User Profile: JGraham III

JGraham III

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  • [1] October 4, 2015 at 12:06pm

    Making a statement of belief is a far cry from establishing anything. An individual’s statement of belief in God has no more or less authority than those who assert that Chaz Darwin’s beliefs are true. And, somehow because “The Courts Says” it carries more weight than the Bible which b.t.w. is a document far older, and of greater authority than the Constitution is. The niggling position taken by the atheists that any mention of God or Jesus Christ is an “establishment” shows just how much they actually hate and fear the God they deny. This is rather like the pot telling the potter he doesn’t exist and that he (the pot) came about by some random act of nothingness. Silly.

  • [2] October 4, 2015 at 11:50am

    You comment re: “the same God” is patently false. Please reference Genesis 4:26b which says “then did men begin to call their gods by the name of Jehovah”. Islam’s god has many differences with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, or the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ if you will. Not the least of these differences is that God has a Son, one Jesus Christ; Islam’s god has no son, or at least according to voluminous posts by some of the Islamic cheerleaders that have posted here. So, your claim is incorrect.
    There are essentially only two gods mentioned in the Bible: the God and Father of Jesus Christ and the “god of this age”, who goes by numerous other appellations some of which are satan, the devil, the prince of the power of the air, etc. etc. The second has a long history of blaming the first for the things he himself does. Some of his lies told to conceal his workings are: “there is no god” (a popular one on this site by some of the more vocal atheists), and of course the one in your post, namely that God/Jehovah and Allah are the same guy. They are not.

  • October 2, 2015 at 4:32pm

    Interesting point of Baptist doctrine, but out of curiosity, mind you, how then do Baptists ordain their ministers? 2 Timothy 1:6 and 1 Timothy 4:14 say that the ministry of an individual is called forth by the laying on of hands by the presbytery as well as the attending minister (in this case Paul). Do the Baptists have some other way? If so, where is the scriptural documentation of it? Just curious…:)

  • [2] October 2, 2015 at 4:22pm

    That is precisely the argument put forth by those who rush to embrace the denominational version of Christianity, and unfortunately, this far from the First Century Church, complete agreement on doctrine is not likely to be re-achieved this side of Heaven. What is possible is for every Christian who wants to put teeth to their claim that Jesus is Lord, is to allow Him to actually be Lord in their lives and to use the Word as the final arbiter of all things right and true for the Church. Not an easy task, but nevertheless an achievable one.

  • October 2, 2015 at 2:36pm

    Here is another example of what some of us call “the left foot of Christian fellowship.” Such petty squabbles are why the body of Christ is so fractionated. They all need to review what 1 Corinthians says about ‘there be no divisions among you, but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment’ (1Co 1:10).

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  • [3] October 2, 2015 at 2:06pm

    Dead Sea Scrolls? Ever heard of them? They qualify quite nicely with the parameters you have presented, and guess what? There is little difference if any between them and the accepted Hebrew copies of the OT. Greek and Aramaic manuscripts dating to the 4th century differ little from those used to produce Greek-English interlinear translations.
    Your argument is spurious. The problem in understanding is seldom because of a translational error but much more so the individual’s lack of integrity in handling the Scriptures in an intellectually honest manner.

  • [6] October 2, 2015 at 12:27pm

    The understanding of so-called end time prophecies requires that a person first understand the ancient names of nations and peoples. There is a voluminous work called “The Table of Nations” which can be found by googling Arthur Custance and going to his website, that will help greatly in this endeavor.
    Another point which many biblical scholars miss is that too often prophecies can (and have been) fulfilled in multiple ways and times. These will not contradict each other but often complement each other. A great example of this are the “seventy weeks of Daniel”.
    Another point (which can be a rather thorny one) in understanding end time prophecies, is that the so called Age of the Church is not found specifically in Old Testament prophecies as it is part of the mystery written about by the Apostle Paul and was not “revealed unto the sons of men” until Paul wrote of it in the various Epistles. The practice of making similar records in scripture identical is another error made by well intended scholars. Case in point: are the prophecies made in Mathew 24 specifically made to the Church? Is all of Revelation made about the Church? Revelation says it deals with “that which was; that which is; and those things that are yet to come.”(paraphrase of Rev 1:19) If that is to be believed, then some of Revelation can be about the Church and some can be about others.
    Lastly, just as the Gospels show Him as king, servant, man and son of God, Revelation shows Him as judge.

  • [6] October 2, 2015 at 12:09pm

    Dead languages? Are you a biblical scholar? It is more accurate to say that two of the languages used commonly in the written Word are no longer spoken widely by any large group of people, those being Latin and Hebrew. The other two primary languages of the New Testament and of the Septuagint ARE spoken commonly and widely today and those are Greek and Aramaic. Latin and Hebrew are very widely understood by those to whom the written Word matters and present no great difficulty in understanding. Those who DO have difficulty in understanding the Bible are usually those who disdain it in whatever language it is presented, and those who are either lazy or recent converts who have not had enough exposure to learning what it says. I could hazard a guess as to what category you fit into, but will refrain from making a snap judgment.

  • [1] September 30, 2015 at 10:48am

    If I were given this opportunity I would in no way turn it down. Look at the result from the mighty Super Pharisee, one Saul of Tarsus, when he met “a certain disciple” named Ananias. From that meeting came one of the most dynamic Christians to ever walk in His footsteps. Who knows what might happen if ‘just a believer’ filled with the manifested power of the Holy Spirit met with and prayed for the leader of the largest, most influential Christian denomination on the face of the earth? Don’t sell God short on what He might want to do with you.

  • [-1] September 25, 2015 at 10:44am

    The word “pastor” may also be rendered ‘shepherd’ and as such, the Holy Spirit in listing the gift ministries to the Church (as in all believers :) lists pastors as one of those. There are usually more than one in any congregation of Christians, whether or not those individuals enjoy the temporal blessing of being given the title by men. It is my opinion that the local parish priest is cast in the role of pastor as the protestants would call him. So… the Pope is not the only shepherd here on earth caring for the flock of God. I know you know this..:)

  • [13] September 24, 2015 at 12:03pm

    If only the people who have the capacity to really change ‘the world” would listen and heed his advice re: the golden rule. Unfortunately those in power believe a corollary to the Golden Rule and that is “those who have the gold make the rules”.
    On the other hand, not much press is being given to the One who can, and eventually will, change ‘the world’. He said at the conclusion of His announcement of His sending The Comforter in John 16, :These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (Jn 16:33). When will ‘his holiness’ give more attention to the real solution to the world’s ills and less time to the humanistic way?

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  • [1] September 22, 2015 at 11:06am

    As a Husky, I have always wondered about a state that has a beaver and a duck for a mascot… Go Huskies!

  • September 20, 2015 at 8:36pm

    It was Peter who said that there were some passages for the ignorant and unlearned to understand, but I suppose even that is subject to your disapproval. As I have said before, spend your prayer time however you see fit but the testimony of many of the RC’s on this site is not nearly enough to convince me I should abandon the work He has done in me in order to be accepted by you. I don’t mean to be harsh, but I would never fit in a Catholic church as the things that I have “both learned and received and heard and seen” (ref: Phil 4:9), those things which I do, would never take a back seat to the comfortable shoe of tradition and ritual that is the RC Church. It is easier to follow rules and regs. and be bound by traditions from the Fathers than it is to learn to walk by the Spirit. So, pray for me if you insist, and I will pray for you in the spirit as I have exhausted the ‘understanding’ angle with you. Have a cheery week; I expect we will cross paths here again..:)

  • September 20, 2015 at 4:11pm

    Please cite what passages I have placed words into the Lord’s mouth. I suggest that you re-read your own words and take your own advice. From what you have written, it appears that you believe that drinking the wine and chewing the wafer is all you need to do to have ‘eternal life’. Communion is to be done “in remembrance of Me’, not to re-enact His once and for all sacrifice, as Hebrews says. Doing this puts Him to an open shame and that is not something a person who claims Him as Lord ought to be found doing. Look to your own salvation and allow me to have mine before Him without judgment from you.
    Being a fellowlaborer, incidentally, is not a pathway to salvation but a response to it. Not by works that we have done, but by His grace alone, as the saying goes. I do and say what I do because I am saved, not to attain it or even worse, to keep from losing it. The Word is so simple that a child can understand. My two girls were saved when they were 5 and 6 respectively. It is antiquated religious systems that make it difficult for some to believe.

  • September 20, 2015 at 12:24pm

    “for we are laborers together with God” (1Co 3:9a). If that verse (and there are others that use the term ‘sunergos’… fellowlaborers,) doesn’t describe a “working relationship” with the Lord, then I don’t understand plain ol’ English.
    How you view yourself in relationship with Him is your business as well as how you function within the body of Christ, but I have a pretty good idea of where and how I fit. You allow traditions and skewed interpretations of verses that have been frozen in time for far too long to govern your spiritual life. I will not willingly allow that for my own. As a sister in Christ, I am commanded to love you, but I don’t have to like what you say or believe it just because so many have parroted it for centuries. If the Word does not substantiate a claim made re: the Church, then it is at best suspect. The RC interpretation of John 6 does not fit with the many, much clearer verses regarding communion and the role one has in following the Lord Jesus Christ, so until such time you, or any other RC can use scripture honestly, incorporating it with sound reason, I will not agree with your interpretation of it.

  • September 19, 2015 at 11:39am

    Please reference my comments addressed to you on the miracle thread.

    What profit would there be to you or to me if one attempted to uproot the other from what obviously is a fine working relationship with the Lord? All I have wanted you to see is that the Lord is far greater than either of us in His ability to work with and minister to both of us regardless of what place we occupy within His body? The One True Church is more than just you, and includes all who call upon His name. The Protestants are equally at fault for the ridiculous charges made about RC’s not being ‘true Christians’ as well. He can sort us all out if necessary.

  • September 19, 2015 at 11:29am

    Another case, this one from Costa Rica. Same minister, this time ministering in a Roman Catholic church, prayed for a woman (she was in her 80′s) to receive her sight again, which she had requested. She had cataracts so thick her irises were white all over. He prayed for her pancreas to start working again, but not directly her eyes. This is what the Spirit gave him to pray for. The people standing around watching kept telling him to pray for her eyes, but thankfully he ignored them and kept speaking the revelation the Lord was giving him. Both of her eyes were blue and functioning properly by the time he finished the prayer. As far as I know, he has not been back but the parish priest had extended him the invitation to come back any time he wanted to be there. This invitation may have been a greater ‘miracle’ as my friend is not a RC by any stretch of the imagination.
    This encapsulates some of why I am not all that enamored by denominational designations. Faith is what it is regardless of denominational background. But faith is derailed if one is to much into the denomination mind games of them vs. us. A genuine miracle will not reflect on the one doing the praying and even not the one receiving. It is paramount that God is the one who gets the glory. If not, then the miracle may eventually be lost or worse, stolen.

  • September 19, 2015 at 11:16am

    Greetings! I read your comment on the long running dialogue we have had on another thread and followed you over here. To answer your question if this couple’s conception and subsequent birth qualifies as a miracle I would say ‘yes’. Having said that I would also like to add that the person praying (if done in faith) is not a particular requirement, in this case the Pope, but the faith of that person. More so the faith of those on the receiving end is even more important as it is their faith in God to be faithful to perform what He has promised that brings the pieces together into what we would call a miracle.
    I would ask a question re: your comment here and that is what do you mean by ‘praying in the spirit’? I know what that means to me and was wondering if you would care to elucidate what it means to you…?
    Back to miracles.. I have either seen personally miraculous healings or have known someone who was involved in them and every time it comes down to the person ministering having faith in God’s ability and willingness to perform, but also the same mindset for the intended recipient(s). It has zero to do with denominational affiliations, if any. Two examples: gypsies who receive miraculous healings via my friend’s ministry/ministerings in Romania. Gypsies aren’t people according to many denominational idiots in Romania. Go figure.

  • September 17, 2015 at 10:35am

    Try me. Lets hear of some of the miracles? As far as my not being willing to accept anything “catholic” that is also not true. I see much good that is done by your church and yet I have to wonder why it is that so many are leaving it for the ranks of the “unwashed” (Protestant). I live in an area where the fastest growing churches are the non-Catholic Hispanic or bi-lingual churches. Why this is, is a varied series of reasons, mostly that they are not being fed at the local parish and the non-denominational churches enable them to grow spiritually. I bear no malice for the RC’s; as I have said before, but it is axiomatic that one can only go as far as one is taught. If you are content where you are, far be it from me to attempt to uproot you. You are part of the body of Christ, but I sometimes think you forget that I and people like me are too. Or, perhaps you regard us as lesser participants, which is to your cost, unfortunately.
    If you want to keep praying for me, have at it, but remember that God does not overstep a person’s free will even if He does sometimes maneuver us into a corner. He is not a respecter of persons (or of denominations :) though so it could also happen to you….

  • September 16, 2015 at 10:20pm

    You really need to stop putting words into my mouth. Not believe in the Trinity? Puhleeze. I also would be shocked if you said you didn’t believe what you have been taught to be the truth. If you didn’t I would hope you would be honest enough with yourself to change what you say.
    I also believe the Lord to be a divine man as well. You RC’s really don’t have the corner on truth that you suppose. Consider John 14:12 and get back to me about the works that He did and greater that He COMMANDED us to perform. You and other RC’s are big into ‘keeping the commandments’, so do you practice this one as well? I haven’t heard of too many miracles coming from your denomination lately. Sorry I don’t include bleeding statues or paintings, or apparitions of Mary on a piece of French toast or even the back of a freeway sign. “the blind see, the deaf hear the lame walk” is the category I’m looking for.
    Sorry to sound so harsh but these are the true markings of Apostolic succession. Available to all who call upon His name, not just in selected corners of Christendom. So when you pray for me, please don’t waste your breath on asking God to change my mind and become a RC. Rather pray for clarity of belief on your own part and allow me to pray for my own direction. I pray for you in the spirit when I think of you, which I will be doing as soon as this posts.

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