Alexander Campbell agreed that the WORD is the SEED: if the seed is planted in good soil and the birds (demons) don't take it away, it will germinate and grow into a new plant and produce fruit. I planted Fescue and Red and White clover about a month ago: MANY will germinate but FEW will be saved over the winter. Many or Most are called but FEW are chosen: chosen means tested as by fire and they will not be ultimately saved unless they REMAIN FAITHFUL. If they teach and believe lies and say that God permits instrumental music when He denies that, they blaspheme the Spirit OF Christ and have no hope: God sends the to Babylonia defined in Revelation 17f and into the Lake of Fire.
Only those who have been baptized are given A holy spirit (theirs) or A good conscience, consciousness or a CO-perception. They have become DISCIPLES (not ritualists) of Christ and a Disciple is a STUDENT and does not make infantile and effeminate acts when Jesus Christ (the NOW Comforter) is our ONLY teacher when the Elders teach that which has been taught. Rick Warren is a Corrupter of the Word meaning "Selling the free Word of Christ at Retail. That is NOT a problem: that is the MARK that the Lamps have been removed from Christ's church MARKED by the performance preachers, singers and instrument players John and recorded history called SORCERERS: Why, they BURN witches as Joh affirms.
JAMES MAKES IT PERFECTLY CLEAR:
James 1:14 But every man is tempted,
.....when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
James 1:15 Then when lust hath conceived,
.....it bringeth forth sin: and sin,
.....when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
HE SAYS, THEREFORE, DONT BE STUPID.
James 1:16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,
.....and cometh down from the Father of lights,
.....with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
James 1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth,
.....that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
THAT is the Gift of God: we had and have nothing to do with it: the Madison people THINK that salvation is OF THEMSELVES--their own super faith. If we had nothing to do with it then a person NOT of the WORLD or not WISE (a Sophist--rhetorician, singer, instrument player). will understand because God DOES NOT HIDE from those who "speak that which is written for our learning."
It is DISGUSTING that people would work so hard to call everyone in history BEFORE THEM (B.T. era) Just liars.
BEGETTING does not mean that the SEED conceives by being BURIED, WATERED, AND RAISED TO A NEW LIFE.
John 6:34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.
John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them,
.....I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger;
.....and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
John 6:36 But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.
John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me;
.....and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
........John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing:
...........the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
HOW DOES THE FATHER DRAW PEOPLE OF FAITH OR OF TRUTH
John 6:44 No man can come to me,
.....except the Father which hath sent me draw him:
.....and I will raise him up at the last day.
How does the Father DRAW people to Him
John 6:45 It is written in the prophets,
.....And they shall be ALL taught of God.
.....Every man therefore that hath heard,
.....and hath learned of the Father,
.....cometh unto me.
Acts 2:39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children,
.....and to all that are afar off,
.....even as many as the Lord our God shall call. [invite]
.......Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:
............for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth;
............to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
.......1Corinthians 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness;
............but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
THOSE WHO BELIEVE ARE NOT SAVED: THEY HAVE THE POWER TO BE SAVED:
Acts 2:40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort,
.....saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
How do you SAVE YOURSELF from this CROOKED RACE (The wine, women and Skolion songs--the new wineskinners)
Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized:
.....and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
Notice that they were not ADDED to them until AFTER they were baptized.
Acts 2:47KJV Praising God, and having favour with all the people.
.....And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
Acts 2:47ASV praising God, and having favor with all the people.
.....And the Lord added to them day by day those that were saved
Acts 2:47NIV praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.
.....And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
No one SHOULD be Saved if they DENY The prophecy, example and command of Jesus Christ.
You can't even join a T-ball team if you THINK you can be a star because you BELIEVE in T-Ball
Any Disciple of Christ can comprehend the Words of the Spirit and not blaspheme by calling them "just your opinion."