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This has always been a fun topic. I had someone ask me about this yesterday. And I love a good debate..
1. No, if you fall away, you were never saved to begin with.
2. Yes, it is possible to fall away and lose your salvation.
3. No, but you can turn your back on Christ. ( I actually heard someone say this )
Question: was Cornelius saved under the "kingdom gospel (Abrahamic Covenant)" or the "gospel of the grace of God" as taught by Paul?
Cornelius was a blessing to Israel (Acts 10:2,22), and because of this God rewarded him with the hearing of the Word through Peter and receiving salvation. This is EXACTLY the way it was revealed to Abram in Genesis 12:3, "I will bless them [Gentiles] that bless thee" (Abram and his seed]. This is what James knew and so he quoted from Amos (Acts 15:12-19). Cornelius was saved through a saved Jew.
The Gentiles receiving salvation according to the Abrahamic Covenant under the preaching of the 12 were accepted as Jewish proselytes just as they always were under the Jewish law except this time the Gentiles...
[SIZE=12pt]The Body of Christ vs. The Bride of Christ [/SIZE]
[SIZE=12pt]Perhaps, because I'm a male of the species, I've always been uncomfortable with the description of the church as the Bride of Christ. As I've listened to various pre-trib preachers use the constant references of us as the bride of Christ, the discomfort has increased as I've sensed that this isn't just a "guy thing", I believe it is a misunderstanding derived from erroneous biblical interpretations. Some of the arguments they give for keeping the church out of the 70th week contrary to what the bible teaches is that "no bridegroom would make his bride suffer that way", or "we need to be in heaven for the marriage banquet during the seven years of Daniel's 70th...
Please note that I have also put this up on few other forums to get responses.
Praise & thanks to the Lord for having Christian forums like these.
This is urgent so I would really appreciate your inputs.
I was born in a different religion, but the concept of Christianity slowly grew on me since last 10-11 years or so. I am 31 years old now, and started gaining a keen interest in Christianity when I was about 20-21 years old.
So even though I didn't had any major testimony or experience that transformed my heart, I still believe the Gospel and have accepted Christ as my Lord & Savior.
I try to live by the word each day, and daily communion with the Holy Spirit throughout the day makes me glad.
However, I wouldn't say that I...
When a person, or religious organization, keeps inventing sacraments, then it is they're keeping of the sacraments they have faith in, not Christ. Otherwise, why keep those invented sacraments?
And when one goes to a confessional and tells a "priest" about their sins, then it is their going to the confessional and doing the confession ritual and penance that they have faith in, not Christ. Otherwise, why not go directly to God, from within the heart, through Christ for the forgiveness of sins as Christ taught?
Christ never taught anything about ritualistic sacraments, or going to confessionals. It is only the flesh, seeking to feel it has earned its spiritual relationship with God that comes up with the...
Two places in the Bible that I do not feel support baptismal regeneration (water baptism necessary for salvation) are as follows.
1 Pet 3:18-22
18 For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit,
19 through whom also he went and preached to the spirits in prison
20 who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water,
21 and this water """symbolizes""" baptism that now saves you also-- not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus...
"When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth... and He will show you things to come" (John 16:13).
Israel became a nation in 1948.
Last generation beginning in 1948?
Will many of those born after 1948 see the Rapture?
Keep in mind the life span of a man in 70 years.
Psalm 90:10 "The days of our years are threescore and ten."
It took Noah 120 years to build the Ark, the Ark is a type and shadow of the Church.
A.J. Tomlinson became leader of the Church in 1903, died in 1943- 40 years as leader. Moses, God's leader of the children in the wilderness- 40 years.
3 - 40 year generations = 120 years
1903 to 2023 = 120 years
Yes, Jesus is the only Way to Heaven
"No one can come to the Father except through Me" He said
That said, it is possible for Jesus to appear to a person who hasn't known Him (hasn't known Him well...) @ death... and... well, we just do not know what happens at death or immediately after death...
If a person is on some deserted island & never heard of Jesus but tried to do as God led him... He could meet Jesus at death
Faith is the same as believing.
20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar?
FACT! No, he was not! ---- He was accounted righteous before God several years earlier, BEFORE the birth of Isaac, and before he had done anything to "prove" his faith in God.
4 And behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, "This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir."
5 Then He brought him outside and said, "Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them." And He said to...
The Greek usage for “justify” has two primary definitions* and in all cases for all words the context determines the usage. I) to render one to be righteous; II) to show or manifest one has been rendered righteous. Since there is only One who is just, it is only He who can render one to be justified (I), and that by imputation only:
“To demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Rom 3:26 – render, I).
“It is God who justifies” (Rom 8:33 – render, I).
“For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God” (Rom 4:2 – render I).
“You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only” (Jam 2:24 –...