Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Forfølgelse under Islam

Det anbefales at alle leser denne hjerteskjærende historien om en ung kvinne kristen kvinne med barn som ble angitt for blasfemi i Pakistan. Artikkelen er skrevet av Raymond Ibrahim som dokumenterer hvordan de Kristne forfølges i Midtøsten. Arbeidet hans anbefales sterkt.


Den hjerteskjærende historien om kvinnen finner du nedenfor:


Land der Islam dominerer har ikke noen reell ytringsfrihet. Om de finnes så er dette uvanlige unntak. Og med Islamismens spredning over verden så tyder mye på at ting vil bli verre. Islam slik den ble praktisert av Muhammed og basert på Koranen skaper ikke frie samfunn med utvikling. De produserer tyranni og underutvikling. Korrupsjons tallene taler for seg selv:



Kanskje vi ikke bør være overrasket at den norsk Pakistanske Muslimen Quasim Ali vil at Norge skal få blasfemiloven (her)




Kilder 


http://kristenapologetikk.blogspot.com/2018/09/muslimen-qasim-ali-vil-fjerne.html

https://www.transparency.org/research/cpi/overview

http://www.hannenabintuherland.com/europe/pakistan-death-or-life-for-christian-blasphemer-raymond-ibrahim-herland-report/

https://www.raymondibrahim.com

Dyp Krise Blant Evangeliske Kristne i Amerika

Researchen som er gjort av Ligonier Ministiers viser at evangelisk Kristendom i Amerika er en dyp krise.


Artikkel: The State of Theology




Sitert fra konklusjonen fra artikkelen om tilstanden på Evangelisk Kristendom i Usa:

"The 2018 State of Theology survey reveals deep confusion about the Bible’s teaching, not only among Americans as a whole, but also among evangelicals. There is something very wrong when a majority of Americans can give the correct answers to basic Bible questions and at the same time say that their beliefs are purely a matter of personal opinion.
These results show the urgent need for sound biblical teaching and the bold preaching of the gospel. Millions of people do not understand the holiness of God, the reality of sin, and the one way of salvation in Jesus Christ. There is much work to be done, but it is our hope that these findings will serve the church in its efforts to reach more people with the faithful proclamation of the truth of God’s Word."

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Peter Jones advarer mot Østelig åndelighet

Peter Jones har skrevet en bok om Østens religion og livssyn og hvordan dette påvirker Vesten. Vi lever i en tid der Østen ser mot Vest for svar, mens Vesten ser mot øst for svar. En kan gjerne si at Østen vil ha mer av modernismen og materialismen fra Vesten, mens Vesten vil ha mer av åndeligheten til Østen.

Kommentar fra boken til Jones fra en artikkel,

"Pantheism is the “very spiritual” belief that “god” is in everything. From this conviction derives the phrase “all is one and one is all.” This part of God in everything joins everything together. Since human beings are inherently spiritual, pantheism is the original default button of the rebellious creature. God is not above me; God is in me. God (capital g) does not make the rules; I make the rules. As aggressive materialism and atheism decline, people are now happy to be “spiritual” by finding God within. They reject the most basic notion of theism, namely, that God the personal Creator is distinct from the creation as its Maker."






Kilder 

https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/eastern-idolatry/?fbclid=IwAR3tntgG9Kan23GBLDrGJ81-axiRU9zJcykp8uXaWeMXsRMeVVtS3sY6q7E

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Spennende NRK dokumentar om bedehuskultur på Karmøy

Bedehuskulturen har gjort mer for å forme Norge enn de fleste aner. Vi kan spore mye av det beste i samfunn fra det Bibelske livssynet som bedehuskulturen formet samfunnet med. I denne dokumentaren fra NRK så får vi se litt av denne kulturen fra et Bedehus fra Fosen. Veldig spennende og verdt å se:

- Jesus lever på Karmøy


Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Politikk og Siviliserte Holdninger

Kristne er ikke bundet til å stemme høyre eller venstre. Selv stemmer jeg ingen av delene i Norge ettersom jeg er sterkt uenige med begge. Men det vi bør forvente er at uavhengig av hvem som vinner valget så bør alle støtte siviliserte holdninger der argumenter, logikk, og debatt er grunnleggende for en sterk politisk kultur som er bærekraftig.

I Amerika så er ting i ferd med å bli mer og mer usivilisert. Dette bør kanskje ikke overraske noen. Det finnes alltid sprø mennesker. Men det som overrasker i dette tilfellet er at såpass kjente politikere og offentlige stemmer i Amerika støtter opprør og usiviliserte holdninger. 

Etter Trump ble valgt så har Demokratene i Amerika gått amok. Trump har selvsagt mange feil, og er ikke en president som bringer enhet. Obama var også en president som splittet Amerika med hans retorikk.  Trump fortsatte denne trenden. Men til tross for Trump sine mange feil så er det likevel er det venstresiden som har mistet seg selv og de i ferd med å bli overtatt av kultur marxistiske radikale. De er iferd med å kvitte seg med sin klassisk liberale arv. Det finnes flere eksempler på hvor ekstremt ting er blitt: 


1. Hilary Clinton gikk nettopp ut og sa at sivile holdninger skal bare støttes når Demokratene vinner tilbake innflytelse i politikken. Hillary, "you cannot be civil with a political party which who wants to destroy what you stand for and care about." (her)

2. #WALKAWAYMOVEMENT er en bevegelse startet av en sekulær homofil mann som alltid har vært Demokrat. Han er nå mektig lei av Demokratene sine angrep på frihet og klassiske liberale verdier. Han sier at Demokratene har forlatt han og han har ikke forlatt Demokratene. Flere tusen har nå forlatt Demokratene ettersom de har mistet sin forstand. Han er nå konservativ fordi kun konservative støtter liberale frihetene. (her, her)

3. En annen sekulær gift homofil mann som også er ateist Dave Rubin la ut en video der han forklarer hvorfor han gikk fra venstresiden. De er ikke lenger et liberalt parti som støtter liberale frihet sier Rubin. Dave Rubin er grunnleggeren av Rubin Report som er en podcast med intervjuer som har påvirket mange. (Her)

4. Den verdenskjente O.J Simpsons og Harvard Law professoren Alan Dershowitz sa i et intervju at han er mye reddere for ytre venstre som har radikalisert Demokratene enn hvite nasjonalister som har omtrent ingen innflytelse i kulturen. (her)

5. Kongress kvinnen Maxine Waters sa i en tale at de som støttet Trump burde jages utav offentlige steder for å vise at de ikke var velkomne. (her)

6. I dette klippet så vise Ben Shapiro hvordan skuespillere og Hollywood tidligere har forsvart overgripere og at Kavanaugh saken hadde ingenting som helst med overgrep å gjøre. (Her)

7. Den norske favoritten Bernie Sanders avhører her en Kristen mann som vurderes i en offentlig rolle. Sanders viser total forakt mot ytringsfriheten og religionsfriheten ettersom han spør mannen om hans Bibelske doktriner. Dette er totalt i strid med grunnloven ettersom religion ikke skal spille noen rolle om en får jobb eller ei i politikken. (her)

Og det aller mest skremmende er at alt dette skjer til tross for at den Amerikanske økonomien er bedre enn på svært lenge. Noe New York Times innrømmet i sin artikkel: her. Om mange har jobber, og økonomien blir bedre og er så sinte så bare tenk hvordan ting hadde vært om økonomien hadde vært verre.

Disse er bare noen av eksemplene som viser at den Amerikanske venstresiden har blitt overtatt av radikale. Og likevel så påpeker nesten ingen norske medier dette. Fascismen er mer tydelig på den Amerikanske venstresiden enn på høyresiden. Den Amerikanske høyresiden har sine problemer, men for øyeblikket er den mye mer sivilisert enn venstresiden. Og uten siviliserte holdninger kan ikke den Amerikanske politikken fungere. 

Vi lever i farlige tider. Vi må be og jobbe for at Amerikansk politikk blir mer sivilisert. Men det første vi må gjøre er å innse sannheten. Demokratene i Amerika er idag et parti som ikke støtter grunnleggende klassiske liberale verdier. Og uten sivil frihet så kan en bare glemme den religiøse friheten.


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Islamismen påvirker Unge

Islamismen med støtte fra Saudia Arabia er en av historiens største propaganda kampanjer. Og svært få forstår hvor alvorlig dette er for vår fremtid. I denne artikkelen i Aftenposten så er det heldigvis en som forstår alvoret.


Islamister jobber på spreng for å påvirke barn og unge

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Galskapen i Vestens Akademia fortsetter

Denne korte videoen bør sees for å få en bedre forståelse hvor syk Vestlig utdannelse kan bli. Universitetene er idag et sted der folk læres opp til å være dårer. Dette er enda et eksempel på dette:

Video: Her

Monday, 8 October 2018

Luther påpekte hva som han mente var Reformasjonens viktigste doktrine

 Bondage of the Will 1525 er sammen med katekismen til barn den viktigste boken Luther skrev ifølge ham selv. Bondage of the Will var også Reformasjonens første offisielle debatt. Og denne boken handler om at viljen er bundet i synd og kan ikke komme til Gud på egenhånd. Hele frelsen tilhører Gud, og mennesket spiller ingen som helst rolle i frelsesverket. Dette er ifølge Luther det hele Reformasjonen hviler på. 
Luther sier i Bondage of the Will (1525)
"My dear Erasmus, I beg you now for Christ’s sake to do at last as you promised; for you promised you would willingly yield to anyone who taught you better. Have done with respecting of persons! I recognize that you are a great man, richly endowed with the noblest gifts of God—with talent and learning, with eloquence bordering on the miraculous, to mention no others—while I have and am nothing, unless I may venture to boast that I am a Christian. Moreover, I praise and commend you highly for this also, that unlike all the rest you alone have attacked the real issue, the essence of the matter in dispute, and have not wearied me with irrelevances about the papacy, purgatory, indulgences, and such like trifles (for trifles they are rather than basic issues), with which almost everyone hitherto has gone hunting for me without success. You and you alone have seen the question on which everything hinges, and have aimed at the vital spot; for which I sincerely thank you, since I am only too glad to give as much attention to this subject as time and leisure permit. If those who have attacked me hitherto had done the same, and if those who now boast of new spirits and new revelations would still do it, we should have less of sedition and sects and more of peace and concord. But God has in this way through Satan punished our ingratitude. (page 333)

Unless, however, you can conduct this case differently from the way you have in this Diatribe, I could very much wish that you would be content with your own special gift, and would study, adorn, and promote languages and literature as you have hitherto done with great profit and distinction. I must confess that in this direction you have done no small service to me too, so that I am considerably indebted to you, and in this regard I certainly respect and admire you most sincerely. But God has not willed or granted that you should be equal to the matter at the present at issue between us. I say this, as I beg you to believe, in no spirit of arrogance, but I pray that the Lord may soon make you as much superior to me in this matter as you are in all others. There is no novelty in it, if God instructs Moses through Jethro and teaches Paul through Ananias. For as to your saying that you have wandered very far from the mark if you are ignorant of Christ, I think you yourself see what it implies. For it does not follow that everybody will go astray if you or I do. God is preached as being marvelous in his saints, so that we may regard as saints those who are very far from sanctity. And it is not difficult to suppose that you, since you are human, may not have rightly understood or observed with due care the Scriptures or the sayings of the Fathers under whose guidance you think you are attaining your goal; and of this there is more than a hint in your statement that you are asserting nothing, but have only ‘discoursed.’ No one writes like that who has a thorough insight into the subject and rightly understands it. I, for my part in this book have not discoursed, but have asserted and do assert, and I am unwilling to submit the matter to anyone’s judgment, but advise everyone to yield assent. But may the Lord, whose cause this is, enlighten you and make you a vessel for honor and glory. Amen." (page 33
Luther påpekte bare det Bibelen sier:

Ephesians 1:4-5 


Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,












John 15:16 ESV / 87 helpful votes


You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.












Romans 8:28-30 ESV / 59 helpful votes


And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.










Revelation 13:8 ESV / 53 helpful votes

And all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain.










2 Timothy 1:9 ESV / 48 helpful votes


Who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,




2 Thessalonians 2:13 ESV / 47 helpful votes


But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.

Ephesians 1:4 ESV / 44 helpful votes


Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love

John 6:44 ESV / 43 helpful votes


No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.

Acts 13:48 ESV / 42 helpful votes


And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed.

Romans 9:16 ESV / 41 helpful votes


So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.

Mark 13:20 ESV / 32 helpful votes


And if the Lord had not cut short the days, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he shortened the days.

John 6:37 ESV / 29 helpful votes


All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.

Matthew 22:14 ESV / 28 helpful votes


For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Revelation 3:20 ESV / 22 helpful votes


Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV / 22 helpful votes


For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Romans 8:29 ESV / 22 helpful votes


For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

Luke 10:22 ESV / 22 helpful votes


All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

John 17:9 ESV / 21 helpful votes


I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours.

Mark 13:27 ESV / 21 helpful votes


And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

Ephesians 2:8 ESV / 20 helpful votes


For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,

John 3:16 ESV / 18 helpful votes


“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

2 Peter 3:9 ESV / 17 helpful votes


The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

1 Peter 1:20 ESV / 17 helpful votes


He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you

1 Peter 1:2 ESV / 17 helpful votes


According to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you.

Romans 9:1-33 ESV / 17 helpful votes


I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit— that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen. ...

1 Peter 2:9 ESV / 16 helpful votes


But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Ephesians 1:11 ESV / 16 helpful votes


In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,

Romans 9:18 ESV / 16 helpful votes


So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills.

Romans 9:11-13 ESV / 16 helpful votes


Though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God's purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls— she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”

Romans 8:29-30 ESV / 16 helpful votes


For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

John 6:39 ESV / 16 helpful votes


And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day.

1 Timothy 5:21 ESV / 14 helpful votes


In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, doing nothing from partiality.

Romans 8:28 ESV / 14 helpful votes


And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:7-8 ESV / 14 helpful votes


For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

Acts 18:10 ESV / 14 helpful votes


For I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.”

Luke 18:7 ESV / 14 helpful votes


And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them?

1 Thessalonians 5:9 ESV / 12 helpful votes


For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,

Ephesians 1:5 ESV / 12 helpful votes


He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,

Romans 9:17 ESV / 12 helpful votes


For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”

John 17:6 ESV / 12 helpful votes


“I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word.

Romans 11:2 ESV / 11 helpful votes


God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel?

Romans 9:11 ESV / 11 helpful votes


Though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God's purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls—

2 Peter 1:10 ESV / 10 helpful votes


Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall.

Romans 9:19-20 ESV / 10 helpful votes


You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?”

Romans 8:30 ESV / 10 helpful votes


And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

Acts 9:15 ESV / 10 helpful votes


But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.

Mark 13:22 ESV / 10 helpful votes


For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect.

Isaiah 45:4 ESV / 10 helpful votes


For the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my chosen, I call you by your name, I name you, though you do not know me.

Isaiah 42:1 ESV / 10 helpful votes


Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations.

Ephesians 2:1-3 ESV / 9 helpful votes


And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

Amos 3:2 ESV / 9 helpful votes


“You only have I known of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.

Romans 11:29 ESV / 8 helpful votes


For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.

Acts 17:30 ESV / 8 helpful votes


The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,

John 10:26 ESV / 8 helpful votes


But you do not believe because you are not part of my flock.

Revelation 17:14 ESV / 7 helpful votes


They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.”

1 Peter 5:13 ESV / 7 helpful votes


She who is at Babylon, who is likewise chosen, sends you greetings, and so does Mark, my son.

Hebrews 10:26 ESV / 7 helpful votes


For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,

1 Timothy 2:4 ESV / 7 helpful votes


Who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Ephesians 2:10 ESV / 7 helpful votes


For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

John 6:65 ESV / 7 helpful votes


And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”

Luke 6:13 ESV / 7 helpful votes


And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles:

Revelation 17:8 ESV / 6 helpful votes


The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to rise from the bottomless pit and go to destruction. And the dwellers on earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world will marvel to see the beast, because it was and is not and is to come.

Romans 11:1-36 ESV / 6 helpful votes


I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel? “Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life.” But what is God's reply to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace. ...

Romans 9:13 ESV / 6 helpful votes


As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”

John 17:24 ESV / 6 helpful votes


Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.

John 10:25-28 ESV / 6 helpful votes


Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name bear witness about me, but you do not believe because you are not part of my flock. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.

Hosea 13:4-5 ESV / 6 helpful votes


But I am the Lord your God from the land of Egypt; you know no God but me, and besides me there is no savior. It was I who knew you in the wilderness, in the land of drought;

Daniel 2:21 ESV / 6 helpful votes


He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding;

Isaiah 55:8-9 ESV / 6 helpful votes


For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

1 Peter 2:6 ESV / 5 helpful votes


For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

Hebrews 9:15 ESV / 5 helpful votes


Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.

Titus 1:1 ESV / 5 helpful votes


Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God's elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness,

Ephesians 1:1-23 ESV / 5 helpful votes


Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, ...

Romans 15:1-33 ESV / 5 helpful votes


We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, ...

Romans 11:8 ESV / 5 helpful votes


As it is written, “God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that would not see and ears that would not hear, down to this very day.”

Romans 8:33 ESV / 5 helpful votes


Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies.

Romans 3:10-18 ESV / 5 helpful votes


As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.” “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.” ...

John 10:29 ESV / 5 helpful votes


My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand.

John 6:29 ESV / 5 helpful votes


Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”

Luke 10:21 ESV / 5 helpful votes


In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.

Luke 8:13 ESV / 5 helpful votes


And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away.

Malachi 3:16-18 ESV / 5 helpful votes


Then those who feared the Lord spoke with one another. The Lord paid attention and heard them, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who feared the Lord and esteemed his name. “They shall be mine, says the Lord of hosts, in the day when I make up my treasured possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him. Then once more you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.

Isaiah 55:1 ESV / 5 helpful votes


“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

1 John 2:19 ESV / 4 helpful votes


They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.

1 Peter 1:3 ESV / 4 helpful votes


Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

James 1:16-18 ESV / 4 helpful votes


Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

1 Timothy 4:10 ESV / 4 helpful votes


For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.

Colossians 3:12 ESV / 4 helpful votes


Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,

Philippians 1:6 ESV / 4 helpful votes


And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

Romans 14:1-23 ESV / 4 helpful votes


As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. ...

Romans 12:3 ESV / 4 helpful votes


For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

John 6:45 ESV / 4 helpful votes


It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me—

Matthew 16:16-17 ESV / 4 helpful votes


Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.

Ezekiel 36:26-27 ESV / 4 helpful votes


And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.

Revelation 22:17 ESV / 3 helpful votes


The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.

2 John 1:1-13 ESV / 3 helpful votes


The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all who know the truth, because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever: Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father's Son, in truth and love. I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father. And now I ask you, dear lady—not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another. ...

1 John 2:2 ESV / 3 helpful votes


He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

1 Peter 2:8 ESV / 3 helpful votes


And “A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.” They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

1 Thessalonians 1:4 ESV / 3 helpful votes


For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you,

Romans 11:5 ESV / 3 helpful votes


So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace.