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Should We Pay Taxes
  
Nowhere in the Bible are tax collectors called sinners. They were viewed with scorn in the NT as collaborators with the Romans.

Even the Temple had its tax collectors.

But Jesus said to render to Caesar that which was his.

Glory to Jesus Christ!


All We Need Is Love
  
\\Let's look at Jesus. On the cross with death looking Him in the face, He asks the Father to forgive the people who did this to Him. I don't know about you, but this demonstrates great peace and trust in the care of the Father. \\

How about His words in Gethsemane? "My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even unto death?"

That doesn't sound very peaceful or serene to me--unless you know definitions of these words with which I"m unfamiliar.

Christ is baptized! In the Jordan!


How Was Christianity Maintained
  
\\Luther's greatest contribution was in translating the Bible into German, which allowed the individual German Believer to read the Bible for themselves. Many translations into native languages followed.\\

Actually, there was a German version of the Bible pre-dating Luther's, only it was translated from the Vulgate i/o the Greek and Hebrew.

Christ is baptized! In the Jordan!


All We Need Is Love
  
Steveng, are you saying that processed foods made Christianity lose its way in the 1960?

That's what it soundds like to me.

Christ is baptized! In the Jordan!


How Was Christianity Maintained
  
\\To me as the church gained power the Gospel was held but the leaders started substituting traditions which often enriched the leaders and hid the Gospel.\\

Name one such tradition, Samuelbb7, along with the date of its introduction, and who did so.

Christ is baptized! In the Jordan!


All We Need Is Love
  
\\You say pohtaytoh, I'll say pohtahtoh. A rose by any other name is still a rose, eh?
\\

There is such a word as "rose." There is no such word as "christiandom, " which my computer marks as a misspelling.

And I would like to know how and why you think that Christianity got off the rails in the 1960's--not to argue, but to understand you.

Christ is baptized! In the Jordan!


Non Biblical Manger Scenes
  
Church History lesson.

Originally there was ONE Feast of the Incarnation which took care of everything from the Annunciation to the Virgin through the Nativity, Adoration of the Magi, all the infancy and childhood events of Christ's life, and His Baptism.

It was observed on 6 January.

Eventually it got split into several commemorations on different dates.

The Armenians continue the original custom of 6 January only, for everything.

Christ is baptized! In the Jordan!


Finish Here January 2018
  
FWIW, the Ethiopian Church accepts the Books of Enoch as Scripture.

\\As I stated, Jesus and the Apostles did not quote the Apocrypha.\\

Mark, they didn't quote from Jeremiah, Esther, or Song of Solomon as well. Do we likewise reject them on that ground?

David, you accused Monk Brendan of getting his information from the bottom of a whiskey bottle. Is this an example of YOUR love? And where do you get YOUR information? From an old WATCHTOWER peeled from the bottom of a bird cage?

Christ is baptized! In the Jordan.


Non Biblical Manger Scenes
  
\\Lotteries were the beginning of legalized gambling in the US. \\

Actually, many pre-revolutionaryand 19th century churches were built by lotteries.

There was ALWAYS legalized gambling in the US until individual states started outlawing it in the late 19th eatly 20 centuries. So this is pretty late in our country's history.

I will admit my personal discomfort with industrial strength gambling such as lotteries and casinos.

Christ is baptized! In the Jordan!


Addicted To Disney Tarzan Music
  
//Strongaxe, I believe the light that blinded Paul was in fact a very physical encounter.//

If it were merely a physical light, others would have seen it.

This is what Orthodoxy calls the Uncreated Light.

Christ is baptized! In the Jordan!


All We Need Is Love
  
Steveng, there is no such word as "christiandom ", the proper word is "Christendom"--note the capitalization. (A spiritual work of mercy is to instruct the ignorant.)

Why do you believe Christianity began to fall apart in the1960"S? Please explain.

Christ is baptized! In the Jordan!


Mix Of Grace Law Or
  
//BUT, you constantly avoid dealing with my critique of your claim that it's not necessary to believe on JC based on your flawed understanding of Matt 25, James 2.//

Haz, StrongAxe never said what you claim he does, and your assertion of this simply is untrue.

FWIW, our Epistle Saturda,y (Theophany) from Titus said that we are redeemed by grace to be ZEALOUS for good works.

Christ is baptized! In the Jordan!


Aborts And Miscarriage
  
\\AXE. Your false gospel is based on deeds only, for any who deny Jesus is the Christ who died for sin. \\

That is not at all what STrongAxe is say,ing, or has said.

Christ is born! Glorify Him!


Is Christmas Pagan
  
\\Abijah is NOT mentioned in Luke at all. From what extra-biblical source did you pull that?
\\

In fairness to David, who is generally fair to nobody, the "course of Abijah" is mentioned in the Annunciation to St. Zacharias in Matthew.

Christ is born! Glorify Him!


Addicted To Disney Tarzan Music
  
john, do you deny that St. Paul cast out a demon of divination, as recorded in Acts?

In his letter to Timothy, he wrote, "These things"--which would include casting out demons--"which you have heard and seen in me, the same commit to faithful men..."

There you go. There's the succession of casting out demons.

So what if there is just one mention? How many times must the Bible say something for it to be true?

Christ is born! Glorify Him!


Addicted To Disney Tarzan Music
  
\\The only true deliver of anyone is the Lord Jesus Christ...\\

Jesus works through people. He didn't come down from heaven to administer water baptism to you Himself, did He?

\\The power to cast out demons he gave to his apostles only to do in his name and no where is there a succession of this ability being given.\\

YEs, it was, and yes there is.

Before doing an exorcism, the case is carefully investigated to see if the strange behavior is caused by something organic (some physical diseases can cause strange manifestations), something mental--or something less savory which has no natural explanation.

This is the practice of both the Pre-Reformation and Catholic churches.

Christ is born! Glorify Him!


Is Christmas Pagan
  
\\Dec 25th date has been celebrated by Christians centuries before the Pagans decided to use the date for their own god.\\

Nicole, this is attested to in the book (also available as an e-book) THE APOSTASY THAT WASN'T.

Christ is born! Glorify Him!


Christ Baptist Church
  
\\Lastly, the true church, the christians, does not need something made by man's hands - a building, a cross, graven images, pictures, etc. - to remind them they are christians.\\

I bet you're envious because YOUR worldly denominational "church" of Steveng doesn't have a building.

And what do you--its only member--do with the graven images and pictures of dead presidents in your pocket. After all, you don't really need them if you're a true Christian, do you?

Christ is born! Glorify Him!



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