Proverbs 20:9 - Who can say , I have made my heart clean, pure from sin.
( A verse that came to mind , Man controlling his heart ?, or God willing and doing of his Good pleasure ? ,Action of God or man.? )
How can we not use the Bible , Yaaa !
Titus 2:1 - But speak thou the things of sound doctrine:
2:3 - That aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in the faith, in charity, in patience, -------------> 2:15
---RichardC on 4/18/17|
God judges the heart of each individual. This is how he is choosing each individual to populated the soon-to-come Kingdom of God. An individual person's lifestyle is based upon two ideas: one, a person does his own thing and, two, a person's lifestyle is based upon the bible.
There is to be two resurrections, though. The first is upon the second return of Jesus at the beginning of the thousand year reign when the dead in Christ shall rise and the living shall be caught up with the dead. The second is at the end of the thousand year when all the other dead shall be judged from the Book of Life - according to their works on earth.
Blessed are those that rise in the first resurrection.
---Steveng on 4/17/17|
There are so-called Christians who judge salvation by a persons lifestyle (Titus 3:5). They are wrong to do so.
There are saved people who justify their own sinful behavior with liberty (1 Cor 6:12, Rom 6:15). They are wrong to do so.
There are "Christians" everywhere who participate in ministries but deny the gospel of the grace of God (2 Cor 11:13). They are wrong to do so.
Find out for yourself. You might be surprised at what some so-called Christians believe.
Do the work of an evangelist. This would be the right thing to do. (2 Tim 4:5)
Paul gives some commands, few follow (1 Cor 11:1, Phil 3:17)
---michael_e on 4/17/17|
How can we not use the Bible?
Jesus is showing us how to live His pattern of Life in the Bible.
Where else are we going to imitate Christ Life?
Christian means being christ-like.
We are Christians - Christ -Christians
---Nicole_Lacey on 4/16/17|
Cluny wrote: "How about your snotty comments about..."
You were asking if I gave any animosity toward anyone in particular - namly you.
Again, please quote three phrases of any strong hostility (animosity) I gave to you - or anyone for that matter in particular.
---Steveng on 4/16/17|
so so true
There are essentials to salvation. You cannot be truly Christian without them.
---michael_e on 4/11/17
---john9346 on 4/12/17|
\\Cluny, please quote three phrases of any strong hostility (animosity) I gave to you - or anyone for that matter.
---Steveng on 4/9/17\\
How about your snotty comments about other people's "worldly denominational 'churches'", which last word you always put in scare quoted?
Will these do?
A blessed Holy Week.
---Cluny on 4/11/17|
The essentials of salvation are things necessary to save a soul. The gospel is simple, but some things are required.
There is no salvation without the fullness of the Godhead in Jesus Christ, his death and resurrection provided freely by grace through faith.
Salvation does not come by the name of Allah, Buddha, Joseph Smith, Moses, or Pope Francis. You are not saved by trusting the church, your confession, prayers, or tithing. Faith is required. Faith in nothing is unbelief. Faith in the wrong thing is vanity.
There are essentials to salvation. You cannot be truly Christian without them.
---michael_e on 4/11/17|
Cluny, please quote three phrases of any strong hostility (animosity) I gave to you - or anyone for that matter.
---Steveng on 4/9/17|
\\Even more astounding is you and your boyfriend cluny's animosity towards a professing Christian, StevenG.\\
How about your animosity--and StevenG's, likewise--towards a professing Christian--namely me?
Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 4/5/17|
Yes, they do tend to do that. However, if you look at the list of all blogs, new ones tend to show up at the top left corner.
It's no big thing. I was just curious. Whenever I post a reply to any blog, I like to see if anyone has commented on it, and if such comments are worth replying to. This is why I have bookmarked my blog page, so I can see all the blogs I've commented on recently. (Ones that haven't been commented on for a long time have likely expired anyway, as nobody can see them in the "recent blog posts" page.)
Steveng: I'm not here every day either, but I know you've been here frequently in the 8 months since you posted on this topic.
---StrongAxe on 4/6/17|
Actually Strongaxe, I've started blogs and then can't find them, because I don't know what CN has named them, many times with a title that I never would have thought would be its Title name.
I've also seen others blogs where the one posting the question never came back on. I don't think I ever gave it a second thought.
Some post questions simply to see others answers, without having to give their own. And others like controlling their question. Some questions don't post for several days, and then one might forget they even posted it.
Why is it an issue? It shouldn't be.
---kathr4453 on 4/5/17|
StrongAxe wote: "It's curious that Steveng posted this question 8 months ago, yet he has never once commented on it, nor answered any of the questions posed by others who answered him."
Many of you assume way too much. Plus, you judge me unrighteously without even knowing me. From the beginning of my posting, I have challenged everyone to know me personally or if they know of anyone in the Pasadena CA area, but, so far, no takers.
Two major reasons:
First: I'm not on these blogs on a daily basis like most you the people on these blogs. I do have a real life to live.
Second: This is not a debate. I just wonder what others think without my debating about it.
There's more, but these two suffice.
---Steveng on 4/5/17|
What animosity? I wondered why anyone would start a blog but then never re-visit it - this could apply to anyone, and it's a perfectly valid, non-judgmental question.
How about animosity people like you and Jerry often show towards other professing Christians, like myself, Cluny, and others? You are constantly hurling condemnation at anyone who affiliates with any Christian denomination, while Jerry frequently stoops to ad hominem attacks - two things I strongly avoid (because of the Golden Rule).
Please cite how I revile and persecute you, and say evil against you, or anyone. On the contrary, I frequently ask Jerry to stop every time he personally insults me (which he does frequently).
---StrongAxe on 4/5/17|
ds, you said, "i must deny my own image. when i deny, i must die"
Every day, we need to die by stopping however we can be love-stupid in our own egos. And trust God to correct us so we are with Him in His peace and how He guides us and inspires and encourages us.
And learn how He has us loving. This, for me, includes how I need to first love and care about and pray God's blessing to people who are a problem for me > as soon as they come to mind, I need however God has me caring for them, instead of cursing them with my paranoid suspicion and criticism and looking down on them.
Even if someone is looking down on me, I need to not let that person get me to do the same thing by looking down on that person!! (c:
---Bill on 4/3/17|
It's curious that Steveng posted this question 8 months ago, yet he has never once commented on it, nor...
---StrongAxe on 4/2/17
Even more astounding is you and your boyfriend cluny's animosity towards a professing Christian, StevenG.
So this is you two, cluny & axe's normal Christian lifestyle.
I'm impressed with Steven, who outed you guys again, with silence...and you didn't even realize it being in your normal Anti-Christ modes.
Psa_35:6 Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the angel of the LORD persecute them.
Mat_5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
---Trav on 4/3/17|
It's curious that Steveng posted this question 8 months ago, yet he has never once commented on it, nor answered any of the questions posed by others who answered him.
---StrongAxe on 4/2/17|
All that is required to join the mainstream Christianity is jump in the river and play dead. You will be mainstream, and naturally go downstream with all dead things.
Going downstream is living life by your circumstances, in the confidence of your flesh, where knowledge of the truth is a non-essential. Downstream progress is not by preaching the gospel of Christ.
Going upstream is living life in Christ, putting your confidence in Him, living by knowledge of the truth rightly divided. Upstream progress requires a change of mind brought about by preaching the cross.
If you have been saved by the gospel of the grace of God, believe your Bible, and know how to rightly divide it, then you are not part of the mainstream.
---michael_e on 4/1/17|
Normal Christianity is like the unprofitable servant that buried the talent. UNFRUITFUL! (Matthew 25) It is a little this and a little that. (Isaiah 28:10,13)
---mike4879 on 1/5/17|
A Christian must be consistent in following the instruction found in 2 Timothy 2:14-19, along with following the example found in Acts 17:11!
---Rob on 8/9/16|
Discover what God does with us. ---Bill
Holy Spirit searches all. i usually find i could do nohing when the truth is "to let me deny myself", that is to say, when i face what i descovered, i must deny my own image. when i deny, i must die. Maybe life out of death is like this. and miracles might be the last testamony, that is a new life, and faith in HIM dwelt in this new life.
i do not know much......
---ds on 8/5/16|
I believe it is for me, as one under the authority of Christ, to lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness, honesty, humility, patience, and love in extending towards others, that which I would like to receive from others. Therefore with as much as lies within me, I make an honest attempt to live peaceably with all men, and to mind my own business. Judging no one.
---josef on 8/6/16|
To be kind to all. To spread the truth. To help all you can in any way you can.
To be loving and care for the Creation that GOD has put us in charge of.
To be loving.
---Samuelbb7 on 8/5/16|
Discover what God does with us.
---Bill on 8/4/16|
Please post what YOU believe is a normal christian lifestyle...
---Steveng on 8/2/16
Two words, Love and tolerance.
First, love. We should be so different from the world that they marvel at how we love each other and our neighbors. We help and assist others, never thinking of ourselves or our possessions.
Secondly, we have forgotten the great Non-Biblical phrase to "love the sinner but not the sin". We have become intolerant at society because it is becoming atheistic. As a result, we no longer are relevant. We need to with love and compassion embrace all our neighbors, regardless of religion, race, gender, or belief.
When we show them how much we care, they may care what we say.
---Mark_Eaton on 8/3/16|
Living among people of the world who can call you a Christian just from looking at you and your behavior.
No words spoken.
They see Christ in you.
---Nicole_Lacey on 8/3/16|
Cluny that is a non-answer and a waste of one of the 75 opportunities for others to post here.
A NORMAL Christian lifestyle will be whatever each CHRISTIAN family wants it to be for them but that does not mean that it is correct.
The choices you give us in answering this are weird in the extreme Stephen.
Born again Christians WILL be guided by the bible. Some are far more strict than others but it's safe to say that anything in a lifestyle which goes against scripture will not be pleasing to God. He DESIRES that we live according to HIS rules.
---Rita_H on 8/3/16|
You wrote: Please post what YOU believe is a normal christian lifestyle -- not what you THINK it should be nor what others THINK it should be nor what the bible says it should be.
I don't see how it's possible to answer this question without further clarification. How do you define "normal"? If not by a biblical definition, do you mean "cultural norms"? Those vary from country to country and place to place and time to time. The question is too broad.
Also, if one can't cite an authority like the Bible, one must NECESSARILY be giving his personal opinion - so anyone who strictly follows your question's guidelines is necessarily prohibited from answering at all by those very same guidelines.
---StrongAxe on 8/3/16|
Well, for one thing it wouldn't be anything like Steveng's lifestyle or that of his worldly denominational "church".
Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 8/3/16|