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Man Stealing
by Pilgrim. Fri Jul 10, 2020 9:31 PM
Quote ~ A.W. Pink
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The Lord My Hope ~ Octavious Winslow
by Rick Bates. Fri Jul 10, 2020 12:10 PM
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Trial, A Help Heavenward
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Why did Christ came into this world?
by Pilgrim. Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:24 AM
Fri Jul 10, 2020 4:02 PM Quote ~ A.W. Pink [by Rick Bates]

“Those cheap-jack evangelists who aim no higher than rushing people into making a formal profession of faith in order that the membership of the churches may be swelled, take those who are inspired by a genuine compassion and deep concern for the perishing, who earnestly long and zealously endeavor to deliver souls from the wrath to come, yet unless they be much on their guard, they too will inevitably err. Unless they steadily view conversion in the way God does—as the way in which He is to he glorified—they will quickly begin to compromise in the means they employ. The feverish urge of modern evangelism is not how to promote the glory of the triune Jehovah, but how to multiply conversions. The whole current of evangelical activity during the past fifty years has taken that direction. Losing sight of God’s end, the churches have devised means of their own.”

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Fri Jul 10, 2020 3:38 PM Quote ~ A.W. Tozer [by Rick Bates]

“Christianity today is man-centered, not God-centered. God is made to wait patiently, even respectfully, on the whims of men. The image of God currently popular is that of a distracted Father, struggling in heartbroken desperation to get people to accept a Savior of whom they feel no need and in whom they have very little interest. To persuade these self-sufficient souls to respond to His generous offers God will do almost anything, even using salesmanship methods and talking down to them in the chummiest way imaginable. This view of things is, of course, a kind of religious romanticism which, while it often uses flattering and sometimes embarrassing terms in praise of God, manages nevertheless to make man the star of the show.”

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Fri Jul 10, 2020 2:12 PM Man Stealing [by Tom]
What do you say to a Reformed person that says the following?

[quote]“If your conscience is clear reading an unrepentant manstealer, then by all means, read them. I can't get past that, because I think some sins disqualify a pastor. I'm thinking Whitefield and Dabney here, who campaigned for the chattel slavery.

Again, though, we all answer for our own consciences.”[\quote]

This particular person is Reformed and I usually am in agreement with him when it comes to most subjects.
Yet, he is very particular about this matter. He does not care how biblical a person is in their writing, the people he mentioned are just two people he believes are disqualified to pastor.

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Mon Jul 06, 2020 6:30 PM Why did Christ came into this world? [by Johan]
Good day everyone. It has been many many months since I posted something here. The last couple of years were extremely busy. And still is.

Here in SA we are still in some kind of a lock down situation due to the Covid-19 pandemic. One of the things following from the lock down are spiritual messages on Whatsapp and FB. In one of these messages the following was said by the pastor (the original is in Afrikaans but my summary here is accurate enough):

We believe that God calls all believers. God loves his earth, this world which he created even if it is so different from the world to come which the Apostle Peter describes. Therefore, in his grace/mercy He does not leave this world to itself to sink further into corruption and decay. He intervened by sending his Son into the world to counter the corruption and meaninglessness, to bring the world again to its original purpose, which is to honour God.

My question is: did the Father send the Son into this world as an intervention to counter the corruption and to bring THIS world to its original purpose?

My own answer is no, this is not why Christ came into the world, but I would like to hear what others say about this statement by the pastor.
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Fri Jul 03, 2020 12:26 AM Image of God [by ATulipNotADaisy]
Which of these statements is true?

1. At the Fall man completely lost the image of God.
2. Even in their sinful condition, human beings retain the image of God giving them dignity and worth.
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