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  1. Yes, and I agree with you. Not all Seminary or institutions are equal. Generally, Pentecostals and Charismatics are very uneducated and appeal to emotionalism. Fundamentalist believe they are Neo and receive some type of matrix download of everything needed to know by simply parroting what Scripture says. They can be heard saying I am taught by the Holy Spirit. They haven't any reservations about blaming the Holy Spirit for horrible interpretation.
  2. There's a difference between revelation and illumination. Lemme draw a parallelism for those involved in this thread. That hick seems to think that I must win him as a Christian. He thinks I am to serve him as if when he asks if I have any Gray Poupon I must hand some over to that cracker and honor his prescence and ignore his vulgar, ignorant, and insulting remarks. That inline breeding hill billy believes that his prejudices must be overcome by me as Christian. Amazing that when I throw a parallel in front of ignorance some act like a vampire and don't see a reflection. I have half the mind to take the redneck out in the woods and make him scream like a pig, sueeeeee. Get off your high horse Redneck Professor, and while the rest of these millennials may love happy endings when someone saddles an ass and slaps it to ride off under a rainbow I don't appreciate your deliberate and persisting insults my frizzy haired browned eyed lad.
  3. Christians are like Ogres and Ogres are like onions. Onions have many layers, so much to peel away. Sin is what prevents us from perfectly reflecting God as image bearers. Some have much more than others but nonetheless sanctification is a lifelong endeavor. Eventually our flesh in totality will be peeled away. None of the flesh will remain and you the imaginary person thought up will stand before God.
  4. I am actually reminded of why I paused and took a leave of absence from this forum the first time. Kindly, like so many others you seemingly miss the point altogether. You're so concerned about me or you. Draw a circle around a capital M on a piece of paper or sticky and put it beside your monitor as reminder. Lemme try to clarify and leave you with something as I depart again. I am moving to another state and have much to prepare. I want you to imagine if just for a moment you're one of the Elect of God. And now I want you to please, if you will, read first Ezekiel 36:25-27 which concerns being reborn, rebirth, or regeneration and Ephesians 1 and note what "I, me or myself" or "you" have done in our salvation. And ask yourself, where does any of this (our arguments etc) matter. Again, I ask you to list the things you ("M" for man) have done. Lemme repeat and reemphasize what have you done as an Elect? Now after you read these and note what you have done as an Elect try to place yourself in the Evangelist seat and please do tell me how salvation relies on any of your eloquent arguments etc? Ezekiel 25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. 26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.[a] Ephesians 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known[c] to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. 11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee[d] of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it,[e] to the praise of his glory.
  5. No matter what answer you're given I'm sure you'll find reason to support your presuppositions.
  6. Not in Reformed theology. That isn't really the problem for God but rather the greatest obstacle for Christians. Christians "WANT" to see the fruits of their labor in apologetics (debates, arguments etc.). Paul stated that he planted, Apollos watered and that God gave the growth. Likewise other parables which suggest that the seed falls on various ground but only takes root in desirable soil leads to what is necessary for belief in Ezekiel 36:25-27. Jesus alluded to this Scripture when He stated to Nicodemus that no man can "see" or "enter" the kingdom let alone draw near the object of faith (Jesus Christ) John 6:44 without being Predestined/Elected/Called/Regenerated to salvation. If you're Elect wellnamed it is only because of God's monergistic works and not fanciful arguments etc in debate. In John 10:26 Jesus states, You do not believe because you're not my sheep. The verse does not say you are not my sheep because you do not believe. As for me, I'm not saying that you're not elect, I was dragged through unbelief and various worldly philosophies for almost two decades. Entering Christendom through Gnosticism abandoning any notion of Christianity turning to Carl Jung to make sense of the world around only to receive what I now know as Regeneration. Without, I'm guessing that you may receive an intellectual conviction which may lead you to side with the Christian faith. Perhaps, the secondary effects, a higher moral society etc may present themselves, but that's says nothing of salvation. The way I see things, I'm not here to convert anyone. And I find arguments futile efforts. Look at the Prophet Jonah which hated the Ninevites. He refused to go and ended up being swallowed up by a divinely prepared fish and spit out on the shore of those he abhorred. There he gave the shortest sermon in the biblical record. The salvation of others isn't dependent upon my eloquent or logically sound arguments. If God wants you and sets His affections upon you, you're powerless and won't be able to resists. Enjoy!
  7. No help to you, perhaps because I'm more relaxed after having made a friend here. I come dressed casually. Personally, I don't like engaging you. You're the epitome of a redneck in character and ironically in name. As a non white I've had very tragic dealings with ignorant trailer trash in the past. You'll have to work past my prejudices in order to reach me. I won't try. If that means nothing to you it means nothing to me.
  8. Let's say that God chose you, "wellnamed" and revealed himself to you. What good would that do me? How would you communicate to others. What is ironic is that you seemingly think you hold to the truth and yet how are you communicating to others the truth? And I'm suggesting the very logical proof he/she is using cannot exists without the Logos. Going back to man being made in the image of God even logic is borrowed from the Christian worldview. And yes, I acknowledge that some reject propositions and yet create a rule whereas the testimony which establishes propositions are inadmissible. That leaves us with other methods in which we derive knowledge such as empirical, relational, or introspection. Oh, you're asking me for the scientific method in order to prove to you the existence of logic and/or how it came to be? Without we are to accept that logic exists. Period, how logic came into existence would require observation of the origin of logic, repeatability, and test-ability. Where you're asking me to provide such method such method falls short of in all theories of origin except by "first person testimony". For example, if the Holy Spirit divinely inspired the biblical authors then the Scriptures are writ by divine authorship which witnessed creation. Seems to me that is of utmost importance to discredit testimony which establishes propositions. I've said it before and I'll say it again though it will draw a lot of opposition. Scripture doesn't try to prove God's existence, God's existence is an Axiom it is self evident. The Problem is man's suppression of the truth. Salvation is the intervention of God monergistically removing the obstacle which are the cause of disbelief. If I convince you intellectually of God's existence, tomorrow I'm convinced you'd be swayed by another argument which you find more supporting of the very problem which you can't nor I can do anything about. Your sin nature.
  9. Yes, from a distance every planet is round or spherical. Let's get down to basics and throw every testimony outside a court of law because we consider it inadmissible or unbelievable etc. Begging the question, and other logical fallacies etc., I generally do not dive into such arguments because everything can be found to be a logical contradiction. There's not one person here on this board that's completely logically sound. The fact is there would be no logic without the logicause or Logos. The very concept which incarnated in the flesh you reject, therefore, I reject your logical position. The very audience that John wrote his books said that the Logos could not incarnate. I mean, today, it would be like giving artificial intelligence an autonomous body whereas in the day people then and now reject that the Logos could incarnate. Now, I'm sure most here want to reject a higher standard of authority and place more weight upon their own experiences or whatever which is nothing more than an appeal to a different authority. According to the standard of authority, "You" you will always be right.
  10. Do you believe with your own eyes only or is there more to believe of someone other than their existence?
  11. PCUSA nothing more than simply a book club. They've rejected the Creeds and Confessions which we Reformers vowed to uphold at one time. My church actually broke away from the PCUSA in the 1940s when the PCUSA went full blown liberal and began disciplining us for holding to Scripture (imagine in America being sent to jail for upholding the Constitution). One is not required to believe in God or the Bible to be a PCUSA pastor today. They are not Reformed in theology but only Presbyterian. Presbyterianism is a form of church government. If you're American then you're familiar with Presbyterianism. America is framed on the Presbyterian church government with all her checks and balances. Theology aside, I think Presbyterianism is the most Scripturally sound form or framework of government. And yes, Predestination is Scriptural. The Reformed theology in question to do with Predestination is based on Scripture and the Apostolic doctrine is further developed by Augustine, Luther, and Calvin. Now lemme say that there's a lot of misconceptions surrounding predestination and if anyone wants to tackle the doctrine I'd be happy to engage them. Enjoy.
  12. Faith means a myriad of things to various persons. I'm not even going to guess what faith means to you. If you wish to clarify then please do. My point about Satan is that Satan and demons believe God exists for they've seen and yet do not believe.
  13. I'm sorry you actually think that way. Regarding the context of 1 Corinthians 11:18 For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part, Let's not forget (excuse me for being Reformed) the very next verse which states: 1 Corinthians 11:19 for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized. The very basis for denominations. Yet we are unified in Christendom and partake at the Lord's supper together.
  14. One more thing I guess these are things pertaining to my user group (I'm familiar with IPS). I can't access reputations likes etc towards another posts. There were a couple of times I actually enjoyed and wanted to like someone's post here but couldn't. Don't know if this was intentional. By the way, if you don't mind talking IPS tech stuff I'm open if you ever want to discuss through private message ect. Don't know if you're on IPS 4.4+ yet and using Giphy but if so I can't access that too. To note, probably a good thing because I'd probably tick off a lot of people here.
  15. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. Acts 24:26 24 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, 25 who through the mouth of our father David, your servant,[d] said by the Holy Spirit, “‘Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain? 26 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed’[e]— I'm including Scriptural verses because I was asked to take giving such basis seriously here. On that note, a systematic approach to Scripture is not only held by Reformed but also by true Protestants. In the Protestant Reformation the first principle established is Sola Scriptura. The authority of Protestants is Scripture rather than another standard of authority held by Catholics ~ the Church magistrate. While I understand you were probably joking about the collected works of J.R.R. Tolkien, I give it pause, because it's not the craziest thing I've heard. For example, the Cult Scientology is based on a fictional book and author.