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    Posts of the Year are on again!

    Over the next few hours, we will be announcing four awards: The third-best post of 2015, the second-best post of 2015, the user-selected post of 2015 and the Post of the Year, 2015!

    Here are the nominations:


    1. TOL poster musterion was nominated by Inzl Kett for this post.
    2. TOL poster Poly was nominated by Stripe for this post.
    3. TOL poster Tambora was nominated by Ask Mr. Religion for this post.
    4. TOL poster nikolai_42 was nominated by Ask Mr. Religion for this post.
    5. TOL poster Dialogos was nominated by Ask Mr. Religion for this post.
    6. TOL poster Town Heretic was nominated by Ask Mr. Religion for this post.
    7. TOL poster jsjohnnt was nominated by Ask Mr. Religion for this post.
    8. TOL poster Lon was nominated by Ask Mr. Religion for this post.
    9. TOL poster TFTn5280 was nominated by Ask Mr. Religion for this post.
    10. TOL poster Town Heretic was nominated by Ask Mr. Religion for this post.
    11. TOL poster God's Truth was nominated by Sherman for this post.
    12. TOL poster nikolai_42 was nominated by Ask Mr. Religion for this post.
    13. TOL poster rocketman was nominated by Ask Mr. Religion for this post.
    14. TOL poster desiringGod7 was nominated by Ask Mr. Religion for this post.
    15. TOL poster shagster01 was nominated by Stripe for this post.
    16. TOL poster Town Heretic was nominated by Ask Mr. Religion for this post.
    17. TOL poster Town Heretic was nominated by Stripe for this post.
    18. TOL poster Angel4Truth was nominated by Sherman for this post.
    19. TOL poster Angel4Truth was nominated by Sherman for this post.
    20. TOL poster Town Heretic was nominated by Sherman for this post.
    21. TOL poster Ktoyou was nominated by Stripe for this post.
    22. TOL poster Rocketman was nominated by Stripe for this post.
    23. TOL poster IMJerusha was nominated by Stripe for this post.
    24. TOL poster Desert Reign was nominated by Sherman for this post.
    25. TOL poster Town Heretic was nominated by Ask Mr. Religion for this post.
    26. TOL poster Dialogos was nominated by Ask Mr. Religion for this post.
    27. TOL poster 6days was nominated by Stripe for this post.
    28. TOL poster Dialogos was nominated by Ask Mr. Religion for this post.
    29. TOL poster rocketman was nominated by Ask Mr. Religion for this post.
    30. TOL poster ok doser was nominated by Sherman for this post.
    31. TOL poster Lon was nominated by Sherman for this post.
    32. TOL poster ebenz47037 was nominated by Sherman for this post.
    33. TOL poster Clete was nominated by Tambora for this post.
    34. TOL poster Town Heretic was nominated by Ask Mr. Religion for this post.

    Where is the evidence for a global flood?
    E≈mc2
    "the best maths don't need no stinkin' numbers"

    "The waters under the 'expanse' were under the crust."
    -Bob B.

  • #2
    While we're waiting for the first award to be announced — third place — take a wander down memory lane with the list of past winners:

    Past Winners
    Posts of the year from 2002 - Jaltus and Paul DeYonghe
    Posts of the year from 2003 - Turbo 1Way and Sozo
    Posts of the year from 2004 - 1Way Shadowx and Clete
    Posts of the year from 2005 - Eowyn Poly and Clete
    Posts of the year from 2006 - Turbo Poly and pastorkevin
    Posts of the year from 2007 - ApologeticJedi Poly and centrist101
    Posts of the year from 2008 - Yorzhik the Graphite and Bob Enyart
    Posts of the year from 2009 - assuranceagent Thunder's Muse and Sozo
    Posts of the year from 2010 - Prisca lovemeorhateme and ghost
    Posts of the year from 2011 - Rocketman lucky and Turbo
    Posts of the year from 2012 - lovemeorhateme King Cobra and Vegas Cowboy
    Posts of the year from 2013 - chatmaggot Delmar Thunder's Muse
    Posts of the year from 2014 - steko Stripe Psalmist
    Posts of the year from 2015 - Bob Enyart and GodsfreeWill musterion Poly
    Last edited by Stripe; January 3rd, 2016, 08:53 AM.
    Where is the evidence for a global flood?
    E≈mc2
    "the best maths don't need no stinkin' numbers"

    "The waters under the 'expanse' were under the crust."
    -Bob B.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Stripe View Post
      Posts of the Year are on again!

      Over the next few hours, we will be announcing four awards: The third-best post of 2015, the second-best post of 2015, the user-selected post of 2015 and the Post of the Year, 2015!
      Wait. So you, Sherman, and AMR pick the post of the year?
      Jesus saves completely. http://www.climatedepot.com/ http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/

      Titus 1

      For there are many insubordinate, both idle talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, whose mouths must be stopped

      Ephesians 5

      11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Nick M View Post
        Wait. So you, Sherman, and AMR pick the post of the year?
        Not exactly. It's a rather opaque system, but rest assured, it's not a committee or a democracy.
        Where is the evidence for a global flood?
        E≈mc2
        "the best maths don't need no stinkin' numbers"

        "The waters under the 'expanse' were under the crust."
        -Bob B.

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        • #5
          Before the first announcement, a musical interlude:

          This is not the end, Fieldwork
          Where is the evidence for a global flood?
          E≈mc2
          "the best maths don't need no stinkin' numbers"

          "The waters under the 'expanse' were under the crust."
          -Bob B.

          Comment


          • #6
            And now for the third-best post of last year!

            The winner is: POLY!



            Originally posted by Poly View Post
            Hey, devoted TOLers who've been around here since forever. I've missed you guys.

            I've been away from TOL for quite some time due to some serious health problems. So now that things are pretty stable for me, health wise, for the time being, I kind of felt the need to get back to TOL and maybe introduce myself to some of the newer people on here that I don't know.

            I've been on TOL since back in the day when Knight started it around 17 years ago. I gradually got to know Knight and the more I got to know him the closer we got to his family and we even visited them quite a few times. (something I hope to do again some day).

            After getting to know Knight so well and hanging out here all the time, we started forming a group of "truthsmackers".

            What's a truthsmacker you may ask?

            Well, it's a bold Christian who has a backbone. He/she has studied up fairly well on the bible, and knows how to rightly divide the word. He/she is not afraid to judge rightly (even though most Christians are under the misconception that you should never judge). He/she is a radical right winger, ('cause even most supposed right winged people are, in reality, too left wing for us truthsmackers).

            A Truthsmacker has a lot of scripture under his belt as well as resources memorized so well that they know them like the back of their hand. One such resource is Bob Enyart's "The Plot" which I highly recommend if you want to learn how to become a real truthsmacker. It will always be my all time favorite books, outside of the bible.

            Bottom line is...they know how to debate/take on a "Jello Christian."


            What is a "Jello Christian" you may ask?

            Well, I'll be more than happy to tell you. This is a Christian with no backbone. He/she has not really studied up on the real meat of the word and doesn't know how to rightly divide it. He/she likes for preachers to tickle their ears with "fluff" or live on the milk of the word instead of taking on the meat, and is simply a coward when it comes to standing up for the truth and will not "Do right and risk the consequences" such as knowing how to debate Calvinism, abortion, homosexuality, gun control, etc.

            One thing you learn in truthsmacking, is that you might start a thread of your own or....you might get in on a thread that was started by, let's say, a liberal or a weak, "Jello Christian" and start chiming in on the debate. And then before you know it, some other truthsmackers come along to see what the debate is all about and they've got your back. They themselves then start chiming in on the debate to help out. And it's really great, because the more Truthsmackers you have who come along and help you out while your taking on a debate with someone, the better.


            So, anyway, back to Knight and myself. We actually got really close over the years. He became, to me, the big Christian brother that I never had. And like I said, me and my husband, and, on one occasion, our whole family, visited their family quite a few times in Colorado over the years. They are tremendously hospitable. He has a most precious wife and six awesome kids. His wife has homeschooled all of their kids and is still homeschooling their younger ones, all the while, having some health concerns of her own. She's a one of a kind woman and anybody would be privileged to have the chance to meet her.

            Well Knight was gracious enough and trusted me enough to ask me to be a moderator, which I was more than happy and felt privileged to help him out. Then, after a few more years, he asked me to be a full admin, which I was even more so, privileged to take on the task. I felt like I helped him out a lot (I hope this is true, Knight) over the years in keeping an eye out everyday on TOL in making sure I was keeping up with all that needed to be done such as warning members for breaking TOL rules or banning people if they kept on breaking the rules and were getting out of hand. This may actually have even been the case with certain well meaning truthsmackers that we loved, and were like minded. But they were simply letting their emotions get the best of them, causing them to be of no affect for the cause they were debating, letting themselves go overboard with name calling and offensive comments and they needed a fellow truthsmacker/admin to let them know, "Hey, you're going a little too far with what your trying to take on right now and you need some time away for a while" and we'd just give them a short ban, maybe a day or two.

            So, very loooooong story short, I've really been missing TOL recently and felt the urgency to get back in the groove again. My Drs have told me that being involved in things you love best will help you get your mind off of your health situation. And I thought to myself, there's never been any greater hobby/joy of mine than sitting at my computer and being involved with TOL. I've had a talk about all this with Knight and he has graciously entrusted me to become an admin again on this website which is simply, one of a kind. I hope to really help him out again because he's got a lot on his plate right now.

            I will forever be indebted to Knight (and I know some other truthsmackers are in his debt as well), for starting this site some 17 years ago. It was by the grace of God, as well as by a well meaning encouragement of another wonderful friend, Bob Enyart, who kept telling me, and insisting that I check out this site.

            So.... I was led to "Theologyonline.com." And this site will forever be near and dear to my heart for the rest of my days.

            Thank you Knight, for coming up with the idea to start such a site. You've been a wonderful true friend over the years and I know you will always be one of my closest friends, till the day I pass away to be with our most glorious and wonderful LORD, the LORD Jesus Christ.

            Love ya, old friend.

            Anyway, I'm Poly and that's my TOL story.
            Where is the evidence for a global flood?
            E≈mc2
            "the best maths don't need no stinkin' numbers"

            "The waters under the 'expanse' were under the crust."
            -Bob B.

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            • #7
              Time for second place, but first, another musical interlude:

              It's the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine), REM
              Where is the evidence for a global flood?
              E≈mc2
              "the best maths don't need no stinkin' numbers"

              "The waters under the 'expanse' were under the crust."
              -Bob B.

              Comment


              • #8
                And now for the second-best post of last year!

                The winner is: MUSTERION!



                Originally posted by musterion View Post
                No. I am not.

                Is that because of myself, or any inherent righteousness of my own, or due to anything I did, or could do? No. In myself, I am nothing and have nothing. No righteousness, no strength, no hope. I am, in myself, bankrupt, destitute, wretched, miserable, poor, blind, naked, wicked, contemptible, condemnable and damned. As you are. In that respect, you are I are no different.

                But now...

                I am in Christ. Now and forever. God has declared me as having died with His Son, having risen from the dead with His Son, and am seated at God's right hand in His Son. Because of all that -- because of what He did for me -- I have been forever separated from sin and from God's condemning Law.

                So no...I, the new, real me that has been created in Christ, is not a sinner. That is the only "me" I'm to give any thought to because that's the only "me" God now sees.

                Your turn.
                Where is the evidence for a global flood?
                E≈mc2
                "the best maths don't need no stinkin' numbers"

                "The waters under the 'expanse' were under the crust."
                -Bob B.

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                • #9
                  Before we get to the No. 1 post, let's have a look at the usually contentious decision over user-selected POTY.

                  This year there is a split decision, and the unusual — perhaps unique — occurrence of the users picking two of the top three.

                  So that leaves us with a two-way tie between:

                  LON and
                  CLETE:

                  Originally posted by Lon View Post
                  I provided links. You?


                  Gossip is a sin. Trying to make your erroneous impressions vocal as if they are fact is a sin. You are flat-out, sinning against God and His church. The Salvation Army is an evangelical institution. The foodbank I work at is evangelical. The rescue mission is evangelical....

                  After that, if you think that sharing Christ with a person isn't what is best for people, you are no Christian and should change your moniker.


                  This is hate. "Give me your food and $ but shut up because I don't want to hear your garbage and I don't respect you for saying something with the money and food I'm taking from you regardless." Bitter-much? You sound like a flamer.

                  I have a right to tell you that Jesus Christ changed my heart in such a way that it makes other people important, in hopes 1) that you will have the greatest thing and Person in your life that has happened in mine, and 2) so that you will understand why I out-give all others.

                  You are frankly, crazy, to think 'no-strings-attached' somehow removes the sacrifice of out-giving all others in our time, talents, and money. Flat out crazy... and a liar. You are making a blanket statement in bitterness that isn't true. I have never 'preached' at people at the foodbank. There is a devotion at the beginning but people that don't want to hear that come afterwards. They don't 'have' to stay and hear that. We are trying, however, to give them water that one would never thirst again. Again, you should REALLY re-think your 'christian (other)' description if you hate the beautiful saving message of Jesus Christ.

                  If I take care of only your immediate physical need and neglect your greater spiritual need, what's the point? It is BECAUSE we adamantly believe that a person's need is Jesus, that we confess Him before men. Matthew 10:33 If you keep it up, you are not going to make it Purex.
                  Originally posted by Clete View Post
                  The following is a re-post and continuation of post #409. I'm just posting all of it here so as to make it easier to follow the line of thinking but also to make it easier to respond too.....



                  This is just an absolutely terrific question! It really goes straight to the heart of the real practical difference between A9D and basically every other doctrinal system.

                  Some people really make a huge issue out of the word "sin" and develop detailed doctrinal constructs around the meaning of that one word. I'm reminded of a guy who used to post here on TOL whose user name was Sozo. He's a really smart guy and wrote some of the most terrific posts about grace but holy crap was he caught up on the word "sin". He just flatly insisted that it was not possible for a Christian to sin and based STRICTLY on his very tight definition of the word, he was right. The problem he had though is that he was nearly the only person in the world that used the word 'sin' in such way.
                  I make no effort to do such things. In fact, if anything, I attempt to use terms in the most common understanding possible so as to avoid the sort of confusion that Sozo was constantly fighting while he was here.

                  So, having said that, let me answer your question this way. If by 'sin' you mean committing an act that you know you shouldn't then the answer is an unqualified, "Yes, of course!". Christians do thing that hurt themselves and those around them, things that God does not like and does not want them to do.

                  BUT! He does not hold those sins against us because He has already held it against His Son who died in our place, receiving the just punishment for our sin.
                  Romans 4:5 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, 6 just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works:

                  7 “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,
                  And whose sins are covered;
                  8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin.”

                  15 because the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression.

                  Put another way, the wages of sin are death (note that this was so WAY before the Law of Moses - it goes all the way back to the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil - it is no mere coincidence by the way that both that Tree and the Law have a ministry of death.) and we are identified in Christ's death. What hold then does sin have over us? This is precisely the theme of the whole of Romans 6 and 7.

                  So, do Christians do things they shouldn't (a.k.a. sin)? Sure they do. Christians aren't perfect, they're forgiven, as they say. But there is a perspective from which this is not so. That is to say, it is not inaccurate to say that we are perfect - IN HIM! This was a major point Zozo would make all the time and it is a point that is quite correct. It is only in our flesh that sin exists and we are to reckon ourselves to have been crucified with Christ. This reckoning is the key to the Christian life.

                  One of the most critical things that a Christian must learn is that he cannot live the Christian life. It is Christ who lives His life through us by faith. It cannot be done through the flesh. And this is really critical - The law, any law, has to do with the flesh. It is a rule that tells the flesh, "NO!". Just as circumcision is a cutting off of the physical flesh, the law, which circumcision symbolizes, is a cutting off of that part of ourselves that we refer to as "the flesh". And it makes no difference if you are talking about the Law of Moses itself or the list of rules your pastor has in place for what sort of clothes you're allowed to wear at church or whether your wife can wear her hair down or whether you must give 10% of your income to the church or whether its okay to smoke cigarettes or eat at Burger King. All such rules doom the Christian to failure! Why? Because every one of them presuppose that the flesh lives! They all presuppose that you are better than you are and that you are capable of doing righteousness. You're not! Stop trying! Contradiction cannot exist! You can either reckon your flesh to have been crucified (i.e. that its dead) or you can set up rules in attempt to cut off its desires. You cannot do both!

                  The only righteousness you have is that which has been imputed to you by God. It is a righteousness that does not belong to you and that you did not earn and that you cannot screw up! It is the righteousness of Christ that has been credited to your account. The key question is, do you believe it? Those that believe it understand that the Christian life is not about working but about resting. The more real the biblical facts concerning your position in Christ becomes in your mind, the more you will relax and simply rest in His completed work. When it stops being about doing and becomes about being then the doing of it will stop being of your flesh and will be of Christ.

                  Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”

                  This is Paul's Gospel (Romans 2:16 & 16:25; II Timothy 2:18). It does not exist outside of Paul's epistles and if Paul's epistles did not exist we would all be Messianic Jews or the equivalent. It is precisely those who do not distinguish between Paul's ministry and that of the twelve (II Timothy 2:15) who are doomed to be permanently engaged in a constant battle with their flesh. Their flesh is the undead, unrelenting, moaning zombie that they cannot kill because THEY keep resurrecting it! They keep trying to become that which God has already declared them to be. They keep aspiring to that which is already theirs! They cannot reach God because they refuse to believe that they are already IN HIM. Their life then becomes one failure after another, one constant battle between wanting love but feeling guilt. You are not guilty! You were guilty before you came to Christ but once you received Christ, your guilt was transferred to Him and His death paid the price for it. Any further guilt on your part is UNJUST! It is you telling God that Christ's suffering wasn't enough - I must also suffer! It isn't so! There is no place for guilt in the life of a Christian for you are not under law but in Christ. You can no more be guilty of sin than can Christ be.
                  Colossians 2:20 Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations— 21 “Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,” 22 which all concern things which perish with the using—according to the commandments and doctrines of men? 23 These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.

                  Resting in Him,
                  Clete
                  Last edited by Stripe; January 1st, 2016, 11:12 AM.
                  Where is the evidence for a global flood?
                  E≈mc2
                  "the best maths don't need no stinkin' numbers"

                  "The waters under the 'expanse' were under the crust."
                  -Bob B.

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                  • #10
                    Clete

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by LoneStar View Post
                      Clete
                      Did you vote for Clete?

                      Does that put him over the top?
                      Where is the evidence for a global flood?
                      E≈mc2
                      "the best maths don't need no stinkin' numbers"

                      "The waters under the 'expanse' were under the crust."
                      -Bob B.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Stripe View Post
                        Did you vote for Clete?

                        Does that put him over the top?
                        Between Clete and Lon, Clete gets my vote as the most pertinent to the standards of TOL.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by LoneStar View Post
                          Between Clete and Lon, Clete gets my vote as the most pertinent to the standards of TOL.
                          HOLD THE PHONE!

                          OK, Lon got outvoted.
                          Where is the evidence for a global flood?
                          E≈mc2
                          "the best maths don't need no stinkin' numbers"

                          "The waters under the 'expanse' were under the crust."
                          -Bob B.

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                          • #14
                            Sorry, Lon.

                            But, hey. That's democracy.
                            Where is the evidence for a global flood?
                            E≈mc2
                            "the best maths don't need no stinkin' numbers"

                            "The waters under the 'expanse' were under the crust."
                            -Bob B.

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                            • #15
                              Moving right along...

                              Let's get to the No. 1 pick for last year.

                              But first, a musical interlude:

                              Skyfall, Adele
                              Where is the evidence for a global flood?
                              E≈mc2
                              "the best maths don't need no stinkin' numbers"

                              "The waters under the 'expanse' were under the crust."
                              -Bob B.

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