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  1. I didn't say it wasn't biblical, I was merely highlighting who the majority of the people that view the sign are. Pearls before swine, basically.
  2. I am curious as to what denomination this church is a part of. Quite honestly the leadership in this church went the wrong direction. If they have members that have a problem with biblical truths then it is possible they are merely sunday morning christians and needed a good dose of biblical truth regardless of the backlash from the surrounding culture. That being said, I wonder and at the wisdom of the pastor putting that kind of a message on the church's sign. It is one thing to preach truth from the pulpit, where those that should be seeking to live Godly lives can be edified, it is completely another to basically drape pearls from the sign so that the swine of the culture make their usual noises.
  3. Knotical

    A conflict with a pastor

    Well, you were a bit out of line in that response, if not completely out of left field. Reason being it is unnecessary to equate looking for help from a Christian organization with requesting it from some secular organization. There would be no reason for anyone from the secular organization to even care about approaching a pastor of a church as a character reference for the person requesting help. When it comes to a Christian organization it is reasonable for the leadership to be careful about what other organizations they associate with. If the pastor feels the leader of the organization your friend is approaching is antisemite, and therefore, will not have any dealings with that is their choice. That does not mean he has a double standard.
  4. Knotical

    A conflict with a pastor

    We are going to need a bit more to go on than this. Why would you consider him showing a double-standard? What was the issue? Why did you feel you needed to confront him about it directly, rather than speaking to an elder about it?
  5. The doctor should be tried for involuntary manslaughter, but since it is California he will just get a slap on the wrist.
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    Electrical Question

    That is true for modern houses, but mine was built in the 50's, and subsequently added onto, but apparently not at a time where grounding was required. Most of the house is not grounded. The only things I can figure that are is the HVAC system on the roof, and the power running to the detached garage (which I will have to have more than one breaker for, but that is another story).
  7. What the....three hours!? @Becky there is plenty going on in Texas, and Idaho for that matter.
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    Works Righteousness

    It is not surprising you would arrogantly hold onto your erroneous conclusions. Though, you would do well to not rely on your own understanding. Going back to Williams question, do you confess the nicene creed, or any other for that matter?
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    Works Righteousness

    No one said that works of righteousness were required. Works of righteousness are a demonstration that we have salvation, not a requirement of it. It goes to the fruits of the Spirit. If we are demonstrating the fruits of the Spirit willingly and without prompting it is an outward sign of our salvation.
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    Works Righteousness

    Ultimately only God truly knows the disposition of your salvation, however, if you are willingly living a sinful lifestyle then it is possible you never received salvation in the first place. Without saying specifically that you are or are not saved, your actions and fruits will speak volumes toward answering this question.
  11. Huh, that is odd. She told me she grew up on Jakku. I don't know who to believe anymore.
  12. I have been following this developing story for a little while. Especially, since they were working toward opening a plant near the town in which I was living, which would help the local economy. This latest news is good, but should be taken with a grain of salt. Faraday Future settles dispute with investor, but it's not out of the woods - Electrek ELECTREK.CO Faraday Future, once seen as the main EV startup, had a tough 2018, but it announced that it closed out the year by settling its dispute with its main investor. Though it doesn’t mean that it…
  13. There is too much speculation and assumption that goes with getting to the point where you believe that evolution is real. It assumes that the world is billions of years ago, which is based on an unreliable and flawed method of dating things (carbon dating). The Bible, if you take the time to extrapolate using genealogies (which some people have already done), clearly shows that the world is somewhere in the ballpark of 6000 years old. There have been plenty of recent events that flies in the face of assuming the world is even millions of years old. When it comes to scientific conclusion we are relying on theories that were developed by humans and are accepted as fact even though they contradict the bible. Let me ask you this, which of these two is perfect and will not lie: God or humans? Once you answer that question whom will you more readily believe when it comes to something that no one on this planet has personally witnessed?
  14. Alabama police department blames crimes on rejection of God WWW.FOXNEWS.COM A rural Alabama police department that used social media to scold community members for rejecting God is coming under fire from a group that opposes mixing government and religious faith. What is also remarkable is how the anti-religious group misses the point of separation of church and state.
  15. You know it is getting bad when you have to doublecheck the source to make sure something isn't satirical or not. I could totally see this happening.

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