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  • Syrian refugee in Germany arrested after killing woman in machete attack

    07/24/2016 8:33:50 PM PDT · 9 of 11
    imardmd1 to BeauBo
    A 21-year-old Syrian refugee was arrested on Sunday after killing a pregnant woman with a machete in Germany,

    So why do pregnant women run around toting machetes?

  • Syrian refugee in Germany arrested after killing woman in machete attack

    07/24/2016 8:33:08 PM PDT · 8 of 11
    imardmd1 to BeauBo
    A 21-year-old Syrian refugee was arrested on Sunday after killing a pregnant woman with a machete in Germany,

    So why do pregnant run around toting machetes?

  • Will Most Baptized Christians Go To Heaven?

    07/24/2016 8:28:56 PM PDT · 151 of 152
    imardmd1 to Jan_Sobieski
    Work out your salvation with fear and trembling.

    You can't work it out if you don't have it, and you can't get it by working for it. Don't quote Scripture if you don't understand what it says.

    Tremble? Yes, I do, for the human who thinks he/she can get it by merely professing. Like the pig talking to the hen about ham and eggs, "For you, its a supporting gift, but for me it's a real commitment."

    Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, I persuade men. (2 Cor. 5:11a,b).

    I don't think it would be a good idea to take a defensive-aggressive posture on this. Twenty-five years is commendable, but I've been at it for 45 years, and sorrowfully seen men and women die who were no longer able to make that commitment, some of them my own relatives whom I will see again only once, and that briefly. Some were just too proud to be wrong, right up to their last breath.

    Guess I’m not saved for quoting scripture, huh?

    I dunno--I'm not your judge. But it's true that lots of people who are not saved quote scripture left and right (often incorrectly), but have not put it to work for themselves in terms of eternal life. To them it's just religion.

  • Will Most Baptized Christians Go To Heaven?

    07/24/2016 7:46:27 PM PDT · 149 of 152
    imardmd1 to MHGinTN
    There is another credible viewpoint that the water Jesus was referring to was neither the water of disciples baptism nor water of parturition (amniotic fluid), but rather the God-applied water of washing by the word, a spiritual event, leading to a spiritual birth, not a physical one.

    At least, it sounds more convincing to me. That is, spiritual rebirth comes by faith, and faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the (spoken) word, and the spoken word by a human preaching the words and will of God (which He spoke and were written down by men of old chosen for it by the Holy Ghost).

  • Will Most Baptized Christians Go To Heaven?

    07/24/2016 7:21:21 PM PDT · 147 of 152
    imardmd1 to MHGinTN

    Yes, the fig tree is identified with Israel; probably specifically Jewry that returned from Mesopotamia, only to be scattered again until 1947.

  • Will Most Baptized Christians Go To Heaven?

    07/24/2016 6:24:22 PM PDT · 146 of 152
    imardmd1 to AppyPappy; pinochet; MHGinTN
    I don’t think there is such a thing as a fake Christian.

    Bible truths are not based on what you think, but on spiritual discernment, which is taking Scripture at face value whether it is couched in literal language or figurative-literal language, no matter what your previous assumptions have been.

    As a Methodist, I believe people can fall from Grace but they are not Christians at that point. They have abandoned the faith.

    But as a confirmed member of the Methodist Church, in fact you believe that Methodists also can fall from grace into Hell, by preference of sinning rather than obeying Jesus, don't you? (If not, you fibbed when you were confirmed and accepted into membership.)

    That's because your denomination subscribes to the standard (non-Jakob-Arminius) contrived Wesleyan Holiness Arminian view that you can lose your salvation.

    As a converted, regenerated Methodist PK, saved at the age of 34, I can tell you that if you think you can lose your salvation, either you already have and cannot get it back again (Heb. 6:4-6), or the person "losing his faith" never really committed to it from the get-go. And total commitment is really the thrust of the true Gospel.

    The original ground for Wesleyan doctrine of depending on Scripture, experience, tradition, and human reasonings (The Quadrilateral)(click here) was not much different than the Anglican/Roman Catholic concept of theological foundations. Which leaves one with the fact that three sides of the argument is human-based, rather than depending on Christ alone for salvation.

    Subscribing to that automatically means that the supplicant is not willing to leave it all behind and cling to the Christ of the Cross alone--which is the absolute non-negotiable Scriptural basis for eternal life in Him.

    I know you're not going to like this, but your mindset strongly indicates that you might not be or never were saved. Even mentioning Methodism in the same breath as eternal salvation causes the true Christian to take in his breath sharply.

    Sorry to have to break this news to you, but I'd advise that without further ado that you take into account very seriously 2 Corinthians 13:5:

    "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?"

    Here's a link that might help you with that exercise:

    http://www.sermonaudio.com/new_details3.asp?ID=21546

    Two Scripture passages come to mind for you and for the initial poster "pinochet":

    "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and
    broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many
    there be which go in thereat:
    Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which
    leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
    Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's
    clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
    Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of
    thorns, or figs of thistles?" (Mt. 7:13-16 AV; my emphasis by bolding).

    Are you following the obvious fruits of Methodism and its leadership?

    "If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and
    mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters,
    yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
    And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me,
    cannot be my disciple. . . .
    So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all
    that he hath, he cannot be my disciple" (Lk. 14:26,27,33 AV; again,
    my bolding to emphasize).

    That means leaving anything in the world you hold dear, even your own physical life, and clinging to Him alone. Have you contemplated and accepted that?

    It is, indeed, pretty awesome.

    As Jesus says, most will not.

    Q. E. D.

    (Acts 14:22, 2 Tim. 1:12)

  • Will Most Baptized Christians Go To Heaven?

    07/24/2016 4:10:02 PM PDT · 144 of 152
    imardmd1 to MHGinTN
    Let me add:

    Sorry for those poor b . . . ds who refused the free opportunity . . .

  • Will Most Baptized Christians Go To Heaven?

    07/24/2016 4:06:22 PM PDT · 143 of 152
    imardmd1 to AppyPappy
    Christians go to Heaven. Period.

    Personally, I'd reword that to say, "Only those who get into Heaven are real Christians." John 14:6

  • Will Most Baptized Christians Go To Heaven?

    07/24/2016 4:01:18 PM PDT · 142 of 152
    imardmd1 to MHGinTN

    I’m glad, because if it were up to me, and not the convicting Holy Ghost, I’d have been re-lost long ago. The early stages of coming into line after salvation can get a little rough (Heb. 12:6-11). Glad He loves me toughly!

  • A Syrian Refugee Murders A Polish Woman with Machete in Germany

    07/24/2016 3:48:29 PM PDT · 14 of 15
    imardmd1 to Matt_DZ_PL
    "A Syrian Refugee Murders A Polish Woman with Machete in Germany"

    (I don't think that's what you meant to say. You might want to pattern the headline after the original one.)

  • German University course: Israelis harvest 'Palestinian' organs

    07/24/2016 3:40:27 PM PDT · 11 of 11
    imardmd1 to miss marmelstein
    The US has quite a few Germans who have bitten back. John J. Pershing, Eddie Rickenbacker, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Stormin' Norman Schwarzkopf and his father, Henry Kissinger, Wernher Braun, maybe some more later. Almost assimilated through nixing and marrying with fighting Irish and English bulldogs. Altogether still a mean American crossbreed, not to be trifled with.

    Don't count us descendants of Krauts out yet.

  • Will Most Baptized Christians Go To Heaven?

    07/24/2016 2:32:53 PM PDT · 132 of 152
    imardmd1 to Jan_Sobieski; Iscool

    John 10:27-30 disagrees with you. To be saved means to assent to His Lordship. You are no longer your own. Hew bought you out of the market with His Blood, and not even you yourself can escape His ownership. And He never lets go. If you do not understand this, know this, and agree with it, you are not saved. Romans 3:22-26.

  • Will Most Baptized Christians Go To Heaven?

    07/24/2016 12:16:22 PM PDT · 122 of 152
    imardmd1 to MHGinTN
    The fig tree is a symbol, Judaism. The tree was really there and really not bearing any fruit. But it was full of showy limbs and leaves!

    Some people ask why Jesus would have expected the tree to have fruit in the spring, at the time of the Passover, when the usual crop is in the fall. This is because some varieties develop a crop in the spring on the last year's growth. they are called "breba" figs (click here).

    How could the tree appear to be killed overnight? In my studies on it a few years ago, this passage came up (I've lost the link):

    "Fig trees are prone to attack by nematodes (especially Meloidogyne spp.) and, in the tropics, have been traditionally planted close to a wall or building so that the roots can go underneath and escape damage. A heavy mulch will serve equally well. Today, control is possible with proper application of nematicides. In India, a stem-borer, Batocera rufomaculata, feeds on the branches and may kill the tree. Lepidopterous pests in Venezuela include the fig borer, Azochis gripusalis, the larvae of which feed on the new growth, tunnel down through the trees to the roots and kill the tree. Another, called cachudo de la higuera, has prominently horned larvae up to 3 1/8 in (8 cm) long that can destroy a fig tree in a few days. There are also coleopterous insects of the genera Epitrix and Colaspis that perforate and severely damage the leaves and shoots. Scale insects include Asterolecanium sp. which attacks the bark of trees weakened by excessive humidity or prolonged drought, and the lesser enemy, Saissetia haemispherica."

    (Check out Mt. 3:10; Lk. 3:0) The narrative need not necessarily be of a supernatural event, but one in which Jesus, not finding "breba" fruits, recognized rapidly developing irreversible disease or insects killing the tree, and seeint tht it was done for, pronounced it dead, never to bear again. This could have a similar parallel of a human in his sinful condition, or in a nation of humans, so far advanced that deadly damage to ones life and spiritual productivity could not be undone.

    Just an observation for you on the fig tree experience (Mt. 21:19-21; Mk. 13:11, 20-21).

  • Will Most Baptized Christians Go To Heaven?

    07/23/2016 7:20:38 PM PDT · 108 of 152
    imardmd1 to DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
    >>> There are also some people who confess profess Jesus and then later turn from Him, either openly or by a slow falling away. Either way it isn’t good. <<<
  • Will Most Baptized Christians Go To Heaven?

    07/23/2016 1:30:32 PM PDT · 87 of 152
    imardmd1 to Graybeard58

    You are right on one point, now. It was made not made clear early on that it hade been moved, and I read the whole thread to see if anybody had made a correction. That’s why I “corrected” you. But the moderator’s movement to “Religion” is not where the rules say it belongs as a vanity post. Maybe you would like to read the stipulations for posting once more. Again, just a suggestion.

  • DNC: The mothers of Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown will appear with Bill Clinton

    07/23/2016 1:20:52 PM PDT · 157 of 160
    imardmd1 to ncfool

    Maybe he could get Monica Lewinski to join them?

  • Will Most Baptized Christians Go To Heaven?

    07/23/2016 1:09:21 PM PDT · 77 of 152
    imardmd1 to pinochet
    P, your initial question is:

    Will Most Baptized Christians Go To Heaven?

    That question is totally loaded. It requires the definitions for:

    (1) What is a Christian?
    (2) What is "baptism"?
    (3) What is "most"?
    (4) Why do you ask?

    The way you phrase it is not briefly answerable. Anyone who thinks otherwise is rather imperceptive. But the question does say that if you do not know the answer, you do not know what the Gospel of Jesus is.

    Then you ask another question in your Post #1:

    "Is there any church that explicitly teaches that the majority of its members will go to heaven?"

    This is a separate matter, one about what a "church" is, and what its beliefs are. You will get any number of responses.

    So, what is your real question? If it is "How can I receive eternal life?", then I know for sure I can tell you, if you wish. Other people might also, but I know I can.

    Are you interested?

  • Will Most Baptized Christians Go To Heaven?

    07/23/2016 12:16:45 PM PDT · 64 of 152
    imardmd1 to patro; Graybeard58; pinochet
    This IS posted to the "Religion" forum. That is seen by looking up at the upper right-hand corner of this page. However, it is obviously a personal "vanity" post, not a sourced article, and thus should have been posted to the "Bloggers and Personal" forum. Non of you have the right idea of the forum to choose, if the general posted instructions are correct.

    Just sayin' -- this is just a neutral observation, not a criticism looking for a fight.

    Sayonara

  • ‘President’ Hillary Clinton: Definition of a Nightmare

    07/22/2016 9:26:22 PM PDT · 157 of 167
    imardmd1 to Zionist Conspirator; metmom; boatbums; Mark17; Elsie; familyop
    imardmd1: Hebrew is the first and original human language. The entire universe was created from the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, It was spoken by Adam and Eve, Noah, and all humanity until the confusion at Babel in the 1996th year of creation.

    Up to here in this reply, I agree with you totally.

    Granted you're probably some sort of atheist evolutionist who thinks all this is silly, . . .

    This shows you do not know me at all, nor my theology.

    . . . but I guarantee you that the world wasn't created out of German.

    No points for you on this one. Everybody knows that, so you've just wasted words.

    No Bible Belt Fundamentalist, however much they may disagree with Judaism, would ever call the Holy Tongue a "dirty dog language" or whatever it was.

    Apparently you got so enraged that you did not read what I said, which was that it is usual for rabbinical Jews to regard Gentiles as dogs, and Gentile languages as heathenish and vile. You've made everything vice versa, in your error. Or is it a desparate attempt to turn the tables around?

    I look forward to the day when Trump is inaugurated and all you alt-righters find out he's much more pro-Israel than Obama and Hillary ever were. Maybe it will stop your mouths.

    I have no love for any of these braggarts, and would vote for none of them, but this is not what your posting of this article was really about. You completely outlined your purposefor this article in Post #1, and reaffirmed it in your reply to me in Post #54 As follows:

    imardmd1: Are you an advocate of "the Noachide Laws" as a system of government? (Post #53)

    ZC: Yes I am. Although I hope you realize that they can be enforced from the local unit upward and do not necessarily require any kind of central imposition (though eventually they will be imposed by Mashiach HaMelekh). (Post #54)

    imardmd1: That means, I take it, that if your preferred form of government prevailed, you would subscribe to the beheading of the avowed followers of Jesus of Nazareth for their testimony and for their effort in recruiting followers. That is so, is it not? (Post #80)

    To date, you have not denied that you support a legal system which would execute Christians for their avowed faith in the Person and Work of Jesus of Nazareth, and the method to be by beheading such a person.

    Nothing else that you have said in your replies in this thread can even begin to to this monstrous Noachide system for which you are demonstrating your commitment to solicit disciples. While I have no authority whatsoever here on FR, it is my understanding that it is a "conservative forum," not a "gentile forum."

    No one argues this, but your goals of transforming our government an beheading Christians is not within the scope of activities of this site, unless I am quite mistaken.

    That being the case, I am quite elated to find you a thorough Bible-hater.

    You must have picked this completely out of thin air, for there is no basis anywhere or at any time in anything I have ever written to sustain this blatant lie, this character assassination. That alone should get your tripe banned.

    Only a slimy Nazi would run around telling Jews to keep off of "gentile forums. . . . At least you're someone the liberals can't use to blame anti-Semitism on the "ee-vil" Bible.

    Now you are accusing me of being a Nazi engaging in anti-semitism. Take note here, that anti-semitism is committing an act of hate toward a person for being a descendant of Jewish parents. It has nothing to do with that person's theology. One may show that the Covenant of Law is no longer in effect, that Judaism is a dead religion in God's eyes, and that it has been supplanted by the religion of faith in Christ, without harboring one iota of hate for the Jewish person at all.

    I despise what you have credited me for, and can only laugh at the lies you have made up, and are trying to force on other participants in this forum. I'm so very sorry this thread has degenerated. But at least some folks have been exposed.

    In my opinion, this thread was already degenerated as posted, before the first answer to your opening comment and its content. Your allegiance to the Noachide religion is to me despicable and not worthy of further theological debate, according to the link that I sent around that shows what the Noachide movement is all about: to destroy Christianity as well as to shelve our Constitution for establishing a free country.

  • ‘President’ Hillary Clinton: Definition of a Nightmare

    07/22/2016 9:01:15 PM PDT · 156 of 167
    imardmd1 to familyop
    True.

    There are many words in it that I don't care to use.

  • ‘President’ Hillary Clinton: Definition of a Nightmare

    07/22/2016 8:57:12 PM PDT · 155 of 167
    imardmd1 to Mark17

    Talmud is sort of like a Jewish Catechism. Uninspired and all by fallible men. Do-si-do and away we go!

  • ‘President’ Hillary Clinton: Definition of a Nightmare

    07/22/2016 8:51:49 PM PDT · 154 of 167
    imardmd1 to boatbums

    Gem

  • ‘President’ Hillary Clinton: Definition of a Nightmare

    07/22/2016 3:00:04 PM PDT · 144 of 167
    imardmd1 to hlmencken3
    I have no idea what your original point was, but thanks anyway. Shabbat Shalom.

    Mu original point was that my answer Post #128 to your Post #116 shows that the sayings of Jesus re jots and tittles contradict the concept that there was no indication of vowel sounds prior to the Masoretes, to whon some theorists attribute the vowel pointing employed by Ben Asher in his preparation of codices of the Old Testament.

    I included Psalm 119 to show that the letter identified as jodh was present in the Psalms, long before Jesus' mention of it as the least of the consonants.

    I'm sorry that I did not make that clear enough that you could follow the purpose of arguing against a late introduction of vowel pointing as a reading aid. Which, of course, either Jesus understood, or that someone gratuitously added these verses centuries later.

  • ‘President’ Hillary Clinton: Definition of a Nightmare

    07/22/2016 2:26:47 PM PDT · 142 of 167
    imardmd1 to familyop; Zionist Conspirator; metmom; boatbums; Mark17; Elsie
    You sure have it backwards. The site I linked to was just to show that it demonstrates the full range on those promoting Noachideism thought, not just the pretty part that ZC (and you?) want us to see. I don't sympathize with them or ZC's hogwash; I anathematize(d) it.

    And its the rabid Jewish Chassidic isolationists who study in Hebrew who would term English, a Gentile language, as one of dogs, untouchable and vile, not vice versa. You've got that wrong, too.

    My friends who are making remarks here against the Noachic mindset are not terrorists. It's the Noachists who who are the terrorists, Noachites who subscribe to Noachide Law with its view toward the followers of Jesus as being heretics, worthy of a death sentence, and beheading of Christians as the proper reward of their faith.

    Apparently you're so full of rage that you can't even correctly repeat back to me what I've written. What's your problem?

  • ‘President’ Hillary Clinton: Definition of a Nightmare

    07/22/2016 9:18:43 AM PDT · 134 of 167
    imardmd1 to familyop; metmom; boatbums; Mark17; Elsie; Zionist Conspirator
    They were not specifically mentioned in the Talmud.

    We're not talking about the Talmud or Nazis. We're talking about the Noachidists, who are starting to gain traction to influence our government. And ZC appears to be one of them, if his comments are to be taken seriously.

    Here are some extacts from an accounting of Noachidism": (click here)

    Death Sentence Endorsed Today

    It would be a mistake to believe that contemporary promoters of the Noahide Laws have
    abandoned the Talmud doctrine that idolaters (i.e., Christians) be put to death for
    practicing their religion. The Noah's Covenant web site calls for the banning of
    Christmas and other Christian holidays, and endorses the call for the death sentence for
    Christians. Noah's Covenant quotes Rabbi Schneerson from Volume VIII of Likkutei
    Sichos, an anthology of the Schneerson's works. (71) Rabbi Schneerson in turn quotes Maimonides (the Rambam).

    >>> "according to the known Jewish ruling that Christians are idol worshippers."

    >>> Maimonides, quoted by Rabbi Schneerson (63) A gentile

    >>> is liable for the death penalty … if he has invented a religious holiday for himself …
    >>> The general principle is we do not allow them to make new religious rituals and to make
    >>> 'mitzvahs' for themselves by their own devices. Rather they may either become a Ger
    >>> Tzeddek and accept all the Mitvahs; or [t]he (the Noahide) should stand fast in his Torah
    >>> (the seven Noahide Laws) without adding or diminishing … and if he does make some
    >>> new 'mitzvah,' we lash him, punish him, and inform him that he is obligated with the
    >>> death penalty for this "

    >>> Maimonides (the Rambam) (64)

    and:

    The translator, Rabbi Dr. H. Freedman, explains in a footnote that the expression "sons of Noah" means non-Israelites:

    "The only place where death is explicitly decreed for non-Israelites is in Gen. IX, 6:
    >>> Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed. It is a general law,
    >>> applicable to all, having been given in the pre-Abrahamic era; his blood shall be shed
    >>> must refer to the sword, the only death whereby blood is shed. "

    Summing up, a further excerpt says:

    >>> Axe or sword, the end result is the same.

    >>> "Grunts" Push for Decaptitation

    "If it seems fantastic that decapitations might be carried out in the US, the reader's attention is called to the July 26, 2003 edition of Defense Watch ("The Voice of the Grunt"). In an article entitled "Anti-Terror Weapon: Off With Their Heads," Robert G. Williscroft argues that the US military decapitate 'terrorists.' " >>> We should have beheaded Saddam's monster sons, and placed their pigskin-draped
    >>> heads atop long poles in the center of Baghdad. Then, one by one, as we capture other
    >>> high-ranking members of the old regime, their pigskin-draped heads should join the
    >>> rotting heads of the Hussein brothers.
    >>> Robert G. Williscroft (73)

    "Of course, all of the "terrorists" so far are Gentiles. And once decaptition is used by American officials on Iraqi Gentiles, the precedent is established. Decaptition becomes an American practice, and may be used other Gentiles as well."

    **********

    So there we have it, this is what promulgating "Noachidism" amounts to.

  • ‘President’ Hillary Clinton: Definition of a Nightmare

    07/22/2016 8:07:50 AM PDT · 132 of 167
    imardmd1 to hlmencken3
    I don’t think you mean 119:73. The ‘yod’ there is ‘yadecha’ - ‘your hands’.

    I beg to contradict your minimizing of the inspired issue that this yodh is the letter that begins every word of the following seven verses.

    The Psalm is given in verse group of eight, each in the group beginning with the same letter, as they do patterning after verses 1 through 8, for which each verse begins with alef. The purpose of the scheme is for the Hebrew student to learn his alpha betas by memorizing the scripture verses in that order. This is pointed out in the English translations in which language the verse does not begin with the inspired letter.

    My Greek instructor is memorizing that Psalm, in the Hebrew. This arrangement certainly helps him.

  • ‘President’ Hillary Clinton: Definition of a Nightmare

    07/22/2016 7:46:49 AM PDT · 131 of 167
    imardmd1 to metmom
    The Noachic Laws are mentioned in Genesis 9:1-7, and they are a bit shorter than tha given by the Talmudic eisegesis. If you want to read them (in the blocky Aramaic alphabet, they are as follows, without vowel pointing:

    ויברך אלהים את־נח ואת־בניו ויאמר להם פרו ורבו ומלאו את־הארץ׃

    (verse 1)

    ומוראכם וחתכם יהיה על כל־חית הארץ ועל כל־עוף השׁמים בכל אשׁר תרמשׂ האדמה ובכל־דגי הים בידכם נתנו׃

    ((verse 2)

    כל־רמשׂ אשׁר הוא־חי לכם יהיה לאכלה כירק עשׂב נתתי לכם את־כל׃

    ((verse 3)

    אך־בשׂר בנפשׁו דמו לא תאכלו׃

    ((verse 4)

    ואך את־דמכם לנפשׁתיכם אדרשׁ מיד כל־חיה אדרשׁנו ומיד האדם מיד אישׁ אחיו אדרשׁ את־נפשׁ האדם׃

    ((verse 5)

    שׁפך דם האדם באדם דמו ישׁפך כי בצלם אלהים עשׂה את־האדם׃

    ((verse 6)

    ואתם פרו ורבו שׁרצו בארץ ורבו־בה׃

    ((verse 7)


    But with the alephs (ah sound with a beginning glottal stop), the hey (eh sound beginning with aspiration), the vavs (the "who" sound with beginning aspiration), and the yodhs ("I" sounds); as well as the punctuations (the colons, hyphens, and superscript dots, as well as commas which represent the tsere yodh).

    I would think that those following the Noahide Law scheme but as ger tsaddukim would memorize these and not use the Gentile forms of non-Hebrew markings that tell us how to pronounce their nasty dog languages.

    Also, you will note that Hebrew road signs, historical markers, and store fronts in Israel do not use vowel pointing, either.

    *******

    From Wiki: "Protestant literalists who believe that the Hebrew text of the Old Testament is the inspired Word of God are divided on the question of whether or not the vowel points should be considered an inspired part of the Old Testament. In 1624, Louis Cappel, a French Huguenot scholar at Saumur, published a work in which he concluded that the vowel points were a later addition to the biblical text and that the vowel points were added not earlier than the fifth century AD. This assertion was hotly contested by Swiss theologian Johannes Buxtorf II in 1648. Brian Walton's 1657 polyglot bible followed Cappel in revising the vowel points. In 1675, the 2nd and 3rd canons of the so-called Helvetic Consensus of the Swiss Reformed Church confirmed Buxtorf's view as orthodox and affirmed that the vowel points were inspired."

  • ‘President’ Hillary Clinton: Definition of a Nightmare

    07/22/2016 6:54:30 AM PDT · 129 of 167
    imardmd1 to knarf

    Great testimony, Bro! I, too, had to break down and get simply convicted, with the Words of salvation through faith alone in Christ alone, and that in the middle of finishing my PhD in spectroscopy. On! Forward!

  • ‘President’ Hillary Clinton: Definition of a Nightmare

    07/22/2016 6:47:48 AM PDT · 128 of 167
    imardmd1 to hlmencken3
    He mentioned it twice, which translated as "tittle" is the the Greek word "keraia", the Hellenization of the Hebrew "chireq".

    Specifically, a dot-tot-tit-tittle keraia/chireq. Jesus mentioned it twice, on two recorded occasions, once in Matthew and once in Luke, either of which is in both the Textus Receptus and in the Critical Text (which is supposedly from texts far earlier than the Ben Asher Masorah). And that is exactly what he meant. You do know that the jot-iota-yodh is specifically mentioned in Psalm 119:73, don't you

    In the Vulgate, translated by Jerome about 400AD, the keria/chireq is translated "apex" (apices plural), which refers in Latin to a diacritical mark indicating how the a vowel is pronounced, which is exactly what the vowel-pointing does. But I guess this is boring you, eh?

    "Accepted"?? This is of the logic "eat garbage, fifty million flies can't be wrong" kind of thinking. I trust the Preserved Scripture rather than the thoughts of fallible men, no matter how many of them.

    But thanks for asking.

  • ‘President’ Hillary Clinton: Definition of a Nightmare

    07/22/2016 1:35:50 AM PDT · 115 of 167
    imardmd1 to boatbums
    Tell me, do you accept the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Hebrew scriptures)? Were they able to translate from Hebrew to Greek by relying upon the written language?

    Now BB, this is a really good and telling point as to the question of presence or absence of vowels in the written Hebrew. Jesus Himself spoke of the preservation of every jot and tittle in the (written) Law:

    "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled" (Mt. 5:18 AV, cf Lk. 16:17). To pinpoint what He said, the letter "yodh" is the smallest consonant in the Hebrew alphabet ( י ), is rendered in the Koine as ιωτα (pronounced yota) and Anglicized as "jot". In English "tittle" comes frpm "tit" meaning a single dot, like a period, and is the translation for κεραια (pronounced ker-ee-ah) in the Greek, which is the translation of the smallest element of Hebrew vowel pointing, the dot or chireq ( חִירִיק ) (pronounced as kee-reck) and represented as " . "

    Both can be used as punctuation also.

    My understanding is that the Hebrew written for Hebrews did not lack vowels or punctuation, but rather having been learned, and the context understood (especially for well-known and memorized Scripture), including the vowel while writing was just too laborious. Probably the vowel pointing system was so that he meaning could be transmitted as an assist to Gentiles or Jews for whom Hebrew was a second language, one of which they were not native speakers.

  • ‘President’ Hillary Clinton: Definition of a Nightmare

    07/22/2016 12:24:31 AM PDT · 114 of 167
    imardmd1 to boatbums; Zionist Conspirator
    I've been waiting for a final declaration from ZC.

    At some point It is time to ask for the blocking of material which has not been presented as an exposé of a treasonous belief system to be condemned, but rather as the poster being affirmatve to proselyting for and propagating a system of belief and government which is determined to kill Christians by decapitation for their allegiance to the death in Jesus, both Lord and Christ.

    This attitude, to which the poster of the initial article affirms and gives assent to, is totally against the principles of the use of the Free Republic forum for its stated purpose of upholding the Constitution and its guarantees.

    And I doubt that RM is unaware of or ignoring the exchange. Perhaps yhe moderator is just waiting for the poisonous fruit to ripen so that it can be destroyed to the root.

  • ‘President’ Hillary Clinton: Definition of a Nightmare

    07/21/2016 8:04:53 AM PDT · 80 of 167
    imardmd1 to Zionist Conspirator
    imardmd1: Are you an advocate of "the Noachide Laws" as a system of government? (Post #52)

    ZC response: Yes I am. Although I hope you realize that they can be enforced from the local unit upward and do not necessarily require any kind of central imposition (though eventually they will be imposed by Mashiach HaMelekh). (Post #54).

    That means, I take it, that if your preferred form of government prevailed, you would subscribe to the beheading of the avowed followers of Jesus of Nazareth for their testimony and for their effort in recruiting followers. That is so, is it not?

    (Your answer will be "Yes" or "No"; a response of silence or fence-riding must, of course, to be taken as "Yes.")

    IRP

  • ‘President’ Hillary Clinton: Definition of a Nightmare

    07/20/2016 1:22:52 PM PDT · 53 of 167
    imardmd1 to Zionist Conspirator
    From your Post #1: WARNING: This column contains proselytization for the Noachide Laws! Anyone offended by that should not read it.
    This is the first column of its kind I have ever seen in a mainstream publication. It may be one of the most important columns of our time.
    May it be His Will that somewhere a heart is touched!

    From your Post #37: I simply posted an article that contained proselytization for the Noachide Laws.

    I'm coming into this exchange a bit late, but have some questions, if you would please respond to them:

    (1) Who is the "he" of "His Will" in the first post?

    (2) What is your perception of what "the Noachide Laws" are?

    (3) Are you an advocate of "the Noachide Laws" as a system of government?

    We need to have some kind of footing if this is your objective(s).

    Thank you.

  • Christianity’s Major “Pivot-Points” [vanity]

    07/19/2016 11:33:22 AM PDT · 21 of 35
    imardmd1 to SubMareener
    Thanks for your illustrations, but I believe you have misinterpreted them in thinking that certain "believers" were saved. These do confirm my point that under the New Covenant unregenerated "believers" are not saved. Churches are full of them, and as old Oliver B. Green has said, "More people are going to Hell through the churches' doors than ever went through those of barrooms."

    The Simon who wanted to buy the power to confer the holy Ghost (which no Apostle or any other human has ever possessed) was a "believer" but unsaved, whether baptized or not (water baptizing does not and cannot save).

    The "believers" encountered by Paul in Ephesus were not hearers or believers of the saving Gospel (though accounted as disciples of Scripture teachers). Paul recruited, enlisted, and inducted them by baptism into the discipleship of Jesus' ordained teacher(s); they then each believed redemptively, and were graced in an unusual and glorious way by the Holy Ghost, pursuant to their exercise of a saving faith.

    SM also says: As I said, it is not automatic.

    No, there is nothing automatic about the gift of the Indwellingness of The Holy Ghost. It is entirely of the Will of The Father, through the agency of The Spirit (1 Cor. 12:13), and it only occurs when He knows that the receiver has yielded him/herself to a joint commitment which will never be abandoned (Hebrews 13:6). How can God know that? Because He has foreknowledge.

    Regarding water baptism (there are six other baptisms in the NT, not counting ritual cleansing in the mikvah for Temple worship and service); it is administered by fallible men for the purpose of signifying a believer's commitment; and is carried out as the public ritual of induction into the temporal process of sanctification of the new recruit. By it he comes under the authority and ownership of the Father, of The Son, and of The Holy Ghost. Human-administered water baptism does not confer God's retraction of punishment for sins. Only one's complete faith in the substitutionary punishment and death of God's Beloved Incarnate Son can cause the transaction of suffering of The Lamb of God for ones sins, and the imputation of The Lamb's innocence to the believer, to occur. With it, The Father, reconciled by the Redeemer's blood price for ownership of the yielded believer(s), judicially frees the supplicant from guilt, and can then offer intimate fellowship to the saved one(s). With that verdict He confers gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit as the true, earnest, internal, eternal seal of the permanence of that exchange.

    That probably sounds a little complicated, but think it through, and you'll get it.

    On the other matter regarding parable of the sower and the seed (Mt. 13:3-9), Jesus told it to demonstrate to his disciples that those who could or would not understand it were not saved (v. 15), and did not have spiritual discernment. In any case, He says that the "seed" represents the Word(s) of the Kingdom (v. 19). It does not represent The Holy Ghost, who is of the same substance of, inseparable from, and never absent from the Father and The Son. So including the terms of that parable in your statement to which I responded was a little odd, a non sequitur, I thought.

  • Christianity’s Major “Pivot-Points” [vanity]

    07/19/2016 8:38:37 AM PDT · 8 of 35
    imardmd1 to Hebrews 11:6
    To me, this is a fine, useful, thoughtful, event-driven list. As you point out, there are several ways of viewing changes in mankind's direction owing to changes in God's dispensations. here's one that is based on His covenants:

    GOD'S DEALINGS WITH MAN (click here)

    (Apparently my HTML coding was a little off and displaced the line with some of the dates. I'm sure you can put them right.)

  • Christianity’s Major “Pivot-Points” [vanity]

    07/19/2016 8:17:40 AM PDT · 5 of 35
    imardmd1 to SubMareener
    You need to reread Acts about when the Holy Spirit indwells believers. It is not automatic. Some seed falls on rocky ground.

    I think you've quite missed the point of the New Covenant.

    Under it, one is not redeemed from sin, eternal death, and the Lake of Fire unless one is regenerated and has become a permanent residence of the Holy Ghost.

    That state is conferred by God on the basis of committed, irreversible faith in His Son and Christ, Jesus, as Lord, and in His Blood, having become His tangible possession for ever.

    You might want to reread Jesus' words of promise, especially John 10:25-30, 11:25-26, and 14:24-26.

    Anyone who is not indwelt by the Holy Spirit is not saved from the wrath of The God.

    Are you?

    My impression is that your understanding of the parable of the sower and the seed is flawed.

  • Methodists elect 1st openly gay bishop in defiance of ban

    07/18/2016 1:49:58 PM PDT · 76 of 88
    imardmd1 to fwdude

    So?

  • Methodists elect 1st openly gay bishop in defiance of ban

    07/18/2016 8:03:31 AM PDT · 72 of 88
    imardmd1 to fwdude
    It is no longer a viable denomination if it cannot rule itself.

    There is no such thing as "a viable denomination" named or called for in Scripture. Denominationalism is an invention of man's lesser and more basic lust for power as applying to religion.

    The only viable organization of the doctrine taught by Jesus and His Apostles is the local autonomous assembly of regenerated believer-disciple-priests keeping the commands of Jesus watchfully secure, and ministering to each other in the needs of body, soul, and spirit.

    Any widespread suprachurch controlling organization is an artifact of the attempt to wed Platonic philosophy with Biblical doctrine, lending political power by solidarity rather than depending on spiritual power coming from the Faith in and on The Christ.

    Denominationalism is Satanic in nature, especially when administered by a two-class religious system of mutually exclusive classes of clergy and laity.

    Such a system did not work for Judaism, and it has not worked for man-made organizations claiming to be "Christian," IMHO.

  • Cleveland police union asks for suspension of 'open carry' in wake of Baton Rouge, ahead of RNC

    07/17/2016 1:47:48 PM PDT · 67 of 97
    imardmd1 to quesney

    The cops should leave this alone unless/until some valid violation of the law occurs, then the State Governor could exercise his authority by immediately putting the convention area under National Guard military law for a few days, thus relieving the cops of danger to their poor little hineys. More union activity at work here.

  • NV: Open Carrier Makes Citizens Arrest on Hit and Run Driver (video)

    07/17/2016 1:37:52 PM PDT · 14 of 15
    imardmd1 to RKBA Democrat

    By Far West, I was referring to the state under consideration in the initial topic — Nevada.

  • NV: Open Carrier Makes Citizens Arrest on Hit and Run Driver (video)

    07/17/2016 1:34:27 PM PDT · 13 of 15
    imardmd1 to RKBA Democrat
    Well, for those who can be licensed and legal (or sometimes even "illegal") for concealed carry, I think it's really stupid to advertise.

    But it's still considered a free country. Do it your way. That's fine with me.

  • Methodists elect 1st openly gay bishop in defiance of ban

    07/17/2016 12:50:06 PM PDT · 62 of 88
    imardmd1 to Rurudyne; alrea
    Repentance and healing is possible

    Before, or after one is elected to the bishopric?

    The teaching of the assembly today was based on the text:

    "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the
    kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor
    idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of
    themselves with mankind,
    Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor
    extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
    And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are
    sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord
    Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God" (1 Cor. 6:9-11 AV).

    effeminate = μαλακός

    Strong's Number G3120
    μαλακός
    malakos
    mal-ak-os'
    Of uncertain affinity; soft, that is, fine (clothing); figuratively a catamite: - effeminate, soft.
    Total KJV occurrences: 4

    Abusers-of-themselves-with-(hu)mankind (male or female) = ἀρσενοκοίτης
    ------------
    Strong's Number G733
    ἀρσενοκοίτης>
    arsenokoitēs>
    ar-sen-ok-oy'-tace>
    From G730 and G2845; a sodomite: - abuser of (that defile) self with mankind.
    Total KJV occurrences: 2

    ***********

    I think you can put a negative operator on the male aspects above to estimate God's idea of what His reaction to be toward behavior of the female gender so far beyond the pale of decency that it was not even imagined or recorded in the Bible.

    The whole matter is covered again, esp. re a "bishop" in Paul's definitive letter to Timothy (1 Tim. 1:10, 2:12, and 3:1-7)

    Is this putative openly "gay" woman "bishop" washed in the Blood of the Crucified One? Is she set apart for Christian service by God's Scriptural appointment? Is she declared by Almighty God to be judicially "Not Guilty" of slavish dominance of personal depravity?

    Sounds to me like such a one is a bondslave of Satan as a father; of Sin as a master; and of irreversible attraction to lust of the eye, lust of the flesh, and embolden in an impious and empty presumption which trusts in the stability of earthy things.

    What does it sound like to you, when vested in a human assuming a role and practice entirely violating Scripture from Genesis 1:1 to the Revelation 22:21? (John 8:44)

    If this is the best that the Conference congregants can find among its members and elect to administration, what of them? Eh?

  • NV: Open Carrier Makes Citizens Arrest on Hit and Run Driver (video)

    07/17/2016 11:38:12 AM PDT · 11 of 15
    imardmd1 to RKBA Democrat

    It can be legal but be offensive and invite harassment by the police if that’s the way they’ve been trained. Were you aware that DE is solidly blue? Even the Republicans are more purple than red. My dear state representative just got a bill passed into law that allows the villages and towns to forbid carry open or concealed in certain buildings or at town meetings that were previously matters of state preemption. Not that I agree at all, and am rather put out about the situation of letting localities begin to infringe, but I doubt that chasing and stopping a non-fatal violator might get one into serious trouble. The Far West has a different heritage and culture. Just sayin’.

  • NV: Open Carrier Makes Citizens Arrest on Hit and Run Driver (video)

    07/17/2016 4:51:14 AM PDT · 3 of 15
    imardmd1 to marktwain
    Might work in Nevada, but I doubt it here in Delaware, where open carry has been on the books for many, many years, but mightily discouraged by the establishment's officers.
  • Methodists elect 1st openly gay bishop in defiance of ban

    07/16/2016 10:31:29 PM PDT · 45 of 88
    imardmd1 to Albion Wilde; xzins
    From "The Doctrines and Discipline of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1900, With An Appendix,"
    Bishop Andrews, Ed., New York, Eaton and Mains, 1900. p. 354

    Appendix Paragraph 31. On Licensing and Ordaining Women.

    § 1. The Discipline of the Methodist Episcopal Church does not provide for nor contemplate the licensing women as
    Local Preachers; and therefore the action of a Quarterly Conference, and of a Presiding Elder as the President
    thereof, in granting such license is without authority of law, is not in accordance with the Discipline as it is, and with the uniform administration under it. --
    Journal, 1880, pp.353, 354.

    § 2. The law of the Church does not authorize the ordination of women to the Ministry of the Methodist
    Episcopal Church; and a Bishop is not at liberty to submit to the vote of the Conference the question of electing
    women to Orders. -- Journal, 1880, p.353.

    § 3. The General Conference judges it inexpedient take any action on the subject of licensing women exhort or to
    preach; and that it is also inexpedient take any action on the subject of ordaining women to the Ministry. --
    Journal, 1884, p.317.

  • Methodists elect 1st openly gay bishop in defiance of ban

    07/16/2016 10:14:25 PM PDT · 44 of 88
    imardmd1 to xzins

    My FRiend, it’s because the customers who pay the electric and gas bills, the minister’s salary, and the supernumeraries by apportionments assigned to each church. They will determine what doctrines the denomination settles on, not the bishops,as I figure. I have the 1896 and 1900 Books of Discipline, and will in a moment send you the paragraph on ordaining women. Hang on ...

  • Gunman fires during vigil for slain Baltimore man; 5 shot

    07/11/2016 8:46:31 PM PDT · 25 of 40
    imardmd1 to artichokegrower
    Apparently, it was a he; and that1's a starter, for these days it may be more difficult to tell the difference just by external appearance, eh? ( /s )
  • Philando Castile Crew Raise More Than Quarter Million So Far (And Recent Developments)…

    07/10/2016 1:15:00 PM PDT · 27 of 27
    imardmd1 to DCBryan1
    Thanks for your correction. I thought that perhaps I might have been off a little because my memory was what I did back in 1986.

    At that time the per person per year limit was In one case, I loaned a person $40,000 on a note at no interest, then forgave a certain amount of it thereafter each year so that the person had the full amount in advance of the gift.

    But the principle (not the principal) is still in effect, and even more generous if what you say is correct (which I do not doubt). Muchas gracias, amigo!

  • Philando Castile Crew Raise More Than Quarter Million So Far (And Recent Developments)…

    07/09/2016 10:31:10 PM PDT · 20 of 27
    imardmd1 to Jamestown1630

    There are no taxes up to $10,000. These gifts are not deductible, therefore the money given has already been taxed. You can give someone up to $10,000 and they do not have to report it as taxable income. It is unearned.

  • [Vanity] Are Canadians and Americans allies or enemies?

    07/04/2016 6:56:05 PM PDT · 42 of 56
    imardmd1 to Jonty30
    I think Yogi Berra said it well:

    "When it's over, it's over."

    It's over, my FRiend.