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|1||Can a believer be possessed?||Not Specified||BradK||46754|
I was somewhat puzzled with your response to Phebe regarding how a believer knows if he/she is possessed. Where is the scriptural support for your statement that "demons can and do indwell the bodies of believers". Also, in Acts 5:3 the context needs to be clearly understood. It does not say that Annanias was possessed by Satan!( for that matter, scripture doesn't infer that he was or wasn't a "believer") He (Peter) asks, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit. In verse 4 it says, why has thou conceived this thing in thine heart?. This is a long way from "proving" that a believer can be possessed. Outside of the OT and Gospels, there are no recorded instances in the Pauline Epistles of demons or demonic possession.
Yours In Christ,
|2||2 Corinthians 11:4||Not Specified||BradK||54639|
Have any of you seen the recent Full-Page add taken out by the Unification Church? We had it in our local paper (Seattle Times) in the second section of last Sunday, July 7th. I assume it was also in most major newspapers.
The add was a truly "bizarre" compilation of "spiritual" connections with all of the leaders of the 5 major religions (including Christianity) endorsing the (Un) Rev. Moon.
Our Pastor had been asked to meet with a group of women who had only recently attended(or maybe infiltrated) our church this past Winter. After attending for a period of 2-3 weeks, they asked to meet with the Pastor under the guise of supporting Family values, etc. It didn't take long for our Pastor to determine that they were a front for the "Moonies" and he summarily dismissed them. He told me of another pastor friend in SW Washington that had a similar experience recently.
Has anyone had this happen in their church or know of its' prevalence?
Yours In Christ,
|3||Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots||Not Specified||BradK||57110|
|Are there any studied views from our Forum members on Rev. 17:5 as to who "Babylon the Great, The Mother of Harlots" is?
I would humbly seek your input.
|4||Jesus and the Samaritan Woman||Not Specified||BradK||81439|
Does anyone have any additional light they might be able to shed on John 4:7-18, where Jesus meets the Samaritan woman? Our Pastor had a gentleman approach him after the service and comment something to the effect that "the Samaritan woman did not have several failed marriages. All her previous husbands had died and the one she was living with at the time was her “kinsmen redeemer".
Is there any way of knowing or substantiating the validity of this?
Speaking The Truth In Love,
|5||Noah Being Divinely Warned||Not Specified||BradK||109432|
| This question came up in our study last night. In Genesis 6:3 We have the Lord speaking:
"Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”"
We know from Heb. 11:7 that Noah was "divinely warned". My question is this: Did Noah know from the Lord speaking in Gen. 6:3 that his time frame to complete the ark before God's judgement was 120 years? In other words, do we that the Lord was speaking those words directly to Noah or were they more a general statement?
Speaking The Truth In Love,
|6||What does Romans 2:12 mean?||Not Specified||BradK||118873|
|What does Romans 2:12 say? How are we to understand this verse?
The late A.T. Robertson, a noted Greek Scholar had this to say: "Have sinned (hmarton). Constative aorist active indicative, "sinned," a timeless aorist. Without law (anomwß). Old adverb "contrary to law," "unjustly," but here in ignorance of the Mosaic law (or of any law). Nowhere else in N.T. Shall also perish without law (anomwß kai apolountai). Future middle indicative of apollumi, to destroy. This is a very important statement. The heathen who sin are lost, because they do not keep the law which they have, not because they do not have the Mosaic law or Christianity. Under law (en nomwi). In the sphere of the Mosaic law. By the law (dia nomou). The Jew has to stand or fall by the Mosaic law."
[Robertson's Word Pictures]
|7||What is sound doctrine?||Not Specified||BradK||121659|
|What constitutes sound doctrine? How does one know if they are inline with historic, orthodox Biblical teaching?|
|8||Scriptural Support?||Not Specified||BradK||132947|
|What scriptural support is there for the statement "So Jesus 'came in the flesh' as a sinless man like Adam, and was resurrected by God to live again as a spirit?"
|9||Is God Sovereign in the Church today?||Not Specified||BradK||168493|
|"Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is Thine; Thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and Thou art exalted as Head above all"
(1 Chronicles 29:11)
"The Sovereignty of God is an expression that once was generally understood. It was a phrase commonly used in religious literature. It was a theme frequently expounded in the pulpit. It was a truth which brought comfort to many hearts, and gave virility and stability to Christian character. But, today, to make mention of God’s sovereignty is, in many quarters, to speak in an unknown tongue. Were we to announce from the average pulpit that the subject of our discourse would be the sovereignty of God, it would sound very much as though we had borrowed a phrase from one of the dead languages. Alas! that it should be so. Alas! that the doctrine which is the key to history, the interpreter of Providence, the warp and woof of Scripture, and the foundation of Christian theology, should be so sadly neglected and so little understood."
"How different is the God of the Bible from the God of modern Christendom! The conception of Deity which prevails most widely today, even among those who profess to give heed to the Scriptures, is a miserable caricature, a blasphemous travesty of the Truth. The God of the twentieth century (21st) is a helpless, effeminate being who commands the respect of no really thoughtful man. The God of the popular mind is the creation of a maudlin sentimentality. The God of many a present-day pulpit is an object of pity rather than of awe-inspiring reverence."
[A.W Pink- The Sovereignty of God]
What are your thoughts as to why this is? What can be done about it?
|10||Christ is the way and the truth||Not Specified||BradK||176146|
|“No man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” — St. John 14:6.
THERE are many men in this world, who so far from coming to God, are
going as far as they can from him. Nothing would delight such men so
much as to be clean rid of his presence, and to be entirely escaped from the
bounds of his dominions. They would be content to make their bed in hell,
if they could thus find a satisfactory answer to the question, “Whither shall
I go from thy Spirit, or whither shall I flee from thy presence?” Their hearts
are at enmity with God; they hate his words and his ways. They know that
God is angry with them; and they in return are angry with God. There is
another class, who are but very little in advance of these. It cannot be said
of them, with the same emphatic meaning, that they actually hate God, but
nevertheless they run from him. Perhaps they would indignantly repel a
charge of abhorring God, but nevertheless, it is true of them, that they live
in utter disregard of him. They say in their hearts “No God.” God is not in
all their thoughts. They may have sublime thoughts of nature, but few
yearnings after him who made nature. They think much of time, and sense,
and of the things that are below; but as to eternity and its substantial
realities, the things that are unseen and everlasting, these they scarce can
think upon. “Beware, ye that forget God,” for your state is no better than
the state of those I first described. “The wicked shall be turned into hell.”
those who hate God shall feel his torment, but so shall their companions,
for thus runs the text, “The wicked shall be cast into hell with all the
nations that forget God.” It is not needful that you should hate God; that
you should go to war with him in order to destroy yourself; the simple
neglect of him is enough to ruin you. Thus has the apostle put it, “How
shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation?” Ye need not fly upon the
thick bosses of Jehovah’s buckler, ye need not rush upon the point of his
glittering spear. Stand still and do nothing; regard him not; shut your eyes
to his existence, and engross yourself with the grovelling toys of earth, and
ye have as surely destroyed yourselves, as if ye had defied him to his face.
Neglect of God is the open gate of damnation. To forget God is to ensure
a portion in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone. There is to be
found, however, upon the face of the earth a third class of men, who would
not like to be classed among the enemies of God and who can truly say that
they are not utterly indifferent with regard to his favor. They would prefer
to be numbered with those who are seeking God. Their desire is to go to
their Father. They may not as yet, perhaps, be brought to that only way at
coming which he has ordained, but still their profession is that they desire
to worship God, and to come before him with thanksgiving, and show
themselves glad in him. It is to this very character, one that has so much
that is hopeful in it, that I shall address myself particularly this morning; but
indeed, to every one in this assembly, would I desire to preach the great
truth of the text. No man — desire he never so earnestly, labor he never so
diligently — no man cometh unto the Father, but by Jesus Christ.
|11||Ten Commandments vs. Galatians||Not Specified||BradK||176286|
How does the Ten Commandments fit in with Paul's explanation to the Galatians?
The subject of the law and its relation to the Christian is a very important one. From what you have shared, I think you have it right. It's not about keeping the rules, but about loving God and seeking to please Him from the heart. I think we must begin by recognizing that the term "law" is used in more than one way in the New Testament.
In Romans chapter 3 (especially verses 19-22) "law" equals a system by which we strive for salvation and/or sanctification through human efforts at keeping the law. Law is a system by which men foolishly strive to earn salvation.
Paul says that the law cannot save men; it can only condemn them. In Romans 7:12-14; 8:4 and 13:8-10 the "law" is God's standard of righteousness, which we are unable to achieve by our own efforts, but which is fulfilled to the degree that we walk in the Spirit. Thus, Paul loves the law as that which is holy, righteous, and good (Romans 7:12).
In the Psalms (like Psalm 119) the Law is the revelation of God's character, and His will for man. Thus, the psalmist can say, "Oh how I love Thy law" (Psalm 119:97).
Legalism is the effort to be righteous in the power of the flesh by keeping all the commandments (probably a mixture of O.T. commands, by our interpretation, and our own add-on's, the equivalent of the "traditions" of the Jews). Grace is having a renewed heart, and thus being motivated by live and empowered by God's Spirit, and thus seeking to please God by doing His will.
The law itself is not evil, when accepted as a standard of righteousness. All of the 10 Commandments (except Sabbath-keeping) are still applicable today, as is much of the law. Those commands which are set aside are clearly indicated as such (for example the setting aside of the old food laws (Mark 7:18-19; Acts 10-11). The verses in Galatians 3 (19-29) speak of the law as God's temporary provision, until Christ came and made atonement for sins, once for all. I would suggest that you give some thought to Colossians chapter 2, as well as to the Book of Hebrews (which emphasizes the superiority of the New Covenant to the Old). 2 Corinthians chapter 3 also speaks of the superiority of the New to the Old.
If you have not read it yet, I would highly recommend John Piper's excellent book, "Desiring God: The Meditations of a Christian Hedonist." It really strikes at the heart of legalism.
|12||Speaking the Truth in Love?||Not Specified||BradK||192089|
|Is Dr. Peter Pett following his own teachings? Regarding Eph. 4:16?
|13||Merry CHRISTmas||Not Specified||BradK||197884|
My blessing to you all for a very Merry Christmas -
"For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace."
|14||Is Christianity becoming Christless in A||Not Specified||BradK||210741|
|Is Christianity becoming Christless in America?
Micheal Horton writes, "I think that the church in America today is so obsessed with being practical, relevant, helpful, succesful, and perhaps even well-liked that it is nearly mirris the world itself. Aside from the packaging, there is nothing that cannot be found in most churches today that could not be satisfied by any number of secular programs and self-help groups."
[Christless Christianity p. 16-17/Baker Books 2008]
|15||The Trinity||Not Specified||BradK||228588|
|Essential Doctrines: The Trinity
Augustine said that anyone who denies the Trinity is in danger of losing his salvation, and anyone who tries to understand it is in danger of losing his mind. It is not fully explained in Scripture.
There are those doctrines essential for salvation and those essential for Chritian orthodoxy. Is belief in the Trinity essential for salvation? Why or why not?
|16||Bye||Bible general Archive 4||BradK||194760|
I'm glad to hear you had a change of heart! The SBF is not a bad place to hang around:-)
For what it's worth, I've had my share of disappointments here on the Forum. Anyone who's been around for a while has! However, the blessings have FAR outweighed them.
Speaking the Truth in Love,
|17||OVER TAXATION!||Bible general Archive 4||BradK||195536|
|18||What is the significance of Obed Edom? D||Bible general Archive 4||BradK||196365|
The significance of Obed-Edom can be understood from 2 Sam. 6:5-15. Specifically, verse 11 tells us that the ark was "in the house of Obed-edom...three months, and the Lord blessed Obed-edom and his household".(ESV). Verse 12 gives us the significance, "...The LORD has blessed the household of Obed-edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God..." (ESV).
Any deeper revelation should be sought from prayer- certainly- and study of the Word of God! Be careful of "visions" as they are both subjective and extra-Biblical! Sola Scriptura!
Speaking the Truth in Love,
|19||dreams and visions not scriptural?||Bible general Archive 4||BradK||196582|
Well, the short summary answer is: we have the completed Cannon of scripture, they didn't. If dreams and visions are a normative (everyday) way of receiving revelation, then what of the Word of God? Do we do an end run around the authority of scripture as so many attempt? No. Scripture is our source and guide- John 17:17, "Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth". If we start seeking and placing our faith in dreams and visions, than we might as well discard God's Word.
This is referred to as extra-Biblical revelation. Dreams and visions are very subjective by their very nature are they not? How does one determine objectively where to draw the line? You can't. How do you know the dream or vision was of God? Everything becomes, "what God spoke to me", or "what the Lord told me to do", or "God spoke thus and such to me through this dream", etc. Notice that when tempted by satan, Jesus responded by quoting the Word of God- Matt: 4:1-4
"Matt 4:1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
Matt 4:2 And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry.
Matt 4:3 And the tempter came and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread."
Matt 4:4 But He answered and said, "It is written, 'MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.'"
That's not only a very strong endorsement, but also a supreme example for us to follow!
I hope this helps,
|20||dreams and visions not scriptural?||Bible general Archive 4||BradK||196590|
Heb 1:1-2 "God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son,..."
So, "God is not done speaking to man, and His Word to us is continuous". Please explain this!
How is it incorrect to say "that because we have the Bible God no longer uses dreams and visions to communicate to His children "?
Can you please demonstrate from scripture anything that supports your contention? Just because you say this doesn't make it true!
Simply because we see dreams and visions in scriture does not at all imply that they are for all people at all times. What you are positing, is again making the Word of God at worst irrelevant, and at best secondary!
Do we not belive that God can (and has) communicated to us soley through His Word?
Speaking the Truth in Love,
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