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  1. What was the appeal? Is it just worship and because we feel so good we will accept anything you tell us? Do these fellowship read scripture or know the Lord? I saw Todd Bentley and was surprised at his approach and lack of scripture or anything that was really christian. Pump up the congregation and then have a wow session with angels and wonders......
  2. "Kenneth Copeland is one of my spiritual Teachers" This is a first for me, to meet someone who openly says this. His appeal is very wide based on the number of people in his videos etc. and the wealth of his mansions etc. I am at a loss as to how he continues, but some very well off people, as well as poor people giving their heart and soul to his "ministry" keep it all afloat. The idea that he has power to control the weather or any authority at all, is simply a wonder of hollywood proportions.
  3. It is interesting thinking about faith. When I trust scripture, do I really trust scripture or am I just hoping what I have got is ok, and do not push it too far, or it might fall apart. A christian who is following Jesus, pushes everything they can in Him, to find its truth. Today I took up a challenge of contradictions. Someone talked about the contradictions, and mentioned seeing God. Turns out many have miss-quoted God. Seeing God is seeing His face, the reality of who He is. "you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live." Exodus 33:20 How many times do we give up at apparent problems, rather than waiting for wisdom to dawn in our hearts? Do we love love itself, or just the idea of salvation and security? Do we want that which Christ is offering, but only on certain conditions, because we are not sure we can trust Him? In truth we have limits, and what we can cope with. But as I walk with Jesus, I discover actually He is taking me forwards, it is just His pace is real, while mine is I want to arrive after I have just taken the first step. God bless you.
  4. Atheist evolutionists amaze me 1. The universe was created through a creative event, the big bang 2. Galaxies exist in billions of versions 3. Our planet can exist only in a universe so precise it must be created 4. Our solar system is so stable, there must be vast events to set up that are no longer present The only explanation for this is creative special events, yet it cannot be God. Origins of life 1. Life to exist must exist with 500,000 base pairs of DNA, which program it all. It is impossible to come into existence without creation. 2. With all our knowledge no stable isolated place has ever been found or reproduced to create life. 3. Once life is established, it has the mechanisms to adapt and adjust so life continues. The creative system works once created. 4. Life is so unbelievably fragile it only exists on our planet, everywhere else is sterile, as far as we know or understand. 5. The universe is unbelievably hostile, where for us to even spend a week in space damages our health, and will kill us if left exposed. I love the connectedness of life, based solely on DNA and the way to reproduce coding. One massive creative design, provides all this massive variation, and ability. If one wants to get a picture of life and its beauty and fragility, consider coral reefs. They survive within a 4 degrees C temperature window. Go outside this, they die. Everything we see today is bounded by such tight variations. But go just 100 miles up into the sky and we are dead, everything literally freezes or fries, cooked and destroyed by cosmic radiation. What a creator who blesses us so? And one meteor just a mile across hitting earth, the end. Man is so stubborn, to bend the knee and submit to love and walking in harmony with others is so wrong to them, any excuse, no matter how remote is better than just repenting and loving their Lord and their fellow man.
  5. When you suggest the onus is not on us, what onus? In a marriage, is the marriage maintained because the two people try to maintain it, or they learn the rules of how to love, forgiven, listen and grow together? I ask this because I get the feeling many have a certain faith in Jesus, but do not want to go deeper or be challenged or explore what Jesus actually means through the many parables and stories He came with. If you give a challenging sermon about reconciliation and forgiveness, some come and ask, "Do I need to love others?" One could argue until one has reached maturity one never really started the walk, except that would not be true. Peter was one of the most enthusiastic disciples, yet Jesus had to pray that he would not lose his faith. I my marriage I know I need to express my love of my wife, because it is there and also to not do so would be to deny the reality of our bond and start to let it go. So in a sense to kill something that is real, is to stop acknowledging its reality. In Jesus many would call this back sliding, letting their first love grow cold. Jesus acknowledged this to the churches in revelations, that we need to renew and overcome the things that dim the beauty of His work in our hearts. So I would rather emphasis the need to recognise the eternal nature of our life in Him, and to continue our walk. Praise the Lord I cannot see into others, or know their struggles because it would probably crush me, for only Jesus can heal, transform and change these situations to His glory. God bless you
  6. Jesus calls us to obey and follow. Why do you think He calls? So that we might just say impossible this this just a joke, I will stay as I am, or through following we change, grow and achieve the very things we started as saying is impossible. 25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, "Who then can be saved?" 26 Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." 27 Peter answered him, "We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?" 28 Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. 30 But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first. Matt 19 Before you start a journey you do not know if you will finish it or how you will do. Communion and fellowship with Jesus and His people is our calling. As far as progress is concerned Paul says it like this 3 I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. 4 My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. 5 Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men's hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God. 1 Cor 4 What is often difficult is after one has changed to say how one will react to new situations. Paul said this is to be our goal Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. 2 Cor 13 God bless you
  7. After spending many years in church, I have become convinced it is all about our hearts. Our goal is to walk like Jesus, no matter how distant that appears, walking towards the goal is our path. Purity, holiness, repentance, cleansing, loving, caring is foundational. The most resistance I have come across is from "believers" who have a problem in their own lives, which appears linked to closed hearts, pain and a desire to not forgive or resolve issues from their past. The thief on the cross could not show all these aspects in their life, but they did repent, confess, put their faith in Jesus and asked Him to help. It is this golden thread that seems fundamental. I have met many with varying experiences and emphasises but if the hearts are cleansed and sort we have a great fellowship, which I am always amazed at. On the other hand those who seem most opposed have closed hearts and found Jesus's words condemning and difficult to face. I love Jesus's promises to be with us if we seek Him and His ways. 29 But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul. Deut 4 9 "So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened." Luke 11 23 Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him." John 14
  8. "Sounds like the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Are we not animated by the Holy Spirit even to Glorification?" I agree it sounds like this, except it is not. Sounds like you have not come across this before. God bless you
  9. Thanks William. I understand your caution about beliefs of others. I am an evangelical, preaching repentance of sin and faith in Christ and the cross. It is interesting how many I have come across appear to say the same things, yet actually have changed the meaning of the words. So this is where I find myself on the subject of falling away. Jesus changed my life, shook me to my foundations and showed how His love surpasses anything I can conceive. I am just a servant, who He calls friend, and calls me to learn and walk His way. The more I walk the deeper I see and get in Him. So falling away seems like a distant idea. It is like a tree being told would you become an acorn again. But then I ask, can I judge others. I have friends who came close to faith, but never seemed to resolve their issues and hurts in their life, and in the end have fallen away, kind of. So it strikes me this is actually about our hearts. Are our hearts open to Him? Do we know what it is to love our brothers and sisters in Christ like Jesus loved us? That is quite a calling, and something that I go, I do not know, and I am not sure I want to know. And the reason is because I still carry hurts, defence, conditions about my relationship with others. Why would I choose to get hurt and be vulnerable? Why would I risk having demands on me that I would find hard to say no to? Why does the above matter? Because I have found theology and peoples positions seem to shift to match their emotional view on life, rather than Jesus and the Holy Spirit shifts their emotional view to His view. It is why some can come to faith, and not want to pay the price, and then leave empty handed. Saved or unsaved? In our family, my daughter is dating a young man. A few days ago, his father took his own life. This is a christian family, yet emotion, need, hurt overwhelmed them to a tragic conclusion. The sin would be to talk about destinations or spiritual reality, rather than mourning with these folk. God can heal, God in us can overcome, the cross testifies to this. And so this is where I stand. We need to love and walk on, knowing in His we have our rest, Amen. God bless you
  10. Hi William, I have come across a group called Hyper Grace, who talk about having an eternal spirit, perfect, pure, holy and a totally depraved flesh that Jesus will remove and replace with an eternal body. They appear to ignore sinful behaviour calling it of the flesh, claiming past, present and future sin forgiven so not relevant. For them the only question was do you believe in Jesus or are you in unbelief not believing in Jesus so doomed to hell. This is extended into churches saying all church goers are lost self righteous hypocrites doomed to hell, unless they believe the exact right way, like they do. After some time discussing with them and getting a framework of belief it seemed like a version of gnosticism. Surprisingly to me is how much of the christian community on line actually agreed with these ideas. So given your testimony, I was wondering what you take was on this movement and their theology, Joseph Prince being one core teacher of their perspective. God bless you
  11. How is man not involved in his salvation? Do we not have to believe and bear fruit to be saved? 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit--fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. John 15 9 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. Luke 3 If the seed is planted in our hearts, and breaks forth to produce a bad tree with bad fruit what are we? If the seed is planted in our hearts and breaks forth but produces no fruit what are we? Gods elect are chosen from the beginning of time, but only the Lord knows who are His. If we do not respond to His word, we are not His sheep. So I see a causal link here 17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. Rom 10
  12. I agree with you that the term trinity can be confusing. I would also say it is a useful way of separating out heresy from true faith. Jesus had to be God for forgiveness of sins to work. We killed Jesus, the ultimate creator and maker of all things. But Jesus is Gods message, His spoken word in human form. The very words of God we memorise are Jesus as well. The Holy Spirit could not come on the disciples until Jesus died and rose again as the true atoning sacrifice. At the baptism of Jesus, the Holy Spirit fell upon Him as an anointing of His work. On the mountain of transfiguration, the Father showed His pleasure in His son and His work, the beginning of the Kingdom on earth and His people demonstrating it through their lives. Interestingly scripture is clear they received the Holy Spirit in their lives at Christs appearance in the upper room.
  13. I have noticed recently a large part of the christian church has started to believe in a perfect eternal spirit that anoints them at coming to faith that they can never lose despite losing faith and walking in a sinful lifestyle. The theology appears to base itself on the idea we are spirit and not physical entities, so once the sinful flesh is removed, remade perfection will start. Strangely they believe their sin is not them, just the flesh and they no longer need to repent or feel sorrow for sin, or have conviction of guilt because in Jesus they are forgiven eternally irrespective of there behaviour now or in the future. I am interested in foundations, and noticed such folk do not believe the heart can be purified, cleansed, washed, made Holy, so that we become temples of the Holy Spirit. So the fulfilment of the cross is just a partial spiritual experience but more or less things can stay asis and that is salvation in Jesus. I disagree. I disagree because love challenges our heart, the cross and Jesus calls us to walk in obedience to Him, and our hearts can be cleansed. God calls us to love him with our hearts, minds, soul, and strength. Nothing about spirit, and everything about things we can effect. It seems to me that maybe transformation of the believer and the walk of love is not fully understood by many, as the outworking of faith. One could argue this is in agreement with total depravity ideas, that failure is guaranteed. But as sinners we are enemies of God, but in communion surely we are saints, redeemed and capable of seeing the fulfilment of His power in our hearts? If God chose us to become like His son, and He works in us to bring this about, why is it not fulfilled?
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