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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

TRUST THE BIBLE? by steve finnell


There are many who question the trustworthiness of certain Bible translations. The truth is most translations translate the terms of pardon the same.

The question is why do men not trust God to give us various trustworthy translations of His doctrine?

Men trust the denominational doctrine found in their creed books, however, the doubt the accuracy of various Bible translations.Why?

It amazes me that men trust every word of made-made denominational doctrine, but question the truth of the Bible.

If your denominational doctrine contradicts the teaching of the Bible, then it is not God's doctrine.    

MARY THE PERPETUAL VIRGIN? by steve finnell


The Roman Catholic tradition is that the Virgin Mary remained a virgin her entire life. What does the Bible teach?

Mary was not a perpetual virgin.

Matthew 1:24-25 And Joseph awoke from sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, 25 but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and called His name Jesus. (NASB)

Matthew 1:25 And he knew her not till she brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus. (Douay-Rheims Bible) Note: This Bible is a Catholic translation.

Matthew 1:25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus. (NIV)

Mary had other children.

Mark 6:1-3 Jesus went out from there.......3 Is this not the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? Are not His sisters here with us"? And they took offense at Him.(NASB)

Mark 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joseph, and Jude, and Simon? are not also his sisters here with us? And they were scandalized in regard to him. (Douay-Rheims Bible) Note: This Bible is a Catholic translation.

Mark 6:3 Is this not the carpenter, the son of Mary, and the brother of James, and Joses, and Judas, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended in him.(ERV)

References to the siblings of Jesus: Matthew 13:55,56 Matthew 12:46 Luke 8:19 Mark 3:31.

The virgin Mary was not a perpetual virgin! 

Church tradition that is contrary to the Bible is not God's tradition.

   


KING JAMES ONLY SELF-REFUTATION by steve finnell

Those who claim that the King James Version of the Bible is the only accurate translation of God's written word invalidate their position by not believing the accuracy of the King James Version itself.

Example: Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.(KJV)

Virtually all "King James Only" advocates assert that "for" in Acts 2:38 has been mistranslated and should have been translated as "because of". For, has not been mistranslated, but the meaning of "for" has been denied in order to claim that water baptism is not essential in order to has sins forgiven.

King James only advocates, by their own admission say Acts 2:38 has been mistranslated.

There is not one translation of the Bible that translates the Greek word "eis" as, because of, in Acts 2:38. Sins are forgiven after water baptism, not before. Men are not baptized because their sins have already been forgiven.

Is it plausible that God waited until 1611 to give men an accurate translation of His written word? Where in the Bible does God say that the only trustworthy translation of My word will be the 1611 version of the King James Bible?

The original King James Version included the 14 apocryphal books. Do King James only advocates use the 14 apocryphal books for faith and practice? I doubt it.

There are many trustworthy translations of God's word. The KJV is just one of them.     

      

Monday, January 26, 2015

SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE?-by steve finnell


What should be your source for spiritual guidance? Should it be  the infallible word of God-The Bible or should it be the early church fathers and some of the contemporary preachers?

Some say the early church fathers are a reliable  source for truth because they were not far removed from the birth of the church of Christ. Being close to a fire does not make you a flame and proximity to the early church does not make you a truth teller.

Some of the early church fathers professed that sprinkling water on a person was in fact baptism. There are no Scriptures to substantiate that view.

Mark 1:9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was immersed by John in the Jordan. (The Better Version of The New Testament by Chester Estes)

Mark 1:9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.(NASB)

John baptized (immersed) Jesus, he did not sprinkle or pour him.

Acts 8:38 Then he commanded the chariot to stand still; and they both went down into the water, both Philip, and the eunuch, and he immersed him.(TBVOTNT)

Acts 8.38 And he ordered the chariot to stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptizedhim. (NASB)

Philip immersed (baptized) the eunuch in water. Philip did sprinkle of pour the eunuch with water. There are no Scriptures that state anyone was sprinkled or pour as a substitute for immersion (baptism).

Colossians 2:12 Having been buried with him by immersion, by which also you were raised up with him, through the belief of the strong working of God, who raised him from the dead. (TBVOTNT)

Colossian 2:12 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. (NASB)

You can be buried by immersion. You cannot be buried under a sprinkle or a pouring of water.

Baptism and immersion are synonymous. Sprinkling and pouring are not synonyms for immersion (baptism).

The early church fathers were not infallible in their writings or opinions concerning faith and practice of the Lord's church. Why would you use the writings of the early church fathers for  spiritual instruction?

CONTEMPORARY PREACHERS?

Should the Bible be the source for the truth? Are preachers qualified as instructors of absolute truth? As a believer in Christ do you really want to trust contemporary preachers for spiritual guidance?

Here are a few preachers that deny that water baptism is essential for the forgiveness of sin. They do not believe you have to be baptized in order to be saved.
John Piper
John MacArthur
Max Lucado
Billy Graham
Rick Warren
Charles Stanley
Joel Osteen

What does the Bible say?
Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved.... (NASB)
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. (NASB)
1 Peter 3:21 Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you......


Do you honestly believe that contemporary preachers should be your source for spiritual enlightenment? Why would any Christian look to fallible preachers for the rules for faith and practice?

The Bible and the Bible alone should be the spiritual guide for all Christians.

GOD IS NEVER WRONG. WHY PUT YOUR TRUST IN MEN?    

Sunday, January 25, 2015

THE INHERITANCE by steve finnell


All Christians are promised an inheritance, however, the inheritance can only be collected in heaven.

1 Peter 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,

Peter said the inheritance is reserved in heaven, Christians need to go to heaven to collect their inheritance.

Galatians 5:19-21 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are:immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, 21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

The apostle Paul was addressing the Galatian Christians when he said, "You will not inherit the kingdom of God."

CAN CHRISTIANS GO TO HEAVEN AND CLAIM THEIR INHERITANCE WITHOUT REPENTING? 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

THE CASE OF CORNELIUS-by steve finnell


Cornelius, his relatives, and close friends were the first Gentiles to be saved under the New covenant. God sent the apostle Peter to preach the gospel to Cornelius.

Acts 10:34 Opening his mouth , Peter said: "I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partially,

Peter realized that salvation was not reserved for the Jews only, but for all men who fear God and do what is right.

Peter preached the gospel to Cornelius, the results were.
Acts 10:44-48 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon those who were listening to the message. 45 All the circumcised believers were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit and been poured out on the Gentiles also. 46 For they were hearing them speaking with tongues and exalting God. Then Peter answered, 47 "Surely no can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did. 48 And he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ...

Did Cornelius and all who heard Peter's sermon receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit? Yes, they did. Did the baptism of the Holy Spirit saved them? No, it did not.

Jesus said you have to be born of water and the Spirit in order to enter the kingdom of God.(John 3:5)  Cornelius was not saved by "The Spirit only."

Peter order Cornelius and company to be baptized in water. Why would he do that if they were already saved?

Peter knew the purpose of water baptism. Peter said: Acts 2:38 ....baptized...for the forgiveness of sins.

If there sins were already forgiven there would be no reason to baptize them.

Peter said: Peter 3:21..... baptism now saves you...

If Cornelius was already saved , why was he baptized in water?

Some erroneously believe water baptism is just an act of obedience to demonstrate men's faith to others. Peter had already witnessed Cornelius speaking in tongues and exalting God. Peter and his fellow Christians had all the evidence they needed as to the faith of Cornelius.

Jesus baptized Cornelius, his relatives, and close friends with the Holy Spirit in order to convince Peter and the rest of the Jewish Christians that salvation was for the Gentiles as well as them.

Cornelius received the Holy Spirit before water baptism. That is the "only" case recorded under the New Covenant where that occurred.

The 3000 that were saved on the Day of Pentecost received the gift of the Holy Spirit after they believed, repented, and were baptized in water. (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 CASE OF CORNELIUS DOES NOT PROVE THAT MEN CAN BE SAVED BEFORE THEY ARE BAPTIZED IN WATER NOR THAT MEN CAN BE SAVED WITHOUT BEING BAPTIZED IN WATER.

If men believe they can receive the Holy Spirit before they have been baptized in water because it happen to Cornelius, then why do they not believe that men can receive the Holy Spirit before they believe that  Jesus is the Son of God. John the Baptist was filled with the Holy Spirit before he was born. John did believe in his mother's womb. (Luke 1:15 For he will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will drink no wine or liquor, and he willbe filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in his mother's womb.)     


JESUS SAID YOU MUST BE BORN OF WATER AND SPIRIT TO ENTER THE KINGDOM OF GOD. (John 3:5)

THE SPIRIT "ONLY DOCTRINE" IS JUST LIKE THE GRACE "ONLY" DOCTRINE AND THE FAITH "ONLY DOCTRINE. THERE IS NO"ONLY" FOUND IN THE BIBLE. THE "ONLY" DOCTRINES ARE ONLY FOUND IN EXTRA-BIBLICAL WRITINGS.

(All Scripture quotes from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)     

ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED?-by steve finnell


John Calvin advocated the doctrine, perseverance of the saints, commonly referred to as, once in grace always in grace or once saved always saved. This teaching is embraced by many today, but is it supported by Scripture?

ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED?

Galatians 5:1-4 It was for freedom that Christ set us free;
therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to the yoke of slavery......4 You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified; by law; you have fallen from grace.

The apostle Paul is addressing Christians, he tells them to stand firm. Paul tells certain Christians that they have fallen from grace. You cannot be severed from Christ if you were never in Christ or part of the body of Christ.


DID JESUS TEACH, ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED?


Luke 8:13 Those on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm root; they believe for a while, and then fall away.


Jesus said they believed and then fell away. Was Jesus confused?


Matthew 24:9-13 ....10 At that time many will fall away....12 Because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold. 13 But the one endures to the end , he will be saved.


Jesus said many will fall away. You cannot fall away unless you are, first, a believer.


John 15:1-6 "I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away.....6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.


Jesus was taking about those that were in Him. Some were thrown away and burned. That is not supporting the the doctrine of, once saved always saved.


Revelation 3:1-4 "To the angel of the church of Sardis write.....But you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their garments; and they will walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.


Jesus addressed this letter to the church at Sardis, they were Christians. Jesus said those who overcame would not have their names erased from the book of life; obviously those Christians with soiled garments who did not overcome, will have their names erased.


JESUS DID NOT TEACH, ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED!  


1 Timothy 4:1-3 But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, 3 men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth.


The Holy Spirit says some will fall from the faith. 


THE HOLY SPIRIT DID NOT TEACH, ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED!


Hebrews 6: 4-6 For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame.


The writer of Hebrews clearly states Christians can fall away.
One popular argument is that those who fall away were never saved in the first place.
1. They had the indwelling gift of the Holy Spirit. False Christians do not have the Holy Spirit.
2. If they were never saved, they would have no need to be renewed. You cannot speak of renewing something that never existed


Hebrews 3:12 Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God.


Only blood bought Christians can fall away. Unbelievers cannot fall away, they are already lost.


2 Peter 2:20-21 For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. 21 For it would be better for them not to have know the way of righteousness, than having know it, to turn away from the holy commandments handed on to them.


Jesus did not teach, once saved always saved. The writer of Hebrews was not an advocate of , once saved always saved. The apostle Peter did not believe in, once saved always saved. None of the apostles proclaimed the doctrine of, once saved always saved.--------- JOHN CALVIN taught, once saved always saved. WHO ARE YOU GOING TO TRUST?


(All Scripture quotes from:NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)

Friday, January 23, 2015

IS THERE NO GOD?- by steve finnell


Atheists claim there is no God, but do they believe it? Is it possible that atheists simply deny that there is a God? Is it plausible that atheists know there is a God, but because of pride, choose not to acknowledge the existence of God?

James 2:19 You believe that God is one. You do well; that demons also believe, and shudder.

Strange that demons believe in God, but atheists claim they do not believe there is a God.

Mark 1:23-24 Just then there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, 24 saying, "What business do we have with each other Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are---The Holy One of God!"

Atheists proclaim they do know or believe that there is a God. Unclean spirits not only believe that Jesus is The Holy One of God, but that he has the power to destroy them.

Psalm 14:1 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.

Do some men deny there is a God as a self deception. If there is no God then there is no right from wrong, no good and evil. If there is no God then men can create a moral code that comports with their lifestyle.

Romans 1:19-20 because that which is know about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse,

God has made it evident in every man that He exists. Denying God does not change the fact of the existence of God.

Psalms 19:1 The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.

All you have to do to believe there is God, is look up!

1 Corinthians 20-21 Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.

The foolish wisdom of the world cannot prove that there is no God. 

Through the preaching of the gospel men can believe in God and that Jesus is the Son of God!

ATHEISTS DENY THAT GOD EXISTS, BUT DO THEY REALLY BELIEVE IT?     

     

Thursday, January 22, 2015

ARE CREED BOOKS GOD'S WORD?-by steve finnell

Creed books used in most Christian denominations are the authoritative book used as the final authority in faith and practice. The question is should creed books be the final authority or should the Scriptures be only the word of authority and the final word?

Are creed books Scripture? Are creed books the inerrant word of God? Are creed books written by God or are they composed by men?

CAN YOU USE THE WORD CREED BOOK AND SCRIPTURE INTERCHANGEABLY?

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)

Would is be accurate to translate 2 Timothy 3:16 All Creed books are given by inspiration of God....? Of course not, man-made creed books are not Scripture.

John 2:22 Therefore,when He had risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He said this to them; and they believed the Scripture  and the word which Jesus had said.(NKJV)

Jesus never quoted from the man-made creed books of the scribes, Sadducees or Pharisees. Man-made creeds were not a tool Jesus use to teach the truth.

Acts 8:30-38.....35 Then Philip open his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him.....(NKJV)

Philip use the Scripture to preach to the eunuch. He did not use a creed book filled with the opinions of men.

Jesus, the apostles, deacons, and all  Christians mention in the Bible taught from the Scriptures, they did not use man-made creed books.


CREED BOOKS ARE NOT SCRIPTURES. THEY ARE NOT THE INERRANT WORD OF GOD.         

   

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

HERMENEUTICS-by steve finnell


Hermeneutics is the science of interpretation of the Scriptures. Isolating verses of Scripture to prove a point of doctrine is common practice, but is it a valid scientific approach to understanding God's word?

Let us examine this approach when dealing with the question, "WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?"

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 that verse true? Yes, but does it include all the requirements for salvation? No, it does not.

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

Is that verse true? Yes, but does it include all the requirements for salvation?

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.

Yes, that verse is true; but does include all the requirements for salvation?

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

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

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

Is that verse true? Yes, we have the opportunity for salvation because of God's grace, however, that verse does not say that we are saved by grace alone nor does it say we are saved by faith only.

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,

Is that verse true? Yes, but baptism alone is not the only requirement in order to walk in newness of life.

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 that verse does not say baptism alone saves us.

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

Is that verse true? Yes, but does it list all the requirements for salvation?

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

Is that verse true? Yes, but only if faith precedes baptism.

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

Is that verse true? Yes, but it does not mean that you can have your sins forgiven without having faith and confessing Jesus as Lord and Savior.  

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

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

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

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 by confessing Him and believing in His resurrection alone that we will be saved.

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

WE ARE SAVED BY?

We are saved by grace.
We are saved by faith.
We are saved by repentance.
We are saved by confession.
We are saved by water baptism.

WHICH REQUIREMENT OF GOD'S PLAN FOR OUR SALVATION CAN WE ELIMINATE AND STILL BE SAVED?

The jailer and his household believed and were baptized that very hour. (Acts 16:30-33) There was no law keeping nor good deeds required for them to be saved.        

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

SAVED BY WORKS? - by steve finnell


Are we saved from the penalty of sin by works. No, we are not saved by works. When the apostle Paul tells us we not saved by works, what does he mean? Does he mean that we do not have to believe in Jesus? No, he does not. Is Paul saying that being immersed in water is a work of the law of Moses? No, he is not. Is Paul saying that confessing Jesus as Lord and Christ is a work of the law of Moses? No, he is not. Is Paul teaching that men do not need to acknowledge that God raised Jesus from the grave because that would be a work of the law of Moses? No, he is not.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. (NKJV)

The apostle Paul is saying men are not saved by works of the law of Moses.

Galatians 2:16 "know that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified. (NKJV)

You cannot be justified by works of the law of Moses.

Acts 13:39 "and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses. (NKJV)

The works of the law of Moses do not saved anyone.

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

Believing and being immersed in water are not works of the law of Moses.

Acts 22:16 'And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.'(NKJV)

Saul did not have his sins wash by keeping the law of Moses. Baptism and calling on the name of the Lord are not part of the law of Moses.

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)

Making the commitment to turn from sin and turn toward God and being baptized in water is not part of the law of Moses. Repentance and baptism are not works of the law of Moses.

John 6:29 Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent." (NKJV)  

Believing in Jesus is a work, however, it is not a work of the law of Moses.

Colossians 2:12-13 buried with Him in baptism, in which you were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 And you being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,(NKJV)

Being buried with Christ in baptism is not a law of Moses. Men are not forgiven of trespasses because they keep the law of Moses.

When Jesus said believe and be baptized and you will be saved, He was not quoting the works of law of Moses.  

  

FAITH WITHOUT OBEDIENCE?-by steve finnell


Can faith without obedience result in a positive result? Is it possible to be saved by faith alone. Jesus said he who believes and is baptized will be saved.(Mark 16:16)

Faith without obedience?

Could Simon Peter have filled his nets with fish by faith alone or was obedience required?(Luke 5:1-9) .......5 But Simon answered and said to Him, "Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.".....9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken;)NKJV.

Simon caught fish by faith plus obedience. Simon's obedience was not a good work. It was not keeping the Law of Moses. 

A blind man healed by Jesus. Was he healed by faith only?(John 9:1-11.....11 He answered and said, "A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, 'Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.' So I went and washed, and I received sight.")NKJV

The blind man receive sight because of faith plus obedience. The blind man did not do a good work nor was he keeping the Law of Moses.

Was the temple tax paid by faith alone? (Matthew 17:24-27......27 Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you.") NKJV.

Money for the tax was acquired by faith plus obedience. Peter was not doing a good work nor was he obeying the Law of Moses.

Were the lepers healed by faith only? (Luke 17:11-19...13 And they lifted up their voices and said , "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us !" 14 So when He saw them, He said to them, "Go, show yourselves to the priest." And so it was that they went, they were cleansed......)NKJV.

The lepers were healed by faith plus obedience. The lepers were not performing good works nor were they keeping the Law of Moses.

Obeying Jesus by being baptized in water, in order to have sins forgiven, is not a good work nor is it obeying the Law of Moses.


JESUS NEVER TAUGHT THAT MEN WOULD BE SAVED WITHOUT WATER BAPTISM UNDER THE NEW COVENANT.   SAVED BY FAITH ALONE IS A MAN-MADE DOCTRINE!

    

Monday, January 19, 2015

ATHEISTS HAVE FAITH?-by steve finnell


Faith Defined: Belief that is not based on proof.

Atheists have faith that there is no God.

Atheists have faith that the theory of evolution is true. There is no scientific evidence to support the theory of evolution. 

Atheists have faith that there is no heaven and no hell.

Atheists have  faith that men evolved from green pond scum. There is no proof that that occurred.

Atheist have faith in the Big Bang Theory and that it produced life. In order for atheist to believe in the Big Bang Theory they have to first have faith that someone created something to crash together. Atheist do have faith. There is no proof in The Big Bang Theory.

Atheist have faith that when they die, they will cease to exist. There is no proof of that.

Atheist  have faith that if they reject God and His Son Jesus Christ that there will be no consequences for their unbelief. They have no proof of that.

Atheist have faith that there is no book of life.

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 fund written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

DO YOU REALLY WANT TO BASE WHERE YOU WILL SPEND ETERNITY BY PROFESSING THE FAITH OF AN ATHEIST?

Matthew 25:31-46 ....These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."

(Scripture from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)

THE LIAR KING-by steve finnell


Jesus said there is no truth in the devil.

John 8:44 ...the devil...for he is a liar and the father of lies.

THE DEVIL IS THE LIAR KING!-

The devil lied to Eve in the garden and she believed him. She confessed to God. (Genesis 3:13 ..."The serpent deceived me, and I ate.")

There could be no worse confession to make on Judgment Day than, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."

THE DEVIL IS THE LIAR KING!

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but through Me.

THE LIAR KING SAYS: "We are not to judge, surely, there are many different ways to the Father."

Hebrew 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that  He is and is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

THE LIAR KING SAYS: "If we do not have faith, it is God's fault; because God grants faith to those He has selected for salvation." He says, "No man can seek God."

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

THE LIAR KING SAYS: "Immersion in water has nothing to do with your salvation." The liar king says, "When Jesus said has been baptized shall be saved; He really meant to say already has been saved from the time he believed."

The devil is the master of deceit. Duplicity and distortion is his game.

THE DEVIL IS THE LIAR KING!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

CONFRONTED WITH THE TRUTH-by steve finnell


What should be the response of believers in Christ be when confronted with the truth?

Apollos was confronted with the truth by Aquila and Priscilla; what was his response?

Acts 18:24-26 Now a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man and mighty in the Scriptures, came to Ephesus. 25 This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things of of the Lord, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26 So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. (NKJV)

Evidently Apollos was an excellent student and graduated of John The Baptist Bible University, he knew the Scriptures, however, they were not teaching the new covenant terms of salvation. They were teaching repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of sins and told to believe in Jesus at a later date.

Aquila and Priscilla taught him the truth. In order to be saved you must have, faith John 3:16, confess Romans 10:9, repent and be baptized Acts 2:38.

How  did Apollos react? Did he say John The Baptist Bible University teaches the way of my denomination and I am not going preach it the way Jesus taught it. There is no indication that Apollos rejected the truth taught by Aquila and Priscilla.
How did the twelve men who were baptized into John's baptism respond to the truth? They were baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of their sins.(Acts 19:1-5)
There are many today who are mighty in the Scriptures and have been instructed in the way of the Lord, however, they know only the salvation of the thief on the cross.

The thief plan of salvation: 1. Fear God. Luke 23:40 2. Believe  Jesus is Lord and ask Him to remember you when He comes into His kingdom. Luke 23:42-43

Knowing only the thief terms for pardon cannot save anyone living under the new covenant.

What did Jesus say after He died on the cross and was resurrected? Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved....(NKJV) Matthew 28:19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit. (NKJV)(Acts 2:38, Romans 10:9, 1 Peter 3:21, John 3:16)

Yes, water baptism is essential for salvation.