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Thursday, May 5, 2016

SALVATION AND WATER BAPTISM? by steve finnell


The question is can anyone be saved from the penalty of sin without being baptized in water? What do the Scriptures say? What do some men say? What is correct, God's word as found in the Bible or certain opinions of some men?

Acts 2:38 Peter answered them, "All of you must turn to God and change the way you think and act, and each of you must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins will be forgiven. Then you will receive the Holy Spirit as a gift.(GW)

Certain men say baptism is simply an act of obedience.

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

Some men say shall be saved means you are already saved before baptism.

Ephesians 5:26 to make her holy and clean, washed by baptism and God's word; (TLB)

Some would claim Jesus does not make the church holy and clean using water baptism.

1 Peter 3:21 Baptism is like that. It saves you--not because it removes dirt from your body but because it is the mark of a good conscience toward God Your salvation comes through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, (CEB)

Those who believe in salvation by "faith only" claim water baptism has no part in man's salvation.

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)

Water baptism deniers claim that baptized for the remission of sins actually means baptized because your sins have already been forgiven.

Mark 16:16 The one having believed and having been baptized will be saved. But the one having not-believed will be condemned. (DLNT)

Opponents of water baptism for salvation profess that, having been baptized will be saved, does not mean that salvation follows water baptism.

Ephesians 5:26 that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. (NKJV)

The anti-water baptism crowd says that washing of water does not mean water; therefore Jesus did not cleanse the church or make her holy using water baptism.

1 Peter 3:21 Therefore, is also an antitype which now saves us, namely baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but an answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. (NKJV)

The faith only advocates say baptism is for a testimony of faith, however, it has no part in saving anyone.

Acts 2:38 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-The Thompson  Chain-Reference Bible)

Some men proclaim that, baptized so your sins may be forgiven, is false because men are forgiven the minute they believe.

THERE ARE NO SCRIPTURES THAT STATE: 1. Water baptism is not in order to the remission of sins. 2. That baptism is not essential for salvation. 3. That men are forgiven of sin before they are baptized in water. 

You can trust what God says in His Bible or you can believe the opinions of men. I will put my trust in the Scriptures.   

     

   

DO CHRISTIANS PASS ON THE GUILT OF ADAM'S SIN?  by steve finnell


 Do men inherit the guilt of Adam's sin? Is mankind guilty of sin at birth? The answer is no and no.

How would it be possible for Christian parents to pass on sin to their infant children?

Revelation 1:5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sin in His own blood. (NKJV)

The blood of Christ washes Christians from all sin. Christians were never guilty of Adam's sin, however, if they were the blood of Christ would have washed the guilt away.

Infants do inherit the sin of Adam nor the sins of their parents.

Men need forgiveness from the sins they themselves commit.

No man will go to hell for the sins someone else committed.    

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

INHERITED SIN (ORIGINAL SIN)  BY STEVE FINNELL


Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden. Does all mankind inherit Adam's sin?

The doctrine of "Inherited Sin" (Original Sin) is as follows: The guilt of Adam's sin is imputed to all men. Man is by nature totally depraved. Even infants in their mother's womb are infected, which produces in man all sorts of sin. Original sin is forgiven only by baptism, hence when an unbaptized baby dies it cannot enter the kingdom of God.

Is inherited sin taught in Scripture or is it a man-made tradition?

If all men are born sinners, that would make Jesus guilty of sin.

WAS JESUS GUILTY OF SIN?

Hebrews 2:9-17 .......17 Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

Jesus was made like us in all things. According to the advocates of inherited sin, that would make Jesus guilty of sin.

Hebrews 7:24-26 but Jesus....26 For it was fitting for us to have a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens;

Jesus was not guilty of original sin or any other kind of sin.

There are only two kinds of sin mentioned the Bible sins of omission and committed sins.

SINS OF OMISSION

James 4:17 Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.
Matthew 25:41-46 'Then He will also say to those on His left, 'Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared foe the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink..................

Are infants guilty of the sin of omission? Obviously not.

COMMITTED SINS

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

Do babies, in their mother's womb, practice sin? I do not think so.

John 3:19 This is the judgement, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.

Do infants love the darkness because their deeds are evil? I know of not one infant committing evil deeds.

John 8:34 Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.

Are babies in the womb committing sins, therefore making themselves slaves to sin? No they are not.

Colossians 1:21 And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds,

Did the apostle Paul mean they were engaged in evil deeds when they were in the womb, infants, or small children? No.

Matthew 19:14 But Jesus said, "Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to me, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."

It the proponents of inherited sin (original sin) are correct, Jesus was saying; the kingdom of heaven belongs to these totally depraved little sinners.

When we all stand before Jesus on Judgment Day, if we are condemned, it will be because of our own unforgiven sins. We will not be sent to hell because of Adam's sin.

INHERITED SIN (ORIGINAL SIN) IS MAN-MADE DOCTRINE.  

FREE-WILL IS A SCRIPTURAL REALITY  BY STEVE FINNELL


Does God control who is saved and who is lost? Is it man's choice or is it God who dictates man's decisions concerning salvation and the Christian's lifestyle?

FREE-WILL

John 5:39-40 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me, 40 and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.

Jesus was speaking to certain Jews who were trying to kill Him. Jesus said they were unwilling to come to Him. They had free-will; they just rejected Him.

Luke 6:46 "Why do you call Me, Lord, Lord,' and do not what I say?

Why would Jesus ask, why they disobeyed, if they did not have free-will? If they did not have a choice, Jesus would have commanded them to do His will. They would have had no option, but to obey.

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

These men resisted the Holy Spirit . You cannot resist the Holy Spirit if you do not have free-will.

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.

The Lord does not want any to perish. If men do not have free-will, everyone would have already repented. All mankind would be saved. Without the free-will of man the Lord would not need patience.

1 Peter 5:8-9 Be sober of spirit, be on alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.

It would be a hollow warning to tell Christians to resist the devil, if men do not have free-will. Resisting the devil would be impossible without free-will.

Without free-will , there would be no sin that could be resisted.

Without free-will, no man could resist the gospel, and all who heard it would be saved.

SATAN WANTS YOU TO BELIEVE THAT YOU DO NOT HAVE A CHOICE.

ALL MEN HAVE FREE-WILL!    

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

PREORDAINED TO BE LOST? steve finnell


Were the thousands of those who rejected the gospel on the Day of Pentecost preordained to disbelieve and die in their sins? Three thousand obeyed the gospel and were saved, however, thousands disbelieved. (Acts 2:22-41)

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." (NASB)

Why did Jesus tell the unbelieving Pharisees they had to believe in order to have their sins forgiven if they had been preordained to believe and be saved or had been preordained to disbelieve and die in their sins? Why? Because, like everyone else the Pharisees had the free-will to believe the gospel or reject it.

Christians have been predestined for salvation, however, individuals have not been preordained to believe and become Christians.  

 

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!        

Monday, May 2, 2016

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. 



       

Sunday, May 1, 2016

IS THE CHURCH JESUS BUILT AN ECUMENICAL ASSEMBLY?   BY STEVE FINNELL

Ecumenical defined: Christian unity aimed at achieving universal Christian unity through interdenominational organizations.

Jesus prayed for unity. (John 17:20-21 "I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they may all be one, as You Father, are in Me,  and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.)(NKJV)

1 Corinthians 1:10 Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgement.(NKJV)

Here listed are some of the denominations and churches who are involved in the ecumenical assemblies. Wesleyan churches, the Roman Catholic Church, Lutherans, The Salvation Army, United Church of Christ, Independent Christian Churches, Methodists, Presbyterian Churches, Baptists, Pentecostal Churches, and Quakers, to name just a few.

These churches do not speak the same thing. They teach different ways to become saved. They teach conflicting doctrines about how to remain saved. They do not agree on how to have sins forgiven. They declare various and sundry terms for pardon from sin. They differ on the essential doctrines of Christianity.

To refer to these associations as ecumenical give misnomer a bad name. How can the different churches cooperate in charitable causes? How they join together in Bible study and worship? There can only be true unity in the truth found in Scripture. God did not create nor approve of different doctrines for thousands of denominations and church groups.


The true ecumenical church is the one founded on the Day of Pentecost 33 AD. The statement of faith is the New Testament Scriptures. Jesus died for one church, His church.