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This may sound like I'm asking "which is the most important leg on a stool?" or "which is the most important wheel on a car?" And this may be the case.
But I actually do think that there is one discipline that takes primacy over all the rest. There is one discipline that if it's missing from your life will negatively affect all the other disciplines and negatively affect your growth in Christ. I'll name it in the spoiler below, but before you look at my answer I'd like to hear your answer and your rationale.
I have a rule and that is to keep my beliefs to myself.
Of course this does not pertain to Christian forums since it is Christian. But I am saying to my non-Christian friends, which all of my friends are non-christians, I just keep my opinions, religion or politics, to myself.
Every time on Facebook when I get christian messages from profiles that I follow, I do share it, but I edit the Privacy so that only I can see it. I may have one or two Christian friends on Facebook who I don't really know offline, except I knew them from a lifetime ago. But the ones I do know offline are all non-christians.
And when they do ask about my Christian opinion, which they do know that I'm a Believer, my rule is to tell them that I like to keep my...
It happened before:
He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.
It will happen again:
Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
It will happen again and again and again...
What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.
If I ask any Christian if they are deceived, I believe no one will admit it.... But there will be many Christians who are deceived who aren't aware of it, otherwise, Matthew 7:22-23 would be false.
First off I want to thank anyone who responds to this thread in bid to give me some advice on how to tackle my problems. I am a 22 year old single male living in the united states very often i struggle with my faith and keeping the commandments, most notably those of not commiting adultery. I Feel as this problem has caused a great rift between me and god.Let me explain all my life I have never had much luck with women and this has caused my relationship with god to strain. I often get angry and bitter in life becuase I am single. The way the world is I see all of these other people who are good looking and have sex, relationships, love and what not. I struggle with the sin of envy. To top it off i learned its a sin to not masturbate...
On another thread i asked if you can find in scripture that when we are changed in the twinkling of an eye that we go to heaven after meeting the Lord in the air. No such scripture was found. I would like to ask a few more questions
1COR.15  Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. BEHOLD, I SHEW YOU A MYSTERY; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, AT THE LAST TRUMP: FOR THE TRUMPET SHALL SOUND, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible...
You see, I want to change my life for God, to repent of all my sins, but I feel I may need to dump everything and everyone to do that. I live with my family and they aren't believers. And till now I was finishing college so I could get a full-time career ( healthcare because I want to help people) so I could save up enough to move out and live as God wants me to. But even then would I be living within God's terms if I kept in contact with friends and family, who are not believers? By leaving would I be following God or just running away from it all?
But then I'd put my family and friends through grief if I did that. And I'd be living on the streets cause I don't have enough to live on.
I feel so lost and Idk what to do to follow...
Before this question is answered, the term “Christian” must be defined. A “Christian” is not a person who has said a prayer, or walked down an aisle, or been raised in a Christian family. While each of these things can be a part of the Christian experience, they are not what “makes” a Christian. A Christian is a person who has, by faith, received and fully trusted in Jesus Christ as the only Savior (John 3:16; Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8-9).
So, with this definition in mind, can a Christian lose salvation? Perhaps the best way to answer this crucially important question is to examine what the Bible says occurs at salvation, and to study what losing salvation would therefore entail. Here are a few examples:
A Christian is a new creation....
Some of you will be familar with my relationship plight. I know a Girl who is beautiful, and very meek, gentle and Godly, we have dated for years. (too long, I know)
I realise that I need to repent of some besetting sins and draw closer to God before I marry. I need to become stable with God. none the less. I feel I can't draw closer to God until I've severed the relationship because the relationship consumes my thoughts and I can't focus on God. I told this girl "Look, We both need to draw closer to God, lets just stop communicating for 3-6 months and then see what happens"
But I cant concentrate on my bible. My spiritual discipline sucked anyway even without the endless ruminating on the relationship. But ofcourse, If I sever the...
My parents came from the Anglo-Irish Catholic tradition of "don't blow your own trumpet. Just do it."
Particularly my father. He was a gentle kind soul who never took himself seriously. He was incredibly hospitable to strangers as was my mother. They welcomed any of our friends into the home. Sometimes we had up to 20 people there at a time. In a small country town, it became like a hub of human fellowship, not strictly in the name of God but indirectly, as I see it now.
My father was president of a charity group called the St. Vincent se Paul for 20 years. He visited the sick and aged in hospital after Church on Sundays.
But he never once mentioned the Bible. Or did he try to evangelise to us kids. I am curious now what went on in his...
If the Gospel's so easy, ( BELIEVE IN JESUS, AND YOU SHALL BE SAVED), but then why are there so many different teachings? According to Paul in Corinthians 15 the true Gospel is:
1Co 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
1Co 15:2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
1Co 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
1Co 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
This should be good. Let everyone come forth and proclaim what...