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Monday, December 5, 2016

WHOSE DOCTRINE SHOULD BE TAUGHT IN THE CHURCH OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST? by steve finnell


Whose doctrine was taught in the first century church of Christ? It was the apostles doctrine.

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

What was the source of the apostles; doctrine'? It came from God the Father through Jesus the Christ and the Holy Spirit.

John 7:16 Jesus answered them and said, "My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. (NKJV)
John 7:49 "For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave  Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.

When Jesus said, "He who believes and is baptized will be saved...(NKJV), He was speaking on behalf of God the Father. When men say,water baptism is not essential for salvation," by whose authority are they speaking? When men say you do not have know Jesus in order to be part of the body of Christ, by whose authority are they speaking? 

John 14:26 "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.(NKJV)

The apostles' doctrine was from God the Father through Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.

The apostles' doctrine did not come from the man-made traditions of the Pharisees, Jewish elders, nor the scribes. The apostles' doctrine did not come from the Jewish Christian sect of Judaizers.

Whose doctrine should be taught in the, church of God in Christ, today. Should it be the doctrine of the Baptist church, the man-made doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church, Methodist doctrine, or Denominational doctrines in general.

It the first century church devoted themselves to the teaching of apostles' doctrine, then why does the contemporary church devote themselves to the teaching of denominational creeds.

The apostles did not start hundreds of Christians denominations that teach many ways of being saved and allowing them to teach other doctrines contrary to God's doctrine. 

God does not write contemporary creed books. The Bible was completed around A.D. 100. The Bible is the only creed book you need for God's truth.

THE NEW TESTAMENT SCRIPTURES ARE THE APOSTLES' DOCTRINE.       

GOD'S COMPLETE REVELATION! BY STEVE FINNELL


We have God's complete revelation to all mankind, it is called the Bible. There are sixty six books. There are no more books. God's direct revelation to mankind was finished, completed with the death of the last apostle. The church of Christ had all the information it needed to preach the gospel, teach the church about faith in Jesus Christ, and to instruct men to obey God's commands.

Jude 1:3 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.

Jude wrote in his letter, in about 65 A.D., stating that Christians already had a common salvation. He said contend for the faith which had been handed down once for all. The faith was not being added to nor were parts of the faith being deleted by new revelation. Jude knew nothing of so-called new revelations being written in books of catechisms nor were there any other extra-Biblical books of so-called new revelations from God.

There is no 21st century  new revelation, new prophecy, nor new knowledge. We already have the completed Scriptures, the BIBLE.

1 Corinthians 13:8 Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.

Direct prophecy and special knowledge from God have ceased. There is no more prophecy or knowledge that is equal to Scripture. The Bible was completed long ago.

1 Corinthians 13:10 But when what is complete comes , then what is incomplete will no longer be used. (God's Word Translation (1995).

We have a completed Bible. We do not need new revelation. We do not need modern-day apostles nor prophets.

2 Peter 1:3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.

The apostle Peter said, in about 66 A.D., that Christians already  had true knowledge. What kind of knowledge are the modern writers of catechisms, or other of the so-called modern-day apostles, and prophets disseminating? A question that is worth pondering.

1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this reason we also constantly thank God  that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.

The apostle Paul said their word was God's word. For men today to claim that the catechisms they write, and, or, the so-called new books of revelation, are directly from God; is at best, a case of self-delusion. The worst case scenario is willful deception or purposeful ignorance.

Acts 20:27 For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God.

The apostle Paul declared the whole purpose of God to the Ephesians. How could Paul have declared the whole purpose of God in the first century if modern day prophets and apostles are still being given new purposes from God today? There are no new, direct revelations, from God that are equal to Scripture.

John 16:13 But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative , but whatever He hears, He will speak; and will disclose to you what is to come.

Jesus said, to the twelve apostles, that the Holy Spirit would guide them into all truth. The apostle heard all the truth. THERE IS NO NEW TRUTH TO BE ADDED! The Bible is completed, it is finished.

Ephesians 3:3-5 that by revelation there was made know to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief. 4 By referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which in other generations was not know to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit;

The mystery of Christ was revealed to the apostle Paul as well as the other apostles and prophets. It is not continually being revealed, it was revealed. We have that revelation, it is in the Bible.

We have God's completed word. We have the BIBLE!

HOW MUCH PRIDE WOULD IT TAKE FOR MEN, TODAY, TO CLAIM THAT THEIR WORDS ARE, IN FACT, EQUAL TO SCRIPTURE?

(Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quotes are from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)
  

Sunday, December 4, 2016

ORIGINAL SIN-TOTAL DEPRAVITY-TRUE OR FALSE?  by steve finnell


Is the doctrine of total depravity correct? The teaching is that all men are guilty of the original sin of Adam and Eve rendering them totally depraved due to heredity. Nothing about them is good. They are wholly defiled body and soul. Wholly inclined to all evil. They are sinners at conception. They have no free-will. They cannot seek God. They cannot believe the gospel unless God forces them to believe.

TRUE OR FALSE?

Luke 1:5-6...Zacharias...Elizabeth. 6 They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord. (NASB)

Zacharias and Elizabeth were wholly defiled body and soul. TRUE OR FALSE?

Luke 1:13-15...Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will give him the name John.....15.....he will be filled with the Holy Spirit while in his mother's womb. (NASB)

John The Baptist was conceived and born guilty of Adam's sin. God gave John The Baptist the Holy Spirit even though he was totally depraved in the womb. TRUE OR FALSE?

2 Kings 23:24-25 ...Josiah...25 Before him there was no king like him who turned to the Lord with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; nor did any like him arise after him. (NASB)

King Josiah was wholly inclined to all evil. TRUE OR FALSE?

Matthew 1:19 And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly.(NASB)

Joseph the husband of the Virgin Mary was a sinner at birth and totally depraved. TRUE OR FALSE?

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

After Adam and Eve sinned, God made men totally depraved at conception. TRUE OR FALSE?

2 Peter 2:4-7 ...God..5....but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness......7 and if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual
 conduct of unprincipled men (NASB)

Noah and Lot were born totally depraved, not capable of doing good or believing in God. TRUE OR FALSE

James 2:23 and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness," and he was called the friend of God. (NASB)

Abraham was born a sinner, totally depraved and could not seek God, because no man can seek God. TRUE OR FALSE?

Job 1:8 The Lord said to to Satan, "Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God  and turning away from evil." (NASB)

Job was totally depraved in the womb, with a corrupted nature, never able to do good, always inclined to do evil. TRUE OR FALSE?

Genesis 4:4 Abel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his flock and fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and for his offering; (NASB)

The Lord rejected Abel's offering because of the sin he inherited from his parents, Adam and Eve. Abel was born totally depraved, only inclined to do evil. TRUE OR FALSE?

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In order to believe the false doctrine of inherited sin, total depravity AKA original sin; then pride, ignorance, and, or a total a disregard for the Bible must be in play. 


THE INERRANT PREACHER BY STEVE FINNELL 


Where do people look to find the inerrant preacher? Answer. They look at the pulpit of their local church and see an infallible preacher standing there. Is is not amazing that he was so easily located?

When young men attend Bible college or seminary with aspirations of becoming a preacher of God's word. Are they encourage to prayerfully search the Scriptures for the truth?

Too many, if not all, Bible colleges and seminaries are nothing more than institutions established to indoctrinate men into believing the man-made traditions of a particular denomination, cult, or a group of independent churches.

Why is it that every preacher that graduates from a Baptist college preaches Baptist doctrine?
Why does every preacher from a Methodist college preach Methodist doctrine?
Pentecostal preachers preach Pentecostal doctrine.
Catholic priests preach Catholic doctrine.
Lutheran preachers preach Lutheran doctrine.
Quaker preachers preach Quaker doctrine.

Should not a Christian going to Bible college, graduate, and then preach Christian doctrine.

Matthew 4:4 But He answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but every word that proceeds out of the mouth  of God.'"

We are told to live by the word that proceeds from the mouth of God. There is no instruction to located an "inerrant preacher" and follow his teachings.

There are no inerrant preachers, just an inerrant Bible.

If there are 12 different preachers who are proclaiming 12 different ways of being saved; then at least 11 of those preachers    are in error. At least 11 of the preachers are teaching the commandments of men. Did they learn those different terms of pardon from the Bible or did they learn them in Bible college and seminary?

THERE ARE NO INERRANT PREACHERS------ONLY AN INERRANT BIBLE!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

WHAT DO YOUR CHURCH LEADERS BELIEVE?  by steve finnell


What do your church leaders believe? Do they believe what the Scriptures teach or do they believe the false doctrines invented by men? Far too often church leaders simply lack the courage to answer doctrinal questions and refuse to answer.

Mark 11:27-33 ....."The baptism of John---was it from heaven or from men?........ 33 So they answered and said to Jesus, "We do not know...(NKJV)

The chief priests, scribes, and elders refuse to answer the question Jesus asked. They knew the answer, however, it did not fit their narrative. There are some church leaders today who refuse to answer when confronted with the truth if it does conform to their doctrinal position or their current practices. Many church leaders honestly do not know the truth and will normally answer even if it is contrary to Scripture.

 Acts 4:8-12....."Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no name under heaven given among men  by which we must be saved." (NKJV)

Do your church leaders believe Jesus is the only way to heaven or do they believe the men who proclaim there are many ways to be saved?

 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)

Do your church leaders believe what the apostle Peter said or do they believe those who claim immersion in water is not essential for the forgiveness of sins?

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

Do your church leaders believe the Bible or do they believe John Calvin and his doctrine of "once saved always saved?"

Do your church leaders believe that all denominations who claim to be saved, are in fact on their way to heaven?

Do your church leaders believe that God gave multiple plans of salvation?

Do your church leaders believe, if you confess that Jesus is the Son of God you are a Christian washed by the blood of Jesus? Or do they believe in the terms of pardon mentioned in the New Testament Scriptures?

TERMS OF PARDON: FAITH John 3:16, REPENTANCE Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19, CONFESSION Romans 10:9, Water BAPTISM Mark 16:16, 1 Peter 3:21.


WHAT DO YOUR CHURCH LEADERS BELIEVE?      

ELDERS AND SAVAGE WOLVES by steve finnell

Acts 20:17-30 From Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called for the elders of the church.......27 "For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God. 28 "Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. 29 "For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among, not sparing the flock. 30 "Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. (NKJV)

What should be the relationship of church elders and savage wolves? Should the shepherds of the church of God guard against savage wolves, or should they appoint wolves to  positions of authority?

 Should the church elders place men who deny that water baptism is essential to salvation to preaching and teaching positions in the church?

 Should the overseers of the church hire men who believe in the false doctrine of "once saved always saved," as teachers in Christian schools?

 Should shepherds of the church ignore members of the flock who believe that Jesus is simply one of many ways to heaven?

When the apostle Paul told the elders of the church to take heed of savage wolves and disciples who speak perverse things, did he mean tolerate those who teach that baptism is not essential for salvation. Did he mean hire false teachers for Christian schools and Bible colleges. Did he mean appoint preachers who pervert the gospel to the ministry of the church? Did he mean participate in evangelistic outreach with those who deny what Jesus said "He who believes and is baptized will be saved..(Mark 16:16)

The question is, why do elders in the contemporary church ignore what the apostle Paul taught ?

DOES THE LORD'S CHURCH NEED TO REPENT AND TEACH AND PREACH FROM THE BIBLE, RATHER THAN FOLLOW WAYS THAT SEEM RIGHT  MEN?        

     

Friday, December 2, 2016

IS CONFUSION AN EXCUSE FOR REJECTING GOD'S DOCTRINE?  by steve finnell


If men do not understand God's teaching is it God's fault? Men get confused, God does not.

Excerpt from interview of Billy Graham by Robert Schuller, May 31, 1997.


Schuller:Tell me, what do you think is the future of Christianity?
Graham:Well, Christianity and being a true believer--you know, I think there's the Body of Christ. This comes from all the Christian groups around the world, outside the Christian groups. I think everybody that loves Christ, or knows Christ, whether they're conscious of it or not, they're members of the Body of Christ. And I don't think that we're going to see a great sweeping revival, that will turn the whole world to Christ at any time. I think James answered that, the Apostle James in the first council in Jerusalem, when he said that God's purpose for this age is to call out a people for His name. And that's what God is doing today, He's calling people out of the world for His name, whether they come from the Muslim world, or the Buddhist world, or the Christian world 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 they 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 with us in heaven.



 Billy Graham says you do not even have to know the name of Jesus to become part of the body of Christ or to be saved. What does God say? Billy Graham also denies that water baptism is essential to salvation.

What does God say through His written word?

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

Billy Graham denies Mark 16:16. Is God confused or is Billy Graham confused?

Galatians 3:26-27 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. (NASB)

Billy Graham denies Galatians 3:26-27. Graham says, Muslims, Buddhists, and non-believers are members of the body of Christ and are going to be in heaven. Is God confused or is Billy Graham confused?

Acts 2:40,41, 47 ...."Be save from this perverse generation!" 41 So, then, those received his word were baptized; and that day there were added three thousand souls. 47....And the Lord was adding to their day by day those who were being saved. (NASB)

Billy Graham denies Acts 2:40,41,47. He does not believe you have to believe Peter's sermon about the resurrection of Jesus from the dead or that Jesus is Lord in order to be saved and added to the body of Christ. Is God confused of is Billy Graham confused?

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) 

 Billy Graham denies that repentance and immersion in water are essential in order to the forgiveness of sins. Is Billy Graham confused or is God confused?

Which part of God's terms for pardon can men reject and still be saved?
1. Faith: John 3:16, John 8:24, Ephesians 2:8 
2. Repentance: Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19
3. Confession: Romans 10:9,
4. Immersion in Water: Mark 16:16, John 3:5, Colossians 2:11-13, Romans 6:3-11, Ephesians 5:25-27, Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16, Titus 3:5, Galatians 3:27. 
  


DID JESUS TEACH "ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED"? BY STEVE FINNELL


The apostle John was given direct messages from Jesus to  relay to the seven churches. Was the message to the churches "once saved always saved"? No, it was not.

1. Revelation 2:1-5..the church in Ephesus...5 Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and the deeds you did first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand  out of its place---unless you repent.

Does that sound like once saved always saved?

Revelation 2:7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.'

The tree of life is promised to him that overcomes. He was giving Christians that promise on the condition that they would repent. Jesus did not say once saved always saved.

2. Revelation 2:8--11 ...the church in Smyrna...10...Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11.....He who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death.

These Christians were given a condition to receive the crown of life, be faithful until death.

Does that sound like once saved always saved?

3. Revelation 2:12-17...the church in Pergamum...14 But I have few things against you, because you have there some who hold the teaching of Balaam, who kept teaching Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit acts of immorality......16 Therefore repent; or else I am coming to you quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of My mouth.17......To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it.'

Christians need to repent of sinful lifestyles and beliefs. There is no doctrine of once saved always saved proclaimed by Jesus.

4. Revelation 2:18-29 ...the church in Thyatria...20 But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel...21 I gave her time to repent, and she does not want to repent of her immorality.......26 He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, to him I will give authority over all the nations;( SEE: Rev. 20:4-6)

Is is always he who overcomes. It is never he who is once saved always saved.

5. Revelation 3:1-6..the church in Sardis..3 So remember what you have received and heard; keep it, and repent. therefore if you do not wake up , I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I come to you. 4 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. 5. He who overcomes will be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels......

Some Christians will have their names erased from the book of life. The ones who will not have their names erased are those who repent of their sinful lifestyle and repent of the teachings that are contrary to God's doctrines. He who overcomes will be saved,  not he who is once saved always saved!

6. Revelation 3:7-13 .....11 I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown. 12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God.....

There are men who can talk you into relinquishing your crown. He who overcomes will not be in that number. Once saved always saved is just another teaching of false doctrine.

7. Revelation 3:14-22...16 So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.... [ DOES THAT SOUND LIKE ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED?]....19 Those whom I love. I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent..........21 He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne....

There are no Scriptures that give Christians a license to sin. There is no Scriptures that says unrepentant Christians can live a sinful lifestyle, or teach doctrines contrary to the gospel of Christ and remain saved.

ONCE IN GRACE ALWAYS IN GRACE, IS A FALSE DOCTRINE!

WAS JESUS JUST GIVING EMPTY, FECKLESS WARNINGS TO THE SEVEN CHURCHES?      

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Darwin, Evolution, and Racism

by Eric Lyons, M.Min.
Kyle Butt, M.Div.

The creation and evolution models stand in stark contradistinction in many ways. One model suggests the Universe is the product of an infinite, eternal, omnipotent Creator; the other credits time and random chance processes for the Universe and everything in it. The creation model declares that an intelligent Designer created a variety of life on Earth; evolution purports that all life evolved from a common ancestor. The creation model maintains that morality originated with the Creator; atheistic evolution implies that morality is a human invention without a universal standard.
Another major contrast between creation and evolution, which receives relatively little attention from evolutionists, concerns whether some groups of humans are innately superior to others. The biblical creation model indicates that all humans, regardless of shape, size, or color, descended from an original couple created specially by God (Genesis 1-2).Every human life is valuable (Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 9:6), but no human (save God incarnate—John 1:1-3), nor any group of humans, is more valuable or superior than others (Romans 10:12; cf. Colossians 3:11). Darwinian evolution, on the other hand, is grounded in the idea that all humans evolved from ape-like creatures, and, since some groups of humans supposedly are less ape-like than others, some humans are more highly evolved, and thus, superior and of more value.
Multiplied millions, perhaps even billions, of people around the world are familiar with Charles Darwin’s most famous work, The Origin of Species. This year (2009) marks the book’s 150th anniversary—a fact highly publicized by today’s scientific establishment. It seems, however, that relatively few people are aware of the full title of Darwin’s 1859 work: The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection—or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life (emp. added). Favored races? Did Darwin believe that some races, or “species of men,” as he referred to them (1871, p. 395), were favored or more highly evolved than others? Although he steered clear of these ideas in The Origin of Species, his second major work on evolutionary theory, The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, published in 1871, did address the issue.
Darwin began the first chapter of The Descent of Man with these words: “He who wishes to decide whether man is the modified descendant of some pre-existing form, would probably first enquire whether man varies, however slightly, in bodily structure and in mental faculties; and if so, whether the variations are transmitted to his offspring in accordance with the laws which prevail with the lower animals” (1871, p. 395). Later, in his chapter titled “On the Affinities and Genealogy of Man,” Darwin wrote:
At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilised races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace, the savage races throughout the world. At the same time the anthropomorphous apes, as Professor Schaaffhausen has remarked, will no doubt be exterminated. The break between man and his nearest allies will then be wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilised state, as we may hope, even than the Caucasian, and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as now between the negro or Australian and the gorilla (p. 521).
Clearly, Darwin was convinced that the more “civilised races” (e.g., Caucasian) would one day exterminate the more savage races, which he considered to be less evolved (and thus more ape-like) than Caucasians. Darwin believed that “the negro” and “Australian” are like sub-species, somewhere between Caucasians and apes. [NOTE: In addition to Darwin’s racist comments in The Descent of Man, he also included sexist statements. His evolutionary views led him to believe that “[t]he chief distinction in the intellectual powers of the two sexes is shown by man’s attaining to a higher eminence, in whatever he takes up, than can woman—whether requiring deep thought, reason, or imagination, or merely the use of the senses and hands.... [T]he average of mental power in man must be above that of woman.... [M]an has ultimately become superior to woman” (pp. 873-874).]
One of Darwin’s closest friends and defenders, the prominent 19th-century English biologist Thomas Huxley, was even more direct in his evolutionary-based racist remarks. In his 1865 essay, “Emancipation—Black and White,” Huxley remarked:
It may be quite true that some negroes are better than some white men; but no rational man, cognisant of the facts, believes that the average Negro is the equal, still less the superior, of the white man. And, if this be true, it is simply incredible that, when all his disabilities are removed, and our prognathus relative has a fair field and no favour, as well as no oppressor, he will be able to compete successfully with his bigger-brained and smaller jawed rival, in a contest which is to be carried on by thoughts and not by bites. The highest places in the hierarchy of civilisation will assuredly not be within the reach of our dusky cousins, though it is by no means necessary that they should be restricted to the lowest (emp. added).
According to “Darwin’s Bulldog,” as Huxley was called, the “Negro” is not equal to “the white man.” The alleged smaller-brained, big-jawed negro supposedly cannot compete on the same playing field with the white man. Huxley espoused the false notion that “[t]he highest places in the hierarchy of civilisation will assuredly not be within the reach of our dusky cousins” (1865, emp. added). Little did Huxley know that less then 150 years later an African-American would sit in the highest office of the most wealthy and powerful nation on Earth.
The fact is, Darwinian evolution implies that some groups of humans are closer to our alleged ape-like ancestors in their mental faculties than others. Thus, some groups of humans supposedly are superior to others. The Bible teaches exactly the opposite. There are not different species or races of men; there is just one human race—an intelligent people (see Lyons, 2002)—that God created “in His image” in the beginning (Genesis 1-2; see Lyons and Thompson, 2002), both “male and female” (Genesis 1:27, emp. added). All of humanity descended from Adam and Eve, the first couple (1 Corinthians 15:45; Genesis 3:20), and later Noah, through whom the Earth was repopulated after the Flood (Genesis 6-10). Whether we are red, yellow, black, or white, we share equal value as human beings, God’s image-bearers (Genesis 1:26-28; cf. Romans 10:12). What’s more, all men stand on equal footing before God as sinners (Romans 3:10,23) in need of a Savior (John 8:24; Mark 16:15-16).

REFERENCES

Darwin, Charles (1859), The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life (New York: The Modern Library, reprint).
Darwin, Charles (1871), The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex (New York: The Modern Library, reprint).
Huxley, Thomas (1865), “Emancipation—Black and White,” [On-line], URL:http://aleph0.clarku.edu/huxley/CE3/B&W.html.
Lyons, Eric (2002), “Ancient Nitwits or Knowledgeable Ancestors?” [On-line], URL:http://www.apologeticspress.org/articles/1798.
Lyons, Eric and Bert Thompson (2002), “In the ‘Image and Likeness of God,’” Reason & Revelation [Part I & Part II], 22:17-23,25-31, March/April.




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WRITTEN THAT YOU MAY BELIEVE....by steve finnell


The signs and miracles Jesus performed were written in the Bible that men may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing men may have life in His name.

John 20:29-31 Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believe." 30 And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name. (NKJV)

Why do the various denominations write catechisms aka creed books? Denominations write creed books to indoctrinate its members and future members to accept the ideology, and principles, of their particular denomination.

Denominations do not write creed books to convince men to believe that Jesus is the Christ and the Son of God. The Bible is  conclusive proof that Jesus was a miracle worker, the Christ, and God's Son. Why would anyone need to add to the Bible, or remove doctrine from it.

Denominational creed books are books of division, not of unity in Christ.

Baptist creed books are use to teach Baptist doctrine.

Roman Catholic creed books teach Catholic doctrine.

Episcopal creed books teach Episcopal doctrine.

Mennonite creed books teach Mennonite. doctrine.

Methodist creed books teach Methodist doctrine.

The Bible teaches God's doctrine. The Bible does not teach different denominational doctrines. The Bible does not teach multiple ways of being saved. The Bible teaches about one church, the church of the Lord Jesus Christ.

If creed books are simply repeating Scriptures, then they are not needed. If creed books are adding to or removing Scriptures, then creed books are sinful.