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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

IS SPEAKING GOD'S TRUTH UNLOVING AND UNCHRISTLIKE? by steve finnell

Is preaching the truth and exposing the false doctrines of denominational churches being unloving and unchristlike? Is preaching that Christians will go to heaven and those who reject Jesus as the Son of God will spend eternity in hell the example of an unloving Christian?

Was the teaching of Jesus unloving and unchristlike?

Jesus speaking to the Pharisees said, John 8:24 "Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins." (NKJV)

Was Jesus being unloving and unchristlike?

Jesus speaking to the Pharisees said, John 8:44 "You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is  a liar and the father of it.(NKJV)

Was Jesus being unloving and unchristlike?

Jesus speaking to the Pharisee named Nicodemus said, John 3:5 ..."Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.(NKJV)

Was Jesus being unloving and unchristlike by telling Nicodemus unless he was baptized in water he could not enter the kingdom of God?

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

Was Jesus being unloving and unchristlike by making belief and water baptism a prerequisite for salvation?

Are those who deny belief and water baptism are essential for salvation standing for God's truth or are they taking a stand for their own opinion?

It takes a master of deception and a willing student to believe there is salvation without believing and being baptized in water.     

THE LACK OF KNOWLEDGE IS NO EXCUSE FOR IGNORANCE!  BY STEVE FINNELL


The lack of knowledge about God and His plan of salvation is no excuse for ignorance. Do not fall prey to the belief that God's knowledge is found by reading the writings of the early church fathers, Bible commentaries, creed books, catechisms, books about the Bible and other extra-Biblical sources. This is an exercise in self-delusion.

God put His knowledge in the Bible for a reason. Why was that? So men would not be lead astray by the traditions of men.

Matthew 22:23-32...But Jesus answered and said to them, "You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God......

The Sadducees were confused in their understand about the resurrection. Why was that?  They did not understand the Scriptures. They had access to the Scriptures, but either, they did not bother to read them or believed their own opinions were more trustworthy. They did not understand the power of God.

LACK OF KNOWLEDGE IS NO EXCUSE FOR IGNORANCE

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of God, I also will forget your children.

There are those who do not know God's knowledge simply because they reject God's knowledge. A New Testament example would be those who reject water baptism as being essential for salvation. The Bible makes it clear that water baptism is in order to the the forgiveness of sins. Men chose to reject the Scriptural reality of baptism in favor of the doctrines of men. They lack God's knowledge because of their self imposed rejection of Scripture.

1 Corinthians 15:34 Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.

There are many believers in Christ who continue living a sinful lifestyle because they lack knowledge of the Scriptures. Some continue sinning because they are not held accountable by church leaders.

These Scriptures are not difficult to understand if they are studied, however, rejecting knowledge renders men to have a lack of knowledge.
1 Corinthians 6:1-11
1 Corinthians 6:18-19
Galatians 5:19-21
Ephesians 5:19-21
Revelation 21:7-8
Colossians 3:5-10 Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. 6 For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience, 7 and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them........

A sinful lifestyle should be past tense for Christians.

THE LACK OF KNOWLEDGE IS NO EXCUSE FOR IGNORANCE! 

    

Monday, January 16, 2017

MAN-MADE CREEDS?  by steve finnell


Which of the following man-made creeds did the first century church use as their authority for faith and practice?

1. Catechism of the Catholic Church.

2. The Nicene Creed.

3. The Westminster Confession of Faith.

4. The Heidel Catechism.

5. Methodist 25 Articles of Faith.

6. Mennonite Brethren Confession of Faith.

7. The Augsburg Confession of Faith.

8. Spurgeon's Catechism.

The answer is the first century church did not use man-made creeds as their authority for faith and practice. They used Scripture and Scripture alone.

Acts 2:42And they continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine....(NKJV)

The apostles doctrine was Scripture. The words and writings of the apostles were Scripture.

2 Peter 3:15-16 ...as also our brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, 16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them these things, to which are some things hard to understand, which those who are untaught and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures. (NKJV)

The apostles Paul's writings were Scriptures, they were not man-made creeds.

The first century church did not use man-made creed books as their guide for faith and practice.

Jesus condemned the man-made creeds of the scribes and Pharisees. Mark 7:5-9.......9 And He said to them, "All too well you reject the commandments of God that you may keep your tradition.(NKJV)

If man-made creeds include things not in the Bible, they are traditions of men. If the creeds of men are contrary to the Bible they are false creeds. On Judgment Day men will be judged according to God's written word. The Bible and the Bible alone.

Man-made creeds are written to change the meaning of Scripture to fit denominational doctrines.

The question remains can man-made creeds save anyone?


GOD WROTE ONLY ONE CREED BOOK-THE BIBLE!  



GOD'S WORD OR MAN'S OPINION? by steve finnell


Should God's word be the rule for salvation and living the Christian life or is man-made doctrine the way to have sins forgiven and enter the kingdom of God?

2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;(NASB)

Many would say, yes we believe that all Scripture is inspired by God, however, we do not believe that all Scripture is found in the Bible.

Some say, we believe the Bible to be inspired by God, however, we do not trust God to give us an accurate trustworthy translation of the Bible.

There are multitudes of people who profess in order to understand the Bible you need Bible commentaries written my men. There are not a few who believe that God is giving new revelation in the form of church catechisms, creed books, books of new revelation. Yes, many believe the Bible is simply a secondary source of truth; they believe the Bible is truth as long as it does not contradict man-made doctrine.

Do you really want to depend on contemporary man-made versions of the truth?


GOD'S TRUTH

John 12:44-50 And Jesus cried out and said, "He who believes in Me does not believe in Me but He who sent Me......50 I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me." (NASB)

When Jesus spoke He was speaking as the Father had told Him. 

Jesus was not speaking as the Pope, Billy Graham, Moses, Binny Hinn, John MacAthur, Joel Osteen nor Paul Washer had told Him. Jesus was not speaking what the Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church, the Baptist Church, the Methodist Church nor the Mormon Church had told Him.

John 14:25-26 These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. 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 that I said to you. (NASB)

Who was Jesus abiding with? The disciples, who later became the apostles. Who was the Holy Spirit going to teach all things? The apostles. Jesus was not abiding with the Pope, Billy Graham, modern day Pentecostals, any denominational churches nor Latter Day Saints. Jesus was talking to the apostles.

If men today want to be guided into all truth, a prayerful reading of the Bible is the only place to find God's complete  truth.

WHERE DID THE FIRST CENTURY CHURCH LOOK FOR THE TRUTH?

Acts 2:42 They were continually devoting  themselves to the apostles' teaching..(NASB)

The apostles teaching came from Jesus, the Holy Spirit and it was all teaching that came from God the Father.

The the Lord's church of the first century was not teaching from man-made church creed books, man-made Bible commentaries, nor church catechisms that contradicted the Scriptures.

Contemporary believers who claim they are receiving new revelation from God are practicing self deception, as well as deceiving others.

God inspired the Bible and the Bible alone.         

   

Sunday, January 15, 2017

THE CHURCH JESUS BUILT? by steve finnell


How do you become a member of the church Jesus built?

Over 1 billion people believe you can have your sins forgiven and be added to the Lord's church by being sprinkled with water as a non believing infant.

Jesus said non-believers would die in their sins.(John 8:24)

Infants are non-believers. However, infants are not sinners. John 8:24 Does not apply to infants and children. 

Jesus said believers who were baptized would be saved.(Mark 16:16)

Infants are not capable of believing, nor are they capable of sinning.

The apostle Peter said repent and be baptized so your sins can be forgiven. (Acts 2:38)

Infant have nothing to repent from, nor any reason to be baptized.

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There are millions of believers in Christ who deny that immersion in water is essential for salvation. The question is, how do they receive forgiveness from sins and how are they added to the body of Christ?

The first day of the church was the Day of Pentecost 33AD. What happen on that day? The apostle Peter preached. What did the 3000 converts believe and do?

1. Peter preached Jesus a miracle worker. (Acts 2:22)

2. Peter preached the death of Jesus. Acts 2:23)

3. Peter preached the resurrection of Jesus from the grave and His ascension into heaven. (Acts 2:24-35.

4. Peter preached Jesus as both Lord and Christ. (Acts 2:36)

5. Peter told them to repent and be baptized in order to have their sins forgiven and to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.(Acts 2:38)

6. Peter told them to be saved. Those who believed Peter's preaching were baptized and added to the church that Jesus built.(Acts 2:40-41.

7. The Lord adds the saved to the church He built. Acts 2:47

Not one of the 3000 who were saved that day were non-believing infants or small children. None of the converts denied that baptism was  essential for salvation.

No man nor any denomination has the authority to add anyone to the church Jesus built. Only Jesus can add the saved to His church.

Terms of entry into the church Jesus built. Faith-John 3:16, Confession-Romans 10:9, Repentance-Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19, Water Immersion-Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38, 1 Peter 3:21, Galatians 3:27.


I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH (Matthew 16:13-18)

FAITH AND LOGIC by steve finnell


If you have faith that God created the universe,  then, logic dictates you believe God when He speaks. God clearly says that He created the heavens and the earth in six twenty four hour days.

Day One: Genesis 1:5 God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.(NASB)

Day Two: Genesis 1:8 God called the expanse heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.(NASB)

Day Three: Genesis 1:13 There was evening and there was morning, a third day.(NASB)

Day Four: Genesis 1:19 There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.(NASB)

Day Five: Genesis 1:23 There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.(NASB)

Day Six: Genesis 1:31 God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.(NASB)

Faith and Logic dictates God created the heavens and the earth in six twenty four hour days. 

   

Saturday, January 14, 2017

TOTAL DEPRAVITY AND ORIGINAL SIN by steve finnell


Total Depravity Defined: Total depravity (also called radical corruption, or pervasive depravity), is a theological doctrine derived from the Augustinian concept of original sin. It is the teaching that, as a consequence of the Fall of Man, every person born into the world is enslaved to the service of sin and, apart from the efficacious or prevenient grace of God, is utterly unable to choose to follow God, refrain from evil, or accept the gift of salvation as it is offered.{Ref: Wikipedia}

The doctrine of total depravity and original sin discourages the unsaved and confuses the saved. It is the corruption of sound doctrine.

Hebrews 2:14-17....17 Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things..(NASB)

Jesus was made like all mankind. Jesus was not born total depraved nor was He guilty of original sin. Men are not born totally depraved, nor will they face spiritual death because of Adam's sin.

Luke 8:15 But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance. (NASB)

How is it possible to be born totally depraved and at the same time have an honest and good heart?

Joshua 24:15 If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."(NASB)

Men are not born totally depraved. Men have the free-will to serve God or to reject God.

Acts 17:11 Now these were more noble minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. (NASB)

 The Bereans were not Christians, however, they were noble minded and capable of understanding the Scriptures. The Bereans were not totally depraved from birth.

Psalm 14:1-3 The fool has said in his heart. "There is no God." They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good. 2 The Lord looked down from heaven upon sons of men To see if there are any who understand, Who seek after God. 3 They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one.(NASB)

They were not born totally depraved. They turned aside, and became corrupt.

Psalms 58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb; These who speak lies go astray from birth.(NASB)

The wicked are not born totally depraved. The wicked "go astray".

Was Moses born totally depraved? Of course not.

Was Abraham born totally depraved? Of course not.

Was the Virgin  Mary born totally depraved? Of course not.

Was John The Baptist born totally depraved? Of course not.

Was Noah born totally depraved? Of course not.

Was Jesus born totally depraved? O course not.

Was Job born totally depraved? Of course not.

Was Daniel born totally depraved? Of course not.

Was Elijah born totally depraved? Of course not.

Was Ruth born totally depraved? O course not.

Was Nehemiah born totally depraved? Of course not.

Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned---(NASB)

Spiritual death spread to all men, because ALL MEN SINNED. Men will die physically because of Adam's sin.

Men are not born totally depraved nor are they born guilty of Adam's sin.

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

Men fall short of God's glory because they have sinned. Men do not fall short of God's glory because Adam sinned.

Psalm 58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb; These who speak lies go astray from birth.(NASB)

Men are not born wicked, they go astray after birth. Men are not born totally depraved nor are they born spiritually dead because of the so-called original sin of Adam and Eve.

The doctrine of total depravity and original sin was born of ignorance and is perpetuated by pride.              

Friday, January 13, 2017

Forgive Yourself
by David Vaughn Elliott

"I can't forgive myself for the stupid thing I did." "You need to forgive yourself and put it behind you." "I find that I am usually able to forgive other people for the bad things they do, but I find it so hard to forgive myself for the bad things I do." Why is it sometimes so hard for people to forgive themselves? What is missing in their spiritual lives?

Who Can Forgive?

Let's begin with basic truths about forgiveness. What is forgiveness? There are various ways to express it. One beautiful way is found in Psalm 103:12: "As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us." Or Isaiah 1:18: "Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow." And Hebrews 8:12: "For I will be merciful to their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more." Washed away, removed, and forgotten. 

Notice that the texts quoted are talking about transgressions, iniquities, sins. Any Christian knows that sin is transgression of the laws of God. Inasmuch as sin is an act against God, it makes perfect sense that forgiveness comes from God. And in their contexts, that's who is doing the forgiveness in each verse just quoted. Jews in Jesus' day, who were mixed up about many things, had that straight when they thought rhetorically, "Who can forgive sins but God alone?" (Mark 2:7).

The occasion for that question tells us a lot about Jesus. Because the house where Jesus was teaching was so crowded, some men made a hole in the roof to let a paralyzed man down right in front of Jesus. Jesus' first response, rather than heal the man, was to tell him his sins were forgiven. That's when some scribes pondered, "Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming; who can forgive sins but God alone?" Jesus then healed the man as a way to prove that he also had the power to forgive sin. The implied truth was that he was God in the flesh. Those Jews were right that only God can forgive sin; they just did not know or believe that Jesus was God in the flesh. 

"If You Do Not Forgive... "

But that's not the whole story. It is quite clear that only Deity can forgive sins, that is, sins in general, sins committed by anybody against anybody. However, we also know that each of us must forgive those who sin against us. "For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions" (Matt. 6:14-15). "Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you" (Eph. 4:32). "If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, 'I repent,' forgive him" (Luke 17:3-4). 

The real forgivers are the Father and the Son. And as they have forgiven us (if we are in Christ), so we are to forgive others. Just as it is written that "we love, because He first loved us" (1 John 4:19), by extension we can say that we forgive because he first forgave us. The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant carries a powerful message. You can read it in Matt. 18:21-35. The occasion of the parable was Peter's question, "How often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?" Remember Jesus' reply: "seventy times seven"?   

Forgiving Yourself

The question now is: Where does forgiving yourself fit into this beautiful picture? Where does the Bible tell me that there are times I just need to forgive myself? No place that I know of. 

What do people mean when they say, "I need to forgive myself," or "You should forgive yourself"? What kind of behavior are they seeking forgiveness for: 1) a "mistake” or "stupid" behavior that hurt no one but oneself, 2) an unintentional harm done to someone, or 3) a clear sin? 

If we are talking about some goof, mistake, or stupid thing that hurt nobody but oneself, then perhaps there is some legitimacy to forgiving oneself. If people made fun of me, or whatever, with only me feeling bad about it, then perhaps the concept has some merit. 

On the other hand, if someone else was adversely affected in some way, especially if they were really hurt, even when there was no intention to hurt them, then the person who did the thing needs to offer an explanation and apology with the hope that the other person will offer forgiveness. What value is there in forgiving yourself when it is the other person who should forgive? And if the other person does forgive you, then I submit that the issue is not to also forgive yourself but rather to really accept the forgiveness that is offered. I cannot think of a specific Scripture to uphold this idea, but for issue number 3, there is Scripture, and it may offer the clue here.

The Real Issue

When there is sin involved, we may sin against somebody, but all sin is against God, whether involving some other person or not. When you carefully consider the matter, it is really quite audacious to think that I can forgive my own sin. What authority do I have to forgive myself? It is God who forgives sin. What sins of mine am I capable of forgiving? If I tell a lie, can I forgive myself? If I shoplift, can I forgive myself? 

Let's get to the heart of the matter. The Apostle John tells us, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins" (1 John 1:9). It is God who forgives sin. In fact he is "faithful and righteous" to do it. The real issue to face, it seems to me, is not that I can't forgive myself, but rather that I am not confident that God has forgiven me! I am doubting that God is faithful and righteous to do what he said he would do. I am having trouble accepting God's forgiveness!

Let's be clear. John's first epistle is addressed to Christians. He is not telling people of the world how to obtain forgiveness for sins. Peter did that on the day of Pentecost following Jesus' death, resurrection, and ascension. "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" (Acts. 2:38). No amount of prayer and confession will obtain forgiveness for the person of the world. There must be faith in Jesus (implied in the context), repentance of all sin, and baptism into Christ. 

Once a person is in Christ, the Apostle John tells us how to obtain forgiveness: confess our sins, with repentance implied. Is God really going to forgive me or not? "He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins." In other words, he made the promise and he keeps his word. He will forgive sin that is repented of and confessed. Do we believe it? Rather than struggle to forgive myself – which I have no authority or power to do – the struggle is to accept God's forgiveness, to take him at his word, to believe that God did what he said he would do.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.
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FAKE NEWS by steve finnell


Believing fake news can be a faith destroyer.

2 Timothy 2:15-18 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will be become more and more ungodly. 17. Their their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have wandered away from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some. (NIV 1973)

FAKE NEWS: Some have wandered from the truth by saying that water baptism is not essential in order to be saved, to have sins forgiven, to be added to the body of Christ, to have sins washed away, to become holy and blameless, nor to enter the kingdom of God.

THE WORD OF TRUTH: Mark 16:16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.(NIV 1973)

THE WORD OF TRUTH: Galatians 3:26,27 You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, 27 for all of you who were united with Christ in baptism have been clothed with Christ. NIV 1973)

THE WORD OF TRUTH: Ephesians 5:25-27... Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by washing with water and the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain  or wrinkle or any other blemish. but holy and blameless.(NIV 1973)

THE WORD OF TRUTH: John 3:5 Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, unless a man is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. (NIV 1973)

THE WORD OF TRUTH: Colossians 2:11-13..by Christ.12 In baptism you were buried with him and raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 When you were dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, (NIV 1073)

[NOTE: Baptism is a burial. You cannot be buried under a sprinkle nor by having water poured on you.]

THE WORD OF TRUTH: Acts 22:16  And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.'(NIV 1973)

THE WORD OF TRUTH: 1 Peter 3:20-21....a few people, eight in all were saved ,through water, 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also---not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. (NIV 1973)

THE WORD OF TRUTH: Acts 2:38 Peter replied : "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (NIV 1973)

Does correctly handling the word of truth entail denying that faith and water baptism are essential in order to be saved.

To convince a person the faith and immersion in water are not essential for salvation, it takes a skilled fake news  professional and a willing student.

Fake news has destroyed the faith of some. 

    

WATER BAPTISM THEN AND NOW?  BY STEVE FINNELL


Are there two distinct water baptisms? Was there one baptism for the first century church of Christ and another baptism for the twenty first century church of Christ? Contrary to what many believe, there is just one baptism.

ONE BAPTISM-First century baptism was in order to receive the forgiveness of sins. (Acts 2:38 ....and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins...)

SECOND BAPTISM- Many contemporary believers deny that Acts 2:38 says water baptism is for the forgiveness of sins. They assert the baptism is in order to join a denominational church of  their choice. They proclaim the purpose of water baptism is for a testimony of their faith. They say water baptism is to demonstrate that their sins have already been forgiven. They claim water baptism is nothing more then being obedient to the command of Jesus. They say baptism has nothing to do with their salvation.None of the second baptism reasons, that are given for the purpose of water baptism, are found in the Bible. The traditions of men are not found Scripture.

There are sources for explaining the purpose of water baptism.
1. The Holy Bible 
2. The Bible of Men's Tradition.

WATER BAPTISM

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

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

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

Traditions 16:16 He who has believed shall be saved. He who has already been saved shall be baptized. He who has disbelieved shall be condemned. He who rejects water baptism will be saved, however, he will not be allowed to join any denominational church.

Colossians 2:12-13 having been buried with Him is baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having for forgiven us all out transgressions,

Traditions 2:12-13 having been buried with Him in spiritual baptism.......

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

Traditions 22:16 Saul, your sins were forgiven by faith alone, three days ago when you believed, while on the road to Damascus. I command you to be spiritually baptized. Get up and be baptized spiritually so your sins can be washed away again.

1 Peter 3:20-21 ...eight persons, were brought safely through the water. 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.

1 Traditions 3:20-21 eight persons, were brought safely through the water. 21 Corresponding to that water baptism is not essential for you to be saved...

Ephesians 5:25-27...just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.

Traditions 5:25-27...... 26 so that He might sanctify her, by the washing of the word of God with the word.......

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.

Traditions 2:28 Peter said to them, "Repent for the forgiveness of your sins and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ because your sins have already been forgiven......

WHICH BIBLE DO YOU TRUST, The Holy Bible or The Bible of Men's Traditions?

Water baptism is essential for salvation contrary to the doctrines of men!

(All Scripture from;NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)