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  1. That's great news 🙂 Now Ruth Bader needs to pop back out of the carbonite she's encased herself in and retire so that we can get another conservative onto the bench this year Ruth Bader Ginsburg Encased In Carbonite Until Next Court Session BABYLONBEE.COM WASHINGTON, D.C.—With President Trump now nominating his second justice to the Supreme Court, a lot of attention is being paid to the oldest Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Critics fear that if Trump replaces her, it would shift the court far to the right. She’s in fine health for now, though, according to the […]
  2. Hi Barbara, I hope that's not true, of at least most true Christians anyway. I know I don't "hate" JW's, whether they are family members, friends, or the ones that used to ring my doorbell. I've typically found JW's (and LDS for that matter), to be both kind and reasonable people (so much so in the case of the JW's at my door that I've invited them in a couple of times to talk). That said, if you guys are truly "Christian", then that means that we cannot be (and visa versa). While I do not hate you for believing what you do, I do believe the absolute best that can be said of many of the Watchtower's teachings/doctrines, especially in the areas of Christology & soteriology (and theology in general), is that they are deceptive. I hope you will continue to search for the truth about God and salvation, because if you believe what the Watchtower is teaching, I also believe you are trusting both a teaching and an organization that has been proven to be wrong. --David p.s. - my local JW's must consider me a lost cause, because they no longer come to my door to talk, or even to leave literature, though I assure you that I was never anything but cordial when I was talking to them in the past.
  3. This is an interesting Tucker Carlson interview of author Christina Hoff Sommers. An ongoing war on men? What do you think? [video=youtube_share;n0wCBFNTVhk]
  4. Hi IF, I got these quotes from a Roman Catholic source/website, so the commentary on the quotes and the opinions about what Calvin meant are all from Romans Catholics. IOW, this is hardly Institutes. I agree with some of it, and some of it I do not (as I mentioned at the top of the OP), so please read it with that understanding in mind. --David
  5. Hi William, I don't think so. By itself, that verse presents a number of challenges, not the least of which is the Lord's comment to Mary about not clinging to Him (when He seems to do just the opposite a little while later in John with St. Thomas). I'm going to add a short except to my post above about the "My Father/your Father//My God/your God" part. I look forward to discussing this further, but it's going to have to be tomorrow when I do so. --David
  6. Hi Sue, we also get some help from the Greek. The word translated "flood" and/or "river" in Relation 12 is ποταμοφόρητος [potamophoretos]. However, whenever Noah's worldwide "flood" is spoken of in the rest of the NT, a completely different Greek word is consistently used, κατακλυσμός [kataklusmos] (κατακλυσμός literally meaning flood or deluge, never a flowing river like ποταμοφόρητος does). Here's one of the NT examples of the use of κατακλυσμός [kataklusmos]/"flood" in context, as well some of the rest of what is being discussed in this thread. 2 Peter 2 4 If God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment; 5 and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; 6 and if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly lives thereafter; 7 and if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men 8 (for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds), 9 then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment, 10 and especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority. Now, if it's Satan rather than God who is doing all of these things (as @Israel seems to believe it is), then nothing less than silliness ensues. For instance, instead of God consigning demons to Hell (as we clearly see that He does in v4 above), we have Satan doing it, which means that Satan will be throwing his own demonic forces into Hell, and that he would eventually have to throw himself into Hell as well And if it was Satan who destroyed all the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah (save 3, Lot and his two daughters), instead of God, as well the one who was responsible for killing every single person on this planet in a worldwide flood (save 8) again, instead of God, then that can only mean one of two things: 1. God had the power to stop Satan but He chose not to do so for some reason (?) or 2. God didn't have the power to stop Satan, so He was forced to just sit back and watch in horror as Satan murdered all those people. Neither scenario is Biblical, nor is either one acceptable, so I will stop right here. In Christ, David
  7. Hi Andrew, WELCOME TO CF Just to be clear about what you just said above, you believe the name of God the Father is Jesus, the name of God the Son is Jesus, and the name of the God the Holy Spirit is Jesus? If I have misunderstood what you meant, please tell me how. Thanks! Yours and His, David
  8. Hi GO, I will grant that as believers will have to wrestle with our "old self"/"old man" for the balance of our lives on this side of Glory (hopefully with decreasing regularity, of course, as we mature in Christ). However, are we not given a new nature when were are regenerated/caused to be "born again" by God, when we are given a new heart/quickened to spiritual life and made into wholly "new creatures" in His Son? For that matter, were we not acting ACCORDING to our old/fallen nature as unbelievers when we sinned, and are we not now, as Christians, acting AGAINST our new nature in Christ whenever we do the same? Believing is only possible BECAUSE God changes us before we believe (so that we can believe), because of the "gift" of saving faith He gives us .. Ephesians 2:8. IOW, regeneration (must) precede faith. As for unborn children/infants who die, are you saying they had no free will to begin with, that it perhaps develops in each of us as we reach the age of accountability (whenever that is)? If this is true, then wouldn't an abortion be the most loving thing a parent could do for their child, because such an act would guarantee them a spot in Heaven? (again, only if what you are saying is true about unborn children/infants) Thanks! --David
  9. Hi GO, I think there may be too much in your post to reply to all of it at once, so I'll start by replying to part of it. As far as the Scriptures above are concerned, when the Bible talks about the "whole world", it's referring to the Jews AND the Greeks (Gentiles), not the Jews ALONE. IOW, it refers to both Jews AND non-Jews, all tribes, all nations, all tongues, etc., the people of the entire world w/o distinction, not every individual in the world w/o exception! Both Arminianism and Calvinism teach this. The difference in the two is a matter of grace. Calvinism teaches that those who chose to believe are only able to do so because of God's grace, where Arminianism teaches that those who choose to believe do so apart from God's grace. You continue: All of these verses unquestionably teach that the atonement is limited to those who come to saving faith in Christ. Again, both Calvinism and Arminianism teach this very thing. What these verses don't tell us is 'why' we make the choice to believe in the first place, and/or how such a thing is possible for a race of beings who are described like this outside of Christ: e.g. Romans 3:10-12; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 2:1-3. You continue: The part you've written in above (in bold) is not part of John 10. In fact, it directly contradicts what John 10:28 just finished teaching us about the perseverance of the saints. Please explain your reason for adding it. Thanks! I'll stop here for now. Yours and His, David John 6:37-40 (excerpt) All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and .. of all that He has given Me I lose nothing , but raise it up on the last day.
  10. Hi Sue, no problem. Being a Calvinist, I have come across that name pretty often in my studies and in my discussions over the last 30 years. --David
  11. Jacob/Jacobus Arminius.
  12. “Know that the LORD Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves…” -Psalm 100:3 Preamble Evangelical Christians at the dawn of the twenty-first century find themselves living in a period of historic transition. As Western culture has become increasingly post-Christian, it has embarked upon a massive revision of what it means to be a human being. By and large the spirit of our age no longer discerns or delights in the beauty of God’s design for human life. Many deny that God created human beings for his glory, and that his good purposes for us include our personal and physical design as male and female. It is common to think that human identity as male and female is not part of God’s beautiful plan, but is, rather, an expression of an individual’s autonomous preferences. The pathway to full and lasting joy through God’s good design for his creatures is thus replaced by the path of shortsighted alternatives that, sooner or later, ruin human life and dishonor God. This secular spirit of our age presents a great challenge to the Christian church. Will the church of the Lord Jesus Christ lose her biblical conviction, clarity, and courage, and blend into the spirit of the age? Or will she hold fast to the word of life, draw courage from Jesus, and unashamedly proclaim his way as the way of life? Will she maintain her clear, counter-cultural witness to a world that seems bent on ruin? We are persuaded that faithfulness in our generation means declaring once again the true story of the world and of our place in it—particularly as male and female. Christian Scripture teaches that there is but one God who alone is Creator and Lord of all. To him alone, every person owes gladhearted thanksgiving, heart-felt praise, and total allegiance. This is the path not only of glorifying God, but of knowing ourselves. To forget our Creator is to forget who we are, for he made us for himself. And we cannot know ourselves truly without truly knowing him who made us. We did not make ourselves. We are not our own. Our true identity, as male and female persons, is given by God. It is not only foolish, but hopeless, to try to make ourselves what God did not create us to be. We believe that God’s design for his creation and his way of salvation serve to bring him the greatest glory and bring us the greatest good. God’s good plan provides us with the greatest freedom. Jesus said he came that we might have life and have it in overflowing measure. He is for us and not against us. Therefore, in the hope of serving Christ’s church and witnessing publicly to the good purposes of God for human sexuality revealed in Christian Scripture, we offer the following affirmations and denials. Article 1 WE AFFIRM that God has designed marriage to be a covenantal, sexual, procreative, lifelong union of one man and one woman, as husband and wife, and is meant to signify the covenant love between Christ and his bride the church. WE DENY that God has designed marriage to be a homosexual, polygamous, or polyamorous relationship. We also deny that marriage is a mere human contract rather than a covenant made before God. Article 2 WE AFFIRM that God’s revealed will for all people is chastity outside of marriage and fidelity within marriage. WE DENY that any affections, desires, or commitments ever justify sexual intercourse before or outside marriage; nor do they justify any form of sexual immorality. Article 3 WE AFFIRM that God created Adam and Eve, the first human beings, in his own image, equal before God as persons, and distinct as male and female. WE DENY that the divinely ordained differences between male and female render them unequal in dignity or worth. Article 4 WE AFFIRM that divinely ordained differences between male and female reflect God’s original creation design and are meant for human good and human flourishing. WE DENY that such differences are a result of the Fall or are a tragedy to be overcome. Article 5 WE AFFIRM that the differences between male and female reproductive structures are integral to God’s design for self-conception as male or female. WE DENY that physical anomalies or psychological conditions nullify the God-appointed link between biological sex and self-conception as male or female. Article 6 WE AFFIRM that those born with a physical disorder of sex development are created in the image of God and have dignity and worth equal to all other image-bearers. They are acknowledged by our Lord Jesus in his words about “eunuchs who were born that way from their mother's womb.” With all others they are welcome as faithful followers of Jesus Christ and should embrace their biological sex insofar as it may be known. WE DENY that ambiguities related to a person’s biological sex render one incapable of living a fruitful life in joyful obedience to Christ. Article 7 WE AFFIRM that self-conception as male or female should be defined by God’s holy purposes in creation and redemption as revealed in Scripture. WE DENY that adopting a homosexual or transgender self-conception is consistent with God’s holy purposes in creation and redemption. Article 8 WE AFFIRM that people who experience sexual attraction for the same sex may live a rich and fruitful life pleasing to God through faith in Jesus Christ, as they, like all Christians, walk in purity of life. WE DENY that sexual attraction for the same sex is part of the natural goodness of God’s original creation, or that it puts a person outside the hope of the gospel. Article 9 WE AFFIRM that sin distorts sexual desires by directing them away from the marriage covenant and toward sexual immorality— a distortion that includes both heterosexual and homosexual immorality. WE DENY that an enduring pattern of desire for sexual immorality justifies sexually immoral behavior. Article 10 WE AFFIRM that it is sinful to approve of homosexual immorality or transgenderism and that such approval constitutes an essential departure from Christian faithfulness and witness. WE DENY that the approval of homosexual immorality or transgenderism is a matter of moral indifference about which otherwise faithful Christians should agree to disagree. Article 11 WE AFFIRM our duty to speak the truth in love at all times, including when we speak to or about one another as male or female. WE DENY any obligation to speak in such ways that dishonor God’s design of his imagebearers as male and female. Article 12 WE AFFIRM that the grace of God in Christ gives both merciful pardon and transforming power, and that this pardon and power enable a follower of Jesus to put to death sinful desires and to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord. WE DENY that the grace of God in Christ is insufficient to forgive all sexual sins and to give power for holiness to every believer who feels drawn into sexual sin. Article 13 WE AFFIRM that the grace of God in Christ enables sinners to forsake transgender selfconceptions and by divine forbearance to accept the God-ordained link between one’s biological sex and one’s self-conception as male or female. WE DENY that the grace of God in Christ sanctions self-conceptions that are at odds with God’s revealed will. Article 14 WE AFFIRM that Christ Jesus has come into the world to save sinners and that through Christ’s death and resurrection forgiveness of sins and eternal life are available to every person who repents of sin and trusts in Christ alone as Savior, Lord, and supreme treasure. WE DENY that the Lord’s arm is too short to save or that any sinner is beyond his reach. Initial Signatories page 1 only Institutional affiliation for identification purposes only Denny Burk President, Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood John Piper Founder & Teacher, Desiring God Chancellor, Bethlehem Seminary and College James Dobson Founder, Focus on the Family Russell Moore President, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission J. I. Packer Professor of Theology, Regent College Wayne Grudem Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary R. Albert Mohler, Jr. President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Tony Perkins President, Family Research Council D. A. Carson Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School John MacArthur Pastor, Grace Community Church President, The Master’s Seminary and College Sam Allberry Speaker & Apologist, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries R. C. Sproul Founder & Chairman, Ligonier Ministries Rosaria Butterfield Author of The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert Francis Chan Author & Pastor, We Are Church Marvin Olasky Editor in Chief, World Magazine Ligon Duncan Chancellor & CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary Steve Gaines President, The Southern Baptist Convention Pastor, Bellevue Baptist Church Andrew T. Walker Director of Policy Studies, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission H. B. Charles, Jr. Pastor, Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church Christopher Yuan Speaker & Author, Moody Bible Institute Dennis Rainey Founder & Former President, FamilyLife Frank Page President & CEO, Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee Former SBC President Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth Author & Speaker, Revive Our Hearts Daniel L. Akin President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Kevin DeYoung Senior Pastor, Christ Covenant Church Alistair Begg Reverend, Parkside Church Heath Lambert Executive Director, Association of Certified Biblical Counselors Jerry A. Johnson President & CEO, National Religious Broadcasters Mark Dever Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church Randy Alcorn Director, Eternal Perspectives Ministries Karen Swallow Prior Professor of English, Liberty University Matt Chandler Pastor, The Village Church Fred Luter Senior Pastor, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church Former SBC President James MacDonald Founder and Senior Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel Former SBC President James Merritt Pastor, Cross Pointe Church Jack Graham Pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church ~https://cbmw.org/nashville-statement/ --David
  13. Hi MennoSota, first off, WELCOME TO CF That said, it seems to me that the Bible supports the idea of a "just war" (if I'm understanding the term correctly), mostly because its Author fully supports the idea and need for societal justice and peace (which is, sadly, a fleeting possession which must be fought for at times). Quite frankly, the only reason that pacifists are able to live in peace in this world is due to the fact that others aren't (pacifists). St. Paul says: Romans 13 1 Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities . For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. 3 For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; 4 for it is a minister of God to you for good . But if you do what is evil, be afraid; it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God , an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil . 5 Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. 7 Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor. Yours and His, David Ecclesiastes 3 1 There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven. 2 A time to give birth, and a time to die; A time to plant, and a time to uproot what is planted. 3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; A time to tear down, and a time to build up. 4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance. 5 A time to throw stones, and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, and a time to shun embracing. 6 A time to search, and a time to give up as lost; A time to keep, and a time to throw away. 7 A time to tear apart, and a time to sew together; A time to be silent, and a time to speak. 8 A time to love, and a time to hate; A time for war , and a time for peace.
  14. Indeed Of course, we know that the Lord does wonderful things with confusing times, PTL (we need to faithfully survive them however)!
  15. Hi again LW, first off, where matters of conscience are concerned, you should take the time to resolve the matter in your heart and mind before you act against what your conscience is telling you. That said, this thought comes to mind. Now I realize that this is FAR more difficult to do than it is to talk about, but is there anyway you could choose to do a different kind of photography? For instance, I doubt you'd run into matters of conscience if you did tabletop and/or architectural photography There's the wedding photography business too, of course, but along with your disability being a possible problem for that, I suspect that you are not insane enough to go in that direction (however, people are normally dressed from head to toe at weddings, and if you have a personality that can survive the insanity, the $$ is great). Whoops, gotta go. I'll be back (Dv). --David
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