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The Bible teaches that BACKSLIDING is possible.

1Sa 15.1 Saul…is turned back from following Me   1Ki 11.9…The LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel… Eze 18.24…When the righteous turneth away from his righteousness & committeth iniquity…All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed & in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die Eze 18.26 When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, & committeth iniquity, & dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die. Eze 33.12 Therefore, thou son of man, say…The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression…neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth. Eze 33.13 When I shall say to the righteous he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness & commit iniquity all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered but for his iniquity that he hath committed he shall die for it Psa 80.3 Turn us again, O God, & cause thy face to shine; & we shall be saved. Rom 11.22…If thou continue in [His] goodness: otherwise thou shalt be cut off. Gal 2.18…If I build again the things which I destroyed [this IS possible] I make myself a transgressor. Gal 5.4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. 1Ti 4.1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith giving heed to seducing spirits & doctrines of devils – not man; Holy Spirit is saying they will backslide! & gives two causes  Heb 11.15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. 2Pe 2.21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.  2Pe 3.17…beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. Rev 3.5 He that overcometh the same shall be clothed in white raiment; & I will not blot out his name out of the book of life but I will confess his name before my Father… – Christ’s clearly saying “blotting out” is possible.

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It’s discouraging how many Friends (even attending “careful” churches) have “taken their liberty” (“I’m not going to do as So-N-So preached”) and bought a TV. By contrast, it’s ENCOURAGING that several Google+ followers recognize TV as the mind controller it is. Listen. If TV had no four-letter words, no porn pics, no ads ruining the contentment of your home, its programming IS programming your minds. TV is doing your THINKING for you. Destroy TV before it destroys your wife and kids with its constant flow of misinformation, illusions, and propaganda. The reel world is THE real world.

– eab, 3/24/16

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“Success is the progressive fulfillment

of the will of God for your life.”

– G R “Bob” French, sermon, 10/17/00

 

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Too “good” to go to hell?

The very concept flies in the face of God.

– eab, 8/16/14

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God does for His servants as He see best;

Some have activity, others have rest.

Several don work clothes, some suit and vest,

Some are far from home, some near their nest,

Some face life’s low load with a heavy chest,

Several sing and whistle high on the crest.

But all His known servants have passed His test;

They’ll gather soon from northeast to southwest.

Never forget, Child, God knows what is best.

– eab,  4/27/11

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ON THIS DATE    

Tertullian is thought to have been born 4/27/c.155 (160?) AD at Carthage (now in Tunisia) to pagan parents; his father a Roman centurion, perhaps part of an African-based legion assigned to the provincial governor.  His works indicate he received a good Carthaginian education including (but not necessarily limited to) grammar, rhetoric, literature, philosophy. He later traveled to Rome possibly to further his training (although Carthage was second only to Rome in culture & education) & may have studied law while there.   

One thing he did “learn” in Rome was the way Christians were being executed. He saw the courage which sustained them as they faced hideous deaths.  This startled him into investigating their Belief & eventually led to his conversion to Jesus Christ 197-198(?).  He was definitely married (addressed two books to his wife) but her name is lost in the dusty past. Tertullian was the first Christian penman to use Latin as a writing language but of his 31 extant works at least 3 were written in Greek.

Tertullian definitely did NOT (nor the Roman Catholics) create the concept of a Trinity. At least 13 verses list All Three of the God-Head in one verse but he appears to first to pen “trinity” described as “One God in Three Persons” (classic trinitarian formula). He was unhappy with compromise he witnessed coming into the church & wrote against encroachments rather than producing a systematic theology. His honesty did not win him friends among the “Churchmen” & one source said he died (c. 225-240) “separated from full communion with the bishops of the Catholic Church” a positive (rather than a negative) assessment.

Tertullian Quotes:

“One Person in Two Natures” – describing Christ

“The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church” – another of his famous phrases 

“What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?” – as pagan philosophies came – a question we still need to hear!

 

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>> WATCH OUT – – – This is heavy! <<

“Do you become impatient under trial, fretful when crossed, angry revengeful when injured, vain when flattered, proud when prospered, complaining when chastened, unbeliev­ing when seemingly forsaken, unkind when neglected?”

– R S Foster, from his book Christian Purity

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