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  1. Innerfire89

    Baptism - necessary for salvation ?

    Acts 10:44-48 44While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. 45And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. 46For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared, 47“Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” 48And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days. So much heresy demolished in just one passage. People heard, belived, and we're saved and sealed with The Holy Spirit, 100% faith alone before being baptised.
  2. I just don't know. But the parables of Jesus always used actual things in a story to teach. I don't think Jesus made up a fictional world with differnt rules from reality to convey spiritual truth, that is if it is a parable.
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    President Trump wall

    Walls work, they have for centuries.
  4. Innerfire89

    Can a Christian be Democrat ?

    I don't see how, or better yet, why a Christian would be a democrat.
  5. I've always been a night owl so I was just doning my usual except for shooting off a few bottle rockets.
  6. Whats the deal with the left and Islam anyway? A cross dresser would probably be executed in the street in most Islamic countries.
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    Becoming Mormon

    There's works but justification is by faith alone. Works are the effect of having true saving faith, they are the fruits of being saved and are preordained for us to do. Ehpeaians 2:8-10 8For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
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    Becoming Mormon

    Mormonism is a long running con. Joseph Smith was charged with fraud because he claimed he could seer stones to locate buried treasure for the people he scammed. Later he claimed to use seer stones again to find the gold tablets that make up the book of Mormon. Today Mormon doctrines don't even come from the book of Mormon. The appeal of Mormonism is the same as all other religions except biblical Christianity, they all teach that your works will lead you to heaven or you become a deity in yourself.
  9. As terrible as it might sound we should bury some land mines.
  10. Innerfire89

    Merry Christmas.

    It's around 65 F where I am, crazy weather.
  11. Innerfire89

    Why we don’t do platonic relationships…

    Very interesting. A relationship like will cause at least one party to have inappropriate feelings eventually. And that's kinda like cheating in marriage, let alone the stress that would put on the spouse.
  12. Innerfire89

    Merry Christmas.

    Hey everyone. Just wanted to wish you a Christ filled Christmas. May you be filled with joy and peace. God bless.
  13. Innerfire89

    Being born of water is being born.

    I'm not seeing any reason in the passage to interpret the water as baptism in water. If being born of water is baptism and being reborn is baptism of the Holy Spirit then wouldn't there be three births in total? The physical birth, water baptism, and Spirit baptism. That's an interesting take on it.
  14. Often times people will point to John 3:3 as a proff verse, saying that baptism is necessary for salvation. But a quick study of the verse in context shows that it has nothing to do with water baptism. First clue us that birth is the subject, birth involves water or embryonic fluid. The first and second birth are placed a certain say in the wording. (Verse 5)Unless one is born of water - (verse 6)that which is born of flesh. (Verse 5) and the Spirit - (verse 6) and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Last point, if being born of water means baptism then no one knows when they will be baptised, it just sneaks up on you because in verse 8 we see that being born of the Spirit comes like the wind. 1Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” 3Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”4Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”5Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.c7Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘Youd must be born again.’ 8The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Any additional input?
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    Non-Denominational:- Why?

    Denominations are simply branches of The Church who give themselves labels to know them by. All genuine Christians are The. Church. Denominations give us freedom to worship and teach without fighting, they put us at ease.
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