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I'm a born-again Christian, active member of the body of Christ, husband and father, and Bible teacher. I love to study Scripture, and firmly believe it is the only credible standard for truth.

Aside from my devotion to God, His people, and His word, I don't really have any loyalty to a particular doctrine or creed.

(The guy in the picture is Zhuge Liang from the movie Red Cliff.)


Jul
12
answered Is the Thief on the Cross the exception or the norm for quick salvation?
Jul
11
comment How does the Arminian view of salvation account for God's sovereignty?
Great argument, and I couldn't agree more, up until the final claim. The reference to 1 Tim. is weak, and Calvinists have a very solid rebuttal from the context of the passage. Your argument doesn't need that citation anyway, so I'd strongly recommend removing it.
Jul
10
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Jul
10
comment How do you know when you are truly saved, and how do you live as a Christian afterwards?
let us continue this discussion in chat
Jul
10
comment How do you know when you are truly saved, and how do you live as a Christian afterwards?
@Ovi Yes, it is hard, and it takes practice. But if you are willing, He is willing. If you try, He will do His part. It's just a question of where a person's heart is really at. In other words... do you want God, or do you want your own will, your own comfort, your own pleasure, etc. Jesus told people to count the costs carefully, because it would cost them their lives... and the cost is the same today. Are you willing to give up your life to follow Him? (And this doesn't just mean physically dying... it means daily submission to His will.)
Jul
10
comment How do you know when you are truly saved, and how do you live as a Christian afterwards?
@Ovi The former could be done even if God didn't exist, which is a good indication that this isn't what a true relationship with God looks like. I am referring to something much bigger and much realer. I am referring to His actual, literal, spiritual presence leading you. You can seek His will for your life by His Spirit just as much as you could have done in person when Jesus Himself walked the earth.
Jul
10
comment How do you know when you are truly saved, and how do you live as a Christian afterwards?
@Ovi God is a real Person. You can seek His will and He will show you His will. You can ask Him to reveal your spiritual condition to you and He will do it. He wants you more than you could ever want Him.
Jul
10
comment How do you know when you are truly saved, and how do you live as a Christian afterwards?
@Ovi For what it's worth, I have never met a person who spent 100% of their time praying, reading the Bible, and doing ministry, and who never sinned... I don't think it's about "measuring up." I think it's about your commitment; your devotion; your desire to be with Him and follow Him. Is your heart for God and His ways, or for yourself and your own ways. A man after God's heart will be willing to do God's will even when it's painful; even when he doesn't want to do it. Perfectly? no. But they try.
Jul
10
comment How do you know when you are truly saved, and how do you live as a Christian afterwards?
@Ovi Are you willing to do His will? Are you submitted to His will when you know it? Do you seek His will for your life?
Jul
10
revised How do you know when you are truly saved, and how do you live as a Christian afterwards?
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Jul
10
answered How do you know when you are truly saved, and how do you live as a Christian afterwards?
Jul
10
comment How do you know when you are truly saved, and how do you live as a Christian afterwards?
Consider that Jesus never led a sinner to pray a prayer, recite a creed, or attend a particular church. He invited people to follow Him. He had communion with them. He taught them. He trained them. Then after He left, He sent the Spirit and they continued His work in His power, with His presence to comfort and guide them. If you are committed to following Christ, and have received the Spirit, keep up the good work. There's nothing in Scripture that says you have to have a radical conversion testimony to truly be saved.
Jul
10
comment Did any other philosophical systems have as much influence on the early Church as Platonism and Stoicism?
Gnosticism and Docetism come to mind.
Jul
9
asked What is the Protestant belief known as “faith alone”?
Jul
6
asked How would the four major eschatological views differ in their interpretation of Revelation 21:4?
Jul
6
answered Why is being gay considered more sinful than being divorced or commiting adultery?
Jul
4
comment In Protestant churches, who is the authority in interpreting the Bible?
The fact remains that while many Protestants approach Scripture from a "personal priesthood" perspective, other Protestants value the role of teachers and/or elders in the church. It is not possible to draw such a sweeping conclusion about "all Protestants." Independent Bible study was not the focus of the Reformation, and is not a core doctrine of Protestant theology.
Jul
3
comment What does a “non-denominational” Protestant believe?
Thanks! This was awesome.
Jul
3
accepted What does a “non-denominational” Protestant believe?
Jul
3
asked What does a “non-denominational” Protestant believe?