Greg Rolfe
10/10/2017 · 1 min read · ~100 · 1
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Opinions the study of God and life and death

Opinions the study of God and life and death

Fact versesfiction, truth verses lies, and then there is theology. Theology is the study of God, the nature ofGod and religious beliefs. It can alsobe described as the knowledge and belief we have about God. Those of us who have taken more than a...

Greg Rolfe

Greg Rolfe

Hi Vivian I hope everything is going well with you! You are correct in the case where Scripture is clear then indeed we must hold to it. My point was that in many cases the Scripture is clear to me but not as clear to another, your illustration of the tithe is excellent. When we are discussing topics that are contrary to the known character of God this is very different. In answer to your first question "is this gracious?" yes it is . To stand firm in obedience to clear instruction is grace, due to the point of standing firm. That stance is to demonstrate that God's way is more important than our opinion. Have a very blessed week end!

13/4/2018
Vivian Chapman

Vivian Chapman

I agree we need grace in our interactions with others, whatever their opinions but there is a dividing line. False teaching should not be tolerated in a church setting. You can have too much grace! John says: “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting” (2 John 1:10) Is this gracious? Jesus Himself, during His ministry on earth always conducted Himself with love and grace, but also put His foot down firmly when faced with lies. When orthodox Jews discuss theology, they argue energetically and loudly, expressing different opinions without bothering whether someone is going to be offended. But they have this idea that God is above their opinions and their fighting about truth, and is somehow participating and working within and through their arguments. They always know God has the final word. The Bible is not Truth. It rather bears witness to The Truth. (It has been called the truth about The Truth). The Bible itself says that Truth cannot be established on the basis of only one witness but “two or three” are necessary. The most important witness is the Holy Spirit Himself. When we read the Bible, we also need to hear the Holy Spirit bearing witness to and agreeing with the word we are reading. “No scripture is of private interpretation”. A useful “third witness”, alongside the Bible and the Holy Spirit, is other Christians. This can be in the form of teaching, theology, conversation, or books. But the third witness must agree with the other two. You have to make a difference between one thing and another. The Bible gives definite truths and also gives examples of truths which you need to explore by exercising your own and moral judgement. (particularly in the Torah)

13/4/2018
Vivian Chapman
12/4/2018 · 2 min read · ~10
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God's Friends

God's Friends

There is astory about St Theresa of Avila: She was always in bad health, but wastravelling one winter day in an open carriage - on the Lord's work. Thecarriage went through a ford, tipped over, and deposited Theresa in the icywater. She got out,...

Greg Rolfe
27/3/2018 · 1 min read · ~10
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Christians and politicians; putting out the fire

Christians and politicians; putting out the fire

Here is aquestion I have been attempting to answer for a while and it seems to be misunderstood. The question surrounds the idea of Christiansand politics. Should a Christian be a politician? Short answer, sure if God tells you to. But the...

Greg Rolfe

Greg Rolfe

Harvey I believe you are correct that any Christian that fail to understand the war he or she enters when discussing or becoming a politician is in for a very nasty surprise. Blessings

29/3/2018
Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

You offer a good concept of the christian politician. The conflict comes when the disagreement is about who is being served. The primary target of Christians is to serve others while in politics we are often caught with serving self in order to serve others. This dogmatic approach is all to often difficult to control. Christians suffer from cognitive dissonance when entering politics. They are forced into choice. Much like the relativism offered in the Garden of Eden. The Apple. Politics will test your faith at many levels. Luke warm Christians will get destroyed in that arena.

28/3/2018
Greg Rolfe
13/3/2018 · 2 min read · ~10
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Join the greatest treasure hunt ever shared

Join the greatest treasure hunt ever shared

The callingof the body of Christ is to have the same heart a Jesus and His heart was to seekand save the lost. The primary problemwe face is that we cannot in anyway save the lost. When faced with this issue a common response isto quit. If I cannot...

Vivian Chapman
3/12/2017 · 6 min read · ~10
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Hurt

Hurt

I had a revelation today! I was reading a blog article by Melusi Khomoand saw these words: “He (God) is waiting to touch our deepest pain if we let Him.His healing is a type of divine exchange, in which we offer Him our hurt and Heoffers us His...

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