If the two could get their egos in check and mend some fences, I think it could work. A Trump/Cruz ticket would be easier for Cruz conservatives to swallow than a Trump/other ticket. Trump is older, and might not hang around for a second term, which sets up Cruz nicely for the next election.
That said, I think we should see how Cruz does without Rubio in the race before anointing Trump as the winner.
“After the absolute pummeling trumps been taking from dems AND repubs is it really surprising that his lead has been shrinking. Bending but not breaking. I actually find it unbelievable. I dont think any other candidate could withstand what trumps been dealing with.”
If that were the case, it would be reflected in the polls prior to the voting. In Trump’s case, he just underperforms relative to his competition. I suspect you have a lot of folks who decide to vote Cruz (usually) in the voting booth who were previously undecided or were going to vote for Rubio or Kasich.
There are qualifications for deacons in Scripture as well, which should be followed, including the part about the deacon’s wife.
The problems you describe are very real, and related to churches that structure their leadership like a business, or in a way inconsistent with what the New Testament teaches. Elder and deacon are the only church offices given in the Scriptures, and they have specific roles. A church needs multiple qualified elders, all with equal authority. The elders have oversight of the church, not deacons or committees. That said, elders do not rule in autonomy, but are under-shepherds of Christ, and should be removed if found to be domineering or biblically disqualified.
If people with money are allowed to hold the church hostage, that is the fault of the church leadership. People who try to control things are domineering, and should be corrected, not allowed to dominate others. When churches get into debt, they become more dependent on the offerings of those with higher incomes, which opens to door to tyrannical members who want control.
You can talk all day about this issue, but the main point is that when churches are not governed biblically, they will have more problems than a church that is structured properly. I would never join a church that did not have a plurality of elders, with a good constitution and by-laws, which prescribe a biblical process by which the congregation can hold elders (and deacons) accountable, or remove them.
As far as what the those elders teach, that gets back to expository preaching. I would add that subscribing to a historical confession (i.e. WCF, LBC) further insulates the church from false doctrines, but that is another discussion.
“Wont be long until possession of pepper spray in Eurabia will be prosecuted as a hate crime.”
I was reading something yesterday about pepper spray being illegal in some Euro countries (Germany maybe?). Not sure which, but apparently a young lady was prosecuted for using some against a would-be attacker. It seems that self-defense is not only politically incorrect in parts of Europe, it is illegal. I am glad Austria apparently has more common sense.
“I think the poll deficit is because of typical Republican voters who say theyll sit out if Trump is the nominee.”
That could certainly be part of it. I know some of those folks, and they are pretty adamant about that. They won’t vote for Trump. When I asked if they would vote Trump if Cruz was his VP, they changed their tune quite a bit. They didn’t say they would, but they were open to the idea. I think a lot of them could be won over if that turns out to be the ticket.
“These guys really like him and you can expect to see them voting for him in November.”
39% of voters in the Michigan Republican primary were not republicans. If what you say is true, don’t you think Trump would be dominating Hillary in the general election polls? I think it is very likely that these are Dems crossing over to get Trump the nomination, and have no intentions of voting for him in November.
And no, not all of the polling results are being fabricated in an attempt to hurt Trump. Whoever runs against Hillary in November is going to have a tough time beating her.
Like civil government, we get the church government we deserve. If church members understood 1 Tim 3, Titus 1, 1 Pet 5, 1 Tim 5, etc., a lot of men would not be allowed to be in church leadership. Find a church that actually vets pastors based on biblical qualifications (vs how good they look/speak, seminary degrees, etc.), and also has a plurality of elders (and not a CEO style senior pastor), and you will have a lot better chance to find a good church. Church elders serve based on the consent of the congregation.
Believers are commanded not to forsake the gathering of the saints, the church is the Body of Christ, and you have been given gifts designed to serve the Body, so you should reconsider church attendance/membership. The body doesn’t function when the members are not together. Even believers are sinners, so don’t expect to find a perfect church. Dealing with the imperfections of others is one way we are sanctified.
And back to the topic, most of my church uses Samaritans. Can’t say enough good things about it.
There are two orthodox views on the continuation of the sign gifts that we read about in the Apostolic age. That pastor you refer to is probably a cessationist. That is probably what he was referring to. He probably did not communicate his position clearly, but being a cessationist would not make him a wolf or a heretic. A cessationist does not believe that miracles don’t happen anymore, they just do not believe that specific sign gifts (healings, ability to survive poisonous snake bites, etc.) continued beyond God’s complete revelation to man (the Scriptures). God is free to do whatever he wants, of course, but these things are not considered normative to the cessationist, as compared to the continuationist, who does see them as normative.
That said, oftentimes pastors are indeed the wolves. That is why church members need to have sound theology, and not put someone in a pastoral role who does not meet the biblical qualifications (1 Tim 3, Titus 1, 1 Pet 5, etc.). If we just held pastors to that standard, instead of our own man-made standards, we would avoid a lot of problems.