Let's be reasonable with one another, shall we?

Friday, December 28, 2007

An Old Snippet From Bobby Grow

I had this in my drafts folder from 2005.
Bobby had this on one of his old blogs.
I miss Bobby. Don't you?

Theologia Crucis:
This is the wrong emphasis in salvation. The biblical framework of soteriology is built upon unconditional accomplishments, not a conditional covenant. An important consequence of current day nomism/Lordship Salvation/hyper-Calvinism, is that the Calvinist/Nomist concept of perseverance of the saints/and Arminian/Pelagian concept of "losing salvation" can be reduced to the same functional understanding. They are both based upon a concept of the "Law" that is thoroughly conditional in nature. Thus the outworking of this is seen as these two theological constructs constantly are absorbed by individual ethical performance (thus proving their election) and the resultant emphasis upon man's work in salvation, rather than elevating and magnifying the work of Christ in salvation.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

I have been BLOCKED

I have closed down comments on this post for personal reasons.

Lou Martuneac has blocked two of my comments from his blog. I have never had any comment blocked or deleted from any blog ever, as far as I can remember. It really surprised me. This may seem senseless to most of you, but I am going to post the comments that were blocked. I just don't like the way he made it seem like I said something really terrible.

First, I asked Lou if he was praying for the latest person that he is attacking on his blog, Jeremy Myers. He says to me:

Jeremy is one your “friends.” Have you called or e-mailed him to question where he is headed? Have you?

So I left him two comments to answer his objection to my question about praying for him. Here is what Lou said to me:

Rose: You have more than once posted comments to me that had all the appearance of an ulterior motive...

And with those and more words, he blocked my two comments. He went on to describe me as a "New Evangelical" who doesn't care about sound doctrine and whose former pastor, Earnest Pickering, would be ashamed of. He makes it sound like I have said some really controversial things and he will not let them post on his blog. He says I am "disingenuous" and "trying to demonize him (Lou)." He accuses me of "overlooking" what he calls "false doctrine." (Ask Antonio and Matthew if I "overlook" our disagreements)

So then, I left him this comment:

Lou, I am amazed that you won't post either of those comments! What was offensive in them? I am stating that I am *not* Jeremy's friend. I am Antonio's friend and Matthew's, in that you are correct. I am becoming concerned over your motivation, here, brother, that you would attack me like this and then not let my comment of explanation come through. What gives? Should I open a post at my blog with the two comments that you wouldn't let through to show anyone who may visit yours just how "motivated" you are to paint a wrong picture of me, Lou? I will see what you will do - I will give you a couple of hours to decide.

So then, he let's that one go through and says:

I posted that one so my guests to see you giving me a two-hour ultimatum. I am NOT going to publish your two comments here. Go ahead and post the comments I rejected. Where is your sense of outrage when da Rosa blocks comments? Where is the outrage when da Rosa blocks, edits and then replies to his twisted version of the original comment so that he can refute it (like he did to Stephen a few weeks ago)?

Am I supposed to know everything that goes on on every blog? I do not know what he is talking about. I have never had any comment blocked by anyone anywhere. So I have never been outraged by this sort of thing. I am not waiting the two hours because he made it clear that he didn't care anyway. I suppose he will call me a promise-breaker for that.

Here are the two comments that were so terrible that I was BLOCKED (shock, outrage) from Lou Martuneac's blog comments:

I am not Jeremy’s friend. I have not ever commented on his blog, nor has he ever commented on mine, to my knowledge. I have never emailed him, nor have I ever received an email from him.

Lou, you said: "Furthermore, you are well aware that Jeremy blocks me and select others from his and any GES blogs. I have also e-mailed him at least 5+ times on previous issues, and have not received any reply."

I am *not* aware of that. How would I be? I do not frequent the GES blog.
I am glad that you are praying for him.

Another thing - how do you even know what I think of Jeremy’s declarations? For all you know, I may, like you, believe that he is sliding into fatal doctrinal meltdown. I have not said. I have not commented on his post.

In your last few comments about me, you are all wrong about me.

Lou, you said: "Let’s all get along at the expense of Scripture is your cry."


Lou, you also said: "You view those of us who follow the biblical mandates to contend for the faith (Jude 3), mark and avoid (Rom. 16:17) the teachers of false doctrine as trouble makers."


Lou, You obviously don’t understand me, but
then, why should I be surprised?


I am so controversial... and New Evangelical. (Don't tell my husband - "the Earnest Contender" hehe)

Lou, if you happen to read this, I want you to know, I am not mad at you. I appreciate the education. Now I have just a small measure of understanding of how the others feel who you have attacked. I also want you to know that I will not prevent you from posting tasteful comments here on this blog too. You can even disagree with me - or question my sincerity; I will not turn on comment moderation for you. You are always welcome here. After all, I am a NEW EVANGELICAL, according to you, right? So I wouldn't block a divisive guy like you, either, would I? :~) Happy New Year.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Levi Matthew is ONE!

One year ago I gave birth to a little boy, the fourth of our children. I can't believe it has been a year already. While I don't normally post family pictures on the internet, I wanted my friends in blogdom to have a look at this Christmas tree destroyer! We just love him.

Happy Birthday, Levi...

Friday, December 14, 2007

Can anyone guess what this is?

I did this as a project in college and was just reframing it the other day.
It means something. Take a guess... wrong answers welcome!
Maybe it is subjective; you never know.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

A Dispensationalist and the Sermon on the Mount!

Often times I hear and read where anti-dispensationalists will accuse a dispensationalist (like myself) of holding that the Sermon on the Mount is not for us today. Because I hold that it is the law of the Kingdom to come, I recognize that some day this will be in full force and will! be! followed! The Premillenial approach accounts for the real teeth of this law.

This Kingdom law will be real and not just "words to live by."
It will have a HUGE and WIDESPREAD effect on people and on this world.

Can this truly be said today about the Sermon on the Mount?

Are you really following it, you who think you are embodying the Messianic Kingdom as a member of Christ's body? I know I am certainly an imperfect manifestation of the Beatitudes, at best. I sometimes hear non-dispensationalists say that the Beatitudes are a picture of a Christian. What Christains are they talking about????? I want to see these people!!!

However, the things in the Sermon on the Mount are great guides for our thinking and attitudes even though the Messianic Kingdom hasn't come yet and this is not "in force" per say.

I want to share with you that I am going through a very difficult time right now over an offense that someone has made to my family. It is thoroughly upsetting. I am wroth about it. Yet, even I, (having been described as holding to a theology that dismisses this portion of Scripture), am finding the following verses to be helpful:
27But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
28bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
31Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.
(Luke 6)
And what do you know? I am a dispensationalist! So there you have it - a real life incidence of a dispensationalist who can apply the Sermon on the Mount to their life... and even be guided in their heart by it... all the while recognizing that it's truest application is for a future time.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Jephthah's Daughter: What do you think?

Matthew's Blog: Jephthah's Daughter: What do you think?

A very intriguing question!!!! I want to know what you think!

Friday, December 07, 2007

Seven Lesser-Known Things

Andrew has "tagged" me. It means I have to answer a question and then tag three others to answer the question also.

I am supposed to reveal seven lesser-known things about myself:

1. I was born on my parents' wedding anniversary.

2. I have a deviated septum.

3. When I reached Jr. Hi age, I was a big-trouble maker in my Catholic school. I was tied in my desk and had my mouth taped shut with duct tape by the nun in the seventh grade. I spent an entire month in my own "personal" classroom. My father died of a heart attack later that year.

4. I used to change the oil in my own car for 9 years, until I was 26 when I got a car with an oil filter that was unreachable for a normal person without a mechanic's garage.

5. I have no knuckle in my right hand pinkie finger and it is an inch shorter than the one on the other hand.

6. I like to watch boxing. Goerge Foreman is my hero.

7. I never wear nylon stockings with dresses in the winter - instead I wear tube socks hidden beneath my knee-high boots. Shhhhh...

Now, I am tagging three people that must share 7 things about themselves. (I am sure that they all will not do this, but I can try)

TJ Pennock at Liver and Onions
Colin Maxwell at Goodnightsafehome
Casey at Just So You'll Know

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Matthew finds art on The Expulsion from Eden

The Expulsion from Eden

Some great thoughts. My favorite is how he mentions that "...there is a man who dwells between the Cherubim."

Monday, December 03, 2007

Baptist Press - Study: Recent grads 3 times more likely to be Calvinists - News with a Christian Perspective

Baptist Press - Study: Recent grads 3 times more likely to be Calvinists - News with a Christian Perspective


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