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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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Jesus Christ condemns the sin of sodomy and calls all homosexuals to repentance

9 mai 2008 | ora 19.27 Doctrine Society | Priest Vasile Filat

Last year I received a letter from a homosexual who wrote:

Jesus Christ didn’t say any word regarding sexual orienation! Only Saul from Tars and abearation from Leveticus and Deuteronomy are cited (aberations that can not be applied nowadays without being sent to prison, because now we cannot murder someone so easy, as it was in that time)

This statement is spread among immoral people that practice homosexuality and they call “aberation” every part of the Scripture that condemns their sin and they don’t admit that it was inspired by God as a part of the Holy Scriptures. If thieves, drunkers, etc. do the same, it is interesting what remains from the Holy Book. God doesn’t allow anyone to act in this way regarding His Truth let on the pages of the Holy Scriptures, and everyone who neglects the Bible will answer for this before God Himself. So, according to the opinion and the statement of the author of the letter and of all members of the homosexual and lesbians community, the Lord Jesus “didn’t say any word concerning the sexual orientation”.

I want to make an analysis of the texts from the Gospels, where the Lord Jesus talks concerning the sin of sodomy, named so, because of the city of Sodom, that is mentioned in the Bible and that was destroyed by God with fire and brimstone from heaven, because of their many sins. The one that crowns them all is the sin of homosexuality. I advise you to read the biblical passage found in the first book of the Bible, Genesis, chapter 19 to find out more about that event. But, in this article I want to refer to the New Testament only and especially to Gospels, that relate the life and the activity of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Lord Jesus mentioned the people who lived in the city of Sodom for three times, especially those who were destroyed as punishment for their homosexuality. The Gospel of Matthew has one of this references and the other two are found in the Gospel of Luke. Let us make a short analysis of each of these passages.

Homosexuals from Sodom could have repented if they had heard the Gospel

When Jesus rebuked people from the localities where He had performed His greatest marvels, because they didn’t repent, He said:

And you, Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you? You will descend to Hades; for if the miracles had occurred in Sodom which occurred in you, it would have remained to this day. Nevertheless I say to you that it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for you. (The Gospel of Matthew 11:23–24)(NASB)

Men from Sodom were extremely violent homosexuals. The book of Genesis relates us that when Lot invited into his house those three men who came into the city, not knowing they were angels, “before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, surrounded the house, both young and old, all the people from every quarter; and they called to Lot and said to him, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may have relations with them.” When Lot tried to confront them, peacefully and tactfullly, he said: “Please, my brothers, do not act wickedly.” They acted according to their wickedness and violence settled in the perversion of their heart, they shouted at Lot: “Stand aside!”, furthermore, they said, “This one came in as an alien, and already he is acting like a judge; now we will treat you worse than them.” Angels struck the men who were at the doorway of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they wearied themselves trying to find the doorway to take those men and abuse them sexually. This is the reality about homosexuals that are extremely violent.

A 1998 study revealed that of the homosexuals surveyed, 62% had been threatened with a weapon and 85% had experienced significant property or financial loss from an angry partner. In addition, 39% had been forced to have sex against their will by a homosexual partner. You can find more dates concerning this on Internet, for example here is a source. If homosexuals are so violent with their partners, then the society should realize how dangerous it is to tolerate this kind of sexual conduct, shouldn’t it? Most of them became homosexuals because they had been sexually abused by other homosexuals. But, let us look go back at the words of the Lord Jesus said in the the Gospel of Matthew. The Savior said that if homosexuals from Sodom had seen the miracles performed by Jesus Christ in Capernaum, they would have repented and their city would have existed until nowadays. If our Lord said that violent homosexuals would have repented, much more important it is to share the Gospel with homosexuals whom we know, so that they and the countries that are affected by their bad actions might live. The actions of homosexuals affect the society badly and this is an evil that spreads very quickly when it is tolerated by the society. All men from Sodom became homosexuals and so, they, their families and their city were destroyed. All paid the price of the sin: homosexuals for immorality and the whole society for indifference and tolerance of the evil that destroyed them.

Homosexuals and all sinners will be judged because they do not accept Jesus Christ

The first time Jesus metioned Sodom in the Gospel of Luke was when He “appointed seventy others, and sent them in pairs ahead of Him to every city and place where He Himself was going to come.” (The Gospel of Luke 1:1–16)(NASB). After He gave them instructions how to act with those who rejected them and the message of the Gospel, the Savior said:

“I say to you, it will be more tolerable in that day for (inhabitants of) Sodom than for (inhabitants of) that city.”

The conclusion is that if the disciples of Jesus, or Christians came and said to the inhabitants of that city about the salvation and forgiveness they could have in the Lord Jesus then violent homsexuals from Sodom would have repented. Why then homosexuals from nowadays are so bad that they do not want to accept Christians who come to bring them the message of the Gospel and forgiveness of their sin and the knowledge about the day of judgement, that Jesus Christ refers to? In the end of this message addressed to the disciples, the Savior said: “The one who listens to you (disciples) listens to Me, and the one who rejects you rejects Me; and he who rejects Me rejects the One who sent Me.”

An unexpected destruction came upon the indifferent homosexuals

The second passage from the Gospel of Luke, when Jesus Christ mentioned the homosexuals from Sodom for the second time is in chapter 17, where it is related about the day when the Son of Man is revealed. Here is the description of this day:

It was the same as happened in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building; but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed. (The Gospel of Luke 17:38–30)(NASB)

People from Sodom were very concerned with their business, with their financial position and they didn’t care about the immorality that was spreading and growing. They were not aware about the consequences that were to follow. Today is the same situation. Here is what the author of the message cited in the beginning of this article wrote to me:

“The rest of us (homosexuals) have to pray that Basarabia may enter the European Union, as others have done, so that civilization may penetrate there too. It is the last hope for homosexuals from Moldova: to impose social tolerance from this place forgotten by God! Maybe this is a cause why Moldova is the poorest “country” from Europe, because the mentality you have is so beackward… and inversely?”

According to this statement, immoral poeple’s opinion is that civilization means financial position and toleration of immorality. If they don’t have these things, then the country is “forgotten by God”. But the Word of God proves the contrary. Immorality destroyed the country and the inhabitants of Sodom. The fire that came from heaven burnt their properties, and no one escaped of this great disaster they had brought upon themselves with their own way of immoral living.

All these three passages, where the Lord Jesus mentioned the homosexuals from Sodom confirm exactly the things written in the Old Testament concerning the sin of sodomy and its consequences. The Lord Jesus didn’t deny anything that God had spoken in the Old Testament. How can immoral people say the Word of God is an “aberation” and to say that “Jesus Christ didn’t say any word concerning sexual orientation”?

If you are homosexual or you practice any other kind of immorality, stop. Don’t disregard the Word of God and don’t believe those who tell you it is an “aberation”. Stop to perform those immoral things people from Sodom performed and do what the Lord Jesus said people from Sodom would have done if the Savior or His disciples had come to them. Repent! You have already heard the Gospel when you read this article. Repent from all you sins and stop to have dealings with people that practice these immoral things. Look for a church where people live in fear for God, and look for people who study and live according to the Word of God and make them your friends. In this way you will escape from the judgement that will come for all immorals and sinners. Reconcile with God.

If you are a believer, do what Jesus would have done to homosexuals if Sodom hadn’t been destroyed by the time He was on this earth. Do what the Lord Jesus said to His disciples to do when He sent then from city to city. Tell people about the salvation offered by Jesus Christ. Go to immoral people and tell them the message of salvation. Even if it seems to you their state is too low, and they do not have any chance to turn back to God. Don’t be so sure. The Lord Jesus has hope and he waits for homosexuals and immoral people to repent. Be a true disciple of God and a witness of the Gospel.

Translated by Felicia Djugostran

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