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My husband and I have been in every denomination, and in spite of warnings in the bible to not show partiality we've seen partiality practiced outright - even by pastors. What was worse, the deluded "Christians" would attempt to super-spiritualize their wrongdoing. I just wonder if this may be the reason that the church lacks so much power today. They don't "clean the inside of the cup."
But if you have respect to persons, you commit sin, and are convicted of the law as transgressors. - James 2:9
I attempted to make sense of the bad behavior we've seen in churches, and found this article about why Christians are so mean. Have others noticed how much overt sin is in the church?...
What we say: God has given every person a choice to accept him or reject him. Those who reject him will suffer in hell forever. Those who accept him will enjoy heaven forever. The choice is yours.
What sinners hear: God is a bully who will torture me forever if I don’t say “uncle”. But if I say “uncle”, I can really make out forever if it's really true. I guess it’s worth the risk. Better to be insured than not.
The true gospel however is an announcement about salvation for all who can believe in Christ. Followed by the gift of the Holy Spirit through repentance and baptism.
 Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.  And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt thou be wroth with all the congregation?
the question is concerning Joel and Acts which tells us of a time God would pour out His Spirit on all flesh: Joel 2:28-29 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:  And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
 But this is...
9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
Jesus said that to His elect of the Church at Philadelphia. He said He set an open door before them that no man can shut, because they kept His Word and did not deny His name.
This verse reveals Christ's enemies coming to worship at the feet of Christ's elect. Put your thinking cap on; just when is that to happen?
That "synagogue of Satan" represents the workers of iniquity here on earth given to serve Satan (Jude 1 crept in...
27 And there followed Him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented Him.
28 But Jesus turning unto them said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for Me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.
29 For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, 'Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck.'
30 Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, 'Fall on us'; and to the hills, 'Cover us.'
Our Lord Jesus was carrying His cross on the way to be crucified, and those women on the sidelines mourned for Him. Jesus then told them not to weep for Him, but for...
Think about God's control over all, even the smallest particle. John in Revelation 13:8 says God wrote the names of the elect in the Book of Life before the foundation of the world. And science tells us each person is a combination of 1 in a million or so sperm cells coming into contact with 1 in a million or so ovum. Each at the right time and place under the right conditions. And that any different combination would result in a different person being born. This also aligns with the Traducian theory of procreation in the Bible.
And then, imagine every progenitor in your family tree being necessary for your existence. Had any single offspring along the way been different, all from that point on would be a different person. And...
Sometimes the identities of the church and Israel get misconstrued which can lead to false conclusions based on wrongful assumptions. There are two Israels in scripture. There is of course the physical nation of Israel and there is a spiritual Israel which is founded in faith and with the Abrahamic covenant. Gentile Christian believers, upon salvation, become a part of this spiritual Israel. God made several covenants with the nation of Israel. Some, the church inherits by faith, others remain for just the nation of Israel. All the spiritual promises God made to Israel were fulfilled at Christ’s first coming. (ex. Acts 2:17-21) We inherit these promises the same way Abraham did in Gen. 15:6 through our faith and belief in our Redeemer...
I don't really intend to ask the question, but to explain it per God's Holy Writ. It appears many brethren fail to understand this important point of when flesh man is judged to condemnation.
Why is understanding this important? Because we worship a Just GOD, and we can have Faith that He will do what He says. And the time of His Judgment of men and casting the wicked into the lake of fire He set for a specific time per His Word.
In Revelation 20 we are shown the 1st resurrection reigning with Jesus over the nations for a thousand years. Those elect are shown having overcome the beast, or his image, and neither had received his mark nor worshiped him. That undoubtedly places the timeline there to be after... this present world when...