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  • Why stay Protestant?

    06/22/2018 7:13:31 PM PDT · 113 of 115
    daniel1212 to Salvation
    Prayers for your gall bladder pain. Hope medical procedures are in place. God bless.

    Have only been to a doctor once (which was just for a physical) Thanks for the sentiment, but prayer needs to be by a Biblically born again believer, and not to created beings in Heaven. As for medical procedures, in the last almost 40 years, thanks and glory be to God. My mom suffered from gall bladder attacks if she did not watch her diet (not chips or ice cream etc.) and lived to about 93, and the body lasted longer than her normal mind.

    Gall bladder attacks, with the pain and bloating, are something I first realized in my 20's while working doing truck delivery of milk in the early 80's, which happened if I went without food too long and then ate something substantial, and or somewhat fatty.

    Which is what happened here at age 66 (5'5'' and around 135lbs). But by about 9:30 was out the door for most of the day, and played soccer after 7, and did some bike fixes after that and witnessed to the teens who owned them, thanks be to God who gives mercy, grace and strength. May it work to His glory.

    So the attacks have never slowed me down much, nor cost me anything, glory be to God for that also. If not for His grace I would have died and went to Hell a long time ago.

  • Why stay Protestant?

    06/22/2018 12:22:04 AM PDT · 8 of 115
    daniel1212 to boatbums
    Sorry to hear of your discomfort. I’ll be praying for you.

    Thanks. I did not want to burden you, and trust this too shall pass.

    I don’t think this article can honestly be seen as “Catholic-bashing” - though I’m sure some will think so regardless. The author brings up some important points that I agree with and is also why I have no desire to ever go back to Catholicism.

    Meanwhile, from the man TradCats lament,

    Pope Calls for Christian Unity in Protestant Heartland of Geneva

    6/21/2018, 8:52:36 PM · by marshmallow · 3 replies The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/21/18 | Carol Glatz

    A 'worldly mindset' caused divisions in Christianity, the Pope said. Not only God, but today’s broken, divided world is begging for unity among Christians, Pope Francis said on an ecumenical pilgrimage to Geneva. “Our differences must not be excuses,” he said, because as Christ’s disciples, Christians can still pray together, evangelize and serve others.

  • Zen and the Art of Sailing: My Excellent Zen Experience in California 1978

    06/22/2018 12:05:00 AM PDT · 55 of 66
    daniel1212 to boatbums
    I started thinking we were hundreds of miles from any land and then panicked as I realized we could go down here and NO ONE would ever find any trace of us.

    Oh, but you could have fantasied that you were "one with the universe” and dismissed objective reality.

  • Kids’ water balloon fight lands Quebec mother with $102 fine from bylaw patrol

    06/21/2018 11:57:38 PM PDT · 15 of 23
    daniel1212 to rickmichaels
    A little wet asphalt was enough to warrant a hefty fine since the city’s bylaws prohibits residents from washing or cleaning their driveways with potable water, according to the officer

    And in some places it is illegal to collect rainwater! liberals who have an inflated view of themselves lust to be in authority and pass laws.

  • Why stay Protestant?

    06/21/2018 11:17:46 PM PDT · 6 of 115
    daniel1212 to boatbums
    In the time I spent considering conversion to Catholicism, every single apologetics book, essay or article recommended to me was written by a lay Catholic. Why aren’t the bishops engaged in apologetics? Aren’t they the authoritative teachers within Catholicism? If so, why would I trust the exegetical, theological, and philosophical arguments put forth by lay Catholics who have no direct oversight or approval of bishops?

    Such works typically do not even have the Nihil Obstat + Imprimatur, which flows from the office of the Inquisition, which means many TradCats seems to long for.

    This is downstream of another problem. As a Protestant, I have two basic options when informing my study of the Bible. The first is consulting scholars who think the text is inspired and more or less inerrant.

    The other option is consulting scholars who doubt or actively disbelieve all of the above propositions. They approach the text with a hermeneutic of suspicion...When it comes to Catholicism, most or all of the NT Catholic scholars I’m aware of fall somewhere in the second camp..the NAB and the USCCB hedge on Pauline authorship

    Oh, its much worse than that! For decades readers of the official Bible for American RCs, the New American (not Standard) Bible (now NABRE) have been told such things - well just see here , by the grace of God. .

    In terms of social desirability, Catholicism offers several important features that are often (but not always!) lacking in Protestant circles: a deep sense of historical continuity

    Which is actually a fatal basis for their claim to be in the OTC (one true church). Which is that of making the uninspired writings of so-called church "fathers" determinitive of what the NT church believed, versus the only wholly inspired substantive authoritative record of what the NT church believed. And contrary to the Catholic model, the church actually began in dissent from those who sat in the seat of Moses over Israel, (Mt. 23:2) who were the historical instruments and stewards of Scripture, "because that unto them were committed the oracles of God," (Rm. 3:2) to whom pertaineth" the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises" (Rm. 9:4) of Divine guidance, presence and perpetuation as they believed, (Gn. 12:2,3; 17:4,7,8; Ex. 19:5; Lv. 10:11; Dt. 4:31; 17:8-13; Ps, 11:4,9; Is. 41:10, Ps. 89:33,34; Jer. 7:23)

    And instead they followed an itinerant Preacher whom the magisterium rejected, and whom the Messiah reproved them Scripture as being supreme, (Mk. 7:2-16) and established His Truth claims upon scriptural substantiation in word and in power, as did the early church as it began upon this basis. (Mt. 22:23-45; Lk. 24:27,44; Jn. 5:36,39; Acts 2:14-35; 4:33; 5:12; 15:6-21;17:2,11; 18:28; 28:23; Rm. 15:19; 2Cor. 12:12, etc.)

  • Why stay Protestant?

    06/21/2018 11:03:21 PM PDT · 5 of 115
    daniel1212 to boatbums; redleghunter; Springfield Reformer; kinsman redeemer; BlueDragon; metmom; ...
    I am up early with gall bladder pain, but the standard RC posters will likely be offended by your gall of posting an article which impugns the elitist one true church they promote (while attacking its head). Don't you know they can attack Protestant faith - and the pope -but you are not to return the favor?

    Statistically, the narrative isn’t quite so neat: in recent years,

    That is for sure. Far more RCs become evangelical than cross over to Rome.

    Most attempts to turn the discussion to Biblical passages result in either a denial that my “private interpretation” is reliable — thus shutting down an exegetical debate before it begins — or lay interpretations shared, as far as I can tell, by virtually no Biblical scholars who study these passages.

    For Catholics church teaching is the Supreme Law, under the the novel and unScriptural premise of ensured perpetual magisterial reliability.

    But what valid church teaching consists of, and what magisterial level it belongs to - and thus what level of assent it requires - as well as its meaning, are all subject 0 to varying degrees - to variant interpretations by the Catholic.

    here are some exegetical reasons I remain Protestant. Off the top of my head: Broadly Protestant notions of justification are clearly taught by the Bible. Pauline church government is authoritarian in some respects but is a distant cousin to the modern Magisterium. NT (and OT) ethics support the implementation of the death penalty in ways that are alien to Francis’s ethical statements and implications. Contra the post-Vatican II ethos, Christ and Paul are utterly unsympathetic to salvation for those who refuse to submit directly and openly to Christ and his Gospel. Biblical unity is defined by adherence to core doctrine. Organizational fealty is never primary in the NT’s exposition of authority and unity. Related: when I read the church fathers, I don’t think many of them would recognize some of the core beliefs of modern Catholicism.

    How about the fact that Catholic distinctives simply are not manifest in the only wholly inspired substantive authoritative record of what the NT church believed (including how they understood the OT and gospels), especially Acts thru Revelation. From becoming actually good enough thru Purgatory to enter Heaven to a separate sacerdotal class of celibate believers who uniquely offer the Lord's supper as a sacrifice for sin, to praying to created beings in Heaven ,

  • Zen and the Art of Sailing: My Excellent Zen Experience in California 1978

    06/21/2018 7:32:22 PM PDT · 52 of 66
    daniel1212 to tinyowl; poconopundit; meowmeow; moovova
    "it's not that nothing exists, it's that no thing exists really" I'll buy that.

    There is no self. No one to take seriously in the first place. The self is an object of thinking. It's as fake as a CNN news story. No Self. Nada. No self was born, no self will die.

    Every thought is not necessarily wrong, but every thought IS wrong if you think it is the truth. So 'what color is 2 + 2 = 4' is equally as insane.

    It is not in conflict with Christianity

    [poconopundit ] I (or IT) thinks that eyes, ears, tongues, etc. do exist, but the self behind them is an illusion.

    [poconopundit ] The rocks are a locus of some basic form of intelligence,

    Reading such delusional one might think he was in a forum on the Democratic Underground" or the like.

    But it's late and i am sleepy, so I am just going to post a couple links to articles exposing such.

    Zen and the Art of Not Knowing God - Christian Research Institute

    The Theology of Zen Buddhism | John Ankerberg Show - John ...

  • Zen and the Art of Sailing: My Excellent Zen Experience in California 1978

    06/21/2018 6:51:52 PM PDT · 51 of 66
    daniel1212 to poconopundit; redleghunter; Springfield Reformer; kinsman redeemer; BlueDragon; metmom; boatbums; ..
    I imagined myself sitting in a small boat at sea on a breezy day. And in my left hand I held the “main sheet” or rope attached to the boom from which the sail hung against the breeze. In my right hand I held the tiller which controlled the boat’s rudder in the water. The insight I had was that my physical body was not a separate entity: I had become integral to the boat being sailed. Subject and object disappeared.

    Which fantasying disconnection from reality and objective Truth is akin to drugs or is cultic, and can open the door to types of demonic deception, such as Eastern religions or Roy Master's meditation does, only to find Hell as a reality in death.

    What is needed is repentant humble faith in the risen Lord Jesus for forgiveness and being born again, and surrender to Him, and and appreciation of and meditation in who the Lord is and what He did as manifested in so great salvation

    If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. (Colossians 3:1-2)

    For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Romans 8:6)

    I know both but am trying to only be the latter.

  • Sleazy Sex Games and Dirty Politics in the Southern Baptist Convention

    06/21/2018 1:59:34 PM PDT · 37 of 40
    daniel1212 to MayflowerMadam
    You can tell a lot by the hymnal. I don’t mean words projected on a screen.

    Yes, and we esteem the KJV and the old Baptism Hymnal classics, as these :

  • Sleazy Sex Games and Dirty Politics in the Southern Baptist Convention

    06/21/2018 11:39:03 AM PDT · 33 of 40
    daniel1212 to zerosix; redleghunter; Springfield Reformer; kinsman redeemer; BlueDragon; metmom; boatbums; ...
    BS article commenting about another BS article! One wonders, where do those guys worship and better yet, to whom do those guys worship, other than themselves?

    Just saw your posting, and it is uncalled for. The article is a report from a soldier of Christ in the primary front of the "culture war," detailing demonic gains in the leadership of the largest Prot denomination, and which testifies to the same liberal tactics proxy servants of the devil have used in the past, and in the educational and political realm.

    By itself, dismissing this article, which comes after a report confirmatory of the takeover from the Atlantic that was posted here, as being akin to the refuse of an animal renders you as a mocker of the ongoing spiritual battle.

  • Does Jesus Forbid Self-Defense?

    06/19/2018 3:36:15 AM PDT · 75 of 110
    daniel1212 to Theophilus
    What your priest does not ask is, "Does Jesus Forbid The Burning/Extermination of Heretics by the sword of men in the hand of the RC church?" And physical punishment by the same means against wayward members?

    Great post. I'll say this about heresy though, it's real and worthy of hell fire. Dealing with it is problematic, not dealing with it is just as perilous.

    Yes, heresy is serious, but the issue is the basis for determining it, how it is to be dealt with. Catholicism makes her presumed ensured perpetual magisterial infallibility the basis for what is Truth vs. error, which is heresy itself, and thereby sanctions coercive physical punishment to deal with those it deems to be heretical, and papal teaching required RC rulers to exterminate them, or else the people did not have to obey them. - Canons of the Ecumenical Fourth Lateran Council (canon 3), 1215; http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/basis/lateran4.asp

    And which recourse is one of the many things Protestantism had to unlearn from Rome.

    The Church has the right, as a perfect and independent society provided with all the means for attaining its end, to decide according to its laws disputes arising concerning its internal affairs, especially as to the ecclesiastical rights of its members, also to carry out its decision, if necessary, by suitable means of compulsion, contentious or civil jurisdiction. It has, therefore, the right to admonish or warn its members, ecclesiastical or lay, who have not conformed to its laws and also, if needful to punish them by physical means, that is, coercive jurisdiction. — Catholic Encyclopedia Jurisdiction

    ► Q. 540. How did the Pope acquire and how was he deprived of the temporal power? A. The Pope acquired the temporal power in a just manner by the consent of those who had a right to bestow it. He was deprived of it in an unjust manner by political changes. - http://baltimore-catechism.com/lesson12.htm

  • ‘It was either me or the cat’: Georgia woman kills rabid bobcat with her bare hands

    06/19/2018 3:10:32 AM PDT · 35 of 38
    daniel1212 to DCBryan1
    Yankee’s take notice.

    My question is what is this doing in the liberal Washington Post? It is more like something you would see on Fox news. But WAPO provides it since a gun was not used, and it was a women, and the cat had rabies, therefore it passes the politically correct test, in which guns are not needed, and all animals are peaceful unless enraged by conservatives, and men are to be marginalized if possible. But if she or esp. a white male killed an attacking bobcat (isn't that name sexist?) with a gun, and it did not have rabies, then the story would likely not have gotten past the PO censors.

  • Does Jesus Forbid Self-Defense?

    06/18/2018 8:48:31 PM PDT · 70 of 110
    daniel1212 to Salvation; redleghunter; Springfield Reformer; kinsman redeemer; BlueDragon; metmom; boatbums; ...
    As typical of Catholics, your priest restricts what Jesus taught to only the gospels, and substitutes the CCC in its place as further explanatory, thus once again he manifests that he is unfit to teach Christian doctrine. And he never really clearly answers the (admittedly difficult) question

    What Scripture also says is

    Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. (Romans 12:17-19)

    See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. (1 Thessalonians 5:15)

    Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. (1 Peter 3:9)

    For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: (1 Peter 2:20-23)

    Thus retaliation is proscribed, and enduring persecution and wrongs is prescribed. Yet appealing to just laws, and exposing injustice and combating it, at least for principle sake and when it hinders the preaching of word of the Lord, is positively exampled:

    And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said unto the centurion that stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman, and uncondemned? (Acts 22:25)

    And the keeper of the prison told this saying to Paul, The magistrates have sent to let you go: now therefore depart, and go in peace. But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us openly uncondemned, being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out privily? nay verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out. (Acts 16:36-37)

    What your priest does not ask is, "Does Jesus Forbid The Burning/Extermination of Heretics by the sword of men in the hand of the RC church?" And physical punishment by the same means against wayward members?

    Time to sleep.

  • Why Paul is Important to Christianity

    06/17/2018 9:35:50 AM PDT · 28 of 39
    daniel1212 to HarleyD
    One of the most interesting facts about Paul is that he called himself the “chief of sinners”. While this may seem like a humble and modest view of himself, John MacArthur makes an interesting point that this view was given and inserted under the divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Which means that Paul was indeed the chief of sinners. The text cannot lie. No one was worst then Paul. Paul, before his conversion, will always be the chief of sinners.

    It is not a sound hermeneutic that since the Holy Spirit inspired a statement that it must be literal, yet Paul can be called the chief of sinners ("sinners; of whom I am chief:" (1 Timothy 1:15; cf. Acts 8:3; 9:1,5,13; 22:4; 26:9-11; 1Co 15:9; Ga 1:13; Php 3:6) "because I persecuted the church of God," (1 Corinthians 15:9) "how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:," (Galatians 1:13) for " I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth," (Acts 26:9) and thus, "breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord," (Acts 9:1) "made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison." (Acts 8:3) Passionate Saul/Paul was a "verb" of a man, for evil and then good.

    And by persecuting the body of Christ, church of God, and even being a party to the murder of the manifest man of God, deacon Stephen, (Acts 7) Paul was persecuting and murdering Christ. Thus thus the Lord's question and statement, "Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?....I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.". (Acts 9:4-5)

    And as manifest in his teaching and his pastoral care, by the Spirit of Christ Paul is ever most mindful of the church as the body of Christ, (Col 1:18) and its members as being bought with so great a price.

    Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. (Acts 20:28)

    Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died. (Romans 14:15)

    And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? (1 Corinthians 8:11)

    Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not? (2 Corinthians 11:28-29) And as the one new man manifesting the grace and wisdom of God. (Ephesians 3:10,21; 5:2; Col. 1:17)

    More so than pastoral Peter., "church" and "churches" Paul" are seen together.

    However, Paul cannot be called the chef of sinners in guilt, for as he confessed he,

    was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief . (1 Timothy 1:13)

    For Paul in utmost sincerity actually thought he was obeying the living and true God, and in fact in another wholly inspired statement could even confess,

    And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day. (Acts 23:1)

    Which is certainly not what I can say, and there are sins of ignorance versus disobedience to known Truth, perhaps out of weakness, and worse, willful impenitent rebellion to the conviction of the Holy Spirit, and guilt and punishment is determined in accordance with the level of light and and grace given. .

    Thus while the Lord prayed, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do," (Luke 23:34) He also foretold, "Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes." (Matthew 11:21) "For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more." (Luke 12:48)

    The worse sin is that of apostasy, after one is enlightened.

    Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (Hebrews 10:25-31)

    David grievously sinned, and must have subdued his conscious during the period of his sins against Uriah the Hittite, yet when convicted thru Nathan then he repented immediately and was forgiven (if not without consequences). And could claim that in the overall sense (which is what we seem to see in such statements that says certain men were perfect or blameless or do not sin: 2 Chronicles 15:17; Luke 1:6; 1 John 5:18) "I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God." (2 Samuel 22:22)

    Given that, and understanding the great accomplishments of Paul, one can see what the Holy Spirit can do in us if we submit our lives to Him.

    Yes, and that

    But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. (2 Timothy 2:20-21)

    I have a ways to go in this.

  • I saw a Tsunami hit the United States

    06/17/2018 9:32:35 AM PDT · 107 of 166
    daniel1212 to Jim 0216; metmom; Catsrus; ducttape45; Mr Rogers
    God exhausted ALL his wrath, punishment, and condemnation for all the sins of every one that has ever and will ever live on the body of his Son, Jesus Christ, on the cross (1 John 2:2) and in doing so, God has righteously reconciled the world to himself (2 Cor 5:19). God fully and completely judged America’s sins 2000 years ago on the cross of Christ and would be committing unrighteous double jeopardy if he were to judge the same sins again now.

    Jesus died for ALL the sins of the WHOLE world (John 1:29; 1 John 2:2)

    So, I repeat. God exhausted ALL his wrath, punishment, and condemnation for all the sins of every one that has ever and will ever live on the body of his Son, Jesus Christ, on the cross (1 John 2:2) and in doing so, God has righteously reconciled the world to himself (2 Cor 5:19).

    Which is absurd. The fact that the Lord laid all our sins upon Christ who paid the price for our forgiveness simply does not mean that God has exhausted ALL his wrath, punishment, and condemnation for all the sins of every one any more than it means the lost are saved simply because Christ died.

    He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (John 3:36)

    The NT clearly states that God yet manifests wrath, exercises punishment for sins and condemn the same, and will do so.

    Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. (Matthew 23:34-35)

    Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost. (1 Thessalonians 2:16)

    For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (Hebrews 10:26-31)

    In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9)

    Moreover, while the chastisement of our peace was upon Christ, yet even chastisement of Christians is a form of condemnation, wrath and punishment for sin, although the purpose is to work repentance, and holiness.

    For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. (1 Corinthians 11:29-32)

  • I saw a Tsunami hit the United States

    06/17/2018 8:48:00 AM PDT · 105 of 166
    daniel1212 to The Truth Will Make You Free; redleghunter; Springfield Reformer; kinsman redeemer; BlueDragon; ...
    e House of Representatives stay in the hands of the Republicans and will move much more to a conservative position

    he Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord will return once again across the land.”

    “I will come to America with another wave of revival, this will be the third wave and will crash against the shores so intensely that the nation will awaken to righteousness again.

    “As a sure sign of these things coming to pass there will be a wave of conservatives elected during the midterm election in November 2018, it will be Breaking News. They will carry the House and the Senate and I will uproot, replant and rebuild the nation.

    -Prophet Charlie Shamp [Sham]

    More pseudo-prophecy by a wishful wannabe "prophet" who evidently sees America being the focus of God's concern, and not the church. I certainly want to see this come true, and some might, but it would likely take a nuclear attack for the kind of transformation dreamed of here. Meanwhile the focus of God is on His body, the church, which He bought with His own sinless shed blood, (Acts 20:28) and which is where judgment must begin. (1 Pet. 4:17)

  • Why Paul is Important to Christianity

    06/17/2018 4:41:35 AM PDT · 24 of 39
    daniel1212 to unlearner; pcottraux
    Excellent article, however, I wish to point out that Paul was not a Levite—Levi being the priestly tribe. He was a Benjamite. He could have risen to be a highly respected leader in Israel, but becoming the high priest or any priest was never an option for him.

    Good point. Iron sharpeneth iron.

  • Why Paul is Important to Christianity

    06/17/2018 4:39:57 AM PDT · 23 of 39
    daniel1212 to ARA; metmom
    Apparently, Luke actually traveled with Paul on a few different occasions.

    Where do you find this?

    It is understood that Luke, the author of Acts, was with Paul for a considerable part of his ministry..

    Act 16:10  And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them. 

    And when it was determined that we should sail into Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisoners unto one named Julius, a centurion of Augustus' band. (Act 27:1)

    Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you. (Colossians 4:14)

    Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry. (2 Timothy 4:11)

  • Why Paul is Important to Christianity

    06/17/2018 4:31:05 AM PDT · 21 of 39
    daniel1212 to Luircin; Salvation
    I know plenty of people who would LOVE to see all of Paul’s writings purged from the New Testament, sad to say.

    Or at least marginalized in order to extrapolate from the gospels an understanding which is foreign to that of the NT church. From the separate celibate class of sacerdotal priests uniquely offering the Lord's supper as a sacrifice for sins whereby they spiritually feed the church, to looking to Peter as the first of a line of infallible popes reigning over the church from Rome, to praying to created being in Heaven, to exalting the Mary of Catholicism as a almost omnipotent (by grace) demigoddess savior, whom the church primarily called upon, to the act of baptism rendering one born again, to becoming good enough thru Purgatory (and atoning for sins therein) to enter Heaven. And more.

  • Why Paul is Important to Christianity

    06/17/2018 4:18:14 AM PDT · 20 of 39
    daniel1212 to Salvation; pcottraux; Luircin
    Jesus Christ is much more important than Paul.

    Obviously, and the article expresses that it is in that interest that Paul is important:

    There’s no serious doubt to whether Jesus actually lived or that He was crucified. The real question is whether or not He rose again, which would definitively prove whether He was who He claimed to be. His followers play an important role here, because if He didn’t rise from the dead, they lied or fabricated the resurrection somehow.

    It is as a most unlikely but profound witness to the resurrection of Christ that Paul is focused on.

    However, Catholics typically evidence a marginalization of Paul and even the rest of the NT in order to prevent the gospels from being understood in the light of Acts and the epistles which explain the gospels. For the gospels do not show how the NT church understood the gospels, and in which Catholic distinctives are not manifest .