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Guilt or Innocence Does it Matter?
by Tom. Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:55 PM
Big Thank You!
by Tom. Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:19 PM
Same Sex Atraction
by Pilgrim. Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:33 AM
What will it like to live in Heaven
by Pilgrim. Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:32 PM
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Yesterday at 01:55 AM
I think the following link is worth posting here; both for information and discussion.
http://www.dennyburk.com/does-guilt-or-innocence-even-matter-anymore/

Here is an excerpt from the article.
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I have to say that this is the worst argument I believe I have ever read from Douthat, and it is disappointing. How can it not matter whether Kavanaugh is guilty or innocent? It seems to me that his guilt or innocence is the most important question to be answered in assessing his nomination. And yet, Douthat says that even if he is innocent, Kavanaugh's nomination might very well deserve to fail. It's an incredible claim.

I think the claim is very scary; because if the argument that guilt or innocence does not matter. All one needs to do is make an allegation against someone running for office; or in this case being nominated, then you have essentially disqualified the person for the position.

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Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:19 PM

I just want to thank the Highway and especially Pilgrim, that even though he is a Paedo-Baptist, he does not treat Credo-Baptist almost as if they were unbelievers.
Unfortunately baptism seems to be the hot button on many boards and both sides are equally as guilty.
I was told in no uncertain terms that I am in serious sin because of Credo-Baptism.
I was trying not to be argumentative with the person so I asked them that if a Credo-Baptist baptized their baby when they believed that it was wrong, would they be in sin?
The person basically in a long winded way, said no because they would be in obedience to the truth.
That is when I decided to bow out and I think perhaps I am going to stay away from this particular hot button.

Tom
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Open Forum
Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:33 AM
1. Re: Lust, regardless for whom or what outside of marriage is sinful. There are tons of men and women too who lust after their opposite sex. And yes, that includes those professing to be Christians and who are even married. The same can be said for other sins which are listed on the second table of the Ten Commandments. In short, I find no biblical evidence to conclude that once a person is genuinely regenerated and converted to Christ that all sin is eradicated in that person. Paul certainly struggled his entire life with the "old man" and calls it a war within himself.

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Romans 7:14-25 (ASV) "For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I know not: for not what I would, that do I practise; but what I hate, that I do. But if what I would not, that I do, I consent unto the law that it is good. So now it is no more I that do it, but sin which dwelleth in me. For I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me, but to do that which is good [is] not. For the good which I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I practise. But if what I would not, that I do, it is no more I that do it, but sin which dwelleth in me. I find then the law, that, to me who would do good, evil is present. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: but I see a different law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity under the law of sin which is in my members. Wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me out of the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then I of myself with the mind, indeed, serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin."

The apostle John, under the divine influence of the Holy Spirit put it this way:

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1 John 1:5-10 (ASV) "And this is the message which we have heard from him and announce unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him and walk in the darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us."

2. Most certainly, if one is given to struggle against a particular sin, a true believer will be humbled and not exalt himself/herself above others knowing the depth and heinous of their own sin. This is NOT to imply that we are to ignore the sins of others and/or condone their sins. Knowing that ALL are conceived in sin and under the power of the Evil One and under the wrath of God and His judgment unless He, by His boundless mercy and grace, regenerates our dead souls and gives us life in Christ. What should be in the front of every Christian's mind when we see the sinful ways of others around us is the old saying, "But for the grace of God, go I."

3. I agree with the writer of the article at nearly every point. Homosexuality in every and any form is sin for it is contrary to nature (what God created and intends to be) for mankind. There is no circumstance where a person can have romantic affections, desires for someone of the same sex and it is not sin. On the contrary, lusting after another person of the opposite sex (heterosexual desire) is not always sinful in and of itself. But again, I must stress that despite the fact that lust, in and of itself, is not sinful, it is sinful in every and any instance outside of marriage and that lust is for one's own spouse.

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Exodus 20:17 (ASV) Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbor's.

Matthew 5:27-30 (ASV) "Ye have heard that it was said, Thou shalt not commit adultery: but I say unto you, that every one that looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if thy right eye causeth thee to stumble, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not thy whole body be cast into hell. And if thy right hand causeth thee to stumble, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not thy whole body go into hell."

Proverbs 6:23-25 (ASV) "For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; And reproofs of instruction are the way of life: To keep thee from the evil woman, From the flattery of the foreigner's tongue. Lust not after her beauty in thy heart; Neither let her take thee with her eyelids."

James 1:13-15 (ASV) "Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God; for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempteth no man: but each man is tempted, when he is drawn away by his own lust, and enticed. Then the lust, when it hath conceived, beareth sin: and the sin, when it is fullgrown, bringeth forth death."
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Theology Discussion Forum
Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:32 PM
The best incontrovertible resource for what it is going to be in "heaven" is DEATH! grin

FYI, heaven is where the souls of departed Christians reside until the second coming.

The New Earth is where true Christians will spend eternity.
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Open Forum
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:10 PM
Pilgrim, thanks
As you know my children are grown and the way things are going I am glad of that.
However, I know many Christian families that this could effect.
Yet there is part of me that believes that as fellow Christians, we might need to stand with them and that may mean being arrested. Perhaps if enough Christian are willing to do this, it might help the matter? Would the government be willing to arrest thousands on a matter like this?
Concerning moving to other countries where this kind of thing is not happening.
We have already had a few large families from our local Church do just that. A few moved to Belize last year; which is a country that will allow Canadians to live. I have been there before, but other than Huderites, Menonites and Roman Catholics, I couldn't find a good Reformed Church. However, I do know a Reformed missionary family there.
Also years ago, a German family moved his family to Canada, because their school system is corrupt and is manditory. Home school is illegal there.
Tom
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Open Forum
Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:54 PM
Great answer!
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Theology Discussion Forum
Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:58 AM
The discussions exist and sorry to say, I simply do not have the free time to do the searching for you, Tom. This is going to be an extremely busy and tiring week for us. We really need 36 hour days and bodies that are 40+ years younger to be able to accomplish all that needs to be done. drop
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Open Forum
Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:07 PM
No. I think the bible would affirm submission to the call of jury duty. Christ always appeared before the judges and rulers. Besides, we get our legal system of operations from scripture, do we not?
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Open Forum
Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:15 AM
Mostly agree. One must be aware and cautious about "Christocentric" hermeneutics, which the author may or not embrace, although there are hints that he may. But the article is too short and not specific to that matter to make a reasonable judgment.
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Open Forum
Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:00 PM
So this guy is a premillennial dispensationalist? Ugh, I have a ways to go... I know I'll eventually learn to spot 'em by their speech. I'm still trying to figure a way to organize my reading schedule. Reading many books at the same time isn't challenging, it's finding the time.
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Theology Discussion Forum
Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:32 PM
Thanks for the replies.
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Devotional
Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:42 PM
I found the following by Spurgeon in his Commentary on John. Something to think about.

John 14:9-11. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.

The eternal union between Christ and the Father should never be forgotten by us. He seems to sink himself, but the well-beloved Son will have it that his words are not his own, but come from the Father. I cannot help remarking how different this is from some who profess to be the ministers of Christ. They must be original; they must be great thinkers. Every man nowadays makes his own gospel, but the Saviour was no original — the grandest of all intellects, and yet he says, “The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself, but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me, or else believe me for the very work’s sake.”
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Sat Sep 01, 2018 2:33 PM
So a friend of mine who is here with me in rehab has decided he wants to go to seminary. He has completed all 6 Bible Correspondence courses the salvation army has to offer, and has read many spiritual books.

Upon asking him which books, he replies with the likes of Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer. At the Salvation Army Bible Conference he was also very taken by Leonard Sweet.

My friend is a dear man, sweet as can be, and I think truly seeking Christ... But he seems to be gullible and obviously easily deceived.

How can I help him? What do I say? Are there any credible links I can point him to that will convincingly discredit and prove the heresy of the people he believes are people of God?

Any links would be fine as well.

I need to add that he isn't studied at all in theology. It's probably obvious from his influences, but just to clarify. I think he has good mental ability, he would just need to learn, is all, otherwise he seems like an airhead, until you realize he has potential.

Okay, any advice will be much appreciated! I do care for this man and hate to see him start on the wrong path and also to waste so much time. He is so full of energy and could do much for the ministry of the Gospel of Christ.
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What's New on The Highway website?
Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:09 AM
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Reputedly conservative churches and educational institutions are embracing a counterfeit hermeneutic that is a prescription for doctrinal anarchy.

In the first article of this series, we described sound principles for interpreting Scripture — principles based on the Word of God itself. As neo-liberalism has infiltrated reputedly conservative institutions during the past few decades, many seminaries and churches have abandoned these principles.

This month's Article of the Month is part of a series on Scripture and from the pen of Dr. Paul M. Elliott of "Teaching the Word Ministries". The issue that Dr. Elliott has written about is one that has and continues to negatively effect many churches, reaching across denominational lines. According to the 'Hermeneutic of Trust', there can be disagreements about the meaning of any biblical passage but still be mutually 'true', even if they are diametrically opposed. rolleyes2 This type of view denies absolute truth for the post-modern idea that truth is relative, i.e., truth depends upon what any individual or group decides what is true. This sounds illogical, doesn't it? Well, it is illogical and contrary to the inspired, infallible and inerrant Word of God. The article itself is quite brief but rich in content. Do read it carefully and prayerfully due to its inherent importance to God's people everywhere.

You can jump right to this month's article by clicking here: What is the 'Hermeneutic of Trust' and Why is it Dangerous?

OR

You can always find the current Article of the Month and all past articles by going to The Highway website and clicking on the "Article of the Month" logo.

In His service and grace,
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Open Forum
Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:44 PM
Good points, he certainly is willing to stand against the left wing agenda. Him and his brother have been known to protest such things.
He says he does this because of his Christian values. Yet, I doubt he knows much about the Bible itself. When I bring up the fact that the Bible is the only means to instruct us how we are to glorify God; quoting from the Westminster Catechism with Scriptural proofs. He will say of course we are to glorify God. However in the rest of his reply, he seems to ignore everything in the catechism but the glorifying God part.
I have tried over and over to get him to focus on how we should glorify God and his response is always the same. He thinks educating ourselves on the left wing agenda and protesting against it is glorifying God. I told him that there is certainly nothing wrong with educating ourselves and protesting; but there is a lot more to it than that.
He seems deaf to this however.

Tom
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Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:17 PM
I've decided to go to school and be a personal trainer and do Performance Enhancement Specialist, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Food Nutrition Specialist, MMA Conditioning, and Behavior Change Specialist.

Now, I ask, what would be a few good Scripture verses to support Physical Fitness???
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