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  • Jesus Alone, Is the head of the Church...but he delegates his authority to men

    05/23/2018 5:32:26 PM PDT · 17 of 17
    unlearner to Luircin

    “The question being, how can you tell which authority is ordained by God?”

    When you accept that you do not have the right to go in to any random church and demand to select its leaders, then recognizing legitimate leadership comes down to following the leadership of the local church where God directs you to be in fellowship.

    This needs to be a church that proclaims the Word of God. A believer who sincerely seeks God’s will in this matter and is listening to God’s direction will find believers with whom he or she can fellowship.

    The general qualifications of church leaders are specifically listed in several places in the Bible. It should be apparent that these are followed.

  • Jesus Alone, Is the head of the Church...but he delegates his authority to men

    05/23/2018 5:19:08 PM PDT · 16 of 17
    Luircin to unlearner

    The question being, how can you tell which authority is ordained by God?

    I know the answer I live by, from Scripture, but what about everyone else?

  • Jesus Alone, Is the head of the Church...but he delegates his authority to men

    05/23/2018 5:10:50 PM PDT · 15 of 17
    unlearner to DesertRhino

    “He designates his authority to men?”

    Yes, he does. Every person is required by God to submit to others. Even Christ Himself demonstrated willing submission to His Heavenly Father as well as His earthly parents, though He Himself is God. If Christ demonstrated submission, how much more does God expect disciples of Christ to submit to authority?

    We live in a day of buffet-style Christianity—a day when “every man does that which is right in his own eyes.” But this is not how God ordained things. And rebellion against God-ordained authority is very dangerous.

    Ephesians 5:21
    Submitting to one another in the fear of God.

    Hebrews 13:17
    Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.

    1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
    And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord.

    Jude 11
    Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.

    To learn what Jude is referring to about Korah, see this passage in Numbers:

    Numbers 16:3, 23, 24, 31-33
    [The sons of Korah] gathered together against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, “You take too much upon yourselves, for all the congregation is holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the Lord?”... So the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the congregation, saying, ‘Get away from the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.’”... Now it came to pass, as he finished speaking all these words, that the ground split apart under them, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households and all the men with Korah, with all their goods. So they and all those with them went down alive into the pit; the earth closed over them, and they perished from among the assembly.

  • Pope Francis: It is Not a Sin to Criticise the Pope

    05/23/2018 5:01:26 PM PDT · 31 of 31
    Luircin to ealgeone

    I wonder how many people would be criticizing the Pope if they would have had to risk what happened to Jan Hus.

    Thank goodness that there are no papal armies any more.

  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope Francis vs Contemplative Orders

    05/23/2018 4:56:52 PM PDT · 3 of 3
    faithhopecharity to ebb tide

    it just seems to me that the “quiet sisters” could be treated with a bit more respect than this...?
    the Poope may view them as some sort of “useless eaters” (to employ a term he’s likely familiar with given his patent far-leftist proclivities).......but even I, who have almost zero real appreciation of that lifestyle....still can see that they are an integral part of the Church..have been for centuries...and maybe, just maybe...the good Lord likes having a few Created Critters down here “contemplating” Him?
    That makes sense. It sure couldn’t hurt... for the Vatican to stop messing around with them ... while there’s so much else going on (including within the church, imho) that needs attention a whole lot more.

  • Jesus Alone, Is the head of the Church...but he delegates his authority to men

    05/23/2018 4:52:59 PM PDT · 14 of 17
    Luircin to Salvation

    Yes, and it’s whoever follows the teachings of Jesus and the Apostles. The Popes in the 14 and 1500s and Pope Frank are NOT recipients of the authority of Christ.

    Should anyone claim authority that he doesn’t have, specifically by contradicting Jesus and the Apostles... well Paul in Galatians was rather graphic about what they should do to themselves.

  • Jesus Alone, Is the head of the Church...but he delegates his authority to men

    05/23/2018 4:50:57 PM PDT · 13 of 17
    ealgeone to ifinnegan; Salvation
    Are you trying to say their are successors who will propitiate the sins of the world? Or who will write new scripture, add to the Bible? Or present additional Gospel or doctrine?

    Roman Catholicism has already done this along with the Mormons.

    At the Council of Trent, the Roman Catholic Church official proclaimed their man made derived "Sacred Tradition" to be equal to inspired Scripture.

    What those "Traditions" are the Roman Catholic cannot tell us.

    http://www.thecounciloftrent.com/ch4.htm

  • Jesus Alone, Is the head of the Church...but he delegates his authority to men

    05/23/2018 4:46:54 PM PDT · 12 of 17
    ealgeone to Salvation; pastorbillrandles
    >>**The teaching of the Apostles is the only authoritative source of instruction for the church, other than the Law and the Prophets of the Old Testament. The church is built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets and no Pastor, Elder, Prophet, Apostle or Evangelist has any right whatsoever to supersede them. **<<

    Amen.

    And do most people know who the rightful successor to Christ and the apostles is?

    It isn't the RCC.

    God can and does call men to serve His kingdom. Paul is a good example of this. He was not one of the original disciples, yet God called him to minister to the Gentiles.

    God still calls His servants to this day.

  • Jesus Alone, Is the head of the Church...but he delegates his authority to men

    05/23/2018 4:40:23 PM PDT · 11 of 17
    ifinnegan to Salvation

    “And do most people know who the rightful successor to Christ and the apostles is?”

    Are you trying to say their are successors who will propitiate the sins of the world? Or who will write new scripture, add to the Bible? Or present additional Gospel or doctrine?

  • Jesus Alone, Is the head of the Church...but he delegates his authority to men

    05/23/2018 4:38:49 PM PDT · 10 of 17
    ealgeone to FatherofFive
    Read ahead to Acts where we see how the disciples actually did this.

    Hint: It wasn't in a confessional booth and the people repenting didn't have to say a bazillion Hail Mary's or do other "penance" for their forgiveness.

  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope Francis vs Contemplative Orders

    05/23/2018 4:31:50 PM PDT · 2 of 3
    pke to ebb tide

    Not a good sign when contemplative life is so misunderstood and seen as not useful. The immersion into prayer and sacrifice out of their love for Christ combats the evil in the world and truly fulfills The Beatitudes in their deepest sense. And perhaps the last beatitude is most telling, “Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.“

  • Jesus Alone, Is the head of the Church...but he delegates his authority to men

    05/23/2018 4:31:16 PM PDT · 9 of 17
    GingisK to pastorbillrandles

    Given the current Pope, this requires some discernment. Mankind is downright unreliable, so I have my own relationship with the Father through Christ. In short, the clergy can kiss my enormous ass.

  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(5/23/18)[Prayer]

    05/23/2018 4:23:39 PM PDT · 12 of 12
    left that other site to Maudeen

    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem






    Thank You, Maudeen, For Your Prayers For the Peace of Jerusalem, For Our FRiends in Need, For Persecuted Believers, and For Our Beloved Nation.

    "Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.” Hosea 6:3 NIV

    God Bless America!

    Blessings To All Who Visit This Garden of Prayer.



    This Symbol Represents Christians in The Middle East, who desperately need our Prayers.

    Hallelujah and Amen

    ML/LTOS
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(5/23/18)[Prayer]

    05/23/2018 4:22:30 PM PDT · 11 of 12
    left that other site to Kitty Mittens

    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem






    Thank You, Kitty Mittens, For Your Prayers For the Peace of Jerusalem, For Our FRiends in Need, For Persecuted Believers, and For Our Beloved Nation.

    "Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.” Hosea 6:3 NIV

    God Bless America!

    Blessings To All Who Visit This Garden of Prayer.



    This Symbol Represents Christians in The Middle East, who desperately need our Prayers.

    Hallelujah and Amen

    ML/LTOS
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(5/23/18)[Prayer]

    05/23/2018 4:19:48 PM PDT · 10 of 12
    left that other site to NEWwoman

    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem






    Thank You, NEWwoman, For Your Prayers For the Peace of Jerusalem, For Our FRiends in Need, For Persecuted Believers, and For Our Beloved Nation.

    "Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.” Hosea 6:3 NIV

    God Bless America!

    Blessings To All Who Visit This Garden of Prayer.



    This Symbol Represents Christians in The Middle East, who desperately need our Prayers.

    Hallelujah and Amen

    ML/LTOS
  • Jesus Alone, Is the head of the Church...but he delegates his authority to men

    05/23/2018 3:59:16 PM PDT · 8 of 17
    Salvation to pastorbillrandles

    **The teaching of the Apostles is the only authoritative source of instruction for the church, other than the Law and the Prophets of the Old Testament. The church is built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets and no Pastor, Elder, Prophet, Apostle or Evangelist has any right whatsoever to supersede them. **

    Amen.

    And do most people know who the rightful successor to Christ and the apostles is?

  • What Happens in Germany

    05/23/2018 3:58:59 PM PDT · 6 of 6
    boatbums to ebb tide
    Many things unite us with Protestant Christians. The age of bitter polemics is over

    Guess he hasn't read the Free Republic Religion Forum lately? ;o)

  • Jesus Alone, Is the head of the Church...but he delegates his authority to men

    05/23/2018 3:54:18 PM PDT · 7 of 17
    Responsibility2nd to DesertRhino

    In I Timothy and in Titus, He instructed men to be elders and deacons over the local church. They have authority over us, and they are accountable to God for the job they do.

    This reply - along with all the many others - leads me to think you may wish FR had a feature to allow you to take back your snarky post.

    But oh well. Live and learn.

  • Jesus Alone, Is the head of the Church...but he delegates his authority to men

    05/23/2018 3:39:49 PM PDT · 6 of 17
    FatherofFive to DesertRhino
    "So when it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” And when He had said this, He showed them both His hands and His side. The disciples then rejoiced when they saw the Lord. So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained.” John 20:19-23

    Looks like Christ delegated the authority to forgive sins to the men he established as His priesthood.

  • Jesus Alone, Is the head of the Church...but he delegates his authority to men

    05/23/2018 3:37:30 PM PDT · 5 of 17
    pastorbillrandles to DesertRhino
    How about Acts 16:18 ? But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour. BTW He delegates, not designates. We are both equals before God already. That has nothing to do with what I am talking about.