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So I know this is probably not a shocking title and that it's probably common to see a post like this. However, I've been struggling for some years over my possible loss of salvation. You may have seen my posts in the past. I'll link them below for those who would be interested. They may give a more robust explanation of what has happened.
Has my sin killed me spiritually? Loss of salvation
What to do when you are beyond repentance?
The short of it is as follows:
I became a believer around the age of 10 and saw a stark change in my life and desires. Hatred towards sin and love and desire for Christ. Shortly after I was exposed to pornography and formed an addiction. The following 17 years were an up and down dealing with addiction and...
The Bible refers as we know to be born again as to when a believer comes to saving faith in the living God. We also know that some believers lose their faith to later in life come to faith again. Does this mean such a person has been born again twice?
One scenario might be that the believer never was born again the first time. But then how do we know the second time is a true rebirth?
It may also be so that the first time was a real rebirth, but the Holy Spirit was quenched, and the person left Christianity practically, but still had faith somewhere down inside (possibly denied), and coming back to faith "again" was simply relighting the spark, the Holy Spirit that was there inside.
The third option is that the person was reborn,...
I have a question.
Is it true that only God cares for me as an individual?
Let me clarify that: people in my life ( or anyone's life) will only stay there as long as I serve their interests.
Others will do so out of seeking for an eternal reward - so self interest.
Even my parents - or care givers will age and become self absorbed.
Does human love even exist?
Those who believes we should put our intellect on a shelf at the door of the church are not allowed to quote the Bible in English. Bible translations are from people's intellect, mind.
Mark 12:30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.
It would seem to me that we are past a certain point of no return regarding church policy and direction. While I could go into the details about how our seminaries are overrun with these ideologies, I think that's a different discussion and objective. What does seem to be the case is that fundamentalism, even in basic forms such as biblical inerrancy, have been cast aside to ensure that churches are accepted by the world, bolster their member numbers simply by inviting the world in and telling them exactly what they'd rather hear than what Scripture states.
So, brainstorming on this as of yesterday, I wonder what the community would think or say if a church sprang up with the following mission statement:
We exist and gather, in the...
Hello everyone, Jordan here.
I made an intro thread to start off, and was told to come to this forum to discuss my interest in theology. I am specifically interested in learning about how Early Christians thought, lived and practiced Christianity. I consider myself a non-denominational Christian and simply want to learn how the Early Christians practiced.
That being said, what type of theology should I consider getting into?
I have thought about taking the free theology course at Bible.org, and am wondering what some of you may think of that course. Beyond that, I plan to read the Bible soon, as I've never really read it; at least not cover-to-cover.
Thanks for reading in advance. I appreciate you guys for your time.
I think this topic has come up a few times on this area of the board. And for the record I am not one who claims to believe in what some popularly label as "OSAS" but I think a close objective and optimistic look at the doctrine is a good thing to do.
There are many different "flavors" of OSAS and various ones of them rejected by those who accept some other form of OSAS. For the sake of optimism I am selecting what I consider to be the most defensible version of OSAS for this topic.
The best one I have found is one that states that "if you live like the devil then you are not saved no matter what you may be claiming regarding OSAS".
It appears to me that the above is a view that is shared by
Since I was a teenager back in the '70's I have believed in the saints being largely on a restored earth with the descendants of those who survive the Great Tribulation.
"Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth."
"But the meek shall inherit the earth,
And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace."
"And have made us kings and priests to our God;
And we shall reign on the earth.”
And there shall come forth a shoot out of the stock of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots shall bear fruit.
2 And the Spirit of Jehovah shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear...
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." --Philippians 4
It's a fair question that raises valid concerns; here's a short video with a nice explanation!
And for the many Protestants who will be skeptical (and rightfully so) of teachings that don't sound Biblical, please watch this video from a former Protestant pastor about Mary & the "Where's that in the Bible?" question in general:
Please also pay attention to the very respectful delivery of these people; I appreciate how they can discuss controversial theology in such a kind manner, keeping...
The basic claim Arminians make is "You must choose to believe in order to be saved". But you must already believe [have the Holy Spirit] or you would not choose to believe. And Jesus says whoever believes has eternal life. So choosing to believe is a quasi repentance that leads to true repentance.