Letters on the Mountain!
Date: Fri May 27 09:26:02 2011
Subject: Homosexual Christian
City: Hamilton, Ontario
When I read that you said that Christians who say that they are also non practicing homosexuals will not enter the kingdom of God, I almost fell out of my mind. Lets make some things perfecly clear. First; Christ blood covers up our sins when we believe that he is Lord and son of God. Second; the Bible does not state what sins are any worse than the other because sin is the sepperation from God and man. So to say that homosexuality is any less or great a sin as say shop lifting is wrong. You seem to have forgotten about Jesus' grace to people that strugle with "sin" or imperfections in their lives. Do you realy think that if a person who is a homosexual gives their life to Jesus is all of a suden not going to have yearnings for the same sex. Sure they will. Just like an alcoholic will always have yearnings to drink even if they don't drink. I find it quite madening to hear people talk about what God will do to man kind by way of their salvation when it comes to this matter.
Date: Sun Apr 10 18:40:09 2011
Subject: Apostles Creed
Hello. I am providing feedback with respect. You refer to the the Catholic faith being Roman Catholic, Rome, etc. They are Western Catholic and there is Eastern Catholic which is out of Constanople. Western Catholics also believe they are the only Catholic faith. I wanted to just provide a little bit of information as you discuss the translation of the word Catholic. Again, this is with respect. So many times, we Eastern Catholics,Byzantine Catholic for me, are overlooked. Thank you for listening.
May God grant you many happy, healthy and blessed years.
Date: Mon Apr 4 12:09:37 2011
Subject: Rewards in Heaven Issue
I stumbled upon your site looking for insight into the "Crowns" and
the rewards in heaven issue. Your paper on the topic was superb. You
seemed to leave no stone unturned and provided very thoughtful
commentary on the scriptural references. I expect to be a frequent
Date: Wed Mar 30 14:47:35 2011
Subject: Romans 11
I agree that the partial hardening of vs 25 refers to some of the still unbelieving part of first century national Israel. But I think 'this mystery' that he describes in vs 25 refers to Israel being made jealous by the filling of the Spirit of God within the individuals of the nations. This 'jealousy factor' was mentioned in Rom 10:19 and twice in ch 11; as quoted from Deut 32:21 which was the chapter of the last generation of the national covenant.
I believe the 'as it is written' connects the 'manner' in which all Israel of ch 9 was to be delivered and 'saved' from oppression, and persecution.
This deliverence was prophesied back in Deut 32:42, in Dan 7,9 and Is 49 as well as Jesus inferance to Pilate that his kingdom would one day; but not that day, be administered from "Hence"; meaning Pilates seat of authority.
Date: Thu Mar 3 11:33:57 2011
Subject: Thorn In The Flesh
Name: Star Humbles
I just “stumbled” across your article on the proverbial “thorn in the flesh” as I was researching “messenger of Satan.” I have tried for years to tell people that the scripture clearly tells us what that elusive thorn is, a messenger of Satan, yet they still teach that it was a physical ailment. I even tried to show it to my Pastor and he said, “I don’t have time right now to work on that one.” Then several months later he was preaching and went to 2 Cor. 12:7. I thought, “Awesome. He searched it out and came to the logical conclusion and is now going to finally explain it. But NOOOO. He went right into the explanation of Epilepsy, eye problems, etc. I was so disappointed. (I have since left that church.) Thank you for the excellent explanation. I had not considered figuratively the thorn relating to people who try to vex us into becoming less affective for the cause of Christ. I appreciate the scriptures you used to explain that THORN was often used to explain the “entanglements of the world for the Lord’s people”. I had not gone that far in my research. I will now begin to use that explanation in addition to the Messenger of Satan. I thought logically that if a messenger from God is an angel then a messenger from Satan would be a fallen angel which would be a demon. I interpreted the Thorn in the Flesh as a Demon that God allowed much has He had allowed Satan to torment Job.
Thank you very much for your clear and concise explanation. Also, thank you for allowing your material to be used free of charge. I have printed it out in it’s entirety and will use it as further explanation.
Date: Sat Feb 5 07:51:00 2011
Subject: Does Prayer Change Things
Name: Tom Clark
I just read your writing from the FAQ section of your website, "Does God Answer Prayer and Does Prayer Change Things?".
This is a concept that I've been struggling with for some time, and your answer was clear, concise, and exceptionally well received.
Thank you for posting this manuscript and making it available for everyone.
In His grip,
Date: Fri Jan 7 16:19:03 2011
Subject: Do Animals go to heaven
City: Boston, Mass
I hope you will allow me my feedback. I cannot believe the nerve of the Christians on this website to declare so boldly that animals do not go to heaven. Does God not love animals? That is the most cruel and callous thing I have ever heard. God takes care of both men and animals (see Matthew 6:26 and Psalm 104:14 104:27, 104:30). It is sad that conservative Christians take so much upon themselves to forbid animals to have the same heaven they seek for. You are wrong!
Date: Tue Dec 14 11:33:10 2010
Subject: Your Article
Name: Tony Pacheco
To Mr. T. Warren:
Upon browsing the internet for reading material, I came across an article written by you in 1995 titled Did Jesus Have Brothers and Sisters? Being a Roman Catholic I found it intriguing what you had to say. After reading it and researching the citations listed by you, I can honestly say that you sir are right! It is fascinating how much one can learn when stepping outside the walls that bind them.
Thank you for the knowledge.
Date: Sat Dec 4 02:46:51 2010
Subject: Errors of Dispensationalism?
Name: Lori Wesner
City: Palain City, Ohio
To The Mountain Retreat,
I reject all these teachings on your site about the non validity of Dispensationalism. Dispensationalism is a doctrine held by most Christians. You misunderstand Dispensations, which is only a period of time during which man is tested in respect of obedience to some specific revelation of the will of God. Surely you Predestinationalists don't reject that. If Dispensationalism is false, it must be determined on scriptural grounds, not by Reformed and Puritan authorship.
And furthermore, if Dispensationalism is without merit scripturally, then so is Premillennialism. Because Premillennialism and Dispensationalism are akin. Surely you are not saying the Premillennial Church is in error also?
Date: Mon Sep 6 09:43:11 2010
Subject: Faith of Christ
Name: David Ford
City: Brisbane Australia
I just read your piece at http://www.mountainretreatorg.net/bible/faithof.html and I am very pleased indeed.
I have over the last 5 years been listening to the KJV NT over and over on mp3 and been very aware that my beliefs and doctrines are vastly different to most of modern Christianity. I have only just recently put together a list of scriptures of note that really made an impression on me, and they (amongst other things) outlined a key difference in the “faith of Christ” over modern translations. I found my own conclusions being so radical I decided to go looking for others that thought the same thing...and low and behold I find your piece. Pretty much every argument and scripture you mention are in my thesis also. Others I know are also talking about this.
After sitting in churches for 35 years I must say I feel very ripped off by modern theology, their preachers, and their bibles. Many thanks for your piece.
I am now pondering if the faith is "of Christ", then the purpose of it is for the Righteousness of God –as per Phil 3:9. A similar matching of scripture on this so called "Righteousness which is of God by Faith" lifts the lid on this mystery of faith...He who seeks out the kingdom of God and his righteousness will be filled...
This is great stuff...God Bless
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