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  1. Phillip

    Dear Arminians

    Well, that's where you went and lost a forum member. Spreading lies that is irresponsible. Goodbye William. You're obviously led by ego and I don't want any part of that either. Adios.
  2. Phillip


    Unfortunately, there's a lot of truth to that cartoon. I went on a mission trip to Peru, and it was the best experience of my life. I encourage all Christians to go on one, either in a group or by yourself like me. But if you can't go, you can always support them. :)
  3. Phillip

    Dear Arminians

    I'm already familiar with it, and I'm also familiar with the Arminian view. And there is Biblical scripture that supports both views. I believe in the what the Bible say's, so I'm never going to pick one over the other. And there are some huge Protestant denominations that don't chose one view over the other either. The Southern Baptist Convention doesn't have an official view and neither does the Christian and Missionary Alliance or the Evangelical Free Church of America, just to name a view. I'm not going to question what God did or didn't do or can or can't do. That's one argument that I want to stay clear of. :) I'm a Non-Denominational Protestant and I attend a Calvary Chapel church. I noticed that when signing up for this forum there was a section to choose a denomination and it had Calvary Chapel on the list. Calvary Chapel is not a denomination. They're not opposed to denominations, but they are not one either. They're a movement of like minded churches but they don't have an official leader or governing body. There's a book called Calvary Chapel Distinctives that explains it. http://www.calvarycch.org/content/images/Calvary_Chapel_Distinctives%20%20high%20lighted%20on%20Rapture_1329805785.pdf
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    Prayers go up, blessing come down! Voljen, I will pray for your friend. :)
  5. Phillip

    Dear Arminians

    We agree to disagree and that's what makes America great. I'm not totally predestination, and I'm not totally free will either. I believe there's a Biblical case for both. We'll all find out come Judgement day. ;) You're a nice guy William, and I appreciate that. I used to use a board where they threatened to ban me for not being hyper Calvinist. And there's probably a board that would do the same if I wasn't 100% on the free will train. So thank you for letting me share even though we disagree.
  6. Phillip

    Dear Arminians

    Free will is the ability to choose between different possible courses of action. I just looked it up and MOLINISM is the belief that I was referring to. [in basic terms, Molinists hold that in addition to knowing everything that does or will happen, God also knows what His creatures would freely choose if placed in any circumstance. Molina was Roman Catholic, but some of his biggest advocates are Protestant. *I copied the definitions from Wikipedia. I sure wish that website was around back when I was in college, it would have saved me a lot of time. But then again, the internet wasn't even around when I was in college. ;)
  7. Thank you for posting that William. I had read some of that in the past and it's exactly what I was thinking of. But in my case not as detailed. You do a great job! :)
  8. Phillip

    Ted Cruz disappoints

    I've been an Independent since 2000 because both the Republicans and Democrats are disappointing. There's just too many politicians bought by lobbyist$ in our city, state and Federal Government systems.
  9. I've been praying for all of you. :)
  10. Phillip

    About fighting and self defense

    I'm all for self-defense. The Bible backs it and so does our legal system.
  11. Phillip

    Dear Arminians

    I think there's an "ism" for this, but I forgot what it is. I believe that some people are predestined and that others have free will.
  12. Phillip

    I Am Not a Denomination

    You have to ask? Really? I think you're just looking for someone to argue with. But I'm not falling for it. :D
  13. Phillip

    I Am Not a Denomination

    Thank you William, I appreciate that. :)
  14. Phillip

    The Rapture

    No man knows the day or time of Christ's return. But that doesn't stop them from trying. The day after tomorrow (Sept. 23, 2015) is the latest of a long line of predictions. And it will fail, just like all the others. I think it's a sign of weak faith when people make these predictions. True faith is waiting patiently on the Lord and not trying to predict His moves.
  15. Phillip

    I Am Not a Denomination

    I attend a non-denominational church because I got tired of all the infighting that so many denominations partake in. They argue, get mad, do the schism thing and start yet another denomination. And this process never ends. :rolleyes:

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