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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

JOINING A DENOMINATION?    by steve finnell


What are the spiritual benefits of joining a denominational church?

1. Joining a denominational church does not bestow forgiveness of sins.
2. Joining a denomination does not grant you admission into the body of Christ.
3. Joining a denomination does not save anyone.
4. Joining a denomination does not make you part of the kingdom of God on earth. 

The Scriptures do not speak of joining a denomination; nor do they tell us to join any church.

The Lord adds the saved to His church. You cannot join the Lord's church. You cannot buy your way into the Lord's church. You cannot inherit membership in the the Lord's church.

THE LORD ADDS THE SAVED TO HIS CHURCH!

Acts 2:47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.

WHY WERE THEY BEING SAVED, AND ADDED TO THE CHURCH BY THE LORD HIMSELF?

A. They were being added because they believed the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. (Acts 2:29-32)
B. They were being added because they accepted Jesus as Lord and Christ. (Acts 2:36)
C. They were being added because they obeyed the apostle Peter's command to repent and be baptized in water. (Acts 2:27-38)
D. They were being added to the church because they believed Peter's word and were baptized. (Acts 2:40-41)

The 3000 on the Day of Pentecost were added to the church by the Lord, because they were saved!

THEY DID NOT JOIN A DENOMINATIONAL CHURCH NOR WAS ANY CHRISTIAN IN THE FIRST CENTURY EVER TOLD TO JOIN ANY CHURCH OF ANY KIND!

THE LORD ADDS THE SAVED TO HIS CHURCH, YOU CANNOT JOIN IT!

   

Monday, September 1, 2014

MARY AND MAN-MADE TRADITION   by steve finnell


A couple of myths about the Virgin Mary.

1. Myth: The Virgin Mary was a perpetual virgin.

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

King James Version. Matthew 1:25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.

Holman Christian Standard Bible. 1:25 but did not know her intimately until she gave birth to a son. And he named Him Jesus.

2. Myth: The assumption of the Virgin Mary. The assumption is that Mary was bodily taken up into heaven.

New International Version. 1 Corinthians 15:50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
 
King James Bible. 1 Corinthians 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

New Living Translation. 1 Corinthians 15:50 What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that our physical bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. These dying bodies cannot inherit what will last forever.

When church catechisms, creed books, and other man-made traditions contradict what is written in the Bible is it not time to trust the Scriptures and the Scriptures alone for the truth about faith and practice.

You can trust the Bible as God's word or you can trust man-made tradition, however, cannot trust both.    

FALSE CHRISTS   by steve finnell


There have been many who have claimed that they were Jesus Christ and some living today who make that assertion. If Christ has returned that would mean the entire world would have to be deaf, blind and void of all senses.

Jesus warned of false Christs: Matthew 24:5 For many will come in My name, saying, I am the Christ,' and will mislead many.

There are false Christs living today and they have followers.

WHAT IS THE SAFEGUARD AGAINST BEING DECEIVED?
ANSWER: SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES.

2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.

You would have to be a very sound sleeper to miss the Lord's return. No, you would have to be in a coma as the world has never known.

1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.

Even the liberal media and main stream press will not be able to hide that event from the world. The return of Christ will not go unnoticed.

Revelation 1:7 Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen.

WHEN JESUS RETURNS EVERY EYE WILL SEE HIM AND THEY WILL NOT NEED AN I-PAD, A SATELLITE DISH, NOR CABLE TV TO SEE HIM!


(All Scripture quotes from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)     

Sunday, August 31, 2014

POSSIBLE CONTEMPORARY INTERPRETATIONS   by steve finnell


How do you suppose the story  of Naaman  being cured of leprosy might have been presented if it was told by contemporary theologians? What doctrinal positions might have they proclaimed?


2 Kings 5:3 She said to her mistress, "I wish that my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! Then he would cure him of his Leprosy."


POSSIBLE CONTEMPORARY INTERPRETATION: The only requirement mentioned to have leprosy cured is to be present with the prophet. "PRESENCE ALONE" cures leprosy.


2 Kings 5:10 Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, "Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh will be restored to you and you will be clean."


POSSIBLE CONTEMPORARY INTERPRETATION: In the original Greek language "will be restored," actually means, already has been restored.


POSSIBLE CONTEMPORARY INTERPRETATION: Water cannot wash away leprosy. That would be nothing but works. Man can do nothing to be cleansed of leprosy. God does it all.


2 Kings 5:11 But Naaman was furious and went away and said, "Behold, I thought, 'He will surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place and cure the leper.'


POSSIBLE CONTEMPORARY INTERPRETATION: Naaman was correct. Just have the prophet say the sinners prayer and waver his hand and Naaaman's leprosy would have been cured. Explanation: washing seven times in the Jordan river was just an act of obedience, it had nothing to do with curing leprosy.


2 Kings 5:14 So he went went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child and he was clean.


POSSIBLE CONTEMPORARY INTERPRETATION: Namman dipped, poured or sprinkled himself seven times because his leprosy has already been cured.


POSSIBLE CONTEMPORARY INTERPRETATION: Naaman's baptism was a spiritual baptism. There was no water in the river and water does not mean water anyway.


POSSIBLE CONTEMPORARY INTERPRETATION: Naaman baptized himself in water seven times so he could join the local church.


POSSIBLE CONTEMPORARY INTERPRETATION: Naaman's flesh was restored because he had faith in the God of the prophet Elisha. Faith alone washes away leprosy. Baptism in the dirty river Jordan was not essential to cleanse leprosy!


POSSIBLE CONTEMPORARY EXPLANATION: The entire 5th chapter of second Kings has been mistranslated. You really cannot trust the Bible.


IT WAS ESSENTIAL FOR NAAMAN TO DIP (BAPTIZE) HIMSELF IN THE JORDAN RIVER SEVEN TIMES TO HAVE HIS LEPROSY WASHED AWAY! 


WHEN IT COMES TO CHRISTIAN BAPTISM WOULD IT NOT BE BETTER TO BELIEVE GOD'S WORD WITHOUT TRYING TO EXPLAIN AWAY THE TRUTH THAT DOES NOT CONFORM TO YOUR DOCTRINAL POSITIONS?


HAVING A HONEST, PRAYERFUL, UNBIASED APPROACH IS ESSENTIAL TO UNDERSTANDING THE "WORD OF GOD."


(All Scripture quotes from:NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)     

Saturday, August 30, 2014

SCRIPTURES CONCERNING MARRIAGE, DIVORCE, REMARRIAGE, ADULTERY, FORNICATION, and SEXUAL IMMORALITY??????   by steve finnell


I would like say I do not have the answers to the subject questions. The following are some Scriptures for your consideration. I would suggest a prayerful meditation.

Matthew 5:28 "But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. (NKJV)

Mark 7:21"For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,(NKJV)

Matthew 5:32 "But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery. (NKJV)

Hebrews 13:4 Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge. (NKJV)

1 Timothy 4:1-3 ...some will depart from the faith....2. speaking lies in hypocrisy....3 forbidding to marry.....(NKJV)

1 Corinthians 6:16-18 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For "The two," He says, "shall become one flesh."....18 Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. (NKJV)

1 Corinthians 5:1-9 ........I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. 10 Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world....11 But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is a fornicator......not even eat with such a person. (NKJV)

Romans 7:2-3 For the woman who has a husband is bound as long as he lives. But if he dies, she is released from the law of her husband. 3 So then if, while her husband lives, she marries another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another man. (NKJV)

Ephesians 5:3-6...........5 For this you know, that no fornicator....has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God 6......the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. (NKJV)

2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteous with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? (NKJV)

Revelation 21:8 ....sexually immoral...shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." (NKJV)

Colossians 3:5-10 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication.........6 Because of these things the wrath of God  is coming upon the sons of disobedience.......(NKJV)

Galatians 5:19-21.....adultery, fornication.....21......those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (NKJV)

1 Thessalonians 4:3-8 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality.....8 Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit. (NKJV)

Matthew 19:3-9......9"And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries he who is divorced commits adultery." (NKJV)

Luke 16:18 :Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced from her husband commits adultery. (NKJV)

Mark 10:11-12 So He said to them, "Whoever divorces is wife and marries another commits adultery against her. 12 "And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery." (NKJV)

1 Corinthians 7:1-9
1 Corinthians 7:10-16
1 Corinthians 7:25-40

1 Corinthians 6:8-11....9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?....Neither fornicators...nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10......will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and the Spirit of our God. (NKJV)

Notice that the sexual sins of the Corinthian Christians were referred to in the past tense. I know of no verse of Scripture where God excuses the unrepentant practice of sexual immorality. 



  

  

  



THE ELECTED!   by steve finnell


Can those elected by God resist that calling?

ELECT-ELECTED-ELECTION: Defined (Adjective, signifies picked out, chosen.) (Noun, denotes a picking out, selection, then, that which is chosen).

Elected means chosen. There is a view held by many that when God elects or chooses people that they cannot resist God's calling. Israel was God's elect or chosen people. God did not just select certain Jews to be saved and other Jews to be lost. Salvation was offered to the whole nation of Israel.

Deuteronomy 7:6 For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the people who are on the face of the earth.

The Jews were God's elect. Did any of them ever reject that election? Yes they did; because they had free-will.

1 Samuel 8:7 The Lord said to Samuel, "Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them.

They rejected God as king.

Numbers 14:11 The Lord said to Moses, "How long will this people spurn Me? And how long will they not believe in Me, despite all the signs which I have performed in their midst?

These people were the elect of God, but they would not believe in Him. Even though they were God's elect He did not force them to believe and obey Him. THEY HAD FREE-WILL.

Acts 7:51 "You men who are stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears are always resisting the Holy Spirit; you are doing just as your fathers did.

Israel was God's chosen people; they were His elect, however, they always resisted the Holy Spirit. Most of them rejected Jesus as the Christ. THEY HAD FREE-WILL.

Does God arbitrarily condemn some men to hell and elect a chosen few for salvation? NO, HE DOES NOT!

WHO ARE THE ELECT OF GOD TODAY? 

Acts 10:34-43 Opening his mouth, Peter said: "I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality, 35 but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him. 36......Jesus Christ....43 Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness from sins.   

WHO ARE THE ELECT OF GOD TODAY? All who believe in Jesus Christ. Yes, everyone has the chance to become the elect, the chosen of God.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

WHO ARE GOD'S CHOSEN PEOPLE? WHO ARE GOD'S ELECT? EVERY JEW AND EVERY GENTILE WHO MEETS GOD'S TERMS FOR PARDON UNDER THE NEW COVENANT ARE THE ELECT OF GOD. THEY ARE ALL GOD'S CHOSEN PEOPLE.

GOD HAS OFFERED SALVATION TO ALL WHO BELIEVE IN JESUS THE CHRIST.  

Friday, August 29, 2014

PREDESTINATION A CALVINISTIC MISCONCEPTION!   by steve finnell


John Calvin is given credit for the contemporary view of predestination. That belief, is that God selected a few to be saved and go to heaven and the rest to be thrown into the lake of fire. What does the Bible teach?

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

If God already has selected the saved and they cannot resist salvation, why would God have to be patient?

If  God does not wish for any to perish why would He select only few to be saved?

Matthew 18:14 So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that any of these little ones perish.

Calvinists say the Father wants the majority of children to perish. Jesus said the Father does not want even one of these children to perish. Are the Calvinists correct or is Jesus correct?

1 Timothy 2:3-4 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

John Calvin evidently does not believe "all" men includes everyone.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also the Greek.

Christians are wasting a lot time preaching and teaching the gospel if the defined number to be saved has already been established.

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 

Calvinists would have you believe that God sent His only Son to die for a select few.

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

Jesus died for everyone. Even in the original Greek, everyone means everyone. It does not mean a predestined few.

2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 dealing out retribution to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,

I ask you one question, would a loving and just God predestined men to hell and then punish them for not obeying the gospel? Where is the logic in that?

1 John 2:2 and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins;  and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.

Jesus is the atoning sacrifice for the whole world. How arrogant would one have to be to think God selected one man for salvation, but selected his next door neighbor to burn in hell? MEN A HAVE CHOICE WHERE THEY WILL SPEND ETERNITY!

Romans 10:13 for "Whoever will call on the name of  the Lord will be saved."

How many times does God have to say EVERYONE who.

Saul called on His name and so can everyone who believes, repents, confesses Christ, and is immersed in water.

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

You cannot reach the conclusion that predestination is a Biblical concept without referring to Bible commentaries, creed books, and other books written by men.

You can trust John Calvin or the Bible, you have the free-will to do so.

IT TAKES A SKILLED PROFESSIONAL TO CONVINCE MEN THEY HAVE BEEN PRESELECTED FOR SALVATION, BUT OTHERS HAVE BEEN PRESELECTED TO BE THROWN INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE!

PREDESTINATION AND ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED STAND OR FALL TOGETHER!

    

  

Thursday, August 28, 2014

THE OCCULT  by steve finnell


God condemns all occult practices. Sorry, Harry Potter fans, there is no such thing as good wizards and witches.

Deuteronomy 18:9-12 "When you enter the land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the detestable things of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12 For whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord; and because of these detestable things the Lord your God will drive them out before you.

God does not approve of any occult practices!

Galatians 5:19-21 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are:.......20...sorcery....21 those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

There is no white witchcraft in God's world. All occult practices are denounced by God.

Revelation 21:8 But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murders and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death."

THOSE WHO ARE INVOLVED IN OCCULT PRACTICES NEED TO REPENT; AS DO ALL WHO MAKE SIN A PRACTICED ART-FORM.

NOTE: DID YOU EVER NOTICE MOST  CHURCHES WILL NOT TOLERATE THEIR MEMBERS TO ENGAGE IN OCCULT PRACTICES, BUT WELCOME THOSE CHRISTIANS INTO THE FELLOWSHIP, WHO ARE INVOLVED IN SEXUAL IMMORALITY?

THE UNREPENTANT SORCERERS AND UNREPENTANT IMMORAL PERSONS WILL BE TOGETHER IN THE LAKE OF FIRE!           

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ABSTINENCE OF ALCOHOL?   by steve finnell


Far too many Christians like to defend social drinking. The question is which is the better lifestyle for Christians and non-believers alike? Two choices 1. Total abstinence. 2.Social drinking.

The downside to social drinking.

1. Had Noah not been a social drinker he would have not gotten drunk. (Genesis 9:20-26)

2. If Lot had not been a social drinker he would not have gotten drunk and committed incest. (Genesis 20:30-38)

3. If men were not social drinkers they would not become poor due to their drunkenness. (Proverbs 23:21)

4. Social drinking precedes drunken men staggering in their own vomit.(Isaiah 19:14)

5. Non-social drinkers are not lead astray by intoxicating drinks. (Proverbs 20:1)

6.  Teetotalers will never be prevented from entering the kingdom of God because of their unrepentant drunkenness.(Galatians 5:21...drunkenness....those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.)

The upside of abstinence.

1. Teetotaler will never suffer from alcohol poisoning.

2. Teetotalers will not have to endure liver disease induce by alcohol consumption.

3. Teetotalers will not experience dementia that is cased by alcohol abuse.

4. Teetotalers will not be affected my the adversity of cognitive function brought on by mild to moderate drinking.

5. Teetotalers will not commit crimes while under the influence of alcohol.

6. Teetotalers will not abuse their families due the influence of alcohol.

7. Teetotaler will not be unemployable due alcohol abuse.

Statistics from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.
Alcohol use was a factor in: 37% of rapes, 15% of robberies, 27% of aggravated assaults, and 25% of simple assaults.

There has never been a single person killed by a teetotaler in drunk-driver accident caused by alcohol consumption.

CAN ANYONE HONESTLY DEFEND  SOCIAL DRINKING?      

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

DID THE APOSTLE PAUL PRAISE FALSE TEACHERS?   by steve finnell

Did the apostles Paul praise the false teachers of his generation and of past generations?

What was Paul's attitude concerning the Judaizers and those who lied about the resurrection?

THE JUDAIZERS: Galatians 5:4 You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.(NKJV)

LIED ABOUT THE RESURRECTION: 2 Timothy 2:17-18 And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort, 18 who have strayed concerning the truth, saying the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some.

You will notice the apostle Paul did recommend any books that were written by the Judaizers, Hymenaeus, nor Philetus. Paul did not commend them by quoting them in a positive light. The apostle Paul did not applaud, nor advocate reading books and Bible commentaries written by these men. The apostle Paul did praise men who were guilty of perverting the doctrines of God.

What was Paul's message concerning those who pervert God's word?
Galatians 1:6-9 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so I now say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. (NKJV)
Galatians 1:6-9........8 Let God's curses fall on anyone, including myself, who preaches any other way to be saved than the one we told you about; yes, if an angel comes from heaven and preaches any other message, let him be forever cursed.........(The Living Bible---Paraphrased)

That was Paul's message to those who pervert God's plan of salvation.

The message we hear from Christian leaders today is quite different. Their message we hear all too often is to praise the books of those who pervert God's doctrine, recommend buying their Bible commentaries, quote them in a positive light, extol the virtues of their teaching methods, and applaud their accomplishments.

Why would Christian leaders praise men who?

1. Deny that water baptism is essential for salvation.

2. Claim there will not be a bodily resurrection from the grave.

3. Teach that men are saved by grace alone.

4. Proclaim that men are saved by faith only.

5. Declare that their denomination can add to the Scriptures, because God is reveling new truths through their religious leaders.

6. Teach that their denomination (their church)  is the final authority in faith and practice and that the Bible is simply an aid to their truth.

The apostle Paul did not  praise false teachers. The question remains, why do Christian leaders of today applaud the works of those who pervert God's message.            

Monday, August 25, 2014

MODERN DAY APOSTLES?   by steve finnell


What do modern day apostles believe about themselves?

Do they believe they are receiving direct revelation from God the Father? Do they think that their words are Scripture? Do they believe that when they record their thoughts in church catechisms and new books of revelation they writing Scripture inspired by God?

What does the Bible say about the apostles chosen by Jesus Christ?

1. Galatians 1:1Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead).(NKJV)

Have those who claimed to be modern day apostles had a Damascus road experience? Where they chosen directly by Jesus.

2. Galatians 1:11-12 But I make known to you , brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. 12 For I neither received if from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.(NKJV)

Have men today who believe that they are apostles because of apostolic succession received revelation through Jesus Christ?

3. 2 Peter 3:15-16 ...Paul, accord to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, 16 as also in all of his epistles.....as they do also the rest of the Scriptures. (NKJV)

All of the apostle Paul's letters were, in fact, Scriptures. Are the writings in church catechisms and books of, so-called, new revelation, Scriptures inspired by God?

4. 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)

Jesus told the apostles the Holy Spirit would teach them all things. Which of the modern day apostles did Jesus say that?

5. 2 Timothy 3:15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.(NKJV)

Do the modern day apostles write Holy Scriptures in their creed books and so books of new revelation? Can their writing make men wise to salvation?

6. 2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God...

The writings of the apostles chosen by Jesus Christ were God breathed Scripture. 

Who believes that the writings of modern day apostles are God breathed Scriptures? I, for one, do not believe that they are writing Scripture.

If what the modern day apostles are writing in their creed books, church catechisms, and books of new revelation are not Scripture, then of what value are they?

Modern day revelation that is synonymous with the Bible is unnecessary.

Modern day revelation that contradicts the Bible is false doctrine.

THERE ARE NO MODERN DAY APOSTLES THAT ARE SENT BY GOD THE FATHER.    

   



          

  

IS YOUR NAME WRITTEN IN THE LAMB'S BOOK OF LIFE?    by steve finnell


Who will be allowed to enter the great city, the holy Jerusalem, when time will no longer exist?

Revelation 21:9-27..... 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city , the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God........27 But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb's Book of Life.(NKJV)

That narrows it down. You do not have to speculate about that which defiles. You do not have to wonder what or who causes an abomination or a lie. If your name is not written in the Lamb's Book of Life you are the guilty one.

Philippians 4:3 And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers whose names are in the Book of Life.(NKJV)

Whose names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life? All of those whose sins have been washed away by the blood of the Lamb have their names written in the Book of Life.

How do men get their sins washed away?
1. Faith: John 3:16
2. Repentance: Acts 3:19, Acts 2:38
3. Confession:Romans 10:9
4. Water Baptism: Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16, 1 Peter 3:21, Ephesians 5:25-27

Having your name written on the membership role of your local church does not guarantee that your name will be written in the Lamb's Book of Life.

Your name might be written in the book at the Baptist Church, the Lutheran Church, the Mosque, the Catholic Church, the Temple of Freemasonry, the Methodist church, the Elks Lodge, the Salvation Army, the Mormon Church, the Buddhist Temple, the Community Church, the Christian Church, the Synagogue, etc., however, if your name is not written in the Lamb's Book of Life you will not be allowed into the holy city, the new Jerusalem.

Revelation 3:1-5......."He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before  My Father and His angels.(NKJV)

Yes, your name can be erased from the Book of Like.

Revelation 13:4-8 So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast.....8 And all who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.(NKJV)

At the end times all who do not not have their names written in the Book of Life will worship the beast.

There are men today who worship false gods. There are men, even now, who worship the Pope, the Virgin Mary and other dead saints by praying to them.


Is your name written in the Lamb's Book of Life? If not, you will not be entering the holy city, the new Jerusalem  

Sunday, August 24, 2014

I AM NOT A CALVINIST!   by steve finnell

I BELIEVE IN PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS, BUT I AM NOT A CALVINIST!


It is impossible to proclaim a belief in perseverance of the saints, also know as once saved always saved and eternal security, and at the same time declare you are not a Calvinist.

The Calvinistic T.U.L.I.P explained.

T-Total Depravity.  Means that sin is in every part of one's being, including the mind and will of man. Therefore men are without free- will. Men are saved by grace alone.

U- Unconditional Election. God predetermines who will be saved and who will spend eternity in hell.

L-Limited Atonement. The sacrifice of Jesus on the cross was only for the predetermined elect.

I-Irresistible Grace. God selects men to be saved and then forces then to believe in Jesus.

P-Perseverance of the Saints. The people God has chosen for salvation cannot lose their salvation.

Perseverance of the saints is the culmination of the T.U.L.I.P.
Without the first four points of the Calvinistic T.U.L.I.P there cannot be a fifth point.

You either embrace all 5 points of the T.U.L.I.P or none of the points.

Yes, all five T.U.L.I.P points are contrary to Scripture.

T-Total Depravity.
Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.(NKJV)

All men who hear the gospel can choose to accept God's grace or reject it.

U-Unconditional Election.
Faith: John 3:16
Repentance: Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19
Confession: Romans 10:9
Water Baptism: Acts 2:38. Mark 16:16

There are conditions that need to be met in order to receive salvation.

L-Limited Atonement.
John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold ! The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.(NKJV)

Jesus died for the sins of all men.

I-Irresistible Grace.
Acts 7:51 "You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you.(NKJV)

Men did and still do resist the Holy Spirit. Grace is not irresistible.

P-Perseverance of the Saints.
Luke 8:13...who believe for a while  and in time of temptation fall away.(NKJV)
1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrine of demons.(NKJV)

The Holy Spirit says men will fall away from the faith. Who do you believe the Holy Spirit or John Calvin?

It you believe in perseverance of the saints, once in grace always in grace, eternal security, then you are a  Calvinist.



Saturday, August 23, 2014

SALVATION       by steve finnell




There are  two things involved in the salvation of mankind.  What God provides and man's responsibility.


WHAT DOES GOD PROVIDE.


God provides grace: Titus 2:11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men. (All men have the opportunity to accept God's grace)


Titus 3:4-5 But when the kindness of of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, 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,  


God provided a Savior: 1 John 4:9-10 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.


God provides the means for men to hear the gospel: Romans 10:13-15....14...And how will they hear without a preacher? 15 How will they preach unless they are sent?...(God provides preachers of the gospel).


John 20:30-31 .....31 but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.


God has provided us with His written word, the Bible, so that we may believe and have life.


-----God provides grace, a Savior, preachers of the gospel, and the Bible----


WHAT IS MAN'S RESPONSIBILITY?     


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


Men need to believe and be baptized.


 Romans 10:13 for "WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED."


Whoever calls on Jehovah God will be saved. Calling on false Gods cannot save anyone. 


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


Saul was told to be baptized and call on the name on the Lord to have his sins washed away. Saul had already believed in Jesus and repented, while on the road to Damascus, three days prior.


Saul responsibilities were to believe in Jesus, repent (turn from sin and turn toward God), be baptized in water, and call on the name of the Lord.


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


Men must confess Jesus as Lord and Savior and believe in a resurrected Savior.


Acts 8:27-38.....35 Then Philip open his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him. 36 As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch said . "Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?" 37 [ And 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 he ordered the chariot to stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him.


The eunuch believed in Jesus, he repented, he confessed Jesus as the Christ and as the Son of God. He was baptized in water. The eunuch fulfilled his responsibilities for salvation.


On the Day of Pentecost Peter preached the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and proclaimed Him Lord and Christ(Acts 2:22-37). When the 3000 believed Peter's sermon, they asked what they should do?(Acts 2:37) Peter told them what do (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.)


Acts 2:40-41 And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation!" 41 So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there added about three thousand souls.( Peter said be saved, future tense, after they believed and were baptized, they were saved, JUST LIKE JESUS SAID IN Mark 16:16) 


What was the responsibilities of the 3000? 1. To believe in the resurrected Jesus. 2. To believe that Jesus was Lord and Christ. 3. To repent (to repent means to make the commitment to turn from sin and turn toward God) 4. To be baptized (immersed in water).


Noticed, Peter told them to be saved after they already believed in Jesus. They were still in their sins until they repented and were baptized.


SALVATION?


God provides: 1. Grace. 2. The Savior. 3. Preachers of the gospel and the Bible.


Man's responsibilities: 1. Hear the gospel. 2. Believe the gospel. 3. Confess Jesus as Lord, the Christ, and God's only Son. 4. Believe that God resurrect Jesus from the grave. 5. Repent (make the commitment to turn from sin and turn toward God). 6. Be baptized. 


What are man's responsibilities in order to have sins forgiven?
Faith is for the forgiveness sins.
Confession is for the forgiveness of sins.
Repentance is for the forgiveness of sins.
Water baptism is for the forgiveness of sins.


Men can be saved in two hours more of less. No work, no good deeds, and no law keeping is required.---- Then remain faithful until the end. (Matthew 10:22)


(All Scriptures quotes from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)
               
      

Thursday, August 21, 2014

DENYING SCRIPTURE?  by Steve Finnell   

How many times do men have to deny a doctrine of God to make it false? Calvinists believe that once a person is saved they can never be lost. How many verses of Scripture have to be opposed in order to make eternal security a reality? Does denominational teaching cancel the Scriptures?

1. Hebrews 3:7-12.......12 Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God;(NKJV)

Once saved always saved?

2. Galatians 5:4 You have been estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law, you have fallen from grace.(NKJV)

Once saved always saved?

3. Luke 8:13 "But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while  and in time of temptation fall away.(NKJV)

Once saved always saved?

4. 2 Timothy 2:16-18......18 who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some.(NKJV)

Once saved always saved?

5. 2 Peter 3:14-17.....17 You therefore, beloved, since you know these things before hand , beware lest you fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked;(NKJV)

Once saved always saved?

6. 1 Timothy 4:1-5 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.......(NKJV)

Did the Holy Spirit believe in once saved always saved?

7. James 5:19-20 Brethren, if anyone among  you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back. 20  let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.(NKJV)

Once saved always saved? I think not.

8. 1 Corinthians 6:8-11 No, you yourselves do wrong and defraud, and you do these things to your brethren! 9 do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, not adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God......(NKJV)

Are unrepentant Christians once saved always saved?

9. James 5:9-12 Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing st the door!.....12 But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your "Yes" be "Yes," and your "No," "No," lest you fall into judgment.(NKJV)

Does God joke about the possibility of condemnation and  judgement? Once saved always saved?

10. Matthew 10:16-22 .....22 "And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.(NKJV)

Will those Christians who do not endure to the end be "Once saved always saved."

11. Colossians 1:21-23.......22...to present you holy , and blameless, and irreproachable in His sight---23 if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which was preached to every creature under heaven...(NKJV)

There are conditions to remaining saved. Once saved always saved was never promised by God.

12. Revelation 2:10 "Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.(NKJV)

Christians have the choice to be faithful or not. God does not force men to be faithful. "Once saved always saved is not found in the Scriptures."

13. Ephesians 5:1-7 .....3 But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as it is fitting for saints........5 For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of God......(NKJV)

Why would God warn Christians about losing their inheritance  if they were "Once saved always saved."?

14. 2 Peter 2:1-3 But there were false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction......(NKJV)

Apostasy is not defined as "Once saved always saved."

15. 1 Timothy 1:18-20.....19 having faith and a good conscience , which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck....(NKJV)

Is a shipwrecked faith an example of "Once saved always saved?"

16. John 15:1-6.......6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.(NKJV)

Are the once saved always saved thrown into the fire?

17. Hebrews 10:26-29 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins.......(NKJV) 

Does that sound like "Once saved always saved?"

18. 2 Peter 2:12-14......having eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin, beguiling unstable souls. They have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children.(NKJV)

You have to be a Christian to be a child of God. Are accursed children "Once saved always saved?"

19. 1 Corinthians 9:27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.(NKJV)

Does disqualified mean "Once saved always saved?"

20. 1 Corinthians 8:8-11.....11 And because of your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?(NKJV)

Does the fact that weak Christians can perish prove that the doctrine of "Once saved always saved" is true?

21. 2 Peter 2:20-22 For if, after they have escaped the pollution of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for than the beginning.......(NKJV)

Are backsliding unrepentant Christians "Once saved always saved?"

22. Acts 20:28-30....."For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock.....(NKJV)

Why would anyone worry about savage wolves if all Christians are once saved always saved?

23. Hebrews 6:4-6 Fot it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit.....6 if they fall away , to renew them again to repentance....(NKJV)

Why would God warn Christians about falling away if it is impossible to fall from grace? Once saved always saved, I do not think so.

24. Revelation 3:1-5 "He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.(NKJV)

Jesus says Christians names can be blotted out from the Book of Life. Calvinists say men are once saved always saved.

25. Matthew 25:1-13 ......11 "Afterward the other virgins came also saying, "Lord , Lord, open to us?" 12 "But he answered  and said, ' Assuredly , I say to you, I do not know you.'....(NKJV)

All ten virgins called Jesus Lord, Lord. Five of the virgins were lost. Once saved always saved was not a reality for five of the virgins.

26. Acts 5: 1-11 .....3 ...Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit...5 Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last...(NKJV)

Is this great example of "Once saved always saved?"

27. 1 Corinthians 10:1-12.....12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.(NKJV)

Why would God warn against falling if Christians are "Once saved always saved?"

28. 1 Timothy 2:16-18 ....who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past ; and they overthrow the faith of some.(NKJV)

If your faith has been overthrown are you once saved always saved?

29. Hebrew 4:1-11 Therefore, since a promise remains  of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.......11 Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall after the same example of disobedience.(NKJV)

Why would the writer of Hebrews warn that Christians can fall if they were all "Once saved always saved?"

30. 1 Peter 5:1-8.......Be sober be vigilant ; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.(NKJV)

How could the devil devour Christians who are "Once saved always saved?"

31. 2 John 9 Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.(NKJV)

It is possible to not remain in Christ. John forgot to read the words of John Calvin. Once in grace always in grace, not a Biblical concept.

In order to support the doctrine of "ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED" you have to believe God was confused when He wrote 31 of  31 Scriptures written here.

DO YOU CHOOSE TO BELIEVE GOD OR THE DENOMINATIONAL MAN-MADE DOCTRINE OF "ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED?"