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Thursday, March 23, 2017

SAVED BY GRACE ALONE. ARE YOU SURE? by steve finnell


There are many believers in Christ who honestly think they were individually selected to be saved by grace alone. They insist that no obedience to God is necessary. If God saves by grace alone then nothing is required of the person being saved, they reason.

First there is no Scripture that states men are saved by "grace alone."

The proof text for saved by "grace alone" is Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, least anyone should boast.(NKJV)

1. It does not say saved by grace alone. The word alone is not used nor is it implied in Eph. 2:8-9.

2. It says saved by grace through faith. God's grace and man's faith are required.

3. God does not give men the gift faith so they may be saved. The gift mentioned here is salvation, not faith.

4. Men are not saved because of their good works or keeping the Law of Moses.


Grace is offered to all men. Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.(NKJV)

Faith comes by hearing the gospel. Faith is not a gift forced on unbelievers so they can be saved. Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.(NKJV)

Obedience is required to be saved. Romans 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, "Lord who has believed our report?"(NKJV) If men are saved by grace alone, then all men would believe the gospel and be saved.

Obeying the gospel is essential to be saved, and men have a choice. 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8....the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, 8 taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.(NKJV)

Why would Jesus take vengeance on those who do not obey the gospel if  God selects each individual to be saved by grace alone, and then forces them to believe the gospel? Is that the God you worship?

Jesus told all men the gospel not just for a select few. Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.(NKJV)

Obey the gospel by believing and being immersed in water, resulting in salvation, or reject the gospel and be condemned. All men have a choice.

Saved because of Grace. Ephesians 2:8. That is not a good work nor is it keeping the Law of Moses.

Saved because of believing in Jesus. John 3:15, Romans 10:9. That is not a good work nor is it keeping the Law of Moses.

Saved because of repentance and baptism. Acts 2:38, 1 Peter 3:21, Acts 3:19. Those are not good works nor are they keeping the Law of Moses.

Being obedient to the gospel of Jesus Christ is not a good work nor is it keeping the Law of Moses.

MEN ARE NOT SAVED BY GRACE ALONE.
MEN ARE NOT SAVED BY FAITH ALONE.
MEN ARE NOT SAVED BY BAPTISM ALONE.
MEN ARE NOT SAVED BY REPENTANCE ALONE.

MEN ARE SAVED BY OBEYING THE TOTAL GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST.     

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

WHY DID JESUS COMMAND WATER BAPTISM? by steve finnell


Why did Jesus command water baptism? What do the Scriptures tell us?  

THE COMMAND: Matthew 28:16-19.......19"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, (NKJV)

Jesus command the eleven disciples to baptize all nations in water. What was the purpose of water baptism?

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

By believers being immersed in water they are clothed with Christ.

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

Believers who have been immersed in water will be saved.

3. 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)

Repentant believers who have been immersed in water will have their sins forgiven and they will receive the indwelling gift of the Holy Spirit.

4. Romans 6:3-7 ...4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.......6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.....(NKJV)

Believers in Jesus who have been immersed in water can walk in a new life, they no longer have to be slaves to sin.

5. 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)

Believers who have been immersed in water have had their sins washed away.

6. Acts 2:40,41,47 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation." 41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. 47 .....And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.(NKJV)

Repentant believers who have been immersed in water become saved from the penalty of sin and the Lord adds them to His church. The church is the body of Christ.

7. Colossians 2:11-13...12 buried with Him in baptism... 13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made you alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,(NKJV)

Believer who have been immersed in water have been forgiven all their sins.


WHAT DO CERTAIN BELIEVERS IN DENOMINATIONS TEACH US ABOUT WATER BAPTISM?

1. Water baptism is not essential for salvation. (Not found in the Bible)

2. Water baptism is not for the forgiveness of sins. (Not found in the Bible)

3. Water baptism is simply for a testimony of faith. (Not found in the Bible)

4. Water baptism is in order to be baptized into a denominational church or in order to join the church of your choice. (Not found in the Bible)

5. Water baptism means being sprinkled, or poured with water. (Not found in the Bible)

6. Water baptism in not being baptized into Christ.(Not found in the Bible.)

7. Water baptism is in order to wash away the guilt of original inherited sin from Adam.(Not found in the Bible)

8. Water baptism is unnecessary, period.(Not found in the Bible)

9. The one baptism mentioned in Ephesians 4:5 in not water baptism. (Not found in the Bible)

10. Unbelievers such as infants, and small children should be baptized against their will.(Not found in the Bible)

11. Teaching about being baptized in water should be based on denominational creed books because the Bible is not God's  final authority.(Not found in the Bible.)


WHAT DO YOU TRUST? DO YOU TRUST THE BIBLE? DO YOU TRUST DENOMINATIONAL CREED BOOKS?      
   

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

WHAT DO YOU THINK IT MEANS? by steve finnell


 What is your opinion of the meaning of Scripture? Does your opinion matter or should you believe what others tell you is the truth?

Hebrews 6:4-6 For in the case those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the good word of God  and the powers of the age to come, 6 and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame.(NASB)

What do you think Hebrews 6:4-6 means?

1. If you have received the gift of the Holy Spirit you cannot fall from grace.

2. If you fall away after receiving the indwelling gift of the Holy Spirit, then, you were never saved in the first place.

3. Those who stop believing in Jesus find is easy to repent and start believing again.

4. Saved believer can never fall away because God predestined them for salvation. They have have been saved by grace alone. John Calvin knows that God chooses some to be saved and others to be lost forever.

5. My denomination believes in eternal security. That many people could not be wrong. Once a Christian, there is nothing a person can do to lose his salvation.

As for me, I believe the writer of Hebrews. 

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Acts 2:36-38 "Therefore, let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus whom you crucified both Lord and Christ." 37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do ?" 38 Peter replied: Repent and be baptized, every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (NIV 1973)

What do think Acts 2:36-38 means?

1. The 3000 men were saved as soon as they heard Peter preach Jesus as Lord and Christ; because they believed.

2. The 3000 wanted to know what to do after they believed and were saved.

3. The 3000 repented and were baptized because their sins were already forgiven.

4. The 3000 received the gift of the Holy Spirit the minute they believed that Jesus was Lord and Christ.

5. The 3000 told Peter they would be baptized as a testimony of their faith, but it would not be essential to the forgiveness of their sins.

6. The 3000 told Peter that water baptism was a work and that works cannot save, however, they would be baptized so they could join the denominational church of their choice.

7. The 3000 told Peter to baptize their non-believing infant children so they could be forgiven of the guilt that they inherited from Adam and for all future sins and so they could be added to a denominational body of Christ. 

As for me I believe the writer of Acts.

The question is can man-made creeds save anyone?

Transubstantiation

 

GEORGE L. FAULL

 


The Catholic Church holds to the doctrine of transubstantiation.  What is such a teaching?

It is best described by those who teach it.  We will quote a few of the canons of the Council of Trent, the 13th session.

Canon 1-4, 6
“(1.) Whosoever shall deny, that in the most holy sacrament of the Eucharist there are truly, really, and substantially contained the body and the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, together with his soul and divinity, and consequently Christ entire; but shall affirm that he is present therein only in a sign and figure, or by his power; let him be accursed.

“(2.) Whosoever shall affirm that in the most holy sacrament of the Eucharist there remains the substance of the bread and wine, together with the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ; and shall deny that wonderful and peculiar conversion of the whole substance of the bread into his body, and of the whole substance of the wine into his blood, the species only of bread and wine remaining, which conversion the Catholic Church most fitly terms “transubstantiation’; let him be accursed.

“(3.) Whosoever shall deny that Christ entire is contained in the venerable sacrament of the Eucharist, under each species and under every part of each species when they are separated; let him be accursed.

“(4.) Whosoever shall affirm that the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ are not present in the admirable Eucharist, as soon as the consecration is performed, but only as it is used and received, and neither before nor after; and that the true body of our Lord does not remain in the hosts or consecrated morsels which are reserved or left after communion; let him be accursed.

“(6.) Whosoever shall affirm that Christ, the only begotten son of God, is not to be adored in the holy Eucharist with the external signs of that worship which is due to God; and therefore that the Eucharist is not to be honored with extraordinary festive celebration, nor solemnly carried about in processions, according to the laudable and universal rites and customs of holy Church, nor publicly presented to the people for their adoration; and that those who worship the same are idolaters; let him be accursed.”

If one doubts this is their teaching, consult a recent Catechism and read it for yourself.

To sum it up, once the words of consecration are uttered by the Priest from that point on, there is no bread or wine left on the table.  It is now Christ’s body and blood.  This is the same flesh that was  born  of  a  virgin and that was crucified and is the same

body of Him who sits on the right hand of God.  If the wafer is not all eaten, it is taught to still be His own flesh and blood.

Are the following words “This is my body, this is my blood,” to be taken as literal or should they be taken as figurative language?  If it is to be taken literal, then every word should be literal.

The disciples saw it as bread and the fruit of the vine but He says, “it is his body and blood”.  If they knew it was bread and the fruit of the vine and He said these words, then they had to suppose it was changed into His body and blood and was no longer bread but His body.  Yet, He was standing there saying, “This is my blood, which is shed  many for the remission of sins.”

Which is literal?
  
  • Was it bread and the fruit of the vine?  Yes.
  • Was His body and His blood yet shed?  No, for He had not yet sacrificed His body and blood for sins.

He did not put it in the future, “this will be My body and blood which will be shed” but “this is My body and blood which is shed.”  If this is literal, then how can this be? Since Calvary had not occurred, “this is My body which is shed,” cannot be literal.

Obviously He was standing there.  When they ate of it there was none of Him missing.  Remember they insist that it is literal.  It is Him.  They are eating His body and drinking His blood.  If this is literal speech, they are literally eating His body and drinking His blood!  If the bread and cup was changed to His actual body and blood, this is cannibalism!  They would be doing what they had been forbidden to do all their life.  They were drinking blood, which the Law of Moses forbade them to do.  He wasn’t dead yet so they were eating Him alive!

We cannot put it in the future for they say they are taking His words literal and it is not in the future tense but the present tense.

Also, how can it be taken literal for what they are eating is not identical to His body?  It appeared to be as bread and juice, not flesh and blood.  The color, shape, taste, substance has not changed.  Is it then literally changed?  When Moses’ rod was changed to a serpent, did it still look like a rod?  No.

It certainly is not literal in the areas of sight, taste, smell and feeling.  He is standing there so they could see the difference between it and His flesh.  They could see none of Him was devoured; so how are we to understand it to be literal?

Has there ever been a more ludicrous and blasphemous teaching than this?  This doctrine does not require faith to believe, but rather gullibility. 
When Jesus changed the water into wine, it no longer looked like water but rather like wine.  The Governor never even knew a miracle occurred.  The Apostles would have had to disobey God to have obeyed Christ.  “Take eat!” “Drink blood!”  This is cannibalism!  Who but the beguiled could believe it?

However, if the bread and cup were but symbols of His body and blood, it is a simple but beautiful ordinance.  “This is” or “this represents” is common language we use every day.  We show a picture and say, “this is my Son” or look at a drawing and say, “this is the Chicago Skyline”.  In ancient days, this idiom was heard when Joseph said to the butler, “the three branches are three days”.  To the baker he said, “the three baskets are three days”.  To Pharaoh he said, “the seven cattle are seven years and the seven good ears are seven years.”  Daniel says, “the ten horns are ten Kings”.  Paul says, “the rock was Christ”.  John says, “the seven stars are the angels of the seven Churches.”

The idiom appears all through the Word of God when one thing represents or is a symbol of another.  In fact, the words “represents”, “signifies”, “symbolizes” or “symbol” does not even appear in the King James Version Bible.  The concept is expressed with the phrase,  “this is” or “these are.”

Think of the parables.  When did Jesus ever say something symbolizes or represents another?  He said, “the seed is the Word of God.”  “The reapers are the angels.”  “The thorns are the cares of this world.” So all this foolishness about Jesus not saying it represents or symbolizes His body and blood is mere foolishness and ignores a clear idiom of their speech.

Maybe this poem will illustrate it better:

A ROMAN MIRACLE

A pretty maid, a Protestant, was to a Catholic wed;
To love all Bible truths and tales, quite early she’s been bred.
It sorely grieved her husband’s heart that she would not comply,
And join the Mother Church of Rome and heretics deny.
So by the day he flattered her, but still she saw no good
Would ever come from bowing down to idols made of wood.

The Mass, the host, the miracles, were made but to deceive;
And transubstantiation too, she’d never dare believe.
He went to see his clergyman and told him his sad tale,
“My wife is an unbeliever, sir; you can perhaps prevail.”
For all your Romish miracles, my wife has strong aversion,
To really work a miracle may lead to her conversion.

The priest went with the gentleman, he thought to gain a prize.
He said, “I will convert her, sir, and open both her eyes.”
So when they came into the house, the husband loudly cried,
“The priest has come to dine with us!”
“He’s welcome,” she replied.

And when, at last, the meal was o’er, the priest at once began,
To teach his hostess all about the sinful state of man;
The greatness of our Saviour’s love, which believers can’t deny,
To give Himself a sacrifice and for our sins to die.
“I’ll return tomorrow, lass, prepare some bread and wine;
The sacramental miracle will stop your soul’s decline.”
“I’ll bake the bread,” the lady said, “You may,” he did reply,
“And when you’ve seen this miracle, convinced you’ll be, say I.”

The priest did come accordingly, the bread and wine did bless,
The lady asked, “Sir, is it changed?”  The priest he answered, “Yes.
It’s changed from common bread and wine to truly flesh and blood;
Begorra, lass, this power of mine has changed it into God!”

So having blessed the bread and wine, to eat they did prepare,
The lady said unto the priest, “I warn you to take care,
For half an ounce of arsenic was mixed right in the batter,
But since you have its nature changed, it cannot really matter.”

The priest was struck real dumb, he looked as pale as death.
The bread and wine fell from his hands and he did gasp for breath.
“Bring me my horse!” the priest cried, “This is a cursed home!”
The lady replied, “Begone; tis you who shares the curse of Rome.”

The husband, too, he sat surprised, and not a word did say.
At length he spoke, “My dear,” said he, “the priest has ran away;
To gulp such mummery and tripe, I’m not for sure quite able;
I’ll go with you and renounce this Roman Catholic fable!
--Author Unknown

The Catholic Church accepts what the Council of Trent says about the mass being a sacrifice of Christ.  They say, “This sacrifice is identical with the sacrifice of the cross, inasmuch as Jesus Christ is Priest and victim in both: the only difference lies in the manner of offering, which is bloody on the cross and bloodless upon our altars.”

This contradicts Jesus’ saying, “Do this in remembrance of me”, not “do this as a sacrifice of me.”  It ignores that the Hebrew writer demonstrates the superiority of Christianity to Judaism in that He was sacrificed once for all and needed not daily be offered up. Hebrews 9:28; 10:2, 10-12, 14.  This makes Jesus’ sacrifice no better than that of bulls or goats.

The little round wafer is called “the host” which means “the sacrifice or the victim.”  This is so blasphemous in that when He made this sacrifice, He said, “it is finished.”  John 19:30  He dies no more.

How blasphemous to worship a piece of bread.  It is idolatry of the worst sort.  They worship matter.  As a remembrance, the supper shows forth His death until He comes.  It is not a re-crucifixion of Him or a re-sacrifice of Him.  We eat His memorial to commemorate His death and what He has done for us.  We do not eat our God for if we eat Him, we excrete Him.  If we eat Him, we can vomit Him.  (They even insist that if it is vomited since it is Christ, it be buried or burned.)    Christ re-buried! Will He rise again or stay buried?  Christ burned!  If we drink His blood, how can it make men drunken (as many priests have become.)?  If it is His body, rats and other vermin can eat it.  But this is enough. If these thoughts do not show the absurdity of the doctrine, the reader must remain in his superstition.

Monday, March 20, 2017

COULD PRIDE BE THE PROBLEM? by steve finnell


Could pride be the reason men misinterpret Scripture? Adam and Eve believed Satan rather than believing God. They had a pride problem. Genesis 3:1-12.......5...you will be like God.... (NASB) Eve wanted to be like God. She later admitted that she had been deceived. (Genesis 3:13). Most who are deceived by false teaching never put pride aside and admit they have been deceived.

Proverbs 26:12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.(NASB)

Which would indicate pride? The Scripture or the opinion and interpretation of Scripture

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

2. Opinion & Interpretation: He who has believed is saved and should be baptized as a testimony of his faith.

3. Opinion & Interpretation: He who has believed is saved by faith alone, and immersion in water is not essential in order to be saved.

4. Opinion & Interpretation: He who believes has been selected for salvation and those who do not believe have been selected to burn in hell.

5. Opinion & Interpretation: He who believes is saved, but there are other ways to the Father.

6. Opinion & Interpretation: He who is baptized as an infant is saved without believing.

7. Opinion & Interpretation: He who believes is saved, however, must be baptized to enter  the denominational church of his choice. He can get to heaven by "faith alone," however, he cannot be a member of the Baptist Church by "faith only."

8. Opinion & Interpretation: He who believes and has been spiritually baptized shall be saved. Water baptism is not essential for salvation.

When pride enters into interpretation of Scripture; confusion follows.

Proverbs 3:7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and turn away from evil. (NASB)

Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes dishonor, But with the humble is wisdom. (NASB)

Scripture interprets Scripture. Prideful men give personal interpretations and opinions of Scripture.

Prayer is the cure for PRIDE!  



Does God Speak to Us Today?
by David Vaughn Elliott

Does God speak to us today--audibly, in visions, in dreams, via angels, via prophecy? Should we believe someone who says, "God spoke to me last night"? Or, did God terminate revelations to mankind with the writing of the last book of the Bible? 

Let us not confuse prophecy with preaching. Men who preach must study. Prophecy involves no study; it is a revelation by inspiration with words directly from God. "I will raise them up a Prophet... and will put my words in his mouth" (Deut. 18:18). "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit" (2 Pet. 1:21). 

Are visions, dreams, revelations, and prophecies given to everyone? As for Old Testament times, Heb. 1:1 gives the reply: "God, who at various times and in various manners spoke in time past unto the fathers by the prophets." God spoke TO the fathers BY the prophets. Mt. Sinai is the only time God spoke directly to all His people, and the people could not stand it (Ex. 20:18-19). In New Testament times there may have been a larger percentage of God's people receiving revelations; yet, even then, Paul asked the rhetorical questions: "Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? (1 Cor. 12:29). The understood reply in each case is, "No." 

Not only so, but Hebrews also indicates a finality with Jesus' coming. "God... spoke in time past" (1:1) is contrasted to "has in these last days spoken unto us by His Son" (1:2). "Last days." That has a ring of finality. Plus the fact that Jesus is the supreme revelation of God upon the earth. No one greater could come. 

Nevertheless, the Son, the night He was betrayed, told His apostles: "I have yet many things to say unto you... when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth" (John 16:12-14). Although Jesus completed His work on earth, the whole truth about Him was not revealed immediately. All truth would be revealed to and by His apostles after He ascended. 

Speaking of the mystery of Christ, Eph. 3:5 says: "Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit." The fact that the apostles and prophets spoke by revelation is precisely the reason why the church of Jesus Christ is "built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets" (Eph. 2:20).

Jesus said the Holy Spirit would guide the apostles into "all truth." Since the apostles received "all truth" in the "last days," there is no more truth to be revealed before the end of time. Therefore, Jude tells us to "earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints" (Jude 3). "Once." Many Bibles translate this, "once for all." All truth was delivered in the first century.

That is why 1 Cor. 13:8 says, "whether there be prophecies, they shall be done away." This does not mean when Jesus returns. Why? Because the same chapter says, "now abides faith, hope, love" (13:13). Faith and hope abide until Jesus returns. But while faith and hope remain, prophecy is done away. When? When the perfect, complete truth was delivered once for all (13:10). 

If someone today has a new vision or prophecy from God, let him add it to the Bible. If he does not dare add it to the Bible, let him admit it is not a revelation from God. The Bible is complete. We already have all truth. We just need to examine and follow it. 
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DOES MAN'S SINCERITY INVALIDATE GOD'S WORD?   BY STEVE FINNELL


If men sincerely believe they know the truth, does that belief render God's word null and void?

Eve sincerely believed Satan when he told her she could eat from the tree in the middle of the garden and she would not die. (Genesis 3:1-24)

 Did her sincerity keep her from death? No it did not.

If men sincerely believe that water baptism is not essential for salvation, does that invalidate what Jesus said in Mark 16:16....has been baptized shall be saved..?

Does man's sincerity nullify the words of Jesus.

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.

Should you trust the sincerity of your own understanding or should you simply trust in the Lord.

Pride was Satan's downfall. Pride has a tendency to make men believe that their sincerity invalidates the word of God.




SINCERITY WITHOUT TRUTH CANNOT SAVE ANYONE!      

Sunday, March 19, 2017

ALLOWED TO PREACH?  by steve finnell


Would Jesus and the apostles be allowed to preach in your denomination or your church congregation?

If Jesus said, those who believe and are baptized will be saved, would He be allowed to preach at your denomination's convention? ( Ref:Mark 16:16 NIV 1973)

If Jesus said, that if you do not believe in Me you will die in your sins, would He be rebuked by your church leaders? (Ref: John 8:24 NIV 1973)

If the apostle Paul said, Jesus made the church holy and blameless by cleansing her by the washing of water through the word, would Paul ever be permitted to preach again? (Ref: Ephesians 5: 25-27 NIV)

If the apostle Peter said, that salvation only comes through Jesus Christ, would he be authorized to teach and preach at your church? (Ref: Acts 4:10-12 NIV 1973)

If the apostle Peter said, do not revere the Virgin Mary or other dead saints by praying to them, would Peter be allowed to preach at your church? (Ref: Acts 10:25-26 As Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet in reverence. 26 But Peter made him get up . "Stand up," he said, "I am only a man myself." (NIV 1973)

If the apostle Paul, said salvation is available to all men, and not just a selected few, would Paul be permitted to preach at your church? (Ref: Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. (NIV 1973)

Would the apostle John be reprimanded at your church if he said, men cannot inherit sin, because sin is committed and not inherited from Adam? (Ref: 1 John 3:4 Everyone  who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. NIV 1973) NOTE: INFANTS DO BREAK THE LAW.

There are few churches who would allow Jesus and the apostles to preach. They would be admonished, reprimanded, prohibited, rebuked fired on the spot.   

WHO CONTROLS CLIMATE, GOD OR MAN? by steve finnell


Can man control the earth's climate, or is God in control of the weather? Do man-made carbon dioxide emission control the climate of the earth or does God control the weather? Who created the weather, man or God?

Genesis 7:4 "For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made."(NKJV)

Question: Did man-made CO2 emissions cause it to rain forty days and forty nights, and destroy everything but what was on the ark with Noah?

Matthew 8:24-27......26 But He said to them, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith? Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea. And there was great calm.........(NKJV)

Questions: Did man-made CO2 emissions cause the storm. Did man calm the storm by controlling their carbon footprint?

Job 37 1-24.... 6 For He says to the snow, 'Be on the earth': Likewise to the gentle rain and heavy rain of His strength......(NKJV)

Question: Do men have the ability to control the climate by controlling man-made CO2 emissions?

Psalm 135:6-7 Whatever the Lord pleases He does, In heaven and on earth, In the seas and in all deep places. 7 He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; He makes lightning for the rain; He brings the wind out of His treasuries.(NKJV)

Question: Can men control the climate by controlling man-made CO2 emissions?

Who is in control of the climate, God in heaven or puny men on earth?

[NOTE: Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant; neither is oxygen nor water. CO2, O, and H2O are necessary to sustain life.]    

  

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Preacher And Charlie

 

GEORGE L. FAULL


The preacher was calling on the home of a family that had left the Church of the Lord to attend a denominational Church.  This conversation followed the preliminary talk:

Preacher:                Well, Charlie, I just wanted to call and see why you left the Church.
Charlie:                   Well, we just kind of was disgusted with things at “your” church.
Preacher:                 Can you give me some examples?
Charlie:                   Yes, the family had several dislikes.  You know kids.  My son likes the contemporary music at their 
                                      first service and my wife likes the choir at the traditional service.  Me, I like the decorum and strict 
                               rules they have there.
Preacher:                What church is it, Charlie that you are attending?
Charlie:                   The Baptist Church at Honkedoffville.
Preacher:                Well, I’m sorry to hear that Charlie.  Don’t mind you leaving the congregation where I preach, but 
                               you could have found all that at one of the other Churches in the area that hold to Biblical teaching.
Charlie:                   You mean another Church of Christ?
Preacher:                Yes, I do.  Why would you leave a Church after the New Testament order?
Charlie:                   I know what you’re getting at, Preacher.  You mean baptism.
Preacher:                That would be only one of many things, yes.
Charlie:                   I think maybe that you put too much emphasis on baptism.
Preacher:                What kind of Church did you say you attended, Charlie?
Charlie:                   A Baptist Church.
Preacher:                Your Church is named after the ordinance and you think WE put too much emphasis on the 
                               ordinance?  Seems kind of funny logic, to me Charlie.
Charlie:                   Well, we do baptize the right way over there.
Preacher:                And for what reason, Charlie?
Charlie:                   Well they think that when you believe, you’re saved and then you should be baptized.
Preacher:                Yes, I know.  Jesus said it in a different order.  He said, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be 
                               saved.”  The Baptist Church says, “He that believeth and is saved should be baptized.  There is a 
                               difference, isn’t there, Charlie?
Charlie:                   Well, I guess so, but I still think you put too much emphasis on baptism.
Preacher:                Charlie, do you believe you have to be baptized to be saved?
Charlie:                   They say you’re baptized because you’re already saved.  You are baptized to get into their Church.
Preacher:                Oh, so you do have to be baptized to get into the Baptist Church?
Charlie:                   Oh yeah.  You can’t be a Baptist without being baptized.
Preacher:                 I see.  So in your book, it’s all right to tell people they can get into Heaven without being baptized 
                               but not into the Church without being baptized?  Sounds like it’s easier to get into Heaven than it is 
                               to get into the Baptist Church.
 Charlie:                  Well, technically, I suppose so Preacher.
Preacher:                Don’t you remember what you were taught by Peter, “Then they that gladly received the Word were 
                              baptized and there was added unto them about 3,000 souls.”  And again, “the Lord added to the 
                              church daily those that were being saved.”  Acts 2:41, 47.  So the saved automatically were added 
                              to the Church.
Charlie:                  Well, I still think there’s too much emphasis on water.
Preacher:                Now lets see here, your new Church names itself after the ordinance.  Baptism is a condition in 
                              order to join it.  In the Bible, those who were baptized and those who were saved are said to be 
                              added to the Church.  Isn’t it pretty obvious those who received the word and were baptized are the 
                              saved who were added to the Church and not those who received the word and were saved, were 
                              baptized so they could get into the Church?
Charlie:                   I think that’s perhaps an unimportant distinction.  As long as they have been under the water that’s 
                               all that’s important.  Pastor Tightship says you are hung up on water.
Preacher:                I’m surprised to hear you say that, Charlie in light of the fact that the Baptists insist on immersion 
                              and not sprinkling.
Charlie:                   What do you mean?
Preacher:                You want to de-emphasize baptism.  You think we’re putting too much emphasis on water.  Your 
                               preacher won’t let anyone into his Church who has not been immersed in water.  It seems to me 
                               though the Baptist Church thinks it’s important because they’ve put a lot of emphasis on water.  
           Water is necessary to get into the Baptist Church and being put under water can make you a 
            Baptist, but not a Christian.  Being put under water can make you a Church member, but not 
            saved.  Being put under water is necessary to be a Deacon or a Pastor.  I think water is very 
            important to a Baptist.
Charlie:                   Well, if you teach that baptism is essential to being a Christian, you’re saying you can work your 
                               way to Heaven.
Preacher:                So, you think baptism is a work?
Charlie:                   Pastor Tightship says if you have to do anything to get to Heaven, you’re saying, you’re working 
                               your way or earning your way to Heaven.
Preacher:                So Pastor Tightship says you have to work your way or earn your way into the Baptist Church?
Charlie:                   What do you mean?
Preacher:                Well, he says if you have to be immersed to get into Heaven it is working for or earning your 
                               salvation.  If that’s true, it follows if you have to be immersed to get into the Baptist Church you 
                               have to work you way or earn your way into the Baptist Church.  Doesn’t that follow, Charlie?
Charlie:                   Well I don’t know.  I’d have to think about that but we’ve become Baptists, Preacher.
Preacher:                Oh?  You became a Baptist?  Have you baptized anyone, Charlie?
Charlie:                   Oh no.  I never baptized no one.
Preacher:                Charlie, a Baptist is someone who baptizes people.  You know, like John the Baptist.  You’re not a 
                               Baptist unless you baptize someone.
Charlie:                   Well that’s just what we’re called.  It’s just kind of a way to identify ourselves.  Our son is going to 
                               be baptized.
Preacher:                Are you going to baptize him, Charlie?
Charlie:                   Oh, no.  You have to be an ordained, licensed Preacher to baptize in the Baptist Church.  It’s not 
                               like “your Church” where I’ve seen fathers baptize their children.
Preacher:                Well, the fathers are baptizing by the authority of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Charlie:                   Well, so does our Pastor.
Preacher:                No, he doesn’t, Charlie.  He baptizes by the authority of the Baptist denomination, not the Father, 
                              the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Charlie:                   No, we say it’s by the authority of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Preacher:                Well if that’s true, why don’t you baptize your son?
Charlie:                   Well, I can’t.
Preacher:                Why not?
Charlie:                   Well, I don’t have a license and I’m not ordained so I can’t baptize him into the Baptist Church.
Preacher:                Now think about what you admitted, Charlie.  Who gave Pastor Tightship the authority to baptize?
Charlie:                   Well, the Baptist denomination.
Preacher:                Right.  So your boy is being baptized by its authority not the Father, Son and Holy Spirit?  Your 
                              boy will not be baptized into Christ and His Church.  Only those they gave authority to baptize 
                              will baptize him into the Baptist denomination.
Charlie:                   Well, that’s not what the Pastor says when he baptizes him.
Preacher:                Well it doesn’t matter what he says.  The fact is, if he lost his license and ordination he could not 
                               baptize anymore into the Baptist Church.
Charlie:                   You’re confusing me.
Preacher:                Yes, I suppose I am but I’m trying to get you to think what you are doing.  You’re encouraging 
                               your son to be baptized into a denomionation instead of into Christ.  You’ve taken your boy to a 
                               Church that has told your son that he’s already saved and now will be baptized by a licensed 
                               preacher.  His license comes from a group of men instead of from the simple fact that he is 
                               following the Great Commission that every believer is commanded to obey.  You say we put an 
                               emphasis on water but attend a Church that says that only licensed persons can immerse people in 
                               water.  Your Church makes baptism an ordinance of the Church instead of an ordinance of Christ.  
                               One should not be baptized to fulfill the demand of the Church.   One should be baptized to fulfill 
                               the command of Christ.  It’s Christ’s ordinance, not a denominational initiation rite.  Baptism is 
                               into Christ’s death for the remission of sins.
Charlie:                   Well I really don’t see any reason to continue this conversation.  If I know you, it would be about 
                               weekly communion next.  Those are the two differences that I can see between the two Churches.
Preacher:                Well, you don’t want forget the choirs, the contemporary music and your decorum and strict rules 
                               of Pastor Tightship.  I mean those were the real reasons you left, right?
Charlie:                   Yes, we’re happier here at the Baptist Church.
Preacher:                Well, I just want you to put it all in perspective.  You’ve traded Biblical doctrine and practices, 
                               which Jesus did command for things Jesus did not command.  You’ve chosen a Church with a 
                               name that does not give Preeminence to Christ for one that did.  You’ve given the Bible plan of 
                               salvation for a denominational one.  You’ve chosen to let your son be baptized by a man licensed 
                               by men instead of the authority of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  You’ve chosen to not 
                               surround His table each week as His Holy Apostles instituted as proven by the Bible and  History 
                               for a hit-and-miss observance of it.  You have chosen a one man Pastor system, over the Eldership 
                               of the Church.  You’ve chosen to be a part of a denomination with an earthly headquarters instead  
                               of a locally autonomous Church as the Bible teaches.  You’ve forsaken the responsibility and 
                               privilege of baptizing those you’ve discipled to Christ and given it over to hirelings.
                               I think, Charlie that it is very sad that you’ve given up what God wants, for what you want.
Charlie:                   Well I just don’t see it that way.
Preacher:                 I know you don’t, Charlie and I am very sorry I’ve failed you.
Charlie:                   Well you haven’t failed, me preacher.  I just have different “wants” than your Church offers.
Preacher:                What was that you said, Charlie?  Different wants?
Charlie:                   Well, I mean….uh…
Preacher:                See, you said it, Charlie.  I don’t think you can fault the name of our Church because it gives Jesus 
                               preeminence.  Our polity is Biblical so is our message of salvation, for we preach Christ’s exact 
                               demands.
                              Charlie, you’ve traded those scriptural things for what you want.  I really encourage you to think 
                               out the ramifications of what you’ve done and what you’ve traded for what you want.  Goodnight 
                               and we will come back another night.  We love you and your family and we’re interested in your 
                               eternal salvation.
Charlie:                   Goodnight Preacher.  You are always welcome here in our home.
Preacher:                Let me pray before I go.