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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.)


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comment Can a Sovereign-will authorize personal liberty?
Great question. (+1) I've wondered about this for a long time.
Jul
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awarded  Notable Question
Jul
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revised What is meant by “God is Omnipotent”?
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Jul
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Hmm... not good...
Jul
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Jul
16
comment How do Protestants in general respond to these points concerning them?
Go nominate yourself for moderator!!
Jul
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Jul
13
accepted Do Calvinists believe that God is the author of evil?
Jul
13
comment What is the Calvinist view of God's sovereignty?
The question is fine. It's asking for a definition, which is well within the scope of the site's standards. Great question. +1
Jul
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revised What is the Calvinist view of God's sovereignty?
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Jul
12
comment Is the Thief on the Cross the exception or the norm for quick salvation?
@GeorgeCummins I know I'll be crucified by my peers for saying this, but that is precisely why the Protestant delusion that every Christian should interpret the Bible for themselves is so flawed. If you had some training in exegesis, most (if not all) of those alleged discrepancies would be quickly cleared up. (E.g. "saved" has a semantic range, Biblical faith involves action, both God and man have a role in salvation, etc.)
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
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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?