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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

THE THIEF'S PLAN OF SALVATION    by steve finnell


Can men living in the 21st century steal the thief's plan of salvation and be saved? No they cannot. The thief was the one and only person saved by his plan.

What did the thief do to be saved?

1. The thief obviously believed that Jesus was the Christ.(Luke 23:39)
2. The thief feared God.(Luke 23:40)

3. The thief asked Jesus to remember him when He came into His kingdom.(Like 23:42)

THAT WAS THE THIEF'S PLAN OF SALVATION! Yes he was saved (Luke 23:43)

What was not in the thief's plan of salvation?
1. The thief did not believe in his heart that Jesus was raised from the dead by God the Father.(Romans 10:9 that if you confess with they mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead , you will be saved;) The thief could not believe that God raised Jesus from the dead; because Jesus was sill alive when the he was saved.

2. The thief was not baptized for the forgiveness of sins. (Acts 2:38)

3. The thief could not be baptized in water in order to be saved. (Mark 16:16, 1 Peter 3:21)

THE THIEF DIED UNDER THE OLD COVENANT AND GOT A DIRECT PARDON FROM JESUS. Men living today can only be save by the terms of pardon under the New Covenant. 
The terms of pardon are: FAITH John 3:16---REPENTANCE Acts 2:38---CONFESSION Romans 10:9-10---WATER BAPTISM Acts 2:38, 1 Peter 3:21, Mark 16:16.


PEOPLE OF THE 21 CENTURY CANNOT STEAL THE THIEF'S PLAN OF SALVATION AND BE SAVED!   

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

MAN-MADE CREEDS, CATECHISMS, AND OTHER EXTRA-BIBLICAL WRITINGS VERSUS THE BIBLE


1. Man-made writing. The "Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man's; the Son also.......(Doctrine and Covenants 130:22)

The Bible. John 4:24 "God is a Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."(John 4:24 NKJV)

2. Man-made writing. Unbelieving infants are saved by water baptism.

The Bible. Acts 16:31-34 So they said, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.".....33....And immediately he and all his family were baptized. 34.........having believed in God with all his household. (NKJV) Note: All of the Jailers household who were saved believed and were baptized in water. Infants cannot believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. All that were saved believed. Infants are not subjects for baptism. Infants have no sin that needs to be forgiven.

3. Man-made writing. Infants are guilty of inherited sin.

The Bible. Ezekiel 18:20 "The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father...(NKJV)

4. Man-made writing. All men are guilty of Adam's so-called original sin, and are therefore spiritually dead.

The Bible. 1 John 3:4 Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.(NKJV) Matthew 7:21-23......"And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!, (NKJV) Note: Men who are spiritually dead are in that state because they are unrepentant sinners, not because of Adam's so-called original sin.  Men need to commit sin to be guilty of sin.

5. Man-made writing. Water baptism is not essential to have sins forgiven.

The Bible. Acts 2:38.....let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins...(NKJV) Acts 22:16...Arise and be baptized , and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.' (NKJV) Mark 16:16...and is baptized will be saved...


IS WHAT YOU BELIEVE BECAUSE OF MAN-MADE DOCTRINE OR BIBLICAL TRUTH? 

       

THE CREED BOOK OR GOD'S BOOK?   by steve finnell


The majority of denominations use their creed books as the authority in the church for faith and practice. If the final authority is the creed book(catechism), then what purpose would the Bible serve.  The Bible is relegated to a secondary reference book.

If the creed book is the authority. Why read the Bible? Why even own a Bible? There are some who say, we do not have a creed book, we a have statement of faith. Statement of faith is just a euphemistic way of saying creed book.

If denominations claim to use the Bible as their rule for faith and practice, then there would be no need for a man-made creed book.

Acts 17:10-11 Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.

The Berean's  did not search the man-made creed books written by the scribes and elders, to substantiate the truth. The searched the Scriptures.

Acts 17:2-3 Then Paul, as his custom was, went to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3 explaining and demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, "This Jesus whom I preach to you is the Christ."

Paul did not use man-made creed books to teach about Jesus Christ. He reasoned from the Scriptures.

The Pharisees and scribes liked to teach from the man-made creed books of the elders. (Mark 7:1-13....3 For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands in a special way, holding the tradition of the elders....... 13 "making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.")

The Pharisees used man-made creed books as their final authority.

If denominations are using man-made creed books as their final authority for faith and practice, are they not making the word of God of no effect through their tradition?

(Scripture: NKJV)       

Monday, July 21, 2014

Not to Destroy but to Fulfill
by David Vaughn Elliott

Whenever you show by Scripture that Christians are not bound by the Ten Commandments, someone is likely to object on the basis of Matt. 5:17 where Jesus said: "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill." Insight #142 received two such responses.

First of all, realize that "the law" in Matt. 5:17 clearly includes both the Ten Commands and other Old Testament commands. Six times Jesus begins new teachings with variations of "you have heard that it was said..." (verses 21, 27, 31, 33, 38, 43). The first two are quotes of the Ten. However, the other four are from other parts of the law. Thus, whatever Jesus meant by "not destroy," must be applied both to the Ten and to the rest. Jesus said "the law." There is no reason to limit "the law" to just ten commands. 

Secondly, Jesus said He came "to fulfill." What a claim! Who has ever fulfilled the law? "None of you keeps the law" (John 7:19). We must all admit: none of us has fulfilled the law. None? The Bible says, "He that loves another has fulfilled the law" (Rom. 13:8). Jesus always loved. He said: "I have loved you... Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:9, 13). And lay it down He did. For you and for me. Jesus loved and loves us still. He has fulfilled the law.

Scripture says: "Jesus the Son of God... was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin" (Heb. 4:14-15). Jesus did what no adult in human flesh has ever done. He lived without sin. In all of human history, Jesus, and Jesus alone, fulfilled the law.

In the third place, Jesus also fulfilled the prophets. The Gospels often say such things as this: "That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets." After his resurrection, Jesus told his apostles: "These are the words which I spoke unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me" (Luke 24:44). "All things"! Jesus was no failure. He fulfilled all that was written of Him in the prophets. 

Summarizing the above, Jesus did not ignore the law, belittle it, or destroy it. Rather, He lived under the law, He kept the law, and He fulfilled the law! Nor did Jesus disregard the prophets or consider them of no value. Rather, Jesus confirmed the prophets by fulfilling them. 

This prepares us for the verse following Matt. 5:17, where Jesus continued: "Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law." Many people stop reading right there. However, Jesus did not stop there. He added, "till all be fulfilled." What a difference those four words make. Nothing would pass from the law -- until all was fulfilled. Once fulfilled, it could be replaced with something far better. 

Having fulfilled the law, Jesus is called "the end of the law" (Rom. 10:4). He is the end in two senses. The end (purpose) of the law was to prepare the way for Christ (Gal. 3:19, 24). The end (termination) of the law and the bringing in of a new testament came about through Christ's death (Col. 2:14; Heb. 9:15-17). The law made nothing perfect; but Jesus perfectly kept the law, and died on the cross in order to make us perfect. Jesus fulfilled the law, and the prophets, for us. Having fulfilled them, they were replaced with His new Gospel. 
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SMORGASBORD SALVATION?    by steve finnell


Does God offer salvation, buffet style, under the New Covenant? Are there various way to be saved?

The manifold ways men believe they can be saved.

1. Grace Alone Salvation: Meaning that God selects who will be saved and then forces them to believe that Jesus is the Christ.

2. Faith Only Salvation: Meaning all you have to do is believe in Jesus.

3. Universal Salvation: Meaning all men will be saved regardless of belief, or non-belief.

4. All Religions Salvation: Meaning all roads lead to God.

5. Sinner's Prayer Salvation: Meaning just say a form of a sinner's prayer and your sins will be forgiven.

6. Believe and Be Baptized: Meaning believe that Jesus is the Son of God, Lord, Savior, the Christ and was resurrected from the dead by God. And be baptized into Him for the forgiveness of sins.

DID GOD GIVE SALVATION BY SMORGASBORD?

Jesus did not give assorted versions of salvation under the New Covenant.

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

Just one way to be saved. Believe and be baptized.

Acts 2:22-38 ...36 "There let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ......38 ...."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.

Just one way to be saved. Believe and be baptized.

Acts 16:30-33 And he brought them out and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" 31 So they said, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.".....33......And immediately he and all his family were baptized.

Just one way to be saved. Believe and be baptized.

Acts 8:35-38 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. 36 Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said. "See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?" 37 Then Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may.." And he answered and said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. 38.....And Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.

Just one way to be saved. Believe and be baptized.

Acts 10:43-48 :To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.".......47 "Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?" 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord......

Just one way to be saved. Believe and be baptized.

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

Just one way to be saved. Believe and be baptized.

Acts 18:8 The Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his household. And many of the Corinthians , hearing, believed and were baptized.

Just one way to be saved. Believe and be baptized.

THERE IS JUST ONE WAY TO BE SAVED UNDER THE NEW COVENANT. BELIEVE AND BE BAPTIZED.

Jesus never said you are saved by grace alone. (There is no Scripture that states that)

Jesus never said you can be saved by faith only. (There is no Scripture that says that)

Jesus never said that there would be universal salvation. (There is no Scriptures that states that.)

Jesus never said that non-Christians could say a sinner's prayer and be forgiven. (The Scriptures do not say that)

Jesus never said that there are various ways; and assorted prophets that can lead to the Father. (There is no Scripture that states that)

JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY TO THE FATHER AND HE ONLY GAVE US ONE WAY TO BE SAVED. HE THAT BELIEVES AND IS BAPTIZED SHALL BE SAVED!

(Scriptures: NKJV) 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

I WAS BORN SEXUALLY IMMORAL    by steve finnell


Can sexual immorality be excused by blaming it on your DNA? Are adulterers, sexual child predators, fornicators, and homosexuals, innocent of their sins due to a genetic malfunction?

1 John 3:4 Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.

Sin is lawlessness. Sin is not a result of a hereditary genetic defect.

James 1:14-15 But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust.  15 Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.

God does not give out death sentences for inherited DNA. Sin is an individual choice, not a biological mistake.

1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body.

The apostle Paul instructs the Christians at Corinth to flee immorality. You cannot flee immorality if it is inherited through your DNA. Sexual sin is a process of selection; not an inherited certainty.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; Neither fornicators......nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals......will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified  in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

If sexual immorality was in  your DNA there would be nothing you could do to change it. The apostle Paul stated that some of the Christians in Corinth were guilty of sexual immorality, however, he spoke of it in the past tense.

DNA determines your physical characteristics. Sexual immorality is a spiritual condition and therefore, a matter of personal choice.

GOD IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR FOR MAN'S SEXUAL MISCONDUCT!  

Saturday, July 19, 2014

BAPTISMAL CONTRASTS   by steve finnell


Are there contradictions in what is said about baptism between the men in the Bible and what the faith only advocates declare?

BAPTISMAL CONTRASTS EXPOSED.

1. Jesus said, "He who believes and is baptized shall be saved..."(Mark 16:16)

Faith only advocates declare, "He who believes shall be saved and then shall be baptized."

2. Ananias said, "...Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord." (Acts 22:16)

Faith only proponents proclaim, "Saul had had his sins forgiven three days prior on the road to Damascus, the very minute he believed in Jesus."(The real question is why do men make statements that can be proved false by simply reading the Biblical accounts of Saul's conversion.)(Acts 9:1-18, Acts 22:1-16) Saul's sin were forgiven in Damascus, not on the road to Damascus.   

3. The apostle Peter said, "There is also an antitype which now saves us, namely baptism....(1 Peter 3:21)

Faith only defenders profess that water baptism has nothing to do with salvation.

4.The apostle Peter said, "....and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins..."(Acts 2:38)

The champions of faith only doctrine say be baptized because your sins have already been forgiven.

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

Faith only interpreters say Jesus was actually saying, "unless one is born of amniotic fluid and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God."(The question remains, why would Jesus say men have to exist in order to be saved? Existence is self evident. Of course men who were never born of the flesh could ever be saved, because they never lived.)

If the Biblical accounts of water baptism are antithetical to what is found in church creed books, other extra-Biblical books, and what you have been taught all your life, what are you going to believe?

TWO CHOICES, GOD's REVELATION TO MANKIND OR MAN'S REVELATION TO HIMSELF?

(Scripture: NKJV)   

  

Friday, July 18, 2014

TRADITION PRO AND CON    by steve finnell


The never ending debate, over accepting tradition as God's word is easy to conclude. There are two kinds of tradition mentioned in the Bible. 1. Divine tradition and 2. Man-made tradition.

There is an example of divine and non-divine tradition found in the book of Genesis.

DIVINE TRADITION: Genesis 2:16-17 The Lord God commanded the man, saying, "From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; 17 but from the tree of the knowledge of the good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die."

NON-DIVINE TRADITION: Genesis 3:1-4 .....3 but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.' 4 The serpent said to the woman, "You surely will not die!

Serpent-made tradition and man-made tradition are one and the same. Any traditional teaching that is contrary to Scripture is man-made tradition.

DIVINE TRADITION: 2 Thessalonians 2:15 So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy were not teaching traditions that contradicted the Scriptures. Their traditions were Scriptures.

DIVINE TRADITION: 2 Peter 3:15-17 .....just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, 16 as also in his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures....

What the apostles wrote were Scriptures. What the apostles wrote did not contradict the Bible. What the apostles wrote, was the Bible.

DIVINE TRADITION: 2 Timothy 3:14-17 You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have know the sacred writings, which are able to give you wisdom that leads to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God....

Timothy learned wisdom that lead to salvation from sacred writings. Timothy did not learn the truth about salvation from man-made creed books and catechisms that contradict the Scriptures.

MAN-MADE TRADITIONS: Mark 7:1-9 ......7 'But in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.'....9 He was also saying to them, "You are experts at setting aside the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition.

MAN-MADE TRADITIONS: Colossians 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception,according to the traditions of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.

EXAMPLES OF MAN-MADE TRADITIONS

MAN-MADE TRADITION: "The Father has a body of flesh and bone as tangible as man's."

DIVINE TRADITION: John 4:23-24 ....the Father... 24 God is a spirit, and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth."

Man-made traditions do not invalidate the divine traditions found in the Bible. So-called new revelations do not void the Bible.

MAN-MADE TRADITION: Absolution is the remission of sin, or the punishment due sin granted by the Church.

DIVINE TRADITION: Micah 7:18 Who is God like you who pardons iniquity...." Mark 2:7 ....He is blaspheming; who can forgive sins but God alone ?"

The Bible trumps church catechisms and creed books.

MAN -MADE TRADITION: Water baptism has nothing to do with the forgiveness of sin, and is not essential for salvation! Men are saved before being immersed in water.

DIVINE TRADITION: Acts 2:38 ....baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins...
Mark 16:16...has been baptized shall be saved...
1 Peter 3:21...baptism now saves you...
Acts 22:16...be baptized, and wash away your sins...


DIVINE TRADITIONS ARE FOUND IN THE BIBLE AND THE BIBLE ALONE!

GOD DOES NOT WRITE CREED BOOKS, CATECHISMS, MODERN-DAY BOOKS OF REVELATION, BOOKS ABOUT THE BIBLE, BIBLE COMMENTARIES, STATEMENTS OF FAITH ETC.

IF CHURCH TRADITION CONTRADICTS THE BIBLE; THEY ARE MAN-MADE TRADITIONS! THE FIRST NON-DIVINE TRADITION WAS "SERPENT-MADE TRADITION" HMMMMMMM???  


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Snuff
 Said…..

Dear Brother Faull,
I sometimes chew and
snort snuff. I do not see
anything wrong with it.


* First, the Bible does not mention it as a sin.
* Second, it is not the same as smoking.
* Third, It can be hid easier than smoking and no one
 need know you even do it.
* Fourth, it does not give the second hand smoke
 problem to other people.
* Fifth, It is my business, my money, and no one should
 judge me.
I have always found you fair and honest on a sincere
question and brutally honest and truthful. What do you
say? Do I have stinking thinking?
ANSWER:
Well, on the first point you’re right. The Bible does not
mention it. But I could say it does not mention snorting
heroin, or crack either. What does that prove?
Do you honestly think the devil did not invent new vices in
the last 2000 years? Tobacco was not known until 1492
when they found those in Cuba using it and then Spanish
people brought it to Spain and finally it spread to other
countries. They never used it in Bible lands.
What did you expect, a prophecy in the Bible that in years
to come men will chew, snort, and smoke a foul plant that
will be very hard on men and women's health that it will be
sinful?
Your argument that nothing is sin unless specifically
mentioned as sin in the Bible is obviously ludicrous. The
Christian learns by Bible principles and then applies them
to current practices that Satan uses to ensnare people
into habits that are contrary to man’s good.
Your second point is obviously true. Snorting tobacco or
chewing tobacco is different than smoking it. However,
smokeless tobacco, like a can of snuff or dip, contains
approximately 144 milligrams of nicotine. That is equal to
80 cigarettes!!!
A can of Skoal is equal to four packs of cigarettes. So if
you take it daily you are exposed to a lot of nicotine. In
addition, you will be taking into your system hundreds of
chemicals that puts your health at risk. It takes days for it
to leave the body.
Your third point is possibly true. You may be able to hide
it, but why should a Christian have to hide anything? That
sounds like hypocrisy to me. It will show up in a urine test
and keep you from getting a non-tobacco rate on health
and life insurance or even a job! It seems to me that
anything you have to hide ought to be suspect to a
Christian who is trying to perfect holiness in the fear of the
Lord.
I would think any habit a Christian has should be able to
be recommended to others. If you cannot recommend it to
the brethren, and have to sneak around to do it, as far as
my thinking is concerned, is sufficient reason to avoid it.
Besides, you can be sure your sin can find you out. There
will be payday some day.
The smokeless tobacco causes white spots (leukoplakia)
on your lips and the oral cancer you may get may reveal
your little secret.
Oral cancer is 80% higher and 60% higher for pancreatic
and esophageal cancer than in non-users). Incidentally,
do you recommend it to your sons and daughters; why
not? Are you afraid they will get gum disease
(periodontal) and lose teeth that are common from this
vice? The label on the can warns about that.
I am told it is a very hard habit to break and read on the
internet that users say they had a hard time of going two
or three hours without a snort. I may add that there are
literally hundreds of additional chemicals besides the
nicotine in the product.
Your fourth point is true. There is no secondhand smoke,
but I think maybe I prefer that than stepping in spittle or
watching someone clean out a spittoon. Do you make
your wife do that or do you just swallow it and endanger
your health even more? (Ulcers, etc.)
"From the cowardice that
shrinks from new truth, from the
laziness that is content with half
truths, from the arrogance that
thinks it knows all truth, O, God
of Truth, deliver us."2 THE GOSPEL UNASHAMED July 2014
Your fifth argument is one I hear a lot of people use. I
have heard many use that excuse for chewing and
smoking, snorting, drinking, piercing, tattooing, abortion,
and gambling.
Now since God has spoken about that, I think you should
not use that argument. If you’re a Christian, you are not
your own, you have been bought with a price and you are
to glorify God in your body and spirit, which are His. Your
body is His temple. I Corinthians 6:19-20
If this vice had existed in the days of Solomon's temple,
would you have had a snort while there? So why snort in
his temple today?
You are specifically told as a Christian, "Whether
therefore ye eat or drink or whatsoever ye do, do all to the
glory of God and do not give offence, neither to the Jew,
nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God.” 1
Corinthians 10:31-32
Romans 14:21, “It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink
wine, nor anything whereby your brother stumble, or is
offended, or is made weak.”
You also are told it would be better not to be born or
drown than to cause a child to stumble, and that we must
take heed that we do not despise children. Luke 12:1-2
The Indiana Quitline (from where I got some of the above
stats) gives links to prove that snorters are much more
likely to go to other tobacco and stronger drugs.
So I would say that since it is a vice that enslaves men to
a drug and it is a very questionable hygiene proven to be
unhealthy and a waste of your finances (which means
poor stewardship) and causes a loss of influence for
Christ, it should be avoided by those who wish to please
the Lord. You do not have the right to throw away the
influence you could have for Him for a gross habit.
You might also want to read Psalms 103:2-5, which
shows that God heals us from our disease, and fills our
mouth with good things that causes us to have renewed
strength like an eagle.
Sure seems to me that you are acting contrary to that
prayer and therefore are not pursuing the Will of God as a
saint. Sorry to be so hard on you but I know you would
want me to tell you what I honestly think. I trust you will
not be angry and offended but just use these thoughts for
an examination of your thinking.
Remember, we write only from concern for your
usefulness in the Kingdom.

TO REJECT BAPTISM?    by steve finnell


What message is being broadcast when men reject water baptism outright or the purpose of baptism?

JOHN'S BAPTISM.

Luke 7:29 And when all the people heard him, even the tax collectors justified God, having been baptized with the baptism of John. (NKJV)

Luke 7:29 When all the people and the tax collectors heard this,  they acknowledged God's justice, having been baptized  with the baptism of John. (NASB)

Luke 7:29 And all who heard John preach---even the most wicked of them---agreed that God's requirements were right, and they were baptized by him. (The Living Bible ---Paraphrased)

What were the requirements that John was preaching? The requirements were the baptism of repentance for the remission of sin and to believe in Jesus who was to come.(Mark 1:4, Acts 19:4)

The requirements under the New Covenant are to believe in Jesus, repent and be baptized in water. (Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16, Romans 10:9-10)

Do believers in Christ agree that God's requirements under the New Covenant are right, even though the requirements include water baptism? Some do, but others do not.

Luke 7:30 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him. (NKVV)

Luke 7:30 But the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected God's purpose for themselves, not having been baptized by John. (NASB)

Luke 7:30 All, that is, except the Pharisees and teachers of Moses.They rejected God's plan for them and refused John's baptism.  (The Living Bible --- Paraphrased)

The Pharisees and lawyers rejected God's plan. The evidence was that they rejected, the water baptism, that was administered by John.

Are the believers in Christ who reject God's purpose for water baptism under the New Covenant rejecting the counsel of God? Are they rejecting God's purpose? Are they reject God's plan for themselves?

Take note that the Jews who were baptized by John the Baptist did not say, our baptism was not essential for the remission of sins. They did not say our sins were forgiven the minute we repented and then we were immersed in water as a testimony of our faith. They did not say the reason we were baptized is so we could join the church of John the Baptist. They did not say that their friends and relatives who had repented, but died before they had time to be baptized still had their sins forgiven. They did not say that baptism was simply an act of obedience, but had nothing to do with the forgiveness of their sins. They did not invent a doctrine "Saved by Repentance Alone," in order to change the purpose of the baptism of John.


Water baptism performed by John the Baptist was in order to receive forgiveness of sin.

Water baptism performed under the New Covenant (Christian Baptism) is in order to have sins forgiven.

 REJECTING THE PURPOSE OF WATER BAPTISM IS TANTAMOUNT TO REJECTING WATER BAPTISM!   

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

THE SPIRIT-THE WATER-THE BLOOD   by steve finnell


In order to discredit the words of Jesus when He said "...and has been baptized shall be saved,"(Mark 16:16) you have to discount THE SPIRIT-THE WATER-and-THE BLOOD. It cannot be accomplished without ignoring, or perverting God's word.

1 John 5:5-8 Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 6 This is the One who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not with water only, but with water and with blood. It is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is truth. 7 For there are three that testify: 8 the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three are in agreement.


THE SPIRIT-THE WATER-THE BLOOD


Matthew 3:15-17 But Jesus answering said to him, "Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." The he permitted Him. 16 After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, 17 and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, "This is My beloved Son,in whom I am well-pleased.


WATER AND SPIRIT CONNECTION. Even though Jesus was without sin He had to be baptized in order to fulfill all righteousness. A water and Spirit connection is seen here, just as the water and Spirit connection is seen in (Acts 2:38).


John 19:34 But one of the soldiers pieced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.


A BLOOD AND WATER CONNECTION


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.


A WATER AND SPIRIT CONNECTION


Titus 3:5-6 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. 6 whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,


THE WATER-THE SPIRIT-THE BLOOD-CONNECTION. The water (the washing of regeneration). The Spirit (renewing by the Holy Spirit). The blood (through Jesus Christ our Savior).


Acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord  and Christ---this Jesus whom you crucified." 
Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.


THE SPIRIT (the gift of the Holy Spirit)
THE WATER (baptized for the forgiveness of sins)
THE BLOOD (this Jesus whom you crucified) 


2 Corinthians 1:20-22 For as many are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us. 21 Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God, 22 who sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge.


GOD GAVE HIS SPIRIT TO CHRISTIANS AS PLEDGE AFTER THEY BELIEVED AND WERE BAPTIZED IN WATER. GOD DID NOT SEAL CHRISTIANS BEFORE THEY WERE SAVED.


THE SPIRIT AND THE WATER AND THE BLOOD; AND THESE THREE ARE IN AGREEMENT. (1 John 5:8)


THE SPIRIT--- (THE HOLY SPIRIT)
THE WATER--- (BAPTISM)
THE BLOOD---(THE BLOOD OF JESUS)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

PRIDE, THE GENESIS OF SIN   by steve finnell


Pride is an inordinate opinion of one's own dignity, importance, merit or superiority.

Satan fell because of pride. That was the genesis of sin.

Ezekiel 28:11-17....."Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; You corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground, I laid you before kings, That they may gaze at you.
Isaiah 14:12-14 "How you are fallen from heaven,  O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! 13 For you have said in your heart: "I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High."

Satan had a pride problem. He thought he was as smart as God. Satan believed he could be a God and equal to God. Satan had a pride problem.

DO SOME BELIEVERS IN CHRIST HAVE A PRIDE PROBLEM?

1 Timothy 3:1-6....6 not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil.

Even leaders in the church can become victims of pride.

When men deny obvious Biblical facts, is that not pride rearing its ugly head?

When men deny that Jesus said "He who believes and is baptized will be saved.... (Mark 16:16), is it not pride that prevents men from admitting they have been wrong in declaring that water baptism is not essential for salvation? Are men smarter than Jesus? How much pride does a man have to have to deny the clear teachings of the Scriptures.


When men are confronted with God's truth and still deny it, what but pride is the cause?

PRIDE

Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.

Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom.

Proverbs 29:23 A man's pride will bring him low, But the humble in spirit will retain honor.

Pride causes men to believe their own opinions and the opinions of other men at the expense of the clear teaching of God, which is found in the Bible and the Bible alone.

Pride forms man's opinions based on his own thoughts.

Pride is evident when men believe their creed books and reject the teaching of Scripture.

Pride can be destroyed if men will prayerfully search the Scriptures asking God to reveal His truth.

 LOOKING FOR CONFORMATION OF YOUR OWN THOUGHTS AND, OR THE CREEDS WRITTEN BY MEN, IS  EVIDENCE OF PRIDE.

WHAT DOES BIBLE STUDY WITHOUT PRAYER PRODUCE? NOT MUCH.
  

Monday, July 14, 2014

TRANSUBSTANTIATION?   by steve finnell


The doctrine of transubstantiation is, that when a priest prays over the wine and bread at communion, that the wine turns into the literal blood of Jesus and the bread turns into the literal body of Christ. 

The proof text: Matthew 26:26-29 And as they were eating, Jesus took the bread, blessed it and broke it, gave it to the disciples and said, "Take eat; this is My body." 27 Then He took  the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it all of you. 28 "For this is My blood of which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 29 "But I say to you , I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom."

Does it seem logical that Jesus was eating His own blood and eating His own body. Jesus had not even shed His blood at that time. Jesus said He would be drinking the fruit of the vine with His disciples in His Father's kingdom. Jesus did not tell His disciples He would be drinking His own blood with them.

The body and blood were symbolic, they were metaphors, they were figurative, they were not literal.

Jesus said He was the door. It was symbolic, a metaphor, figurative, He was not a literal door. (John 10:7-9)

Jesus said He was the vine. He was not a literal vine, it was symbolic, figurative, a metaphor. (John 15:15)

Jesus said My sheep hear My voice. Jesus did not mean literal sheep. He was using a figure of speech, it was symbolic, it was a metaphor.(John 10:3)

Jesus shed His literal blood on the cross. His body was literally broken. When Jesus was talking about the Lord's Supper, the body and blood were symbolic, they were figurative, they were metaphors. The fruit of the vine and bread used in communion represent the body and blood of Christ. THEY ARE NOT THE LITERAL BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST.

(Scripture: NKJV) 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

HARD QUESTIONS?  by Steve Finnell


1. If a person believes in Jesus, but states that there are many Saviors and  that there are myriad avenues to heaven; is that person a brother in the body of Christ or simply a believer in Christ?

Multiple choice.
A. Brother in the body of Christ?
B. Believer in Christ?

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)

2.  If a man claims to know Jesus, and then says unrepentant  atheists can go to heaven if they do good works, what is that man's status?

Multiple choice.
A. Brother in the body of Christ?
B. Believer in Christ?

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." (NKVV)

3. If a person claims to be a preacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and then says you do not even have to know the name of Jesus to part of the body of Christ nor to be saved; what would be the situation of that man?

Multiple choice.
A. Brother in the body of Christ?
B. Believer in Christ?

4. If a demon believes in Jesus, what would be his status?

Multiple choice.
A Brother in the body of Christ?
B. Believer in Christ?

Matthew 8:28-29...two demon-possessed men...29 And suddenly they cried out, saying, "What have we to do with You Jesus, You Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?" (NKJV)

5. If a person confesses Jesus as Lord and Savior but refuses to be baptized in water, what would be his situation?

Multiple choice.
A. Brother in the body of Christ?
B. Believer in Christ?

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

6. If a person claims Jesus as Savior and then offers up prayers to the Pope, the Virgin Mary and other dead saints, what would be that persons situation?

Multiple choice.
A. Brother in the body of Christ?
B. Believer in Christ?

Luke 11:2 So He said to them, "When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven....(NKJV)
1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Jesus Christ. (NKJV)

7. If a person says Jesus is my Lord and Savior, however, believing if not essential for salvation. Water baptism is not essential for salvation. Believing in the bodily resurrection of  Jesus is not essential for salvation. What would be the status of that person?

Multiple choice.
A. Brother in the body of Christ?
B. Believer in Christ?

John 3:16
Acts 2:38
Romans 10:9

HARD QUESTIONS?