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it is the reading, meditating on and application of gods word in our lives that provides the opportunity for finding purpose, truth and salvation. Not merely reading it. The history of the bible shows it is the most printed book in the last 600 years but not the most widely read, sadly. Religious dogma has replaced truth of gods word, ritual and tradition. So obtain a good translation, read and seek to understand by letting the bible explain itself. Review key things because you will begin to understand who we are, why we need help and the consequences of not reaching out for that help now. Read, listen to gods word, obey and apply his principles then you will be blessed
30.03.2014 11:39
I wonder, if we can see signs of the Apocalypse coming, not only in social turmoil but in the natural world's decadence, Why is the church still encouraging women to have children? If we see millions of children without homes, How can it be good to encourage people to reproduce instead of adopting?
17.01.2014 18:46
If she is repulsed, there is no love. I guarantee that.
09.11.2013 20:36
IS PRAYING TO DEAD PEOPLE A SIN? Is it a sin to pray to the Virgin Mary and other dead saints? Matthew 4:10 Then Jesus said to him, "Go Satan! For it is written,' "You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.' " Praying to any person or anything is worship. WORSHIP DEFINED: To revere, stressing the feeling of awe or devotion. Adoring reverence or regard. Any worship of anyone or anything other than God is sin. The Virgin Mary is not God nor does she have the power to grant petitions of prayer. If men could pray to dead saints and get them answered, then why not pray to saint Moses, saint John The Baptist, saint Abraham, saint Job, saint Enoch, saint The Thief on The Cross or any other dead saint? Dead people cannot hear your prayers and if they could they would not have the power to answer them. Prayer is worship and only God deserves our worship. God knows our every thought. God is aware of every sin we commit. God knows our every move. God is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. Those are the attributes of God and what you would need in order to answer prayer. Neither the Virgin Mary, Moses, John The Baptist nor any other dead saint has the attributes of God. They cannot hear you nor can they answer YOUR PRAYERS. YES, TO PRAY TO ANYONE OTHER THAN GOD IS A SIN! YOU ARE INVITED TO FOLLOW MY CHRISTIAN BLOG. http:/steve-finnell.blogspot.com
22.10.2013 02:53
well im confuse,, but ..people always want to hurt me.. n im tired of it
15.10.2013 07:47
THE DOCTRINE OF FREE-WILL The teaching that men do not have free-will evolved from the false doctrine that men are saved by grace alone. There is not one place in the Bible that has grace and alone in the same sentence. If in fact men are saved by grace alone and have no free-will, there are many things that would be true. If men have no free-will, then God would have to force men to have faith so they could be saved. If men have no free-will, then God would have to force men to repent. If men have no free-will, then God would have to force men to confess Jesus as the Christ. If men have no free-will, then God would have to force men to be baptized for the forgiveness of their sins. If men have no free-will, then God would be responsible for all of the sins of mankind. If men have no free-will, why did the men on the Day of Pentecost ask "Brethren, what shall we do?" (Acts 2:37) If men have no free-will, then why did the jailer ask Paul and Silas, "What must I do to be saved?" (Acts 16:30) If men have no free-will, then why did Saul ask, "What shall I do Lord?" (Acts 22:10) Titus 2:11 For the grace of God has appeared, bring salvation to all men. God's grace is available to all men. Grace is not forced nor is it denied to any man. MEN HAVE FREE-WILL! YOU ARE INVITED TO FOLLOW MY CHRISTIAN BLOG>>>>http://steve-finnell.blogspot.com
04.10.2013 19:42
UNLESS THE FATHER DRAWS HIM John 6:44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day. What is the meaning of John 6:44? 1. Does it mean only a few, who have been selected by the Father, will be saved? No, it does not. 2. Does it mean that men only respond to the gospel because of irresistible grace? No, it does not. WHO ARE THOSE THAT THE FATHER DRAWS? John 6:45 It is written in the prophets, 'And they shall all be taught of God.' Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me. The Father draws all who hear and learn. The Father does not force anyone to hear or learn. Men have free-will. God does not impute faith into a few so they will believe and be saved. Faith does not come by injection. HOW DO MEN HEAR AND LEARN? Romans 10:13-14 for "Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved." 14 How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? Men need to hear the gospel before they can learn and believe. The Father draws men by the gospel. Romans 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. Faith comes from hearing the gospel. Faith does not come because the Father selected a chosen few, before the world began, to be saved. All who accept Jesus as Lord and Savior are the chosen and that includes whoever accepts God's terms for pardon. Faith does not come because of irresistible grace. God the Father draws men to Jesus with the gospel. Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek, IT IS THE GOSPEL THAT DRAWS MEN TO JESUS! IRRESISTIBLE GRACE IS NOT THE METHOD THAT THE FATHER USES TO DRAW MEN TO JESUS. Romans 10:21 But as for Israel He says, "All the day long I have stretched out My hands to a disobedient and obstinate people." Israel as a nation reject the gospel. How would that be possible if irresistible grace were in play? Israel turned away from God. Matthew 23:37 "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. Jerusalem was unwilling to be drawn to Jesus by believing the gospel. They had a choice. John 5:39-40 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; 40 and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life. The Jews had the opportunity to believe the gospel of Jesus Christ, but they were unwilling. There was no irresistible grace in play. The Father draws all who are willing to believe the gospel. John 6:40 This is the will of My Father, thateveryone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day." IF YOU ARE READING THIS BLOG YOU ARE ONE OF THE "EVERYONE" WHO HAS A CHANCE TO BE BELIEVE THE GOSPEL AND BE SAVED. MEN REJECT GOD. GOD DOES NOT REJECT MEN DUE TO NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN. THE FATHER DRAWS MEN TO JESUS THROUGH THE PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL. MEN ARE NOT DRAWN TO JESUS BECAUSE THEY WERE PRESELECTED FOR SALVATION! YOU ARE INVITED TO FOLLOW MY CHRISTIAN BLOG. http://steve-finnell.blogspot.com
24.09.2013 21:25
THE APOSTLE PAUL, THE SIN EXCUSE? Christians who are opposed to practicing repentance need a proof-text to support their sinful lifestyle. They open the book of Romans, skip a few chapters until they supposedly find the reason they are still practicing the same sins they were before they became a believer in Jesus the Christ. THE PROF-TEXT OF UNREPENTANT CHRISTIANS Romans 7:14-17 For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into sin. 15 For what I am doing , I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. 17 So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin dwells in me. The apostle Paul was sold to sin when he was trying to keep the Laws of Moses not when he was living under the grace of God. As a Christian, Paul was not sold into sin. As a Christian, Paul could resist sinning. As a Christian, Paul was not living a sinful lifestyle and then proclaiming the devil made him do it. Paul was not continually fornicating, stealing, practicing idolatry, engaging in homosexual activity, getting drunk, swindling others, murdering on a regular basis, he was not a member of a non-Christian cult like the Masonic Lodge? He was not living a unrepentant sinful lifestyle? WHAT DID PAUL SAY ABOUT CHRISTIANS AND SIN? Romans 7:5-6 For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death. 6 But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter. Romans 6:1-2 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? 2 May it never be! How shall we who died to sin live in it? The apostle Paul did not live a sinful lifestyle. Romans 6:3-7...baptized into Christ Jesus...6 knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; 7 for he who has died is freed from sin. The apostle Paul was freed from sin when he was baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of his sins. (Act 22:16 Now why do you delay?Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.) Romans 6:14 For sin shall not be master over you,for you are not under law but under grace. The apostle Paul could not resist sin while he was under the Law of Moses. That was what he was talking about in (Romans 7:14-17). Romans 6:15-16 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? May it never be! 16 Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness? The apostle Paul could resist sin. The man named Saul had a sin problem; because he was living under the Law of Moses. Christians sin by choice, not because the devil made them do it. Is there a way out? Yes! (1 John 8-9 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.) THE QUESTION REMAINS; WHERE WILL THE UNREPENTANT CHRISTIANS SPEND ETERNITY? YOU ARE INVITED TO FOLLOW MY CHRISTIAN BLOG. Google search>>> steve finnell a christian view
22.09.2013 00:29
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Confession of sins

According to what standard will people be judged on Judgment Day?

21 dec 2011 | ora 14.08 Doctrine | Priest Vasile Filat

Question:

Hello! Please excuse me for bothering you but I have a question to which I cannot seem to find the answer and I would be very grateful for your help. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God that He died and rose again. There is one thing that I do not understand. How is it that Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay the price for my sins even before I as born and ever committed a single sin? And, if He died for all of my sins (past, present, future) how is it that I can still receive eternal punishment if I do not accept Him as my Lord and Savior? Was His death, burial, and resurrection the only way to pay for my sins and forgive me? Thank you.

The Lord Jesus Christ died for the sins of the entire world. As John 1:29 reads, “He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world”.

How was He able to do it? In the Apostle Paul’s epistle (letter) to the Roman Church, in chapter 5, he compares Christ’s saving the world to how sin entered into the world through Adam:

So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men. For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous (Romans 5:18-19)

God sits outside of time because time itself was created by God. (see Hebrews 1:2) On the other hand, God is omnipresent (He is present and active in all places at all times) and He knows the heart of every person even before that person is ever born and has ever committed one action; good or bad. He already knows the person’s eternal outcome before he or she is born or has done anything. That is why Paul writes what he writes in Romans:

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren ; and these whom He predestined, He also called ; and these whom He called, He also justified ; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. (Romans 8:28-30)

In Paul’s epistle to the Church in Ephesus, he writes that God’s decisions were already made before the foundation of the world.

just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1:4-6)

The next logical question is, “if Jesus Christ died for all of my sins, then why am I still warned of eternal judgment?”

Even though Christ did die for the sins of every man, not everyone will receive this gift from God even though all people will be resurrected.

For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order : Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming, (I Corinthians 15:22-23)

We see that all people will be resurrected but not all have the same results after being resurrected. Daniel sheds some light on the subject:

“Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt. (Daniel 12:2)

Why? Because eternal life in the presence of God is only for those who believe in Jesus Christ and accept Him as their Lord and Savior; He died to save those who believe in Him. (see John 3:15-16)

Jesus Christ’s first advent was for a reason; to save people from the terrible “Day of the Lord” which is a great day of judgment:

“For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. “He who believes in Him is not judged ; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:17-18)

We see that judgment is for those who did not believe in the Son of God, the One who died for their sins.

In the book of Revelation chapter 20 verses 11-15, this judgment is described. According to this text, people will be judged on this day of judgment based on their actions while living on this earth because their names were not found in the book of life:

Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. 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. 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. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:11-15)

As you can see, this warning of judgment is for those who do not believe in the Son of God, Jesus Christ; the One who died for their sins. They will be judged for the way that they lived, especially based on the fact that they did not believe in the Name of the only Son of God, Jesus Christ, who died in their place for their sins.

Translation by: Erik Brewer
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