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Jas_2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
So what is our work.
Heb_11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
And that is the simplicty of it, the works come by God because you have faith.
Lets look at Abraham
Gen 17:4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.
But Sarah because of her age
Gen 18:13 And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old?
Gen 18:14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time...
"But if the law was abolished at the cross, as many claim, then the agony and death of God’s dear Son were endured only to give to Satan just what he asked; then the prince of evil triumphed, his charges against the divine government were sustained. The very fact that Christ bore the penalty of man’s transgression is a mighty argument to all created intelligences that the law is changeless; that God is righteous, merciful, and self-denying; and that infinite justice and mercy unite in the administration of His government. PP 70.1" (Patriarchs and Prophets, chapter 4).
Just some food for thought... What is the prognosis for a world where God's law is abolished?
What is Gods Law?
"God is love.” 1 John 4:16. His nature, His law, is...
Those that do not believe in OSAS are the ones that believe they save themselves by not sinning in the flesh.
Those that believe in OSAS are the ones that believe they are saved by what Jesus did on the cross and not by their ability to not sin in the flesh.
3 For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh,
2 Cor 11:3-5
3 But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
4 For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit...
I should be an ex-Catholic (I suppose in a strange kinda way, i am?? but i digress..).
I've seen it all: bad priests, un-Catholic priests, un-Christian priests (yes, you can be Catholic and not Christian)
i have gotten so angry "at the Church" I could spit nails (and wanted to!) But you know.. I'm not going to let humans take me away from all the good things the Church has to offer. Jesus did say that few would get to Heaven (Mt 7, Lk 13)--not surprising.. how things go
so, frankly i don't get why some people just totally ditch the...
well, we have all noticed that some who call themselves Christian are often further from it than the so called pagans
It seems that sometimes when one gets religion, his or her mind just shuts like a steel trap for some strange reason. Some christians act like.. well, that if a member of a Christian church other than his/her own says something, it is automatically to be dismissed, often derisively, for no "reason" other than the fact that person belongs to a different church! Now is that insane or not?
If Hitler quoted the Bible (no evidence he ever did, but..) does that mean we have to throw out that psg???...
The first Catholic thing that "saved" (re-saved?) me was the rosary. One day i started praying it, not believing it at all.. not even sure to this day why i did that.. was pretty deep in sin and chaos and etc..
had to have been God who got me to pray it b/c it changed my life, my heart, rather
and then that rosary led me to other things Catholic.. was raised Catholic but.. well, kinda not b/c my family.. we just went to Church on Sunday. The rest of the week... yikes.. No, we weren't big sinners (not at first anyway), but.. well, anyway
There are things i don't like about the Catholic Church but the part i don't like has to do with...
[SIZE=medium]Solomon in Ecclesiastes 12:[/SIZE]
[SIZE=medium]13 [/SIZE]Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
[SIZE=medium]Fear God and keep His commandments[/SIZE],[SIZE=medium] for this is man’s all.
14 [/SIZE][SIZE=medium]For God will bring every work into judgment,[/SIZE]
[SIZE=medium]including every secret thing, whether good or evil.[/SIZE]
[SIZE=medium]Yes, often in the OT, God says to keep His commandments. [/SIZE]
[SIZE=medium]Also in the OT, God says:[/SIZE]
[SIZE=10pt]God saves only those He “knows (approves of)” …[/SIZE]
[SIZE=10pt]And this has nothing to do with God’s approval of John 3:16 believers![/SIZE]
[SIZE=10pt]God doesn’t give people His free gift of grace, and then approve of them![/SIZE]
[SIZE=10pt]That’s ridiculous! … No, John 3:16 believers must gain God’s approval.[/SIZE]
[SIZE=10pt]So, there are 2 types of “believers”: the worthy and the unworthy.[/SIZE]
[SIZE=10pt]Revelation 3:4-5[/SIZE][SIZE=10pt] • “You have a few names even in (your) Sardis (church) [/SIZE]...