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    A conflict with a pastor

    My friend in Brazil lost the job and is in need now, to cover the food and a home. I found a Christian organization which may send him some money. The organization requires to give them a contact info of a pastor knowing the situation (to avoid cheaters). I asked the pastor to confirm for them. But when the pastor heard the name of the head of that Christian organization, he said that will not have any deals with them, calling their head "antisemite" (while my pastor is strongly messianic). Then I told the pastor that I suspect that he has double standards: if an organization ruled by an atheist or by a Hindu man phoned him to confirm that I am not a cheater, he would probably agree to say them this. (Note that I said only "probably".) Then the pastor said that I have no right to speak with him so and required me to repent.
  2. I said to the pastor of the church I visit weekly that he probably has double standards on certain thing. He requested me to repent of this, that I have no right to speak with him like this. I insist that I am not sure whether he indeed has double standards, and so accordingly of the truth cannot say that what I said was wrong. Should I trying to reconcile with him to say "I regret that I said this."? Kinda, truth and peace debate.
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    Being born of water is being born.

    My opinion on whether baptism is necessary for salvation: Is water baptism necessary for salvation? – End of Gospel blog ENDOFGOSPEL.WORDPRESS.COM In this article I attempt to answer the question: Is water baptism necessary for salvation? (Mark 16:16) "He that believes and is baptized shall be... Note that I do not read this forum thoroughly. Moderation: Please do not promote personal email addresses.
  4. I was taught that the Bible says "Don't look at signs.", that it is something pagan to look at signs. But today I tried to search this commandment in the Bible but not found it. So: Does Bible teach to look at signs or not to look at signs?
  5. James, there is your opinion and there is a letter to Corinthians.
  6. What if when I start to pray in tongues I start to repeat the same word: "Tealesy, tealesy, tealesy, tealesy, tealesy"? Should I seek a more diverse prayer? (Mt. 6:7) "In praying, don’t use vain repetitions, as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their much speaking."

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