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Saturday, November 22, 2014

ARE CALVINISTS HYPOCRITES?  by Steve finnell


Calvinist doctrine states that God has predetermined who will be saved and who will burn in hell. They believe that God forces men to have faith so they can believe and be saved. The opposite of forced belief for believers would be that God prevents atheists from believing the gospel and being saved from the penalty of sin.

Question:  Why do Calvinists preach the gospel if it does not have the power to save? Is that not hypocritical?

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

The gospel has the power to save everyone who believes. Salvation is not limited to so-called predetermined Calvinists.

Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (NKJV)

Faith comes by hearing the gospel. Faith was not imputed to a select few Calvinists before the world began.

Question: If Christians are once saved always saved, why do Calvinists preach against Christians living a sinful lifestyle?

If Calvinist honestly believe their doctrine is true, then any preaching of the gospel or preaching that Christians should refrain from sinning would be hypocritical or at best a waste of time.     

SUPPLEMENTARY REVELATION? by steve finnell


Is God supplying additional revelation to express His commands for mankind? No He is not. God has not been adding to His word since the Bible was completed. All of the Scriptures found in Bible were written by 100 A.D.. All that men need to know in order to receive salvation and live the Christian life is found in the Bible. There is no need of SUPPLEMENTARY REVELATION!  

Matthew 28:19-20 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 Teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

Jesus told the apostles to teach the disciples to observe all things that He commanded. We have to assume the apostles did just that. The apostles did not have to wait for "supplementary revelation" from the fifth century, the fifteenth century or the twenty first century.

John 16:12-15 "I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 But when He, the Spirit of truth , comes, He will guide you into all, the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He speaks; and He will disclose it to you. 15 All things  that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.

THE APOSTLES HAD ALL TRUTH BEFORE THEY DIED!

Jesus said the apostles would be taught all the truth. If the apostles were taught all truth, then what are those in the modern church, who claim new revelation from God, teaching?
The so-called modern day apostles and prophets have no new truth.

Galatians 1:11 For I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. 12 For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught , but I receive through a revelation of Jesus Christ.

The apostle Paul received his teaching from Jesus Christ.
The apostles were taught by Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
The words and writings of the apostles were Scripture.

If the modern churches do indeed have apostles and prophets of God, and are receiving "supplementary revelation," then why are they not adding these additional Scriptures to the Bible?
The answer is obvious. THERE ARE NO NEW REVELATIONS OF SCRIPTURE FROM GOD. THERE ARE NO "SUPPLEMENTARY REVELATIONS" TO THE BIBLE. GOD HAS SPOKEN ALL THE TRUTH WE NEED, AND IT IS IN THE BIBLE!

CAN MEN PARTICIPATE IN "SUPPLEMENTARY REVELATION" WITH IMPUNITY?

Deuteronomy 4:2 "You shall not add to the word which I commanded you, not take anything from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.

Israel was warned not to embrace "supplementary revelation."

Proverbs 30:5-6 Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. 6 Do not add to His words Or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar.

According to Scripture those who add to God's word are liars. What does that say about the churches who claim to have modern day apostles and prophets who are giving new revelations? They are in fact making their particular denomination the authority; therefore rendering the Bible as a secondary source, of a limited, and sometimes obsolete truth.

Revelation 22:18-19 I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city which are written in this book.

If the "supplementary revelation"that is proclaimed by these contemporary churches is true; then why do they not add it to the sixty-six books of the Bible?

The fact is, rather than add to the Bible, the so-call new revelations are written down in catechisms and other books supposedly inspired by God.

THE LAST VERSE OF SCRIPTURE WAS COMPLETED BY 100 A.D.-----There IS NO "SUPPLEMENTARY REVELATION" TO GOD'S WORD!        

Friday, November 21, 2014

BLIND VERSES OF SCRIPTURE--BY STEVE FINNELL


There are verses of Scripture no living person can see; why is that? There many religious doctrines that are stated as facts that cannot be cited in a single verse of Scripture.


BLIND VERSES

1. Men are saved by grace alone. No verse of Scripture can be cited where God says men are save by grace alone. Alone means alone every time it is used.

2. Men are saved by faith only. No verse of Scripture can be cited. Only always means only.

3. Men can have their sins forgiven before they are baptized in water. No verse of Scripture can be cited to prove that as a fact.

4. Water baptism is not essential to be saved. No verse can be cited, not even a proof-text can be cited.

5. The purpose of water baptism is for a testimony of faith to the community. No verse can be cited to affirm that doctrine.

6. Water baptism is simply an act of obedience and it is not in order to have sins forgiven. No verse can be cited in any Bible that states those presumptions as facts from God.  

7. The apostle Peter meant to say repent and be baptized because your sins have already been forgiven. No verse of Scripture can be cited to support that claim .

Blind verses of Scripture cannot save anyone; because they cannot be cited.

Man-made doctrine is not Scripture. Why do believers in Christ make statement that are not in the Bible?? Could it be to support the traditions of men?    

MANY ARE CALLED BUT FEW SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES FOR THE TRUTH--BY STEVE FINNELL


Many are called, however, most do not read the Bible to find God's truth. Most believers in Christ depend on finding the truth by searching church traditions. Is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth found in denominational catechisms, Bible commentaries, preachers sermons, the opinions of friends and family? Many are called but few put their trust in the Bible as the one and only source for absolute truth.

2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God...(NKJV)

Is all denominational doctrine given by the inspiration of God? If that is true, then why are there twenty thousand Christ believing denominations teaching different doctrines?

Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. (NKJV)

Not every word of church denominations is pure. God told us to put our trust in Him, He did not say to trust the denomination of our choice.

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

The Bereans searched the Scriptures for the truth. They did not search for the truth in the writings of the Roman Catholic Church, the Methodist Church, the Baptist Church, the Jehovah's Witness Church, the Mormon Church nor any other denomination.

Many are called, but few search the Scriptures to see if they have been properly called. 



       

DO YOU BELIEVE WHAT YOU PROCLAIM?   by steve finnell

Many believers proclaim certain things that they believe to be factual, but do their actions comport with their assertions?

Example number one: Many claim that the 1611 version of the King James Bible is the only accurate English translation of the Bible. The problem is the original 1611 King James Bible contained 80 books. The 14 books of the apocrypha were included in the original 1611 King James Version. The so-called 1611 King James Bible found in most book stores is actually the 1769 King James Version with the 14 apocryphal books removed.

King James only advocates do not read the original 1611 King James Bible.

Example number two: Faith only believers deny that water baptism is not essential in order to become saved. They discredit what Jesus said in Mark 16:16 "...and is baptized will be saved," by saying that because some of the earliest manuscripts did not have Mark 16:9-20, therefore Mark 16:16 should not be included in the Bible.

If they really believe that Mark 16:9-20 should not be in the Bible, then they should take scissors and cut it out of their Bibles. Does this happen? I doubt that it does.

Example number three: More than a few who deny the water baptism is for the forgiveness of sins say that Acts 2:38 has been mistranslated. They state that the Greek "eis" translated for the forgiveness of sins should have been translated because of the forgiveness of sins. I know of no translation that translates "eis" as because of, in Acts 2:38. I have checked out 60+ translations.

If men believe the Greek "eis" in Acts 2:38 should have been translated as because of, then they should take a black maker and blot out for and write in because of. Does this happen? I would guess it does not.

DO MEN REALLY BELIEVE WHAT THEY PROCLAIM TO BE TRUE?        

Thursday, November 20, 2014

DID THE 1ST CENTURY CHURCH HAVE NEW TESTAMENT SCRIPTURES?   BY STEVE FINNELL

The prevailing thought of many is that since the Bible was not canonized until sometime between 300 and 400 A.D. that the church of Christ did not have New Covenant Scriptures as their guide for faith and practice. That is simply factually incorrect.

The Lord's church of the first 400 years did not rely on the man-made traditions of men for New Testament guidance.

Jesus gave the terms for pardon 33 A.D. after His death and resurrecting. (Mark 16:16) All the words of Jesus were Scripture.Jesus did not have to wait for canonization of the New Testament in order for His word to be authorized.

The terms for pardon were repeated by the apostle Peter 33 A.D. on the Day of Pentecost. (Acts 2:22-42) The teachings of the apostles were Scripture. The words of the apostles were Scripture before they were canonized.

The apostle Peter said the apostle Paul's words were Scripture. (2 Peter 3:15-16...just as also our beloved brother Paul , according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, 16 as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand,which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures...

The apostle Paul's letters and words were Scriptures when he wrote and spoke them. Paul did not have to wait for canonization to authorize his doctrine.

John 14:25-26 'These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to you remembrance all that I said to you.

The words and writings of the apostles were Scripture and they did not have to wait for canonization to be deemed authoritative. The apostle did not use man-made creed books of the church or man-made oral traditions to teach the gospel of the New Covenant.

Did the early church have written New testament Scriptures? Yes, and they were shared among the different congregations. (Colossians 4:16 When the letter is read among you, have it read in the church of the Laodiceans and you, for your part read my letter that is coming from Laodica.) Paul's letters were Scripture and they were read in different churches.

They were New Testament Scriptures long before they were canonized.

WRITTEN

Matthew A.D. 70
Mark A.D. 55
Luke  between A.D. 59 and 63
John A.D. 85
Acts A.D. 63
Romans A.D. 57
1 Corinthians A.D. 55
2 Corinthians A.D. 55
Galatians A.D. 50
Ephesians A.D. 60
Philippians A.D. 61
Colossians A. D. 60
1 Thessalonians A.D. 51
2 Thessalonians A.D. 51 or 52
1 Timothy A.D. 64
2 Timothy A.D. 66
Titus A.D. 64
Philemon A.D. 64
Hebrews A.D. 70
James A.D. 50
1 Peter A.D. 64
2 Peter A.D. 66
1 John A.D. 90
2 John A.d. 90
3 John A.D. 90
Jude A.D. 65
Revelation A.D. 95
           
All 27 books of the New Testament were Scripture when they were written. They did not have wait until they were canonized before they became God's word to mankind.

Jesus told the eleven disciples make disciples and teach them all that He commanded. (Matthew 28:16-19) That was A.D. 33, They were teaching New Covenant Scripture from A.D. 33 forward. The apostles did not wait to preach the gospel until canonization occurred 300 to 400 years later.

THE WORDS OF JESUS AND THE APOSTLES WERE SCRIPTURE WHEN THEY WERE SPOKEN AND WRITTEN. THEY DID NOT HAVE TO WAIT FOR CANONIZATION TO BE THE AUTHORIZED WORD OF GOD.

MAN-MADE CREED BOOKS AND MAN-MADE ORAL TRADITION WAS AND IS NOT SCRIPTURE.


AS A MATTER OF FACT! When God said "Let Us make man in Our image, (Genesis 1:27) it was God's Word.  God's creation of  man was true before it  was canonized 6000+ years later.  The book of Genesis was Scripture the moment it was written.  Man-Made oral tradition was not, nor will it ever be Scripture.

  
       
         

PURPOSE DENIAL?  by steve finnell


Is it possible to deny the purpose of faith, confession, repentance, and water baptism and still be saved?

John 8:24 'Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins."

Is it possible for men to assert that they believe that Jesus is the Son of God and then profess that their belief has nothing to do with their salvation; and still have their sins forgiven?  Is purpose denial compatible with salvation?

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.

Can men assert they that believe in Jesus, but it has nothing to do with them receiving eternal life? Is purpose denial compatible with salvation?

Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;

Is it plausible that men can confess Jesus as Lord and believe in the resurrection and then proclaim it has no effect, and is not essential for them to be saved? Can they still be saved? Is purpose denial compatible with salvation?

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.

If men say I repented (that is, I made the commitment to turn from sin and turn toward God) and I was immersed in water, however, repentance and baptism have nothing to do with forgiveness of my sin? Is that a valid repentance and baptism? Is purpose denial compatible with salvation?

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

Can men proclaim that they believed and were baptized in water,  and then profess that  they believe that faith and baptism were not essential in order for them to be saved?  Can that kind of faith save anyone? Is purpose denial compatible with salvation.

CAN MEN BE SAVED EVEN IF THEY CONTRADICT THE BIBLICAL PURPOSE OF FAITH, REPENTANCE, CONFESSION AND WATER BAPTISM?    

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

FREE TO SEEK AND CHOOSE GOD?  by steve finnell


Do men have the free-will to seek and choose God? Yes, they do. God does not select some individuals for salvation and then choose all others to rot in hell? No,men have free-will. If men do not have free-will how can they possibly read and understand Scriptures? If men do not have free-will why did Jesus tell His disciples to preach the gospel to every creature? (Mark 16:15) 

Joshua 24:15 "And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." (NKJV)

Men are free to choose God or reject Him.

Judges 6:10 'Also I said to you, "I am the Lord your God ; do not fear the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But you have not obeyed My voice." (NKJV)

All men have the free-will to obey or disobey God.

1 Kings 18:20-21......21 And Elijah came to all the people, and said, "How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, then follow him." ....(NKJV)

The children of Israel had the free-will to choose.

Matthew 23:37 "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing. (NKJV)

If Jerusalem was not willing, then they obviously had free-will.

Acts 15:16-17 'After this I will return And will rebuild the tabernacle  of David which has fallen down. I will build its ruins, And I will set it up, 17 So that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, Even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, Says the Lord who does all theses things.' (NKJV)

Every Jew and every Gentile has the opportunity to seek the Lord.  Salvation through Jesus Christ is available to all who seek Him.

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (NKJV)

Men could not seek God if they did not have free-will.

If Men did not have free-will they would not need a Savior; because their sins would be committed through no fault of their own.

Satan does not cause men to sin. They have free-will.

God does not cause men to reject Him or His Son Jesus Christ. Men have free-will.

God does not cause people to believe the gospel and obey the terms of pardon. They have free-will.  

       




SPIRITUAL SUICIDE  by steve finnell


In 1955 James Warren Jones founded the "People's Temple" (purportedly a Christian congregation)in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Jonestown , Guyana November 18, 1978. Jim Jones and 900 of his followers committed mass suicide. Jim Jones had previously proclaimed to his people that they did not need the Bible. He told them all they needed was him. He then ripped the Bible and threw it to the ground.

The authority for the "Peoples Temple" was the tradition set by the church, Jim Jones was the church authority. Had the followers of Jim Jones accepted the Bible, and the Bible alone as their authority, there would not have been a mass suicide. The spiritual suicide came first.

Following man-made tradition can lead to spiritual suicide.

1 Timothy 4:1-3 But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, 3 men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth.

Jim Jones was a liar when he told his congregation they did not need the Bible. Are men telling the truth when they says church tradition is the final authority for faith and practice? Do men teach truth when they assert that new books of revelation are from God and they supersede the authority of the Bible.

Do church catechisms, creed books, statements of faith, so-call books of new revelation from God, and other books written by men, annul, displace, supplant or supersede the authority of the Bible?

Mark 7:7-8 'But in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men. 8 Neglecting the commandments of God, you hold to the traditions of men."

Those who deny that God's word is found in the Bible and the Bible alone have a tendency to invent their own doctrines.

2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God....

Was Jim Jones inspired by God when he said his followers did not need the Bible? There are those who claim church catechisms are the evolution of God's word, are they inspired by God? When men announce that their new books of revelation annul or supplant the Bible, are they inspired by God? If you honestly believe that creed books should be the authority of your church congregation, are you being inspired by God?

TRUST THE BIBLE AND THE BIBLE ALONE AND YOU WILL NOT HAVE WORRY ABOUT COMMITTING SPIRITUAL SUICIDE!


(All Scripture quotes from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)  

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

DELUSIONAL THINKING? by steve finnell


2 Thessalonians 2:1-12....10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe in righteousness. (NKJV)

Men need to love the truth in order to be saved. Where is the truth always found? The truth is always present in the Bible and the Bible alone. Bible commentaries are men's opinions. Church creed books are the thoughts of men or at best man's interpretation of Scripture. Books about the Bible are exactly that, books about the Bible, they are not the Bible.

Man's thoughts can be reasonable lucid conclusions or they can be delusional.

1. Men say belief in Jesus is just one of many ways men can be saved. It that lucid or delusional?  

Acts 4:10-12....that by the name of Jesus...12 "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men which we must be saved." (NKJV)

2. Men say praying to the Virgin Mary is not contrary to Scripture nor is it worship to pray to Mary. Is that lucid or delusional?

Matthew 6:9 "In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. (NKJV)

Jesus never told anyone to pray to the Virgin Mary.

Matthew 4:10 Then Jesus said to him, "Away with you, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only  you shall serve.'" (NKJV)

WORSHIP DEFINED: reverent honor and homage paid to God or a sacred personage, or to any object regarded as sacred.

Prayer to any person or anything is worship. Praying to the Virgin Mary is worship.

Ecclesiastes 9:5 For the living know that they will die; But the dead know nothing, And they have no more reward, For the memory is forgotten. (NKJV)

Even if men pray to the dead, the dead do not hear them. Only God hears and answers prayers.

3. Men affirm that water baptism is not essential for the  forgiveness of sins and that men are saved before water baptism. Is that lucid or delusional?

Colossians 2:12-13 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your  trespasses and uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, (NKJV)

If men do not believe that God forgives them of trespasses following their faith and being buried in baptism, is that lucid or delusional?

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

If men honestly believe that, "will be saved," means they are already saved, is that lucid or delusional?

4. Men teach that there are many variations of the gospel and its terms of pardon. Is that lucid or delusional?

 Galatians 1:8 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)

The way the apostles told men how to become saved. A. Faith:John 3:16. B. Confession: Romans 10:9. C. Repentance: Acts 2:38. D. Immersion in water: Acts 22:16, 1 Peter 3:21, Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16, Galatians 3:27.


Lucid thinking or delusional conclusions?         

  

   


THE BATTLE OF THE BIBLE TRANSLATIONS  by steve finnell


Are there translations of the Bible that are not trustworthy? I know of one or two translations out of sixty-plus English  translations that are not trustworthy. Many take the position that the King James Bible is the only dependable translation of God's word.

A TRANSLATION COMPARISON.

KING JAMES BIBLE (KJV)
THE LIVING BIBLE-Paraphrased (TLB)
NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE (NASB)

John 3:16 For God so loved world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.(KJV)

John 3:16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that anyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (TLB-P)

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

You will notice in the KJV and the TLB-P use lower case when translating, he and him. The NASB uses He and Him when talking about God and Jesus. Should God and Jesus be capitalized? Of course. Does that mean that the KJV and TLB-P are not trustworthy translations? NO IT DOES NOT. All three translations say the same thing.

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (KJV)

Acts 2:38 And Peter replied, "Each one of you must turn from sin, return to God, and be baptized in the name Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; then you also shall receive this gift, the Holy Spirit. (TLB-P)

Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (NASB)

Notice all three translation say that in order to have your sins forgiven you must repent and be baptized. Some deny that repentance and baptism are essential for sins to be forgiven. MEN DENY THIS, NOT BECAUSE OF INACCURATE TRANSLATIONS. THEY SIMPLY CHOSE NOT TO BELIEVE IT.

Men are not going to be lost because of faulty translations. Men are lost because they refuse to believe in the translations they trust.

99% of all translation are trustworthy. My translation, of choice, is the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE. You can get to heaven by reading the KJV, TLB-P, the NIV and many other translations.


JUST PICK A TRANSLATION AND BELIEVE WHAT GOD SAYS.  
  

   

Monday, November 17, 2014

IS POPE FRANCIS THE VICAR OF CHRIST?  by steve finnell


Is Pope Francis the vicar of Christ? The Roman Catholic Church teaches that to be true. A vicar is someone acting in the place of another.

 Catholic doctrine says the pope is the chief shepherd of the church of Christ.

The Roman Catholic Church claims that the pope is the head of the church of Christ on earth.

What does the Bible say?

1. Matthew 28:18 Then Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. (NKJV)

Jesus has all authority.

2. Colossians 1:13-13  ...the kingdom of the Son of His love,.....18 And He is the head of the body, the church...(NKJV)

Jesus is the head of the church.

3. 1 Peter 5:4 and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away. (NKJV)

Jesus is the Chief Shepherd.

QUOTE FROM THE THE ROMAN CATHOLIC VICAR OF CHRIST, POPE FRANCIS.

"The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! "Father, the atheists? Even the atheist. Everyone! And this Blood makes us children of God of the first class. We are created children in the likeness of God and the Blood of Christ has redeemed us all. And we all have a duty to do good. And this commandment for everyone to do good, I think is a beautiful path towards peace. If we, each doing our part, if we do good to others, if we meet there, doing good, and we go slowly, gently. little by little, we will make that culture of encounter: We need that so much. We must meet one another doing good. 'But I don't believe , Father, I am an atheist!' But do good: We will meet one another there."

What does the Bible say about unrepentant atheists?  2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, (NKJV)

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

Obeying the gospel is simply believing and being immersed in water. You must know God and obey the gospel of Christ.

Good works cannot saved anyone, including atheists.

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, lest anyone should boast.(NKJV)

Salvation is a free gift of God. No good works are required. Obeying the gospel of Christ by believing and being immersed in water (baptized) obtains that free gift.

No man can take the place of Jesus Christ on earth or in heaven.  

         
WHO IS IN CHARGE?  by steve finnell

Who is responsible for oversight of the church of Christ?

First let us establish that Jesus Christ is head of His church.

Colossians 1:13-18.....18 He is also head of the body, the church......

Ephesians 5:23...as Christ also is the head of the church....

The question remains who are the men responsible for the oversight of the Lord's church?

Did God put a pastor, a bishop, an elder, or an overseer in charge of shepherding His church?

Pastor, bishop, elder and overseer are the same office.

Men were given the oversight of each, local, church of Christ.

Acts 14:23 When they had appointed elders for them in every church, having prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they believed.

Elders (plural) were appointed in each church congregation.

Titus 1:5-7 For this reason I left you in Crete, that you would set in order what remains and appoint elders in every city as I directed you.....7 For the overseer must be above reproach....

Elders were appointed in every city where there was a church of Christ. Elders were also referred to as overseers (some translations use the word bishops).

Acts 20:17-28 From Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called to him the elders of the church.......28 Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.

Notice: Elders (plural), and overseers (plural). Elders and overseers are used interchangeably and are told to shepherd the church.

1 Peter 5:1-2 Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed, 2 shepherd the flock of God among you exercising oversight...

Note: Elders (plural), were told to shepherd the flock of God.  Peter said he was one of the elders. Peter did not say he was the Pope or the Head Elder.

Ephesians 4:11 And He gave some......as pastors.....

The word pastor means shepherd.

Elder, bishop, overseer and pastor are all the same office and they are to shepherd the local churches of Christ.

The oversight of the local church is to be a plurality of ELDERS (overseers, bishops, pastors).

There is no mention in the Bible of one pastor ruling a single church. There is no Scripture indicating one man should rule a world wide church. There is nothing in the Bible that tells us to set up a church board to oversee the local church. God never set up different denominations to be ruled by groups of men. There is no office of Pope or priest mentioned under the New Covenant church of Christ.

JESUS CHRIST IS THE HEAD OF HIS CHURCH! A PLURALITY OF ELDERS ARE TO HAVE OVERSIGHT OF EACH LOCAL CONGREGATION.

(All Scripture quotes from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)  

Sunday, November 16, 2014

WHAT DOES FAITH WITHOUT OBEDIENCE ACHIEVE?  by steve finnell


Is salvation effectuated without obedience? Can "faith only" save men from their sins? 

Faith and obedience have always been linked to produce positive results.

FAITH ONLY AND LEPROSY?

Naaman thought God would cure his leprosy by "faith only."

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.'

Naaman had faith in the God of Elisha, however, his leprosy was not cured without obedience.

2 Kings 5:14 So he 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 flesh of a little child and he was clean.

Faith without obedience accomplishes nothing.

FAITH ONLY AND A  BRONZE SERPENT?

The people of Israel believed the Lord could save them from dying from snake bites. They had faith.

Numbers 21:7-8 So the people came to Moses and said , "We have sinned, because we have spoken against the Lord and you; intercede with Lord, that He may remove the serpents from us." And Moses interceded for the people. 8. And the Lord said to Moses, "Make a fiery serpent , and set it on a standard; and it shall come about, that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, he will live.

They had faith that God could save them from the serpents, however, without the obedience of looking at the serpent of bronze they would have perished.

Faith without obedience produces nothing.

RAHAB, FAITH ONLY?

Hebrews 11:31 By faith Rahab the harlot did not perish along with those who were disobedient, after she had welcomed the spies in peace.

Was Rahab saved from perishing by "faith only" or faith plus obedience?

Joshua 2:17-21 The men said to her, We shall be free from this oath to you which we made us swear, 18 unless, when we come into the land, you tie this cord of scarlet thread in the window through which you let us down, and gather to yourself into the house your father and mother and your brothers and all your father's household.......

Rahab was not saved from death by "faith only".  She was saved by faith and she was saved by being obedient, in that, she tied the scarlet thread from her window and kept her family in the house.

Faith without obedience bring about nothing.

WAS NOAH SAVED BY FAITH ONLY?

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

Was Noah saved from the flood the minute he trusted God or did he need to build the ark? Noah was saved by faith plus obedience. Can you imagine Noah telling God I will build the ark but it has nothing to do with me being saved from the flood?

Faith without obedience produces nothing.

DID THE WALLS OF JERICHO FALL DOWN BY FAITH ONLY?

Hebrews 11:30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days.

The walls of Jericho did not fall down the moment that Joshua had faith. They fell down after seven days of obedience. (Joshua 6:1-5)

Faith without obedience achieves nothing.

FOR BELIEVERS IN CHRIST "FAITH ONLY" PRODUCES NOTHING.

Acts 5:32 And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him."

Hebrews 5:9 And having  been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation,

FAITH PLUS OBEDIENCE=SALVATION.

OBEDIENT BY BELIEVING: 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.

OBEDIENCE IN CONFESSION: Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart the God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

OBEDIENCE IN REPENTANCE: Acts 3:19 Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;
(Repentance is the commitment to turn from sin and to turn toward God)

OBEDIENCE IN WATER BAPTISM: Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized in the name name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

FAITH PLUS OBEDIENCE, SALVATION IN TWO HOURS MORE OR LESS. NO WORKS OF THE LAW ARE REQUIRED.