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by m273p15c
Tue Aug 11, 2015 11:28 pm
Forum: Hermeneutics and Bible Authority
Topic: Should We Not Pray for Some?
Replies: 1
Views: 12699

Re: Should We Not Pray for Some?

Hi churchmouse, Sorry for the incredibly delinquent response. I do not see anything in the text that would indicate John was speaking sarcastically, tongue-in-cheek, hyperbolically, or figuratively in any other way, such that we should not take his words at face value: Now this is the confidence tha...
by m273p15c
Sat Jan 24, 2015 3:48 pm
Forum: The Church
Topic: Views on Worship
Replies: 7
Views: 18628

answering attempts to restrict generic authority

Hi churchmouse, It is good to hear from you again! I'm sorry my post is so long. Some things seem resolved in my mind until another question arises and I feel like I'm back where I started because everything is interrelated. I think most of your questions relate to Bible authority and how to establi...
by m273p15c
Fri Dec 05, 2014 10:25 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Finding a Bible believing church
Replies: 10
Views: 12855

experience or Bible

So, your experience trumps the Scriptures? I just want to make sure that I understand you. :)
by m273p15c
Thu Dec 04, 2014 3:41 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Finding a Bible believing church
Replies: 10
Views: 12855

baptism in the name of Jesus for the remission of sins

Thanks for the quick answer! :) Acts 4:12 , Matt 1:21, Only Jesus saves us, not water. Who said water saves us instead of Jesus? Why would one exclude the other? Please let us consider the passages you referenced: "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given am...
by m273p15c
Thu Dec 04, 2014 9:00 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Finding a Bible believing church
Replies: 10
Views: 12855

experience or baptism, man's word or God's Word?

I Read your scriptures, and I'm not bring a vision of the Lord or a revelation or anyone. I'm don't bring a word from the Lord, I'm just saying What Jesus did for me to get me saved is what he did for me. One million other people may never experience what I have but that doesn't make what happened ...
by m273p15c
Wed Dec 03, 2014 5:24 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Finding a Bible believing church
Replies: 10
Views: 12855

Re: Finding a Bible believing church

what am I to do about not having a church. I have my own vision of something but I'm not sure if it's of God or myself. If I could get a group of 5 truly born again people to fellowship with I'll be happy. I sent you a private message regarding this. The gifts of the Spirit and speaking in tongues....
by m273p15c
Wed Dec 03, 2014 4:05 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Finding a Bible believing church
Replies: 10
Views: 12855

NT tongue-speaking

Hi Mr. Pearson, You have raised a couple of very good questions. Here, I'd like to focus on the doctrinal questions: trinity, tongue-speaking, once-saved-always-saved, and Holy Ghost. I would concur that the Godhead consists of 3 distinct, unified, divine Beings, often referred to as the Trinity. I ...
by m273p15c
Wed Dec 03, 2014 2:12 pm
Forum: The Church
Topic: Views on Worship
Replies: 7
Views: 18628

Re: Views on Worship

Hi churchmouse, Those are a LOT of really good questions. I think we have discussed some of them previously, but I understand you have some new ones and feel they are related. I would be happy to individually examine your questions in the light of Scripture, but there are too many for me to examine ...
by m273p15c
Thu May 01, 2014 10:15 am
Forum: The Church
Topic: Instrumental Music Outside of the Church Assembly
Replies: 7
Views: 9635

Old Testament psalms and other references

Hi churchmouse, May I offer the following in response to your valuable and most recent questions? In the New Testament, how are psalms, hymns and spiritual songs differentiated from one another? When Paul instructs us to sing and speak to one another in "psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs" ( Ephesia...
by m273p15c
Thu May 01, 2014 9:30 am
Forum: The Church
Topic: Instrumental Music Outside of the Church Assembly
Replies: 7
Views: 9635

binding examples

Hi churchmouse, First, let me apologize for what appears to be becoming a habit for me – a much delayed response. I pray this will still be helpful despite the terrible latency. :) Not only am I reminded that I shouldn't just assume something is acceptable because someone else in the church approves...
by m273p15c
Sun Mar 16, 2014 9:13 pm
Forum: The Church
Topic: Instrumental Music Outside of the Church Assembly
Replies: 7
Views: 9635

Re: Instrumental Music Outside of the Church Assembly

Hi churchmouse, First, let me apologize for the long belated response. I'm very sorry that I did not respond sooner. :( Second, I pray these thoughts will be helpful to you as you continue to meditate and study this good question. Churches and their leaders may judge to minimize or eliminate instrum...
by m273p15c
Sun Feb 09, 2014 5:27 pm
Forum: Holy Spirit, Apostles, and Miracles
Topic: Worshiping God in Spirit and in Truth
Replies: 2
Views: 9716

Re: Worshiping God in Spirit and in Truth

I think the preceding verses are also helpful (quoting all here for context): The woman said to Him, "Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship ." Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe Me, t...
by m273p15c
Fri Dec 27, 2013 12:36 am
Forum: Holy Spirit, Apostles, and Miracles
Topic: How Many Spirits?
Replies: 1
Views: 1906

One Spirit - Ephesians 4:4

Hi churchmouse, I believe there is some truth and error in what you have heard. You are correct. There is only one Holy Spirit ( Ephesians 4:4 ). And, virtually every positive reception of a "spirit" in the New Testament is a reference to receiving the Holy Spirit. (The only exception would be an op...
by m273p15c
Wed Dec 11, 2013 8:23 am
Forum: Hermeneutics and Bible Authority
Topic: Which translation is the best?
Replies: 7
Views: 10401

Re: Which translation is the best?

I'm sorry for the difficulties you have faced, but I am thankful and encouraged that you are overcoming. :) It's always good to know a fellow truthseeker, who puts God and His truth above all else. I know it's not always easy, but you are doing great. Please keep "fighting the good fight". :)
by m273p15c
Sat Oct 19, 2013 11:30 pm
Forum: Hermeneutics and Bible Authority
Topic: Which translation is the best?
Replies: 7
Views: 10401

Re: Which translation is the best?

Hi churchmouse, Thanks again for the good questions. May I offer a few comments in response to your own? :) For instance, a man who sinned claimed scriptural support for insistence that he was automatically restored to a relationship with God, without repenting, in Proverbs 24:16: For a just man fal...
by m273p15c
Sun Oct 06, 2013 9:54 pm
Forum: The Church
Topic: Will This Make Me a Partaker in Another's Sin?
Replies: 9
Views: 10555

Re: Will This Make Me a Partaker in Another's Sin?

Hi churchmouse, I'm so sorry to hear about the difficulties you have been facing personally and with the church there. I appreciate your support of the truth at the congregation there, and I pray that your efforts and those of others will ultimately prove successful and that you may find some peace ...
by m273p15c
Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:52 pm
Forum: The Church
Topic: Will This Make Me a Partaker in Another's Sin?
Replies: 9
Views: 10555

Re: Will This Make Me a Partaker in Another's Sin?

Hi churchmouse, I'm glad to hear the previous comments proved helpful, but I'm sorry to hear that the false teaching is continuing to take a discouraging toll on the congregation. You are so right about all of us being susceptible to false doctrine. We must always be diligent in study and check our ...
by m273p15c
Tue Sep 03, 2013 1:08 pm
Forum: The Church
Topic: Will This Make Me a Partaker in Another's Sin?
Replies: 9
Views: 10555

Re: Will This Make Me a Partaker in Another's Sin?

Hi churchmouse, I'm glad to hear that financial support is not an issue. May I comment on some of your previous insights? I absolutely agree that our loyalty to God comes first! However, I have no option other than to sit silently in my pew because I'm female and therefore not permitted to teach in ...
by m273p15c
Tue Sep 03, 2013 12:46 pm
Forum: Sin and Salvation
Topic: Do We Sin All Of The Time?
Replies: 3
Views: 11441

Re: Do We Sin All Of The Time?

Hi churchmouse, Sorry for the delayed response. I think you are on the right track, and I'm relieved that some things are improving. May I offer a few thoughts on some of your questions and observations? One passage the false teacher has used to support his doctrine is Psalm 19:12-13 where David ask...
by m273p15c
Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:58 am
Forum: The Church
Topic: Will This Make Me a Partaker in Another's Sin?
Replies: 9
Views: 10555

Re: Will This Make Me a Partaker in Another's Sin?

Hi churchmouse, This is an important and excellent question. I don't think there is just one Scripture or principle to apply to this question, so it can be a difficult question to answer specifically, since each case varies. So, please allow me to offer a few verses and general thoughts: When we fin...
by m273p15c
Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:43 am
Forum: Sin and Salvation
Topic: Do We Sin All Of The Time?
Replies: 3
Views: 11441

Re: Do We Sin All Of The Time?

Hi churchmouse, There are 2 parts to this: First, I think the doctrine's question is extremely misleading. It is a red herring , if you will: I'm greatly disturbed because of a new doctrine being taught in the congregation I attend. ... It contends that we all sin all of the time without knowing it ...
by m273p15c
Mon May 06, 2013 9:38 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Gun Violence and Gun Control
Replies: 1
Views: 2978

The root of moral decay

I just want to bring up two points that seems to be lost in all of the frustration and anger resulting from this debate. ... what would happen if the person would be continually bombarded with the teaching that there are no absolute truths, no universal standard of right or wrong? Well, basically, ...
by m273p15c
Fri Apr 12, 2013 12:52 pm
Forum: Calvinism
Topic: The very first argument in the beginning of the article is false!
Replies: 1
Views: 4041

The very first argument in the beginning of the article is false!

I think we already allude to the ancient roots of Calvinism, although we do not elaborate in such detail: Very few doctrines are more pervasive in modern churches and theology than Calvinism. Although not modern by any means , this doctrine is recognized by its most successful proponent, John Calvin...
by m273p15c
Fri Apr 05, 2013 9:32 am
Forum: The Church
Topic: Matthew 18 - Talking to false teacher privately
Replies: 2
Views: 1384

Re: Matthew 18:16

You are not obligated to follow Matthew 18:15-17 in this case, neither do I think it represents the best approach here. For convenience, here's the NKJV: "Moreover if your brother sins against you , go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. B...
by m273p15c
Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:50 pm
Forum: The Church
Topic: Music in the Old Testament for temple worship only?
Replies: 3
Views: 1701

Re: Music in the Old Testament

sure - no problem - please let me know what you find - i always appreciate others' insight
by m273p15c
Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:34 am
Forum: The Church
Topic: Music in the Old Testament for temple worship only?
Replies: 3
Views: 1701

Re: Music in the Old Testament

Thanks for the good question. There are some articles and discussions here: (The first article touches on your specific question.) http://www.insearchoftruth.org/articles/music_references.html http://www.insearchoftruth.org/articles/music.html http://www.insearchoftruth.org/articles/music_history.ht...
by m273p15c
Sun Mar 17, 2013 4:09 pm
Forum: Calvinism
Topic: Romans 9 article - thanks!
Replies: 1
Views: 892

romans 9

You are more than welcome, Marie! It's an honor and a joy to serve in the Lord's cause. ... If you have any other questions, comments, or feedback, please don't hesitate to send them. ... Please do look around the rest of the ISOT site and the WordsFitlySpoken site . ... May God bless us to have a s...
by m273p15c
Sat Mar 16, 2013 3:47 pm
Forum: Sin and Salvation
Topic: Losing Salvation and Holy Spirit Guidance
Replies: 5
Views: 2293

Losing salvation

Thanks for the reasonable and humble response! Whenever you have time, I have collected a few lectures on the Holy Spirit, which you may find insightful: Turner, Robert, The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit , http://www.wordsfitlyspoken.org/audio/turner/Robert Turner - Indwelling of the Holy Spirit.mp3...
by m273p15c
Sat Mar 16, 2013 1:17 pm
Forum: Sin and Salvation
Topic: Losing Salvation and Holy Spirit Guidance
Replies: 5
Views: 2293

Losing salvation

You are more than welcome! If I can serve in the Lord's cause and help others, it is a true joy and honor. You mentioned a topic that leads me to a couple of questions. The Holy Spirit is an interesting topic, and I believe that much of the division we see in "Christendom" is a result of misundersta...
by m273p15c
Fri Mar 15, 2013 9:45 am
Forum: Sin and Salvation
Topic: Losing Salvation and Holy Spirit Guidance
Replies: 5
Views: 2293

Losing salvation

Thanks for the excellent question! Many people, who either grew up believing "once saved, always saved" or were converted to it, are understandably uneasy with their personal salvation outside of OSAS. First, you should know that the Bible provides a clear basis for confidence in one's personal salv...
by m273p15c
Sun Mar 10, 2013 1:13 pm
Forum: The Church
Topic: Resources for Instrumental Music Question
Replies: 0
Views: 5504

Resources for Instrumental Music Question

Per an anonymous request, here are several sermons by Paul Earnhart that deal with the subject of instrumental music: (The last three are my favorite, but they all overlap each other quite a bit.) http://www.wordsfitlyspoken.org/audio/earnhart/780B - Why No Instrumental Music.mp3 http://www.wordsfit...
by m273p15c
Sat Mar 02, 2013 11:30 am
Forum: Sin and Salvation
Topic: Do I need to be baptized again after falling away?
Replies: 1
Views: 932

were you baptized for the correct reason?

If you were baptized "for the remission of sins ... in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ" ( Acts 2:37-38 ), then you have obeyed the Lord's command ( Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16 ). Now, if you were baptized for any other reason instead, for example, to please family, to join some denomination, t...
by m273p15c
Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:02 am
Forum: Sin and Salvation
Topic: Do I really need religion to be saved?
Replies: 3
Views: 1190

Re: Religion

I'm sorry for the lengthy delay in responding to you. Thanks again for your good question! :) There is both a simplicity and an incredible challenge in being a Christian. I would encourage you to look over this article about being a Christian: http://www.insearchoftruth.org/articles/salvation.html A...
by m273p15c
Thu Feb 07, 2013 11:45 am
Forum: Hermeneutics and Bible Authority
Topic: Is there a New Testament "Law"?
Replies: 1
Views: 988

The New Testament Law

I would like to spend more time with this, but off the top of my head, please allow me to offer 7 points: The Catholic council of Hippo was local - not "universal", and it only formally recognized what had already been commonly known among the brethren. Several verses ( II Peter 3:15 , plus Colossia...
by m273p15c
Sun Feb 03, 2013 10:36 pm
Forum: Sin and Salvation
Topic: Do I really need religion to be saved?
Replies: 3
Views: 1190

Religion

That's a good question. How do you define "religion"? What does that word mean to you? It means different things to different people, so I wanted to make sure we are on the same page.

Thanks!

May God help us to have a sincere love of truth (II Thessalonians 2:9-12),

m273p15c
by m273p15c
Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:59 am
Forum: Morality
Topic: Question about respect of people
Replies: 1
Views: 869

Re: Question about respect of people

No problem. Thanks for the good question. ... No, I am sure it is fine to have people we respect. We are told that the people in the Old Testament were given as examples from which we could learn and draw hope ( Hebrews 11:1-12:2; Romans 15:4; I Corinthians 10:11 ). However, even though we "are surr...
by m273p15c
Mon Jan 28, 2013 8:29 pm
Forum: The Church
Topic: Can Lord's Supper be observed in evening? By women?
Replies: 4
Views: 1651

The Lord's Supper

Thanks for the good question. There's no need to apologize or explain your motives. :) These are good questions. About #1, this specific question is but one application of the generic question, "Are we obligated to follow all approved examples in the New Testament?" And, the answer, as I understand ...
by m273p15c
Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:59 pm
Forum: Calvinism
Topic: The Error of Penal Substitution
Replies: 1
Views: 2334

Re: The Error of Penal Substitution

Thanks for the article. Here are my thoughts: (BTW, I'm dancing to Bob Myhan's tune here, so I'm not explaining what I believe in the way that I would want. Consequently, this is way more complicated than I would like, because I'm not only explaining what I believe, but I am also trying to prove tha...
by m273p15c
Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:23 pm
Forum: Evidences and Apologetics
Topic: Joseph's 7 Year Famine Has Now Been Verified!
Replies: 3
Views: 7559

Joseph's 7 Global Famine Years Have Now Been Verified!

Thanks for the additional info! ... I was hoping for something more authoritative, but I appreciate your efforts.
by m273p15c
Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:42 am
Forum: Evidences and Apologetics
Topic: Joseph's 7 Year Famine Has Now Been Verified!
Replies: 3
Views: 7559

Joseph's 7 Year Famine Has Now Been Verified!

Thank you for the interesting evidence. I am no scholar of history, so I am in no position to verify these claims without spending a lot of time in a library. Can you provide credible references or sources for each of these claims? There have been too many (1 is too many) modern con-artists, who hav...
by m273p15c
Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:47 am
Forum: The Church
Topic: God himself, God's sacrifice and Gods Kingdom
Replies: 0
Views: 4155

God himself, God's sacrifice and Gods Kingdom

Thanks for the good question! Some Bible concepts are more directly stated or more readily grasped than others ( II Peter 3:16-18 ). Consequently, diligent study is required to draw out these more difficult points ( II Timothy 2:15 ), and as a consequence, those who are either unwilling to study or ...
by m273p15c
Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:48 am
Forum: The Church
Topic: Along what paths has the Lord led you to be you?
Replies: 1
Views: 1031

Re: Along what paths has the Lord led you to be you?

Sorry for the delay. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed the article and are diligent to look to God's Word for His will, instead of looking to man's word. The ISOT web-site is owned and operated by a few individuals, who each attend non-denominational churches of Christ. Like all truthseekers, we hav...
by m273p15c
Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:46 am
Forum: Morality
Topic: self-confidence and fellowship
Replies: 1
Views: 876

article rework needed and 2-cents on fellowship

I need to revisit the article on self-confidence and self-esteem. A Christian has every right to assess his own abilities and accept tasks that are equal or maybe even slightly greater than his estimation of himself, and then engage that task with enthusiasm and confidence. The purpose of the articl...
by m273p15c
Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:25 pm
Forum: The Church
Topic: What is Church is this?
Replies: 1
Views: 1020

What is Church is this?

The answer to your question is yes and no. The ISOT web-site is operated by a handful of individuals without any form of sponsorship from any local church. In fact, where I worship, most of the members do not even know that I help on this web-site. :) So, it is individually owned and operated, and w...
by m273p15c
Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:57 am
Forum: Evidences and Apologetics
Topic: Why
Replies: 1
Views: 949

Why

I appreciate you sharing your opinion and current convictions with us as to why you are not a theist. Please allow me to respond by explaining in turn why I am not an atheist: Most physicalists or naturalists point to the great mass of scientific papers and textbooks that supposedly prove a possible...
by m273p15c
Tue Jan 01, 2013 3:40 pm
Forum: Calvinism
Topic: Calvinism - who is responsible for our choice of faith?
Replies: 1
Views: 1312

Calvinism

Thanks for the good questions. Yes, you are correct. There are multiple "links" in the "chain" of salvation. If any of these links are broken, the entire chain is broken. God's grace and our faith are both required ( Ephesians 2:5; Hebrews 11:6 ). But, the faith must also be an obedient faith. If ou...
by m273p15c
Tue Dec 11, 2012 8:25 am
Forum: The Church
Topic: Why I Love Jeff Bethke, But Hate Error - 2012- 2- 16
Replies: 1
Views: 1044

Why I Love Jeff Bethke, But Hate Error - 2012- 2- 16

Thanks for the encouragement! Please feel free to post the link on Bethke's Facebook page or blog. I don't have a Facebook page, so I will leave that up to you. :) Yes, you are more than welcome to use the article in teaching your class. If you can provide a link back to the article, that would be g...
by m273p15c
Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:23 pm
Forum: Sin and Salvation
Topic: Please give advice on a hard heart.
Replies: 3
Views: 1174

Re: Please give advice on a hard heart.

I'm glad to hear that. If I can do anything else to do, please let me know.

Thanks, and May God help us to have a sincere love of truth,

m273p15c
by m273p15c
Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:11 pm
Forum: Calvinism
Topic: Who are you? Are you Calvinists?
Replies: 3
Views: 1122

Re: Who are you?

You are more than welcome. Thanks for the encouragement. :) ... m273p15c
by m273p15c
Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:39 pm
Forum: Sin and Salvation
Topic: Please give advice on a hard heart.
Replies: 3
Views: 1174

Please give advice on a hard heart.

Thanks for contacting us. I pray these answers will prove spiritually profitable to you. I would encourage you to be very careful in believing that God has spoken to you directly. In ancient days, many people believe that God had spoken to them, when in reality, their imagination, strong desire, or ...