User Profile: Alex

Alex

Member Since: May 11, 2011

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  • [1] October 21, 2014 at 11:26am

    I got George Washington. I have a lot to live up to!

  • October 20, 2014 at 11:37am

    The 501(c) provisions prohibits endorsing candidates, not saying something that has political ramifications. Everything you preach could conceivably touch on politics in some way.

  • October 16, 2014 at 2:35pm

    Me three.

  • October 15, 2014 at 12:54pm

    The Third Archon,

    Preaching against homosexual behavior is not a violation of 501(c) requirements. They have no obligation to prove they’re not guilty.

  • October 15, 2014 at 12:51pm

    The Third Archon,

    Preaching on homosexuality is not a violation of the 501(c) definition.

  • [4] October 15, 2014 at 11:33am

    Would some of you stop the hand wringing? Don’t cower, don’t ask permission, and don’t give the smallest diplomatic acknowledgement of their demand. Give your sermon as you see fit and do it with enthusiasm, and if they send you a request for your sermon, shred the request and send it back to them. You must not try to explain or try to justify yourself, and you must be calm. You don’t owe them anything. Above all, do not comply.

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  • October 14, 2014 at 7:35pm

    US Navy EOD Vet,

    There are good arguments out there that the canon should be closed with what we have in the New Testament. However, in my opinion, Revelation 22:18-19 is not the best reason to use. Using that scripture as a directive to close the canon is fairly tenuous, especially when there are other New Testament books known to have been written after the Book of Revelation was penned.

  • [11] October 14, 2014 at 6:52pm

    I’m amused at the attacks on the Catholic Church by some of my Protestant and Evangelical friends. Do you Protestants and Evangelicals even realize that your theology and beliefs about the Bible absolutely require that Catholicism be Christian? You bite the hand the feeds you.

    No, I’m not Catholic either. I’m Mormon.

  • October 14, 2014 at 4:16pm

    US Navy EOD Vet,

    Thank you for providing that scripture in Revelation. It makes my point better than I ever could. It forbids adding to or taking away from the “words of the prophecy of this book” or the “words of the book of this prophecy”. These references could only be to the Book of Revelation itself. Neither John nor any of the apostles ever touched a New Testament volume.

  • October 14, 2014 at 3:49pm

    US Navy EOD Vet,

    Pardon the technicality. That’s correct. All but one of those cited scriptures are from the Old Testament. Even so, the citation from John 1:1 doesn’t even address adding or taking away from the Word of God, so the substance of my message stands. Go back and reread it.

  • October 14, 2014 at 2:13pm

    Allow me make my point another way. The New Testament is not the official name of the Word of God. There is nothing within any of the compiled books of the New Testament that stipulates or limits what the compiled written Word of God should consist of. In short, the New Testament, taken together, does not even recognize itself. The most we can say is that we should never try to tamper with what has been written, or tamper with what he does reveal. Remember that the New Testament books add to and take away from the Bible as it existed 2000 years ago. The act of compiling the New Testament canon would have violated Deuteronomy 4:2, if the compilers interpreted that scripture the same way you interpret Revelation 22:19.

  • October 14, 2014 at 1:43pm

    watashbuddyfriend,

    We may have been addressing different points. There are warnings against tampering with the word of the Lord, but there exists no evidence in the New Testament that the authors recognize any canonical list of books as authoritative. Quite simply, there is nothing that closes the canon. Sure, there are references to the word of the Lord, but there is nothing to define or limit what it is. The New Testament was compiled in the fourth century.

  • October 14, 2014 at 1:26pm

    keywe,

    Thanks for citing those scriptures from the Old Testament. My statement only addressed the New Testament. If we are to take all of the scriptures you cited and interpret them as closing the canon, we would have to discard everything beyond Deuteronomy.

  • October 14, 2014 at 12:17pm

    In fact, there are NOT stern warnings in the New Testament about adding to or taking away anything from the Bible. The Bible didn’t exist when the New Testament was written. The only injunction we find is against adding to or taking away anything from the Book of Revelation.

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  • [1] October 14, 2014 at 12:01pm

    Every time I hear someone say, “Leave your church, open up your Bibles, and become a real Christian.”, I can’t help but be reminded that that approach to becoming a Christian, while it has some validity, is how we got 40000+ denominations that are already there. For those that believe the Bible is what gives authority, the solution always seems to be to leave existing denominations and start a new one that really, really, really believes in the Bible this time. People forget, however, that the denomination you left came into existence for the same reason you left. At one time, those that formed the denomination you left fancied to themselves that they had a more correct understanding of the Bible than the denomination they broke off from, just like you.

    Have you ever considered that the Bible wasn’t compiled to organize the body of Christ, and that authority cannot be derived from a book in the first place? It’s the classic question: Which came first, the church or the scriptures. Protestant and evangelical offshoots have decided the scriptures came first. Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, and Mormons have decided that the church precedes and writes the scriptures.

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  • [2] October 13, 2014 at 2:53pm

    I’m a Mormon AND a Freemason. Why can’t I get those special skills? :)

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  • [1] October 13, 2014 at 2:51pm

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  • October 13, 2014 at 2:49pm

    And if he is, what?

  • [12] October 10, 2014 at 10:50am

    It is not that Colmes isn’t sincere. It’s just that I can’t take his opinion seriously at all. His concept of compassion and understanding of people who are different is a suicide pact. His ignorance is only to be exceeded by his ignorance.

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  • [2] October 9, 2014 at 7:42am

    Andrew

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