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Covid-19 and Pharmaceutical Companies
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If You are Baptized you are not saved?
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Free Will Synergism vs. Free Grace Monergism
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Originally Posted by Pilgrim
Next News Network isn't well known and Dr. Shiva Ayadurai isn't exactly recognized for being totally reliable in his claims, e.g., he insists that he invented e-mail at age 14. scratchchin The program went offline a few years ago and then reappeared as a YouTube channel exclusively. I can't seem to find a lot about either the Next News Network nor Ayadurai, but after reading many of the comments under the video, without question, this channel draws most conspiracy advocates and reactionaries.

Sooooooo, bottom line for me personally is I wouldn't trust what they broadcast as "truth". nope


Do you have anymore information about Dr. Shiva Ayadurai?

It appears people are falling for this, mainly because they are convinced Bill Gates is a very evil man; so it must be true. Sigh...

Tom
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Sun Apr 05, 2020 9:28 PM
Actually, I know you do not have the gift of being able to read minds. But when you said:
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If you are thinking that this seems oddly similar to the "Carnal Christian" theory, you would be right. wink
That is exactly what I was thinking. wink

Tom
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Sun Apr 05, 2020 1:04 AM
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom” (Col 3:16). The word “dwell” there means “to keep house,” to have authority over its arrangements, as having the right to control. We are to be governed by it, to receive our instructions and directions from it. The word “richly” signifies “largely,” as a whole, in its utmost compass; in contrast with sparsely or fragmentally. Make it your food and drink, your sustenance and strength, your comfort and joy: only by so doing will it have its proper influence over you. Then will the Word abide in you not merely as a fact in the brain, but as that which is actually realized in your experience.

~ A.W. Pink
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Sat Apr 04, 2020 5:13 PM


This message is a solid message on Limited or Definite Atonement

https://youtu.be/qh4cdrO9LYk?list=PLZGR0I-HfM1y5aEKXHAd_MLe_D2NDGLK0
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Sat Apr 04, 2020 4:08 PM



Lovely Progression
Jesus, how sweet your virgin birth,
Deep, lovely mystery:
Out from the unsewn womb sprang forth
God of eternity!
I kneel before your bed so rough,
My Savior in a feeding trough,
Divine before the world began,
And now in time become a man.
Jesus, how sweet your life on earth,
Your public ministry,
Your miracles of saving worth
O'er sin and misery;
I hear in reverential awe
Your thund'rous utt'rance of the Law,
And offer in my own defense
Your life of pure obedience.
Jesus, how sweet your saving death,
The atoning sacrifice!
My plea rose up on your last breath
Like incense to the skies;
I weep before that blessed tree
Where priceless blood was spilled for me,
Where all the wrath of God was poured
On the Beloved of the Lord.
Jesus, how sweet your rising up
Victorious from the dead
To fill my upheld mercy cup,
To crush the Tempter's head!
I come by grace before your throne
And there in trembling joy bow down,
Before my King who now must reign
Till he make all things new again.
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Sat Apr 04, 2020 4:04 PM


True Son of God, true Son of Man,
Both terrible and fair,
What various attributes you span!
Perfections ah! how rare,
How vast are in your person blent,
And all diversely excellent.
You only are the sovereign King,
And you the Servant mild;
Artificer of everything,
And made a human child;
You held the world up in your hand,
Even while you walked its sinful land!
You judge the world in holy fire,
Avenge the merest vice:
And you became what you require
The bloody sacrifice!
O wonder! that you hate all sin,
Yet spread your arms to take it in.
And ah, the wonder does appear
Most glorious on the cross:
I see you, Savior, hanging there,
And in your deepest loss,
The greatest victory and gain
That ever flowed from God to man.
The mighty wrath of God there meets
Redemptive love his own;
There God the desperate sinner greets,
Who there forsook his Son;
Your God-like wrath, your mercy free
Clasp hands, Redeemer, on that tree!
My God! you are surpassing great:
Trembling, I bow in fear;
My Savior! you are wondrous sweet,
And gently draw me near.
I find no joy but in your name,
Jesus! the Lion and the Lamb.
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Sat Apr 04, 2020 3:41 PM



The Means of our Effectual Call

by Thomas Watson


The ordinary means which the Lord uses in calling us, is not by raptures and revelations—but is,
(1.) By His Word which is "the rod of his strength" (Psalm 105:2). The voice of the Word is God's call to us; therefore He is said to speak to us from heaven (Heb. 12:25). That is, in the ministry of the Word. When the Word calls from sin, it is as if we heard a voice from heaven.
(2.) By His Spirit. This is the loud call. The Word is the instrumental cause of our conversion, the Spirit is the efficient cause of our conversion. The ministers of God are only the pipes and organs; it is the Spirit blowing in them, which effectually changes the heart. "While Peter spoke, the Holy Spirit fell on all those who heard the word" (Acts 10:44). It is not the farmer's industry in ploughing and sowing, which will make the ground fruitful, without the early and latter rain. Just so, it is not the seed of the Word that will effectually convert, unless the Spirit puts forth His sweet influence, and drops as rain upon the heart. Therefore the aid of God's Spirit is to be implored, that He would put forth His powerful voice, and awaken us out of the grave of unbelief. If a man knocks at a gate of brass, it will not open; but if he comes with a key in his hand, it will open. Just so, when God, who has the key of David in His hand (Rev. 3:7) comes, He opens the heart, though it be ever so fast locked against Him.
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Theology Discussion Forum
Sat Apr 04, 2020 3:32 PM

Free Will Synergism Vs. Free Grace Monergism
by John Hendryx

Synergists teach '... and as many as believed were ordained to eternal life.' but The Bible teaches 'AND AS MANY AS WERE ORDAINED TO ETERNAL LIFE BELIEVED.' (Acts 13:48)
Synergists teach that 'salvation depends on human will', but the Bible teaches that 'it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy." (Rom 9:16)
Synergists teach '...'no one knows the Father except those who choose the Son.' But the Bible teaches that 'no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him' (Matt 11:27) They are the ones who 'choose' the Son.
Synergists teach that 'All can come to Christ of their own free will', but Jesus teaches that 'no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.' (John 6:65) and all whom He grants will come (John 6:37) Free Will Synergism Vs. Free Grace Monergism
Synergists teach that 'you are not Christ's sheep because you do not believe', but Jesus teaches that 'you do not believe because you are not of My sheep.' (John 10:26)
Synergists teach that 'the reason you are not of God is because you are unwilling to hear and believe God's words.' Jesus, on the other hand, taught, 'The reason why you do not hear [God's words] is that you are not of God." (John 8:47)
Synergists teach that 'salvation is so easy a cave man can do it" but the Bible teaches that "What is impossible with man is possible with God." (Luke 18:27)
In the Divine economy men are responsible to believe the gospel, but are morally impotent to do so (when drawing from their own native resources). This inability (due to our intimate solidarity with Adam's sin) is something we are culpable for, much like owing a debt we cannot repay. So God has every right to call us all to account to 'repay our debt', so to speak, even though fallen man does not have the resources to do so. The Church has a privilege and an obligation to call all men to repent and believe the gospel (an imperative) but, left to themselves, no one believes. But God, in his great mercy, still has mercy on many, opening their hearts to the gospel that that might believe.
To this sometimes a synergist often quotes "whosoever will may come" to which we reply that this quote does not teach an indicative of what we are able to do, but rather, teaches what we 'ought' to do. As Martin Luther said, "Does it follow from: 'turn ye' that therefore you can turn? Does it follow from "'Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart' (Deut 6.5) that therefore you can love with all your heart? What do arguments of this kind prove, but the 'free-will' does not need the grace of God, but can do all things by its own power...But it does not follow from this that man is converted by his own power, nor do the words say so; they simply say: "if thou wilt turn, telling man what he should do. When he knows it, and sees that he cannot do it, he will ask whence he may find ability to do it..." Luther BW,164
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Open Forum
Fri Apr 03, 2020 6:55 PM
I need to make huge apology.
I have been conversing with a friend who is a big James White fan.
He tells me that the quote I was given has nothing to do with Covid-19; it has to do with “Socialism”.
He also stated that on the Dividing Line Broadcast; James White made it clear he was not against what health officials are saying. Also that we must have patience with our brothers and sisters who do not see it this way.

I am afraid I was fooled by this person and I hope I have learned a big lesson.

Tom
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Quotes
Fri Apr 03, 2020 10:12 AM
Satan has numberless artifices by which he dazzles our eyes and bewilders the mind; and then the confusion of things which prevails in the world produces so thick a mist, as to render it difficult for us to see through it, and to come to the conclusion that God governs and extends his care to things here below.

~ John Calvin.
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Wed Apr 01, 2020 6:09 PM
I may be wrong on this, but if my understanding of the Puritans is correct.
Most Puritan Churches were often of humble means and could not afford musical instruments. Choosing instead to use their money on other things.

Tom
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Wed Apr 01, 2020 3:32 PM


Whatever others may say, I am sure there was nothing good in me to draw the Savior's love. "I will have mercy upon whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion upon whom I will have compassion." Here is the cause! Chosen in Christ before the world began; given to Christ in the councils of eternity; called; justified; and in due time glorified when the work of sanctification shall be complete. This is the glorious mystery which keeps the poor believing sinner low at the feet of Jesus! Boasting is here excluded! A sinner saved, fully and eternally saved through the all sufficient merit and atoning blood of Christ the Lord. It is a free grace salvation! Without money, without price! No other would have saved such a sinner as me! If there had been anything necessary in me, I would have been lost to all eternity! It is a free grace salvation!
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Wed Apr 01, 2020 1:27 PM
I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me however I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.
~ Martin Luther
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What's New on The Highway website?
Wed Apr 01, 2020 11:27 AM
Another very good article by Dr. Paul Elliott which addresses a doctrine and practice which became very popular in the '70s but in a way not so surprising is still alive in our own day. The matter the author brings to us which has been addressed before by others (see the two articles on The Highway by Ernest Reisinger and L.R. Shelton), is "The Carnal Christian". In short, it is the belief that one can be truly regenerated/converted and yet exhibit little or no indication of such in their life. When we look at God's written Word, is this a phenomena that can stand up to truth? Dr. Elliott looks at several passages that deal directly with what a professing Christians life should be, i.e., one who has actually been brought to life spiritually by the Spirit's work of regeneration and then that life's expression through the indwelling Spirit's working of sanctification (cf. Eph 2:8-10; Phil 2:11-13; et al).

So, we have another light being shone upon an old corner of darkness to bring us to remembrance that there is really nothing new under the sun, but some things appear in another form in order to deceive the unwary.

Enjoy this article and may it do what the author hopes it will do for many.

You can access this month's article by clicking here: The Myth of the 'Carnal Christian'.

OR

You can always visit The Highway website and click on "The Article of the Month" logo to access not only this month's Article of the Month, but all past articles as well.

In His service and grace,
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Fri Mar 27, 2020 4:53 AM
Ya, I see your point; but I cringe!

Tom
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Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:14 PM
What experience have you of the sanctifying, attracting charms of the gospel? Have you always stopped your ears at the voice of the charmer therein? And, were you never taken and captivated with the joyful found? Or, have you been allured with the charms, and drawn by the attractives thereof? What these attractives are, you see, Hosea 11:4. Jer. 31:3. John 12:32. The bands of love; the divine loving kindness; and all in and through a crucified Christ, lifted upon the cross, on the are of such a sanctifying nature, and so contributive to the strength of holiness, that they natively constrain the believer there unto, 2Cor. 5:14, 15. This love of God to the sinner, begets love in the sinner to God; “We love him, because he first loved us:” and love to God is the very heart of holiness; “Love is the fulfilling of the law;” and therefore, the more love, the more holiness.
~ Ralph Erskine

Hosea 11:4 "I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love; and I was to them as they that lift up the yoke on their jaws; and I laid food before them."

Jeremiah 31:3 "Jehovah appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee."

John 12:32 "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto myself."

2Corinthians 5:14,15 "For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that one died for all, therefore all died; 15 and he died for all, that they that live should no longer live unto themselves, but unto him who for their sakes died and rose again."
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Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:50 PM
The peace of the true Christian is not a vague, dreamy feeling, without reason and without foundation. They can show cause for it. They build upon solid ground. They have peace with God, because they are justified. Without justification it is impossible to have real peace with God. Conscience forbids it. Sin is a mountain between a person and God, and must be taken away. The sense of guilt lies heavy on the heart, and must be removed. Unpardoned sin will murder peace. The true Christian knows all this well. Their peace arises from a consciousness of their sins being forgiven, and their guilt being put away. Their house is not built on sandy ground. Their well is not a broken cistern, which can hold no water. They have peace with God, because they are justified.

~ J.C. Ryle
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Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:49 PM
Christian love will show itself in the general spirit and demeanor of a believer. It will make them kind, unselfish, good-natured, good-tempered, and considerate for others. It will make them gentle and courteous, in all the daily relations of private life. It will make them thoughtful for others’ comfort, tender for others feelings, and more anxious to give pleasure than to receive.

~ J.C. Ryle
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Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:48 PM
Contentment…is the product of a heart resting in God…It is the outcome of my will being brought into subjection to the Divine will. It is the blessed assurance that God does all things well, and is, even now, making all things work together for my ultimate good.
-- A.W. Pink
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Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:47 PM
How can you say, ‘Lead us not into temptation,’ when you are resolved to lead yourselves into it, by running into the occasions of sins? You are commanded to keep from the appearance of evil. And do you do that, by running into the place and company where it is like to be committed? No, this is so far from avoiding and shunning it, that it is a plain proof to the contrary.

~ George Whitefield
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Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:45 PM
Treading in his Lord's footsteps, he overcomes, even as Christ overcame. It is impossible but that the weakest believer must obtain the victory in the severe conflict which he is waging with the foe. He may at times be foiled, embarrassed, and overcome, but he will ultimately triumph. The battle may go against us, but not the war. Faith, realizing its union with the Lord, obtains the victory.

~ by Octavius Winslow
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Wed Mar 25, 2020 6:20 PM
Chestnutmare,
This is good. The predominant amount of professing Christians ( if they are really Christians ? ) believe what they are unfortunately taught from pulpits that " Jesus' death and atoning sacrifice was sufficient for all people, but is only efficacious to those who accept Christ as their Savior. " These may even call themselves 4 point Calvinists, which is doctrinal error. When I was younger I read " The Death of Death in the Death of Christ " by John Owen, which is still considered today as one of the key books explaining and defending Limited Atonement. Jesus' substitutionary and vicarious death in behalf of the elect is proper doctrine. Today's churches are filled with unregenerate " Believers " who of their free will accepted Jesus as Savior by making a decision and the decision they made applied the atonement to them. " Jesus died for the sins of the world " they are told, accept Jesus today and know you're going to heaven and not hell. Charles Spurgeon fought against the Downgrade Controversy in his day in which saw the evils of false doctrine coming from Charles Finney which fathered the easy believism craze and many others who jumped onboard, that has remained the gospel message of choice today. We are told in Jude 3 and 4 that we " should earnestly contend for the faith which was delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. " KJV Thank God for this website and for posts such as yours that earnestly defend the truth. May all who visit this website see the truth revealed from God's Word.
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Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:58 PM
Jump to new posts Vaccines [by Tom]
I have no idea if the Coviid-19 vaccines that they are working on are made from aborted babies.
However, there are a lot of vaccines that are, including the following.
[quote]U.S. approved vaccines from aborted cell lines
Disease

Vaccine Name Manufacturer Cell line
Adenovirus Barr Labs., Inc WI-38
Chickenpox Varivax Merck & Co. MRC-5 & WI-38
Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, HIB Pentacel Sanofi Pasteur MRC-5
Hepatitis A Havrix GlaxoSmithKline MRC-5
Hepatitis A Vaqta Merck & Co. MRC-5
Hepatitis A-B Twinrix GlaxoSmithKline MRC-5
Measles, Mumps, Rubella MMR II Merck & Co. WI-38
Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Chickenpox ProQuad Merck & Co. MRC-5 & WI-38
Rabies Imovax Sanofi Pasteur MRC-5
Shingles Zostavax Merck & Co. MRC-5[\quote]

My question is, how should Christians think of this?
Most probably don’t even think of this.
What I learned from looking into, I learned that I have had a few of these including one for hepatitis.

Tom
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Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:26 PM
God moves in a mysterious way, his wonders to perform; he plants his footsteps in the sea, and rides upon the storm.

Deep in unfathomable mines, of never-failing skill; he fashions up his bright designs, and works his sovereign will.

Ye fearful saints fresh courage take, the clouds that you much dread, are big with mercy and will break in blessings on your head.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, but trust him for his grace; behind a frowning providence, he hides a smiling face.

His purposes will ripen fast, unfolding every hour; the bud may have a bitter taste, but sweet will be the flower.

Blind unbelief is sure to err, and scan his work in vain; God is his own interpreter, and he will make it plain.

~ William Cowper
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Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:18 PM


"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ." –Ephesians 1:3


O, could our faith but embrace a little, were it only a little, and O, could we daily come and drink but a few drops of this pure fountain of immortal joy, in the sweet realization of being blessed, already blessed, fully blessed, unalterably, irreversibly blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ, what strength and consolation would it impart to our often cast down soul! Look at the words; examine them again and again; think over in your mind, one by one, the spiritual blessings that you most covet. Is it pardon? Is it peace? Is it the love of God shed abroad in your heart? Is it the spirit of adoption, enabling you to cry, "Abba, Father?" Is it communion with God? Is it the enjoyment of his presence and smiles? Is it deliverance from every doubt and fear? Is it a large measure of his fear in your heart, a subduing of all your lusts and corruptions, a godly, holy life, and a happy, blessed death? Are not these the spiritual blessings which you prize above house or land, wife or husband, child or relative, or any earthly good? With these, then, and with every other are you blessed, already blessed, if you are one of God's saints and a believer in Christ Jesus. God has not yet to bless you, beyond giving you a foretaste here and the full enjoyment hereafter. He has already blessed you with them all in Christ Jesus.
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