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  1. I am always cautious of an event where someone “just happens to be recording with their phone” at the very start of the conversation. How often do you walk into a coffee shop ready to record any conversations on your phone? I smell a set-up for you-tube hits and 15 minutes of fame. I bet real reporting would have found a link between the woman and the man.
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    Eternal Election

    It was intended as humor. (Both the original song and my post).
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    Eternal Election

    I would like to think so ... [Verse 1] I'd like to do a song Of great social and political importance It goes like this [Chorus] Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends So Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz [Verse 2] Oh Lord, won't you buy me a color TV Dialing For Dollars is trying to find me I wait for delivery each day until three So oh Lord, won't you buy me a color TV Oh Lord, won't you buy me a night on the town I'm counting on you, Lord, please don't let me down Prove that you love me and buy the next round Oh Lord, won't you buy me a night on the town [Chorus] Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends So Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz
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    Eternal Election

    Isn't that what the first Arminians were accused of? 🙂
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    The Arminian Controversy and the Synod of Dort

    Nope. It was not the Bible being mocked. It was your mocking opinions being presented as fact with absolutely no effort made to provide any support ... as if you were the Pope and spoke truth with an authority that was not to be questioned in this post: Have you ever read the Five points of Arminius? Some can be argued, but most are clearly heretical and were already declared heretical in earlier Church Councils dealing with the Pelegrian Heresy. Few modern 'Free Will' believing Christians (such as those from the Methodist or Church of God or Church of Christ) would agree with what Arminius actually wrote. The cause of Modern Arminianism owes a large debt to the teaching of Wesley. Perhaps you could provide some evidence in support of just how many people were subject to "persecuting, imprisoning, torturing, burning at the stake and beheading" since you seem to imply that it was a large number and I seem to recall that it was a VERY small number (but I might be misremembering.) It would also be helpful if you could provide some indication why this condemnation was "biased and unwarranted" since they were teaching contrary to the official view of a state church. Would the Vatican be biased and unwarranted in condemning a Catholic Priest who taught Southern Baptist Doctrine in St. Peter's Basilica (in Vatican City)? Please provide Scripture indicating the Biblically mandated way for the Church to deal with heretics since you are condemning how they dealt with them.
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    Do Arminians Preach a Sufficient Gospel?

    Please point out where either I said that or some Calvinist source (like the Westminster Confession of Faith) teaches that. Otherwise, you are not dealing honestly with a brother in Christ, you are making false accusations against me and you are stirring up dissent among the brothern. I have a great deal of respect for Wesleyan Arminianism and very little tolerance for trolling. Which are you here for?
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    Do Arminians Preach a Sufficient Gospel?

    "Salvation by grace through faith is the Biblical definition of the Gospel." 'Grace' is, by definition, unearned. If man plays any part in saving himself ... like if some men CHOOSE to believe while other men CHOOSE not to believe ... then 'Salvation' is not by grace, but rather the result of 'merited' or 'earned' favor. Calvinism (aka Reformed Theology or Monergism) teaches that salvation is 100% the work of a Sovereign God and 0% the decision of man. Wesleyan Arminianism teaches that God enables all men to choose, but the final power to be saved or damned rests with the sinner's ability to choose to believe or not believe. Thus Arminian (aka. Synergystic) 'Grace' is not grace, but earned favor.
  8. A conversation with a member of an international para-church ministry led to an interesting discovery that I wanted to share. When it comes to how people view the Gospel and what Jesus did on the cross, we in the West have a very strong legal/court related outlook. We were guilty of sin, Jesus accepted our sentence and paid our fine, now we are ‘not-guilty’ of our sin debt. Among the Eastern cultures, a story like the Prodigal Son resonates with a deep message of both personal shame and the shame that the son brought upon the father. So Jesus death on the Cross is seen as restoring honor both for us, and for God whom we have shamed. Among many parts of Africa and certain parts of South America, when a person comes forward to accept the Gospel, their greatest fear is will this bring the attack of evil spirits upon them. For these people, the power of the Gospel is seen in Jesus healing the demoniac and His death on the Cross and resurrection proves that God and His Holy Spirit is more powerful than any evil spirit. Jessie Stone (a student pursuing his PHD in Scotland) pointed out that both the first few chapters of Genesis and the Gospels of Christ address all three points of view. God paying our “debt” seems to be only the beginning of what Christ has done for us.
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    Do Arminians Preach a Sufficient Gospel?

    ... and I will go as far as Martin Luther, in that strong assertion of his, where he says, ‘If any man doth ascribe of salvation, even the very least, to the free will of man, he knoweth nothing of grace, and he hath not learnt Jesus Christ aright.’ It may seem a harsh sentiment; but he who in his soul believes that man does of his own free will turn to God, cannot have been taught of God, for that is one of the first principles taught us when God begins with us, that we have neither will nor power, but that He gives both; that he is ‘Alpha and Omega’ in the salvation of men. (C.H. Spurgeon from the sermon "Free Will A Slave", 1855). When I was coming to Christ, I thought I was doing it all myself, and though I sought the Lord earnestly, I had no idea the Lord was seeking me. I do not think the young convert is at first aware of this. I can recall the very day and hour when first I received those truths in my own soul - when they were as John Bunyan says, burnt into my heart as with a hot iron; and I can recollect how I felt that I had grown all of a sudden from a babe into a man - that I had made progress in scriptural knowledge, through having found, once for all, the clue to the truth of God ... I saw that God was at the bottom of it all, and that He was the Author of my faith, and so the whole doctrine of grace opened up to me, and from that doctrine I have not departed to this day, and I desire to make this my constant confession, I ascribe my change wholly to God. (Charles Spurgeon, Autobiography: 1, The Early Years, Banner of Truth, pp. 164-165). We declare on scriptural authority that the human will is so desperately set on mischief, so depraved, so inclined to everything that is evil, and so disinclined to everything that is good, that without the powerful, supernatural, irresistible influence of the Holy Spirit, no human will ever be constrained toward Christ. (Charles Spurgeon, Sermons, Vol. 4, p.139). I do not come into this pulpit hoping that perhaps somebody will of his own free will return to Christ. My hope lies in another quarter. I hope that my Master will lay hold of some of them and say, "You are mine, and you shall be mine. I claim you for myself." My hope arises from the freeness of grace, and not from the freedom of the will. I believe that Christ came into the world not to put men into a salvable state, but into a saved state. Not to put them where they could save themselves, but to do the work in them and for them, from first to last. If I did not believe that there was might going forth with the word of Jesus which makes men willing, and which turns them from the error of their ways by the mighty, overwhelming, constraining force of divine influence, I should cease to glory in the cross of Christ. (C.H. Spurgeon, Sermons, Vol. 3, p. 34). A man is not saved against his will, but he is made willing by the operation of the Holy Ghost. A mighty grace which he does not wish to resist enters into the man, disarms him, makes a new creature of him, and he is saved. (C.H. Spurgeon, Sermons, Vol. 10, p. 309). I believe that C.H. Spurgeon knew exactly what he was talking about when it came to understanding the Bible and the human heart.
  10. That is exactly what they were claiming. Repentance was not enough to earn forgiveness from a homosexual act. I take any claims of the insufficiency of Christ’s blood to pardon a sin seriously and any claim that God cannot forgive as a joke to be laughed at and mocked.
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    Why there is no worship song in evangelic church

    The 'Evangelical Free Church' I attended had worship songs (Sandi Patty and Michael W Smith type music). I have never been in a "Reformed" church (PCUSA as a visitor and Southern Baptist as an attender), so I have no comment on them.
  12. We can still watch the Veggie Tales telling of the St Patrick Story: https://www.youtube.com/embed/fg5ejLGEnZk and the Lutheran Satire video with St. Patrick: https://www.youtube.com/embed/KQLfgaUoQCw
  13. So no more eating corned beef and cabbage while watching "The Quiet Man" starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Harra every March 17th?
  14. My favorite part is the story behind the story ... What was behind the Korean surprise? Most media outlets didn’t notice that Christians in South Korea had been fasting and praying for the peace summit. Pastors held an all-night vigil in the city of Paju, south of the North Korean border. And a group of Christian politicians held a fasting and prayer event in the National Assembly buildings in Seoul, according to Yonhap News. North Korea’s persecuted Christians have also been praying for this moment—for years. They have been horribly persecuted. They have been forced to meet secretly. They have been routinely rounded up and sent to labor camps—or just shot on sight—because they did not worship Kim Jong-un as their god. The U.S. State Department has learned that between 10 to 45 percent of all people imprisoned in North Korea are Christians who are in jail because of their faith. Yet in the midst of this oppression God has been working. Some defectors have reported that North Korean officials are worried that Christianity will defeat “Juche,” the state-sponsored worship of Kim and his ancestors. That fear is based on statistics. One report released by the U.S. State Department says the Christian population in North Korea multiplied five times from 2012 to 2017. There may be more than 400,000 Christians there now. God has worked this miracle. It is not the work of any politician. He has heard the prayers of his people on both sides of this conflict—and the prayers of the faithful around the world who felt North Korea’s pain.
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