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  1. Do not true works issue from faith? (Heb 11)...as whatever is not of faith is sin. (Rom 14:23) Also, It seems only the 'dead' (mentioned 4 times) are judged at the WT Judgment. Revelation 20:12-13 NASB [12] And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. [13] And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds.
  2. Now that's a big DUHH, but then again most copy catters are.
  3. I would think so, but we had attended a RCUS (Reformed Church in the United States) a while back and the assistant pastor (elder) was teaching that all will be before the White Throne Judgment. So I was wondering if there was an official Reformed position on that.
  4. Nope. The Lord continually opens the hearts and eyes of our understanding as believers.
  5. I had to take a 2nd look at what at first seemed to be a persuasive verse only to notice... [14] A woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul. Acts 16:14 NASB ...that Lydia was already a worshiper of God, so she was already a believer and needed no regeneration but only the hearing of 'a more excellent way'...or were old testament saints not born again/regenerated? (An interesting discussion in and of itself)
  6. For the believer in Jesus or not? And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. (Rev 20:11) And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. (Rev 20:12) And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. (Rev 20:13) And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. (Rev 20:14) And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (Rev 20:15) I'm thinking of... Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. (Joh 5:24)
  7. That's a hard question to answer. Should all people believe that there is a CREATOR? Does creation itself provide sufficient evidence that some sort of 'god' must exist? So are atheists guilty of 'would not' believe in God or 'could not' believe in God? Is belief in a God really impossible, or are atheists simply unwilling to believe. That is a hair too fine for me to split ... "above my pay grade", as they say. I believe the handiwork of creation leaves man without excuse but not necessarily reveals God himself.At least it is sufficient to show there is something much greater than man involved. In those periods of times there may also have been more obstacles to believing even though there was increased access to the Gospel. Like today...Gospel in abundance...secular humanism in abundance, but yes, his grace is sufficient.
  8. I think I have answered this three times or so. Not all men are capable of believing, it takes a Divine work of drawing, convicting, enlightening etc., by God's Word and Spirit. Yet that is no guarantee some still won't resist and turn away.at the point of receiving. (Heb 6:4-6) This goes back to the simultaneousness of God's Word of promise creating faith/ new life / new creation if not resisted. Why some resist the means of grace and not others would be the question I'd ask. Scripture says how regeneration happens... 1 Peter 1:23 (KJV) Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. This perhaps happen before a person 'raises their hand for Jesus' but it still takes God's Word. It may take months before the planted seed breaks the soil, or the conceived child to be birthed. I believe it is rightly said that faith is the empty hand that receives a gracious gift.
  9. That is a big 'if'. Don't you think God's disciplining of His children is effective (Heb 12) or if not, He would take them 'home' not willing that any of His should perish? Not exactly what I believe. I believe It's a matter of Him holding our hand, not a matter of how tight we hold His. He is Faithful, we aren't.
  10. No, I wouldn't call believing a meritorious work. It is rather a response to the light given. Not all are saved because... John 3:19-20 (KJV) And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. And there are somethings we don't know because of our finite faculties. 1 Corinthians 13:12 (KJV) For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. Good, I don't think I brought it up.I agree John 3:16 (a shortened version of 1Cor 15:1-4) in and of itself does not convey the ability/power to believe. Whenever I read of predestination it is in reference to 'in His Son' and for such things as 'conformed to His image' or some type of service. e.g. Ro 8:29-30; Eph 1:5,11
  11. I understand the logic and deductive reasoning (geometry was my best subject) but when it comes to the eternal realm of God's hidden council etc., I prefer to stick with what has been written. I useed to go around in circles with Phil Johnson on this topic, back when Al Gore invented the internet lol. God has demonstrated grace to everyone according to Rom 1, John 16 etc., in that He reveals himself in nature, man's conscience and convicts man of sin, righteousness and judgment. I see little difference between soft and double predestination as it results in the same. (to pass over is essentially to assign to perdition). There are things to be predestined for the believing, such as elect to be conformed to His image. True, man left to himself will perish but God has left Him witness by His Word and Holy Spirit, which are able to call the dead to life. (in that quickening, man must choose). Yes, I have read J.I. Packer's 'Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God' where he pretty much sums up that we witness to the lost out of an act of obedience. (it's been a long time since I've read it...1990)
  12. Would you say, 'they would not because they could not due to their depravity? Either way, it is the issue of God showing effectual favoritism towards some while judging others guilty for the same short coming that doesn't compute.
  13. That was another aberrant movement my wife was caught up in when I met her, and your right, it kills faith by breeding discouragement when the fantasy demands don't materialize. Hehe. I basically hold to that once a person is truly regenerated, God will complete what He began Wrong spirit... 1 John 2:18-19,22 NASBS [18] Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour. [19] They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us. [22] Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. Eastern Orthodox.
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