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Thursday, April 24, 2014

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

The Ten Commandments were given by God to the nation of Israel as a covenant. The Ten commandments were not given to those living under the New Covenant. Nine of the Ten Commandments have been restated under the New Covenant. The one commandment that has not been restated under the New Covenant is remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
New Testament Christians worship on the Lord's Day, "Sunday."

TEN COMMANDMENTS GIVEN TO ISRAEL

Exodus 34:27-28 The the Lord said to Moses, "Write these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel." 28 So he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did not eat bread or drink water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the Ten Commandments.

The covenant was made with Israel. It was not made with those living under the New Testament (The New Covenant).

NINE OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS ARE RESTATED UNDER  IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

Ten Commandments with Israel. (Exodus 20:1-17) 
1. "You shall have no other Gods before Me.

Restated in the New Testament. Matthew 4:10

2. "You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness  of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.

Restated in the New Testament. 1 John 5:21, Revelation 21:8

3. "You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.

Restated in the New Testament. Matthew 6:6, Acts 19:13-16, Matthew 5:33-37, James 5:12, Matthew 7:21-23, Mark 7:7

4. "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Exodus 20:8-11....9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or female servant  or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you.....

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy has not been restated in the New Testament.

5. "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.

Restated in the New Testament. Ephesians 6:1-3

6. "You shall not murder.

Restated in the New Testament. 1 John 3:15

7. "You shall not commit adultery.

Restated in the New Testament. 1 Corinthians 6:9

8. "You shall not steal.

Restated in the New testament. Ephesians 4:28, 

9. "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Restated in the New Testament. Luke 3:14, Matthew 15:19

10. "You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall shall not covet your neighbor's wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or any thing that belongs to your neighbor.

Restated in the New Testament. Ephesians 5:5

Christians under the New Covenant did not and do not worship on the Sabbath nor did they, nor do they keep it holy. Christians worshiped and worship on Sunday, the Lord's Day, the first day of the week.

Acts 20:7 On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul began talking to them, intending to leave the next day, and prolonged his message until midnight.

1 Corinthians 16:1-2 Now concerning the collection for the saints, I directed the churches of Galatia, so do you also. 2 On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I come.

Sunday is not the Sabbath, it is the Lord's Day. 

The Sabbath that Christians should be concerned about is their final resting place.

Hebrews 4:9-11 So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. 10 For the one who has entered His rest has Himself also rested from works, as God did from His. 11 Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience.

   



Wednesday, April 23, 2014

IS CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH UNCHRISTLIKE?


There are many who believe that debating the doctrines of God is unChristlike. Is it unchristian to argue, debate, disagree, reason with a person or expose denominational views that are contrary to Scripture? Is it unchristian to dispute or question false doctrine? 

Jude 1:3-4 Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. 4 For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

Was Jude being unChristlike by telling Christians to contend for the faith.

Matthew 4:1-11 .....5 Then the devil took Him into the holy city and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down, for it is written, "He will command His angels concerning You'; 'On their hands they will bear You up, so that You will not strike Your foot against a stone.' " 7 Jesus said to him, "on the other hand, it is written, You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.'"........

Was Jesus being unChristlike by debating the Scriptures with the devil?

Was Jesus being unChristlike when He disputed the Pharisees understanding of the Scriptures regarding the Sabbath? (Matthew 12:1-7) Was Jesus demonstrating a lack of love?

There are many believers in Christ who deny that water baptism is essential to be saved. Was Jesus being unChristlike when He said in Mark 16:16......"and has been baptized shall be saved...". Who is being unChristlike? Is it Jesus or is it those who reject water baptism as being essential for salvation? Is  the absence love the reason that Jesus said water baptism preceded salvation?

Remember, Satan does not like his doctrines challenged, he just wants you dry or baptized for reasons contrary to Scripture.

Acts 17:22-24....23 For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship,  I also found and altar with this inscription, 'TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.' Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you....

Was the apostle Paul acting in an unchristian manner when he said they worshiped in ignorance. Or was he simply preaching the truth.

Was the apostle Paul being unChristlike when he confronted Peter and Barnabas about their hypocrisy.(Galatians 2:11-14)

Is it unChristlike to confront, dispute, argue, debate, question, or disagree with doctrine that is contrary to the Scriptures? Is contending for the faith an unchristian act.

Satan does not want false doctrine to be exposed or debated!

TAKING A STAND FOR TRUTH IS NOT UNCHRISTLIKE!   



  

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

IS JESUS GOD THE FATHER?


The question remains in the minds of some. Is Jesus, God the Father? Are Jesus and the Father one in the same. No, Jesus as is not God the Father.

1 Corinthians 11:3 But  I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.

1. Is Christ and every man the same thing? No.
2. Is man and woman the same? No.
3. Is Christ, God the Father and the head of Himself in the form of Jesus? No. God the Father is the head of Jesus the Christ. God the Father is not the Christ.

John 14:28 You heard that I said to you, 'I go away, and I will come to you.' If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.

If Jesus is God the Father how could He be greater than Himself? How could Jesus go to Himself?

John 20:17 Jesus said to her, "Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, 'I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.'"

If you believe that Jesus was God the Father, then you would have to believe that Jesus was calling Himself, His Father and His God.

Philippians 2:5-10 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, ..... 9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth.

God the Father exalted Jesus. Jesus did not exalt Himself. Jesus is not God the Father.

1 Corinthians 15:24-28 then comes the end when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and authority and power........28 When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.

If Jesus is the Father, then how will He put Himself into subjection to Himself? 

JESUS IS NOT GOD THE FATHER.
Jesus is the Son of God.
Jesus is the Christ.
Jesus is the Savior of all who meet His terms for pardon.
Jesus is the Lord of Lord and the King of Kings.
Jesus is one of the three persons in the God Head.
Jesus shed His blood so men can receive forgiveness of sins.
Jesus was a miracle worker.
All things that came into being were created through Jesus.
HOWEVER, JESUS IS NOT GOD THE FATHER  

THE LACK OF KNOWLEDGE IS NO EXCUSE FOR IGNORANCE!


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, April 21, 2014

WATER BAPTISM THEN AND NOW?


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)      



    

Sunday, April 20, 2014

EXTRA-BIBLICAL REVELATION

Do extra-Biblical writings meet the approval of God? If  men use extra-Biblical writings that are contrary to Scripture for faith and practice in their church, is that not de facto adding to or taking away from the word of God?

If there were or are apostles and prophets who lived after the death of the apostles, then why are their writings not included in the Bible. There is not one verse of Scripture, not one letter, not one book that has been added to the Bible, that was written after the death of the last apostle, John.

There is no purpose for new revelation from God. The Bible contains all that men need for salvation and living the Christian life.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is inspired by God  and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness. 17 so that man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

The sixty-six books of the Bible is all man needs to learn about God's plan of salvation and for living a Christian lifestyle.

ADDING TO OR TAKING AWAY FROM

Proverbs 30:6 Do not add to His words Or He will reprove you, and you will be found a liar.

When men claim they have new revelation of God's word they are adding to His word.

Deuteronomy 4:2 You shall not add to the word which I commanded you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I have command you.

When churches use books of so-called new revelation, claiming that they came from God, then they are adding and taking away from His word.

Revelation 22:18-19 testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.

If teaching is contrary to the Bible it is not from God.

PROPHET CHECK

Deuteronomy 18:21-22 'You may say in your heart, 'How will we know the word which the Lord has not spoken?' 22 When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the does not come about or come true, that is the things which the Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.

How often have so-called prophets been in error? Many times.

If creed books, catechisms, and so-called modern books of prophecy are teaching doctrines contrary to the Bible or are adding doctrines to the Bible, then they are adding to and taking away from the word of God.

THE BIBLE IS A COMPLETED BOOK OF REVELATION FROM GOD. MEN DO NOT NEED SO-CALLED NEW REVELATION FROM GOD TO UNDERSTAND THE GOSPEL OR HOW TO LIVE A CHRISTIAN LIFE.

(All Scripture from : NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)      

     

Saturday, April 19, 2014

TONGUES OF PENTECOST?


HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED THAT CONTEMPORARY TONGUE SPEAKERS NEVER CLAIM TO SPEAK IN TONGUES LIKE PETER AND THE ELEVEN APOSTLES SPOKE ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST?

WHO SPOKE IN TONGUES ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST?

Acts 2:12-15....14 But Peter, taking his stand with the eleven, raised his voice and declared to them: "Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let it know to you and give heed to my words. 15 For these men are not drunk, as you suppose....

These men, were Peter and the eleven apostles. These men, were not the one hundred twenty. These men, were not all of the three thousand who were saved on the Day of Pentecost. Peter and the eleven were the ones who spoke in tongues.

WHAT KIND OF TONGUES WERE SPOKEN ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST?

Acts 2:1-11...4 And they were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5 Now there were Jews living in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6 And when this sound occurred, the crowd came to gather, and were bewildered because each of them was hearing them speak in his own language........

When Peter and the eleven apostle spoke, each man heard in their own language.  Peter spoke in tongues  and each man heard in their own language.  They did not need an interpreter to understand. There are no contemporary tongues speakers who claim to have the same gift of tongues that the apostles spoke on the Day of Pentecost.

It Christians today had the gift of tongues, like Peter and the apostles demonstrated on the Day of Pentecost, they could go to the floor on the United Nations and speak in tongues and all present would be able to understand them without an interpreter. If Christians today had, the Day of Pentecost gift of tongues they could be missionaries to every country in the world without studying the language of that country.


WHY DO CHRISTIANS TODAY NOT HAVE THE GIFT OF TONGUES THAT WAS SPOKEN ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST? WHY? BECAUSE TONGUES HAVE CEASED!

1 Corinthians 13:8....if there are tongues, they will cease...

(All Scripture from. NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE) 

Friday, April 18, 2014

BAPTISM REFUSAL?


What are the consequences of refusing to be baptized in water?

1 Peter 3:20-21 ...eight person, 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.

If you refuse to be baptized in water you are refusing to appeal to God for a good conscience. Baptism saves you because you have made an appealed to God. Baptism saves you through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Without an appeal to God and believing in the resurrection of Jesus Christ all you get is wet.

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

Your refusal to be baptized in water is relinquishing your right to have your sins forgiven and to receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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

If you refuse to be baptized in water you are rejecting the opportunity to be saved. If you disbelieve that Jesus is the Son of God, Lord, and Savior, you will be condemned. If you disbelieve Jesus, when He said you shall be saved if you are baptized, will you not be condemned for that disbelief as well?

NOTE: There is no Scripture that states water baptism is for the purpose of, a testimony of faith.

WATER BAPTISM IS THE LAST ACT OF A SINNER, IT IS NOT THE FIRST ACT OF A CHRISTIAN!

(All Scripture quotes from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)       

Thursday, April 17, 2014

ANY OTHER WAY TO BE SAVED?


Is there any other way to be saved than the way the apostles preached? What is the consequence for those who preach a gospel different than what the apostles preached?

Galatians 1:8 Let God's curses fall on anyone, including myself,who preaches any other way to be saved than the one we told you about; yes, if an angel comes from heaven and preaches any other message, let him be forever cursed. (The Living Bible-Paraphrased)

Galatians 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we preached unto you, let him be accursed. (King James Version)

Galatians 1:8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you,he is to be accursed (New American Standard Bible)

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. (NASB)

To state that any and all religions lead to the Father is preaching another way to be saved.

Revelation 1:5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the first born of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood--- (NASB)

To proclaim that men can have their sins forgiven apart from the fact that Jesus Christ shed His blood on the cross is preaching another way to be saved.

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

To assert that belief and water baptism do not precede being saved is preaching another way to be saved.

John 1:29 The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of of world! (NASB)

To declare that Jesus does not take away the sins of the world ispreaching another way to be saved.

Romans 10:9-10 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart the God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness,and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. (NASB)

If you announce that men do not have to acknowledge Jesus as Lord or that you have to believe in the resurrection of Jesus from the grave to be saved, then you are preaching another way to be saved.

Hebrews 9:1-26....26 Otherwise, He would have need to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. (NASB)

To affirm that the sacrifice of Jesus shedding His blood on the cross was not essential to put away sin is preaching another way to be saved.

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

To profess that you do not have to acknowledge the authority of Jesus or be baptized in water to have your sins washed away ispreaching another way to be saved.

Hebrews 2:9 But we do see Him who was made for a little while a little lower than the angels, namely Jesus, because of the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone. (NASB)

 Jesus died for all who are willing obey the terms for pardon. For men to voice the opinion that that Jesus only died for the select few, that He preordained for salvation, is preaching another way to be saved.

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

The gift of God is salvation by grace through faith. To advocate that men are saved because they have kept the Law of Moses or due to their good deeds is preaching another way to be saved.

John 8:24 'Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins." (NASB)

If you argue that men do not have to confess Jesus, as the Son of God, to have their sins forgiven you are preaching another way to be saved.

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)

Repentance means to make the commitment to turn from sin and unbelief, and turn toward God.
Baptism means to be immersed in water.
In the name of Jesus Christ means to yield to the authority of Jesus.
To contend that you can be saved without repentance, water baptism, or yielding to the authority of Jesus Christ is preaching another way to be saved.

Acts 15:1 Some men came down from Judea and began teaching the brethren, "Unless you are circumcised according to the custom  of Moses, you cannot be saved. (NASB)

Insisting that men keep that Laws of Moses as well as obeying the terms of pardon under the New Covenant is preaching another way to be saved.

Romans 5:9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. (NASB)

To advocate that men can be justified and saved from the wrath of God, other than through Jesus, and by His shed blood is preaching another way 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. (NASB)

To claim that Christ does not cleanse Christians with water according to the word of God is preaching another way to be saved.

1 Peter 3:20-21 ...safely through 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. (NASB)

To insist that water baptism is not essential to salvation is preaching another way to be saved.

Acts 4:10-12 let it be know to all of you  and to all people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ  the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead--by this name this man stands here before you in good health. 11. He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became the chief corner stone. 12 And there is is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved. (NASB)

To proclaim, assert, declare, profess, contend, or argue that there are other names whereby men might be saved, other than Jesus, is preaching another way to be saved.

GALATIANS 1:9 AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE, SO I SAY AGAIN NOW, IF ANY MAN IS PREACHING TO YOU A GOSPEL CONTRARY TO WHAT YOU RECEIVED, HE IS TO BE ACCURSED!  

  

 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

IS THE ADMONITION ABOUT FALLING FROM GRACE A FALSE WARNING?


John Calvin said it was impossible to fall from grace. Why would God warn men of something that could not happen?

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

Was God joking when He said men could fall away? When a road sign says, litterers will be fine $500 dollars, does that mean it is impossible to litter?

1 Corinthians 10:6-12 Now these things happened as examples for us, so that we would not crave evil things as they also craved.......

8. Nor let us act immorally , as some did, and twenty-three thousand fell in one day. (Was that an example of once saved always saved?)

9. Nor let us try the Lord, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the serpents. (Was that an example of eternal security?)

10. Nor grumble, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer.....(Was that an example of perseverance of the saints?)

12. Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.

Is God in the habit of issuing feckless, meaningless, erroneous, false, warnings?

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you but such is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be temped beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.

God provides men an escape from a sinful lifestyle. Men have a choice. Men have free-will. God does not prevent men from sinning. GOD DOES NOT GUARANTEE ONCE IN GRACE ALWAYS IN GRACE!




Tuesday, April 15, 2014

THE FALSE BRETHREN CLUB


Who were the false brethren? They were those Judiazers who infiltrated the churches of Christ in Galatia. The Judiazers were Jewish Christians who were advocating keeping the Law of Moses in order to be saved.(Galatians)

Galatians 2:4 But it was because of the false brethren secretly brought in, who had sneaked in to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, in order to bring us into bondage.

These Jewish Christians where adding to the gospel.

HOW TO QUALIFY TO A MEMBER OF THE FALSE BRETHREN CLUB?

Galatians 1:6-10 I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting  Him who who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; 7 which is really not another; only these are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.......

All you have to do to gain membership in the "The False Brethren Club" is distort the gospel of Christ.

GRACE ALONE DOCTRINE

Can embracing the doctrine of salvation by "grace alone" grant you membership in the "False Brethren Club"?

The Calvinistic doctrine of salvation by grace alone is that God preselected  a few to be saved and chooses all others to be lost to an eternity in hell. The true Calvinist believes that man has no responsibility in their salvation. They believe that God imputes the selected few with faith so that they might believe and be saved. Calvinism teaches that man has no free-will to accept or reject the terms of pardon for salvation. The doctrine of salvation by grace alone states that man goes through life waiting for God to save him. In effect, if you are lost under the doctrine of grace alone, it is not your fault, it is because God chose not to save you.  

Calvinism rejects the Biblical account of the apostle Paul, Silas, and the jailer. (Acts 16:30-31 and after he brought them out he said, "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".) Accord to the doctrine of, grace alone, the jailer could do nothing to be saved because it was God who forced him to believe.

Calvinism rejects the words of Jesus Christ who said (Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved....) Taking the doctrine of grace alone at face value, believing and being  baptized by your own free-will would be works apart from God's grace of forced salvation.

The doctrine of salvation by grace alone, is another gospel, it a distortion of the gospel preached by the apostles.

Galatians 1:8 But even if we, or angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!


IN ORDER TO BECOME A MEMBER OF "THE FALSE BRETHREN CLUB" ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ADD TO OR TAKE AWAY FROM THE TERMS OF PARDON PREACHED BY THE APOSTLES.

(All Scripture from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)


           
        

Monday, April 14, 2014

WORKS THAT SAVE AND WORKS THAT DON'T


THE WORK THAT SAVES

What work endures to eternal life.

John 6:27-29 Do not work for the food perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you, for on Him the the Father, God has set His seal." 28 Therefore they said to Him, "What shall we do, so that 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 as sent."

The work that men do to be saved is believe that Jesus is the Son of God, and their Lord and Savior and that God raised Him from the dead. Yes, there is a work that men do, that can save them. Believing is the work men that do that saves.

THERE IS A WORK THAT GOD DOES, THAT SAVES.

Colossians 2:12 having been buried with Him in baptism, in whichyou were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.

God does the work in water baptism. Not men.
You cannot separate faith and water baptism.
Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved....

1 Peter 20-21 ...safely through the water. 21 Corresponding to thatbaptism 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.

You cannot separate faith and water baptism. Man's work is to believe. God's work is to forgive men of their sins.

Colossians 2:12-13.......When you dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, he made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions,

You cannot separate faith and water baptism.

WORKS THAT DO NOT SAVE.

Galatians 2:11-16....16 nevertheless know that a man is not justified by works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ Jesus and not by works of the Law; since by works of the Law no flesh will be justified.

The apostle Paul was not telling Cephas (Peter) and Barnabas,
that believing in Jesus was a work of the Law Moses,
that being baptized in water for the forgiveness of sins was a work of the Law of Moses,
that  repenting (turning from unbelief and making a commitment to turn from from a sinful lifestyle and turning toward God) was a work of the Law of Moses,
that confessing that Jesus was the Son of God, their Lord and Savior and believing that God raised Jesus from the dead, was a work of the Law of Moses.

FAITH-REPENTANCE-CONFESSION and WATER BAPTISM are not works of the Law of Moses.

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace  you have been savedthrough faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.
Colossians 2:12 ....baptism...through faith in the working of God...
Ephesians 2:9-10 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in the.

Believing in Jesus is not a good work.
Repenting is not a good work.
Confessing is not a good work.
Being baptized in water is not a good work.

Believing (John 3:16) Repenting (Acts 2:38) Confessing (Romans 10:9-10) and Water Baptism (Mark 16:16) are all essential for salvation, however NONE of them are Laws of Moses nor are they good works.  

Sunday, April 13, 2014

WHO REJECTS THE TRUTH?

WHO FIRST REJECTED THE TRUTH ABOUT JESUS AND THE DOCTRINES OF GOD? THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS WERE AT THE FOREFRONT WHEN IT CAME TO REJECTING JESUS. IS IT NOT THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS OF TODAY WHO PROMOTE REJECTING THE DOCTRINES OF GOD?


JOHN 7:40-48 SOME OF THE PEOPLE THEREFORE, WHEN THEY HEARD THESE WORDS, WERE SAYING, "THIS CERTAINLY IS THE PROPHET." 41 OTHERS WERE SAYING , "THIS IS THE CHRIST." STILL OTHERS WERE SAYING, "SURELY THE CHRIST IS NOT GOING TO COME FROM GALILEE, IS HE?......47 THE PHARISEES THEN ANSWERED THEM, "YOU HAVE NOT ALSO BEEN LED ASTRAY, HAVE YOU? 48 NO ONE OF THE RULERS OR PHARISEES HAS BELIEVED IN HIM, HAS HE?


The religious leaders were remaining steadfast in rejecting the truth about Jesus.

John 12:42- Nevertheless many even of the rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing Him, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.

Are there not many religious leaders, today, who refuse to preach the truth concerning the doctrines of God for fear of losing there position in the church? Do some contemporary church leaders covet the praises men more than approval of God?

John 9:13-22....22 His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone confessed Him to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue.

Men were intimated by the Jewish rulers. There are many in the church today who will not speak the truth because they fear the church leaders. Men do not want to be ostracized or be forced to leave their life long denominational church.

REJECTING THE TRUTH!

Matthew 4:10 Then Jesus said to him, "Go Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord God, and serve Him only!"

To pray to someone, is worship, however, church leaders tell men to pray to the Virgin Mary and to other dead saints. Leaders rejecting the truth.

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.

Some preachers today say that water baptism is not essential to have sins forgiven. Leaders rejecting the truth.

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 in time of temptation fall away.

Some leaders assert that once you are a believer, you are always saved. Leaders rejecting the truth.

Acts 4:10-12...by the name of Jesus Christ...12 And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.

Religious leaders proclaim there are many and various ways, besides Jesus as Savior, that men may be saved. Leaders rejecting the truth.

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, just as I forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Church leaders teach that repentance is not necessary. They say practicing a sinful lifestyle will not keep you from entering the kingdom of God. Why? Because they say we are saved by grace alone, because we are saved by faith only, and because all Christians sin. Leaders rejecting the truth. ( There is a difference between becoming saved and remaining faithful. Repentance does not stop the minute you are baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.)

Mark 1:1-9........9 He was also saying to them, "You are experts at setting aside the commandment of God in order to keep your traditions.

Religious leaders, today, are rejecting the truth in order to keep their traditions.

(All Scripture from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)