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General Discussion Forum / Re: Canada, You Are Not Alone
« Last post by chosenone on Today at 04:33:00 PM »
One got killed.
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Theology Forum / Re: LGBT
« Last post by chosenone on Today at 04:32:12 PM »
As anyone who needs to know Jesus, with kindness, respect and love , and of course with prayer.
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Theology Forum / Re: LGBT
« Last post by JohnDB on Today at 04:25:48 PM »
All sins are NOT equal.

Sins of ignorance
sins of negligence
premeditated sins
sin of unforgiving and judgmentalism

These are some classification of sins...but murder is obviously worse than lying
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General Discussion Forum / MOVED: LGBT
« Last post by JohnDB on Today at 04:21:22 PM »
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Theology Forum / Re: LGBT
« Last post by Wycliffes_Shillelagh on Today at 04:20:22 PM »
Uh... the same way I handle anybody else... ::lookaround::

I didn't realize it required any special instructions. ::tongueincheek::
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Theology Forum / Re: So why do you think some churches are...
« Last post by MeMyself on Today at 04:08:10 PM »
By the way NR, how are you successfully using the QUOTE function? A bunch of us can't seem to use it lately. Something with the software or something I guess.

Catholica discovered that if you right click the quote it will open options.  You can then go to open link in new tab and the quote will appear and you can post away.  ::smile::
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Theology Forum / Re: So why do you think some churches are...
« Last post by Charlie24 on Today at 04:06:04 PM »
Charlie, some would contend that confessing with our lips is a work contrary to grace, any more than the absolute passive thing it is.  I do not believe that confession is a work. Your last statement is true. We are confessing the Godhead at our baptism, which is why I don't understand the inordinate delay by some. I can still call those brother or sister as Johnb mentioned, but I do not understand the delay of such. It was certainly not patterned that way in the NT. 'When someone says they were saved way before they were baptized, I scratch my head and ask why the delay? Especially if the Matt 10:32 scripture is correct and I certainly believe it is. I'm pretty sure you have told me you believe in or your church practices as close to immediate baptism as possible to the moment of belief. We agree on that. As in the first century, any but immediate baptism was not noted in scripture and closely linked to salvation as Johnb said. Also as Johnb has alluded to, I fellowship all kinds of believers that don't agree with me on baptism. I have many Baptist friends that have joined our church and they were not asked to be re-baptized. My own grandson's accepted Christ in their other grand dad's Baptist church. I was taken aback when they were later baptized in that church their other grand dad baptized them under the authority vested in him through so and so Baptist church, and not in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And of course made the requisite statement that this baptism has nothing to do with salvation. We disagree, but I consider my in-laws Godly Christ followers and would certainly not try to handcuff them and drag them into a cofc baptistery. Fortunately as Johnb said, God is the ump and I am not. I really am trying to stay away from these baptism discussions, because nothing new is ever offered by either side. I apologize for my part in this continuing saga and pray that I will just leave it alone. There is plenty of archived past arguments on this forum about this subject.
I know how you feel.

There are so many other subjects that will continue to lead to this debate. It is the most serious debate in all of scripture because it concerns salvation.

Like myself, there are many here who are not looking to win a debate, they are concerned for the souls of man. I'm hard and to the point on this one subject whereas most any other discussions I'm pretty much laid back. The fact is, we can lay it rest now but it will return through another topic of discussion. Two different belief systems will always clash at some point.

I suppose patience is a virtue. When it comes back it won't be me that started it! But you can rest assured I won't be silent either.
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Theology Forum / LGBT
« Last post by Bill Akers on Today at 03:59:08 PM »
While LGBT is no different than any other sin, in God's Eyes. All Christians handle this sin differently. How do you handle it?
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Theology Forum / Re: So why do you think some churches are...
« Last post by Jaime on Today at 03:52:17 PM »
By the way NR, how are you successfully using the QUOTE function? A bunch of us can't seem to use it lately. Something with the software or something I guess.
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General Discussion Forum / Re: Accepting LGBT
« Last post by Bill Akers on Today at 03:49:49 PM »
I have worked in both Street, Recovery, and Online ministry. Our first priority as Christians is to love, above all else.
God looks at all sin as equal, as we have all fallen short of God's Glory. If all sins are equal, then loving an LGBT is no
different than loving your brother or your sister.
Jesus taught us to love people where they are at, in life. We can't help them, if we don't associate with them. Loving
others and being able to talk with them, is the only way to help others find Christ.

It is very easy for us, as Christians, to behave like the Sadducees and the Pharisees, because we are God's Chosen people.
But always remember, Jesus chastised the religious people of His day, and would rather be with those people that were lost.

The Holy Spirit will guide you, when the time is right, but honest friendship is the place to start.
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