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My husband and 4 kids moved to a small town in Tennessee a few years ago. We had always attended Calvary Chapel but none here. We have tried a bunch of churches but they always reject me because I was not baptized properly.
I was born to parents that actively hated the church God, Jesus w extreme passion. I can say that I was born to love Christ. Even as a tiny girl, I can remember secretly reading my bible. I contribute this to a praying MIL but another story...my dad was very violent, like a trip to the ICU at age 3 violent. I was baptized at 15 at a football game by sprinkle and I really was putting myself in a lot of danger doing that.
Fast forward 30 years..everytime we try to join a church, they say I need to be baptized....
Was recently speaking with someone about red lights and green lights. I see how God gave Moses a green light to go up on the mountain. The rest of the people had a red light ((do not go up on the mountain or even touch it, (which, incidentally reminds me of eves words to Satan about the fruit), or they will die.)) BUT, there was also to be a green light for the people: however, when the rams horn sounds a long blast, THEN the people may go up on the mountain.
So...I'm confused as to why they didn't go up the mountain when they had the green light of the long blast...is it my translation I wonder?
HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE SAVED.?????????????
I WAS TOLD ,,,while being a catholic , if I was with out sin,,,,,, then I
was saved !
NOW I KNOW HOW I AM ,,, FOR SURE
BECAUSE I NOW BELONG TO A BIBLE CHURCH AND WE READ THE BIBLE ALL
IF SOME ONE KNOWS FOR SURE PLEASE POST IT !!!
I WILL LATER , BUT FIRST I WANT TO SEE IF ANY OF THE PEOPLE THAT COME
HERE ARE SAVED AND KNOW THE TRUTH..... BECAUSE IT IS SO EASY TO KNOW
WHICH I DID NOT KNOW TILL I WAS IN MY 50'
AND BACK THEN I WAS AFRAID OF DEATH,,,, NOW I WANT TO GO HOME
BECAUSE I KNOW THE TRUTH.......
I write about the presentation of the Gospel here.
I have been to many churches that have altar calls, or nowadays challenge people to pray at their seats. What seems to be the norm is to follow the script below:
- Preach a sermon that is not really salvation-focused.
- Do not explain to the audience Who God is.
- Do not explain to the audience Who Jesus is.
- Maybe, or maybe not mention that Jesus died on the cross. Do not discuss the atonement.
- Do not tell the audience that God raised Jesus from the dead.
- Tell the audience that religion is bad, and that they do not need religion.
- Tell the audience that they need a personal relationship with God or tell them they need a personal...
Jesus said the greatest commandment was to love the Lord your God with your whole heart, your whole mind, your whole soul and your whole strength. Seems to me that defining what that means in practical terms, and how the commandment is kept in one's daily affairs would be of primary importance.
This is primarily a theoretical question, so I am asking for responses about what you consider proper obedience to this commandment to look like, but if you wish to answer on a more personal level and describe how you best fulfill this commandment on a daily basis in your own personal life, that's good too.
Blessings in Christ to all who respond.
The wilderness church.
Now we are called not only to come out of the world but also to come into the promised rest of God. We are called out in order to strive to enter in. We are saved away from death in order to enter the race for life.
Hardly anyone is allowed to see the promised land before the time of entering. There are a few spies that God has allowed in to see and testify to the church of the wonders of the high calling in Christ.
But almost without exception...these voices are not heard. Just like the 12 spies that were sent over Jordan to investigate the promised land. Of these only two had the faith in God to see that it was possible to possess it.
When we are born again...we join the church in the wilderness....
From a writing more than 8 years ago
If we were not speaking of people who attended a particular assembly, but rather of people who are together regularly because of circumstances, such working for the same employer, or living next door to each other, the answer of requiring someone to 'leave the assembly' wouldn't work.
Consider the differences among the members of any Christian forum, present and past.
In some forums, we have, or have had, universalists [everyone saved in the long run], Once Saved Always Saved, non-trinitarians [such as myself], Mormons, atheists and witches [self-proclaimed]. Also we have seen Roman Catholics, Orthodox Catholics, 7th day...
Romans 9:3 For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:
9:4 Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises;
Promises were given to Israel that were not given to the church, the body of Christ; neither was the church, the body, instructed to claim them.
Genesis 22:17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
22:18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my...
...least commandments, and teach men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:19
A common understanding from the above verse is that those who disobey even the least commandment, and teach others that its okay to do so, are in heaven but on the lower rungs of the heavenly glory ladder. Such an understanding to my mind tends to several consequences. The first, that disobedience to God's commandments, while not perfect, is still acceptable because you are still saved. The second consequence is that such an idea reduces the holiness of God's laws, and thus of God Himself. So how else should we look at this verse?
I would suggest that the person disobeying even the most minor commandment, and teaching others whether by...