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  1. Good point - he has made himself a public image on the topic...but personally I’d take the higher road against calling his name out. I believe in general the church’s role is to point out sins and to teach about living to its members (or fellow Christians). Being inviting and promoting the message of Christ and what is offerered by the grace of God with Salvation should be our message to unbelievers.
  2. I agree with you in part on one side I thought the sign gave a clever message but the part I suppose could be inappropriate was calling out someone’s name. Assuming Jenner is an unsaved person makes it even more inappropriate. Either way is petty and just take the sign down - nothing to lose a job over.
  3. Erik

    Is Annihilationism Biblical?

    Revelation 14:10-11 - which is referring to those on earth...those that follow the beast will have no rest. I can't help but think of the people of Nazi Germany how their experience must have been similiar in imagery. The allies closing in and bombs dropping everywhere - they must have been tormented by the fire from the sky and I'm sure they had no rest day or night - by following that beast they sure experienced something similiar....I also know that those who follow Satan dont get the Peace that is promised to those that follow Christ. Well even to this day the smoke of Nazi Germany is rising in the sky - the same way the smoke of Sodom and Gomorrah still rise. Revelation 20:10 refers to Satan - not unbelievers You mentioned that Both groups are assigned to (1) the same place (The Lake of Fire)....do you think Satan will be burned up, destroyed, turned to ashes, and perish they way that it is described for the unsaved? The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah being told to us as our example.2 Peter 2:6
  4. What is required for salvation is that you believe in Jesus Christ and you accept him as Lord and Saviour. (John 3:16, Acts 16:31). God doesn’t make you believe - it’s a choice that you have. A choice only made possible by the grace of God. It’s silly and doesn’t even make sense to think God makes everyone believe whether they want to or not . You’ve definitely been elected and you’ve definitely been predestined by God but no where in the Bible does it say God made you believe. Again, that’s silly and doesn’t even make sense. The fact that the more people that hear the gospel the more that believe debunks that. Did he make it possible for you to believe? Yes, without hearing and learning of the goodness of God you would have never known or searched for God. Without Him sending his son to die for our sins we would all be condemned to death. We’ve contributed nothing to our salvation. It’s is only by the grace of God that salvation is possible. God told Adam what the penalty for sin was (Genesis 2:17), So did Jesus (John 6:50), and so did Paul (Romans 6:23). You’ll find none of them mention what you seem to think is soooo important to believe. It’s a false Catholic doctrine that doesn’t even make sense. Burning up, perishing, destroyed, death, die, kill, destruction. Those are some of the terms they use to describe the fate of man because of sin. Taking a simple message and creating a man made fallible doctrine that over complicates the inspired infallible word of God to the point of not even making sense is Doctrine that should be re-examined regardless of how long it’s been a doctrine.
  5. I was referring to your interpetation of the topic - the one that isn't taught by Jesus or any author in the Bible...oh and that doesn't make sense
  6. I supported Trump from the time he announced so not strange to me but with Cruz being an option I said strange only because I think he more aligned with Falwell's views and beliefs.
  7. Wow very strange...I can only think (or hope) that he assumed Trump would be the nomination
  8. Your positons on both are not taught by Jesus or any other bible author. And neither of your positions even make any sense. I've been studying the Bible since 1977. I didn't think it necessary to point out all the Baptists organizations that disagree with these positions. Southern Baptists do not represent the majority of Baptists in America.
  9. Was Falwell's endorsement before the nomination? - I agree Cruz was a much better abortion option.
  10. As a Falwell backer and Liberty alum I hate to say this....but I agree with you. LOL. The abortion issue is driving the endorsement.
  11. The truth is in the Scriptures - dont' be so proud to think you know it all or that all you believe is correct. Let the Spirit guide you. I agree 100% with the doctrines listed in this sites Statement of Faith except for some of the details regarding Predestination and I'd replace "eternal punishment" with "death". I would consider our beliefs to be very similiar in general but there are a few differences obvioulsy.
  12. Yes you have to have knowledge first. Everyone I know has the knowledge of Jesus but that knowledge isn’t going to save them. God will save those that in their hearts believe in that knowledge. Let me ask you a question. Do you have a choice in whether you believe in the Calvinistic doctrine of predestination?
  13. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭10:9-10‬ ‭KJV‬‬ “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭21:2‬ ‭KJV‬‬ “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭4:23‬ ‭KJV‬‬ .... for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” ‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭16:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬ “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:8‬ ‭KJV‬‬ knowledge is nice but salvation comes by believing in your heart.
  14. I’m pretty sure It’s the heart that God is interested in.
  15. I apologize if you took it that way, that was not my intent...I brought up Baptists for the purposes of pointing out that my position is not unique but is the position that many Baptists also have. Officially the Baptists church has not taken a position from an Armenian or Calvanistisc view on predenstination.
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