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Why Is Cussing A Sin
  
Adam: great clarification man. Have a great day!


What Is The Annointing Of God
  
Bill_bila5659: great blogs man! Also, I really asked the question to point out how we misuse the word "anointing" and see if anyone else has seen these misuses. In the end, I think Christians frequently use these words for things they were never meant for. I like that you went straight to scripture on this matter. I wish more of us would do this, and use reasoning instead of denominational jargon and sensual experiences as the standard for belief. Thanks again man!


What Is The Annointing Of God
  
Andrea: I was rasied (partially) in pencostal, charismatic circles. I'm not downing the people as much as I'm questioning the usage of the word. I've heard people almost describe it as a magic wand and take liberty to say who has the anointing and who doesn't. They make it like some mystical cure-all even in more practical matters: "you really have an anointing to fix cars". PS: Hey Jack, loosen up. Some of the greatest minds mispelled. And some of the greatest spellers have weak minds.


Why Is Cussing A Sin
  
Adam: the point is that, in any other situation eating something like that would be sin under Levitical law. What he was told to eat was defiled. In reltation, some would think it profane to go around calling women dogs. Yet Jesus did this to one woman. So, are there certain situations that call for what some call "profanity"? Should the emphasis always be on the word, or the usage and motivation for it? I've read your other blogs. I think we agree on this issue.


Good Christian Rock Bands
  
Robyn: the problem is, if it looks evil to who? You or me? Because I think your judgment of musical genres looks evil. Will you stay away from the appearance of it please? See what I mean? You can't take that scripture out of context and apply it to everything you don't prefer as a way to guilt others into meeting the requirements of your personal opinions. Otherwise, it's just one big game of manipulation.


Good Christian Rock Bands
  
Robyn: For the record, I don't really like Christian Rock 100% either. As a matter of fact I think contemporary worship music in general sounds like a bunch of U2 cover bands. Almost every singer sounds like Bono. Almost every guitar player sounds like The Edge. Once in while I like a song or 2. But sometimes I prefer the hymns for their richness and history. I'd really like to see Christians take the lead in the arts and sciences again. But that doesn't mean everything has to look or sound old.


Why Is Cussing A Sin
  
exzucuh: God also told Ezekiel to EAT the fig cakes after they were cooked over flaming cow dung. And HE DID! Also, at first God told Ezekiel to cook them over flaming HUMAN dung! Ezekiel refused so God gave him a break and said to cook it over cow dung instead. Tell me He doesn't have a sense of humor! I'd hate to be Ezekiel though.


Is The U.S. A Christian Nation
  
There is no such thing as a Christian nation. Just like there's no such thing as a Christian telephone pole. (Unless 100% of US citizens were Christians.) The nation is made up of individuals who all profess different things. I think most profess to be Christian but I'm skeptical. Don't we have to have some core beliefs to be called Christian? Do these "Christians" all have these core beliefs? What are the numbers again?


Why Is Cussing A Sin
  
exzucuh: ever been to another country? I'd be careful how you talk if you do. It could be taken as cussing. Also, where is that list of banned words in the Bible? And what about when God told Ezekiel cook fig cakes over flaming cow dung? Wasn't that profane? Ezekiel thought so! Yet God used that illistrate the condition of Israel.


Fighting Spiritual Warfare
  
nicollette: Luke 22:37
NAS: "For I tell you that this which is written must be fulfilled in Me, 'AND HE WAS NUMBERED WITH TRANSGRESSORS', for that which refers to Me has its fulfillment."
KJV: For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end.
PS: sorry if you felt I was condescending. Not my intention. Interesting subject though.


Fighting Spiritual Warfare
  
nicolette:KJV:Philippians 2:5-8"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." nicolette:this is what it meant to "number himself among the transgressors."


Fighting Spiritual Warfare
  
nicolette: I'm big on embracing sinners (and I number myself among the transgressors as even Jesus, who was perfect, did). Your other questions? It seems to be both. Although, I don't know to what degree, and I don't claim to battle any of this in my own strength, nor do I suggest it. However, it seems the most tiresome thing is living in a fallen world with homesickness for heaven. And I think some are trying to battle devils, when many times homesickness is the real problem.


Afraid To Go To Church
  
Andrea and Whisper: again, I'm only judging what I'm reading. I don't know you, and I don't pretend to. Also, what specifically do you think deserves an apology? Apologize and be "best buds"? I think we've all clarified enough to understand eachother. I don't just apologize for the sake of appearing nice. Otherwise what is my apology worth? What did I say that was off? Maybe I'll say sorry. Maybe we'll just agree to disagree. Let me know.


Afraid To Go To Church
  
Andrea and Whisper: I appreciate your openness and honesty. My problem is with some of the statements on this blog. I see argument as a great way to gain understanding and to address doctrinal issues. I embrace conflict as a learning experience. Some don't. That's okay. And I'm only judging what is being said to the best of my ability, not anyone's salvation. PS: don't avoid heated debate in the name of Christian compassion. We are called to love, yes. We're also called to be shrewd...


Democrats Pander To Sinners
  
It is not the job of our government to convert people to Christianity or convict of sin. Was our nation founded on Christian principles? Absolutely. However, we have something in this country called "freedom of speech". It's up to us to exercise this freedom with the help of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. If our faith depends on politicians to do this, then it will also be shattered when they fall short. Vote your best. Preach your best. The rest is up to God.


Is Suicide A Sin
  
Mima: you make a great point. Did Jesus die for all our sins? Or just the ones we already committed? He died 2000 years before we were even born, so I suspect he died for them all. Although I wouldn't want to test your theory. Also, what about people who are mentally sick, yet have recieved Christ at some point? What if they commit suicide while suffering from severe depression? I work in a metal health facility and this has happened before. I wonder...


Good Christian Rock Bands
  
Robyn: I love how you take liberty to say what's in everyone else's mind. If that's what happens in your mind, by all means don't listen to Christian rock. However, the next time you sing amazing Grace remember the tune was crafted in a bar not a church. God can use anything for his glory if it is not sinful by definition. There is nothing sinful about certain sounds. "What are the words saying?" Should be the only question.


Good Christian Rock Bands
  
Robyn: also, it wasn't that you didn't "feel God", you just didn't like the music. What if someone else did "feel God"? Are we going to argue over who "feels God" the most? There is nothing wrong with disliking certain music. However, don't make it into a moral issue. I've heard too many say what you're saying as absolute law. Let's not teach the opinions of men as commandments of God. You don't like it and that's OK. Have a nice day!



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