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  1. I chose these two as the worst for Christ's Church ... Works Righteousness (horrible soteriology) Judgmental Christians (from a holier than thou attitude to criticisms when the perfume is being poured) ... because they are both traps that can be found in the true church, appear as genuine "Christianity" and, therefore, drive those in need of Christ from the place they most need to be and into the arms of either a cult or apostasy. These two tend to affect only those deeply interested in this narrow area, so most of the unsaved will view an advocate as a "nut" and discredit the individual more than the Church as a whole ... False Chrisitan Eschatology (horrible end times interpretations result in failed prophecy and less credibility) Theistic Evolution (Evolution weakens faith, undermines the arguments for God's existence, and is a fundamental tenet of all unbelievers) ... most people just don't care enough for either to be the deciding factor in their view of Christianity. The Charismata are a sword that cuts both ways, so this belongs all by itself ... Charismania (blaming the Holy Spirit for horrible interpretations, spiritual drunkness, falling over backwards, gibberish, etc) For the unchurched, the idea presented by the Charismatics/Pentecostals (whether true or not) has a powerful draw. People WANT TO BELIEVE in a God that does miracles. People want to come to church and get excited rather than feel like they are attending a funeral. When led astray by charlatans, the searchers are left hurt and confused with a faith "a mile wide and an inch deep" comprised of equal parts truth, half-truths, and plain old nonsense. It is a mess. On the other hand, few of those led astray would have ever been drawn into a "high church" mass anyway, so a little truth is better than no truth at all. When the unchurched encounter genuine Christians who also happen to be continuationists, they find something 'supernatural' to give them hope and encouragement when they need it most. It can be a gateway into other types of churches within The Church. I find it somewhat ironic that those most upset by the charismata are either Christian cessationists (thus already saved) or those non-christians already inflicted with "Works Righteousness" or "Judgmentalism" who have nothing to gain and nothing good to offer. The last item on your list ... Prosperity Doctrine (hoard your gold or bribe the god of your world) ... is almost a non-issue. Those who preach it and those drawn to it both want nothing to do with real Christianity. So what concern is it of the church if the world chooses to dress in Christian 'Halloween costumes' and play make-believe. They are never going to want to hear the truth.
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    Bible Science Guy

    Who were the Neanderthal in the Genesis story? Note: I do not have answers ... when I try to reconcile science and scripture I just have lots of questions ... so I compartmentalize. You seem to posit that there are simple explanations, so I thought that I might as well ask.
  3. I believe it was Jimmy Carter who attempted to cut all departments by by 10%. The Department of the Interior chose to save money by closing the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and other popular tourist destinations in Washington DC until their budget was restored. Good luck weaning a massive bureaucracy off the tax dollar teat.
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    Alcohol and Christianity

    What about Adultery and Stealing and Murder ... Should we not care about what Jesus and the Apostles did 2000 years ago when making decisions on these issues as well? As a fellow "Credobaptist", I have one that hits closer to home ... "Seems strange to justify [not baptizing infants] today based on what people did 2000+ years ago." [What we believe the Bible says people did 2000 years ago is the reason we don't baptize infants.]
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    Chiliasm/Historic Premillenialism?

    🤔 Oy vey, eschatology! As an architect (and yes, I am a licensed Architect) I have less problem with the river starting out in the center of the Temple/City than one might imagine. It is a bit unusual, but once God has dealt with the fact that the air only extends about 200 miles above the Earth and the 'New Jerusalem' will extend another 1300 miles into space, a river in the lobby seems like small potatoes. I can say this much, only God will build it.
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    Alcohol and Christianity

    Perhaps you could offer a correct exegesis of the text so everyone can avoid “one of the greatest sins” by misunderstanding it.
  7. Open Border. Refuge Cities. Registering non-citizen voters. Until they correct this, California should be banned from voting in any National Elections.
  8. If you are like me, you probably wonder where all the talk of "months" to restore power comes from. That seems like a crazy long time. I had the chance to chat with someone that designs power grids (one of the percs of being in commercial land development) and he explained it to me. If all the telephone poles and overhead wires in a region were completely blown away. Nothing left of any of them. The power crews could come in and "string extension cords" ... the term they use for all of those lines that bring power to your home ... in hours to days or a few weeks depending on how far you are from one of those big, ugly power substations. Even those transformers that you see everywhere (cans on poles and boxes on concrete slabs) are standard and could be quickly replaced. Where things get tricky is power leaves a generation plant at crazy high voltages and amperage and needs to go to a local substation to be converted to something usable by homes and business. Those are those ugly collections of towers and boxes surrounded by a fence that says "DANGER HIGH VOLTAGE". Each substation is unique. Designed for local power demand and made from parts that are custom made for the application. There are no spare substations sitting around that can be dropped in to replace a lost one. If a hurricane destroys a substation, then a new substation needs to be designed, fabricated to specifications and assembled on the site with a new structural framework. That can take months, and if you need a LOT of them, it can take years to get around to replacing all of them. Puerto Rico lost a lot of substations to a Cat 4-5 Hurricane. The Florida Panhandle is facing landfall of a Cat 4-5 Hurricane. Now you know.
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    Polygamy should be allowed

    Which Biblical example of a non monogamous Marriage turned out well? Abraham with Issac and Ishmael? Jacob with his sons trying to kill Joseph and selling him into slavery? David with his children raping each other? murdering each other? starting a civil war? Solomon with his multiple foreign wives leading him into idolatry? Where are these shining success stories for Godly Polygamy making things better?
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    1 Corinthians 10:2.jpg

    It isn’t the mode, it’s the monergistic regeneration that has to come first to make Baptism of any benefit.
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    1 Corinthians 10:2.jpg

    Perfect for support of Infant Baptism. If I remember how that story turns out, the adults ‘baptized’ without immersion were the same adults who worshipped a golden calf and died in the desert without ever reaching the promised land. The children ‘baptized’ in the Red Sea without faith or immersion were the ones who grew up to disobey God and fail to remove all of the Pagans from the Promised Land ... setting the stage for most of Israel’s future apostasy. It isn’t until John the Baptist arrived on the scene calling people to a personal repentance and Pentecost where Peter explained the need for individuals to repent, be baptized and receive the Holy Spirit that we saw real change take place. Your Reformed Baptist Brothers and Sisters in the Body of Christ thank you for this powerful reminder of why we rejected Catholicism for Sola Scriptura and the Apostolic example. 🤗
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    Can a Christian vote as a Democrat?

    So what does one do when there are two candidates for the US Senate from Florida, and the Republican Party has so taken it for granted that Christians will vote against the Democratic Party Platform that they offer a Republican Candidate whose past policies have directly caused substantial harm to our family? To vote for this specific Republican is to vote against the well being of those that God has directly entrusted to my care. I cannot harm my wife and children to support a catastrophic drug policy in the faint hope of changing a long standing law permitting infanticide. The Republicans have a responsibility to field candidates that benefit real people and not just the 1%. I have grown very weary of selecting the “lesser of two evils”.
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    Do children who die in infancy go to Heaven?

    Yes, I personally do believe in Limited Atonement. However it is not an “Essential Doctrine” in my opinion. Whose sins Jesus chose to carry to the cross seems like His business more than mine. It just makes a little more sense for God to effectively deal with only some sins, than for God to only ineffectively deal with all sins. That said, Universal Atonement changes nothing in my argument above. It is Universal Salvation (everyone goes to heaven) that scripture and I both clearly reject. If God died for ALL sins and something else prevents everyone from receiving the advantage of Christ’s payment on the cross, that is a perplexing mystery, but does not change the fact that God must have allowed it or everyone would be saved as surely as every star shines and every plant exists at God’s command.
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    Do children who die in infancy go to Heaven?

    [Genesis 1:3-4, 6-7, 9, 11, 14-15 NASB] 3 Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. ... 6 Then God said, "Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters." 7 God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so. ... 9 Then God said, "Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear"; and it was so. ... 11 Then God said, "Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, [and] fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them"; and it was so. ... 14 Then God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years; 15 and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth"; and it was so. Looking at just the beginning of Genesis, we see a strong pattern repeated. "God said" and "it was so". We throw around some words to describe this being called "GOD" ... OMNIPOTENT ... meaning "all powerful" or able to do anything. OMNISCIENT ... meaning "all knowing" which means that there is nothing that God does not know. [Isaiah 46:10] "Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done ..." OMNIPRESENT ...meaning "all present" or that God is not limited to one time and place but exists everywhere and 'every-when' continuously. SOVEREIGN ..."possessing supreme or ultimate power" according to one dictionary, or in practical terms, God requires no permission but his own. He is the highest authority that there is and in the words of Corrie Ten Boom (Nazi Holocaust survivor) "God does as He pleases, and He does it right well." Given what we know about God (Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent, Sovereign) and the example we have illustrated for us in Genesis 1 ... it seems irrefutable to me that if God WANTED everyone saved in the same way that God wanted there to be Light, then "it would be so"! Since we know from scripture and our own observations that everyone is not saved ... [John 3:18-19 NASB] 18 "He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 "This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. [John 10:25-28 NASB] 25 Jesus answered them, "I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father's name, these testify of Me. 26 "But you do not believe because you are not of My sheep. 27 "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. [Mat 25:32-33, 41 NASB] 32 "All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; 33 and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left. ... 41 "Then He will also say to those on His left, 'Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; ... the will of God must involve the salvation of some and the punishment of others. If that were not the "will" of God, then it would not be able to happen (and God has already stated that it will happen).
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    Do children who die in infancy go to Heaven?

    Perhaps I wasn't clear ... ... It is my opinion that, after reading scripture, that the perfect will of God is [drum roll] ... "For us to trust Him." i.e. ... [John 2:23 NLT] 23 Because of the miraculous signs Jesus did in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration, many began to trust in him. [John 12:36, 44, 46 NLT] 36 Put your trust in the light while there is still time; then you will become children of the light." After saying these things, Jesus went away and was hidden from them. ... 44 Jesus shouted to the crowds, "If you trust me, you are trusting not only me, but also God who sent me. ... 46 I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark. [John 14:1 NLT] 1 "Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. [Acts 14:23 NLT] 23 Paul and Barnabas also appointed elders in every church. With prayer and fasting, they turned the elders over to the care of the Lord, in whom they had put their trust. [Romans 11:22 NLT] 22 Notice how God is both kind and severe. He is severe toward those who disobeyed, but kind to you if you continue to trust in his kindness. But if you stop trusting, you also will be cut off. [Romans 15:13 NLT] 13 I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. [1 Corinthians 2:5 NLT] 5 I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God. [2 Corinthians 3:4 NLT] 4 We are confident of all this because of our great trust in God through Christ. [Ephesians 1:12 NLT] 12 God's purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God. [Ephesians 3:17 NLT] 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God's love and keep you strong. [1 Timothy 6:17 NLT] 17 Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. [2 Timothy 1:12 NLT] 12 That is why I am suffering here in prison. But I am not ashamed of it, for I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return. [Titus 3:8 NLT] 8 This is a trustworthy saying, and I want you to insist on these teachings so that all who trust in God will devote themselves to doing good. These teachings are good and beneficial for everyone. [Hebrews 2:13 NLT] 13 He also said, "I will put my trust in him," that is, "I and the children God has given me." [1 Peter 1:8, 21 NLT] 8 You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. ... 21 Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory. [1 Peter 2:7 NLT] 7 Yes, you who trust him recognize the honor God has given him. But for those who reject him, "The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone." [1 Peter 4:19 NLT] 19 So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you. [1 John 4:16 NLT] 16 We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.
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