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  • theophilus
    Reply to Do children who die in infancy go to Heaven?
    by theophilus
    I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. (Romans 7:9,10 ESV)

    When was Paul alive apart from the law? The only time I can think of when this would be true is when he was first born and didn't know the difference between right and wrong. He was guilty because of Adam's sin but that guilt simply meant that his body could die. Until he knew right from wrong he couldn't commit any sin that would subject him to eternal punishment.

    This belief doesn't contradict belief in God's election. It merely means that God has two methods of calling the elect. Some are allowed to sin and then repent and receive salvation. Some are taken from this world without having the opportunity to commit sin. Even before I accepted Calvinism I believed in the unconditional election of those who died in infancy....
    12-14-2017, 09:41 AM
  • Hidden Manna
    Reply to Understanding the mark, name, and number of the man/beast
    by Hidden Manna
    Let’s move on to the nature of the beast….
    I wanted to add this into this study as it speaks to the "nature" of the man who is like a natural brute beast.

    The characteristics and nature of those who belong to the body of the scarlet colored beast are given to us in scripture. The Red Dragon and the scarlet colored beast are that color because they have been “marked” by sin, or sinful behavior. Just as sin is the “mark” of the man/beast being the spirit of his nature.

    These being of the flesh, are carnally minded, earthly, sensual, and devilish and will do the lusts of their father the Devil= sinful behavior. Those who are of the world, are also of the Prince and spirit of this world, and are guided by and empowered by his wicked spirit.
    These carnally minded men by this spirit of covering are given the heart and mind like a natural brute beast.

    It is written in Ecclesiastes 3:18 “I said in mine heart concerning the estate of...
    12-14-2017, 09:24 AM
  • Hidden Manna
    Reply to Understanding the mark, name, and number of the man/beast
    by Hidden Manna
    So we have the same sign of false prophets, and false teachers making merchandise of the people, and also these merchants (who buy and sell) deceiving the nations through their false doctrine like sorcery bewitching the people.

    What I also found to be interesting is the word Canaanite means merchants. And we know by scripture in Zechariah 14:21 “Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the Lord of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the Lord of hosts.”

    Which I believe is speaking of spiritual things, as it pertains to the great men (merchants) of this present evil world system who have sold out the Truth for greedy gain, just as Esau also sold his birthright just to satisfy his own belly with that red pottage. And as Judas, who also sold out the very Word of Truth and Life in Jesus Christ for a pocket full of silver.
    ...
    12-14-2017, 09:23 AM
  • Hidden Manna
    Reply to Understanding the mark, name, and number of the man/beast
    by Hidden Manna
    Paul confirms this hatred by the firstborn man, who is born of the flesh in the allegory of the 2 sons, Ishmael and Isaac when he said in Galatians 4:29 “But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.”

    So basically those who are of sealed of God’s Spirit will overcome the world, and overcome that wicked one, and overcome sin and death by the faith of Jesus Christ and by the power of God. But like Jesus said, if the world hate you, know that it hated me first. So those who are of the world, and are of the spirit of the world, and who are firstborn of the flesh, will hate the children of God who are born of His Spirit.

    Now moving on to the buying and selling aspect of the mark.

    In Revelation 13:17 we read; “And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” As I’ve noted in other studies I believe the mark of the beast is...
    12-14-2017, 09:21 AM
  • Hidden Manna
    Reply to Understanding the mark, name, and number of the man/beast
    by Hidden Manna
    Now let’s move on to the image of the man/beast that is worshipped by the whole world. This worshipping the image of the first beast (serpent) is done by doing the will, or the lusts of the Devil by way of his spirit working in them. As the true worshippers of God worship Him in Spirit and in Truth, and by doing the will of our Father in heaven. It is written, those who commit sin are of the Devil, just as we are servants to whom we obey, whether you serve sin unto death or righteousness unto Life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    Paul said of mankind in Romans 1:22-23Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.”

    To understand how man stopped worshipping God’s invisible image in himself, and started worshipping the Devils image we must first go back again to the beginning of creation.

    In the...
    12-14-2017, 09:20 AM
  • Hidden Manna
    Reply to Understanding the mark, name, and number of the man/beast
    by Hidden Manna
    Keep in mind there is an opposite reflection shown in the unholy triune as opposed to the Holy. Just as it is written the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is Eternal Life through Jesus Christ our Lord. And if we are given victory over sin by faith in Jesus Christ, we also are given victory over death. The word victory in the above was the clue that confirmed to me the name that we are to get victory over, which is Death.

    It is written in Isaiah 25:8 “He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it.” We are shown Death and Destruction as personified in Job 28:22Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears.” Strong's Number H11 Destruction matches the Hebrew אֲבַדּוֹן ('abaddown), Abaddon

    And even Destruction is shown as having a name in Revelation 9:11 “And they had a king over...
    12-14-2017, 09:19 AM
  • Hidden Manna
    Reply to Understanding the mark, name, and number of the man/beast
    by Hidden Manna
    Descriptions of God's seal (or mark) by the Spirit.....

    Ezekiel 9:4
    And the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.

    Revelation 7:3
    Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

    Revelation 9:4
    And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.

    Revelation 14:1
    And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.

    Revelation 22:4
    And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

    ...
    12-14-2017, 09:16 AM
  • Hidden Manna
    Understanding the mark, name, image and number of the man/beast
    by Hidden Manna
    I am going to spend some time explaining by scripture what the mark, name, and number of the man/beast truly is. It is important that one use scripture to confirm all these truths, as I will do in my following posts. First let’s explore what the mark of the man/beast is by looking at the color red shown in scripture.

    In Revelation 12:3 we read “And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.” The great red dragon in this verse is a symbolism of Satan, the Devil, or the Old Serpent as he has many names. But you ever wonder why he is shown as red? I believe it because it is clue for us to understand the nature of the man/beast, which by the way is also shown as red (or scarlet).

    Revelation 17:3; “So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.” Again...
    12-14-2017, 09:15 AM
  • Hidden Manna
    Reply to Bearing fruit
    by Hidden Manna
    I would also add that not all people water baptized have made that "inner" decision for themselves, because we see infants being baptized with water by someone else making that decision for them....
    12-14-2017, 08:32 AM
  • Hidden Manna
    Reply to Bearing fruit
    by Hidden Manna
    If you are born again of the Spirit then you have received the one baptism that brings us into the body of Christ by the Spirit. But not all receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit before being water baptized.

    The water baptism is called the baptism of repentance, but some receive the Holy Spirit afterward, as is shown below....

    Acts 19:1-6

    19 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
    2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
    3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism.
    4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
    5 When they...
    12-14-2017, 08:24 AM
  • Hidden Manna
    Reply to Bearing fruit
    by Hidden Manna
    The earthly H20 water can clean the outside, but not the inside; the Living waters of the Spirit from heaven cleanses the insides (heart/mind). Jesus said make first the inside of the vessel clean and the outside shall become clean. Peace...
    12-14-2017, 08:08 AM
  • atpollard
    Reply to Do children who die in infancy go to Heaven?
    by atpollard
    William
    Let's take the most extreme example to illustrate my personal dilemma: A stillborn infant.

    For ANYONE else, I have no problem with the concept that we are all born with an "albatross around our necks" (literary reference to being under a curse). We are born with a magnet inside of us that pulls each of us irresistible and without exception towards sin. As a parent I can affirm that children do not need to be taught to sin, they are born with that innate ability ... the effort is years to teach them to obey the Law (to not take what they want, to treat others kindly, etc.). So for God to condemn to hell a 2 year old for his sin nature (innate hatred of God's way) and the sinful acts he has committed is harsh, but potentially JUST (only GOD knows all of the facts, so only GOD can render a truly just decision).
    Yet the stillborn infant case is different. The stillborn infant, logically speaking, had the same sin magnet inside of him/her. I am not...
    12-14-2017, 06:59 AM
  • Fastfredy0
    Reply to Do children who die in infancy go to Heaven?
    by Fastfredy0
    Yes, I agree with your points. (Well, I am not sure John the Baptist's example is one in which he was filled with the Spirit permanently; but minor point). Seems the apostles were filled with the Spirit in John 20:22 and again a Pentecost.

    But my main point, and I could be missing something, was: there is no biblical evidence that babies have been "elected" and any qualifications (i.e. faith which is a gift of God) cannot be evidenced in babies. Again, I hope they are all elected....
    12-14-2017, 06:19 AM
  • Wisdom'sFruit
    Reply to Bearing fruit
    by Wisdom'sFruit
    But what does it do? I use tartar control tooth paste, I know what it does and what its effect is for the future." First act of obedience"- does that mean it cleanses or prepares for future applications administered by the Holy Spirit? When John the baptist said: "Make straight or clear, the way of the Lord," and baptized......something has to be removed in order to make clear or straight the way, no? So what is removed, for future application of the Holy Spirit? And since this effect can not be seen like circumcision in the flesh, but you say: "And, yes, regarding the physical circumcision" this would imply something is being removed or cut away, what is it- that is being removed or cut away to make clear the way of the Lord?...
    12-14-2017, 06:17 AM
  • ChatterBox
    Biblepay - Bitcoin for charity?
    in Lounge
    by ChatterBox
    This just turned up on my newsfeed. It's something called Biblepay which is like Bitcoin, but with built-in tithing and Bible verses in the encryption. They donate 10% of earnings to charities which have over 75% passthrough (more than 75% of their income goes to the cause, not overheads). I'm curious but sceptical, as users have no control over which charities their 10% goes to. Has anyone else run into this? Is it just jumping on the bandwagon, or could it do some real good?

    I've stuck their link below, and they seem to be very active on reddit and forums.
    12-14-2017, 03:55 AM
  • Beau Michel
    Reply to Why a Confession of Faith?
    by Beau Michel
    Thought that might be the case. It was odd all of a sudden to see these sports related posts.
    12-14-2017, 03:38 AM
  • Beau Michel
    Reply to Are Catholics cannibals?
    by Beau Michel
    No Scriptural foundation. Based on Aristotle's philosophy as much of medieval Roman doctrine is.
    12-14-2017, 03:37 AM
  • thatbrian
    Reply to Are Catholics cannibals?
    by thatbrian
    Ritual, superstition, and self-salvation. That sums up the Roman Church. On top of that, yes, they practice cannibalism.
    ....
    12-14-2017, 12:31 AM
  • News Feeder
    Quarterback Carson Wentz is Trusting God Despite Season-ending Injury
    by News Feeder
    Carson Wentz, the star quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, isn’t letting a season-ending injury shake his faith.



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    12-14-2017, 12:30 AM
  • News Feeder
    Doug Jones Wins Stunning Victory over Roy Moore; Christian Leaders Respond
    by News Feeder
    Former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones defeated Judge Roy Moore yesterday after a hotly-contested and controversial special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.



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    12-14-2017, 12:30 AM
  • News Feeder
    Planned Parenthood Hails Doug Jones Win as Victory Over “Predators,” As It Covers Up Sexual Abuse
    by News Feeder
    The abortion chain praised Alabama voters on Tuesday for rejecting a man who allegedly sexually harassed several women, while congratulating his challenger who supports aborting late-term unborn babies. The criticism of losing Republican candidate Roy Moore was quite ironic coming from an abortion chain that kills 320,000 unborn babies each year and has been caught […]

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    12-14-2017, 12:30 AM
  • News Feeder
    The Origin of Beauty: Contrasting the Handicap Hypothesis and Design Theory
    by News Feeder
    Why should there be such “gratuitous beauty”? The plethora of extravagant biological characteristics prominently call out for an explanation.

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    12-14-2017, 12:30 AM
  • News Feeder
    Keynote Speaker At Biblical Manhood Conference Definitely Wearing Women’s Pants
    by News Feeder
    INDIANAPOLIS, IN—The keynote speaker at the God’s Design for Biblical Manhood Conference was definitely wearing a pair of women’s pants, sources attending the event confirmed Wednesday. Clad in a form-fitting cashmere sweater with plunging neckline, oversized glasses, and pants that looked like they were designed for a 14-year-old girl, the speaker gave a 45-minute talk […]

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    12-14-2017, 12:30 AM
  • News Feeder
    10 Blatantly Obvious Christ Figures In The ‘Star Wars’ Universe
    by News Feeder
    Anyone who’s ever watched a Star Wars film has pretty much already heard the gospel. After all, the films are chock-full of symbols and allegories that represent Jesus and His great sacrifice for mankind. In fact, Star Wars probably talks about Jesus even more than the Bible itself does. This is all old news to […]

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    12-14-2017, 12:30 AM
  • News Feeder
    Leonhard Euler
    by News Feeder
    One of the greatest mathematicians of all time was a God-honouring, Bible believing Christian.

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    12-14-2017, 12:30 AM

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  • The Righteousness of God
    Hidden Manna
    In Ephesians 2:8 we read “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”
    It is written in John 3:27 “John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.” In this we see, as in the above verse that not only is grace a gift from God, but so also is the faith to believe. This is also shown here in Romans 12:6 “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;”

    And also here in 1 Corinthians 12:7-9 “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;”
    Now some may preach salvation by faith through the works of the law, but without faith how can one even work the works of God?...
    12-11-2017, 10:01 AM
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    “Trunk Abortionist” Michael Arthur Roth is getting off easy for one of the many felonies he has been charged with by officials in the state of Michigan. Roth faced a trial in November for criminal charges related to a September 2015, traffic accident in which he struck and critically injured a special needs child with […]

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    12-11-2017, 10:28 AM
  • Hendryx Responds to Synergist J.C. Thibodaux
    William
    A few years ago I offered a challenge to synergists (including Arninians) which was designed to reveal an inconsistency in their affirmation that salvation is by grace alone; a challenge to prove that their theology necessitates a mixture the grace of Jesus Christ and something else. Many synergists believe that their doctrine of prevenient grace resolves this issue. But it is my purpose in this short essay to respond to the points made in a recent posting from a synergist who takes me up on the challenge.

    By definition synergists are those who believe that an unregenerate person must cooperate with God's [prevenient] grace which results in regeneration; that we must meet God's condition of faith if God is to grant regeneration. In other words, to the synergist God's love for His people is conditional. The monergist, by contrast, is one who believes that Jesus loves His people unconditionally, because has met all the conditions for us, including giving us a new heart that...
    12-11-2017, 02:39 PM
  • The Covenant of God and The Children of Beleivers
    William
    Introduction


    The covenant of God is not a relatively minor and secondary aspect of God's truth, much less a passing theological fad. Rather, it is one of the most prominent, most important doctrines of Holy Scripture, if not that grand reality which is the very heart of the whole biblical revelation.

    This is how Reformed theologians have always viewed the truth of the covenant. The German theologian of the 19th century, Heinrich Heppe, who summarized the Reformed tradition from Calvin to his day, wrote, "The doctrine of God 's covenant with man is thus the inmost heart and soul of the whole of revealed truth" (Reformed Dogmatics, London, 1950, p. 281). He quotes the 17th century Reformed theologian, J. H. Heidegger: "... the marrow and as it were the sort of center of the whole of Holy Scripture is the... covenant of God, to which... everything in Scripture must be referred" (p.281).

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    12-11-2017, 02:46 PM
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    A bill that would ban dismemberment abortions in Pennsylvania has received bipartisan support, but the state’s governor may put a stop to it.



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  • John Piper Now Awarding Video Games With Official ‘Waste Of Your Life’ Seal Of Approval
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  • Hallmark Channel Takes Dark, Gritty New Turn With ‘The Christmas Slaughter’
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    STUDIO CITY, CA—Everyone looks forward to the light, fluffy Christmas movies the Hallmark Channel airs non-stop for three months at the end of each year, but the cable channel is taking a dark turn this year with several gritty new films. The first of these, The Christmas Slaughter, features a handsome young businessman (James Van […]

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  • Creation in a basket
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