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  1. To begin with, I simply don't know. Do a Google search of "Danney Williams" for he claims to be the son of Bill Clinton (not the biological son of Hillary) www.theamericanmirror.com/fathers-day-bill-clinton-son-calls-for-dad-to-take-paternity-test/ Much of his frustration seems directed at Hillary.
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    Gill's Commentary on John 19:14 reviewed

    Just briefly reading through this thread was painful.
  3. In view of all the testimony of what the Bible teaches, I affirm that: The Trinity is true, because God isn't the author of confusion.
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    Kyrios in the New Testament

    Notice how "the Lord" from the following passages refers to the Father and to the Lord Jesus. 1. The presence of the Lord This refers to the Father (Acts 3:19), and to the Lord Jesus (2 Thessalonians 1:9; cf. 1 Thessalonians 2:19). 2. In the sight of the Lord This refers to the Father (Luke 1:15), and to the Lord Jesus (2 Corinthians 8:21). 3. The glory of the Lord This refers to the Father (Luke 2:9), and to the Lord Jesus (2 Corinthians 8:19; cf. v. 23). 4. The discipline of the Lord This refers to the Father (Hebrews 12:5), and to the Lord Jesus (Ephesians 6:4; cf. Revelation 3:19). 5. In the name of the Lord This refers to the Father (James 5:10), and to the Lord Jesus (James 5:14; cf. Acts 9:27-28).
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    I Can Only Imagine

    Has anyone seen this film, and if so how was it?
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    The LAST REFORMATION ever, apparently.

    From what I saw they believe a person is not saved until they are water baptized.
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    Our Heavenly Citizenship

    Welcome to ChristForums Emekrus. It's really good to have you here.
  8. Pyeongyang (the capital) used to be called the "Jerusalem of the East."[*1] https://christianhistoryinstitute.org/magazine/article/the-jerusalem-of-the-east/ [*1] See under "Names" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyongyang
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    The Purpose of Marriage?

    I think that it is better to marry than to burn with sexual desire (1 Corinthians 7:9). Without doing so may lead to an array of sins.
  10. I think 1 Peter 3:4 is a good passage.
  11. Below is a list of passages (by no means an exhaustive one) concerning the holiness of the Lord Jesus. 1. He has innocent blood (Matthew 27:4). 2. He is the Holy One of God (Mark 1:24; Luke 4:34; John 6:69). 3. He is the Holy Child (Luke 1:35). 4. He has done nothing wrong (Luke 23:41). 5. He always did the things that are pleasing to the Father (John 8:29). 6. Not even His fiercest enemies could convict Him of sin (John 8:46). 7. He is the Holy and Righteous One (Acts 2:27; 3:14; 4:27, 30; 7:52; 13:35; 22:14; 1 John 2:20).[*1] 8. He went about doing good[*2] (Acts 10:38). 9. He knew no sin (2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15; 9:14; 1 Peter 1:19; 2:22; 1 John 3:5). 10. He is the Righteous Judge (2 Timothy 4:8[*3]; cf. 1 John 2:1, 29; 3:7). 11. He is holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners (Hebrews 7:26).[*4] 12. He is the Just (1 Peter 3:18). 13. He is pure (1 John 3:3). 14. He is Holy and True (Revelation 3:7[*5]; 6:10; cf. 4:8[*6]) [*1] I think it is interesting that when reading 1 John that one notices the pronouns (He, Him, His) are oftentimes not clearly specific in identifying to whom they refer to (the Father or the Son, or even to both). This would only make sense if the Lord Jesus is God. 1 John 2:20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know. (NASB) Concerning the word "the Holy One": 1. BDAG (3rd Edition): of God 1 John 2:20 (hagios, page 11). 2. Joseph Thayer: of Christ 1 John 2:20 (Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, hagios). http://biblehub.com/greek/40.htm [*2] Mark 10:18 does not teach that the Lord Jesus denied being "good" in equality with the Father. https://www.christforums.org/topic/7451-only-the-father-is-absolutely-good-mark-1018/ [*3] 2 Timothy 4:8 in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing. (NASB) When defining kritēs in Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament it refers to "Christ returning to sit in judgment." http://biblehub.com/greek/2923.htm However, when defining "righteous" (dikaios) the BDAG (3rd Edition) affirms that it is used of "God" (page 246), but when defining "appearing" (epiphaneia) it reads "of Jesus" (page 386). Not only that, in Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words "righteous" (dikaios) refers to "the judgment of God...of His character as Judge, 2 Timothy 4:8." http://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/ved/r/righteous-righteously.html But when defining "Judge" (kritēs) it is used "of Christ." http://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/ved/j/judge.html It is interesting to note that Psalm 7:11 teaches that the "Righteous Judge" refers to God, and yet Paul applies it in reference to the Lord Jesus in 2 Timothy 4:8. So when some claim that the Righteous Judge refers to God and others affirm it is in reference to the Lord Jesus and still others apply it to both, it is not a case of an either/or dilemma, but rather a both/and solution. Jesus, being God, is the Righteous Judge. [*4] The note in the BDAG (3rd Edition) also affirms that absolute holiness of the Lord Jesus in citation of Hebrew 7:26. The verse reads: For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens. (NASB) Concerning "separated" (chōrizō) the BDAG (3rd Edition) affirms the following: In the case of κεχωρισμένος ἀπὸ τῶν ἁμαρτωλῶν Hb 7:26 the meaning can include not only that Christ has been separated from sinful humans by being exalted to the heavenly world,...but also that because of his attributes (see what precedes in the context: ὅσιος, ἄκακος, ἀμίαντος) he is different from sinful humans (page 1095). Since being "holy" is an attribute of the Lord Jesus this demonstrates that He is God. For one must remember that God's very name is "holy" (Psalm 111:9; Isaiah 57:15; Luke 1:49). It is who He is. It is His attribute. Created beings can be holy, but not in the absolute sense that God is. It is because of His supreme holiness that Revelation 15:4 affirms that God alone is the proper recipient of worship. His name is to be hallowed (hagiazō) in worship (Matthew 6:9). Since this same worship (hagiazō) is spoken of in 1 Peter 3:15 in reference to the Lord Jesus demonstrates that the Lord Jesus is equally holy with the absolute holiness of the Father. [*5] Concerning Revelation 3:7, G. K. Beale affirms the following: "Holy" and "true" are divine attributes elsewhere in Revelation (so 6:10) so their use here suggests Jesus' deity (The Book of Revelation: A Commentary, page 283). [*6] Revelation 4:8 And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” (ESV) The Greek word for "holy" in Revelation 4:8 is hagios. A similar passage which refers to God's threefold holiness appears in Isaiah 6:3. It reads: And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” (ESV) John informs us that the Isaiah passage is in reference to the Lord Jesus (cf. John 12:36, 41). This demonstrates that the Lord Jesus is supremely holy and thus the recipient of ceaseless praise. 1. Robert Jamieson, Andrew Robert Fausset and David Brown (Isaiah 6:1): I saw also the Lord - here 'Adonaay (Hebrew #136); Yahweh (Hebrew #3068) in Isaiah 6:5. Jesus Christ is meant as speaking in Isaiah 6:10, according to John 12:41...The words of Isaiah 6:10 are attributed by Paul (Acts 28:25-26) to the Holy Spirit. Thus the Trinity, in unity is implied; as also by the thrice "Holy" (Isaiah 6:3). https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/isaiah-6.html
  12. A thought just occurred to me. I do wonder if when attempting to make an analogy of the Triune God if we are projecting Him in an image which would be forbidden for when one thinks of God wouldn't they also be thinking of the image. Just a thought.
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    Ravi Zacarius.

  14. In citing 1 Corinthians 4:5, what applies alone to Jehovah God the Creator (a) is used in reference to the Lord Jesus (b). (The underlined below is mine) a. The Watchtower: Accordingly, acts of marital unfaithfulness that were not forgiven in the past may provide a basis for establishing Scripturally the right to sever the marriage tie in the sight of God. Of course, the person who chooses to do this must be willing to shoulder that responsibility before his Creator. Whereas the elders of the congregation may personally feel that forgiveness would have been more appropriate, they leave the matter in Jehovah's hands as the final judge. He alone knows the heart of the individual seeking to establish Scriptural freedom to remarry and that one’s motivations. (1 Cor. 4:5) As for any act of marital unfaithfulness that had definitely been forgiven in the past, it cannot later be used as a Scriptural basis for obtaining a divorce or for establishing the right to remarry (Questions From Readers, August 15, 1974). https://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/1974609 b. Revelation: Its Grand Climax At Hand!: Why does Jesus identify himself as the one “who has the seven spirits”? Because these spirits represent Jehovah’s holy spirit flowing in its fullness. Later, John describes them also as “seven eyes,” indicating the penetrating vision that God’s holy spirit bestows on Jesus. (Revelation 5:6) Thus, he is able to uncover and handle any situation that may exist. (Matthew 10:26; 1 Corinthians 4:5) (Is Your Name in the Book of Life?, Chapter 11) https://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/1101988011#h=5
  15. Watchdog groups say the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in China is at its most intense since the Cultural Revolution, as churches are shuttered, Bibles confiscated and believers arrested at rates not seen in decades. Evidence of the crackdown was in plain view this week, when police raided Early Rain Covenant Church, an underground parish in the southwestern Sichuan province, to preempt a memorial service commemorating the 29th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre of anti-government protesters. According to ChinaAid, an advocacy group that documents human rights abuses in the communist nation, 17 people were violently detained, including Pastor Wang Yi and his wife, who attempted to block the door. Pastor Bob Fu, founder and president of ChinaAid, said the number of people arrested in China for exercising their religious freedom “has reached the highest level since the end of the Cultural Revolution.” He cited internal figures showing a nearly fivefold increase in the number of Christians who were persecuted by the government last year. “For Christians alone, last year we documented persecution against 1,265 churches, with the number of people persecuted over 223,000. And that is just the tip of the iceberg,” Mr. Fu said. “In 2016, there were 762 cases of persecution, according to our documentation, with the number of people persecuted 48,000. It really is almost five times [as much].” He said ChinaAid knows of 3,700 Christians who were arrested in 2017, up from 3,500 the previous year. Some religious dissenters and human rights activists have been detained for years, Mr. Fu said, with their families left to wonder if they are still alive. The spike in Christian persecution comes as critics say political and religious freedoms have been curtailed under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, who Mr. Fu said will go down in history as “a sort of Chairman Mao, Jr.,” who carried out a “little Cultural Revolution.” New Regulations for Religious Affairs went into effect on Feb. 1 requiring houses of worship to register with the government. Mr. Yang, the pastor arrested on Monday, had been a vocal critic of the regulations. He told China Source earlier this year that the intended effect of the legislation was to “limit citizens’ religious activity to the time and location [the government] decides.” “Ultimately, my position is quite simple,” Mr. Yang said. “As far as faith is concerned, these new regulations are evil; as far as the constitution is concerned, they are illegal; as far as politics are concerned, they are foolish. As the pastor of a house church, I intend to peacefully reject this regulation’s legitimacy and implementation.” Mr. Fu said persecution against Christians had increased dramatically since the Feb. 1 regulations took effect. “Since that time there have been thousands of churches banned,” he said. “We haven’t even had time to count them.” The U.S. State Department released a report in April that again singled out China as one of a handful of nations tagged as flagrant abusers of their citizens’ right to religious freedom. The report found that the Chinese government was carrying out a “far-reaching strategy to control, govern, and manipulate all aspects of faith,” including using torture to “force confessions and compel individuals to renounce their faith.” In a press conference last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States would not “stand by as spectators” to these sorts of atrocities. “We will get in the ring and stand in solidarity with every individual who seeks to enjoy their most fundamental of human rights,” Mr. Pompeo said in his brief remarks. Angry reaction Like many other targets of the State Department religious freedom report, China reacted angrily to the U.S. criticisms. “The so-called report by the U.S. is fraught with political biases against China and slanders China’s religious policy,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters at a May 31 briefing. “The nonsense is not even worth refuting.” “The Chinese government protects its citizens’ freedom of religious belief in accordance with the law,” Ms. Hua said. “… We urge the U.S. to look squarely at and respect the fact, discard biases, and stop issuing such report and using the religious issue to interfere in China’s internal affairs. There are nearly 100 million Christians in China, but they still represent a small fraction of the country’s 1.4 billion citizens. A recent survey published by Gallup International found that China is the least religious country in the world. The report found that more than two-thirds of Chinese citizens identify as atheists, more than double the percentage found in any other nation. An additional 23 percent say they are non-religious, according to the survey, and only 9 percent say they are religious. Mr. Fu said the government has used a number of tactics to suppress religious expression in China, from cutting off the electricity and water in churches to demolishing them outright. In January, government officials dynamited the Golden Lampstand Church, one of the largest evangelical churches in the northern Shanxi province. Other strategies include razing crosses from the horizon, confiscating Bibles or censoring certain passages, installing pulpit cameras that can recognize faces and sending believers to “re-education camps.” In February, more than 100 Christians and other religious minorities were sent to these camps, also known as “mind-transforming centers,” in the northwestern Xinjiang region, World Watch Monitor reported. One woman said she lost contact with her husband, the leader of a community of Christians who come from Muslim backgrounds, after he was sent to one of the re-education centers. “I don’t know where my husband is right now, but I believe that God still uses him in prisons or camps,” she told World Watch Monitor. “Sometimes I am worried that he doesn’t have enough clothes to keep warm in the prison.” Last month, Chinese police carried out a raid on at least five houses of worship in the eastern Shandong province, seizing more than 1,100 Bibles and other “illegal” publications. And last year, the government in China’s coastal Zhejiang province ordered the installation of cameras and other surveillance equipment in churches purportedly to combat terrorism, ChinaAid reported. Hundreds of police officers converged on churches in the area to carry out the order, beating and arresting Christians who resisted. Mr. Fu said Western governments and corporations could be applying more pressure on the communist regime. He condemned Apple for agreeing to comply with regulations that would give authorities easier access to text messages, emails and other data stored by Chinese citizens in the iCloud. “I hope President Trump can tweet about this,” Mr. Fu said. “It’s already a human rights disaster.” https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jun/6/chinas-christian-persecution-highest-level-mao/