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The bible wasn't written by a pagan king, but was written by Pagans.
20.04.2014 18:34
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
Ask the priest
Confession of sins

Why some people can not be released from the bondage of masturbation sin?

7 iun 2010 | ora 13.47 Doctrine | Priest Vasile Filat

Question:

I am a 14 years old girl and am addicted to masturbation. It all started when I was the 2nd grade when I had a friend two years older than me who taught me this thing that I can not stand now. I no longer stand to live like that. I do not want … I can not … I do not know what to do? I am a very faithful child, I believe with all my being in God and I always feel Him close to me, for better or for worse. And it hurts me that I make Him upset by practicing this … I go to church almost every week and I have recently been and confessed my sins and I said that I lied a few times and I tried a cigarette and that’s it, I do not have serious sins.  I was close to confess about masturbation but I was ashamed to say it and that’s why I have not received relief. I said to myself that I would stop, but the temptation is too great and today it happened again. Last week I confessed and I felt that God forgave me and today, I have sinned again … Always, over the years, when I prayed to God I asked Him to forgive me and I promised Him not to do that again, but I continued. It’ is like the evil pushes me to do it. And I always said that I would change, start a new life … but in vain. Today I could stop, but something was stronger than me … as if fate wanted … I beg you, I do not want to lose God because without Him my life can not continue. I want to feel His hand again because I think He is already tired that I keep promising and all is in vain. I beg you to help me and tell me if I can bring God back into my life? What will happen from now on? I beg you to answer me.

You must be born again

From your message I realize that you are not born again and you do not have the Holy Spirit, the only one that can give you the strength to free yourself from the bondage of sin and that each person receives only when he is born again. 

Apostle Paul’s experience

In Paul’s Epistle to Romans he writes about himself something similar to your problems, even if he did not directly relate to the sin of masturbation that you practice, but to other sins. He writes about his way of living when he was not in covenant with Jesus Christ and didn’t have the Holy Spirit:

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from  the body of this death? (Romans 7:18-24)(NASB)

Read the last sentence of this passage again and you will see the same desperate cry for help that I saw in your message.

Apostle Paul found the full release

In the following verses, the Apostle Paul says this:

Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin. Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. (Romans 7:25-8:9)(NASB)

Do you see what he says? People who have Christ’s Spirit do not live according to the flesh, but according to the Holy Spirit and they are no longer slaves to sin as you are now. And it also says that if someone does not have the Spirit of Christ he does not belong to Him. The fact is that you are enslaved to masturbation and that you can not get out of this bondage is a proof that you do not have the Holy Spirit and you have to receive Him. As long as you do not have the Spirit of Christ, you do not belong to to Christ, that means you are not a true Christian, but in name only.

About serious and less serious sin

You write that you do not have serious sins, but it is not so.The Scripture says:

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)(NASB)

and it also writes …

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)(NASB)

The bondage of the masturbation sin that you are captive to highlights the nature of your sinful flesh that all people have in fact, just because they are captive of sin and different passions. Therefore, all people have a desperate need to repent from the heart, to enter into covenant with the Lord Jesus to be born again and receive the Holy Spirit. Do not forget that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ are not His.

Not the fate but the nature of sin

You say that you could stop today, but something was so strong as if the fate wanted this… Fate does not have anything to do with it, but it was your personal choice to stop or to commit sin. God says in Scripture:

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. (James 1:13-15)(NASB)

Something that was stronger than you is your sinful nature working death in you, keeping you in bondage of sin now and it will keep you until the day when you receive the Holy Spirit and you choose to live in complete obedience to the Spirit.

About bad friendships

You say you have an older friend who taught you to masturbate. Children do not have discernment and do not know to choose friends and avoid bad company and parents must teach them what it is written in Scripture:

Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” (1 Corinthians 15:33)(NASB)

And the book of Psalms says:

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but they are like chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. (Psalm 1:1-6)(NASB)

Henceforth, be attentive and watch out for any company and people who can influence and draw you on the path of sin.

Practical advice

In the end I want to give you some practical tips such as:

  1. Search for true Christians who are born again, study and live according to the Sacred Scriptures. If you do not know such people, I recommend you to meet young people from “Pure Generation” Movement.
  2. Talk to some of these Christians and ask them to guide you and lead you in prayer to enter the New Covenant with Jesus Christ, to be born again and receive the Holy Spirit.
  3. Begin to seriously study the Scriptures and I recommend you get the Bible study courses after inductive method. I will teach the course “Marriage without regret” at the camp from July 15 to 24, 2010. I invite you to this camp.
  4. Read the article “How to be released from the sin of masturbation?” and follow the advice given there.

God help you to be born again as soon as possible to become a true Christian and live a life of victory over sin by following the advice of the Holy Spirit.

Translated by Felicia Rotaru

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I pastor the ”Good News” Church in Chisinau, Moldova, I teach God's Word at the Inductive Bible Study Institute of Eurasia, and I also lead the "Precept Ministries in Moldova” Association. With God's help I founded the Taekwon-Do club " Stolas Leukas ""English for a New Life" School, the Computer School "ScripTehInfo", the International Sports Coaching School and the International Media School. I am married to Anastasia, and we have three children. Since April 2007 we have provided answers from the Bible on this website to 1166 questions submitted by readers. To learn more about me, please read here.
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