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Letter: Love, faith and salvation are gifts we must choose

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Posted: Saturday, May 3, 2014 12:00 am

Two fundamental truths are: God is good and man has free will — the angels, too.

Free will, like everything else is subservient to God’s will, i.e., our free will is only limited by God’s sovereignty. We choose within His omniscience, but we are judged by the motives and intentions of our heart, not by His foreknowledge.

All of man’s hope, faith and love is a choice based upon, dependent on and resting on the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Belief or unbelief is a choice we will all make; and no choice is a choice.

God introduced choice and sin when He planted “the tree of knowledge of good and evil” in Eden. Adam and Eve erred; they chose rebellion over obedience. Why did God allow this to happen?

Love is a gift. Genuine love is freely given and freely received. Love is only love if it is a choice. God desires our love and we need his. He wants us to choose Him. Out of love for us, God allowed for our error (sin).

Faith is a gift, freely given and freely received, and it is a choice. God desires our faith, without which we can’t please Him, and without which we have ho hope.

Salvation is a loving gift, freely given and freely received. It, too, is a choice. God desires our salvation and we need it. Out of love for us, God made allowance for our salvation, and also for our autonomy to freely choose it or not. The “chosen ones” are the ones who choose to believe and choose to accept God’s gift.

As steel sharpens steel, scripture sharpens scripture. Exodus 33:19, I Peter 1:2, I Corinthians 1:24-29, James 2:5 and John 3:15-16, it is written, God is on the throne and faith changes things “whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”

William Van Amber Fields


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  • Brian Dockter posted at 11:12 am on Tue, May 13, 2014.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2900

    Mr Houdack,

    It's called the refirmation.

    One of the differences between the violence found in the Judeo/Christian texts as opposed to that of Islam is found in the use of fear of violence against artists, critics and intellectuals. What artist, critic or intellectual ever feels a twinge of fear if condemning anything Christian or Jewish? However, look at the examples of the violent political threats and murders of Salman Rushdie, Theo van Gogh, Pim Fortuyn, Kurt Westergaard of the Danish Mohammed cartoons, and many others. What artist, critic or intellectual has not had a twinge of fear about Islam when it comes to free expression? The political difference in the response to the two different doctrines is enormous. The political fruit from the two trees is as different as night and day.

  • Eric Barrow posted at 8:27 am on Tue, May 13, 2014.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1672

    Jerome you certainly can believe whatever you want but when you throw your beliefs out there for debate there will probably be some push back especially when your beliefs are becoming more extreme relative to societies becoming more tolerant. Anyway it appears gay marriage is moving forward legally at a remarkable pace I don't think it needs your support.

  • Christina Welch posted at 8:42 pm on Mon, May 12, 2014.

    Christina Welch Posts: 543

    That's what I thought you were saying... My grandmother said that many, many times. Thank you so much for responding. Too bad your church isn't local 'cause it sounds exactly like what I know to be true, and was taught from the pulpit, with the King James Bible. Although grandma always said we weren't Calvinists (but we were.) Please continue to share your thoughts. They are good words to read. Thanks again!

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 8:00 pm on Mon, May 12, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    So this is interesting. Mark Mitchell and Mark Robins are the same person posting comments under two different names?

    Hmmmm? Seems a little fishy, no? Doesn't that violate some rule or another?

  • Christina Welch posted at 6:20 pm on Wed, May 7, 2014.

    Christina Welch Posts: 543

    Wow. A big thumbs up from me, Mark! I was raised a Primitive Baptist, and this is very much what I believe. I wonder if I may ask what church you attend (if you even do) although I think that might be getting too personal. I understand if you don't want to respond. I am asking because I haven't attended church for quite awhile now since my church closed and I'd like to start attending church again, but I can't find any primitive baptists around here. I really appreciate your comments. Truly. I wonder, though, did you leave a word or something out in your last sentence?
    Thanks again for your insights.

  • Rick Houdack posted at 8:26 pm on Mon, May 5, 2014.

    Rick Houdack Posts: 202

    I'm relieved that Jerome Kinderman fully supports my right to believe there is no god for, as we all know, for centuries the official Christian response to non-belief was to burn the non-believer to death over a slow fire giving the condemned the opportunity to proclaim his Christianity before death overtook him. Or the apostate's tongue was ripped out with pliers, or his lips were sliced off, his eyes gouged out, feet crushed, fingers flattened, body broken on a wheel, pulled apart by horses, impaled on a pike... and many other methods that moderate Christians of today find extreme. That is an advance in Christianity we can agree is an improvement over the original. the rest of Kinderman's assertions false. He writes of his favorite definition of biblical marriage, but he doesn't mention the hundreds of biblical wives of King David or Solomon and dozens of other bible heroes. And the biblical concubines that were running rampant, even the bible priests had biblical concubines. But they are cool because they're biblical. And the bible was written by god... so when your kid mouths off, kill him (or her, girls get mouthy, too). Kill the brides who are not virgins, kill the adulterers. Kill Because that is the unchanging biblical morality Kinderman believes. He still has my sincere gratitude for relaxing his awesomely biblical standards by not killing me for my non-belief (as he is ordered to do in the true holy bible that was totally written by god and absolutely not edited dozens of times by humans or translated into thousands of versions.

  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 1:54 pm on Mon, May 5, 2014.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2407

    I fully support Mr. Houdack's right to believe that "there is no god." As for me, I do believe in God as well as His Son, Jesus Christ. In addition, I believe that the Holy Bible is the Word of God and that it is true.

    Why is it then that we can't just leave it at that? Why am I considered evil because I believe that marriage - as defined in both the New and Old Testaments of the Holy Bible - to be between just one man and just one woman? Am I actually expected to change my beliefs simply because society is changing theirs? Clearly that would make me a hypocrite if I ignored God's Word at the whim of man. I cannot and most certainly will not do that.

  • Walter Chang posted at 8:21 am on Mon, May 5, 2014.

    Walt Posts: 1314

    Rick, stick to politics!

  • Walter Chang posted at 8:20 am on Mon, May 5, 2014.

    Walt Posts: 1314

    Good letter!


  • Rick Houdack posted at 8:58 am on Sat, May 3, 2014.

    Rick Houdack Posts: 202

    There is no god.


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