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  • July 25, 2016 at 8:13pm

    Cont’d

    “your religion elevates the CREATURE rather than the creator vis-à-vis Mary”

    “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new CREATURE; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. – II COR 5:17″

    “In not one of them did you say what God means to you personally, how He transformed you from the CREATURE you were before accepting Him”

    -lcdr_zip_goodman_usn_ret

    Still praying for you zip.

    God Bless,

    “if you want to enter life, keep the commandments”

    -Jesus

  • July 25, 2016 at 8:12pm

    @INTHEBROTHERHOOD

    Back in May you posted,

    “This may sound funny, but it’s true…..Every time I hear God speak with me, an airplane will fly overhead no matter where im at. No plane, it wasn’t God. Recently, I’ve noticed my dog will start acting in a strange way before i go to speak with Him. Sort of being a doorbell, then sure enough, the plane.”

    When you say

    “I’ve noticed my dog will start acting in a strange way before i go to speak with Him.”

    I hope you are referring to speaking to God and not your dog. Either way your method of confirming that you are receiving messages from God is not biblical and you honestly seem a bit touched.

    God Bless,

    “if you want to enter life, keep the commandments”

    -Jesus

  • July 25, 2016 at 8:08pm

    Montel Williams is a retired LCDR from the US NAVY.

    Famous zip goodman claims and contradictions,

    Claim:
    “Baptism ALWAYS follows a decision to accept Christ as Messiah in the Bible”

    Contradiction:
    “Christians do not have to be baptized to be saved or to receive the Holy Spirit”

    Claim:
    “This, however, is not a debate. No points are being scored”

    Contradiction:
    “Game, Set, and Match – JEN”

    Claim:
    “My areas of gifting are prophecy and teaching”

    Contradiction:
    “My gift is not teaching…”

    Claim:
    “The message I am given to share and how I share it is as a prophet…”

    Contradiction:
    “I never claimed to be a prophet”

    Claim:
    “Man is not a creature. He was never called a creature in the Bible. Man is made in God’s image, not the animals. Perhaps the catholic Bible is different?”

    Contradictions:

    “If you accept Him, you are a new CREATURE, the old has been done away with.”

    “When one accepts Christ, He transforms them into a new CREATURE from within”

    “If you do this, you are a new CREATURE (II Corinthians 5:17) and have new life. It is that simple.”

    “if you accept Jesus as your messiah He will transform you and make you a new CREATURE”

    “When one confesses Jesus Christ is Lord…At that instant they become a new CREATURE and the old is done away with.”

    “…The Christian can reject that control as a new CREATURE in Christ”

    “I am a new CREATURE. Jesus washed me of my sins, past, present, and future”

    “One is never too far gone for Christ to make them a new CREATURE! AWESOME!”

    “your religion elevates the CREATURE rather than the creator vis-à-vis Mary”

    “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new CREATURE; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. – II COR 5:17″

    “In not one of them did you say what God means to you personally, how He transformed you from the CREATURE you were before accepting Him”

    Still praying for you zip.

    God Bless,

    “if you want to enter life, keep the commandments”

    -Jesus

  • [-1] July 22, 2016 at 8:02pm

    LGBT..Q…I issues are dividing (and conquering) Protestants/Evangelicals like nothing before in the history of Protestantism.

    The doctrine of “salvation by faith alone” is powerless to the sin of homosexuality (and all sins) and here is why,

    IF salvation TRULY is by “FAITH ALONE” and sin has NO EFFECT on a person’s salvation (once they believe in Jesus Christ) then who can say that a particular type of sin can cut someone off from the

    “free gift of salvation that comes by faith alone in Jesus Christ”

    If abstaining from homosexual acts makes a person “right with God” then something the person DID and not their FAITH ALONE saved them…….…period.

    The entire Protestant/Evangelical framework stands or falls on Martin Luther’s doctrine of Sola Fide (salvation by faith alone).

    This doctrine teaches that once a person believes in Jesus Christ ALL of their past, present and FUTURE sins are COVERED OVER (hidden from God) by the blood of Jesus Christ so that whenever A BELIEVER sins God does not see them sinning and can ONLY sees Jesus righteousness.

    If that is true, then homosexual sinners who believe in Jesus Christ ALSO have ALL of their PRESENT and FUTURE sins hidden from God just like heterosexual sinners have ALL of their sins hidden from God. What is true for ONE sinner is true for ALL sinners. What is true for one BELIEVER is true for ALL BELIEVERS. God does not show favoritism (Acts 10:34)

    This is where Martin Luther’s doctrine of “salvation by faith alone” falls down. If salvation TRULY is by “faith alone” and ALL of a believers sins (including FUTURE sins) are HIDDEN from God by their faith ALONE in Jesus Christ then God can’t even see when a gay believer sins, God ONLY sees Jesus righteousness.

    So the ONLY viable option (for Christians who believe that salvation is by faith alone) is to accept that gay marriage (like all other sins) is “hidden” from God by faith alone in Jesus Christ. This is the conundrum that is dividing (and conquering) Protestants/Evangelicals and will continue to do so.

    This is the 800 lb Protestant/Evangelical elephant in the room. Gay marriage is dividing Protestants because honest Protesants/Evangeliclas are asking themselves,

    1. “Why are all of MY sins HIDDEN from God by believing in Jesus Christ but the homosexuals sins are not?”

    2. “Why must homosexuals have faith AND abstain from homosexual sins (works) in order to be saved?

    3. “Why are heterosexuals saved by faith alone but homosexuals are not?”

    Today Protestant churches allow unlimted divorce and remarriage for ANY reason(s) at all, no questions asked.

    For example Kentucky County clerk Kim Davis has been divorced 3 times and married 4 times but not a single Protestant/Evangelical Pastor has ever said (or will say) that Kim Davis is living in adultery or that she is “not truly saved”

    As a matter of fact, when Kim Davis went to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples because their marriages “are not valid in the eyes of God” Protestants/Evangelicals (such as Gov Mike Huckabee) rallied to her support and even compared her to the Apostle Paul who was imprisoned for upholding the faith.

    Kim Davis sin-cerely believes that her first 3 marriages were “valid in the eyes of God” (until she ended them with divorce) and she also believes that her 4th and current re-marriage is “valid in the eyes of God” and if for some reason her current marriage ends with a 4th divorce there is not a single Protestant/Evangelical Pastor or church that will refuse to “re-marry” her or will say that she is not “truly saved”

    So one of 3 things is true, either,

    1. The sin of homosexality is the ONLY sin that is not covered by FAITH ALONE in Jesus Christ

    2. Homosexuality is the unforgivable sin

    3. Only heterosexuals are saved by FAITH ALONE.

    Whatever the case, there is clearly a double standard here as ALL of (heterosexual) Kim Davis’ past, present and FUTURE sins (and divorces) are covered (hidden) from God by her “faith alone” in Jesus Christ BUT homosexuals must believe in Jesus Christ AND abstain from homosexual sin in order to TRULY be saved.

    In other words homosexual sinners are not saved by “faith alone”

    The Protestants/Evangelicals who are accepting gay marriage and the homosexual lifestyle are simply refusing to be hypocrites and holding fast to the true letter and spirit of sola fide.

    The honest Protestants/Evangelicals who are acepting gay marriage and the homosexual lifestyle realize that telling someone that they must DO something (besides have faith alone in Jesus Christ) in order to be saved contradicts the doctrine of “salvation by faith alone” and THAT is not an option.

    “If you want to enter life, keep the commandments”

    -Jesus

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  • [2] July 19, 2016 at 8:29pm

    Famous zip goodman claims and contradictions,

    Claim:
    “Baptism ALWAYS follows a decision to accept Christ as Messiah in the Bible”

    Contradiction:
    “Christians do not have to be baptized to be saved or to receive the Holy Spirit”

    Claim:
    “This, however, is not a debate. No points are being scored”

    Contradiction:
    “Game, Set, and Match – JEN”

    Claim:
    “My areas of gifting are prophecy and teaching”

    Contradiction:
    “My gift is not teaching…”

    Claim:
    “The message I am given to share and how I share it is as a prophet…”

    Contradiction:
    “I never claimed to be a prophet”

    Claim:
    “Man is not a creature. He was never called a creature in the Bible. Man is made in God’s image, not the animals. Perhaps the catholic Bible is different?”

    Contradictions:

    “If you accept Him, you are a new CREATURE, the old has been done away with.”

    “When one accepts Christ, He transforms them into a new CREATURE from within”

    “If you do this, you are a new CREATURE (II Corinthians 5:17) and have new life. It is that simple.”

    “if you accept Jesus as your messiah He will transform you and make you a new CREATURE”

    “When one confesses Jesus Christ is Lord…At that instant they become a new CREATURE and the old is done away with.”

    “…The Christian can reject that control as a new CREATURE in Christ”

    “I am a new CREATURE. Jesus washed me of my sins, past, present, and future”

    “One is never too far gone for Christ to make them a new CREATURE! AWESOME!”

    “your religion elevates the CREATURE rather than the creator vis-à-vis Mary”

    “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new CREATURE; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. – II COR 5:17″

    “In not one of them did you say what God means to you personally, how He transformed you from the CREATURE you were before accepting Him”

    Still praying for you zip.

    God Bless,

    “if you want to enter life, keep the commandments”

    -Jesus

  • [1] July 19, 2016 at 12:31pm

    Well done Marcus.

    Check Six, Charlie Mike,

    RIP SHAWNEE SIX

  • [2] July 13, 2016 at 6:19pm

    Famous zip goodman claims and contradictions,

    Claim: “Baptism ALWAYS follows a decision to accept Christ as Messiah in the Bible”

    Contradiction: “Christians do not have to be baptized to be saved or to receive the Holy Spirit”

    Claim: “This, however, is not a debate. No points are being scored”

    Contradiction: “Game, Set, and Match – JEN”

    Claim: “My areas of gifting are prophecy and teaching”

    Contradiction: “My gift is not teaching…”

    Contradiction: “The message I am given to share and how I share it is as a prophet. We are not popular. Accepted. We are called to a specific mission to speak in a specific
    way. I am on a mission”

    Contradiction: “I never claimed to be a prophet”

    Claim: “Man is not a creature. He was never called a creature in the Bible. Man is made in God’s image, not the animals. Perhaps the catholic Bible is different?”

    Contradictions:

    “If you accept Him, you are a new CREATURE, the old has been done away with.”

    “When one accepts Christ, He transforms them into a new CREATURE from within”

    “If you do this, you are a new CREATURE (II Corinthians 5:17) and have new life. It is that simple.”

    “if you accept Jesus as your messiah He will transform you and make you a new CREATURE”

    “When one confesses Jesus Christ is Lord…At that instant they become a new CREATURE and the old is done away with.”

    “…The Christian can reject that control as a new CREATURE in Christ”

    “I am a new CREATURE. Jesus washed me of my sins, past, present, and future”

    “One is never too far gone for Christ to make them a new CREATURE! AWESOME!”

    “your religion elevates the CREATURE rather than the creator vis-à-vis Mary”

    “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new CREATURE; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. – II COR 5:17″

    “In not one of them did you say what God means to you personally, how He transformed you from the CREATURE you were before accepting Him”

    -lcdr_zip_goodman_usn_ret

    Still praying for you zip.

    God Bless,

    “if you want to enter life, keep the commandments”

    -Jesus

  • [27] July 13, 2016 at 1:14pm

    Well said, completely agree.

    “if you want to enter life, keep the commandments”

    -Jesus

  • [2] July 13, 2016 at 1:13pm

    Indeed…..

  • [2] July 13, 2016 at 1:03pm

    Heartbreaking,

    Please join me in praying for this precious little Angel and her Mother. may God bless them and may He grant them peace. Through Christ our Lord. Amen…..

  • July 11, 2016 at 11:40pm

    CORRECTION: BLAMELESS LYRICS should be “BLAMELESSLY”

    “If you want to enter life, keep the commandments”

    -Jesus

  • July 11, 2016 at 11:34pm

    It seems that you are confusing being “perfect” (keeping the commandments) which Jesus Himself tells us to do (Matt 5:48) or “righteous” with being “sinless”. Righteous does not mean sinless.

    Matt 5:48
    Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

    Luke 1:6
    Both of them were righteous in the eyes of God OBEYING ALL of the Lords Commandments and decrees BLAMELESS LYRICS.

    Many people today mistake the words “perfect” and “blameless” and “righteous” and “just” and “godly” and “innocent” and “holy” to mean “sinless” which they do not.

    In the Bible whenever someone obeyed Gods commandments God referred to them as “righteous” or “blameless” or “godly” or “innocent” or “blameless” or “just” or “holy”. God does not say they were sinless.

    Lastly, it seems that some who have read my post misunderstood me to be saying that Christians should accept homosexuality. That is not what I am saying.

    I am simply pointing out the conundrum that is created by the unbiblical doctrine of salvation by “faith alone” and the hypocrisy that requires homosexuals to believe in Jesus Christ AND abstain from sin in order to be saved but allows heterosexuals to be saved simply by “faith alone”. It’s utter hypocrisy.

    “If you want to enter life, keep the commandments”

    -Jesus

  • July 11, 2016 at 1:25pm

    LGBT..Q…I issues are dividing (and conquering) Protestants/Evangelicals like nothing before in the history of Protestantism.

    The doctrine of “salvation by faith alone” is powerless to the sin of homosexuality (and all sins) and here is why,

    IF salvation TRULY is by “FAITH ALONE” and sin has NO EFFECT on a person’s salvation (once they believe in Jesus Christ) then who can say that a particular type of sin can cut someone off from the

    “free gift of salvation that comes by faith alone in Jesus Christ”

    If abstaining from homosexual acts makes a person “right with God” then something the person DID and not their FAITH ALONE saved them…….…period.

    The entire Protestant/Evangelical framework stands or falls on Martin Luther’s doctrine of Sola Fide (salvation by faith alone).

    This doctrine teaches that once a person believes in Jesus Christ ALL of their past, present and FUTURE sins are COVERED OVER (hidden from God) by the blood of Jesus Christ so that whenever A BELIEVER sins God does not see them sinning and can ONLY sees Jesus righteousness.

    If that is true, then homosexual sinners who believe in Jesus Christ ALSO have ALL of their PRESENT and FUTURE sins hidden from God just like heterosexual sinners have ALL of their sins hidden from God. What is true for ONE sinner is true for ALL sinners. What is true for one BELIEVER is true for ALL BELIEVERS. God does not show favoritism (Acts 10:34)

    This is where Martin Luther’s doctrine of “salvation by faith alone” falls down. If salvation TRULY is by “faith alone” and ALL of a believers sins (including FUTURE sins) are HIDDEN from God by their faith ALONE in Jesus Christ then God can’t even see when a gay believer sins, God ONLY sees Jesus righteousness.

    So the ONLY viable option (for Christians who believe that salvation is by faith alone) is to accept that gay marriage (like all other sins) is “hidden” from God by faith alone in Jesus Christ. This is the conundrum that is dividing (and conquering) Protestants/Evangelicals and will continue to do so.

    This is the 800 lb Protestant/Evangelical elephant in the room. Gay marriage is dividing Protestants because honest Protesants/Evangeliclas are asking themselves,

    1. “Why are all of MY sins HIDDEN from God by believing in Jesus Christ but the homosexuals sins are not?”

    2. “Why must homosexuals have faith AND abstain from homosexual sins (works) in order to be saved?

    3. “Why are heterosexuals saved by faith alone but homosexuals are not?”

    Today Protestant churches allow unlimted divorce and remarriage for ANY reason(s) at all, no questions asked.

    For example Kentucky County clerk Kim Davis has been divorced 3 times and married 4 times but not a single Protestant/Evangelical Pastor has ever said (or will say) that Kim Davis is living in adultery or that she is “not truly saved”

    As a matter of fact, when Kim Davis went to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples because their marriages “are not valid in the eyes of God” Protestants/Evangelicals (such as Gov Mike Huckabee) rallied to her support and even compared her to the Apostle Paul who was imprisoned for upholding the faith.

    Kim Davis sin-cerely believes that her first 3 marriages were “valid in the eyes of God” (until she ended them with divorce) and she also believes that her 4th and current re-marriage is “valid in the eyes of God” and if for some reason her current marriage ends with a 4th divorce there is not a single Protestant/Evangelical Pastor or church that will refuse to “re-marry” her or will say that she is not “truly saved”

    So one of 3 things is true, either,

    1. The sin of homosexality is the ONLY sin that is not covered by FAITH ALONE in Jesus Christ

    2. Homosexuality is the unforgivable sin

    3. Only heterosexuals are saved by FAITH ALONE.

    Whatever the case, there is clearly a double standard here as ALL of (heterosexual) Kim Davis’ past, present and FUTURE sins (and divorces) are covered (hidden) from God by her “faith alone” in Jesus Christ BUT homosexuals must believe in Jesus Christ AND abstain from homosexual sin in order to TRULY be saved.

    In other words homosexual sinners are not saved by “faith alone”

    The Protestants/Evangelicals who are accepting gay marriage and the homosexual lifestyle are simply refusing to be hypocrites and holding fast to the true letter and spirit of sola fide.

    The honest Protestants/Evangelicals who are acepting gay marriage and the homosexual lifestyle realize that telling someone that they must DO something (besides have faith alone in Jesus Christ) in order to be saved contradicts the doctrine of “salvation by faith alone” and THAT is not an option.

    “If you want to enter life, keep the commandments”

    -Jesus

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  • July 11, 2016 at 1:11pm

    @INTHEBROTHERHOOD RELOADED

    Back in May you posted,

    “This may sound funny, but it’s true…..Every time I hear God speak with me, an airplane will fly overhead no matter where im at. No plane, it wasn’t God. Recently, I’ve noticed my dog will start acting in a strange way before i go to speak with Him. Sort of being a doorbell, then sure enough, the plane.”

    When you say

    “I’ve noticed my dog will start acting in a strange way before i go to speak with Him.”

    I hope you are referring to speaking to God and not your dog. You have also stated in here that your dog can recognize demons…hmmmmm.

    Either way your method of confirming that you are receiving messages from God is not biblical and you honestly seem a bit touched. YOu also deny the doctrines of the Trinity and the existence of a literal hell both of which are essential Christian doctrines.

    God Bless,

    “if you want to enter life, keep the commandments”

    -Jesus

  • July 11, 2016 at 1:07pm

    @INTHEBROTHERHOOD,

    Back in May you stated that”

    This may sound funny, but it’s true…..Every time I hear God speak with me, an airplane will fly overhead no matter where im at. No plane, it wasn’t God. Recently, I’ve noticed my dog will start acting in a strange way before i go to speak with Him. Sort of being a doorbell, then sure enough, the plane.”

    When you say

    “I’ve noticed my dog will start acting in a strange way before i go to speak with Him.”

    I hope you are referring to speaking to God and not your dog. Either way your method of confirming that you are receiving messages from God is not biblical and you honestly seem a bit touched.

    God Bless,

    “if you want to enter life, keep the commandments”

    -Jesus

  • [1] July 8, 2016 at 1:17pm

    Amen.

    According to scripture It is God’s intent that His manifold wisdom be made known to us THROUGH THE CHURCH.

    Eph 3:9-11
    and to illuminate for everyone the stewardship of this mystery, which for ages past was hidden in God, who created all things. 10His purpose was that now, THROUGH THE CHURCH, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11according to the eternal purpose that He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.…

    “if you want to enter life, keep the commandments”

    -Jesus

  • [-118] July 8, 2016 at 12:22pm

    “Jesus gave us gift of Holy Communion because he so loved us. All of us. Chaput’s actions are not Christian”

    Arch Bishop Chaput’s words are absolutely Christian and absolutely loving.

    The Apostle Paul warns us in his letter to the believers in Corinth (1 Cor 11:27-30) that anyone who partakes of the body and the blood of the Lord in an unworthy manner (while knowingly living in unrepentant sin) is SINNING AGAINST THE BODY AND THE BLOOD OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.

    1 Cor 11:27
    So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an UNWORTHY manner WILL BE GUILTY OF SINNING AGAINST THE BODY AND THE BLOOD OF THE LORD.

    1 Cor 11:28-30
    Everyone ought to examine themselves BEFORE they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. 29For those who eat and drink without recognizing the body of Christ eat and drink condemnation on themselves. 30That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have died.

    Anyone who is fornicating (including heterosexuals) is living in a state of unrepentant sin (sin unto death) and should abstain from receiving the body and the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    A person who is willfully engaging in sin that is unto death (1 John 5:16) can still attend/participate in the Mass but lets be honest here, it is double minded (and insincere) to intentionally indulge in unrepentant sin (sin unto death) all week but then “worship” God on Sunday and receive Jesus body and blood.

    James
    Luke 6:46
    Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ but do not do what I say?

    1 John 2:4
    If someone claims, “I know God,” but does not obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and the truth is not in him.

    I have no reason to doubt that James Kenney means well but the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Fornication is grave sin and receiving the Eucharist while living in a state of mortal sin (1 John 5:16) heaps sin upon sin.

    Arch Bishop Chaput is correct, anyone who is knowingly living in a state of unrepentant sin should abstain from receiving the Eucharist lest they sin against the body and the blood of the Lord (1 Cor 11:27)

    People who disagree with this are free to attend a church that allows anyone to receive the juice and crackers they serve during communion (no harm in that) but if a person wants to receive the body and the blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (the Eucharist) then he/she must do so in a worthy manner. It’s just that simple….

    “if you want to enter life, keep the commandments”

    -Jesus

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  • [4] July 1, 2016 at 8:51pm

    @4truth

    P.S.

    In the Bible when people obeyed Gods commandments God said that they were “righteous” or “innocent” or “just” or “blameless” or “holy” or “godly” or “pleasing” in His sight (Luke 1:6 for example). God did not say that they were “sinless”.

    Another barrier between Protestants and Catholics has to do with our different understanding of sin.

    In (John 19:11) Jesus says “has committed the greater sin” indicating that some sins are “greater” or more grievous than others. In (1 John 5:16) the Holy Spirit tells us that all sins are evil but there are sins that bring death (mortal) and sins that do not bring death (venial). In accordance with these scriptures the Catholic churches believes/teaches that the 10 commandments (being explicit) represent the sins that God considers grave (unto death) whereas sins like envy or pride are sins that are not unto death. Again all sin is evil but not all sins are unto death.

    Conversely Protestants believe that no sin is greater or lesser than any other (that all sins are “equal” in God’s eyes) and this leads to confusion when Catholics speak of being “righteous” or “blameless” or “godly” or “holy”. When Protestants hear these words they immediately think “sinless” and this (understandably) causes intense frustration.

    When God refers to people in the Bible as “righteous” or “innocent” or “just” or “blameless” or “holy” or “godly” or “pleasing” in His sight He does not mean “sinless” and neither does the Catholic church. All of these adjectives simply mean following God’s commandments aka following Jesus.

    Becuase we are all sinners who are predisposed to commit grave (unto death) sin, Jesus gave the Apostles the power to forgive and not forgive peoples sins. (John 20:23) so that if/when we do commit grave (unto death) sin we can repent and confess and KNOW that we have receievd Gods forgiveness.

    One of the purposes (benefits) of confessing our sins is to ensure that a person is not continuing in grave (habitual) sin. If a Priest sees that a person is repeatedly (and often) confessing the same grave sin (such as viewing pornography) or determines that the person is unrepentant (such as refuses to stop cohabitating with their fiance) the Priest can retain forgiveness until the individual truly repents or give the person counsel on steps to take to avoid occasions for sin in the future.

    Contrast this with the Protestant belief that all sins (say adultery and envy) are equal and that a person who commits grave sin can just simply ask Jesus for forgiveness and you have the conditions which can lead to a person sliding into grave habitual sin and possibly not even realizing it or questioning whether they were ever truly “saved” to begin with.

    I witnessed this first hand when I was a Protestant and I saw people who had confessed to the congregation and confessed Jesus as Lord and were Baptised but then fell back into grave sin (such as committing adultery) and because they fell back into grave sin they concluded that they were not truly sincere the first time (not truly saved) so they “re-confessed” and “re-accepted” Jesus Christ and were Baptized again. I saw one individual repeat this cycle 4 times. I am not sitting in judgment just contrasting the differences in our beliefs and practices.

    I can personally tell you that confessing my sins outloud to a Priest is VERY humbling and has helped me to overcome some grave habitual sins that had haunted me for decades and being free of these habitual sins has enabled me to love others more completely. Free at last, thank God almighty free at last.

    Hope this helps. Wishing you and your loved ones a safe and enjoyable 4th of July. : )

    God Bless,

    “If you want to enter life, keep the commandments”

    -Jesus

  • [4] July 1, 2016 at 7:20pm

    @4truth

    “works are done out of a relationship, being of true faith….. Works are an evidence of ‘true’ faith.

    Amen, the operative phrase being “true faith”. I think we can both agree that a false faith will not save anyone.

    So the question then becomes what is “true faith” or conversely what is “false faith”?

    I think we essentially believe the same thing when it comes to “true faith” but we (consistently) say it differently and this often leads to confusion and anger. I can understand why someone (seeming) to deny that Jesus death on the cross was sufficient atonement for ALL sins results in extreme anger. I can understand why someone (seeming) to say that they can EARN salvation results in extreme anger. The thing is, that is NOT what I am saying at all and that IS NOT what the Catholic church teaches.

    I think that one of the barriers to communication between Protestants and Catholics is when a Catholic says “good works are necessary for salvation” the Protestant (understandably) cringes and believes that the Catholic is denying that Jesus death on the cross was sufficient atonement for ALL sins and is saying that we can “earn” our salvation.

    Again, for the record that is NOT what the Catholic church teaches.

    The idea that anyone can “earn” salvation or that doing good deeds can make a person “deserving” of salvation is blasphemy. There is NOTHING we can DO to EARN or DESERVE salvation. Salvation is ONLY possible through Jesus Christ and because of Jesus once for all atonement on the cross.

    Let me clarify. When I was a Protestant I imagined that Catholics were desperately trying to “earn” their way into heaven by doing as many “good works (clothing the naked, feeding the hungry, caring for the sick, sheltering the homeless and visiting those in prison)” as possible AND that they (logically) had no way of ever knowing if they had DONE enough good works to “earn” salvation and not knowing if they were “saved” was Gods just punishment for denying Jesus finished work on the cross and thinking that they could “earn” salvation.

    This is incorrect and is not what the Catholic church teaches. That is not to say that there are not poorly catechized Catholics who actually do believe that they can “earn” salvation. I am sure there are.

    Jesus once for all sacrifice on the cross atoned for the past, present and future sins of ALL mankind AND the ONLY way that anyone (Protestant or Catholic) can be the benefactor of Jesus atonement and inherit eternal life is by repenting and following Jesus Christ.

    So our good works CANNOT merit salvation, our good works make us the beneficiaries of Jesus atonement which merits salvation FOR us for all have sinned and the wages of sin is death. We all deserve death BUT IF we FOLLOW Jesus Christ we become the beneficiaries of (we inerit) His atonement, we inherit salvation.

    So Jesus once for all atonement on the cross IS absolutely sufficient for everyone regardless of what age they live(d) in AND everyone who repents and follows Jesus Christ is the beneficiary of Jesus ALL SUFICIENT atonement. This is why all those who lived in the old testament (before Jesus atonement) and obeyed God’s commands and decrees (Luke 1:6) are credited as being righteous in the eyes of God and benefit from Jesus atonement (inherit eternal life)

    So today only those who “truly” follow Jesus (repent and obey the Gospel) will be saved, not because of their obedience (good works) but because of Jesus atonement. Following Jesus makes us heirs to the inheritance (eternal life). This includes non-Catholics who follow Jesus Christ. According to the Bible we can (by grace through faith) live according to Gods commandments. (1 Cor 10:13) , (Luke 1:6), (Phil 4:13)

    So then, if we both agree that “true faith” is “following” Jesus Christ the question then becomes HOW does one “follow” Jesus Christ? Jesus tells us HOW to be His “disciples” and “follow Him” in the Gospels.

    Essentially this means that true followers (disciples) of Jesus Christ repent and obey the Gospel (do the will of the Father) If I see a homeless person in need of food or clothing and I have the means to help him but I do not I have denied Jesus Himself.

    Rom 2:6-7
    God “will repay each person according to what they have done.” To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.

    So I agree that there are “2 Banks” as you say. (Rev 14:12)

    1. Faith in Jesus Christ

    2. Following Jesus Christ (obeying Gods commandments)

    And the ONLY reason that Jesus disciples can be saved is because of Jesus once for all, ALL atonement on the cross.

    So in closing I can say that I agree with you when you say that “salvation is by faith alone” IF by “faith” you mean following Jesus Christ and IF by “following Jesus Christ” you mean obeying Gods commandments. For it is not possible to “follow Jesus Christ” and at the same time live in sin. True repentance is turning FROM sin TO Jesus Christ. Putting Jesus in FRONT of us and sin BEHIND us. That is “following” Jesus Christ.

    God Bless,

    “If you want to enter life, keep the commandments”

    -Jesus

  • [1] July 1, 2016 at 4:38am

    “We are justified by works – Christ’s work.”

    Amen and the Bible tells us that only those who follow/obey Jesus Christ (God) are “shown to be righteous” or “declared righteous.”

    Rom 2:13
    It is not those who hear the law who are righteous in Gods eyes it is those who OBEY THE LAW who WILL BE DECLARED RIGHTEOUS.

    You say that in (James 2:14-24) when God says “a man is justified by works and not by faith alone” God is speaking of Jesus works and not any of our works. But the passage explicitly refers to the works of Abraham and Rahab and NEVER ONCE does the passage mention Jesus works or Jesus death on the cross.

    You are desperately imposing your beliefs on the passage because it clearly says that we are NOT justified by faith alone. Good Lord the passage explicitly says that both Abraham and Rahab were justified by their works. Not their “works alone” but by their faith AND their works.

    Please read it again slowly, word for word without mentally imposing words thst do not exist.

    James 2:14-24

    What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? 

    If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.

    But someone may rightly say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without works, and I will show you my faith BY my works.” 

    You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. But are you willing to recognize, you foolish man, that faith without works is useless? 

    Was not Abraham our father [justified by works] when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? You see that [faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected]; 

    and the Scripture [was fulfilled] which says, “AND ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS,” and he was called the friend of God.

    [You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.]

    In the same way, was not Rahab the harlot [also justified by works] when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? For [just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.]

    Keep in mind that both Abraham and Rahab (as well as Elizabeth and Zachariah – Luke 1:6) were justified by faith and works..BEFORE Jesus death on the cross. Jesus atoning sacrifice on the cross makes salvation possible it does not negate the requirement to obey God.

    It’s not faith alone and it’s not works alone, it’s faith AND works.

    God Bless,

    “If you want to enter life, keep the commandments”

    -Jesus

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