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Winston if you truly were born again by the grace of God through Jesus Christ as a Teenager then your walking away from his evidence of Chastening to discipline you so you find your way back to him. God does NOT CHASTEN people who are not saved he lets them fall on their own but he disciplines his own to get them back to the fold. God will keep punishing you unless you repent and come back to his fellowship. Im having the same issue at the moment.
I actually agree with this, although I am not sure the God spoken of is exactly the one of Paulean Christianity and what would constitute repentance. It is like Winston's point about learning karmic lessons.
Although there is a strong argument that winston never was truly saved to begin with since he totally abandoned obedience and faith in God. I been struggling to find the theological answer on if someone totally disregards total and yearning for obedience were they truly saved to begin with. Maybe I should start praying for Winston since no one else probably will.
I was thinking the same thing. The books I read about casting demons said that you will be cursed if you sin too much.
But it doesn't matter if God is of the Paulean Christianity or not. There's a strong likelihood that Jesus' teachings were vastly perverted by the Christian church and used by the Roman monarchy to institute control over the masses in Roman Catholicism.
But none of that matters, because if you make a binding oath to any deity, you will be held by it. Asking Jesus to save you and come into your heart may be akin to taking one of such oaths.
Regardless of theological or doctrinal debates, the Christian religion nevertheless does have real power behind it. There are countless stories of changed lives, answered prayers, miracles, etc. that can't be denied. Therefore, there must be something VERY REAL to it, not just placebo or psychology. And this is even if the religion has been perverted and isn't perfect.
That's a copout. Tons of genuine Christians who believed in the Gospel fervently ended up deconverting. Christianity is not growing. It is losing more people than gaining. Saying that deconverted Christians weren't real Christians in the first place or weren't saved, is a copout. It's like Amway saying that failed distributors never followed the system, when they did. It's a typical "blame the victim" not the system type of mentality.
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Christianity is growing in some places. In Philippines and Cambodia and China true christianity is growing not fake catholic which never was to begin with. I didn't say that they weren't I said some believe that they were never saved to begin with. personally I believe in free grace and if someone is genuine they were from the start but only Jesus will know your heart so maybe some weren't genuine if they totally abandon it and never come back. There were instances in the bible where Christians went off and did horrible things but they eventually came back but if they had died in that instant you would never know and thought they had totally been backslidden but it was temporary. I can't find any example in the bible where someone went like 50 years backlsiding or something.
Im searching for the same answers myself cause I need to worry for myself too.
You might want to watch the full broadcast of mcgee he where he says generally you can tell who is who over time they will return to their home eventually. Especially starting around 9:45 and on
Im listening right now to Dr. Mcgee about false prophets and the pigs and prodigal sons going both directions. Hes got an archive of the entire bible.
Winston this message is for you. "you never were converted thats why you continue in your ungodliness".
I've dug into many religions, all rather complicated. Jesus Christ on the other hand made it easy to be Christian. Just be a basic Christian as he was by following the 10 commandments he left for us with moses.
I am the LORD thy God,
which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image,
or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain;
for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Honour thy father and thy mother:
that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
Thou shalt not kill. (I've always wondered if he meant for us to be vegetarian, animals need to be killed for meat)
Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Thou shalt not steal.
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house,
thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife,
nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbourâ€™s.
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Hey I like this, the creator of the bible the " Holy Ghost " which is mother has spoken to set Mr. Wu straight about how to live his life.
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