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Forum: Introductions and Testimonies Yesterday, 07:16 AM
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Posted By aron
Re: Do they just disappear when you leave?

As JJ says it is multi-faceted. Some localities are aggressive in tracking and management of group members, some are laissez-faire. Depends also if you have close family members in. If you are single...
Forum: Orthopraxy - Christian Practice 09-17-2019, 05:13 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 3,245
Posted By aron
Re: Eating & Drinking Jesus Daily - who emphasizes this besides the LC?

Of course - Jesus was nothing if not simple. He was so simple that the ruler of this world could, in him, gain nothing. ~John 14:30 But there's another simplicity, that of the naive, undiscerning...
Forum: Orthopraxy - Christian Practice 09-17-2019, 02:16 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 3,245
Posted By aron
Re: Eating & Drinking Jesus Daily - who emphasizes this besides the LC?

The Bible shows us two things, really: the complete depravity of man (you, me, David, Solomon etc etc etc) and the complete obedience of man (Jesus alone). Our faith is in the Second Adam and not the...
Forum: Orthopraxy - Christian Practice 09-17-2019, 07:52 AM
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Views: 3,245
Posted By aron
Re: Eating & Drinking Jesus Daily - who emphasizes this besides the LC?

Psalm 53:4 “Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon God.” (KJV)

Here we see "eating people as they eat bread". This doesn't...
Forum: The Local Church in the 21st Century 09-17-2019, 06:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 497
Posted By aron
Re: Narrow view of the church by Local Church

Two points can be made here, one's a bit of a larger issue but still relevant, and the second's more specific to the LC as I experienced it.

First, any fellowship that bases itself on dividing...
Forum: Alternative Views - Click Here to Start New Thread 09-17-2019, 05:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 227
Posted By aron
Re: The passing of Greg Casteel

No he was talking about a different poster, who talked to Greg.
Forum: Introductions and Testimonies 09-17-2019, 05:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,083
Posted By aron
Re: Any ex members in London?

Relevant (re-le-vant) adjective, meaning “Having significance or bearing in the matter at hand; closely connected or appropriate to what's being done or considered”

At one point, women clearly...
Forum: Alternative Views - Click Here to Start New Thread 09-12-2019, 11:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 194
Posted By aron
Re: Nuclear's Testimony

I'm not interested in the Creation/Evolution debate, same with Noah's Ark and "Where were the dinosaurs"? The universe is what it is, including both a Bible and dino bones, among other things....
Forum: Introductions and Testimonies 09-12-2019, 10:46 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,358
Posted By aron
Re: Nuclear's Testimony

I'm probably not qualified to give an 'balanced' opinion on Wright. I'll give my personal impressions: I'd heard he was a bright guy and a good writer, and getting into his material it certainly...
Forum: Introductions and Testimonies 09-12-2019, 06:24 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,358
Posted By aron
Re: Nuclear's Testimony

Another thing that doesn't help matters besides not learning how to solve real-world problems, is that they don't teach how to manage your thoughts and feelings. Emotions are to be suppressed,...
Forum: Introductions and Testimonies 09-11-2019, 02:21 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,358
Posted By aron
Re: Nuclear's Testimony

When I mentioned critical thinking I wasn't imagining specifically people like NT Wright and CS Lewis and GK Chesterton and John Piper and Desiderius Erasmus. What I mean is just good ol' common...
Forum: Introductions and Testimonies 09-10-2019, 12:30 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,358
Posted By aron
Re: Nuclear's Testimony

Yes of course. I don't "go there" much but feel free to bring a comment along.
Forum: Alternative Views - Click Here to Start New Thread 09-10-2019, 11:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 194
Posted By aron
Re: Nuclear's Testimony

I watched the first 5 1/2 minutes, to the point where one of these "prominent scientists" said that pattern-matching shows us intelligent design. This is like a total insult to my intelligence. I'd...
Forum: Introductions and Testimonies 09-10-2019, 11:07 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,358
Posted By aron
Re: Nuclear's Testimony

I think the poster Trapped also expressed frustration on this forum at having 'conversations' with a silent God.

In my case, post-LC, I tried a number of other groups. Some were extremely...
Forum: Introductions and Testimonies 09-10-2019, 09:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,358
Posted By aron
Re: Nuclear's Testimony

There's a guy named Richard Dawkins, who's one of my favourite companions, intellectually speaking. Another guy named Christopher Hitchens is also a boon companion if you want to try to think (a...
Forum: Introductions and Testimonies 09-10-2019, 09:22 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,275
Posted By aron
Re: How do you leave without making a scene?

The LC surgically removes one's backbone. One becomes a sort of amorphous jellyfish. So it may take time to grow a new one. But in Christ all things are possible.

The one thing that guided me was,...
Forum: Glorious Church Life! 08-27-2019, 06:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 483
Posted By aron
Re: Late 1970s Boston "storm"

The Late 1970s Boston "storm" referenced here is very helpful because of Sal's recording. Note that the thousands of hours of video and audio recordings available by LSM are all carefully managed to...
Forum: Introductions and Testimonies 08-27-2019, 05:59 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,218
Posted By aron
Re: Why not just move on?

Melo, anything can become a stagnant existence. And anything can be a vibrant, evolving existence. It is up to the individual. And yes, I'm trying to own my own journey.

Here is a recent post on...
Forum: Introductions and Testimonies 08-27-2019, 05:28 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,218
Posted By aron
Re: Why not just move on?

The opportunity is there. For example, I wrote of the positive things that I see of Jesus Christ in the Psalms.

Psalm 3:5 "I (Christ) laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD (the Father)...
Forum: Extras! Extras! Read All About It! 08-26-2019, 12:02 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 492
Posted By aron
Re: Who condemns you ?

The story in John 8 is a good reason (among many) to avoid the ministry of Witness Lee. His was a ministry of condemnation. Of course he didn't call it that, or he wouldn't have sold us so many...
Forum: Introductions and Testimonies 08-26-2019, 11:51 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,218
Posted By aron
Re: Why not just move on?

Now for some, the experience may indeed be trivial. Suppose a college student gets invited to a "Christians on Campus" meeting. Seems... okay... then they do some digging and find out more, & they're...
Forum: Orthopraxy - Christian Practice 08-26-2019, 11:29 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 3,245
Posted By aron
Re: Eating & Drinking Jesus Daily - Who emphasizes this besides the LC?

I say that the essential NT requirements for salvation, or "the basic things which should be emphasized", are:

1. Believe into Jesus. Self-explanatory. I could cite the verses but you [should]...
Forum: Introductions and Testimonies 08-26-2019, 09:58 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,218
Posted By aron
Re: Why not just move on?

Interesting to consider how many return to the LSM fold after making a clean break, or even a quasi-clean one? Like the abused partner resuming the relationship after the bruises have faded somewhat....
Forum: Introductions and Testimonies 08-26-2019, 08:06 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,218
Posted By aron
Re: Why not just move on?

I understand the logic, but sometimes the trauma must be processed.

http://besselvanderkolk.net/index.html

“Being able to feel safe with other people is probably ​the single most important...
Forum: Orthodoxy - Christian Teaching 08-23-2019, 02:44 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 7,764
Posted By aron
Re: Quotes and Quips

"In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us taht no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousandfold in the future. When we neither...
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