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Apr
9
revised Is it historically inaccurate that Jesus is usually portrayed as European looking?
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Apr
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answered Is it historically inaccurate that Jesus is usually portrayed as European looking?
Apr
4
comment What is the Rule of Prayer?
Well said brother
Apr
4
comment What is the Rule of Prayer?
I think you are missing the point of the question. The OP is asking for guidance or how to properly pray (if proper at all) for a victory in competitive situation, where the competition are also praying for victory; and how God responds to the situation.
Apr
3
comment Why would prayer cause pain?
Could you describe this pain he is having?
Apr
2
revised When I feel my church offering is being misused
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Apr
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revised When I feel my church offering is being misused
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Mar
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answered When I feel my church offering is being misused
Mar
30
comment When I feel my church offering is being misused
@MasonWheeler That scripture seems to be speaking of people who aren't tithing, not those handling the tithes
Mar
30
comment How does 1 John 2:19 fit with the teaching that Christians can lose their salvation
"The meaning is simply that these false teachers left the Church (the apostolic fellowship), and by doing so proved that they also left Christ". This is not the meaning. Sure they left the congregation, but they were not really "of us" (the Church/Body). You can't leave the "Church/Christ" if you were not part of it in the first place.
Mar
29
comment How does 1 John 2:19 fit with the teaching that Christians can lose their salvation
I agree with your answer, but I'm trying to show that it is indeed related to conditional/unconditional security. I should not have said you were implying conditional security: I agree John is talking about the Church/Bride/Body, and by saying "They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us", they weren't really part of the "Church" to begin with. This is eternal security, is it not?
Mar
29
comment How does 1 John 2:19 fit with the teaching that Christians can lose their salvation
@BruceAlderman & Dan - Regardless of which doctrine, there is a point in one's walk when he/she crosses from darkness into light and becomes saved in Christ. I don't see how the Eastern/Western doctrine plays a role in my previous comment, since you can technically apply it to both.
Mar
28
comment How does 1 John 2:19 fit with the teaching that Christians can lose their salvation
If Church (in this reference) == Body of Christ && Body of Christ == All+Only those saved, then how does this not relate directly to conditional or eternal security? If John is implying the Body of Christ by saying "us", then this is implying conditional security.. Unless you are saying that one can be part of the Body and not be saved.
Mar
26
comment What is the specific meaning of “day” in Genesis 1?
Something to add to that: "And the Earth was without form..." - I'm sure the earth had a shape, so form here must mean a state of order: "The earth was without order, as darkness was upon the face of the deep." If darkness means evil, one could also translate this to mean Satan and his fallen angels, as they were cast out of heaven and onto the earth.
Mar
26
comment What is the specific meaning of “day” in Genesis 1?
That is quite an interesting interpretation.
Mar
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comment What is the specific meaning of “day” in Genesis 1?
When we enter into the day of rest that Hebrews 3-4 speaks of, it will be a millenial (1000 year) reign of Christ. And it indeed relates this to the 6 days of work and 7th day of rest (Sabbath). So clearly your interpretation is not the only way to interpret it.
Mar
23
comment Does believing in Christ activate God's word or just make us think and act different?
@AffableGeek I've seen many situations where people give answers based on what a specific doctrine/branchofChristianity a person is. I don't think Jesus/God wanted divisions in the church, so why do we have divided answers? We are commanded to be of one mind, so why doesn't the community strive for that? If we follow the command of love, it shouldn't result in violent arguments..but just agree to disagree. Maybe I'll make a post in meta.
Mar
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revised How does 1 John 2:19 fit with the teaching that Christians can lose their salvation
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comment How does 1 John 2:19 fit with the teaching that Christians can lose their salvation
Also the following verses (Rev. 3:17-18) indicate that they weren't saved to begin with.
Mar
23
comment How does 1 John 2:19 fit with the teaching that Christians can lose their salvation
@GilbertLeBlanc Just because somebody is cold, lukewarm, or maybe even hot (IDK), does not necessarily mean that they are saved. Perhaps these "lukewarm" people in Rev. 3:16 were not saved in the first place. As Jesus said, "Strive to enter by the narrow door for many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able.". Maybe the many lukewarm people you are referring to are the many people that will try to enter the narrow door, but will not be able to.