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  1. dkkev

    What is the will of the father

    In the context of Matthew 7, doing the will of the Father is something much deeper than following a set of laws or rules. Jesus in Matthew 7 is talking about the difference between those who truly belong to Him and those who do not. There are many people who, like the Pharisees, do "good" things. They appear to be godly. But on the inside, their "godly" acts are not motivated by a pure heart. Simply conforming to commandments is not enough. It's about your heart. Do you truly want Christ? When you have a pure heart, you do "good" things because that is who you are. You love others because you love Christ, and because you love Christ, you desire to serve, honor, and glorify Him in everything that you do because He is worthy. Obeying the Ten Commandments is not enough. You have already broken at least one of them, and as James 2:10 states, "For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it" (ESV). You cannot have the slightest hope of gaining Christ's favor by obedience. You have already broken the law, and because of that, you deserve death. But Christ bore the sin of every believer on the cross, and whoever puts their trust in Him and His complete work on the cross-- whoever trusts in Him alone will be saved. That is what distinguishes the two groups of people in Matthew 7:21-23. One group believed that their works would save them; the other group truly knew Christ because they trusted in Him alone-- they walked by faith and did not look to their actions as the basis for their worth before God.
  2. I was speaking specifically and only of the gap theory. If there's any sort of gap between this: In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And this: And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Then that wouldn't have any implications on Romans 5. If all there was in this "gap" (of however long) was an earth without form and void, covered only with darkness and water (and no living organism), then would that have an effect on Romans 5? I don't think so. Because even if there was a gap, every living thing still would have been created in the six days following the gap. Once again, I don't believe in the gap theory. I'm just saying that accepting it doesn't create major theological problems like theistic evolution or something similar.
  3. In Acts 17:22, Paul begins his address to the men of Athens. After a short introduction, Paul launches straight into the doctrine of creation, discussing how God made from one man every nation of mankind. The doctrine of creation, then, is not a side issue. It's something that's very central to who God is. Furthermore, other important doctrines within the Christian faith are based on what took place within the creation account. In Matthew 19:3-9, Jesus' basis for the covenant of marriage is on the fact that in the beginning God made them man and female (and He commanded that "a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh"). The doctrine of creation also affects the doctrine of sin. In Romans 5, the Apostle Paul speaks of the doctrine of original sin, clearly assuming and believing that Adam was indeed the first man. Man is entirely unique in creation. He is made in the image of God. He is separate from the common animal. I could go on, but I'll stop there. The point is that there's a lot to lose if you try to force Genesis 1 and 2 to somehow agree with the theory of evolution. I would not outright reject someone's Christianity if they believed that God used evolution to create the world. I would, however, be skeptical. Chances are, if someone rejects what is clearly taught in Genesis 1 and 2 (and in many other parts in the Bible-- keep in mind that all throughout the OT and NT God is consistently portrayed as Creator), there are other problems lurking beneath the surface. When does such a person start believing that what the Bible says about history? Once Cain and Abel arrive? Once the flood occurs? Once Abraham is born? Or maybe not even until after the Exodus? Up until now, I haven't said anything regarding young earth or old earth. You can believe in an old earth and still reject evolution. You could, for instance, argue that there is some sort of gap in between Genesis 1:1-2 and Genesis 1:3-4. Personally, I don't agree with the gap theory, and I think it's a bit of a stretch, but I don't see how it would create any major theological problems.
  4. dkkev

    Should Christians always obey government?

    A good biblical example of this can be found in Acts 5:29. Peter and the other apostles had been ordered to stop proclaiming the gospel (Acts 2:28). Peter refused to submit to this authority and said, "We must obey God rather than men". This, of course, has wider application. Say, for instance, the government instructs you to commit murder, theft, or some other crime. The Christian response would be refusal. Why? Because it would directly violate God's law. God's law, so to speak, "trumps" the laws that human governments create. The conclusion, then, is that Christians are to obey the civil authorities/government in all things in so far as they do not contradict God's law.
  5. dkkev

    Something I'm struggling with...

    Although this might be a little hard to believe, it's a good thing that you are questioning what you believe. You said that you've never had a problem believing that Jesus is the Messiah. But why not? You really believe that Mary became pregnant without another man? You really believe that a Carpenter's son in Nazareth was actually the King of Kings? You really believe that Jesus came back from the dead? You really believe that God created the world and that it's not just the random results of time and chance? I would argue that it's good to ask these questions. Because there comes a point in which you have to make your faith your own, and not your parent's. So I think, perhaps, one of the most important questions you could ponder would be this: Is your faith your own? Is your faith based on a supernatural conversion whereby God changed your heart and showed you the glories of Christ? Or is your faith just something you believe because it's what you've always been told? My best advice would be this: First, soak yourself in the gospel. Read about it, ponder it, pursue it. Spent time meditating on the fact that Christ came to this earth and lived a sinless life. He bore the curse of God on the cross of all those who would believe in Him. He bore the wrath of God-- the wrath of God that everyone deserves. If you're not quite sure where to start, this sermon might help: Second, make sure that you are truly Christian. This is a biblical practice, as Paul said in 2 Corinthians 13:5, Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. For this I would recommend reading the book of 1 John. Read carefully and really think about what you're reading. A while back I read through 1 John once a day for 30 days-- and it was life changing. Third, once you are soaked in the gospel and once you see that you are truly His, no matter what you have done, then you can take the time to examine the common charges made against Christianity. It's then that you will be in the right place to defend what you believe-- because you will know that you really do believe it! There is the possibility, of course, that you already really do believe it-- which would be awesome. In that case, yes, there are time when you can read charges against Christianity and you might struggle with how to provide a proper response. That's natural. It takes time and effort to learn what you believe and learn to defend it. And if you are interested in being able to better defend your faith, I would recommend to become incredibly familiar with your Bible. Make it your food; don't live by bread alone, but by every word from the mouth of God. I hope that I was of some help. PM me if you have any questions.
  6. dkkev

    I Need Help Regarding Reading!!

    If you're really interested in reading the Bible and understanding, in addition to everything I said in the previous post, I would recommend purchasing the MacArthur Study Bible. If you're not interested in that one, you could also look at the ESV Study Bible. Devotionals can be good or bad, it really just depends on the author. Definitely never let devotionals become a substitute for simply reading pure Scripture.
  7. dkkev

    Heyy... Some issues

    Well, we need to deny ourselves for the sake of Christ. I think the next two verses clarify the meaning of Matthew 16:24: For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? (Matthew 16:25-26) Denying ourselves means that we are not seeking after earthly gain. We are not seeking after the momentary, but fleeting pleasures of sin. It means that we are not boasting in ourselves and our own accomplishments. Instead, it means that we are boasting in God alone and recognizing that we can do nothing apart from Him. In context of the passage, it would refer to being willing to give up your life for the sake of Christ. Jesus is literally saying to pick up your death for His sake-- because it is through picking up your death that you will find life. Regarding the James 4:4 verse, take a look at the previous three verses. There James outlines the many practices that would be considered "friendship with the world". The practices in James 4:1-3 include: fighting, murder, coveting, and adultery. Regarding the 1 John 2:15, notice that John defines in the next verse what he means by the world. What is in the world? The lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and pride. So, in the context of these verses, the world is defined as all the fleeting sinful components of this fallen world. Obviously, these passages are not labeling everything that is in the world as inherently evil. There are many good things in this world that can be enjoyed as long as they are done for God's glory (Whatever you do, whether you eat or drink, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31). Notice that John is talking about an overall lifestyle in these verses. Both the NASB and the ESV use the word "practice" throughout 1 John 3:3-10. John is basically saying, is the overall pattern of your life one in which you are growing in holiness? Is sin the defining characteristic of your life? Or is your love for Christ the defining characteristic of your life? Notice that John has already clearly pointed out in 1 John 2:1-2 that Christians do sin-- and when Christians do sin, they have an Advocate! (Praise God for that )
  8. dkkev

    I Need Help Regarding Reading!!

    I have a few recommendations which you will hopefully find helpful. (1) Lots of people like to read a chapter in Proverbs everyday. Since Proverbs is 31 chapters long, just take the date of the month and read that chapter. For instance, today is October 13th, so you would read the 13th chapter in Proverbs today. Tomorrow is October 14th, so you would read the 14th chapter in Proverbs. (2) A few books (such as Proverbs and the Psalms) do not necessarily need to be read in order. However, for most books, you should start reading in the first chapter of the book and continue reading until the last chapter of the book. This will help you follow the overall theme and argument within the book you are reading. (3) I highly recommend this: read the Bible with repetition.. For instance, try reading the book of 1 John once a day for the next thirty days. I did this a while ago and I found it quite effective. If you do the reading prayerfully in order to grow in Christ, you will not grow bored reading the same thing. Instead, you will love the book more and more everyday. (4) Read Psalm 1 everyday until you memorize, and then continue meditating upon it. It will likely change your life! Let me know if you have any questions, feel free to send me a PM. Also, for a few years I was following a schedule to read through the Bible in a year. I would recommend doing this for the OT, and I would recommend doing this for the NT at least once. However, after reading straight through the NT once, I would recommend reading through the NT with repetition (as I explained in point 3). For instance, you could read the first 7 chapters of Matthew everyday for 14 days, and then read the next 7 chapters of Matthew for 14 days. It will take you a few years to get through reading the NT like that, but you will retain a lot more. And lastly, I would recommend downloading the English Standard Version Audio Drama New Testament. It's helpful for those times when you don't feel like reading, but do feel like hearing! You can download it free at this site below: http://www.faithcomesbyhearing.com/
  9. In some extreme parts of the Pentecostal movement, speaking in tongues is a practice where someone empties their mind and speaks gibberish. This practice is usually done in prayer, or perhaps a church service. Such a practice is obviously completely foreign to Scripture. Speaking in tongues, as explained in Scripture, is quite different. In Acts 2:1-13, for instance, when the apostles "spoke in tongues," the miraculous gift enabled the apostles to speak and have the crowds hear their voice in their own specific language. There are a few different views on whether speaking in tongues exists today. I would certainly be an advocate of the view that the gift of speaking in tongues was present only in the first century. Just like the apostles having the ability to heal people of sickness (for example, Peter with his shadow Acts 5:15), so too speaking in tongues was a temporary gift of the first century that afterwards disappeared. I believe that 1 Corinthians 13:8 can be used to support this view (by the way, the view that the gift of tongues has ceased is called "Cessationism"). There are those who believe that the gift of tongues has not ceased today. I do not agree with this view. Not only do I not agree because of Scriptural reasons, but the evidence that tongues have continued into today seems to be lacking. It seems that if people really could speak in tongues as the apostles did, those people would all be on the mission field, helping all these missionaries who are giving up their lives to reach an unreached people group by learning their language and translating the Bible into their language. That being said, I would certainly question someone's salvation if they believe that in order to be saved you need to be able to speak gibberish. Note that Paul says a lot about tongues in his letter to the Corinthians. It is important to be familiar with the letter as a whole because many of Paul's comments regarding speaking in tongues are sarcastic-- and if you read those verses out of context you will likely end up misinterpreting them.
  10. dkkev

    salvation

    I prefer to call this doctrine The Perseverance of the Saints (instead of once saved always saved). The essence of the doctrine of the Perseverance of the Saints is this: if you are truly Christian, if you have truly become a new creature in Christ Jesus-- then ultimately, you will endure until the end. Why? Because God saved you. He is the one who gave you a new heart. You cannot lose your salvation because your salvation never depended upon your own efforts or works in the first place. Salvation is a gift. As John 10:28 (ESV) states: ...I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will ****** them out of My hand. Take a look at 1 Peter 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. If I could lose my salvation, I would. How could I not? Have I ever, for every second of an entire day loved the Lord my God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength? Sadly, no. And that is the greatest command-- and I fall short of it every day! So in short, to answer your question, no Christian has ever abandoned the faith. Why? Because saints-- because Christian always persevere. God chose Christians before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before Him (Ephesians 1:4). It is by His power that any person is saved, and that same power keeps that person saved for all eternity.
  11. Have you ever thought about writing? Like writing a book, or devotions, or something like that?
  12. Well, I tend to only respond to posts that I think I can make a meaningful response to (and ones that will not take up too much of my time!).

    College also started up a little over two weeks ago, and I have been quite busy with schoolwork-- so that's another reason why I have not done much posting lately.

  13. Haven't seen you post in a while. Maybe that's cuz I've been gone lol. How's it going?

  14. dkkev

    Salvation in jesus Christ

    Shera441, some of this was certainly good. I was encouraged by your many Scripture citations, but I would encourage you to exam the Scriptures to see if you find terms such as "personal Saviour," and especially: "accept Jesus". I am not saying that these are inherently bad terms, but it is clearer to simply stick to the biblical language of "repent" and "believe". The Scriptural consistency of your post took a nose-dive near the end. The idea of a "sinner's prayer" is not found in the Scriptures. Let me put it this way: if someone has truly come to the place where they realize that they have sinned against the infinitely holy God, and that in His sight they are nothing but vile and deserving of His eternal wrath-- do you really think that person is going to ask what kind of prayer they should pray? Or is that person going to desperately cry out to God for His mercy? Also, just to point it out, your post had very little about the atonement, which is at the very heart of the gospel. Let me know if you have any questions. I'm happy to help you. And by the way, welcome to CTF
  15. dkkev

    Pointing Out a Sin

    Matthew 18:15-17 certainly permits (if not commands) that. As Christians, we should not judge with hypocrisy, in order to elevate ourselves (Matthew 7:1-6), but we should judge with righteous judgment (John 7:24).
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