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"Christ died in a general way for all."?
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The problem with man made religion that goes out in the name of Christ is this:

They don't believe nor acknowledge that Christ Work alone for those He died for, His Sheep, that it made the salvation of their souls sure and effectual !
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Mon Feb 22, 2021 3:42 PM


"These things you have done, and I kept silent.
You thought that I was altogether like you!
But I will rebuke you and accuse you to your face!" Psalm 50:21

The God of contemporary Christianity is only slightly superior to the pagan gods of ancient Greece and Rome--if indeed He is not actually inferior to them, in that He is weak and helpless--while they at least had some imagined power.

Among the sins to which the human heart is prone, hardly any other is more hateful to God than idolatry; for idolatry is at bottom a libel on His character. The idolatrous heart assumes that God is other than He is--in itself a monstrous sin; and substitutes for the true God, one made after its own likeness. Always this god will conform to the image of the one who created it--and will be base or pure, cruel or kind, according to the moral state of the mind from which it emerges.

The essence of idolatry is the entertainment of thoughts about God that are unworthy of Him. Wrong ideas about God are not only the fountain from which the polluted waters of idolatry flow--they are themselves idolatrous. The idolater simply imagines things about God--and acts as if they were true.

If we insist upon trying to imagine Him--we end with an idol, made not with hands but with thoughts. And an idol of the mind, is as offensive to God as an idol of the hand!

Before a Christian Church goes into a decline, there must first be a corrupting of her Scriptural thoughts of God. She simply gives a wrong answer to the question, "What is God like?"--and goes downhill from there. Though she may continue to cling to a sound nominal creed--her practical working creed has become false. The masses of her adherents come to believe that God is different from what He actually is--and that is heresy of the most insidious and deadly kind!

The heaviest obligation lying upon the Christian Church today is to purify and elevate her concept of God, until it is once more worthy of Him--and of her!
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Sat Feb 13, 2021 11:06 PM
Take heed that you faithfully perform the business you have to do in the world, from a regard to the commands of God; and not from an ambitious desire of being esteemed better than others.
~ David Brainerd
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Fri Feb 12, 2021 1:56 PM
It is sweet to be nothing and less than nothing—so that Christ may be all in all.
~ David Brainerd
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Fri Feb 12, 2021 11:40 AM
There is a God in Heaven who overrules all things for the best—and this is the comfort of my soul.
~ David Brainerd
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Fri Feb 12, 2021 11:39 AM
Let me forget the world — and be swallowed up in the desire to glorify God
~ David Brainerd
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Thu Feb 11, 2021 12:23 AM
Meta4 I certainly did not think you did not agree with both of us.

In fact what you said is as good a guess as I have seen.
Now you probably understand why I gave up on the conversation with the person. What I revealed was only his last post; before that many others tried to show him the truth. We were being very patient with him, yet he accused us of ganging up on him.

Tom
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Sun Feb 07, 2021 11:11 AM
"A gracious soul is glad of the law because it checks his sinful excesses. The heart would be ready to run wild in sin if it had not some blessed restraints put upon it by the law of God. He that loves God loves His law — the law of repentance, the law of self-denial. Many say they love God but they hate His laws. 'Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.' (Psa. ii. 3). God’s precepts are compared to cords, they bind men to their good behaviour; but the wicked think these cords too tight, therefore they say, Let us break them. They pretend to love Christ as a Saviour, but hate Him as a King. Christ tells us of His yoke (Matt. xi. 29). Sinners would have Christ put a crown upon their head, but not a yoke upon their neck. He were a strange king that should rule without laws." — Thomas Watson
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Sat Feb 06, 2021 10:25 AM
Amen!

Luke 18:10-14 (ASV) 10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as the rest of men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12 I fast twice in the week; I give tithes of all that I get. 13 But the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote his breast, saying, God, be thou merciful to me a sinner. 14 I say unto you, This man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be humbled; but he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Pray people, that your own heart will not be puffed up with pride, but pray especially for your pastor and all pastors and those given a position in your assembly. For, they are most prone to this cancerous sin.

Thanks, Rick! BigThumbUp
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Sat Feb 06, 2021 10:21 AM
Truth always advances godliness, but erroneous doctrine is contrary to it.
~ Christopher Love.
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Fri Feb 05, 2021 12:31 PM
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1. Justification IS inherently legal. It is the proclamation of a [the] judge that the accused is found to be not guilty... based upon the vicarious substitutionary work of Christ Who is in personal union with the accused through faith. Again, NO ONE is truly justified before they come to Christ in repentance and faith in Him. (cf. Gen 15:6; Rom 4:3; Gal 3:6; Jas 2:23) It is 'by faith' (Greek dia {dative of means} pistis) in Christ that one is declared justified by God on the basis of the Lord Christ's atonement (passive obedience) and His perfect righteousness (active obedience), which is reckoned/imputed [Greek: logizomai) to the believer.


Well you read what I believe about legal justification, its accomplished solely by Christs death/blood. Rom 5:9,19


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Justification is not 'applied spiritually to the mind of the [already] Justified'. Again, justification occurs in time and only in time when a regenerated sinner reaches out with true repentance and saving faith to God in Christ Jesus, whereby God declares once for all that the pleading sinner's sins have been propitiated, God's wrath appeased, the infinite debt has been paid, he has been reconciled to God and redemption has been made, and the perfect righteousness of Christ is LEGALLY imputed to him, therefore and on the basis of Christ's life and death in his behalf, he is now an adopted son of the Living God. It is NOT as you surely believe, that justification 'applied to an already justified individual' is merely a matter of that person's "mind" being enlightened to a previously unknown event of which he had no part of.


Yes Justification is applied Spiritually, thats how the Justified come into the Spiritual Knowledge of it by Faith. Faith is a fruit of the Spirit, a Gift from God. The Gospel reveals the Righteousness of God/ones Justification, to Faith read Rom 1:16-17, It reveals it, so it was already imputed, but it had not yet been revealed or made known to the Justfied one.



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Justification follows the calling (regeneration by the Spirit through the Gospel; cf. Rom 1:16, 10:8-10). And then shows how this salvation which is through faith in the Lord Christ is unassailable and a surety for all true believers in Rom 8:31-39. Assurance follows justification by faith in Christ, and not before by some 'ex parte' event.


I can agree with that. when it follows calling thats the Spiritual application of Justification, hence one is Justified by Faith.

2 Thess 2:13,14 bares that out. You have the Sanctifying Work of the Spirit, the belief of the Truth, which is the Gospel by which the Justified is called

3 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: 14 whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Fri Feb 05, 2021 12:03 AM
No bites.
I think he is saying he is against "freedom of religion", period.
Yet, that goes against his Baptist tradition.

Tom
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Tue Feb 02, 2021 5:01 PM
To be holiest in evil times is an indication of the truth of grace. To profess religion when the times favour it is no great matter. Almost all will court the Gospel Queen when she is hung with jewels. But to own the ways of God when they are decried and maligned, to love a persecuted truth, this evidences a vital principal of goodness. Dead fish swim down the stream, living fish swim against it. To swim against the common stream of evil shows grace to be alive.

~ Thomas Watson.
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Mon Feb 01, 2021 7:46 PM
I have a question concerning the hermeneutics of Dispensational Premillennialism and Historic Premillennialism.

It is my understanding that the New Testament should interpret the Old Testament.
However, as you are aware, Dispensational Premillennialism interprets the opposite way.
Someone told me that not only does Dispensational Premillennialism interpret it that way, but Historic Premillennialism also interprets the same way.
If that is correct, it surprises me, mainly because many Historic Premillennialism are confessional and it has been my understanding that confessional Christians believe the New Testament interprets the Old Testament.
Can someone shed any light on this particular aspect?
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What's New on The Highway website?
Mon Feb 01, 2021 11:19 AM
Given the current climate (NOT a reference to the meritless man-made climate change rolleyes2) that many/most are living in by the overreaction of many governments to the COVID19 virus, the political climate now in the U.S. with the election of two radical socialist/communists to the office of President and Vice President, the rapid decomposition of the majority of dead or terminally ill churches... or whatever, many find themselves in some state of depression. The most uttered lament is typically, "What can I do? All seems so hopeless and I feel so helpless!" The answer is not to be found in some quack psychological gibberish or worse yet the anti-Christian therapy of a psychiatrist along with a prescription of some drug. Believe it or not God has provided the answer for your trouble(s). This February's Article of the Month is quite short and compact but straight to the point which will guide you to being that perky, smiley, joyful person you once were, despite your current circumstances. giggle

Okay, so what is this article anyway? It is sound biblical advice from Dr. Jay E. Adams who is best known for his truly Christian "Nouthetic Counseling" vs. the world's humanistic, ever changing pagan discoveries of psychology/psychiatry. Hey, read the article. What do you have to lose, except your being "down"? scratchchin grin

Read this month's article now by clicking here: What Do You Do When You Become Depressed?.

OR

For later reading, you can find the article by visiting The Highway website and click on the "Article of the Month" logo.

In His service and grace,
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Fri Jan 29, 2021 3:44 PM
What does Scripture say? That is the only valid question.

1. There is no mandate that an elder be of any particular age.
2. There is no prohibition against any man holding the office of elder due to age. (cf. 1Tim 4:12)
3. Re: the answer of the one individual that wrote, "there is no indication that he was an elder." Really? How did Paul address young Timothy?

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1 Timothy 4:13-16 (ASV) 13 Till I come, give heed to reading, to exhortation, to teaching. 14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. 15 Be diligent in these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy progress may be manifest unto all. 16 Take heed to thyself, and to thy teaching. Continue in these things; for in doing this thou shalt save both thyself and them that hear thee.

2 Timothy 1:6 (ASV) 6 For which cause I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee through the laying on of my hands.

2 Timothy 2:2 (ASV) 2 And the things which thou hast heard from me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

2 Timothy 2:15 (ASV) 15 Give diligence to present thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, handling aright the word of truth.

2 Timothy 2:23-24 (ASV) 23 But foolish and ignorant questionings refuse, knowing that they gender strifes. 24 And the Lord's servant must not strive, but be gentle towards all, apt to teach, forbearing,

2 Timothy 4:1-2 (ASV) 1 I charge [thee] in the sight of God, and of Christ Jesus, who shall judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2 preach the word; be urgent in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.

These exhortations to teach, preach the Word, and administer discipline belong only to one who is an elder by the laying on of hands.
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