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  1. Not segregation, just a reality check. Paul and Timothy and Barnabas and Mark were all traveling companions and they were all Jewish Christians, so THEIR fathers did pass through the Red Sea on the way out of Egypt. The example from those who died in the wilderness (like the LAW itself) serves as a teacher to the Gentiles to warn us about the pitfalls of sin, however that does not place us under the Mosaic Covenant or make us biological children of Israel. The baptism of Moses saved none of the generation except Joshua and Caleb ... all of the others died in the wilderness without ever being allowed into the promised land. As Hebrews says, we already have a better Covenant with better promises. Why would I want to own the covenant of the Law and death? It was Paul’s fathers that offered all Christians a warning by their example.
  2. [1Co 10:1-6 NASB] 1 For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea; 2 and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3 and all ate the same spiritual food; 4 and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ. 5 Nevertheless, with most of them God was not well-pleased; for they were laid low in the wilderness. 6 Now these things happened as examples for us, so that we would not crave evil things as they also craved. Empasis on 1 Corinthians 10:6. 🙂 Those "our fathers" were Paul and the other Jews' fathers ... my fathers were Welsh blacksmiths who managed to die in their own wilderness for their own sins and not the sins of Israel coming out of Egypt.
  3. So the LORD led your father’s out of Egypt? It says that the 10 commandments are for the people whose father’s God led out of Egypt and made a covenant with. It is the part immediately before the commandments are listed. Later on it pronounces a curse on anyone that does not keep “the whole Law” (which people that count Laws tell me is in the hundreds of commands). Fortunately, my father’s were never in Egypt. They were in Wales. So I was excluded from the law and the promise until Jesus made a way. The Jerusalem Council and the Apostle Paul settled the issue very clearly that non-Jewish Christians were not expected to become Jews first in order to become Christians. Forever is only forever if it ever applied to you. I am not bound in an u breakable bond of marriage to someone that I am not married to and I am not bound by the laws if France while living in the USA and I am not under 10 commandments given to the people God led out of Egypt if I am not one of those people. Their laws are not given for me and their national promises are not given to me. I obey the LORD of the Sabbath rather than the sabbath law.
  4. “Rabbi, Rabbi. Is there a blessing for the Tzar?” “Of course there is! May the Lord bless him and keep him ... far, far away from us.” - Fiddler on the Roof
  5. Well, yanking the chain of a bunch of up tight, ultra-Orthodox Christians is sort of entertaining. 🙂
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    Unequally yoked.

    Your comment reminded me of the story of the Scorpion and the Frog:
  7. Just for the record, the real Particular Baptist concern is: "make disciples" and "baptizing" [Matthew 28:19] "Repent" and "be baptized" [Acts 2:38] "received his word were baptized" [Acts 2:41] "believed" and "baptized" [Acts 8:12] "What prevents me from being baptized?” (asking) [Acts 8:36] "praying" [Acts 9:11) and "baptized" [Acts 9:18] "You know of Jesus" [Acts 10:38] and "Holy Spirit fell" and "listening to the message" [Acts 10:44] and "baptized" [Acts 10:48] "the Lord opened her heart" and "respond to the things spoken" and "baptized" [Acts 16:14-15] "Believe" and "the word of the Lord" and "baptized" [Acts 16:31-33] "believed" and "baptized" [Acts 18:8] We have a legitimate difference of opinion on the function of Baptism. We see baptism as a practice not for those who God may choose (admission into the Covenant Community) but for those that God has chosen (the Body of Christ). Any infant that articulates a desire to be baptized because of their faith in God ... should be baptized and welcomed as a full member in the Body of Christ. 😎
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    A very creepy image.
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    Amen. Being saved and going back is an impossibility ... like amputating an arm and later deciding to grow it back. The heart of stone is either gone forever, or it never left.
  10. Psalm 37:27-34 27 Depart from evil and do good, So you will abide forever. 28 For the LORD loves justice And does not forsake His godly ones; They are preserved forever, But the descendants of the wicked will be cut off. 29 The righteous will inherit the land And dwell in it forever. 30 The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, And his tongue speaks justice. 31 The law of his God is in his heart; His steps do not slip. 32 The wicked spies upon the righteous And seeks to kill him. 33 The LORD will not leave him in his hand Or let him be condemned when he is judged. 34 Wait for the LORD and keep His way, And He will exalt you to inherit the land; When the wicked are cut off, you will see it.
  11. Take heart, they will get around to correcting it eventually. They do have the most CORRECTED translation of the bible and its interpretation available. 🙄
  12. Why? A ‘tare’ can grow among God’s wheat with a dead faith and “not keep His commandments” in which case the statement in 1 John 2:4 that “the truth is not in him” is completely correct. The tares never had the truth in them, did they. How do you then leap from there to John 6:44 is false (Jesus will NOT raise all that the Father draws to him on the last day)?
  13. If "clean shaven" is required, then the requirement should apply to all and if some are allowed to grow a 1 inch beard then everyone should be allowed to grow a 1 inch beard. It is the dishonesty of claiming shaving is essential to the job for some but not for others that I object to.
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