"Hi JCP: I'm not sure where you are coming from, but we must "rightly divide the word of truth."
~ My favorite verses about this matter were, "... Prove all scriptures..." and the one about fitting verses together like a puzzle and that only those truly called will "get it." I would have to look through my old notes for that one, but... not gonna do it.
"Yes, we, the church/body, are elected, predestined, called, sanctified, and yet to be glorified. But this is for service, not that the rest of humanity are "lost" for all eternity."
~ Now with this being said, maybe some of the mainstream christians on this website won't tell you that you are a heretic, but many many baptists and pentacostals that I knew of - mostly from the deep south - would say that that statement makes you, "Of the devil."
~ And once again, I will say it. Christianity can't even agree with itself. Why? If Christianity is indeed the only way, then it is because of Satan, who deceives the WHOLE world.
"As for "death". All of us will die unless the Lord catches us away to the heavens, to meet the dead in Christ who have been resurrected."
~ Yes! The bible states that all men will die, and that all men have died (even Enoch and Elijah), but when Christ returns, those who were called and chosen will meet Jesus in the air, but I don't believe the bible states that Christ will do a u-turn. They will be caught with Christ in the air and be with Christ - where ever Christ is - and that will be on earth to set up his Kingdom, you know, the true gospel, "The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand." I still don't understand how people believe that Christ will do a u-turn when he descends from heaven to establish his kingdom.
"The "second death" means just that. After judging at the great white throne, where God's vengeance and true justice will be given out, those whose names are not in the book of life will be cast into the lake of fire where, if they haven't died at the end of their judging before the awesome power and glory of Christ, will die."
~ For sure. Most people were never called during their life times, which includes: people whom simply never heard of Christ, people who heard of him, but couldn't believe because they were not called, retarded people and others with mental impediments, people who died at a young age, etc., will be raised from the dead in their fleshly bodies (Ezekial's vision Valley of the Bones - and yes, I know of the mainstream interpretation, but I don't believe it) - and then, those called today, who became born again at Christ's second coming, and all the dead in Christ who were raised from the dead - they will teach these fleshly people, and no longer (as quoted in Isaiah, I believe) will one's brother teach and show the way to his brother, but the saints of God.
"God bless, Bick"
~ I don't know what Bick means, what does that mean? Btw, If I were a Christian, your beliefs match my old ones quite closely, I believe.
"I have gone away. The bed is cold and empty. Trees bend their boughs toward the earth. And nighttime birds float as black faces."