a magnifying glass on the heretics for you. So, cutting to the chase. All teaching regarding any subject in the New Testament, has to perfectly align with what Paul teachers, regarding any subject he teaches. If it doesn't then it heresy and the teacher is a heretic. So, if you want to protect yourself from a heretic, then you have to have the tool to do so. The Tool, is Paul and his Doctrine. If you know it, then you can spot a heretic in about the blink of an eye. Ok, lets look at a phrase in The Revelation and filter it through Paul's doctrine so that we dont end up in the land of confused heresy. Now if you study Paul's epistles, then you are familiar with "justification by faith" Alone. Notice that word "alone"? It is the word that separates the real believers and the "one true church" from the heretics and all their denominations. That word "alone" as indicated by the phrase "Justification by faith", simply and absolutey means that JESUS ALONE saved you and keeps you saved. And once you get this, once you see this, then all the heretics who try to make you pay for your own salvation, by telling you that you will "Lose it" if you dont complete their list, or if you dont twist a scripture as they do.......You are permanently delivered from them.... and that is a big part of my ministry. Its to protect REAL BELIEVERS from them, by getting you to the place in your understanding of The Grace of God where you can see them clearly, and recognize them instantly. ------------ ------------------------ Now lets get to this verse. Its this. Revelations 3:5 "He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life" Now, look at the reason a name wont be blotted out of the book of life... "he that OVERCOMETH". So, who is this... Its this person... 1 John 5:5 """""Who is he that overcometh , but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?""" And who is this? This is all the born again.... see the "believeth that Jesus is the Son of God"? That's YOU, thats ME, thats all the born again. That is "he that OVERCOMETH"< in that verse about the BOOK. So, if you don't want to be the one whose name is blotted out of the book of LIFE, then be the overcomer who has TRUSTED IN CHRIST". Be BORN AGAIN. BE SAVED. OR, if you want to have your name blotted out of the book of LIFE, all you have to do is be a CHRIST REJECTOR,. and die. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Now, let me give you the real teaching on this "Book of Life" so that the heretics can't fool you. You've seen that the believer in Christ is not blotted out of the book of Life. And that is the main thing you need to see. But what about this book? Ok, this is deeper water, and has to do with the foreknowledge of God. The foreknowledge of God, is God's ability to know all things, and that includes your thought and the intention of your motives, and it also means that God knows what is going to happen before it happens. This is foreknowledge. or, the knowledge of all things= be-FOR- it happens. The Lambs Book Of Life....what is it? Well, its a real book. And this book contains the name of every one who ever existed or will exist. You, me, Moses, Hitler, Adam, Eve, Donald Trump, and all the yet to be born. Its a "book of Life" that contains the names of all who will ever "be". As this is the foreknowledge of God, knowing all the names of all, and they are written down, "before the foundations of the world" in this BOOK. God also knew, "before the foundations of the world" that Jesus would be needed to come and die for your sin. So, all of this is known by God, before it was even HERE. The Book was in existence, before Mankind was created. Now, what about that blotting out.. A name is blotted out of that Book of Life. Recently a member here, who does not believe that Jesus Keeps You Saved, chose the "book of life" verse, to try to prove that a born again Christian can end up in hell with Christ in them. As you can see, this verse has nothing to so with the idea that you can lose your salvation. So, again....the book of life, is the FOREKNOWLEDGE of God, regarding the names of all who will ever exist, before they were born....all names of all ever created, written in this book. And remember what you do to get you name blotted out? = You dont BELIEVE, In Christ. So, each Christ Rejecter, has their name in the book before they are born, and their name is blotted out, because they died in UNBELIEF. I would offer the opinion that their name is blotted out before they die, because God already knew they would die a Christ Rejector. (Foreknowledge). So, that is how that Book Of Life works. Don't be one of those who gets blotted out. Be a Believer. Trust in Christ.. Keep your name in that Book. Choose Heaven, not hell. <B><
  5. Jesus said. "I and my Father are One". "If you've seen ME, you've seen the Father". Thomas the Apostle, kneeling, crying, said to the RISEN Lord Jesus....."My Lord and my God. " Jesus is the Living Bread who came down from Heaven to take you back to Heaven. Do you see Jesus smiling at you all the time? He is... Imagine Jesus wrapping His arms around you, and hugging your soul, as that is how Deeply He is able to touch you on the inside where you need it the most. Looking into the face of Jesus, you see the smile of God smiling back at YOU. Jesus is The Light of the World He Created. When Jesus said "Lazareth come forth" He was careful not to just say "come forth", as had He said this, then all the Graves on the entire planet would have released their Dead. Soon He is going to appear and say "RISE" and all who are dead "in Christ" will, and all the Living Born Again shall see their Holy King, Savior, and Lord. Jesus is The Grace of God. Jesus is The Blood Atonement. Jesus is Redemption. Jesus is Salvation. Jesus is Lord. Jesus is Risen. Jesus knows what you are thinking right now. If you wake up tomorrow,..... its only because God allowed it. Everything you own, including your next heartbeat and your last breath, belongs to the God who became one of us. God's Blood is what Jesus Paid to bring you back to the Family of God. Salvation by Faith, is the Faith of God expressed as the Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross, freely offered as redemption for the sin of the world. Jesus is The Good Shepard, The Prince of Heaven, and the Prince of Peace. When you received Jesus, God adopted you. Being born again is the 2nd time you were born. The real reason that God loves you, is because God is Love. God is the author of the endless 2nd Chance, and the Blood of Jesus is the reason why. Your Honest Effort is the work God rewards. God leaves the effort to us, and we leave the results to God. The reason that you will always have Eternal life, is because the ONE who IS Eternal Life lives within you and you are in Him. Should you die before the Rapture.....then.....The reason that the grave can't hold your body down is because Jesus who is STILL within you, IS the Resurrection. The Born again will always be where Jesus is always found. When Baby Jesus's tiny feet first touched the ground, they were touching the world He created. God does not remember your sins, if you are Born again. He only remembers the Blood of Christ that paid for them all. The final Answer is always , "Jesus".
  6. so I believe I know what my gift is, but I'm wondering how do you learn how to walk in your gift?
  7. Hello, I made this account for this one question to get feedback. I don’t know where else to go right now, I’m in tears writing. Please hear me out, I would appreciate it. I will make it as short as possible. I’m a Christian guy who grew up in a textbook Christian home, the rule was simple in my mind, I believed, no kissing or “feeling” before marriage. I was solid on that and is what I believe today. I always knew why it was wrong and steered away from any situation that would tempt me. I ended up in a close friendship at 15-16 and she knew my line in the sand. She said she wanted to kiss, I didn’t want to, she said okay and I told her I’d leave if she tried. Her mom said to do something (after almost two years) or I would become uninterested and leave. She told me this. I always wanted the help her any way I could. She told me about how she gets excited and asked me to help... I crossed my line. In my moment of the flesh, I helped excite her with my hand under the blanket, it was wrong and I knew it. A couple days later I had my first kiss, the moment our lips touched I felt sick, I threw up. I knew I should have waited and I could never get it back, I cried wondering “what have I done” I can’t get back any of it. I wish I could take it back, I’d do anything to take it back. I left her that night. I dreaded the day I’d end up going into a relationship. I’d have to tell my future interest, I slipped up. That brings me to today. 5 years later. I’m 21 and I really like this girl, dare say I love her. She already has my heart after 6 months. We showed mutual interest and I talked to her dad and got the okay. Maybe I have already gone to far with not telling her. Today we set the ground rules just between the two of us, she matched perfectly with my young self, wedding day kiss. I didn’t tell her anything, I should have. I’m crying now because I gave that part of me away, she was expecting it of me, she said she wants to save the first kiss for her wedding day. I know I have to tell her and I will crush her heart more with every fleeting moment I keep this from her. My question to you readers now is how? how do you bring this up? I’m terrified, I never wanted to hurt her. I feel I don’t deserve her, I’m dirty. She is as innocent as it gets. Thank you for any of your comments. I will be reading every one. **I don't know how to reply to your comments so I'll do that here** Debp: you are right, i have confessed and asked for forgiveness for it and prayed id never be in the same situation again. thank you Justin Adams: That's what I'm trying to figure out, i don't know when to discus this, is this to early-to late? I try and look from her perspective, i just know if i was her id want to know early. The big "I want the first kiss on the wedding day" is killing me, i dont want to keep her in the dark at a minimum about that. then be done with all of it. What is the confession of faith you where talking about? Thank you for your response. Billiards Ball: Id say my guilt comes from the her hope for the first kiss at the alter, and I have given away what should be my future wives. Not to mention the other. thank you for your incite. ## To All : I am going to start this relationship the right way, my biggest concern is to not hurt her. I don't want to hold something back she would wish could have been taken care of in the beginning. I don't want to keep secrets from her. I also don't want to tell her unnecessary information that would hurt her. I want to know where that line is. Should I just tell her, "I'm sorry, I have had my first kiss" and leave it at that? Do I dare ever mentioning the other thing? I have been praying about this all day, I will be talking with her again this evening. Thanks for your feedback.
  8. Hi! Keny here. As you all know school has already started for many. My school has started as well. I just wanted prayer because I feel bored and feel like life just goes in a circle going to school then home then school! I also need advice because for some reason I don't participate in class because I am afraid of what others think about me! I have no friends in any of my classes as well which pushes me to be reserved. Any advice and please pray! Your brother in Christ Keny!
  9. Shalom, i wanna ask something unrelated to Bible but related to my faith life. I'm a Christian and was baptized 10 years ago. I go to Church every Sunday, praying daily (every morning), reading Bible before I go to sleep, and used to listen to worship and praise songs everyday. I feel really close to God and have experienced lot of miracles and His blessings in life. But now I currently feel like I'm tempted by many negative thoughts in my brain that decrease my faith and reduce my happiness in God, especially during this time, where many of good friends started to leave me and I feel a huge disappointment this time. It also makes me envious to others that have a lot of good friends. Besides that, I also feel really unworthy and losing all desires to struggle in the life (previously I was a cheerful and highly-motivated person). I still go to Church every Sunday, but I feel like there is no exact advice for my situation. I'm afraid that my mindset will shift from Christ-like mindset to negative mindset (and maybe it have already started to shift). Do you guys have any YouTube or Christian books recommendations to help me out from this situation? Thank you so much. Jesus bless you.
  10. Hi guys. I am new here and I am in desparate need of help. I have been addicted to pornography since I was 12, and it gets worse all the time. I tried countless times by listening to advice, read the word and blocking it. I repented countless number of times but I would be drawn into it again. Can any of you please help me, because I don't wanna experience eternal damnation.
  11. Hello, So I am having a situation at church that has been causing me a lot of distress, and I feel ashamed to say that it's been happening for 2 years. There is a married woman at church that has been flirting with my husband for a really long time now. She is very sneaky about how she does it, but even my husband has noticed it. For some reason my husband didn't distance himself from her immediately because using his words, he really likes to hang out with her husband, and felt that I shouldn't allow her to get the best of me because there will always be disrespectful or immature people everywhere we go. Even though I understand his point, I disagree. To give a little bit of background, after we had our first child we became friends with a really good group of people in our church. They all had children which made the transition into parenthood a lot easier for us. After 6 months, this woman moved into the area and started trying to become my friend. I could sense that she stared at me a lot, but I thought nothing of it. I am introverted and at times shy, but I enjoy having meaningful conversations. And one day she started talking to me and I found out we had a lot in common, such as our career choices, the neighborhood we lived in and being mothers. I was happy to find a potential friend. The problem began when someone from our amazing group of friends invited her to a Christmas gathering in which she decided she would be the center of attention...of my husband. During the party, we were karaoke-ing and she started dancing and patting my husband on his leg while I was sitting right next to him and asking him to come and sing. She kept calling him over and over, and just smiling here and there. He was respectful to me and only sang with me (a romantic song), which I thought was very thoughtful of him. But at that moment I no longer saw her as I did before and verbalized this to my husband. To make this post shorter, every time we got together with our group of friends she would look for my husband to talk, or she would randomly place herself in a sensual position right in front of him. I began feeling uncomfortable and told my husband I was not comfortable with her and would like if he could keep his distance from her. He blamed me of being a bad friend and having problems with everyone (but I haven't had problems with any other woman in the group and there are 6 of them). He also said that it is a cultural thing. He believes Hispanic women touch a lot and are flirty in nature. But I am Hispanic and all the other women are too, and only one of them is also flirty but only with her own husband. In every children birthday party, she would dress with cleavage and be overly sensual and flirtatious with both my husband and another friend. This woman is very curvy which has become intimidating, but initially, I didn't feel this way (I instead admired her looks), until she set eyes on my husband. I have never demonstrated any self-consciousness and have never disrespected her. She would continuously ask me why I wasn't curvy like my mom and sister and I would never give in to impulsivity in my answers. But I do want to put out there that I don't feel less than her in any way. I have always prided myself in being internally beautiful. I value respect and feel grateful to God for my intelligence, love, and compassion. My external beauty is not what makes me special although I do believe I am beautiful. Continuing with the topic, one day I told my husband I had a migraine (which was a very bad one) and didn't want to go to meet up with our friends and he got very upset. I want to clarify at this point that he was helping me a lot by taking care of the children so I could go to sch0ol, and due to this, he didn't have a lot of time to do things he enjoyed like playing sports. He tells me the reason he really likes hanging out with this woman's husband is that they are both the youngest males of the group and like talking sports and cars. For the sake of the staying friends with everyone else in the group which I love dearly, and more importantly, because I was trying to be a good wife, I second guessed myself and decided I should try to be a better friend. Whenever I went to church she would stare at me and try to initiate conversation. I am very empathic to my detriment at times and I would talk to her. She would tell me she barely had any clothes and I offered her some of mine. She would ask me to bring food to parties and I would (just like I did for all the other friends), despite seeing her trying to call my husband's attention from time to time. Then she got pregnant with her second baby and I gave her baby clothes from my daughter and even did a photo shoot of her family and her. My gut kept telling me she wasn't trustworthy, but I wanted to prove I could have friends (which I already know I do, I just don't have many because I have high expectations). Her husband and she would constantly make scenes where they would say ugly things to each other even in the church, so it was very noticeable that they were having marital issues. On the other hand, my husband and I keep our problems at home and really try to always put God in the center of our marriage. We work very hard for our family, but this is one issue we haven't seen eye to eye in. If my husband ignored her, she would make comments such as: Why are you running away, I don't bite". But even though I looked at her puzzled I never said a word and neither did he. I didn't want to be a bad Christian although my human side wanted to tell her to back off, I never seized the opportunity. Before a romantic trip we were going to she spent a whole week calling his cellphone to ask him for favors in the country we were visiting. He redirected her to call me but still didn't put her in her place because she kept calling. Another day, while I was in school her husband asked if my husband could take her to watch a football game in the house of a friend of the group because her husband was working. At the time I was studying, but when my husband told me he had said yes, I took my books with me because I felt completely uncomfortable with the fact that thought it was ok to drive alone with her at night. One day she went to my house while my husband wasnt there (she invited herself) and told me about the issues of her marriage and I gave her advice and realized she was immature and going through a lot in her marriage, and maybe I could help her realize she loved her husband. But when it got close for the time my husband was coming home, she decided she wanted to go to my pool and didn't want to put her clothes back on, and I again realized she was really trying to call my husband's attention. At this point, I wanted to keep my friendship with the rest of the members in the group but DEFINITELY not with her. So I distanced myself progressively. I kept praying and asking the Lord to help me react positively and not say the wrong thing because I want to serve the Lord with all my heart because I didn't want to give her power over me because I wanted to keep my friends and I because I respect her husband and children. But I simply avoided her. She would look for me and try to put conversations. I would respond shortly and then walk away. But she was getting to me. I held it in for too long. I never told her anything because I really believed I was overreacting. One time I tried to kiss my husband in front of her and he looked away and this also made me feel like there might be something he felt. I didn't want to stand up for our relationship if this was so. It was little things that were getting to me. But he would deny them and then I felt crazy, especially because he had never been a bad husband or father. Time passed and she kept being herself so I kept withdrawing to the point I didn't even want to hang out with the group or go to church. I just didn't want to see her, and going to church had never been so hard for me. I prayed and asked God to help me. Church needed to be meaningful and not just about dressing nice enough so my husband won't have wandering eyes. After some time she would contact me through social media asking me about my husband and making comments about him (not my pictures)and I got tired and reminded her she had a husband of her own and then deleted her from social media. Days later she confronted me about it and said she wanted to know what she did wrong. I told her I wouldn't talk through text, but the next time I saw her it was a month or so later and it was not the time for a conversation as such. Throughout this whole issue, I told my husband several times that I was willing to stop hanging out with my group of friends because of her. I don't like badmouthing people because I think we are all children of God and deserve respect, which is why I never told any of my friends. But recently I opened up with one of them because I almost transferred to another church due to her disrespect. I eventually started coming back to my church and she continued her flirting even when I made it clear. Her husband seems to also notice everything, but for some reason lets it be. Its as if nobody wants to call her out on her sin. Initially, I would've been content if my husband put her in her place but he didn't want to hurt her feelings because of his friend. I wasn't expecting him to be mean but I thought he could've said things like, I don't feel comfortable being alone in a car with another woman, or I'm happily married, but he has never told her anything. Eventually, he stopped talking to her (at my request and unwillingly) and it just made him more irresistible to her. I think I could've also said a few things. My mother in law (who noticed on her own) told me to tell her a few things, but they didn't seem right with me. The words didn't seem godly and I kept silent. My issue is that now I am mad at my husband because it feels like he never stood up for me. I feel if he would've told her something once she would've stopped but instead, he let it be and kept affirming I was misreading it all. I acknowledge I am afraid my husband will fall for her eventually. There are a few other things like him acting energized after weve hung out with them, or not enjoying spending time with the rest of the group members unless that family is present that make me feel uncomfortable, but I second guess myself. I know there are a million things I could've done differently, but I am really oblivious to them. An accusation such as that one can start a problem, which is why I still haven't said anything. This is the type of woman that can be on the other side of the church and she will put herself at eye distance of my husband as soon as he walks in church. Please, someone, help me and please pray before you answer me as I need help.
  12. Those still dealing with the pain of church hurt and healing and separation from those who have justified it with sayings like "eh they were learning"
  13. bornagain24

    Backsliding

    My boyfriend and I got saved about 6 months ago. When we first got saved it was such a beautiful experience. We both felt so compelled by the spirit to learn more about God and draw close to him. But within the past 2 months or so we have started to back slide. Not reading our bibles, not praying, instead of watching Christian content we’ve started back on watching more of worldly things, giving in to sexual sin, etc. We’ve had dozens of convos of doing better but now he doesn’t seem interested. I’ve recently within the past 2 weeks finally got back to reading the word everyday and trying to stay more persistent with my prayer life, but it seems he is still struggling with finding motivation. He has had issues in the past with sex addiction and women and when we first got saved it really helped him a lot. Both of us really. And now that we’ve started to backslide I’ve recently discovered he has been talking sexually with other girls via text. I’m fearful for him and I want to help deliver him from this, not for my own selfish purpose but because he needs it and needs God more than he needs the world. Please help! I love him very much and don’t want to see him lose that beautiful relationship with god and fall back into this vicious cycle of sin, nor do I. Advice is really appreciated.
  14. I wanted to talk to you about your Salvation, which is your personal and private relationship with God. Maybe you are not enjoying it. Maybe its become a dead weight in your heart, that gives no joy, no life, and no hope. Many Christians are exactly like this. They have long ago trusted the Lord, they are born again, and yet, over time, what use to be LIFE in them is now a slow torture. Almost a misery. So, let me talk to you about this, and lets easily solve this so that you can once again know how it use to be when you were first saved, and life was BRAND NEW, and all you wanted to do was have more of God. Remember ? To get back THERE........is very easy to do. Its not a slow progression back. And in fact, i want you to see this picture in your mind.... Take a look... You see a path that is leading across a pretty field, and at the end of the path is a yard, and a small white cottage stands in the yard. Its in the early evening, not quite dark, its Springtime and there are candles burning in the windows. In all the windows, there are candles glowing a golden glow. The brown wooden front door is wide open, and standing on the porch, by the open door, all dressed in white is Jesus. Its Jesus. He is standing there. He is looking across the yard, and into the path. He is looking at you because you stopped just before you walked across the yard to Him. You can see His face. He is smiling gently at you. You notice that His arms are open as if to give you a warm hug. Then you see what you really didnt expect. You see that Jesus has tears in His Eyes. In His eyes are tears. These tears are for you. These are tears of longing, and hope, and joy, because He has wanted you to come home, and has been waiting, and waiting, and waiting.... And now you are there. So... Go to the Lord. Go Home. - - Ok, if you are away from the Lord for a while, there are generally only a few reasons. One, is that you have been sinning, and you feel so guilty and condemned in your heart. Two, is that you have some bitterness in your life. Maybe a divorce. Maybe someone you loved died. Maybe you are just very unhappy with your life. Its such a struggle. But what you are feeling is that you blame God. You blame Jesus. You are angry at them.. Three, Maybe a Christian has hurt you. Maybe a church has greatly disappointed you. Maybe both, and you are just not wanting to be a part of any of this, anymore. Now there are other things i can list, but, ive learned that most of us, when we are not close to the Lord, ... its because of those 3, so, no matter what your reason might be, ..being away from the Lord is the same empty feeling, its the same sense of no direction and no hope, yet its so very easy to solve this situation, whatever it is, that is keeping you away from God who loves you. So, How do you get back? Well this is very simple. You see that picture i gave you? You see that Jesus? He is there all the time, just like that. And yet what we do sometimes, is we dont see Him like this when we are not close to God and Christ. Instead we see our feelings, our disappointments...... we feel our guilty condemnation... and our bad feelings lead us to believe that God is upset with us, and in fact, He is not. God is Love, you see. And the only thing He will ever do or feel, towards His Child, which you are, is to feel Love towards you. God's only thoughts toward you, His Child, are good thoughts. God only and always wants the best for you. God is love, and that is all He ever has to give you. And this love, is expressed into your life and into your heart as His favor, blessing, peace, hope, power, self control, and Love. Now, i listed 3 reasons that might be the reason you are not as close to the Lord as you were once. And if you are reading this, it could be because you are someone who feels that God is so distant and you are so unworthy. And.... no matter the reason, or the reasons, and no matter how you feel...... God is always at the door, waiting for you. Jesus is never going to turn you away. He will never require you to do anything so that He would accept you or love you. God's love is REAL LOVE, because it is unconditional. You see, God loves you, because that is what He does....That is who He is.... And His Love's only requirement is that you Let Him Love You. And THAT, my brother or my sister,..... is how you return to God and Christ. You realize His Love and you allow It for yourself. You allow it for yourself.... And when you do, and as soon as you do, you will feel His presence, and you will know it. And no matter what you have done, or what you have felt, if you will just see Jesus, standing at the door, looking at you, ... then you can understand How God Loves YOU. Let God love you. Allow God to Love you...... He is still waiting...... always. <B><
  15. Hello Loves! I really feel that every since I told you what I told you, the chat has been acting Highly, socially weird. So please let me know whats up...
  16. Baptist if it matters. My friend goes to a public school and she's struggling with her faith. She's concerned because she doesn't want to have these doubts but she does. She wants to have strong faith again and I want to help her but I'm not sure how. Can anyone give me some advice?
  17. Behold

    Focus help

    I wanted to talk to you about the Devil. Don't hear a lot about Him....... not in church, not on forums. Notice this? You'd almost get the idea from the lack of real discussion about this "angel of light", that he's basically a myth. But i assure you he's not. He's working behind the scenes and often from the pulpit, in the form of bad theology, 300 doctrinally watered down "new bibles", and of course, 5000 denominations that are all in perpetual disagreement, are certainly not God's design. See, when the Devil is working, there is always one sure situation, in play. "Confusion". So, let me show you how He tries to work in your life, and does. I'll show you his #1 operation, in effect, against you, always. Always. Its very simple. He is always trying to get your Focus off of The Lord, and serving HIM< and unto anything else. That's Job #1 for the Devil. Focus control. And why? Because what you focus on, is what you spend your time DOING....and your TIME is your LIFE. TIME is LIFE. So, if the Devil can steal or redirect your focus, He is now controlling your time, and once He has your TIME, he runs your LIFE........ Saint. So, Let me give you an idea. AS Compared to the time you spend on this forum, or that you spend Texting.... How much TIME do you spend doing this, vs, studying the word, praying, praising God, witnessing, helping others, or teaching a new believer about GRACE... Hebrews 13:9 ??? TIme is LIFE, Saint, and you have to guard it, so that you can use it wisely, for God. Guarding your heart, is guarding your Time. And how should you use your Time wisely for God? You answer this question(s)..... is how to find out. Does God have all of you? Does God have everything you have? Are you giving Him your VERY BEST? And you say......."well, im not a preacher, or a teacher, etc, etc, etc. Ok......but what you can do.....is more then you believe, so, does God have all that? Does He have all of you? That's the question. Does God have......ALL.......OF........YOU ???????????? Ask it inside your own heart, as you dont need to post it here, as that is not the point....is it? This is between you and God., as this is what matters. Just YOU and HIM. Ok, now, i will give you something to think about, that if you will discipline yourself to consider every day, it will have the effect of helping you focus your LIFE....towards God. Ok? So, here is the thought. You are going to die., and then this happens.. >"absent from the Body and Present with the Lord". That is going to happen to you, if you are born again. Count on it....Believe it, as you are headed there, and it could be anytime, as all of us are exactly one heartbeat removed from that Meeting. Listen......in your local Newspaper, you have an Obituary Page. And on it today, are the names of people, who, i promise you.... 1 day ago, never thought they would be found dead in it today. Saint, Hebrews 9:27 is not just a possibility. Its a FACT. Now, if you will , everyday of your life, just for a moment, consider that you are going to meet Jesus, and He is going to speak with you about something. Its this...."What have you done in MY BODY.. .with the TRUTH YOU WERE GIVEN, and that Truth is ME"........John 14:6....."I am THE TRUTH". Saint, .... Jesus is going to gently and lovingly ask every Believer, when we meet Him... what we did with our lives, <>for Him<>, (everyday) after we became Born Again. This is going to happen to each of us. And so.... if you will spend a few moments at the beginning of every day you live, from now on, till you are also found in that OBIT Page... you will begin to realize areas in your life where the Devil is robbing you of your TIME focus , that is actually constantly stealing your life AWAY FROM your Lord and your God.
  18. I have been beside myself for weeks! Im just gonna get straight to the point. When I was young around 13 I saw porn for the first time by accidentally stumbling upon a site I miss spelled (in all honesty). And the porn I saw was gay porn. I watched bits of it and sadly got facinated and even more sadly attracted to it even tho I still was attracted to girls. I had a horrible habit of it throughout the year but never did it with anyone bc I knew it was wrong anyway. But half way through last year I accepted christ as Lord through a youth retreat. Past then ive felt alot of guilt for my actions and continued on with my habit the follow weeks. It was just recent were ive been so down on myself for these acts and I broke out crying to the Lord asking for forgiveness and how poor of a representation I was. Its so hard to be a light for God kingdom when you are commiting sins like these wether its any sin (all sin is same in Gods eyes, except blasphemy of the holy spirit). But more recently I watched it again but wasnt gay porn. Im embarrassed to talk about this but really want answers to my questions especially from a place where multiple christians can answer. My questions are am I saved? Ive heard so much to God loves gays (he doesnt like the gay part) to u are going straight to hell if youve ever felt that way towards same gender. I want to be at rest with this bc the thought of being seperated from God scares me. And second How can I tell im saved if I am? I know its through the holy spirit and I hear him getting at me to pray and to ask for forgivness and tells me to do things like help others or points out certain people that I need to be nice to or pray for them. Its just im so so so scared of wondering if im saved or not based on all my horrible actions. Ik I have the holy spirit within me I am just worried and scared. I need %100 confirmation of these things. I want to be at rest and tired of battling myself. Plz help and pray for me. God bless you.
  19. Hello my name is Ryan and I’m a new Christian. I suffer with a porn addiction and I can’t stop. It’s been going on for almost 2 years and nothing works. I’ve prayed to god and I still get the urge. And I hate it more then anything since it is a sin. And I’m scared that god will not forgive me even though I can’t control it. Can someone please help me with this addiction? And will the Lord forgive me?
  20. Forgive me in advance if this is not an appropriate place to post this. Hello everybody, my name is Justin. I'm 26 years old. I grew up in a family that I wouldn't really call religious. I remember we attended church only a few times growing up and never practiced any prayer. My father is an athiest and my mother is a believer as of recently after my parents divorced and now attends church regularly but does not take it as seriously as she could. This means I am not baptized. My life thus far has been filled with disappointment and loneliness. I constantly feel like I'm missing a big important piece of my life. I struggle with severe depression and anxiety. I have always tried to think logically. I dont believe something if I dont have proof. I spend a lot of time doubting and wondering why. This in turn has led me down a path of atheism. It has always been hard for me to believe in god when I never had proof. However, lately I have been even questioning this. Are my issues caused because I dont have faith? Are these misfortunes and woes in my life because the devil has had too big of an impact on my life so far? I watched a documentary on YouTube the other day of a man who claims to have passed away and was sent to hell after meeting with god because his whole life he had been an atheist. He then went into great detail of the horrors he expierence in the short time he spent in hell. God gave him a second chance at life and was revived in the hospital. This scared me deeply. I've always been a good person and always tried to do the right thing. I have a great amount of empathy for people and dont like to hurt peoples feelings. But I will still be sent to hell for not building a relationship with god? Life is a test and am I failing so far? I just have so much confusion. I want very badly to build a relationship with god and have faith and turn over a new leaf. But how do I start? Am I just being scared into it because I dont want to go to hell? I feel like the fact that I'm even having these thoughts is enough proof to have faith because I feel like something is missing in my life. Is that god? Or am I being selfish? I just dont know... My question at the end of the day is that if I want to change my thinking habits and the doubt part of my thoughts, Where do I start? How can I rid myself of the devils thoughts that hes been putting in my head my whole life. thoughts like (god is not real, there is no proof, when you die you just die). How can I start this new relationship with god and be forgiven for the doubts I've had.I kind of worry I'll always have doubts. Is that normal? Please, would really like some advice. Thank you all so much and I hope you guys have a great day.
  21. Hi there! I am going to start off by giving a bit of a backstory, and please hear me out by reading all of this because I am in dire need right now. I grew up in a lovely home with Baptist parents who attended church every Sunday. However, I hit very traumatic times at about 7 years old, and now I am 16, going on 17, and my life is healing from the trauma of divorced parents, dealing with calling defax on my own mother for emotional, verbal, and sometimes physical abuse, hating my father for years due to my mother calling him unworthy every chance she got- only to find that my father did everything he could to make me realize he meant no harm, and all the mental issues which came with these life experiences. Shortly after turning 12, four years into my nearly 10-year real-life conflict, I found myself falling far from God. Although I had become fully saved according to the Baptist faith and believed with all my heart that God was my savior and my all at age 10, I fell far from Him only two years later. Two years later, at 12, and hardly 12 at that, I text my friend late one summer night. "I don't know that I believe in God anymore," I sent her, crying my eyes out because all I needed right then was someone to pull me back to God and say that I needed to hold on. I desperately needed someone to grab my ears and pull me up saying, "Hello!! Jesus is alive! He is alive! And He loves you more than you'll ever comprehend!" But, the reality was far from this. My friend responds less than a minute later. "I am an Atheist." My heart dropped at the message. But... strangely enough, it later was found with relief. I felt ACCEPTANCE for falling from Him! It sounds crazy because it is. I researched for a long time, mainly in the wrong places, and I found myself to identify as an Atheist. This lasted for years, all the way until a month or so ago to be frank. I am going to be 17 in July and going into the 12th grade next year, and I believe this all happened in the summer of going into 6th or 7th grade, which would have put me at 11 or 12. So for 5, possibly 6, years I have been very lost and falling blind of God. I fell into believing I was transgender, from female to male, to believing I was gay and dating a girl almost a full year. Many, many tragic things followed this initial start of trauma when my parents got a divorce at 7 years old. Now, having all that said... I still feel a strong incomplete pit in my life, this being my relationship with God. I still question my sexuality today. I believe that being abused for all those years led me to believe I was homosexual because beforehand, I never EVER questioned my sexuality. I was your typical "boy-crazy" little girl who would go to their mom after school and say, "Guess what mommy! [Enter name here] talked to me today! I was so nervous!" I can tell you confidently now that I know I am a beautiful, straight female who deserves just as much as everyone else. In my heart, I feel that. However, I hesitate to answer so confidently in person because it takes denying my past conflictions to find my true self deep within me that, yes, I am that person. For a long time I denied this person that I was because of the many times my mother would tell me that I wasn't her daughter, I wasn't what she wanted, and I was a mistake through and through. I believe truly, within my heart, that abuse can cause lifetime problems such as this. Abuse, especially that in childhood, does not just affect your personality, your social life, and your way of coping with life situations. Abuse affects your lifestyle, your beliefs, and all the critical things of yourself. I am stuck. My ex-best friend and I started talking recently. We grew up together and shortly after I went from a true Christian to Atheist, we fell apart from one another. In the past month, we found each other via social media and I have come to find, not to my surprise, that she is still very faithful and connected to God. Even when we were little and very close, I was inspired by her connection with God and trust in Him, despite our different beliefs. She was raised Apostolic Pentecostal. I was raised Baptist. However, now that we have reconnected, I have caught her up with everything that happened to me in the past years that we haven't talked. She amazes me still at her immaculate trust in God. She is now involved in leading many youth groups to teach the Bible to younger kids, as well as attending her own youth group herself. This makes me intrigued in her beliefs since I am currently not under any official belief besides that in which God does indeed exist. My mother is not much in the picture anymore, so I have free reign to explore all sorts of Christianity that I please without fear of being bashed or shunned for doing anything other than Baptism. I have been looking into Apostolic Pentecostal all day, trying to actually understand what the belief is all about compared to Baptism, since that is what I know best, and it makes so much more sense to me compared to what I grew up with. Is there anybody who is an Apostolic Pentecostal that could please help guide me and help me in understanding the beliefs? I am very intrigued by this way of praise and church-going. So please, if you read all of this, which I hope you did because it contributes so much to my reasoning behind this, and you are an Apostolic Pentecostal, please give me information on your beliefs and ways of praising and keeping faith. I am finding God again, and I do not plan on losing Him this time. Not again.
  22. I am a 23 year old female. I've been struggling with my gender and sexuality since I was around 13 years old. I "came out" as gay in highschool. I "came out" as "transgender" a few years after that. I started dressing like a male around that time. I cut my hair short. I wore really baggy male clothes to hide my feminine figure. I even bound my chest. Everyone in my family knows me as a transgender. They know I like male stuff (Like video games, sci-fi, and fantasy stuff). They started calling me my "preferred name" a few months ago. I don't want to be known as a transgender or lesbian anymore. I want to be a woman. A godly woman. A woman who wears women's clothes, and covers her head like women are told to in the Bible. I believe pants were made for men. And, 99% of women's pants are too tight and not modest at all. I want to be a modest woman. I want to start wearing skirts and dresses. I want to grow my hair out. I dont want to sin like this anymore. Is there anyone here who has been suffering the same as me? I really need help right now. I feel so lost. I prayed to God for help, but, so far, nothing's happened. Well, I don't think anything's happened. I've been watching people's testimonies on YouTube, of ex-transgenders and ex-homosexuals. I think that is God's way of telling me that what I am doing is a sin. Is it? Do you think so? I've never acted on my homosexual thoughts, but I have watched porn before, and I feel really ashamed, guilty, and disgusted at myself for doing so. I believe masturbation and pornography is a sin, but I can't stop. I'm addicted to it. Please, anyone, help. Any ex-transgenders or ex-homosexuals, preferably women, on here? I would really like some advice on what to do about this situation. Thanks in advance, God bless, and sorry that this post is so long! ♡
  23. Hi I’m 16 and I’ve always struggled with how others see me. Shortly, I’ll just say that i would be very grateful if anyone would pray for me. Thank you. If you want to read for more info continue: I never disclose info like this to my friends or family. My friends (don’t have much transfered recently) would never suspect I have bad anxiety and self esteem issues. So I don’t talk about it to them. And my sister, has never dealt with anything that has caused her to feel inadequate. I’m not trying to pitty myself at all. I honestly haaatee and avoid talking about “bad” things that happened to me or my “issues”. But this school year has been one of the toughest. I’ve been to many schools, often moving because of family issues and money. Middle school years were the toughest. I don’t want to go into details but i was horribly bullied..... Anway my point is not to talk too much about myself because I know that some people have it WAYYY worse than I do. But I’m just giving a little background info. Idk why but I’m the only kid out of 5 In my family who struggled with self esteem. There WERE days where I wouldn’t go to school and I’ve done horrible things to myself because I’ve felt ugly. But with this new school. No one looks like me, I’ve been to a couple schools that were primarily black or white or mixed. But at this new school it’s super white. And I don’t have a problem with that except that I wish there were people who looked like me. I feel as if I stand out too much, or that I’m ugly and awkward.😣😣 Idk I feel so out of place. Anyway I just ask that you pray for me. I’ve prayed and I’ve challenged myself by doing activities and getting a job where I work as a cashier to overcome my anxiety and self esteem. But i feel like GOD DOES NOT HEAR ME. So maybe he’ll hear you because I’ve been praying for this issue as long at I can remember. Probably since I was 6. I just cry all the time. I’m so sick of running away from my obstacles. And I hate when I complain because I feel ungrateful, but I can’t deny how I feel. I hate it so much it makes me wanna die 😣 I’m just plagued with these self esteem issues. I feel as if I’m missing out on highschool life. I don’t hang out with old or new friends, don’t join activities, I don’t go to games. I went to a game last Friday and had a panic attack because I felt so ugly and alone. I just don’t know anymore🤧 please pray for me. Any advice is needed. I’m sorry for talking so long. Thanks for all those who prayed for my mother and for me in my last post. I can’t tell you how grateful I am that you guys cared enough to pray for me🤧 it really just lit up my spirit when ever I saw I had a notification. Because lately ive been feeling so alone and seeing those responses just... i cant explain in words, but made me so so s so so happy✨So thanks so much 💕
  24. Hi! I transfered into a new school last August. I’m currenlty a junior. I’m used to moving because I’ve had to change schools and houses a lot, so it’s nothing new. At my old school I had friends and finally felt like a found a place for me after moving so much. I felt welcomed and comfortable. But here, there isn’t many people who look like me and I feel like I don’t belong. All the kids are super rich and my family barely makes it. I feel so bad comparing myself to them because it shows I’m ungrateful and I’m really working on that because I know God blesses me so much. But my insecurity just keeps showing up. I’ve made a couple friends but i still fail to get out there. My anxiety gets in my way and I unfortunately care too much of what people think. To get to the point, my bff who transferred in with me is transfering and this week is her last. I’m devatsed as she was my only real friend in my grade. The new semester just started and the most uncomfortable class I’m in, I had with her. But now since she leaving, I’m panicking. I’ve been crying all day because I feel so lonely. I’ve prayed about this to God, but I just don’t know what to do. Please pray for me. I’m really scared I don’t know what’s to come and I’m just so lonely.
  25. I was raised in a religious family, but it's been six years since I've truly felt connected to God. Does anyone have any advice for me?
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