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  1. Quote H. Salvation Conditioned Upon Faith Alone In the New Testament in about 115 passages, the salvation of a sinner is declared to depend only upon believing and in about 35 passages to depend on faith, which is a synonym for believing. Unquote -Major Bible Themes from Lewis Sperry Chafer, revised by John F. Walvoord. Quote Verse Thoughts The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked and many interpret this verse to insist that being 'doers of the law' equates to keeping specific commandments or obeying certain rules, without understanding the shocking context of this verse. It is the general principle of 'law' and not a reference to specific commandments that is referred to here.. for the Bible, tells us that: by works of the law shall no man living be justified. And yet those that are trapped in legalism insist that this verse requires us to keep the Law of Moses; to maintain strict adherence to denomination rules and regulation or adhere to a self-imposed code of conduct.. in order to be justified. But this is not what Paul is referring to when he says: for it is not the hearers of the law who are just before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. We are not justified by carrying out the ten commandments, adherence to denomination requirements or self-imposed regulation, for in many places Scripture warns us that: by the works of the law will no man living be justified. However we are frequently reminded that we are justified by grace alone through faith alone in the finished work of Christ - alone. For almost three chapters Paul is hammering home this vital truth that nothing we can do can make us righteous before God - nothing. And he insists in many of his epistles that justification is not dependent on what WE do, but rests entirely upon what Christ has DONE - for we have all sinned and we all fall short of His perfect standard. One by one Paul is laying out hard-hitting principles that no one is righteous before God. His clear, logical argument condemns all. The immoral man, the moral person and religious people are all guilty before God. There are none that do good in the eyes of the Lord, not even one. This indictment of all humanity concludes that every mouth is silenced before the righteousness of God - And THEN Paul starts to give the good news of salvation - that we are justified by believing on the the finished work of Christ. It is by faith in the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus alone, that man is justified. unquote What Does Romans 2:13 Mean? (knowing-jesus.com) "8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. " Ephesians 2:8,9 KJV "19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. {guilty…: or, subject to the judgment of God} 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. 21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; {set forth: or, foreordained} {remission: or, passing over} 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. " Romans 3:19-26 KJV "5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;" Titus 3:5 KJV
  2. Most of us don't even know what LGBT rights means. So tell us what rights you mean. If you mean pushing LGBT agenda on everyone, I don't think anyone sees that as a right. If you mean teaching children in schools that LGBT is normal, I don't think most people would agree with that and most of the population has never even been asked.
  3. That's entirely your choice. People choose what they believe. The consequences of the wrong choice can be dire, both in this life and in eternity. Thankfully the Bible gives the answers and the way to be redeemed or saved from damnation. Whether one wants to listen to the Bible or reject it is one's own choice, but you should be aware there are serious consequences.
  4. 1. No. Taxpayers were not asked and don't want to pay for rainbows crosswalks, flags, and symbols. If taxpayers were asked, you know they would say NO. 2. No. Freedom of religion is a Constitutional/Charter Right. They are not a money-making business but are classified as charitable organizations. Churches are paid for and minister's salaries are paid for by donations from people who have already paid income tax on those donations. So there are no grounds to tax churches. Businesses and corporations only pay taxes on their profits after expenses are deducted from taxable income. Churches are not businesses.
  5. That's fine. That's your choice. But we know from your words how much you hate Biblical Christianity. So it would be difficult for you to hide that fact now. Christians are among the most persecuted people on the planet and thousands lose their lives every month in some countries. Just an added fact, the Devil loves people who hate Christians and people who never point out evil. One must wonder about people who call themselves Christians while they never say anything negative about the evil in the world and the world loves them for it. Of course they won't be persecuted much in places like Canada, but will be commended by a secular humanist population.
  6. If you want to wear symbols of LGBTQ+ that is your personal choice, but I disagree with taxpayer money being used to post symbols in public places, like rainbow crosswalks paid for by taxpayers or rainbow flags being put up on public buildings at taxpayer's expense and using public property to promote that ideology. Churches are private property and therefore have a right to exist. There is a difference between using taxpayer money and people paying for something themselves.
  7. Just as a matter of fact, Christians are among the most persecuted people on earth in many countries. "In the top 50 World Watch List countries alone, 245 million Christians in the world experience high levels of persecution for their choice to follow Christ. " North Korea is rated as one of the most dangerous places on earth for Christians. Christian Persecution by the Numbers - Open Doors USA - Open Doors USA
  8. One consequence of bureaucracy is the case of the fire a year ago that burned town the village of Lytton, B.C. Most people that owned homes there are still waiting for something to be done. The rubble still has not even been removed. It is estimated it could take five or ten years for it to be rebuilt. Many of the older residents might not even be alive to be able to go back after that length of time. The whole thing is buried in bureaucracy of environmentalism, regulations for contamination of the sites, and aboriginal questions about historical matters. This is an example of the betrayal of the people by their government that is supposed to be looking after them.
  9. I have answered that above. You lump everyone who calls himself a Christian into the same pot. I told you Biblical Christianity supports freedoms and human rights. That means we support everyone's right to believe what they wish as long as they do not break the laws or interfere or try to force their ideology on other people. We also have a right based on our biblical beliefs to disagree with LGBTQ and the woke ideology. That does not mean we think they should be eliminated or discriminated against in any way. Bible-believers simply do not believe in their point of view or accept their lifestyle. Beyond that, they have the same rights to live and work in society without being mistreated. I hope you understand that and quit making false accusations claiming we think they should be burned at the stake or mistreated in some other way. Everyone should obey the law and treat everyone with respect even if we disagree with what they are advocating.
  10. You are inventing many false accusations and assigning them to all Christians. There have been many false Christians throughout history who did many evil things such as what you referred to. (burning witches) You forgot that people who did those kind of things and things like the Inquisition, tortured heretics, etc. were not bible-believing Christians. It was the Bible believing Christian groups who were killed by the main religion of Rome. They were considered heretics by the Papacy and targeted for genocide. Biblical Christianity led to the Reformation 500 years ago which brought freedom of the tyranny of totalitarian control by Rome. It also brought freedoms and eventually led to the end of slavery in the UK, Europe, and America. The principles of the Bible were held by a small minority of people but they had a big impact on society. Governments realized that there were such things as human rights and the need for democracy. These civilized ideas arose out of Biblical Christianity and Judeo-Christian thinking. I think you have been listening to the anti-Christian propagandists who follow the Devil. True Christianity is not intolerant of other people living and working in society. We realize not everyone is going to agree with the Bible or Christian beliefs but we still have to exist and work together. That is the difference between intolerant Islamists in Islamic countries and free countries which live by Christian principles of peace and respect for human rights. That is why the western civilization in Europe struggled to keep Islam out of Europe. They understand they would lose their freedom to believe what they believed. While most of what Europe believed was not true biblical Christianity, there were still pockets of true believers and many more after the Reformation. But if Islam had it's way or atheists had their way, there would be no freedom of religion or beliefs. We saw what atheistic Communists did in the Russian and Chines revolutions when they killed 100 million people. It is a lie to say true Christianity is responsible for all the evil. It is false religions and atheism that is responsible for the wars and evil in the world.
  11. More evidence in the report at the link below. quote When Quebecers are thinking about the federal government these days, they are not impressed. How come a G7 country is not able to issue passports in less than three months? Why can’t it deal with an immigration file in months rather than years? How is it that the government can’t ensure there are enough security and customs agents at major airports to process travelers within an acceptable time frame? Unquote André Pratte: Federal gridlock is a threat to national unity (msn.com) Bureaucracy has a natural tendency to constantly add new rules and procedures for every little thing they do. That is why the size of government tends to grow and grow and grow with more procedures, rules, and involving more bureaucrats in every step of a process. This slows the whole process down for the smallest project. Then when people are off work for reasons such as Covid, files pile up and are not dealt with in a timely manner. The process just drags on and on. Of course government unions like more bureaucracy because it means ever increasing numbers of employees and union members. It easily gets out of control and politicians can do little about it because the problems and roadblocks are buried deep in bureaucracy, which is out of reach of politicians. They must depend on their subordinates who are often outside the actual workings of the bureaucracy themselves. So on and on it goes as the problems are unresolved.
  12. Trying to accommodate every heathen religion and woke ideology is turning Canada into a cesspool and you support that. Promoters of that destructive ideology promote it by using weasel words like "inclusive". Anybody who disagrees is called a racist or exclusionary or intolerant. The word inclusive is very deceptive because it means including every evil ideology and belief system.
  13. It would not be brainwashing because Christianity is biblical and therefore true. You forgot to mention our society is based on Judeo-Christian culture and beliefs whether you like it or not. If you lived in the western world the last 1,700 years you would have found that is the way it was. If you live in other parts of the world like the middle east you will be forced to conform to Islam's laws and rules with no basic human rights. Be thankful you live in the west which has freedoms and rights that are a result of it being historically a Judeo-Christian society. Such freedoms and rights do no exist in much of the rest of the world.
  14. One of the consequences of an extreme bureaucracy such as Canada has is the long lineups when arriving at an airport from outside Canada. They have something called the ArriveCan app which you must have on your smart phone (if you have one). This is a bureaucratic requirement which you must use when you arrive. It has been found to contribute to the slow processing of people arriving from outside Canada. The government refuses to remove it even though countless mayors and other authorities have been begging for the government to remove it so travelers can move at a more normal rate. Another example of bureaucratic bungling is the rescuing of Afghan refugees who worked for the Canadian Forces. The government claimed they would take in 40,000 Afghan refugees but so far it is only a fraction of that. There have been endless reports of very slow government processing of paperwork and difficulty of Afghans obtaining a VISA. Of course we see the horrendous problems people are having trying to get passports where they have been lined up for days at a passport office. Another example of bureaucratic bungling and inability to adapt the system to the circumstances.
  15. This interesting article pretty well describes Canadian government as well as American. Canadian government may actually be more bureaucratic and intrusive on everyone's life. They seem to pride themselves on being leaders in so-called "progressive" legislation. The Canadian government are leaders in such things as same-sex marriage, medical assistance in dying (MAID), (over 21,000 people have died by MAID in the last few years since it started) and making abortion a part of health care although it is about as far from health care as anyone who thinks about it could imagine. Around 80,000 to 100,000 abortions per year. A description of government that suits Canada. quote “A big, bumbling, generous, naive, inquisitive, acquisitive, intrusive, meddlesome giant with a heart of gold and holes in his pockets, an incredible hulk, a ‘10-ton marshmallow’ lumbering along an uncertain road of good intentions somewhere between capitalism and socialism, an implausible giant who fights wars, sends men to the moon, explores the ends of the universe, feeds the hungry, heals the sick, helps the helpless, a thumping complex of guilt trying mightily to make up for past sins to the satisfaction of nobody, a split personality who most of his life thought God helps those who help themselves and only recently concluded God needed help, a malleable, vulnerable colossus pulled every which way by everybody who wants a piece of him, which is everybody.” Unquote From AM to PM, the fickle force of government is with you (msn.com)
  16. The rainbows/pride ideology goes against many people's religious beliefs and we still have freedom of religion. The whole pride movement has more to do with pushing their belief system and trying to normalize it and silence any naysayers and less to do with equal rights.
  17. I don't see a pride parade or rainbows on crosswalks or on CBC, CTV news as anything to do with "equal rights". I see it as forcing a perverted ideology or lifestyle down everyone's throat. It is state-sponsored brainwashing. Not everyone agrees.
  18. We are being bombarded daily with the rainbow accompanied by a mad drumbeat on CBC and CTV daily. What next? If anyone thought the CBC and CTV were unbiased or neutral media not under the control of the liberal left, radical progressives, think again.
  19. Horgan's NDP MLA Josie Osborne was made a minister and her department just gave a grant of 15 million dollars to an environmental organization. She is under the microscope and being examined now for possible conflict of interest because her husband sold some land to the organization a few years ago. The environmental organization is called MakeWay which changed it's name from Tides Canada. This organization was the target of the Alberta government as a oil/energy industry opponent. The organization distributes money to various other environmental organizations across Canada to fight various "social justice" causes. So in effect our taxpayer money is being used to fight for radical environmentalism and against the energy industry and other industries that Canadians depend on. How is it our tax dollars can be used for what are essentially political causes while the health care system is in a crisis and gas prices are out of sight? Tides Canada rebrands following ‘smear campaign’ - Environment | Business in Vancouver (biv.com)
  20. After years of doing nothing about the failing health care system in B.C. and 900,000 people without a family doctor, it is time he retired. All I have heard him do is blame the feds for not contributing enough money for health care. But he doesn't seem to realize it is the B.C. provincial government who has the main responsibility for health care. Since Ottawa was not contributing enough money for B.C.'s health care, Horgan should have acted and properly funded it in the meantime until the problem with federal financing is solved. Socialists want to promise every kind of service but they are failures when it comes to financing their promises. Since the Socialists ban private health care they have a responsibility to provide the necessary care, not just ignore the needs of the people as they have done.
  21. Why should Canada or western NATO countries stop funding and supplying weapons in Ukraine, which wants to be part of the democratic western nations? Without NATO and the west's help, a brutal, authoritarian dictatorship may completely destroy and take over the Ukraine and then what is next as it would have expanded it's size and control of the world? Russia, China, N. Korea, and Iran are the great Axis of Evil that are in fact a real threat to freedom in the world.
  22. This situation at Babine Lake with the federal and provincial NDP government signing an agreement with the Lake Babine Band to hand over 22,000 hectares of crown land in the coming years is not unique. There are other similar deals that have been made without the consultation or approval of Canadians. Ostensibly this land will be used to create a logging industry for FN. But how much study has been done to find out if FN will in fact be interested in working in the logging industry and actually doing a professional job of utilizing this land? If they do and it results in them getting off government support, then that would be a good thing. But I am not so sure that will be the outcome. Secondly, why is it necessary to give them absolute title to the land instead of just granting them timber rights for a certain number of years to see what they actually do with the land? FN people are traditionally enthusiastic hunters and fishermen, not loggers. Hunting and fishing is seasonal and does not require the white man's work practice of working 8 hours days for five days a week for around 49 weeks per year not counting statutory holidays. That has always been the stumbling block for FN people. They prefer their own work schedule and only seasonal for the men. The women must work all the time of course maintaining the home and family. So I am not sure how trying to get FN to start a logging industry is going to work. This is just a fact of life and one of the obstacles white people have faced in settling and trying to employ some FN people. Not all of course, but some have trouble adjusting to white man's ways. They no doubt see white man's work ethic as a form of slavery as you must admit it does infringe of one's freedom to some extent. On a smaller scale, deals are being made periodically to hand over control of certain areas without consultation or approval of Canadians or even the non-native populations that live in the region or area. These areas are not FN reserves but are part of what natives claim as "traditional territories", a ambiguous term that covers 150% of B.C. It is a useful term for FN activists who claim the land as their own. Local and provincial politicians (particularly the woke) seem to be aiding and abetting them by their repeated land acknowledgements which are made at the beginning of meetings by mayors and public announcements by politicians at all levels of government. Where will all this take us? To compound this dilemma is an American-controlled forest industry company recently made a deal to build a commercial campground around a tiny lake on Vancouver Island with the cooperation of a FN band and gave the campground an unpronounceable FN name. It now appears that a forest company is acting like a government and creating campsites and handing them to FN. I am not saying the campsite is not a good thing; it is a wonderful campground and camping is a reasonable price, but ordinary non-native Canadian citizens have absolutely no say in this. In essence a foreign company is taking over our land and doing with it whatever they please. It is the principle that is at stake here. What is happening to our land we call Canada and what is happening to the rights of the 95% majority of Canadians who have no say in these things?
  23. The resource extraction is not out of control. It creates thousands of jobs and contributes billions of dollars to pay for your health care, welfare, pension or whatever you live on. The Indian rights/reconciliation industry produces nothing but takes from the taxpayers who will never escape paying and paying with no end in sight.
  24. It might have an impact on me if the federal Liberal and Provincial NDP governments are giving large areas of land to FNs as part of their vision of "reconciliation". It might impact a lot of people in the area who have lived there for all their life and their ancestors also lived there. Also that handover of large tracts of crown land might be repeated closer to where I live and could have an impact of me and my relatives. Everything government does sets precedents that can be repeated elsewhere. So yes, I think it is a reasonable concern. All Canadians should be interested and involved in what is happening in their country at the present time whether it is next door to their town or a thousand kilometres away.
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