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Have no idea if there is anywhere else to post this... so I apologise in advance for probably posting in the wrong place like last time. Please be gentle with me as I'm not fond of debate.
1) What are soul ties? I had never heard of them until someone from my old Church phoned a couple weeks ago and told me that the new Pastors at my old church were setting up in ministry to loosen them or something.
2) Is there any biblical basis for separating them at all?
3) Any traditional Church basis?
Thank you very much. At the moment from all I have read I only see a one flesh relationship and God said no man should separate. So feel like God gave me a new Church home at the right time. However, it keeps coming up in my mind...
Is it true that God so loved the world that He left the proclamation of the gospel up to flawed people who imperfectly delivered the message?
If so, they really didn't do such a great job because billions of people have lived and died without ever hearing the message, many millions didn't understand the message well enough to respond, and millions more saw Christians acting in some hypocritical way, so they were "turned off" to Christianity by Christians.
All of these people God loved so deeply and dearly, yet they are all in Hell. That's the "gospel" according to most of evangelical Christianity.
Are you and your "witness" all that stands between a sinner and Hell?
On the other thread about what Catholics believe about Mary, the conversation drifted, largely as a result of my own involvement, to Purgatory.
This thread is being offered as a better place to discuss the unique doctrine of the Catholic church, known as Purgatory?
What is it? What is it not?
Is it a place of torment and suffering through fire?
Is it like a refreshing shower one anticipates before going to a lovely banquet?
Or, is it something else?
Is Purgatory temporal (entailing specific amounts of time) or non-temporal (entaiing nothing of the dimension of time)?
Good Evening All,
I wanted some of your input and discussion on a topic that I’ve been mulling over lately. There are several issues that would need to be resolved in my mind before I could consider Calvinism, the main issue being that Calvinism appears to require elements of both absolutism and relativism in order to function. All of the Calvinists I have spoken with hold absolutism as being true, and believe that there are absolutes of right and wrong determined by one absolute standard (namely, the nature of God Himself). When God created us in His image, He wrote His standard on our hearts in the form of our conscience (Rom. 2:14-15, Micah 6:8). This is why we know what is right or wrong, righteous or sinful, just or unjust,...
Right now I'm kind of freaking out. I am afraid that I do not have the Holy Spirit/ghost. I'm very worried that my repentance is out of fear and that my coming to Christ was not a calling from God, but me trying to save myself. Come to think of it when I did come to God I was very afraid of hell and I still am. There have been times where I have been filled with joy and happy to serve the Lord because of how overjoyed and sure I was with Peace knowing that I was saved. I have aknowledged that I am a sinner and I need God to forgive me through Jesus's sacrifice on the cross. I know that I have to trust him and have faith in him for my salvation. I believe in Jesus but I can't tell if my belief is real or not, I have faith in Jesus but I...
A couple days ago there was another major stir in the family that made me wonder what exactly does it mean to be "my brother's keeper". Right now every one in my family is furious with my husband.
On Wednesday I was out running errands with my mother when I received a panicked call from my sister in law that her 16 year old, my step niece, didn't show up at school. (Don't worry all, she was found 6 hours later with her boyfriend but that is immaterial to my issue, although we do praise God for delivering her).
Of course my mother and I are concerned so we start calling every one we know to see if they could help look for her. Naturally the first person I call is my husband. When I called him and told him what happened he told me to...
I recently saw a David Platt video where he was talking about NDE's like visitations to heaven/hell etc and I'm sure he said there was no scriptural basis for them.
He felt that these were either hallucinations or demonically inspired.
I am sure he even referred to the Heaven Is Real story. Todd Burpo, a pastor, his son had a NDE for those that are unfamiliar with the story.
I wish I could find the link David Platt's video here but I wondered what others thoughts on this were.
What he said makes some sense. Once we die we are gone from this world with no way back. The veil is too thick so to speak.
Today, I stopped for a burger, and decided to sit down to eat. I don't usually, but this time, I felt like celebrating. I had just deposited a very nice paycheck in my bank account.
So, I ordered and sat in a booth...
Right behind me sat 3 ladies, waiting for their food.
I couldn't help but hear everything they talked about.
Who they were discussing, I did not know, but everything they said was cutting and mean.
Then they mentioned another name, and the conversation continued to slice and dice people down to size.
When their food came, They said a few choice words among themselves about the ineptness of this establishment's management.
Suddenly, they all bowed their heads, and the most beautiful prayer thanking the Lord for...