Mark, You can always vent out one on one. I'm sure we agree on the same things. I too have had some arguments with some, They are trollers that don't belong on this site and if you get that, please report it to myself or Twana(Humble Infidel) Thank you for responding and please, don't worry, I don't bite, ask Navyman Norm..we're pretty tight. I sent you this because here is exactly how I feel.
Mark- Thank you..I couldn't agree more! We Brothers-in-Arms must always be UNITED in our fight against our ONE REAL ENEMY, Satan.
He delights in sowing strife among believers, and always uses his diabolical powers to try to tear us apart. He knows his time is short...
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with you which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints — and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Welcome Aboard , neighbor, and have a blessed day!
Mark- Apology accepted. Yes, we do have statues in our church. Why do you have have pictures of your parents, family, children, etc. on the walls in your home? They are merely "symbols" representing your loved ones, are they not? Most Protestant churches I have attended have stain glass windows, crosses, and pictures of Jesus Christ, too. I have also attended Jewish synagogues, too. Does that make me "bad person"?
We don't WORSHIP statues, nor do we "bow down to to the pope". He is a figurehead of the church and represenative of Christ. The symbols he wears are the CROSS and the Christain fish symbol.
Regarding Catholic confession, again, I refer you to Mathew 16:18-19 where Christ gave Peter the "keys to His church and the power to forgive sins...i.e. "Whose sins you forgive shall be forgiven; whse sins you reatin, shall be retained". Catholics don't have to "go to confession", but if you do, the priest talks directly to you like any Minister or Pastor and cites Jesus' teachings and scripture, and encourages you NOT to sin again.
Back to the rosary. The rosary is a Catholic tradtion to honor the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. We pray the Our Father and Hail Mary on the beads, and "focus" and think about Christ's Birth; His passion; and His death and esurrection and what it means in our daily lives. Its Not some "voodoo, or pagan practice like the Jewsish Scribes and Pharisees accused Christ of when he cast out demons in His Father's name.
I honor your military service like I do that of every Jew, Catholic, Christian, Atheist, (yes they died for our country, too) and Muslims. I never asked any of my shipmates in the heat of the moment "by the way, are you Catholic? Because if you are, I can't fight along beside you".
Remember the Two commandments Jesus told the Jews when they tried to trap him by asking "which of the Commandments is The Greatest, Rabbi"? Christ replied: Love your God with your whole heart and your whole soul"; And "Love your neighbor as yourself".
Good stuff Mark. I am Born Again Christian. Studied Homiletics and Apologetics...Those were the days of GOOD OLD FASHION STUDY- To show thyself approved unto God, a workman that need not be ashamed rightly dividing the Word of Truth. You are not crazy, and I really don't think too many others here would think so. Even non "relgious" people I talk to are thinking in the same terms! That says alot.
Thank You Mark, I truly trust in God, which by the way, what is happening now with our obanation-I believe is God's written Word.
It's time we all pray and seek His face..I believe our time is come. The stage is set for the anti christ....Could it be the O?
Well Well Mark! VERY HONORED to be your friend! I'm not good at saluting, But I SALUTE YOU SIR! YOU ARE ONE OF AMERICA'S HEROES and I would like to say THANK YOU with DEEPEST GRATITUDE for your sacrifices. I hate the way Mr.O has bashed the Patriots, The many Heroes that have sacrificed so much, all too often the ultimate. But we are here to say thank you and support your GOODNESS for our FREEDOM. Thank You Again Mark. You are another hero that is GOD's Heart.
LOVE YOU and ALL YOUR BROTHERS and SISTERS in Harms way. GOD BLESS YOU and AMERICA.
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