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Thursday, September 18, 2014

VAIN ATTEMPTS TO DISCREDIT GOD'S WORD ABOUT SALVATION  by steve finnell


Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. (NKJV)

Critics claim that since Jesus did not say he who is not baptized will be condemned; therefore water baptism is not essential to be saved. If a heart surgeon told you that if you have a heart transplant you will live; he would not have to explain to you that if you refuse the heart transplant you will die. Negatives are understood. If the electric power company informs you if you pay your bill the power will be turned back on; you do not have to be informed that if you do not pay your overdue bill the power will not be restored. Negatives are understood.

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.(NKJV)

The apostle Peter did not have to say unless you repent and are baptized your sins will not be forgiven. Negatives are understood.   

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

IS THE CHURCH JESUS BUILT AN ECUMENICAL ASSEMBLY?   by steve finnell

Ecumenical defined: Christian unity aimed at achieving universal Christian unity through interdenominational organizations.

Jesus prayed for unity. (John 17:20-21 "I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they may all be one, as You Father, are in Me,  and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.)(NKJV)

1 Corinthians 1:10 Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgement.(NKJV)

Here listed are some of the denominations and churches who are involved in the ecumenical assemblies. Wesleyan churches, the Roman Catholic Church, Lutherans, The Salvation Army, United Church of Christ, Independent Christian Churches, Methodists, Presbyterian Churches, Baptists, Pentecostal Churches, and Quakers, to name just a few.

These churches do not speak the same thing. They teach different ways to become saved. They teach conflicting doctrines about how to remain saved. They do not agree on how to have sins forgiven. They declare various and sundry terms for pardon from sin. They differ on the essential doctrines of Christianity.

To refer to these associations as ecumenical give misnomer a bad name. How can the different churches cooperate in charitable causes? How they join together in Bible study and worship? There can only be true unity in the truth found in Scripture. God did not create nor approve of different doctrines for thousands of denominations and church groups.


The true ecumenical church is the one founded on the Day of Pentecost 33 AD. The statement of faith is the New Testament Scriptures. Jesus died for one church, His church.  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

GRAMMATICAL DELUSION?  by steve finnell


Is grammatical delusion alive and well among those who claim Jesus as Lord and Savior? You make the call.

Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved...(NKJV)

Is it a grammatical delusion to state that "and" is not a conjunction linking who believes and is baptized will be saved?

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one one you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.....(NKJV)

Its is a grammatical delusion to profess that "and" is not a conjunction linking repent, and let every one of you be baptized ....for the remission of sins.

Is it a grammatical delusion to suggest that "for" in Acts 2:38 actually means "because of".

GRAMMATICAL DELUSION IS ALIVE AND WELL IN MANY DENOMINATIONS TODAY.

Do you trust God's written word or man-made grammatical delusion?

Belief, repentance, and immersion in water are all essential in order to be saved. Do not fall into the trap of grammatical delusion.    

SIGNS & MIRACLES?   by steve finnell


Signs and miracles, are they present today? No, they are not!

John 20:30-31 Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.

The signs Jesus performed are written in Scripture. We do not need new signs in order to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.


Mark 16:17-20 These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover........20 And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them, and confirmed the word by the signs that followed.


Are there signs and miracles today?
1. I would not try drinking poison or handling poisonous snakes. Your next stop would be the emergency room of your local hospital.
2. While the modern day miracle workers are at the hospital they could heal some terminally ill patience by laying hands on them, however, that in reality does not happen.
3. Signs are not available today because they are not needed. God's word has already been confirmed. God's word has been confirmed in the Bible.


The gifts of signs and miracles was conferred to others by the apostles.


Romans 1:1-11 Paul.....11 For I long to see you so that I may impart some spiritual gift to you, that you may be established;


Acts 8:13 Even Simon himself believed; and after being baptized, he continued on with Philip, and as he observed signs and great miracles taking place, he was constantly amazed.


Acts 8:17-18 Then they began laying their hands on them, and they were receiving the Holy Spirit. 18 Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was bestowed through the laying on of the apostles' he offered them money,


The apostles could give the gift of signs and miracles to all they laid their hands on. The apostles are all dead and so are the gifts of signs and miracles.


Signs and miracles were used by Jesus and the apostles to confirm that Jesus was the Christ and the Son of God. We have the completed Bible; we no longer need signs and miracles. We know and believe Jesus for who He is, we do not need modern-day miracles and signs.   




THERE ARE NO SIGNS AND MIRACLES TODAY, JUST AS THERE ARE NO MODERN-DAY APOSTLES.


2 Corinthians 12:12 The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with all perseverance, by signs and wonders and miracles.


Acts 9:36-41 Now in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha....37 And it happened  at the time that she fell sick and died....40 But Peter sent them all out and knelt down and prayed, and turning to the body, he said, "Tabitha arise." And she opened her eyes, and when she opened her eyes, and saw Peter, she sat up. 41...he presented her alive.


The so-called modern-day apostles do not demonstrate the signs of an apostle. Today's apostles do not bring people back from the dead. They do not stop by the local funeral homes and present men alive.


THERE ARE NO SIGNS AND MIRACLES BEING PERFORM BY APOSTLES TODAY, BECAUSE THERE ARE NO TRUE APOSTLES.  


  

Monday, September 15, 2014

WHY QUOTE THE BIBLE?   by steve finnell


Is it not ironic that those who claim that the Bible is filled with errors, contradictions, and is, in general an unreliable book, are the first ones to quote the Bible to support their doctrinal positions concerning God and His commandments?

Is it credible to quote from the Bible to support a doctrinal position, if your primary source of authority is a creed book, a catechism, a so-called book of new revelation, or a statement of faith? If the Bible is not your authority for faith and practice; how rational would it be to quote from it to support your position?

If the Bible and the Bible alone is not your authority and your authority alone, for faith and practice, then, to make a practice of quoting Scripture to prove a doctrinal point  would not only be unreasonable and irrational, it would in fact, be dishonest.

Either the Bible is your authority or it is not. You cannot have it both ways. 

SATAN QUOTED THE BIBLE

The devil quoted Scripture when he tempted Jesus in the wilderness. The problem was God's word was not his authority.(Matthew 4:1-11)

Even though Satan knew God's word he was not obedient to it and lied about God's word, starting in the Garden of Eden. (Genesis 3:1-13)

To quote from the Bible to support or refute a position of faith or practice and not believe that the Bible is trustworthy and is the sole authority from God, is not only disingenuous, but irrational, and does not offer credibility to any  position of faith expressed.

WHY QUOTE THE BIBLE IF YOU DO NOT BELIEVE IT IS GOD'S INERRANT WORD AND IT IS THE SUPREME AUTHORITY AND THE SUPREME AUTHORITY ALONE?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

THE SINNER'S PRAYER QUESTION   by steve finnell


1.Does saying The Sinner's Prayer save those outside of Christ?
2. Does saying the Sinner's Prayer add a person to the body of Christ?
3. Does saying The Sinner's Prayer grant non-Christians forgiveness from their sins?
4. Is saying The Sinner's Prayer the terms for pardon under the New Covenant (New Testament)?

The answer is no, no, no, and no.

There are two proof-texts used to support The Sinner's prayer plan of salvation.

1. The parable of the Pharisee and the Publican. (Luke 18:9-14)
Neither the Pharisee nor the publican could have become Christians by saying a prayer. Publicans were Jewish tax collectors working for the Roman government. They were members of the Jewish church. The New Covenant was not yet established. The New Testament church began on the Day of Pentecost 33 A.D. ( Note: Matthew was a publican when he became a follower of Jesus. Matthew 10:3)

Neither the Pharisee nor the Publican became a Christian, nor were they saved under the New Covenant, nor did they became part of the body of Christ by saying their prayers in the Jewish temple.

2. (1 John 1:9-10 and 1 John 2:1-2) John was talking to Christians about having their sins forgiven. John was not giving the terms for becoming a Christian. John was not telling non-Christians how to be saved.

These two proof-texts fall short in supporting a case for The Sinner's Prayer.

Under the New Covenant no one was ever told to say a sinner's prayer in order to be saved. No one was ever told to say a sinner's prayer in order to have their sins forgiven before they became a Christian. No one was ever told to say a sinner's prayer in order to become added to the Lord's church.

WHAT WERE THEY TOLD?

On the Day of Pentecost they were told, after they believed, to repent and be baptized in order to have their sins forgiven. (Acts 2:22-38)

They were told to confess in order to be saved. (Romans 10:9-10)

They were told to believe in order to be saved. (Acts 16:30-31)

They were told to believe and be baptized in order to be saved. (Mark 16:16)

FAITH-REPENTANCE-CONFESSION-WATER BAPTISM.

No one was ever told to say The Sinner's Prayer in order to be saved.    

Saturday, September 13, 2014

DENYING THE WORDS OF GOD THE FATHER!   by steve finnell


When men deny the truth found in the Scriptures; they are denying the words of God the Father. When men deny the truth spoken by Jesus; they are denying the words of God the Father. When men deny the doctrine of the apostles; they are denying the words of God the Father.

All Scripture is the word of God the Father.

2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,(NKJV)

All that Jesus spoke was from  God the Father.

John 12:49-50 "For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. 50 "And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak."(NKJV)

All of the apostles doctrine was from God the Father. Why was that? Because Jesus taught the apostles and all of the words of Jesus were from God the Father.

John 14:26 "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.(NKJV)

John 16:13-14 "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 "He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.

All the teaching from the Holy Spirit came from Jesus and all the words of Jesus came from God the Father.

There are no Scriptures that declare that church creed books, (catechisms) or any other extra-Biblical writings are that of God the Father. Remember; all Scripture is inspired by God. Creed books are not Scripture. No extra-Biblical writing is Scripture.

HOW DO MEN DENY THE WORDS OF GOD THE FATHER?

1. When men claim there is more than one God; they are denying the words of God the Father.

Ephesians 4:6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.(NKJV)

2. When men declare that Jesus did not say water baptism precedes salvation; they are denying the words of God the Father.

Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved...(NKJV)

3. When men say that Christians cannot fall from grace; they denying the words of God the Father.

Galatians 5:4 You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.(NKJV)

All Scripture is inspired by God the Father.  


Friday, September 12, 2014

BASIC BIBLE DOCTRINE?   by steve finnell


How would the members of your church congregation answer questions concerning basic Bible doctrine and Biblical concepts?

QUESTIONS:

1. Did God create the heavens and the earth in six twenty-four hour days?

2. Is Jesus the only way to salvation?

3. Is theistic evolution supported by Scripture?

4. Is the God of Christians and Muslims the same God?

5. Is it worship to pray to the Virgin Mary and other dead saints?

6. Is the doctrine of once saved always saved found in the Scriptures?

7. Is water baptism essential for salvation?

8. Did God predetermined certain men to be saved and all others to burn in hell?

9. Does the Bible teach universal salvation?

10. If a man does not have time to be baptized in water before he dies will he still be saved?

11. Does the Bible teach that men are saved by grace alone?

12. Does the Bible teach that God imputes faith into men so they can believe and be saved?

13. Does the Bible teach that men have no free-will?

14. Does the Bible teach that the apostle Peter was the first roman Catholic Pope?

15. Does the Bible teach that there are modern-day apostles who are prophets of God and can perform miracles?

16. Does the Bible teach that men, today, can be saved just like the thief on the cross?

17. Does the Bible teach that Christians can continue in a sinful unrepentant lifestyle and still inherit the kingdom of God.

18. Does the Bible teach that water baptism is nothing more that an act of obedience?

19. Does the Bible say that water baptism is not essential for the forgiveness of sins?

20. Is the sinner's prayer God's terms for pardon?

21. Can men deny that God raised Jesus from the grave and still be saved?

22. Does the Bible teach that men will receive a seconded chance for salvation when Jesus returns to earth?

23. Do church creed books contain more truth that the Bible?

24. Is Jesus also God the Father?

25. Are men only saved according to terms of pardon under the New Covenant?

26. Under the New Covenant are the Jews still God's chosen people?

27. Does the Bible teach that a single pastor should be the authority of each church congregation?

28. Does the Bible teach that pastors or priests have the authority to forgive Christians the sins they commit against God?

29. Does the Bible teach that prophecies, tongues, and knowledge are still available to the contemporary church?

30. Does the Bible teach that speaking in tongues is evidence of your salvation?

31. Does the Bible teach that the KJV of the Bible is the only trustworthy translation of God's written word?

32. Does the Bible teach if men are sincere in their belief that they will be saved even if it is contrary to God's terms for pardon?

33. Does the Bible teach the doctrine of original sin?

34. Does the Bible teach that all men are born totally depraved?

35. Does the Bible teach joining a denominational church can save men from sin?

36. Does the Lord add the saved to His church or do church leaders add men to the Lord's church?

37. Did the 3000 on the Day of Pentecost have theirs sins removed before they repented and were baptized in water?

38. Is sprinkling and pouring mentioned in New Testament Scriptures as a mode of baptism?

39. Is there any case under the New Covenant Scriptures where a person was baptized in water before he believed in Jesus.

40. Was John the Baptist baptizing men into Christ?

41. Is the baptism of John the Baptist a valid baptism today?

42. Does the Bible teach that men are save by faith alone?

43. Will men spend eternity in hell because of Adam's sin or the unforgiven sins they themselves commit?

44. Does the Bible teach that some men are born as heterosexuals and some men born as homosexuals?  

Do the members of your church congregation understand basic Bible doctrine and Biblical concepts? If you do not know, then why not ask them?    




          
ARE THE EARLY CHURCH FATHERS A RELIABLE SOURCE?   by steve finnell


What is the most reliable source for the truth about God and His plan for mankind. Is it the Bible? Is it the early church fathers? Is it twenty first century Bible commentators?


Are the early church fathers more reliable than the 21st century Bible commentators because they lived in the 1st century, and walked among Jesus and the apostles? No, they are not.


PROXIMITY TO JESUS AND THE APOSTLES IS NOT A GUARANTEE OF TRUTH AND RELIABILITY.


The Pharisees passed the proximity test, but failed as a reliable source for the truth.


Mark 7:7-8 'But in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrine the precepts of men.' 8 Neglecting the commandments of God, you hold to the traditions of men."


Do you really want to use the early writings of the Pharisees as a truth source?


The Judaizers passed the proximity test, but failed as reliable sources for truth about the gospel of Jesus Christ.


Galatians 1:6 I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel;


The Judaizers passed the proximity test, but failed the reliability test for the truth. The Judiazers were perverting the gospel by preaching that Christians had to keep some of the Jewish customs to be saved.


Do you really want to use the early writings of the Judiazers as a source for the truth about God.


Hymenaeus and Alexander passed the proximity test, but fail the reliability exam for the truth.


1 Timothy 1:19-20 keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith. 20 Among these are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan, so that they will learn not to blaspheme. 2 Timothy 4:14-15 Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm; but the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. 15 Be on guard against him yourself, for he vigorously opposed our teaching.


Do you really want to consult the early writings of Hymenaeus and Alexander, as a source for the truth when it comes to faith and practice.


Being in proximity to Jesus and the apostles did not give the Pharisees, the Judiazers, Hymenaeus, nor Alexander, a trust factor, concerning the truth about God, and His plan for mankind.


Neither the early church fathers nor the 21st century Bible commentators, are absolutely trustworthy.Their books are not the infallible word of God. Their writing are not Scripture nor are they equal to Scripture.




THE ONLY RELIABLE SOURCE OF GOD'S TRUTH TO MANKIND, IS THE BIBLE AND THE BIBLE ALONE!


THE LESS MEN RELY ON THE BIBLE FOR TRUTH; THE MORE CONFUSED THEY GET! 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

THE NEW COVENANT   by steve finnell


The New Covenant is God's promise to make the Holy Spirit and salvation available to all men by His grace. The New Covenant was made possible by the shedding of the blood of Jesus on the cross.


Galatians 3:22 But the Scripture has shut up everyone under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.


The promise, that is the New Covenant, is by faith in Jesus Christ.


Ephesians 2:12-13 remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.


The New Covenant is only available because of the shed blood of Jesus.


Hebrews 9:16-17 For where a covenant is, there must of necessity be the death of the one who made it. 17 For a covenant is valid only when men are dead, for it is never in force while the one who made it lives.


Jesus had to die before the New Covenant was in effect.


Hebrews 8:7-13 For if the first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion sought for a second......13 When He said, "A new covenant," He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete  and growing old is ready to disappear.


The Old Covenant became obsolete when Jesus died on the cross and the apostle Peter preached the New Covenant. The apostle Peter preached the terms for pardon, under the New Covenant, on the Day of Pentecost.


Peter preached to them Jesus as Lord and Christ (Acts 2:36)


Peter preached the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.(Acts 2:22-35)


When they heard Peter's message, they asked what they should do. (Acts 2:237)


Peter told them what to do. (Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.)


The promise of the New Covenant was received by the 3000 on the Day of Pentecost. (Acts 2:39-41)


The New Covenant terms for pardon are:
A. FAITH: (John 3:16)
B. CONFESSION: (Romans 10:9-10, Acts 8:37)
C. REPENTANCE: (Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19)
D. WATER IMMERSION (BAPTISM): (Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38, 1 Peter 3:21, Galatians 3 :27, John 3:5, Ephesians 5:26, Romans 6:4, Acts 22:16, Colossians 2:12-13, Titus 3:5)


THE NEW COVENANT IS THE ONLY MEANS OF SALVATION TODAY!


1. You cannot be saved according to the Law of Moses. It is obsolete. (Galatians 5:4)
2. You cannot be saved like the thief on the cross. Jesus will not be placed on the cross again. (Luke 22:42-43)
3. You cannot have your sins forgiven like the paralytic on the bed. (Luke 5:18-22)
4. You cannot have your sins forgiven like the woman who cleaned the feet of Jesus. (Luke 7:44-50


THESE WERE  ALL SAVED BEFORE THE NEW COVENANT WAS IN EFFECT.


ALL MEN TODAY ARE SAVED BY OBEYING THE TERMS OF PARDON ACCORDING TO THE NEW COVENANT.


THE COMMUNION CUP AND THE NEW COVENANT


1 Corinthians 11:25 In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."


What Jesus was not saying. Jesus was not saying the cup of communion was the entry way for individual church members or the church at large into the New Covenant. Christians are under the New Covenant because they have been obedient to the terms of pardon that were made available when Jesus shed His blood on the cross.


The cup symbolizes, represents, the New Covenant which was brought about, made available, by the shed blood of Jesus. The cup its self is not the covenant. Jesus was speaking figuratively.


Those who have had their sins washed away by obeying the gospel plan of salvation; are under the New Covenant. They do not have wait until they partake of the communion cup in order to be under the New Covenant.


Partaking of communion "The Lord's Supper" was not one of the requirements that the apostle Peter preached on the Day of Pentecost; in order to receive forgiveness of sins, to be saved, to be under the New Covenant.


THE COMMUNION CUP IS NOT part of a sacrificial mass, is not a re-presentation of the crucifixion.


JESUS DIED ONLY ONE TIME. (1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the Spirit;)


THE COMMUNION CUP IS NOT THE NEW COVENANT NOR IS IT A SACRIFICIAL MASS.


              

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

TOTAL DEPRAVITY?   by steve finnell


Total depravity of man. Is it Biblical or a tradition of men?

Total Depravity Definition: A state of corruption due to original sin held in Calvinism to infect every part of man's nature and to make the natural man unable to know or obey God. [REF. Merriam Webster]

James 3:9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God.(NKJV)

Men are made in the likeness of God. Does that mean that God is totally depraved? Did God create man in His image? Yes. Is His image one of sin? No. God created man without being infected by original sin or any other kind of sin. Men are infected with sin by their own choice.

Ecclesiastes 7:29 Truly, this only I have found: That God made man upright, But they have sought out many schemes. (NKJV)

God did not create man totally depraved.

Job 1:1-8 ......8 Then the Lord said to Satan, "Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God  and shuns evil?"(NKJV)

If Job was totally depraved how could he be blameless and upright?

Genesis 6:9 This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generation. Noah walked with God. (NKJV)

How would it be possible for Noah to be totally depraved and be a just man? Was Noah baptized as an infant to have original sin washed away? No, he was not. Noah was not born with original sin nor was any other person.

Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.(NKJV)

According to Calvinist doctrine Abram was born totally depraved. How could Abram obey God and be blameless? How could Abram obey God? He could obey God because was not totally depraved nor was he guilty of Adam's sin. Abram was born without sin just as was every man before him or after him.

Exodus 18:21 "Moreover you shall select from all the people  able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness....(NKJV)

How would it be possible to find God fearing men of truth if all men are totally depraved at birth?

Deuteronomy 18:13 "You shall be blameless before the Lord your God.(NKJV)

How can men be blameless before the Lord God if they are all totally depraved? That is correct, they cannot.

Ezekiel 14:20 "even though Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it, as I live," says the Lord God, "they would deliver neither son nor daughter, they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness."(NKJV)

Why did God attribute righteousness to Noah, David, and Job if they were guilty of original sin and were totally depraved?

Acts 10:1-2...Cornelius...2 a devout man and one who feared God  with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always.(NKJV)

If a gentile named Cornelius was guilty of original sin and totally depraved, then how could he be devout, give to the poor, and pray to God always?

The doctrine of the total depravity of man is not supported by Scripture. Total depravity and original sin are a fabrication of man.

YOU CAN TRUST THE BIBLE OR YOU CAN TRUST YOUR DENOMINATIONAL CREED BOOKS. YOU CANNOT TRUST THEM BOTH.       



    




CHILDREN AND ORIGINAL SIN?   by steve finnell


Some theologians believe that all men are born with the guilt of Adam's sin. They believe all men are guilty of original sin and therefore are totally depraved at birth. They believe infants need to be forgiven for Adam's sin. 

1. There no mention of original sin in Scripture.
2. There no Scripture that speaks of baptizing infants to wash away the guilt of Adam's sin.
3. There  is no Biblical reference of any infant nor of any adult being guilty of inherited sin.

JESUS AND CHILDREN

Matthew 18:2-3 And Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, 3 and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.(NKJV)

 Was Jesus saying you have to totally depraved like theses little children to enter the kingdom of heaven?

Jesus was not baptizing infants and little children for the forgiveness of original sin.

John the Baptists was baptizing adults for the forgiveness of sins, after they repented. Infants and little children have no sin  for which they need to repent. Even adults cannot repent for the sin of Adam and Eve.

There were  no denominational churches baptizing infants and little children while Jesus walked the earth, yet Jesus said become as little children to enter the kingdom of heaven.

Original sin inherited from Adam is a doctrine invented by men.

Men are guilty of the sin they themselves commit.

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (NKJV)

Men are sinners because they sin, not because Adam sinned.

James 2:9-11 but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by law as transgressors......(NKJV)

When men transgress God's law they are guilty of sin. What law do infants break by being born? Infants are not transgressors of God's law. Infants are not sinners nor are  they guilty of Adam's transgression.

1 John 3:4 Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. (NKJV)

Sin is committed. Sin is not inherited.

James 1:14-15 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. (NKJV)

Are infants tempted in their mothers womb and sin before they are born? Of course not. Sin is committed by those capable of understanding right from wrong. Sin is committed by those who understand they are sinning against God.

John 8:34 Jesus answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.(NKJV)

Jesus did not say children are a slave to sin because they are guilty of original sin.

Jesus did not say you need to be baptized as infants so original sin can be washed away.

If men spend eternity in hell it will be because of unrepentant, unforgiven sins they have committed.

Not one person will go to hell because of the sin Adam committed.

The doctrine of original sin and the total depravity of man is man-made doctrine.             



  



   

ANALYSIS OF WATER BAPTISM AS A WORK   by steve finnell


Is water baptism a work and therefore not essential to salvation? Those who claim that baptism is a work use Ephesians 2:8-9 as their frame of reference.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.


This makes it clear that we are not saved by works. What are the works that do not save us? 1. The works of the Law of Moses do not save us. 2. Our good deeds do not save us.


THE LAW OF MOSES: Galatians 2:16 nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ and not by works of the Law; since by works of the Law no flesh will be justified. 


Is it stated in Jewish Law that men have to be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in order to be saved? No, it is not; therefore Christian water baptism  cannot be a work of the Law of Moses.


GOOD DEEDS---WORKS: Titus 3:5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,


God our Savior (Titus 3:4-5) saves us by His baptismal work (the washing of regeneration). It is not man's work.


If a person allows someone to baptize them in water; the one being baptized is not performing a good deed.


Being baptized in water is not a work of the Law nor is it a work of good deeds.


If water baptism is a work, then, why is believing in Jesus as the Christ, not a work? Believing is something that the individual does. God does not believe for you. No man can believe for you.


If water baptism is a work, then, why is repentance not a work?  Men need to make a commitment to turn from sin and turn toward God in order to be saved. God does not repent for you. No man can repent for you.


If water baptism is a work that cannot save, then, why is confessing Jesus as Lord and Savior not a work? Confessing Jesus as the Christ is something only you can do. God cannot confess Jesus for you. No man can confess Jesus as your surrogate.


THE TRUTH IS THAT WATER BAPTISM IS NEITHER A WORK OF THE LAW OF MOSES NOR IS IT A WORK OF GOOD DEEDS! 



  

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

WHAT ARE WE SAVED FROM?   by steve finnell


Jesus is the Savior of all who accept Him as Lord and Christ, but what are we saved from?


Matthew 25:41 "Then He will also say to those on His left, 'Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels;


WE ARE SAVED FROM AN ETERNAL FIRE!


Revelation 20:14-15 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.


WE ARE SAVED FROM THE SECOND DEATH!


2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 dealing out retribution to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.


WE ARE SAVED FROM ETERNAL DESTRUCTION!


Matthew 25:30 Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.


WE ARE SAVED FROM OUTER DARKNESS!


Revelation 21:8 But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death."


WE ARE SAVED FROM THE LAKE OF FIRE AND BRIMSTONE!


Matthew 13:42 and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.


WE ARE SAVED FROM WEEPING AND GNASHING OF TEETH!


Revelation 22:14-15 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city. 15 Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying.


WE ARE SAVED FROM BEING ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN!


CAN MEN BE SAVED WITH UNWASHED ROBES?


Acts 22:16 Now why do you delay? Get ups and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.'


CAN MEN BE SAVED WITH UNWASHED ROBES?


Matthew 22:11-13 "But when the king came in to look over the dinner quests, he saw a man there who was not dressed in wedding clothes, 12 and he said to him, 'Friend how did you come in here without wedding clothes? And the man was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the servants , 'Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.


WE ARE SAVED FROM BEING THROWN INTO OUTER DARKNESS!


CAN MEN BE SAVED WITHOUT WEDDING CLOTHES?


Galatians 3:27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.


CAN MEN BE SAVED WITHOUT WEDDING CLOTHES?


HAVE YOU BEEN WASHED IN THE BLOOD OF JESUS?


(All Scripture quotes from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)   

Monday, September 8, 2014

RELIGIOUS PANDERING TO THE PEW  by steve finnell

Is telling church members what they want hear God's desire for preachers? Is preachers pandering to the pew the avenue to a healthy and growing church?

2 Timothy 4:2-5 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth....

Questioner: Do you know that there are church members who also belong to the pagan cult of Freemasonry?

Pandering Preacher: Yes, I know that, however,  I will not preach against it because I might lose my preaching position.

Questioner: Do you know that we have church members who are living together and not married? Do you know that adultery is being practiced in the church? Do you know that there are homosexual couples among the church members? Do you know that there are members who are pedophiles in our congregation?

Pandering Preacher: Yes, I know all of that, however, we just need to show them God's love. I was not called to condemn anyone.

Questioner: Did you know that there are several drunkards who are members of this church?

Pandering Preacher: Yes, I know that, however, they are all tithers, and they might take their money and leave if I preach against drinking alcohol. If they have a drinking problem they need to go Alcoholics Anonymous. That is not a concern of the church.

Questioner: Did you know that the apostle Paul said that church members you continue as fornicators, as idolaters, as adulterers, as homosexuals, as sodomites, as thieves, as converters, as drunkards, as revilers, as extortioners will not inherit the kingdom of God? (1 Corinthians 6:1-11)

Pandering Preacher: Yes, I know the apostle said that, but that is just his opinion. I do not believe it, at all. After all we are all guilty of sin. We need to simply love those in error and hope that they repent. I will never preach that unrepentant Christians will spend eternity in hell.

WHAT DID JESUS SAY ABOUT LOVE?

John 14:15 "If you love Me, keep My commandments.(NKJV)

John 15:10 "If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love.(NKJV)

Questioner: Jesus said He that believes and is baptize shall be save.(Mark 16:16) Can men reject water baptism for the forgiveness of sins and still remain in the love of Jesus?

Pandering Preacher: I will not become some Bible thumping preacher. We all know the Bible is filled with errors. If I preached every word of the Bible as truth I would be fired from my position.

Pander preachers only offend those who love the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.