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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

THE ERRONEOUS DOCTRINE OF ORIGINAL SIN by steve finnell


John Calvin's doctrine of original sin has been adopted by many who claim Jesus as Lord and Savior.

John Calvin Quote: "Original sin, therefore, appears to be a hereditary, depravity and corruption of our nature, diffused through all parts of the soul, rendering us obnoxious to the divine wrath and producing in us those works which the scripture call 'works of."

If original sin is inherited from Adam, then how did Noah escape the guilt, the corrupt nature and depravity?

Every person in the world with the exception of Noah and his family were destroyed in the great flood. If you believe the false doctrine of original sin, then you have to believe original sin was passed to the modern world through Noah and his family.

Genesis 6:8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.(NASB)

Did the Lord favor Noah because he was a sinner at birth, had a corrupt nature and was depraved?

Genesis 6:9 These are the records of the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God.(NASB)

Does Noah seem to be suffering from a sinful nature? Was he totally depraved?

Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.(NASB)

Did God save Noah and his family because they were sinners in the womb. Did God saved Noah and his family because they were born totally depraved, had a sinful nature, and had inherited the guilt of Adam's sin?

Genesis 7:1 Then the Lord said to Noah, "Enter the ark, you and all your household, for you alone I have seen to be righteous before Me in this time.(NASB)

Did the Lord believe Noah was righteous because of original sin, was it because Noah had a corrupt nature, was it because Noah was totally depraved, was it because Noah was born guilty of sin?

2 Peter 2:5 and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah,a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly;(NASB)

The question is, if Noah was guilty of original sin, if he was depraved, if he had a sinful nature, if he was a sinner from birth, then, why did God call him a preacher of righteousness and save his life?

Did Noah ever sin? Yes. All men sin before and after they become Christians. (Romans 3:23, 1 John 1:8.)

Men are not guilty of sin in the womb. Men are not born as sinners. Men are not born totally depraved. Men are not born with a sinful nature. Men do not inherit the guilt of Adam's sin. Men sin because God gave them free-will and men choose to sin. 

Remember grace came through faith in Jesus Christ. Noah did not live under grace.

The doctrine of original sin is a false concept that leads to infant baptism, and the doctrine of saved by grace alone.     

ARE MEN CREATED TOTALLY DEPRAVED? by steve finnell


According to Calvinism all men are born guilty of the sin of Adam, and therefore  are born totally depraved.

Psalms 139:13 For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb. 14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. (NASB)

God did not create David totally depraved. God does not create people guilty of sin in the womb of their mother. 

Genesis 1:27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (NASB)

God's image is not that of a totally depraved person that is guilty of sin. God is still creating men today in His image.

Ecclesiastes 7:29 Behold, I have found only this, that God made man upright, but they have sought out many devices. (NASB)

God created men upright. Men sin as a matter of personal choice.

Genesis 6:8-9 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. 9 These are the records of the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God.(NASB)

If  God created Noah totally depraved and guilty of Adam's sin, then how could Noah find favor in God's eyes? God hates sin. God did not nor does He create sin.

2 Samuel 22:22-24 "For I have kept the ways of the Lord, And have not acted wickedly against my God.......24 "I was also blameless toward Him, And kept myself from iniquity.(NASB)

How is it possible David could make these claims if he was born totally depraved from his mothers womb? Did God make David a king because he was totally depraved and guilty of Adam's sin?

Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job; and that man was blameless, upright, fearing God and turning away from evil. (NASB)

Job was not born guilty of Adam's sin nor was he born totally depraved.

Psalms 14:3 They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt....(ASB)

Men become corrupt, they are not born corrupt.

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

The wicked go astray. The wicked are not born astray.

Romans 1:19-21 because that which is know about God is evident within them; for God made evident to them.......21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God....but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. (NASB)

Their foolish heart was darkened because they became futile in their speculations. Their hearts were not darkened because they were totally depraved in the womb. Men have free-will.

There is no Scripture that states men inherit sin. There is no Bible verse that says men are guilty of the sin of Adam. There is not one verse of Scripture that proclaims all men are born totally depraved. The doctrine of total depravity and original sin is a fabrication of men.


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

All men have sinned, however, no man was born a sinner. No man is guilty of Adam's sin but Adam himself.

GOD DID NOT CREATE MEN TOTALLY DEPRAVED. GOD DOES NOT CREATE SIN.   



WHY DO CHURCH LEADERS QUOTE MEN WHO TEACH DOCTRINE CONTRARY TO SCRIPTURE?   BY STEVE FINNELL


Why do preachers of the gospel quote men who pervert the Scriptures? Why would you ever quote these men in a positive light? Why would church leaders ever believe men who teach and preach doctrine contrary to Scripture are worthy of being quoted.

Max Lucado Quote: "We never taught--the buzzphrase is baptismal regeneration, where you go into the baptistery lost and come out saved. We never taught that. Now, I am not saying there were not people in our church who believed that..."

Water baptism is essential to salvation. (Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16, Acts 22:16, 1 Peter 3:21).

Why would any serious church leader quote Max Lucado in a positive light?

John Piper Quote: "We are not saying that final salvation is unconditional. It is not. We must meet the condition of faith in Christ in order to inherit eternal life. But faith is not a condition for election. Just the reverse. Election is a condition for faith. It is because God chose us before the foundation of the world that he purchases our redemption at the cross and quickens us with irresistible grace and brings us to faith."

God want all men to be saved and all men have that choice.(2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.)(NKJV)

Why would a preacher of the gospel quote John Piper in a positive light?

Pope Francis Quote: "The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the blood of Christ, not just Catholics. Everyone! 'Father, the atheists?' Even the atheists......."But I don't believe, Father, I am an atheist!' But do good: We will meet one another there."

Good works cannot save anyone. (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)

How is it possible to quote Pope Francis in a positive light?

Billy Graham Quote: "....or the non-believing world, they are members of the Body of Christ because they've been called by God. They may not even know the name of Jesus but they know in their hearts that they need something that that don't have, and they turn to the only light that they have, and I think that they are saved, and that they're going to be in heaven."

Can you not believe in Jesus and be saved? (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)

Tony Campolo Quote? "going to heaven is like going to Philadelphia... There are many ways...It doesn't  make any difference how we go there. We all end up in the same place.(Carpe Diem: Seize the Day, 1994 pages 85-88)

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.(NKJV)


Why would preachers and teachers of the gospel quote men in a positive light who pervert the gospel of Christ?

Why not just quote Scriptures?  


WHY WERE DENOMINATIONS CREATED?  BY STEVE FINNELL


Were denominations created so they could teach the apostles doctrine? No they were not.

Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.(NKJV)

The Roman Catholic denomination was established so it could teach the doctrine of popes, cardinals, the doctrine of the Roman Catholic denomination.

The Lutheran denomination was formed so they could teach the doctrine of Martin Luther.

The Baptist denominations were brought into existence so they could teach the doctrine of John Calvin and that of Baptist preachers.

Denominations were formed so they could teach doctrines contrary the doctrine of the apostles.

Can you name one denomination that teaches the terms for pardon that the apostle Peter preached on the Day of Pentecost?(Acts 2:22-41 ......40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation."  41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them,)(NKJV)

Peter did not preach. .1 Salvation by good works. 2. Salvation by Law keeping. 3. Salvation by grace alone. Salvation by faith only. 5. Salvation by saying the Sinner's Prayer.

Peter preached. 1. Faith; John 3:16. 2. Confession; Romans 10:9. 3. Repentance; Acts 2:38. 4. Water Baptism; Acts 2:38.
Peter preached the apostles doctrine.

Denominations were created to teach and preach the doctrines of men.

Mark 7:5-13......"making the word of God of no effect through your traditions which you have handed down. And many such things you do."(NKJV)

Denominations were created to teach the traditions of men.

If all believers in Christ taught the apostles doctrine, found in the New Testament Scriptures, there would be no denominations. 



  
THE FIRST CASUALTY OF DENOMINATIONALISM AND THE SECOND   by steve finnell

The first casualty of denominationalism is the truth about the inerrant word of God.

1. Some denominations teach the Bible cannot be trusted because it was translated by men. If God has the power to create the heavens and the earth he has the power to direct men to translate His word without error.

2. Some claim that The Bible is a living document, to be added to or deleted by the will of men. Why are men not adding books to the Bible? Why? Because the Scriptures were completed in 100 AD when the apostle John wrote the last book. No book or letter written after 100 AD has been added to the Bible.

The second casualty of denominationalism is the truth about water baptism.

John 12:48 "He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words,has that which judges him--the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.

If denominations can claim the the Bible is in error and can be added to or deleted at will; then they feel they do not have to believe the words of of Jesus or the apostles when they speak about the purpose of water baptism. The words of the apostles were the words of Jesus. 

THINGS DENOMINATIONS BELIEVE OR DENY ABOUT BIBLICAL BAPTISM

1. Jesus said in Mark 16:16....and is baptized will be saved.(NKJV) Many denominations say water baptism is not essential to salvation. (The word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day).

2. The apostle Peter said; Acts 2:38...let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins....(NKJV) Many say the Bible was mistranslated; they declare that the word for should have been translated as, because of. They deny the words of the apostle Peter.(The word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day).

3. Some denominations say that infants need to be baptized for the forgiveness of original sin or to have the desire to sin washed away. (Neither Jesus nor the apostles taught that doctrine).

4. There are those who teach that being buried through baptism dose not teach water baptism as immersion only. Neither Jesus nor the apostles taught or alluded to sprinkling or pouring as being synonymous with immersion. (Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12)

There is no doubt that Satan wants you dry. The devil does not want you to be immersed in water. Why would Satan not want you to be baptized?

Why Satan wants you dry.

Romans 6:4 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.

 Satan wants you dry so that you cannot walk in newness of life.

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

Satan wants you dry so that God will not forgive you of all your transgressions.

1 Peter 3:20-21....were brought safely through the water. 21 Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you---not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but appeal to God for a good conscience---through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

Satan wants you dry because he knows water immersion is essential for your salvation.

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

Satan wants you dry to prevent you from being 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.

Satan wants you dry so that you will not receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and your sins will remain unforgiven.

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

Satan wants you dry so your sins will not be washed away.

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

Satan wants you dry so that you will not be clothed with Christ.

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

Satan wants you dry because he does not want you to avail yourself of God's mercy.

Ephesians 5:25-27 .....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.

Satan wants you dry so that you will not be cleansed, sanctified, and found to be holy and blameless.

Hebrews 10:22 let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

Satan wants you dry so that you will not have full assurance of faith with your bodies washed with pure water.

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 God.

Satan wants you dry because he does not want you to enter the kingdom of God.

1 John 5:6-8 This is the One who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not with water only, but the water and with the blood. It is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7 For there are three that testify: 8 the Spirit  and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.

Satan wants you dry because he wants you to disregard the agreement.

Satan wants you dry.

If Satan cannot keep you dry, he will settle for a denial that  baptism is for the forgiveness of sins.

If Satan cannot convince you that baptism is not essential for salvation, then, he will convince you that sprinkling and pouring water are in fact baptism.

If Satan cannot keep you dry he will convince you that faith does not precede baptism and you can baptism unbelieving babies for the forgiveness of their "supposed" sins.

Are you saved by immersion in water "ALONE?" Absolutely not. Without faith, without confessing Jesus as the Son of God, without believing that God raised Jesus from the grave, without confessing Jesus as Lord and Christ, without repentance(repentance is making a commitment to turn from sin and turn toward God). WITHOUT THE PRECEDING THINGS; ALL YOU WOULD GET, WOULD BE WET.

SATAN WANTS YOU DRY!     

Monday, February 8, 2016

BELIEF ALONE?   by steve finnell


Belief alone cannot save. 

Are men saved because they believe that Jesus is the Son of God? Is salvation granted to all because they know who Jesus is?

Demons believe that Jesus is the Son of God, they know who Jesus is.

Mark 1: 21-27 ....24 saying, "Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are---the ' Holy One of God!"......(NKJV)

Demons know who Jesus is.

James 2:19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even demons believe--and tremble! (NKJV)

Acts 19:15 And the evil spirit answered and said, "Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you? (NKJV)

Demons know who God is, they know who Jesus is. Demons believe, but they are not saved.

DEMONS BELIEVE, HOWEVER, THEY DO NOT OBEY THE GOSPEL.

2 Thessalonians 1:1-9.....7...the Lord Jesus is  revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, 8 in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,(NKJV)

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

Demons believe, however, they are not baptized in order to be saved.

Acts 3:19 "Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. (NKJV)

Demons believe, however, they do not repent.

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)

Demons believe, however, they do not repent for the forgiveness of sins. Demons are not baptized in water for the forgiveness of sins.

Galatians 3:27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.(NKJV)

Demons believe, however, they have not been baptized into Christ.

Demons believe, however, they do not obey the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.         
What Is the First Book of the NT?
by David Vaughn Elliott

Any Bible student knows there are 39 books in the Old Testament and 27 in the New, making a total of 66. Right? Even small children know that the first four books of the New Testament are Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Right?

But, wait a minute. Do the four Gospels really belong to the New Testament? Does the New Testament really begin with the birth of Jesus? The most obvious answer is to be found in the very word "testament." A last will and testament is a document which goes into effect after a person dies.

Hebrews 9:16-17 says: "For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator... it is of no strength at all while the testator lives." Christ Jesus had to die before His New Testament could take effect.

But the New Testament did not enter into force the very moment Jesus died. Even with human wills, there is a period of time and certain legal procedures, after the death of the testator, before the provisions of the will can be carried out. The same is true with Jesus' "last will and testament."

Five Things Necessary

The basis for the Gospel is "that Christ died for our sins... that he was buried, and that he rose again" (1 Cor. 15:1-4). Verses 14-19 teach powerfully that without the resurrection, Jesus' death was in vain: "If Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain... you are yet in your sins." So the New Testament could not start as soon as Jesus died. He had to rise!

But there is more!

Jesus is High Priest. Hebrews 7:24-25 says He "has an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost." Priesthood involves saving us. But, when did Jesus become High Priest?

Hebrews continues: "We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens... if he were on earth, he would not be a priest" (8:1, 4). For Jesus to become High Priest (and thus Savior), he had to return to heaven.

But even Jesus' ascension was not enough. Shortly before his death, Jesus told the twelve: "I have yet many things to say unto you... when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth" (John 16:12-13). Then before ascending, Jesus told the apostles "that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father... you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days hence" (Acts 1:4-5).

Jesus' promise was fulfilled ten days later (Acts 2). Baptized with the Holy Spirit, the apostles had divine authority to preach the Good News. For the first time, men and women entered into the New Covenant of Christ Jesus.

In summary, five things were necessary for the New Testament (Covenant) to actually enter into force: 1) the death, 2) the burial, 3) the resurrection, 4) the ascension, and 5) the baptism with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. It is in Acts 2, then, that the New Testament in reality begins to function.

A Time of Transition

The four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) do belong to the New testament in the sense that they detail the earthy life of Jesus and contain many teachings that became a part of the New Covenant. Keep in mind that Jesus came to earth to do what was necessary to bring in the New Testament. However, the four Gospels do not belong to the New Testament in the sense that the New could not enter into force until after the things they record took place.

The four Gospels, therefore, cover a time of transition "between" the two testaments. There are things in the four books which had to do solely with the Old Testament (Jesus was circumcised). There are things in the four which have to do solely with the New Testament ("You must be born of water and of the Spirit"). And there are things in the four which had to do solely with the time of transition itself (the baptism of John).

Let's see this in relation to the Sabbath. It was Jesus' custom to go to the synagogue on the Sabbath (Luke 4:16). While Jesus walked this earth, He was "Lord even of the Sabbath day" (Matt. 12:8). But it must be understood that such statements about the Sabbath are found in the four Gospels because Jesus lived under the Old Testament. "God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law" (Gal. 4:4). Living under the Law, Jesus had to keep the Law.

After Jesus' death, some women "rested the sabbath day according to the commandment" (Luke 23:56). But, as we have seen, Jesus death, by itself, did not take away sin. He had to rise! In like manner, His death alone could not end the old law and bring in the new. He had to rise! When the women rested, Jesus was still dead! The time of transition was not yet finished.

By His death, burial, resurrection and ascension, and by His sending the Holy Spirit, Christ made possible His glorious New Testament. Before He completed all this, it could not begin. From Acts 2 forward, we are clearly in the era of the New Testament.

Bad News Becomes Good News

As Jesus' body hung on the cross, He was the victim of cutting insults: "He saved others; himself he cannot save" (Matt. 27:42). Jesus' life seemed to be ending in failure and disgrace. The mockers had their own ideas of how Jesus should save himself: "If you be the Son of God, come down from the cross" (verse 40).

Jesus' disciples also had negative thoughts about His death. Why were the two disciples on the road to Emmaus "sad"? (Luke 24:13-35). "We hoped that it was he who should redeem Israel" (verse 21). These good men had lost the great hope which they once had in Jesus. Their "Redeemer" was dead!

Neither the mockers nor the disciples understood that Jesus was indeed going to save Himself! But not according to their ideas. Rather, He was going to rise from the dead. The great resurrection chapter, 1 Corinthians 15, emphasizes the futility of it all if Jesus had remained dead. "if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain... you are yet in your sins!" (verses 14, 17). But verse 20 triumphantly says: "But now is Christ risen from the dead"! Bad news became good news! "Gospel" means "good news."

In Summary

Acts 2 is a pivotal chapter in the Bible. Before Acts 2, the old covenant was in force. After Acts 2, the new covenant is in force. The new covenant (testament) could not come into force until Jesus died, was buried, rose, ascended, and sent the Holy Spirit upon the apostles on that day of Pentecost.

The four Gospels belong to the Old Testament in the sense that the Law was still in effect. They belong to the New Testament in the sense that it was the events, and much of the teaching, recorded in them that set the ground work for the coming of the New Testament gospel. 

The four Gospels, then, must be studied carefully. They contain things that pertain to the Old Testament. They contain things that pertain to the New Testament, and they contain things that belong only to that time of transition. Above all, the four Gospels tell the important details in the life, teaching, death, and resurrection of the one who makes possible the New Testament. They tell the life of Jesus on earth, He being the High Priest and Testator who came to bring is the glorious New Testament.
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BEWARE OF DISTORTED SHEEP-TALK   BY STEVE FINNELL


Do dead sheep have eternal security? Can sheep ever be lost? The favorite proof text of advocates for the erroneous doctrine of "once saved always saved" is John 10:27-28.

John 10:27-28 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me, 28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.

Jesus said His sheep hear His voice. Jesus told us all how to become a member of His flock. (Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved.....) If you have not believed and have not been baptized in water, then you have not listened to the voice of Jesus. There is only one way to become a sheep.

Jesus said His sheep follow Him, He did not say that He would force them to become sheep.

Jesus said His sheep will be given eternal life and no one will snatch them from His hand.

No one can snatch you from the hand of Jesus, however, you can choose to leave His hand voluntarily.

Matthew 10:22 You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.

Why would Jesus instruct His sheep to endure to the end, in order to be saved, if the sheep were once saved always saved?

DO DEAD SHEEP HAVE ETERNAL SECURITY?

Acts 5:1-11.....3 But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back some of the price of the land?  4 .....You have not lied to men but to God."5 And as he heard these words, Ananias fell down and breathed his last. (Did this dead sheep, who lied to God, have eternal security?)

Acts 5:11 And great fear came over the whole church, and over all who heard of these things.(Why would the whole church be in fear because of two dead sheep if all the sheep were once saved always saved?)

SHEEP HAVE FREE-WILL!

1 Timothy 5:14-15 Therefore, I want younger widows to get married, bear children, keep house, and give the enemy no occasion for reproach; 15 for some have already turned aside to follow Satan.

Satan did not snatch these widows from the hand of Jesus, these sheep made a choice to follow Satan.

1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

The love of money can cause sheep to wander from the faith. Satan has no power to force people from the faith. Men have a choice.

1 Timothy 4:1 But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times  some will fall away from the faith.....

The Holy Spirit says some sheep will fall from the faith.
Who do you trust the Holy Spirit or John Calvin?

DO UNREPENTANT SHEEP, WHO HAVE GONE ASTRAY, HAVE ETERNAL SECURITY? NO! 

VAIN ATTEMPTS TO DISCREDIT GOD'S WORD ABOUT SALVATION  BY STEVE FINNELL


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

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

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

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

Sunday, February 7, 2016

SPREADING THE GOSPEL by steve finnell


If you are spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ and you are not being criticized, you might need to try harder.

Jesus was crucified because He was the Christ and eleven out of the twelve apostle were killed for preaching the gospel.

John 15:18 "If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. (NKJV)

2 Timothy 3:12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus  will suffer persecution. (NKJV)

1 Peter 3:17 For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for evil. (NKJV)

Luke 6:22 Blessed are you when men hate you, And when they exclude you, And revile you, and cast out your name as evil, For the Son of Man's sake.(NKJV)

1 Peter 4:16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.(NKJV)

Mark 13:13"And you will be hated by all men for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.(NKJV)

Preach and teach the gospel truth that is found in the Bible and trust me you will be criticized, ostracized, and ridiculed by the world as well as by those who claim Jesus as Savior.