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Conspiracy?
by Pilgrim. Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:34 AM
The PCA's Slide Into the Homosexual Abyss Accelerates
by Anthony C.. Sun Jul 22, 2018 3:41 PM
Apologetics
by Tom. Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:34 AM
Learning Presuppositional Apologetics
by Tom. Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:29 AM
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by ReformedDisciple. Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:41 AM
Is the Following Legit?
by Tom. Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:08 AM
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1 hour ago
The quote from Sproul is incomplete and by leaving out the next few sentences of his introductory comments, it fails to give the whole truth concerning God. God is most certainly "authoritative", i.e., He has the warrant, the right, the authority to govern all things. But IF that was the whole of it, then it would and does beg the question which sets the biblical God and biblical doctrine of God's sovereignty apart from all other belief systems which men fabricate in their infant and depraved minds, aka: idolatry. Here is the rest of Sproul's comments which includes that which is most important:

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Nothing escapes God’s notice; nothing oversteps the boundaries of His power. God is authoritative in all things. If I thought even for one moment that a single molecule were running loose in the universe outside the control and domain of almighty God, I wouldn’t sleep tonight. My confidence in the future rests in my confidence in the God who controls history. But how does God exercise that control and manifest that authority? How does God bring to pass the things He sovereignly decrees?

Augustine said that nothing happens in this universe apart from the will of God and that, in a certain sense, God ordains everything that happens. Augustine was not attempting to absolve men of responsibility for their actions, but his teaching raises a question: If God is sovereign over the actions and intents of men, why pray at all?

Yes, 1) God rules over all things (providence), AND 2) God ordains all that He governs by His providence (sovereignty). It is NOT the case as is believed and taught in the majority of professing Christian churches, that God's power and foreknowledge (prescience, i.e., knowledge before all things actually happen) allow Him to prepare to act when the things He allegedly saw beforehand do happen. nono This is akin to the story of the little Dutch boy who tried to stop the leaks in a dike by sticking his fingers in the holes. The God of the Bible is not to be compared to a thermometer which simply records what the existing temperature is. The true living God is more like a thermostat which determines and then controls the temperature. God cannot know that which He hasn't ordained. NOTHING can exist or happen which God hasn't ordained. There is no "future" into which God must peer in order to gain knowledge, regardless whether one insists that God is "outside of time" as a rebuttal of this truth.

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Isaiah 46:9-10 (ASV) "Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; [I am] God, and there is none like me; declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not [yet] done; saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure;" (cf. Isa Isa 41:22; 43:24; 44:7; 45:21; Ps 33:11; 135:6; Pr 19:21; 21:30; Da 4:35; Acts 4:27,28; Rom 11:33-34; Eph 1:9-11; Heb 6:17, et al).
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10 hours ago
I thought I would mention that there are a lot of people that believe that America was wrong to enter into WW2. That Hitler was actually on the correct side when they were fighting against Communist Russia. I have an acquaintance at work that believes this very thing and has given me some information that if believed, would add support to this belief. In the end, because the information was too much for me to wade through, I decided to steer clear of the issue and because he says he is a Christian. I try largely to steer most of our discussions towards Scripture.
I have unfortunately wasted a lot of time researching conspiracies such as Germany during WW2 and many other such conspiracies that people make me aware of. In the end however, I am finding that in most cases I have wasted my time and most of the information, I would not really know what to do with in the end anyway. The world today is full of its depravity; but as I think about it in light of the Gospel; I am reminded that although I may not be able to understand what is and what is not conspiracy etc…I can have confidence that God is sovereign through-out His creation and as RC Sproul once said:
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Nothing escapes God’s notice; nothing oversteps the boundaries of His power. God is authoritative in all things. If I thought even for one moment that a single molecule were running loose in the universe outside the control and domain of almighty God, I wouldn’t sleep tonight. My confidence in the future rests in my confidence in the God who controls history. https://www.ligonier.org/blog/if-god-sovereign-why-pray/


As I think about what RC Sproul said here. There have been times when I have been so engrossed in finding out the truth about controversies, that I found it hard to keep my eyes on where my confidence should rest. This is largely because my time of study of the controversy became a lot more than my time in prayer and study/reading God's Word.
As a result, my spiritual life suffers and I loose sleep, get depressed etc...

I have become convinced from talking to Christians, on that last point. I am definitely not alone.

Tom
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10 hours ago
Anthony, I agree with most of what you said; especially with what it said about the CIA. However, there is a lot of quackery going on out there that should be viewed with suspicion. Unfortunately, even Christians fall prey to this quackery, without actually looking to find out if it is legit or not. When they do that, and forward this quackery, it fuels the fire of the people who are looking to discredit Christians.

Tom
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Yesterday at 07:41 PM
Yeah, it was a train wreck.... The lead interviewer asked him to cancel the event and told him what he was doing was wrong but he remained indignant
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Yesterday at 07:12 PM
Sorry Anthony... but I could only listen to 20 minutes of that "interview" with Greg Johnson before I pushed the STOP button. What this ordained pastor in the PCA was advocating is worthy of not only defrocking, but excommunication. What is more disturbing is that there are probably more of his ilk that occupy the office of elder in the PCA and many other denominations and independent churches throughout the world and there is no discipline of them.

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Romans 9:25-29 (ASV) "As he saith also in Hosea, I will call that my people, which was not my people; And her beloved, that was not beloved. And it shall be, [that] in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, There shall they be called sons of the living God. And Isaiah crieth concerning Israel, If the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, it is the remnant that shall be saved: for the Lord will execute [his] word upon the earth, finishing it and cutting it short. And, as Isaiah hath said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, We had become as Sodom, and had been made like unto Gomorrah."

Romans 11:1-5 (ASV) "I say then, Did God cast off his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God did not cast off his people which he foreknew. Or know ye not what the scripture saith of Elijah? how he pleadeth with God against Israel: Lord, they have killed thy prophets, they have digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have left for myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to Baal. Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace."

Mark 13:19-22 (ASV) "For those days shall be tribulation, such as there hath not been the like from the beginning of the creation which God created until now, and never shall be. And except the Lord had shortened the days, no flesh would have been saved; but for the elect's sake, whom he chose, he shortened the days. And then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is the Christ; or, Lo, there; believe [it] not: for there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall show signs and wonders, that they may lead astray, if possible, the elect."
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Yesterday at 01:48 PM
Amongst all the devices that Satan makes use of, there is none by which he grieves the children of God worse, than his troubling you with blasphemous, profane, unbelieving thoughts; and sometimes to such a degree, that they are as tormenting as it is to be physically tortured.

You that have felt his fiery darts, can tell by fatal experience how often the devil has bid you, “curse God and die,” and darted into your thoughts a thousand blasphemous suggestions, even in your most secret and solemn times; looking back on which makes your very hearts to tremble.

Have not some of you, when you have been lifting up holy hands in prayer, been pestered with such a crowd of the most horrid insinuations, that you have often been made to believe your prayers were an abomination to the Lord? Nay, when, with the rest of your Christian brethren, you have crowded round the holy table, and taken the sacred symbols of Christ’s most blessed body and blood into your hands, and instead of remembering the death of your Savior, have you not been employed in driving out evil thoughts, and thereby have been terrified, lest you have eaten and drank your own damnation?

But marvel not, as though some strange thing happened to you; for this has been the common lot of all God’s children. We read, even in Job’s time, “That when the sons of God came to appear before their Maker, (at public worship) Satan also came amongst them,” to disturb their devotions.
And think not that God is angry with you for these distracting, though ever so blasphemous thoughts: No, he knows it is not you, but Satan working in you; and therefore, though God will certainly punish him; yet he will both pity and reward you.

And though it is difficult to make persons in your circumstances to believe so; yet I do not doubt that you are more acceptable to God when performing your holy duties in the midst of such involuntary distractions, than when you are wrapped up by devotion, as it were, into the third heavens; for when the unwanted thoughts come you are suffering, as well as doing the will of God.

~ George Whitfield
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Yesterday at 11:40 AM
This seems interesting:

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The Term “Conspiracy Theory” Was Invented by the CIA In Order To Prevent Disbelief of Official Government Stories

Ron Unz reports on the cold shoulder given to an extensively researched book that concludes that World War II hero General George Patton was murdered by the CIA because he became a powerful critic of Washington. http://www.unz.com/runz/was-general-patton-assassinated/

The book was ignored because the US media and public have been programmed to regard the US government as a truth-teller and those who expose government crimes as “conspiracy theorists.”

In 2013 Professor Lance Dehaven-Smith in a peer-reviewed book published by the University of Texas Press showed that the term “conspiracy theory” was developed by the CIA as a means of undercutting critics of the Warren Commission’s report that President Kennedy was killed by Oswald. The use of this term was heavily promoted in the media by the CIA. https://www.amazon.com/Conspiracy-T...mp;keywords=Conspiracy+Theory+in+America

It is ironic that the American left is a major enforcer of the CIA’s strategy to shut up skeptics by branding them conspiracy theorists.

Another interesting link:
https://www.alternet.org/civil-libe...y-theories-discredit-controversial-views
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Yesterday at 11:35 AM
In 1967, the CIA Created the Label "Conspiracy Theorists" ... to Attack Anyone Who Challenges the "Official" Narrative

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015...sts-and-ways-attack-anyone-who-challenge
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Yesterday at 10:56 AM
This is a must watch

https://youtu.be/wb5yk2IdGpc

My comments:

Greg Johnson is an absolute disgrace. If he was my pastor I would tell him directly to his face.... Charity goes out the window when you are that far off gospel message. Where is Jesus in all what he espouses??? Where is the depth of our depravity...? Faux mercy is what he promotes... This dude has major issues

I feel the hosts reactions.... What seminary did this guy go to???? What the heck.....???? Secret Change Agent? On Soros payroll... ? This must be purposeful deceit.... He can't be THIS theologically ignorant... this is Reformed 101
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Yesterday at 10:48 AM
Originally Posted by ReformedDisciple


this article states, near the end, that the bible does not condemn homosexuality as an abomination... yet my bible (ESV) does. confused confused

Read the next sentence.... the thesis is a condemnation of the language/terminology hetero/homo.... An argument against 'sexual identity'
"The Bible never called homosexuality an abomination. Nor could it have, for as we have seen, Leviticus predates any conception of sexual orientation by a couple of millennia at least. What the Scriptures condemn is sodomy, regardless of who commits it or why."
I haven't read the article in a while but it would muddy the waters if it does not condemn SSA- that may be the reason for pockets of gay pedophile priests....FT is Catholic...Carl Trueman does write for them
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