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How To Study Scriptures
  
Sinners sin. Saints "saint". It is a heart matter. As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. He will act in accordance to his conviction of the new creation truth.


Explain Luke 8:12
  
Jesus says to the Samaritan woman, "If you had asked of Me, I would have given you living water."

The Samaritan woman replies, "Evermore give me this water."

Order:
1)Ask of Me
2)Woman asks
3)Water given
4)Woman evangelizes her whole city
5)Men believe and come to Jesus because of HER testimony (the water in her)
6)Men believe because they hear Him for themselves.

Water (the Spirit) was not given until she asked and she didn't know to ask until she was told about the water. She went from carrying a water pot to becoming a well of water herself as an expression of her Source.

Preacher sent
Gospel preached
Holy Spirit convicts
Man believes
Man receives


Explain Luke 8:12
  
John 12:31-33

Now is the judgment of this world, now is the prince of this world cast out,
And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw ALL men unto Me.
THIS He spake signifying the death He would die

The death He died was on the cross as the final sacrifice for sin. Nobody was left out as He stretched one arm all the way back to Adam and the other all the way to the last man to ever be born and drew them unto Himself. Psalm 2 says, "Ask of Me, and I will give thee the nations for your inheritance and the uttermost parts of the earth for your possession." Jesus asked. God answered.


Explain Luke 8:12
  
MarkV, gnosticism is the worship of truths rather than the Truth, who is a person named Jesus. The fact that you have placed these truths as determiners of anyone's salvation is testimony to the knowledge you worship. You can sit there and in-sin-u-ate all you want that I and others are not saved because we don't eat your theology or doctrine, but the witness of the Spirit of God says otherwise. Continue to worship your "truths". I will worship the Lord Jesus Christ.


Believe And Accept Christ
  
The grace of God that bringeth salvation has appeared to all men.
God has given to every man the measure of faith.
Jesus is the light that lights every man who comes into the world.
He is the propitiation, not for our sins only but the sins of the whole world.
The conscience and the creation bear witness to the existence of God. Man can either retain this knowledge or be unthankful.
The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness. Man is without excuse.
Scoffers are willingly ignorant. To be ignorant is to simply ignore something revealed.

This doesn't even include the witness of Christ through His body.


Born Of Spirit By God
  
2) I have yet to find one entry from you that deals with these two passages of scripture, along with the revealed wrath of God, the conscience, and the creation that all witness to the UNBELIEVER of the existence of God and the end result of those who do not think that knowledge worthy to retain (WILLINGLY ignorant). Instead of dealing with them, you ignore them and stoop to calling those who don't agree with you unbelievers. Again, this witnesses to your lack of use of spiritual discernment and your elevation of knowledge above relationship with God. At least I can say of Mark that he does not judge in regards to salvation. You on the other hand do and suppose to take the place of God by doing so. And you claim we rob God of His power.


Are Biblical Arguments Justified
  
I believe Mark and Christan are saved, though they may not believe I am. That doesn't matter to me. His Spirit bears witness with my spirit that I am a child of God. I need no more assurance than that. Let US cast off every weight and the sin that does so easily beset US, and let US run with patience the race that is set before US, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of OUR faith. The race is run and won by ONE, and that one is the many members in the unity of the faith. When elitism begins to rear its ugly head and believers begin to judge another's salvation, we divide and fail to run as one because we are not looking at Him. This doesn't just hurt those judged, it hurts the ones judging as well.


Predestination A False Doctrine
  
Christan, Scripture quoting doesn't support you. It only shows the error of your doctrine. When you look in the mirror, you pretend to see those who don't agree with you. It's a mirror, Christan, not a judgment seat. When I look in the mirror, I'm not looking for you for that is foolishness. I am looking for and find Jesus.


Who Was John Calvin
  
The elect are already chosen? If they have not yet believed, "it isn't their turn"? If this be true, then why teach since the elect will be saved regardless? Do you, as you so accuse us, suppose to add anything to God's will or timing for any individual by feeding them your gnosis? It would be difficult at best to accept the teaching of anyone whose very effort to convince denies the fundamental structure of the doctrine he teaches....and whose spiritual discernment is such that false accusations are made and members of the body are called dogs and swine. Even the little dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their MASTER'S table. I would take the unleavened crumb of simplicity anyday over a whole loaf leavened with human reasoning.


Who Was John Calvin
  
6) He sent the Holy Spirit to convict man of the sin of unbelief
7) The Holy Spirit empowers the gospel message through a believer to reveal the righteousness of God from the measure of faith to saving faith and confirms His Word with signs and wonders.

Again I ask:
What more do you need Him to do?


Is Limited Atonement Biblical
  
Amen Bruce. We are to use the simple measure of faith God has given to every man to believe the simple gospel of Jesus Christ (His death, burial, and resurrection) to live a life that is not deceived from the simplicity that is in Christ. It is simple. It really is.


Is Limited Atonement Biblical
  
Doctrine that says a man cannot see or hear unless the Spirit quicken him and yet insists that unbelievers cannot have this quickening agent within them to be saved has left out the key ingredient of the gospel and the power of the Holy spirit within it to convince a man of unbelief in Christ. It also excludes what God has revealed to ungodly men (Romans 1), the measure of faith God has given to every man, and the truth that Jesus is the light that lights every man who comes into the world. God has done all that AND fully displayed His love and will in Christ. No excuse for man to be ignorant except that he chooses willingly to do so. Otherwise God totally spent Himself when He really didn't have to. Love desires to be chosen.


Fate Of Isolated People Groups
  
God is clearly seen in His creation and the things that are made give an understanding of His eternal power and GODHEAD. The conscience both excuses and accuses men to each other. God would not give something of no use. Verse 21 even says they knew God because of what God showed them but were unthankful and did not glorify Him as God. Verse 32 says they know the judgment of God. The whole idea of there being no choice in the unsaved is not supported by this passage. No man will be able to say, "I had no idea". There is no excuse whatsoever for man to say there is no God. He only does that by ignoring the intuitive knowledge of the wrath of God revealed in the conscience and ignoring the visible creation.


Why Sin Allowed Into World
  
God has given to EVERY man the measure of faith.
Jesus is the light that enlightens EVERY man who comes into the world.
The gospel, when it is preached, contains all that is needed to bring the measure of faith to saving faith. It reveals the righteousness of God from faith to faith. Man only must receive it by that faith. To say otherwise goes against the nature of God and the power of the Holy Spirit found in the gospel. Blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, which is outright rejection of Christ by attributing His work to the devil, would never be an issue otherwise.


I Am A Non Believer
  
The fact that Stephen, who was not an apostle, pretty much condemns any voice that says only the 12 apostles did signs and wonders. The whole book of Acts is the acts of the Holy Spirit through born again believers. The Holy Spirit is the river that flows through and out of earthen vessels to minister, bless, heal, deliver, and everything else you don't believe. That is the way God designed it. It is you who believes in a powerless God.


I Am A Non Believer
  
Mark, you stated somewhere else that you can't just put the Scripture down and let it speak for itself because others try to twist it. Mark, I haven't ever seen you put down a Scripture and let it speak for itself. You go on to explain it through the filter of the doctrine you believe. Now, if Jesus said to those the Father had given Him, "These works and greater shall you do", why can't that just stand for itself without you robbing His very own words of power by trying to explain it away because YOU don't believe the Holy Spirit is the same today as He was then?


I Am A Non Believer
  
Paul went to Ephesus and even wrestled with the wild beasts there, but those people who were into witchcraft and sorceries of all kind heard the gospel, believed, and then brought their magic books to be burned. How worried was Paul about those spirits? He wasn't. He knew the power and grace of the One in Him and the convicting power of the Holy Spirit through the gospel. Mark, you say those spirits can delude us if we are not grounded in truth. I say I must be grounded then since the spirit in that witch I talked with bowed at the feet of the love, grace, and mercy of God flowing through me BY HIS SPIRIT (emphasis mine for clarity, just in case anyone wants to say I did it in my own power).


Is Fred K.C. Price An Apostle
  
part 2
Accusations of childishness, division, no knowledge of the Son of God, immature. One need only to read the Word of God to know whether there are still apostles or not. If apostles have passed away, so have the rest of those mentioned and you wouldn't find a whole hoard of folks here trying to pass themselves off as teachers.


Divorce On Fire Husband
  
Part 2 Never forget that a critical, judgmental spirit is not of God and an accuser is on the side of the enemy. That doesn't make him unsaved. It just shows the amount of immaturity and carnality the Holy Spirit must deal with to form him into the image of Christ. That is the purpose of our journey in Christ...to be conformed to His image. The renewing of the mind to the truth of the born again spirit is important and is the process God uses to transform us. Be longsuffering. You already have it within you as the fruit of the Spirit...and pray Ephesians 1:17-23 for yourself and your husband, believing God that understanding of the Word will come in such a way that transformation will take place in both your lives.


Do People Have Free Will
  
MarkV, so where was any Word of God in your last post? Not one Scripture in that whole response, yet that is what you accused me of. Apparently the enemy you say is influencing me has so much power over you that you were distracted from your mission of only proclaiming the Word of God. You bear witness against yourself.



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