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Thursday, October 30, 2014

THE SANCTUARY     BY STEVE FINNELL


Is there a sanctuary located in the local church building? No, the sanctuary is located in heaven. Hebrews 8:1-2 Now the main point in what has been said is this:we have such a high priest, who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, 2 a minister in the sanctuary and in the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man.

There is a sanctuary and tabernacle, however, it is in heaven not on earth.

Under the old covenant there was an earthly sanctuary and tabernacle. Hebrews 9:1-3 Now even the first covenant and regulations of divine worship and the earthly sanctuary. 2 For there was a tabernacle prepared, the outer one, in which were the lampstand and the table and the sacred bread; this is called the holy place. 3. Behind the second veil there was a tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies,

Under the new covenant there is not an earthly sanctuary, there is no earthly tabernacle. That ended when Jesus died on the cross. Matthew 27:45-53.....And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two....

There is no longer an earthly sanctuary, no earthly tabernacle, no Holy of Holies on earth. The place we gather to worship on Sunday may be a worship center or an assembly hall, but it is not a sanctuary.

The only thing holy in the contemporary church buildings are the blood bought Christians who assemble there. Christians are holy because of the indwelling gift of the Holy Spirit.

THERE IS NO EARTHLY SANCTUARY!


  



sanctuary Defined !    







1. a sacred or holy place.
2.
Judaism.
  1. the Biblical tabernacle or the Temple in Jerusalem.
  2. the holy of holies of these places of worship.
3.
an especially holy place in a temple or church.
4.
the part of a church around the altar; the chancel.
5.
a church or other sacred place where fugitives were formerly entitled to immunity from arrest.
6.
immunity afforded by refuge in such a place.
7.
any place of refuge; asylum.

1. New Testament church buildings are not sacred nor are they a holy places.

2. New Testament church buildings are not Jewish.

3. New Testament church buildings are not holy places nor are they temples.

4. New Testament church building do not have altars.

5. New Testament church buildings are not where fugitives are entitled to immunity from arrest.

6. New Testament church buildings are not refuges for immunity from arrest.

7. New Testament church buildings are not places of asylum.


What are New Testament church buildings? They are where Christians assembly for teaching, preaching, fellowship, praising God, and studying the apostles doctrine. 

New Testament church buildings are not sanctuaries nor is any particular room in them a sanctuary.      

IS BAPTISM JUST AN ACT OF OBEDIENCE?  by steve finnell


The prevailing view among faith only advocates is that water baptism is just an "act of obedience" and is not a prerequisite for salvation.

Acts 5:32 We are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.

It is apparent that by obeying God we receive the Holy Spirit. Obedience to God is more than just an unrewarded act.

Hebrews 5:8-9 Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. 9 And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation.

Jesus is the source of salvation to all who obey Him. What did Jesus say? He said, "He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved.....(Mark 16:16)

Baptism is not just an act of obedience. It is a prerequisite for salvation.

Believing in Jesus is an act of obedience, but is not just an act of obedience. Believing is essential for salvation. (John 3:16)

Repenting is an act of obedience, but it is not just an act of obedience. Repentance is essential to have your sins forgiven. (Acts 2:38)

Confession is an act of obedience, but it is not just an act of obedience. Confession is essential for salvation. (Romans 10:9-10)

Water baptism is an act of obedience, but it is not just an act of obedience. Baptism is essential to the forgiveness of sins. (1 Peter 3:21, Mark 16:16, Acts 22:16, Acts 2:38, Titus 3:5, John 3:5, Ephesians 5:23-27, Colossians 2:12-13, Romans 6:3-7)

FAITH+OBEDIENCE SAVES.

Hebrews 11:7......became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.

Noah became an heir of righteousness after he obeyed God. FAITH+OBEDIENCE.

Hebrews 11:30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days.

The walls did not fall down by faith only, they fell down after seven days of obedience. FAITH+OBEDIENCE.

The Scriptures do NOT teach that water baptism is just an act of obedience.

THERE IS NO SCRIPTURE THAT STATES MEN ARE SAVE BY "FAITH ALONE."


(All Scriptures from:NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

QUESTIONS FOR KING JAMES ONLY ADVOCATES  by steve finnell


There are believers in Jesus The Christ who honestly believe that God only authorized one English translation of the Bible and it was the 1611 King James Version. 

The original 1611 King James Bible had eighty books. It included the fourteen books called the apocrypha. 

Question: Do 1611 King James "only" believers think that God authorized the apocrypha?

Question: Does the 1611 King James Version they use have the apocrypha books included?

Question: Do they believe all eighty books of the original 1611 King James Version were given by the inspiration of God?

The truth is 1611 King James Version "only" advocates do not read from the original 1611 King James Version.


The truth is there are many Bible translations that are trustworthy. Just read the translation you chose and believe God's plan.  




MODERN DAY-APOSTLES?  by steve finnell


Some claim that there are apostles alive and well, living among us. Is that fact or fiction?

QUESTION: What purpose would modern day apostles serve?
QUESTION: If there are apostles today, why do they not mirror the acts of the apostles of the first century?

Acts 2:43 Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles.

Are people being filled with awe by the so-called modern day apostles? If that were true it would be on every TV network. It would dominate the cable TV channels. The Internet would flooded with accounts of these so-called modern day apostles.

ACTS OF THE FIRST CENTURY APOSTLES

The apostle Paul cause the magician  Elymas  to be temporarily blinded.(Acts 13:8-12)

Are the so-called contemporary apostles causing men to go blind? No.

The apostle Peter brought Tabitha back from the dead. (Acts 9:36-41)

Are the 21 century pretend-apostles bring people back from the dead? No. If they could bring men back from the dead they would invite TV crews into funeral homes, to witness their miracles.

The apostle Peter predicted the immediate death of Sapphira. (Acts 5:1-11)

Can the false modern day apostles predict the immediate death of people who lie to God? Of course they cannot.

The apostle Peter immediately healed a lame man who had been lame from birth. (Acts 3:1-10)

If these so-call modern day apostles could heal men who were lame from birth it would on every, nightly, TV news broadcast.

THE SIGNS OF AN APOSTLE

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

The so-called modern day apostles are missing the signs of a true apostle. Be careful not to get detoured down the wrong road by following false sign makers.

WE DO NOT NEED SO-CALLED MODERN DAY APOSTLES!

We have the completed Bible. We have all the information we  
need for salvation and living the Christian life. God's word was confirmed by Jesus and the apostles of the first century.

2 Timothy 3:15-17 and from childhood you have know the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

By A.D. 100 men had all the Scripture they needed for salvation and living the Christian life.

WE HAVE THE RECORDED WORD OF GOD. THE BIBLE.

WE DO NOT NEED SO-CALLED MODERN DAY APOSTLES!      
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WHAT CHURCH? by steve finnell


I have been asked of what church are you a member? The church congregation where I worship on Sunday is identified as an independent Christian church.

I am registered in heaven as a member of the church of Christ. The same church as the apostles and other Christians in the first century had their membership.  Romans 16:16....The churches of Christ greet you.(NKJV)

Acts 2:41 Then those who gladly received his words were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. (NKJV)
Acts 2:47 ...And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.(NKJV)

The Lord Jesus was adding to the church those who believed  Peter's and the apostle's preaching and were baptized in water.

Jesus was adding the saved to His church; that would be the church of Christ, His church.

Jesus was not adding those who denied the preaching of Peter. Jesus was not adding those who denied His very words. Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. (NKJV)
Yes, Peter preached believe and be baptized in order to be saved.

The Lord Jesus does not add unbelievers and the unbaptized to His church. 


   

WITHOUT WATER BAPTISM? by steve finnell


If there were no water baptism, then what?

Matthew 3:13-17 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. 14 And John tried to prevent Him, saying, "I have need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?" 15 But Jesus answered and said to him, "Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness."......(NKJV)

1. Jesus was not guilty of sin.
2. Had Jesus refused to be baptized in water He would have been guilty of sin; because He would not have done what God required of Him.
3. Jesus was baptized as an act of obedience to the Father. Had Jesus not been baptized in water He would have disqualified Himself to be the Savior of all men.

If there were no water baptism, then what?

Ephesians 5:25-27 Husband, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but it should be holy and without blemish. (NKJV)

1. Without water baptism the church could not be sanctified and cleansed.
2. Without water baptism the church could not be without spots or wrinkles.
3. Without water baptism the church would not be holy and without blemish.

If there were no water baptism, then what?

Is water baptism an act of obedience? Yes.

1. Without being obedient in water baptism men cannot be saved. (Mark 16:16)
2. Without being obedient in water baptism Saul would not have had his sins washed away. (Acts 22:16
3. Without being obedient in water baptism the 3000 on the Day of Pentecost would not have had their sins forgiven. (Acts 2:38)
4. Without being obedient in water baptism men cannot enter the kingdom of God. (John 3:5)
5. Without being obedient in water baptism you cannot be forgiven your trespasses. (Colossians 2:12-13)
6. Without being obedient in water baptism you cannot walk in newness of life, you cannot be freed from sin, you cannot be alive to God in Christ. (Romans 6:4-11)
7. Without being obedient in water baptism you cannot be saved. (1Peter 3:21)
8. Without being obedient in water baptism you have not been baptized into Christ. (Galatians 3:27)
9. Without being obedient in water baptism you cannot be saved and added to the Lord's church. (Acts 2:40, 41,47)
         



   

A SAVING FAITH, A GIFT OR A CHOICE?   by steve finnell


The faith that saves men from the penalty of sin is a choice. Faith that saves men is not a gift from God that is distributed to a select few.

If a saving faith was a gift from God many Scriptures would need to be rewritten. Just a few examples listed here.

1. John 3:18 "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (NKJV)

GIFT OF FAITH TRANSLATION: John 3:18 "He who has received the gift of faith and has believed in Him is not  condemned; but he who has not received the gift of faith is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

2. John 6:28-29 Then they said to Him,"What shall we do , that we we may work the works  of God?" 29 Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent." (NKJV)

GIFT OF FAITH TRANSLATION: John 6:28-29 Then they said to Him, "What shall we do, we may work the works of God." 29 Jesus answered and said to them, there is nothing you can do until God gives you the gift of faith so that you can believe in Him whom He sent.

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

GIFT OF FAITH TRANSLATION: Mark 16:16 "He who has received God gift of faith and believes will be saved. He who is baptized because he has been saved has received the gift of faith; but he who did not receive God's free gift of faith and believed will be condemned.


A SAVING FAITH IS A CHOICE; IT IS NOT A GIFT FROM GOD BESTOWED ON A SELECT FEW.     

Monday, October 27, 2014

DOES GOD ARBITRARILY BESTOW FAITH?   by steve finnell


Many believe that Ephesians 2:8 teaches that God arbitrarily bestows faith on a selected few so they can believe and be saved. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.(NKJV)

Salvation is the gift of God, not faith. The gift God gives is forgiveness from sin.

How do men receive faith?

Romans 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of God.(NKJV)

Faith comes from hearing the gospel preached. Faith is not arbitrarily dispatched to a chosen few.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greeks,

Salvation is attained by believing the gospel. Salvation is not predetermined by God and forced on a select few by forcing them to have faith and be saved.

1 Corinthians 1:21 For since, in the wisdom of God , it pleased God through the foolishness of the messaged preached to save those who believe.(NKJV)

God saves men through preaching the gospel. God does not preselect men and the force them to have faith so they will be saved.

John 3:36 "He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but that the wrath of God abides on him."(NKJV)

If God imputes faith to all who believe, why would those who do not believe receive the wrath of God. Non-believers would have no responsibility nor capability to believed and be saved.

1 John 3:20-23....And this is His commandment: that we we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.(NKJV)

Why would God command us to believe on His Son Jesus Christ if we are not capable of believing? Does He arbitrarily bestows that faith on non-believers?

Jesus said "He who believes and is baptized will be saved.."(Mark 16:16) Jesus did not say God will give you the gift of faith so you can believe, be baptized and be saved. 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

THE APOSTLE PAUL'S CONVERSION  by steve finnell


 Before discussing Saul's conversion we need to establish a point of fact. You cannot become a Christian and have unforgiven sins. If your sins have been forgiven you are a Christian. If you are a Christian then your sins have been forgiven. It is impossible to separate forgiveness, from being in Christ. How could you say I became a Christian last night but my sins were not forgiven? By the same reasoning you could not assert that I had my sins forgiven last night but I am not a Christian.

What is true for us, was true for the apostle Paul.

Acts 9:3-6 As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him; 4 and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?" 5 And he said, "Who are You Lord?" And He said, "I am Jesus whom you are persecuting, 6 but get up and enter the city, and it will be told you what to do."

Saul obviously believed in Jesus at this point, yet he was still not forgiven of his sins; therefore he was not a Christian. Paul was not saved by "FAITH ONLY."

Acts 9:9-11 And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank. 10 Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and the Lord said to him in a vision, "Ananias." And he said, "Here I am Lord." 11 And the Lord said to him, "Get up and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying,

Saul believed that Jesus was Lord.
Saul repented.
Saul fasted and prayed for three days.
After three days on the road to Damascus Saul was still not forgiven of his sins. Saul was not saved by faith alone, Saul was not saved by repenting alone. Saul was not saved by praying and fasting. SAUL WAS NOT SAVED ON THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS.

Acts 22:12-16 "A certain Ananias....13 came to me....16 Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.'

Saul's sins were forgiven after he was baptized in water, not before.

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

Saul was not a Christian until he was baptized into Christ.

Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved......

Saul was not saved until he was immersed in water.

Acts 2:38...and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of you sins....

Saul sins were not forgiven until he was baptized in water.

Paul was saved the way all men are saved. FAITH John 3:16---REPENTANCE Acts 3:19---CONFESSION Romans 10:9-19---WATER BAPTISM Acts 2:38

YOU CANNOT SEPARATE BECOMING A CHRISTIAN AND FORGIVENESS OF SINS!

PAUL WAS NOT SAVED ON THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS----PAUL WAS SAVED IN DAMASCUS.        

THE 67TH BOOK OF THE BIBLE  by steve finnell


The 67th book of the Bible has not been canonized as of now because this fictionalized book has not been completed. The 67th book is being written by men and is inspired by man's opinions. This book is post 100 AD until the the present. 


THE 67TH BOOK-THE BOOK OF DENOMINATIONS.

Denominations 1:1 And man said let us write our man-made creeds and traditions for men to invent their salvation. 2. Let us use church traditions to supersede the word of God. 3. Let us correct the errors that God has written in the first 66 books of the Bible. 4. Let us write a book that cannot be translated in error as were the first 66 books of the Bible. 5. Let us create various and sundry denominations with different plans of salvation. 6. Let us expose the faulty doctrine of Jesus and the apostles. 7. Let us name different denominations that express our individual man-made views about God, salvation, and the requirement for the forgiveness from sins. 8. Let us name these denominations:
The Roman Catholic Church
The Baptist Church
The Methodist Church
The Salvation Army
The Seventh Day Adventist Church
The Church of Latter Day Saints
The Jehovah's Witness Church
The Anglican Church
The Pentecostal Church
The Christian Science Church
The Unitarian Universalist Church
The Nazarene Church
The Community Church
ETC.
ETC.
ETC.

The fictionalized Book of Denominations has not been canonized because men are still adding their man-made opinions.

HYPER-CALVINIST OR CALVINIST?  by steve finnell


Hyper-Calvinist or Calvinist; it is a distinction without a difference.

If you embrace the doctrines of Unconditional Election and Perseverance of the Saints you are a Calvinist; it makes little difference whether you are hyper or not.

Unconditional Election Defined: God chooses individual for salvation before they are born. God gives faith to those He selects so they might believe and be saved.

Perseverance of the Saints Defined: All of those whom God has unconditionally selected for salvation can never be lost, they cannot fall from grace. They are once saved always saved.

It does not make any difference what religious doctrinal nuances or intellectual gymnastics are stated or practiced. If you believe in Unconditional Election and Perseverance of the Saints you are a Calvinist. Hyper-Calvinist or Calvinist; it is a distinction without a difference.

Friday, October 24, 2014

WAS THE THIEF ON THE CROSS QUALIFIED TO BE A BAPTIST?  BY STEVE FINNELL


Did the thief on the cross meet the qualifications to become of member of the Baptist Church? NO, he did not.

1. To be a member of the Baptist Church you must be baptized in water. 

The thief was not baptized.

2. To be a member of the Baptist Church you must say the sinner's prayer.

The thief did not say the sinner's prayer.

3. To be a member of the Baptist Church you must believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead.

The thief did not believe in his heart that God raised Jesus from the dead. Jesus was still alive when the the thief was saved.

Baptists believe that men today can be saved just as was the thief on the cross.

Was the thief saved. Yes. The thief was saved before the new covenant was in force. Men today cannot be saved like the thief.


Baptists believe you can get into heaven without being baptized, however, they believe you have to baptized to become a member of the Baptist Church.

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

  

GRACE IS NOT A MANDATE by steve finnell


Grace is an unmerited favor from God. Grace is not a mandate from God forcing men to have faith, so that they may receive salvation. God does not arbitrarily bestow, a saving faith, to a few selected individuals. Faith is by choice.


Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;


A. Because of God's grace all men are afforded the opportunity to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, that is being saved through faith.
B. Ephesians 2:8 does not state or imply the that men are saved by grace alone.
C. The gift mentioned is, salvation. The gift is not, imputed faith,  from God to those who have been preselected, by God, for salvation.


Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men....

Grace is not bestowed on or offered to a select few, it is offered to all who believe in Jesus.

Grace in and of itself is not salvation. Grace is God's opportunity for all men to be saved. 

Does this mean the grace of God promises universal salvation? Of course not, it means all men have the opportunity for salvation through Jesus Christ. YES, all men. 


Titus 3:4-7 But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, 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, 6 whom He poured upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.


A. God saved us according to His mercy. How? By the washing of regeneration (water baptism) and renewing by the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38, John 3:5.
B. Men are afforded grace only through faith in Jesus Christ.
C. We are justified by God's grace. Without God's unmerited favor of forgiveness through Jesus Christ no man can be saved.


GRACE IS NOT EARNED. GRACE IS NOT MANDATED FOR A SELECT FEW. FAITH IS NOT IMPUTED TO MEN, AS A PRODUCT OF GRACE.


ALL MEN WHO HEAR THE GOSPEL PREACHED HAVE A CHOICE TO ACCEPT GOD'S GRACE BY FAITH THROUGH JESUS CHRIST.

Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. 

The terms for pardon because of God's grace are:
1. FAITH: John 3:16
2. REPENTANCE: Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19
3. CONFESSION: Romans 10:9-10, Acts 8:37
4. WATER BAPTISM:1 Peter 3:21, Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16


GRACE IS MERCY-NOT A MANDATE!   

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A HERMENEUTICS LESSON by steve finnell


HERMENEUTICS IS THE SCIENCE OF INTERPRETATION OF THE SCRIPTURES. ISOLATING VERSES OF SCRIPTURE TO PROVE A POINT OF DOCTRINE IS A COMMON PRACTICE, BUT IT IS NOT A VALID SCIENTIFIC APPROACH TO UNDERSTANDING GOD'S WORD.


Let us answer the question: What must I do to be saved under the terms of the New Covenant? All Christians from the Day of Pentecost, until the present, were and are saved under the terms of the New Covenant, also called the New Testament.

WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?

1. Believe in Jesus. (John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.)

Is this verse true? Yes, but does it include all the requirements for salvation? No, it does not. It does not say that all you have to do to be saved is believe in Jesus. Even demons believe that Jesus is the Son of God.(Luke 8:26-31)

2. Believe and be baptized. (Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.)

Is this verse true? Yes, but it does not detail all that men have believe and do to be saved.

3. Confess and believe. (Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;)

This verse is true, but is does not include all of the requirements for  salvation.

4. Call on the name of the Lord. (Acts 2: 21 'And it shall be that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.')

Is this verse true? Yes. Does this verse explain the meaning of  calling on the name of the Lord? No, it does not. All of the relevant verses concerning salvation and forgiveness of sin are needed to understand what is meant by calling on the name of the Lord. Being obedient to the gospel is calling on the name of the Lord. Saying the man-made sinner's prayer is not calling on the name of the Lord. There is no verse of Scripture that includes a sinner's prayer under the New Covenant.

5. Be born of water and Spirit.(John 3:5 Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God.)

Is this verse true? Yes, but it does not explain the process to be born of water and the Spirit.

6. By grace through faith. (Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;)

Is this verse true? Of course it is. We have the opportunity for salvation because of God's grace, however, this verse does not say that we are saved by grace alone nor does it say we are saved by faith only. Salvation is the gift mentioned in this verse.

7. Be buried with Christ in baptism. (Romans 6:4-5 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in the newness of life. 5 For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection,)

Are these verses true? Yes, but baptism alone is not the only requirement in order to walk in newness of life. Unsaved men do not walk in newness of life. We are told to walk in a new life after we are baptized. We are not told to walk in a new life the minute we believe. Water baptism is the final step to becoming saved.

8. Water baptism. (1 Peter 3:21 Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you---not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience---through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.)

Is it true that water baptism saves us? Yes, but this verse does not say, baptism alone, saves us.

9. Be baptized calling on His name. (Acts 22:16 Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name!)

Is this verse true? Yes, but it does not list all of the requirements for salvation?

10. Repent. (Acts 3:19 Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.)

Is this verse true? Of course it is, however, it is not all one has to do to have sins forgiven. Repentance is making the intellectual commitment to turn from sin and unbelief and to turn toward God.

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

Is this verse true? Yes, however, you cannot be baptized into Christ unless you believe, confess, and repent prior to being baptized. You are not clothed with Christ the minute you believe. You are not clothed with Christ the minute you confess. You are not clothed with Christ the minute you repent. You are clothed with Christ the minute you are baptized into Him.

12. Repent and be baptized. (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.)

Is this verse true? Yes, but is does mean that you can have your sins forgiven without having faith and confessing Jesus as the Son of God? No.

13. Believe in the Lord Jesus. (Acts 16:30-31..."Sirs what must I do to be saved? 31 They said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.")

Is this verse true? Yes, however, it doe not state that men are saved by "faith only."

WHAT DOES GOD DO SO YOU MAY BE SAVED?

1. God provides a Savior in Jesus Christ. (1 John 4:10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.)
  
2. God makes His grace available to all men. (Titus 2:11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men.)  

WHAT MUST YOU DO TO BE SAVED?

1. You must believe. (John 3:16)

2. You must confess. (Romans 10:9-10, Acts 8:37)

3. You must repent. (Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19)

4. You must be baptized. (Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38)

WHAT MUST YOU DO TO SAY SAVED?

1. You must remain faithful until death. (Revelation 2:11, Matthew 10:22)

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The Bible says we are saved by grace. It does not say we are saved by grace alone.

The Bible says we are saved by believing in Jesus. It does not say we are saved by faith alone.

The Bible says we are saved by confessing Jesus as Lord and believing that God raised him from the dead. It does not say that confessing Him and believing in His resurrection alone, that we will be saved.

The Bible does say we must repent in order to have our sins forgiven. The Bible does not say that repentance alone saves us.

The Bible teaches us that water baptism is for the forgiveness of sins and that it saves us. It does not say that water baptism alone saves us.  

 In a honest hermeneutical approach to the question "What are we saved by? The answer has to include the following:   

GRACE 
FAITH
REPENTANCE
CONFESSION
WATER BAPTISM


Which one of God's requirements for salvation can we eliminate and still be saved?


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

SAVED LIKE WHOM? by steve finnell


Was Abraham, Noah, Moses, Enoch, and Elijah saved? Yes, they were. Can men today be saved like these men? No.

 Abraham, Noah, Moses, Enoch, and Elijah were saved without believing Jesus was the Son of God. They were saved without confessing Jesus as Lord. They were saved without believing that God raised Jesus from the grave. They were saved without being baptized into Christ. The were saved without being baptized in water for the forgiveness of their sins. Can men living today be saved like theses men? No, they were all saved before the new covenant was in force.

Was the thief on the cross saved? Yes. Can men today be saved like the thief? No. The thief did not believe in his heart that God raised Jesus from the dead. He was not baptized for the forgiveness of his sins. He was not baptized into Christ. The thief was saved before the new covenant was in force.

THE NEW COVENANT TERMS FOR PARDON

1. Faith: John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.(NASB)

2. Repentance: Acts 3:19 Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;(NASB)

3. Confession: Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (NASB)

4. Water Baptism: Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved...(NASB)