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The Evil One uses this trick very well on Christians! Guilt and Shame. Trust me I know, he sucker punched me everyday for years, made me feel guilty and shameful, this caused discouragement in my life which took me even further from my walk with our Lord Jesus Christ.
But now, as a mature Christian, I can honestly say, I don't feel guilty or shame for any sin I have ever done, past, present or future. I'm enjoying the perfect line of communication I have with our Father, through Jesus Christ. When new Christians learn that Jesus loves them 100%, unconditionally, they will not feel guilty and shame. It's real, genuine freedom in Christ. This is the love and joy we feel in any situation that comes our way.
Ok then, now that you no...
Choose to become a Born-again Believer and be Caught Up in the Rapture Or you can choose to become a born-again believer after the rapture and try to live under anti-Christ rule where most believers then will face martyrdom as they must try to stay alive in the years of great tribulation judgments! Think!! and choose wisely!!
It would appear many brethren in Christ have great trouble understanding the idea of allegory in God's Word. Some areas in God's Word tells you specifically an allegory is being given. Most other Scripture examples don't and instead rely on us to get into God's Word more in order to understand.
An allegory is simply a story or description of one thing that's used to reveal a separate meaning, often a hidden meaning. Here's an example by Apostle Paul...
22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.
23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.
24 Which things are an...
New Christians, and even myself at a very young age, get to the Cross when they accept Jesus as their Savior. That's 1/3rd of the story/truth and most live out their Christian life without realizing the other 2/3rds. We have to start including the Power of the Resurrection and the Ascension of Christ to new believers. Preachers, Pastors, Reverends, or whatever you call your teacher, most desperately need to make sure new Christians do not stop at the Cross....
We went to a strict Presbyterian church one time and I adopted at least some of their values: they were very strictly against women teachers in accordance with Paul's admonition that he "does not allow a woman to teach." Yet we see more and more women teachers.
What is your take on this?
With all of the differing Christian denominations, categorized into 2-4 branches of Christianity, most/all having differences with the others, and claiming to be right (or, "more right") than the others, will Jesus Christ not accept those who believe in Him and are saved by Him, The Messiah, if one is in "the other" denominations/branches that are "wrong" (or "more wrong")?
Will Jesus Christ reject us if we aren't in the "right" denomination (whatever that means)? Will Jesus say to those in one denomination or another, "Depart from me I never knew you." (Matthew 7:23 "And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.'")?
We are all imperfect, thus, wrong, at least a little, some more than...
In the NT, there is a wide variety of warning-types against eternal security.
After all, variety is the spice of life!
Please forgive me for only posting one example for each warning-type.
Warnings about losing eternal life
Luke 9:23-25 ● “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself,
and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will
lose it (eternal life), but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what profit
is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost (eternally)?”
Warnings about gaining eternal death
Romans 6:16-23 ● “… you...
- STUBBORN FAITH
On a number of occasions during his writing life, Nobel Prize winner and author Elie Wiesel tried to re-tell the story of a profound experience he’d had as a young boy in the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz. He wrote a play, a novel and even a cantata to try to re-create his memory of this event, each of which remained unpublished. Finally, he wrote another play, set in another time and location, to try to capture the spirit of the event, which was published in 1979 as The Trial of God. But his re-imagining of the story remains less compelling than even a brief re-telling of the experience...
And that is the rift. That is what the Spirit has led men of faith and good conscience to break away from throughout the history of the church.
Nonetheless, I have friends and...
These are my personal observations based on what the scriptures “””actually say.””” .
The old saying that James and Paul were teaching the same thing, or that the word “works” each used do not mean the same thing, are just rationalizations to advance a false gospel.
One must understand that Paul addressed his letters to the Gentile churches he founded. James wrote his letter to the Jews who were scattered over the other countries (James 1:1). James’ letter was not addressed to the same church (assembly) that Paul’s letters were addressed
Was James confused? Or was he still preaching the Gospel of the promised Kingdom, which included the Law?
20 But do you want to...