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Importance Of Free Will
When we are saved, we died with Christ, and died to sin....---kath4453

Why do you believe people, sin, after they have died to sin?

Was Peter Saved Early
I believe we all agree, God is wise. One thing which goes hand in hand with wisdom, I believe, Logic. Does anyone here agree with this...or is wisdom an illogical conundrum?

Importance Of Free Will
(Romans 6:18)
Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
(Romans 6:20) For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.

If we are free from sin, that makes us a servant of righteousness. And If we are free of righteousness, this makes us a servant of sin.

The term Free will, as it pertains to Christianity, would indicate we can free ourselves from the bondage of sin. Those of you who want to serve God, do you still sin? If you sin, How does your sin serve God?

We are free to choose God, but this does not mean we are free of sin. Sin is a sign, a sign which shows us to whom we belong. Until God removes this bondage, we remain a servant of sin.

The Calvinist System
You are most welcome.

Many people fear death, including Christians. If folks could only spend a little time in heaven, as I have, they would see the very best the world has to offer, is less than the least in Heaven.

Not sure why God blessed me, but he gave me a short stint in heaven, many years ago, and ever since, I have looked forward to my return.
I share my experience with folks who are dying, an experience which gives them and their loved ones, hope in their time of grief.

Your post gave me just that much more to look forward to.

The Calvinist System
The CHURCH has a heavenly calling. The 144,000 have an earthly calling.---kathr4453

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
You have changed my mind. I dont generally spend too much time studying the Bible, beyond what the Holy spirit has taught me. I had always believed we, the Gentile believer, would live outside the Great City written about in (Revelation 21).

I can only assume I got (Revelation 11:1-2) mixed up with (Revelation 21:15), years ago when I read it. made my day Kathrine. God has used you to bless me. May God bless your day too!!

The Calvinist System
Scripture shows that God revealed the Gospel according to the MYSTERY to Paul, where Jew and Gentile are ONE NEW MAN---kathr4453

There is a definitive separation between Jew and Gentile shown in scripture. So I dont believe we are one with Israel....Not that it really matters to me. Just to bask in the light of God, eternally, is good enough for me.

The greatest example of this separation is the 144,000, who will be saved, from the twelve tribes of Israel. Gods promise to Abraham.

The Calvinist System
Below is what the Lord said to Ananias about Saul. Note he was also sent to bear the Lords name, to Israel.

But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way, for he is a chosen vessel unto Me, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. (Acts 9:15)

I never meant there were no Christian Jews before Paul, there just werent very many before Pauls conversion. 3000 isnt that many when you look at the nation of Israel as a whole.

The teaching I give, gives a plausible reason Jesus chose Paul, a Pharisee. What plausible reason can you give?

The Calvinist System
I've never heard of your definition of the garment and winecloth parable.---kathr4453

Please Notice the question Johns disciples asked Jesus, the question which prompted Jesus to give the answer through this parable.

Then the disciples of John came to Him, saying, Why do we and the Phariseesfast often, but Thy disciples fast not? (Matthew 9:14)

The Pharisees were the Old Covenant teachers, the Lords disciples were the New Covenant teachers. Jesus addressed both in the parable, as both were addressed in their question.

The old wine skins represent the Pharisees, the New wineskins represents the Lords disciples. The Wine in the New Wine skins, represents the New Covenant.

The Calvinist System
You misunderstand me.
In The first part of the parable, the Old Garment represents Gods promise to Abraham. The promise was still good, but because God changed the Law, it left the Garment/Promise in need of repair. It needed repair, because God could not keep his promise,.... if the Jews did not believe Jesus was their Christ.

You cannot repair an old garment with a New Patch, but you can, repair a Old garment with an Old Patch. The Patch, represents a teacher. Jesus chose Paul, a teacher which came from the Old Garment, to repair the Promise God made to Abraham.

The Jews did not accept Jesus as their Christ, until after Pauls conversion. Convert the teachers...and the sheep will follow.

The Calvinist System
David, the law did not annul the promises made to Abraham.

Again I agree, the 144,000 in Revelation is proof God has not forgotten his promise to Abraham.

Many miss the thing, which for me, is most amazing about Paul. We all know Paul was instrumental in giving the Gentiles, Gods invitation to the wedding. But most dont see, he was also the old patch, which Jesus used to repair the old garment.

No man putteth a piece of new cloth upon an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.(Matthew 9:16)

How do you repair an old garment?You must use a patch, a patch which comes from the old garment.

The Calvinist System
I agree, Matthew is a prophetic book and is directed at the Jews.

I see the first four books of the New Testament as a New Covenant, a covenant Jesus offered to the Jews. This covenant, essentially was to make Jesus, Lord. The majority of the Jews rejected Jesus, thereby rejecting Gods offer of Eternal Life.

Because of this rejection, this covenant was then offered to the Gentile believer. Unfortunately, The Jews who accepted this New Covenant, could not accept the Gentile believer, and couldnt let go of the Old Covenant God made with Moses.

Because of this, Jesus chose Saul/Paul a respected teacher from among their own ranks, to bring acceptance to the Gentile believers.

The Calvinist System
Why do you reject Gods commission to Paul to you?---kathr4453

I dont reject Paul, I just see him in a different light than you. I believe God sent Jesus with the New Covenant, and you believe Christ sent it through Paul. I see Pauls teachings establishing the Gospel of Christ.

I think I now understand your view of the books, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Please Correct me if I am wrong.

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, were written for the Jews. But since they rejected Jesus as their savior, Jesus created another Covenant, a Covenant designed for the Gentiles. True?

The Calvinist System
David, why do you reject the Gospel? ---kathr4453

You quoted Paul as your proof of this. I am curious to know, why? In (2 Thessalonians 1:6-9), as you well know, Paul says we will be judged according to the Gospel of Christ.

The first four books of the New Testament, I call them the Gospel of Christ. What do you call them?

The Calvinist System
I define a false doctrine as a doctrine which is not supported in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and one which opposes the teachings of Jesus Christ.

If you agree with this, it would help Ven, if you could show where his doctrine opposes what Christ taught. I would show him, but in all honesty, I do not know his doctrine of as well as you. Educational for me as well.

For example, many Protestant doctrines teach the opposite of what Christ taught in (John 8:34), claiming those who sin are not slaves of sin.

The Calvinist System
There are an innumerable supply of salvation doctrines from which to choose from, and yet only one way.
Jesus said only a few find it, I believe in the light of this fact.....many people should be concerned.

Who Are You Voting For
Thank you for that. I have always wondered how God fearing people could justify buying and selling humans as if they were livestock.

Who Are You Voting For
I think we realize now how wrong we were to have tried to strip Native Americans of their heritage, forcing them not to speak or enjoy their customs by punishing them.---kathr4453

Another good example. My parents adopted two little Indian girls as infants. Both raised in a loving home, a home where no one drank alcohol, and both turned into alcoholics. My little sister died from alcoholism a year ago.

People dont understand what it is like for them to be depicted in movies, as savages. But at least the Indians have their ancestry, a heritage. Folks without a heritage, those who came from slaves, they create one. And for some, they have become a Hollywood depiction.

Who Are You Voting For
It is funny how we tend to judge folks as strange, just because they dont act and think as we do. Racism is built on this fact.

Many people have a problem with blacks referring to themselves as African Americans. I embrace it, because in it, they have developed a culture of their own, a culture, of which they were stripped when they came to America.

Not until we learn to embrace them as African Americans, having their own heritage, their very own culture, will the anger they feel towards America subside. We must identify the problem before we can find a solution. And I believe, this is the problem.

Who Are You Voting For
There are documented cases of police committing acts of vandalism and violence just to frame BLM.

You say documented. Is there actually video of the police starting all these fires?

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