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by grand_puba
Wed Dec 03, 2014 12:09 pm
Forum: The Church
Topic: Instrumental Music Outside of the Church Assembly
Replies: 7
Views: 9621

Re: Instrumental Music Outside of the Church Assembly

There is very little difference between music inside or outside the assembly as that the saints are to worship God in both areas. We often partition Sunday morning into worship service, but this belies the point that our lives are supposed to be a living sacrifice and active in service to God at al...
by grand_puba
Wed Dec 03, 2014 12:06 pm
Forum: The Church
Topic: RE: Church Autonomy
Replies: 2
Views: 4365

Re: RE: Church Autonomy

I think the concept of autonomy has been largley exageratted. In the sciptures there wasn't really two classes of churches, univeral and local, but one class which all the saints belonged to. The congregation of the Lord was simply represented in smaller venues, towns and homes. The letters were wr...
by grand_puba
Sat Oct 18, 2014 8:58 am
Forum: Introduction
Topic: Introduction to Me :)
Replies: 1
Views: 7652

Re: Introduction to Me :)

Hi Ambassador95,

Welcome to the "In Search of Truth" forums! Feel free to ask any questions you like in the appropriate forum.

Thanks!

The Moderator
by grand_puba
Mon Aug 19, 2013 12:16 pm
Forum: The Church
Topic: Matthew 18 - Talking to false teacher privately
Replies: 2
Views: 1378

Re: Matthew 18 - Talking to false teacher privately

FYI, This has been expanded into an article and posted recently here:

Matthew 18:15-17 and Responding to Public Sin

Feel free to post follow-up questions and responses in this thread.

Thanks!

The Moderator
by grand_puba
Mon Aug 19, 2013 12:13 pm
Forum: The Church
Topic: Will This Make Me a Partaker in Another's Sin?
Replies: 9
Views: 10537

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

The other night, I found a post in which someone asked whether they were being a partaker in the sins of others by remaining in a congregation where some of it's members were engaging in sinful behavior. A member of this forum gave an excellent answer. However, it doesn't completely apply in my cas...
by grand_puba
Wed May 29, 2013 8:29 am
Forum: Introduction
Topic: churchmouse
Replies: 1
Views: 2546

Welcome!

Welcome, churchmouse! Glad to have you here! :)
by grand_puba
Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:24 pm
Forum: The Church
Topic: Serious Research - Role of minister/evangelist
Replies: 4
Views: 3923

Re: Serious Research - Role of minister/evangelist

Hi and welcome to the ISOT forums! As the moderator, may I ask you to define "mutual ministry"? Not all of our members may be familiar with that term, and it may help to remove a distraction for the discussion. I understand that you do not want to argue its correctness, but some of our members will ...
by grand_puba
Tue Oct 11, 2011 8:49 am
Forum: The Church
Topic: Search for a Church/minister Directory
Replies: 1
Views: 4081

Re: Search for a Church/minister Directory

Hi Tom, Thanks for the interesting post. I checked with Bennie Johns, who is one of the best bookhounds I know, and he did not have this book or know where to get it. Sorry, I could not provide a positive answers. Thanks for checking. Please let me know, if you find a source for it. The Moderator
by grand_puba
Sat Mar 12, 2011 11:57 pm
Forum: Calvinism
Topic: Do we have a choice? Or, is salvation unconditional?
Replies: 1
Views: 6388

Re: Do we have a choice? Or, is salvation unconditional?

Jeffrey, I believe you were asking these questions in hope that a Calvinist might respond. Since no one else has responded yet, please allow me to direct everyone to our articles regarding Calvinism: Index of Articles on Calvinism Especially, please consider this one: Unconditional Election Thanks! ...
by grand_puba
Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:23 am
Forum: Evidences and Apologetics
Topic: A Conversation About Mark 16:9-20
Replies: 1
Views: 2770

a continuation and reset from an old thread

As background, please see this thread: Does Mark 16:9-20 belong in your Bible? This thread was started to give the fresh conversation a new start. (Please see Snapp's reasoning here .) If you are interested in discussing the authenticity of Mark 16:9-20 further with Snapp, please do so in this thread.
by grand_puba
Wed Mar 09, 2011 9:33 am
Forum: Calvinism
Topic: Debate coming soon!
Replies: 1
Views: 2268

Re: Debate coming soon!

I know it has been a while, but how did the debate go?
by grand_puba
Mon Oct 11, 2010 4:25 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: International directory of congregations?
Replies: 1
Views: 1513

Re: International directory of congregations?

I know of 3 lists of churches. Two of them are first in the list here: http://www.insearchoftruth.org/links.html#congregations The other one is a bit dated, but here: http://www.goodfight.com/churches/index.php I'm afraid these lists focus mostly on North America. Beyond this, I wold try of some of ...
by grand_puba
Fri Nov 21, 2008 12:43 am
Forum: Sin and Salvation
Topic: The meaning of life - divinity now
Replies: 42
Views: 24622

clarification

William, I think you misunderstand. It is not a matter of being entrenched, feeling threatened, or discomfort. It is a matter of effectiveness . I don't want the forum to get bogged down in unsustainable assertions. Plus, if people are going to have any hope of reaching each other and realizing the ...
by grand_puba
Thu Nov 13, 2008 1:51 pm
Forum: Sin and Salvation
Topic: The meaning of life - divinity now
Replies: 42
Views: 24622

too much, too long

Gentlemen, This has gone far enough. At this point, you are just squabbling. Please present your arguments, and answer the other. Claiming that Jesus would have been your best friend is pointless and, in my judgment, it merits no response. Your arguments should be based on a common, accepted foundat...
by grand_puba
Thu Sep 11, 2008 8:14 am
Forum: Introduction
Topic: Doug Post
Replies: 1
Views: 2882

Welcome!

Welcome to the forums, Doug! Thanks for introducing yourself! :)
by grand_puba
Tue Dec 18, 2007 12:47 pm
Forum: Morality
Topic: Polygyny: Can a man Scripturally have multiple wives?
Replies: 52
Views: 85958

Hugh, You miss my point. I am not blaming anyone. I am asking both of you, "Get to the point". My plan is tolerate the "shoving" temporarily in this thread, if that is what it takes for the two of you to get down to business, because I realize you two have a history. If you two do not want to discus...
by grand_puba
Thu Dec 06, 2007 10:53 pm
Forum: Evidences and Apologetics
Topic: How to convert an Atheist? By example only or argument?
Replies: 13
Views: 13460

LRR and Mark Shepherd banned...

All right you two. Apparently you are both fresh out of good arguments, because you have resorted to poking at this board and one of its members. If you had something intelligent left to say, I'd tolerate you for a while longer. But, I have had enough. You are both banned. Let's be clear, shall we? ...
by grand_puba
Sun Nov 18, 2007 4:03 pm
Forum: Evidences and Apologetics
Topic: The Atheist's proof for God
Replies: 17
Views: 22350

split thread

Please see the following thread for a related topic, which was originally introduced here:

How to convert an Atheist? By example only or argument?
by grand_puba
Wed Nov 14, 2007 7:50 pm
Forum: Evidences and Apologetics
Topic: How to convert an Atheist? By example only or argument?
Replies: 13
Views: 13460

How to convert an Atheist? By example only or argument?

This topic was originally introduced and separated from the following thread and post:

The Atheist's proof for God
by grand_puba
Tue Nov 13, 2007 9:59 pm
Forum: Hermeneutics and Bible Authority
Topic: Deaconess
Replies: 1
Views: 4174

related articles...

We have a little on the subject here:

http://www.insearchoftruth.org/articles ... rship.html

Please see the first "Question" in the above article.

We have another article about deacons in general here:

http://www.insearchoftruth.org/articles/deacons.html
by grand_puba
Wed Oct 10, 2007 8:17 am
Forum: Calvinism
Topic: Children of Wrath?
Replies: 7
Views: 9277

excerpt from article

This passage is addressed in our series on Calvinism:

http://www.insearchoftruth.org/articles ... ians_2_1_3
by grand_puba
Mon Jul 16, 2007 3:53 pm
Forum: Sin and Salvation
Topic: Long studies or just preach the plan of salvation or both?
Replies: 1
Views: 4223

a few stats

Let me offer a data point for further consideration: This site has been in operation since 1999, and we have had lots of correspondence during that time. Virtually all the correspondence has been conducted via email, and all of the correspondence has been initiated in two ways: Either someone comple...
by grand_puba
Tue Jul 03, 2007 9:41 pm
Forum: The Church
Topic: Widowed Elders
Replies: 11
Views: 12254

article reference

Just for reference, we do have an article about the general topic of elders here:

http://www.insearchoftruth.org/articles/elders.html
by grand_puba
Thu Mar 08, 2007 2:01 pm
Forum: Jesus and God
Topic: The Deity of Jesus and the Trinity
Replies: 44
Views: 52226

user, Trinity_Is_Anti_Biblical, has been banned

Based on the above correspondence (pertinent portions quoted below), and that the following user has rejected petitions to apologize for the language, the user, Trinity_Is_Anti_Biblical , has been banned from these forums. Regardless of one's beliefs, such unkind language that mocks, scoffs, taunts,...
by grand_puba
Sat Jan 06, 2007 5:28 pm
Forum: Sin and Salvation
Topic: What is Hades?
Replies: 14
Views: 19965

And don't you hate how when you type 8 followed by ) you get Mr. Joe Cool. 8) Two ways to resolve this: put a space, " ", between the 8 and the ) While you are creating (or editing) your post, check the "Disable Smilies in this post" option Don't forget, you can always "edit" an existing post, just...
by grand_puba
Fri Jan 05, 2007 11:37 am
Forum: Calvinism
Topic: Great audio lessons on Calvinism
Replies: 2
Views: 6358

thanks!

Thanks for the info! I have downloaded the above series on Calvinism and have started listening to it on my daily commute. Incidentally, we also have 4 sermons available on the topic here: http://www.insearchoftruth.org/audio/index.html#calvinism Additionally, I would recommend these to anyone inter...
by grand_puba
Fri Dec 01, 2006 4:47 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: In the heat of battle, what should be allowed?
Replies: 3
Views: 7986

conclusion

reserved for conclusion - please discuss below...
by grand_puba
Fri Dec 01, 2006 4:46 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: In the heat of battle, what should be allowed?
Replies: 3
Views: 7986

In the heat of battle, what should be allowed?

To All, Although regrettable and non-ideal, people frequently come to loggerheads on this forum. After clear reasoning is rejected, debaters often feel some need, maybe even responsibility, to call out the dishonesty or prejudice of their opponent. This could be considered a duty for the sake of bot...
by grand_puba
Mon Nov 27, 2006 1:58 am
Forum: Evidences and Apologetics
Topic: Does Mark 16:9-20 belong in your Bible?
Replies: 35
Views: 52517

shameless plug

Here's a shameless plug for our sister site, regarding the same topic:

Critical Study Of A Disputed Passage
by grand_puba
Wed Aug 23, 2006 12:00 pm
Forum: Sin and Salvation
Topic: only belief is required for salvation
Replies: 41
Views: 60333

Re: only belief is required for salvation

When Jesus was on the cross, there was also two other men beside him, being cruxified. Both men heard what the crowds were shouting to Jesus. One man elected to believed in Jesus, and asked Jesus to remember him. Jesus said, (paraphasing) Verily I say unto you, this day you will be with me in parad...
by grand_puba
Mon Aug 07, 2006 10:27 pm
Forum: Jesus and God
Topic: The Deity of Jesus and the Trinity
Replies: 44
Views: 52226

articles to which our questioner alluded

I believe these are the articles in reference:
by grand_puba
Mon Jun 12, 2006 11:59 pm
Forum: The Rules
Topic: Never-ending threads will be locked
Replies: 0
Views: 6931

Never-ending threads will be locked

Although this forum format provides wonderful opportunities for collaborating and discussing God's Word, it does have obvious limitations. One such handicap is that threads eventually get so long that they spiral into a never-ending circle. The same questions and arguments are merely rehashed, and n...
by grand_puba
Sat May 20, 2006 3:03 pm
Forum: The Rules
Topic: Are you being misunderstood?
Replies: 0
Views: 6325

Are you being misunderstood?

Here's a good technical article, which shows how most people inproperly convey their emotion in writing email and forum posts, while most readers misunderstand it. However, the crazy part is that everybody thinks they are communicating clearly, and most people think they are interpreting the intende...
by grand_puba
Sat May 20, 2006 2:31 pm
Forum: The Church
Topic: Does one join the church of his choice?
Replies: 2
Views: 7393

related articles...

Don't mean to kill or prevent discussion, but for the benefit of the silent reader, here are some related articles: http://www.insearchoftruth.org/articles/church.html http://www.insearchoftruth.org/articles/already_christian.html http://www.insearchoftruth.org/articles/a_tower_to_touch_the_sky.html...
by grand_puba
Sat May 20, 2006 2:14 pm
Forum: Calvinism
Topic: Salvation is it unconditional?
Replies: 1
Views: 7614

article...

by grand_puba
Wed Apr 19, 2006 10:02 pm
Forum: Holy Spirit, Apostles, and Miracles
Topic: Are you getting messages directly from spirit?
Replies: 2
Views: 10188

removed links ... reason for your faith

Hello supertronik, I appreciate your question. It will be good to answer the underlying supposition regarding the validity of direct communication from the spiritual world. However, this forum's purpose is not to drive traffic to other forums, so your post was edited to remove the external links. Th...
by grand_puba
Mon Apr 17, 2006 12:59 pm
Forum: Introduction
Topic: Hugh McBryde
Replies: 2
Views: 9104

acronymns?

Hugh McBryde wrote:Do you have any affiliation to a particular church, person, document, etc.? I am PCA. I travel quite frequently so at times I attend OP churches, but prefer PCA.
What is PCA and OP?
by grand_puba
Fri Apr 14, 2006 1:38 pm
Forum: Introduction
Topic: Meet the members
Replies: 1
Views: 7983

introduction template

Here is a template that you can copy and paste into your introductory post. The stuff in brackets is called "BBCode" (Bulletin Board Code), and it controls stuf like bold text, italics, list formatting, etc. Normally, it does not show up, which prevents you from copying the BBCode tags, but I checke...
by grand_puba
Fri Apr 14, 2006 12:19 pm
Forum: Introduction
Topic: grand_puba
Replies: 0
Views: 6712

grand_puba

Hello I am grand_puba, userid: My userid was actually chosen as a kind of "tongue-in-cheek" pun. The Flintstones (a cartoon clone of "The Honeymooners") poked fun at people's desires to form elaborate organizations (like the "Loyal Order of Water Buffaloes Lodge"), of which one purpose was to create...
by grand_puba
Fri Apr 14, 2006 11:27 am
Forum: Introduction
Topic: Meet the members
Replies: 1
Views: 7983

Meet the members

After moderating the posts for some time now, I have come to the realization that forums often mask the humanity of the participants. In other words, people act like they have forgotten that they are really talking to other people. There is not a cold, heartless, meaningless computer on the other en...
by grand_puba
Thu Apr 13, 2006 10:37 pm
Forum: Holy Spirit, Apostles, and Miracles
Topic: sharing the knowlage
Replies: 2
Views: 9612

Why this post?

We get a lot of "form mail" that borders on religious spam. Most of the time I delete it without submitting it to the forum. I suspect that most other people also dismiss this kind of email quite readily. But, does it warrant a response? Often, I dismiss personally responding to views that are so ex...
by grand_puba
Sun Jan 08, 2006 10:57 pm
Forum: Morality
Topic: Choosing the "correct" pro-life candidate
Replies: 1
Views: 7251

*WARNING* possible moderation ahead - :-)

These are two highly charged issues. So, let us please separate the issues for clarity's sake: Please respond to the following question on this thread: "Should a Christian vote for the candidate who most closely represents his moral beliefs, considering that it may help an immoral opponent to win? O...
by grand_puba
Tue Dec 06, 2005 10:18 pm
Forum: The Rules
Topic: Do not try to be the last one standing...
Replies: 0
Views: 8112

Do not try to be the last one standing...

For whatever reason, many people think the "last one standing" is the winner, as if the person to get the last word is always right. ... Maybe it is because Jesus typically silenced his opponents ( Mark 11:27-33; Matthew 22:15-46 ), and we try to be like Jesus... Actually, that is actually one of th...
by grand_puba
Tue Dec 06, 2005 6:48 pm
Forum: The Church
Topic: qualification of deacons - "husband of one wife"
Replies: 15
Views: 29475

Moderated - Split thread

** Moderated - Dec 6, 2005 - Spun off new thread **

Polygyny: Can a man Scripturally have multiple wives?
by grand_puba
Mon Oct 31, 2005 11:02 pm
Forum: The Rules
Topic: Do not overwhelm
Replies: 0
Views: 6743

Do not overwhelm

Before you start a reply, or even a new thread, ask yourself, "What am I trying to do?" "Do I really want an answer?" Too many times we receive a single thread that has an overwhelming amount of text. It becomes impossible for members to carefully and prayerfully consider such posts, simply because ...
by grand_puba
Mon Oct 31, 2005 10:50 pm
Forum: The Rules
Topic: Do not flood
Replies: 0
Views: 6847

Do not flood

Up to this point, we have not implimented any form of post limitation. However, recent abuses have forced us to consider post limitation. The Letter of the Law For now, we ask that each member limit the number of new threads. Please do not post new threads until your previous threads have been adequ...
by grand_puba
Sat Oct 15, 2005 9:31 pm
Forum: The Church
Topic: R.C.Sproul: a new vatican II ?
Replies: 4
Views: 11380

new thread to discuss second question...

A new thread was started here:

about152.html

to discuss the generic guidelines for one joining a local church or separating from it.
by grand_puba
Sat Oct 15, 2005 9:25 pm
Forum: The Church
Topic: Bases for joining/separating oneself to a local church
Replies: 4
Views: 11923

Bases for joining/separating oneself to a local church

Split from this thread: http://forums.insearchoftruth.org/about151.html Starting post provided immediately below... This thread to focus on generic grounds for joining oneself to a local church, and the grounds for separating oneself from a local church. Please visit the above thread to discuss the ...
by grand_puba
Wed Jun 15, 2005 1:29 am
Forum: Introduction
Topic: Who is "email"?
Replies: 0
Views: 12116

Who is "email"?

email is a fictitious member of the forum. Here's the background for his creation and purpose: We get a lot of email, based on our primary web-site: http://www.insearchoftruth.org People write in with questions all the time. Eventually, we noticed that we were answering the same questions repeatedly...