[Linux4christians] Being in the Bride of Christ
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Sat Dec 12 02:40:38 EST 2009
Greetings again Not sure of your name (htgage3)
Thanks for your reply to my posting. In your reply you said, "Which you do,
I don't know now, but I will in the future". I'm not sure what you meant by
that, maybe you left out a word or two or maybe you are not sure if you are
in the Bride of Christ. Maybe you could tell me what you meant.
In regards to me being a Methodist, I don't recall making mention of that as
part of my argument, however, If you read our statement of beliefs you will
notice that we also don't approve of the ordination of women. You need to
realise that there are many Methodists and Calvinists groups around that are
not related to each other and usually tweek their doctrine to suite some
modern day guru. You made the mistake of swiping all "Methodists" with the
same brush. We get that a lot. For your information I am not Calvinist where
most of the BMC Church, including my senior Pastor, is and we work well
It seems to me that you may be getting lost in hair splitting detail where
the Scripture doesn't. You are either born or not, a Christian or not and
therefore a Bride or not. It is no more complicated than that. In fact in
Revelation we read Rev 3:16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot
nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. This points out that god has no
in between stage like partial birth. It's in or out and the letters of John
reveal a great level of assurence that is available for the Christian.
I have just come from an emergency trip to a hospital, some two hrs. west
from here. I was called to visit an old lady (in her 80s) who was suicidal.
She gets this way each Christmas as each Christmas she is again confronted
with the death of her two sons and this Christmas also the death of her
beloved sister who for many years gave her comfort at each Christmas. God
gave me the right Ps (103) and some follow up words to encourager her no
end. She hugged me most sincerely in thanks. This is where ones theology is
found to have substance. We can get so tied up in "failing to see the forest
for the trees" that we lose usefulness in practical ministry. Having said
these things I am one that likes details and sees the necessity of details
being right, but have learnt that detail on it's own doesn't make the whole
Any way May God richly bless you in your search for truth.
Rev Dave Powell (Home) Ph No. 07 4635 0204 or 0405 450 259
Bible Methodist Church - Kilcoy
President Darling Downs Christian Conventions Inc
Be kinder than necessary. Everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a
life for a life.
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