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Monday, June 29, 2015

BIBLE TRANSLATIONS   BY STEVE FINNELL


The thought process of some Christians is puzzling to say the least. Why do some believers in Christ question that God has the power to guide men to translate  Bibles that are inerrant, trustworthy, accurate, faultless, reliable, infallible.

Some of the same Christians who believe the following miracles of the Bible, doubt that God can produce an inerrant translation of the Bible.

They believe that Aaron's staff became a serpent. (Exodus 7:10-12) However they do not believe that translations of the Bible are trustworthy.

They believe Jesus was resurrected from the dead. (John 21:14) However they do not agree that Bible translations are inerrant.

They believe that the dead man Elisha stood up on his feet. (2 Kings 13:20-21) However they doubt that Bible translations are infallible.

They believe Jesus brought Lazarus  back from the dead. (John 11:37-44) However they do not affirm that Bible translations are reliable.

They believe that God turned Lots wife into a pillar of salt. (Genesis 19:26) However they are not convince that God has given us a translation of the Bible that is accurate.

Even those who state that the King James translation is the only accurate translation, believe that Mark 16:16 does mean what is says: They say "Has been baptized shall be saved" actually means, "Has already been saved before they were baptized." The assert that Acts 2:38 actually means "Be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ because your sins have already been forgiven." They really do not trust the KJV either. 

Ninety-nine percent of the Bible translations are accurate, trustworthy, inerrant translations of God's word.

A few of my favorites are New American Standard Bible, King James Version, New King James Version, English Standard Version, and New International Version. There are also many other reliable translations.         

Sunday, June 28, 2015

GOD'S WORD VERSUS BAPTIST DOCTRINE by steve finnell


If Baptist doctrine contradicts the word of God which one is correct?

Baptist Doctrine: Perseverance of the saints, AKA as once saved always saved.

God's Word: Galatians 5:1-4.... You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified  by law; you have fallen from grace. (NKJV)

God's Word: Hebrews 6:4-6 4 For it is impossible......6 if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance.....(NKJV)

God's Word: Hebrews 3:12 Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; (NKJV)

God's Word: 1 Timothy 4:1...some will depart from the faith...(NKJV)

Christians can become lost. 

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Baptist Doctrine: Water baptism is not essential for the forgiveness of sins and is not essential in order to be saved.

God's Word: Acts 2:38 ....and let everyone of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.....(NKJV)

God's Word: Mark 16:16 ....and is baptized will be saved...(NKJV)

God's Word: 1 Peter 3:21 There is an antitype which now saves us, namely baptism...(NKJV)

God's Word: Acts 22:16...Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins...(NKJV)

God's Word: Colossians 2:12 -13 buried with Him in baptism...13...having forgiven you all trespasses,(NKJV)

God's Word: Ephesians 5:25-27 ....Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it 26 that He might sanctify and wash it with the washing of water by the word,(NKJV)

God's Word: Romans 6:4-7 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death.......7 For he who has died has been freed from sin.(NKJV)

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


Being immersed in water is an essential part of the gospel plan of salvation.

Galatians 1:8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. (NKJV) 

The apostles did not preach Baptist doctrine, they preached the word of God.

Denominations were not formed so they could preach the apostles' doctrine. Denominations were formed so they could change the apostles' doctrine. If all denominations preached only God's word, there would be just one church, the church of Jesus Christ.    


  


    

QUESTIONS AND OBSERVATIONS ABOUT SABBATH KEEPING BY STEVE FINNELL


Why do believers in Christ who claim to be sabbath keepers fail to keep the laws of the sabbath? Christians were never instructed to remember the sabbath and keep it holy.

The command to remember the sabbath and keep it holy was given to Israel and Israel alone. It was not restated under the New Covenant.

Deuteronomy 5:1-15 Then Moses summoned all Israel and said to them: "Hear, O Israel, the statutes and the ordinances which I am speaking today in your hearing, that you may learn them and observe them carefully.......12 'Observe the sabbath day to keep it holy, as the Lord your God has commanded you......

New Testament instructions concerning Old Covenant sabbath keeping.

Romans 14:5-6 One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully  convinced in his own mind. 6 He who observes the day , observes it for the Lord.....
Colossians 2:14-16....Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a  festival  or a new moon or a Sabbath day---

Christians are free to worship any day they wish, be it Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday etc. Christians are free to work any day they wish. There is no New testament command to remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.

SO-CALLED MODERN DAY SABBATH KEEPERS DO NOT KEEP THE SABBATH NOR DO THEY PUNISH THEIR MEMBERS WHO BREAK IT.

Exodus 31:15 For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a sabbath of complete rest, holy to the Lord, whoever does work on the sabbath day shall surely be put to death.
Numbers 15:32-36 Now while the sons of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering wood on the sabbath day........35 Then the Lord said to Moses, "The man shall surely be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp." .......

THERE ARE ONLY FALSE SABBATH KEEPERS TODAY.
REMEMBER THE SABBATH AND KEEP IT HOLY IS NOT A CHRISTIAN LAW.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

JESUS DIED FOR ALL MEN   BY STEVE FINNELL


Jesus died for all men, however, all men will not be saved. God loves everyone, but salvation is conditional.

JESUS DIED FOR ALL MEN

1 Timothy 2:5-6.....the man Jesus Christ, 6 who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.

Jesus paid the price of salvation for all men, not just for a selected few.

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

Jesus tasted death for everyone. Jesus did not die for a preselected few.

Mark 16:15 And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

Jesus did not send the disciples to preach to only those that had been hand picked by God for salvation. The disciples were to preach to all the world. Jesus died for every person in the world  then and now.

THERE WILL BE ONLY A FEW WHO WILL BE SAVED.

Matthew 7:13-14 "Enter through the narrow gate, for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Heaven will not be crowded.

SALVATION IS AVAILABLE FOR ALL, BUT IT IS CONDITIONAL.

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

Salvation is available to all who believe. Salvation is conditional.

Matthew 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen."

All men who have heard the gospel have been called. The chosen are the ones who believe. It is a personal choice. Men have free will.

CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD.

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

How do men call on the name of the Lord? They call on His name by FAITH-REPENTANCE-CONFESSION-and WATER BAPTISM.

FAITH: John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.

REPENTANCE: Acts 3:19 Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 17 30-31 Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring that all people everywhere should repent, 31......

All people who want to be saved need to repent of their unbelief and make the commitment to turn from their sinful lifestyle and turn toward God.

CONFESSION: Matthew 10:32 "Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. Romans 10:9-10 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; 10.......Acts 37[And Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may, And he answered and said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God."]

WATER BAPTISM: 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. 1 Peter 3:20-21 ....safely through the water. 21 Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you---not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience---through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.

JESUS DIED FOR ALL MEN, HOWEVER, ALL MEN WILL NOT BE SAVED BECAUSE SALVATION IS CONDITIONAL! 
SALVATION IS A CHOICE. MEN HAVE THE FREE-WILL TO MAKE THAT CHOICE.

MEN CAN BE SAVED IN TWO HOURS MORE OR LESS. MEN JUST HAVE TO MEET GOD'S TERMS FOR PARDON.

(All Scripture from : NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)

Friday, June 26, 2015

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS   BY STEVE FINNELL

The Ten Commandments were given by God to the nation of Israel as a covenant. The Ten commandments were not given to those living under the New Covenant. Nine of the Ten Commandments have been restated under the New Covenant. The one commandment that has not been restated under the New Covenant is remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
New Testament Christians worship on the Lord's Day, "Sunday."

TEN COMMANDMENTS GIVEN TO ISRAEL

Exodus 34:27-28 The the Lord said to Moses, "Write these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel." 28 So he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did not eat bread or drink water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the Ten Commandments.

The covenant was made with Israel. It was not made with those living under the New Testament (The New Covenant).

NINE OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS ARE RESTATED UNDER  IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

Ten Commandments with Israel. (Exodus 20:1-17) 
1. "You shall have no other Gods before Me.

Restated in the New Testament. Matthew 4:10

2. "You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness  of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.

Restated in the New Testament. 1 John 5:21, Revelation 21:8

3. "You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.

Restated in the New Testament. Matthew 6:6, Acts 19:13-16, Matthew 5:33-37, James 5:12, Matthew 7:21-23, Mark 7:7

4. "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Exodus 20:8-11....9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or female servant  or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you.....

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy has not been restated in the New Testament.

5. "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.

Restated in the New Testament. Ephesians 6:1-3

6. "You shall not murder.

Restated in the New Testament. 1 John 3:15

7. "You shall not commit adultery.

Restated in the New Testament. 1 Corinthians 6:9

8. "You shall not steal.

Restated in the New testament. Ephesians 4:28, 

9. "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Restated in the New Testament. Luke 3:14, Matthew 15:19

10. "You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall shall not covet your neighbor's wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or any thing that belongs to your neighbor.

Restated in the New Testament. Ephesians 5:5

Christians under the New Covenant did not and do not worship on the Sabbath nor did they, nor do they keep it holy. Christians worshiped and worship on Sunday, the Lord's Day, the first day of the week.

Acts 20:7 On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul began talking to them, intending to leave the next day, and prolonged his message until midnight.

1 Corinthians 16:1-2 Now concerning the collection for the saints, I directed the churches of Galatia, so do you also. 2 On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I come.

Sunday is not the Sabbath, it is the Lord's Day. 

The Sabbath that Christians should be concerned about is their final resting place.

Hebrews 4:9-11 So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. 10 For the one who has entered His rest has Himself also rested from works, as God did from His. 11 Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience.

   

Thursday, June 25, 2015

GOD WANTS ALL MEN TO BE SAVED by steve finnell


Contrary to what some believe, God wants all men to be saved from the penalty of sin.

God predestined all who would believe in Jesus Christ to be saved.

God did not individually select who would be predestined for salvation. God does not force men to believe that Jesus is the Christ.

Ephesians 1:4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,(NKJV)

Who was chosen? Those who responded to the gospel and were saved. They were not selected individually to be saved apart from their free-will.

Ephesians 1:5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.(NKJV)

Who were those who were predestined? 

Galatians 3:26-27 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.(NKJV)

Who  were those who were predestined? Those who had faith in Christ Jesus. Those who were baptized into Christ. No one was preselected  to be individually forced to believe and be baptized against their will.

GOD WANTS ALL MEN TO BE SAVED

Titus 3:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.(NKJV)

Grace is available to all men. Not to just a few Calvinists.

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

God wants all men to be saved, not just few special preselected men.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.(NKJV)

God does not want any to perish. God has not preordained which individuals will be saved and which ones will be lost.

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

If men have been preselected for salvation and can never be lost, why should they worry about the devil devouring them?

Acts 17:30 "Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent,(NKJV)

Why would God tell men who were predestined to burn in hell to repent? If God selects people for hell it would be impossible to repent.


The gospel is still available for all. Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved....(NKJV)    

       

IS JESUS GOD THE FATHER?  BY STEVE FINNELL


The question remains in the minds of some. Is Jesus, God the Father? Are Jesus and the Father one in the same. No, Jesus as is not God the Father.

1 Corinthians 11:3 But  I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.

1. Is Christ and every man the same thing? No.
2. Is man and woman the same? No.
3. Is Christ, God the Father and the head of Himself in the form of Jesus? No. God the Father is the head of Jesus the Christ. God the Father is not the Christ.

John 14:28 You heard that I said to you, 'I go away, and I will come to you.' If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.

If Jesus is God the Father how could He be greater than Himself? How could Jesus go to Himself?

John 20:17 Jesus said to her, "Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, 'I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.'"

If you believe that Jesus is God the Father, then you would have to believe that Jesus was calling Himself, His Father and His God.

Philippians 2:5-10 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, ..... 9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth.

God the Father exalted Jesus. Jesus did not exalt Himself. Jesus is not God the Father.

1 Corinthians 15:24-28 then comes the end when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and authority and power........28 When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.

If Jesus is the Father, then how will He put Himself into subjection to Himself? 

JESUS IS NOT GOD THE FATHER.
Jesus is the Son of God.
Jesus is the Christ.
Jesus is the Savior of all who meet His terms for pardon.
Jesus is the Lord of Lord and the King of Kings.
Jesus is one of the three persons in the God Head.
Jesus shed His blood so men can receive forgiveness of sins.
Jesus was a miracle worker.
All things that came into being were created through Jesus.
HOWEVER, JESUS IS NOT GOD THE FATHER  

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

ORIGINAL SIN ROMANS 5:19 by steve finnell


Are all men guilty of sin because of Adam's sin in the Garden of Eden? No, they are not. Will men spend eternity in hell because Adam sinned? No, they will not.

Original sin advocates present Romans 5:19 as a proof-text for original sin.

Romans 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous.(NKJV)

The theory is that because Adam was disobedient in the Garden of Eden, then all men are guilty of sin at birth. Men are guilty of sin because they sin, not because Adam sinned.

Are all men made righteous because of the obedience of Jesus? No, they are not. Men become righteous only if they are obedient to the gospel plan of salvation.

All men are not sinners because Adam sinned.
All men are not righteous because Jesus did not sin.

Romans 3:23 for have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (NKJV)

All men become sinners because all men sin.

1 John 3:4 Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.(NKJV)

All who commit sin are sinners. Being born is not committing sin. Being born is not a lawless act.

James 1:14-15 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. (NKJV)

Temptation comes before sin. Babies in the womb are not tempted. Infants do give into the desires of fornication, drunkenness, theft, murder etc. Only those who know good from evil are capable of sin.

Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned---(NKJV) [BECAUSE ALL SINNED]

Adam introduce sin into the world. All men will die physically because of Adam' sin. Men will suffer spiritual death, because they themselves sinned.

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgement of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.(NKJV)

Men will be judged according to things they have done. Men are not going to be judged by what Adam and Eve did in the Garden of Eden.

The only way to escape the punishment of sin is forgiveness through Jesus Christ.


ORIGINAL SIN IS NOT FOUND IN THE BIBLE, IT IS A MAN-MADE DOCTRINE.

    

    



THE LACK OF KNOWLEDGE IS NO EXCUSE FOR IGNORANCE!  BY STEVE FINNELL


The lack of knowledge about God and His plan of salvation is no excuse for ignorance. Do not fall prey to the belief that God's knowledge is found by reading the writings of the early church fathers, Bible commentaries, creed books, catechisms, books about the Bible and other extra-Biblical sources. This is an exercise in self-delusion.

God put His knowledge in the Bible for a reason. Why was that? So men would not be lead astray by the traditions of men.

Matthew 22:23-32...But Jesus answered and said to them, "You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God......

The Sadducees were confused in their understand about the resurrection. Why was that?  They did not understand the Scriptures. They had access to the Scriptures, but either, they did not bother to read them or believed their own opinions were more trustworthy. They did not understand the power of God.

LACK OF KNOWLEDGE IS NO EXCUSE FOR IGNORANCE

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of God, I also will forget your children.

There are those who do not know God's knowledge simply because they reject God's knowledge. A New Testament example would be those who reject water baptism as being essential for salvation. The Bible makes it clear that water baptism is in order to the the forgiveness of sins. Men chose to reject the Scriptural reality of baptism in favor of the doctrines of men. They lack God's knowledge because of their self imposed rejection of Scripture.

1 Corinthians 15:34 Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.

There are many believers in Christ who continue living a sinful lifestyle because they lack knowledge of the Scriptures. Some continue sinning because they are not held accountable by church leaders.

These Scriptures are not difficult to understand if they are studied, however, rejecting knowledge renders men to have a lack of knowledge.
1 Corinthians 6:1-11
1 Corinthians 6:18-19
Galatians 5:19-21
Ephesians 5:19-21
Revelation 21:7-8
Colossians 3:5-10 Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. 6 For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience, 7 and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them........

A sinful lifestyle should be past tense for Christians.

THE LACK OF KNOWLEDGE IS NO EXCUSE FOR IGNORANCE! 

    

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

GOD'S WORD OR MAN'S OPINION? by steve finnell


Should God's word be the rule for salvation and living the Christian life or is man-made doctrine the way to have sins forgiven and enter the kingdom of God?

2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;(NASB)

Many would say, yes we believe that all Scripture is inspired by God, however, we do not believe that all Scripture is found in the Bible.

Some say, we believe the Bible to be inspired by God, however, we do not trust God to give us an accurate trustworthy translation of the Bible.

There are multitudes of people who profess in order to understand the Bible you need Bible commentaries written my men. There are not a few who believe that God is giving new revelation in the form of church catechisms, creed books, books of new revelation. Yes, many believe the Bible is simply a secondary source of truth; they believe the Bible is truth as long as it does not contradict man-made doctrine.

Do you really want to depend on contemporary man-made versions of the truth?


GOD'S TRUTH

John 12:44-50 And Jesus cried out and said, "He who believes in Me does not believe in Me but He who sent Me......50 I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me." (NASB)

When Jesus spoke He was speaking as the Father had told Him. 

Jesus was not speaking as the Pope, Billy Graham, Moses, Binny Hinn, John MacAthur, Joel Osteen nor Paul Washer had told Him. Jesus was not speaking what the Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church, the Baptist Church, the Methodist Church nor the Mormon Church had told Him.

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 your remembrance all that I said to you. (NASB)

Who was Jesus abiding with? The disciples, who later became the apostles. Who was the Holy Spirit going to teach all things? The apostles. Jesus was not abiding with the Pope, Billy Graham, modern day Pentecostals, any denominational churches nor Latter Day Saints. Jesus was talking to the apostles.

If men today want to be guided into all truth, a prayerful reading of the Bible is the only place to find God's complete  truth.

WHERE DID THE FIRST CENTURY CHURCH LOOK FOR THE TRUTH?

Acts 2:42 They were continually devoting  themselves to the apostles' teaching..(NASB)

The apostles teaching came from Jesus, the Holy Spirit and it was all teaching that came from God the Father.

The the Lord's church of the first century was not teaching from man-made church creed books, man-made Bible commentaries, nor church catechisms that contradicted the Scriptures.

Contemporary believers who claim they are receiving new revelation from God are practicing self deception, as well as deceiving others.

God inspired the Bible and the Bible alone.         

   

FAITH AND LOGIC by steve finnell


If you have faith that God created the universe,  then, logic dictates you believe God when He speaks. God clearly says that He created the heavens and the earth in six twenty four hour days.

Day One: Genesis 1:5 God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.(NASB)

Day Two: Genesis 1:8 God called the expanse heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.(NASB)

Day Three: Genesis 1:13 There was evening and there was morning, a third day.(NASB)

Day Four: Genesis 1:19 There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.(NASB)

Day Five: Genesis 1:23 There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.(NASB)

Day Six: Genesis 1:31 God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.(NASB)

Faith and Logic dictates God created the heavens and the earth in six twenty four hour days. 

   

Monday, June 22, 2015

TOTAL DEPRAVITY AND ORIGINAL SIN by steve finnell


Total Depravity Defined: Total depravity (also called radical corruption, or pervasive depravity), is a theological doctrine derived from the Augustinian concept of original sin. It is the teaching that, as a consequence of the Fall of Man, every person born into the world is enslaved to the service of sin and, apart from the efficacious or prevenient grace of God, is utterly unable to choose to follow God, refrain from evil, or accept the gift of salvation as it is offered.{Ref: Wikipedia}

The doctrine of total depravity and original sin discourages the unsaved and confuses the saved. It is the corruption of sound doctrine.

Hebrews 2:14-17....17 Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things..(NASB)

Jesus was made like all mankind. Jesus was not born total depraved nor was He guilty of original sin. Men are not born totally depraved, nor will they face spiritual death because of Adam's sin.

Luke 8:15 But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance. (NASB)

How is it possible to be born totally depraved and at the same time have an honest and good heart?

Joshua 24:15 If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."(NASB)

Men are not born totally depraved. Men have the free-will to serve God or to reject God.

Acts 17:11 Now these were more noble minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. (NASB)

 The Bereans were not Christians, however, they were noble minded and capable of understanding the Scriptures. The Bereans were not totally depraved from birth.

Psalm 14:1-3 The fool has said in his heart. "There is no God." They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good. 2 The Lord looked down from heaven upon sons of men To see if there are any who understand, Who seek after God. 3 They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one.(NASB)

They were not born totally depraved. They turned aside, and became corrupt.

Psalms 58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb; These who speak lies go astray from birth.(NASB)

The wicked are not born totally depraved. The wicked "go astray".

Was Moses born totally depraved? Of course not.

Was Abraham born totally depraved? Of course not.

Was the Virgin  Mary born totally depraved? Of course not.

Was John The Baptist born totally depraved? Of course not.

Was Noah born totally depraved? Of course not.

Was Jesus born totally depraved? O course not.

Was Job born totally depraved? Of course not.

Was Daniel born totally depraved? Of course not.

Was Elijah born totally depraved? Of course not.

Was Ruth born totally depraved? O course not.

Was Nehemiah born totally depraved? Of course not.

Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned---(NASB)

Spiritual death spread to all men, because ALL MEN SINNED. Men will die physically because of Adam's sin.

Men are not born totally depraved nor are they born guilty of Adam's sin.

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,(NASB)

Men fall short of God's glory because they have sinned. Men do not fall short of God's glory because Adam sinned.

Psalm 58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb; These who speak lies go astray from birth.(NASB)

Men are not born wicked, they go astray after birth. Men are not born totally depraved nor are they born spiritually dead because of the so-called original sin of Adam and Eve.

The doctrine of total depravity and original sin was born of ignorance and is perpetuated by pride.              

WATER BAPTISM THEN AND NOW?  BY STEVE FINNELL


Are there two distinct water baptisms? Was there one baptism for the first century church of Christ and another baptism for the twenty first century church of Christ? Contrary to what many believe, there is just one baptism.

ONE BAPTISM-First century baptism was in order to receive the forgiveness of sins. (Acts 2:38 ....and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins...)

SECOND BAPTISM- Many contemporary believers deny that Acts 2:38 says water baptism is for the forgiveness of sins. They assert the baptism is in order to join a denominational church of  their choice. They proclaim the purpose of water baptism is for a testimony of their faith. They say water baptism is to demonstrate that their sins have already been forgiven. They claim water baptism is nothing more then being obedient to the command of Jesus. They say baptism has nothing to do with their salvation.None of the second baptism reasons, that are given for the purpose of water baptism, are found in the Bible. The traditions of men are not found Scripture.

There are sources for explaining the purpose of water baptism.
1. The Holy Bible 
2. The Bible of Men's Tradition.

WATER BAPTISM

Galatians 3:27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 

Traditions 3:27 For all you who were spiritually baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

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

Traditions 16:16 He who has believed shall be saved. He who has already been saved shall be baptized. He who has disbelieved shall be condemned. He who rejects water baptism will be saved, however, he will not be allowed to join any denominational church.

Colossians 2:12-13 having been buried with Him is baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having for forgiven us all out transgressions,

Traditions 2:12-13 having been buried with Him in spiritual baptism.......

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

Traditions 22:16 Saul, your sins were forgiven by faith alone, three days ago when you believed, while on the road to Damascus. I command you to be spiritually baptized. Get up and be baptized spiritually so your sins can be washed away again.

1 Peter 3:20-21 ...eight persons, were brought safely through the water. 21 Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you---not the removal of dirt from the flesh , but an appeal to God for a good conscience---through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

1 Traditions 3:20-21 eight persons, were brought safely through the water. 21 Corresponding to that water baptism is not essential for you to be saved...

Ephesians 5:25-27...just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.

Traditions 5:25-27...... 26 so that He might sanctify her, by the washing of the word of God with the word.......

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.

Traditions 2:28 Peter said to them, "Repent for the forgiveness of your sins and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ because your sins have already been forgiven......

WHICH BIBLE DO YOU TRUST, The Holy Bible or The Bible of Men's Traditions?

Water baptism is essential for salvation contrary to the doctrines of men!

(All Scripture from;NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)      


Sunday, June 21, 2015

EXTRA-BIBLICAL REVELATION BY STEVE FINNELL

Do extra-Biblical writings meet the approval of God? If  men use extra-Biblical writings that are contrary to Scripture for faith and practice in their church, is that not de facto adding to or taking away from the word of God?

If there were or are apostles and prophets who lived after the death of the apostles, then why are their writings not included in the Bible. There is not one verse of Scripture, not one letter, not one book that has been added to the Bible, that was written after the death of the last apostle, John.

There is no purpose for new revelation from God. The Bible contains all that men need for salvation and living the Christian life.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is inspired by God  and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness. 17 so that man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

The sixty-six books of the Bible is all man needs to learn about God's plan of salvation and for living a Christian lifestyle.

ADDING TO OR TAKING AWAY FROM

Proverbs 30:6 Do not add to His words Or He will reprove you, and you will be found a liar.

When men claim they have new revelation of God's word they are adding to His word.

Deuteronomy 4:2 You shall not add to the word which I commanded you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I have command you.

When churches use books of so-called new revelation, claiming that they came from God, then they are adding and taking away from His word.

Revelation 22:18-19 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 teaching is contrary to the Bible it is not from God.

PROPHET CHECK

Deuteronomy 18:21-22 'You may say in your heart, 'How will we know the word which the Lord has not spoken?' 22 When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the does not come about or come true, that is the things which the Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.

How often have so-called prophets been in error? Many times.

If creed books, catechisms, and so-called modern books of prophecy are teaching doctrines contrary to the Bible or are adding doctrines to the Bible, then they are adding to and taking away from the word of God.

THE BIBLE IS A COMPLETED BOOK OF REVELATION FROM GOD. MEN DO NOT NEED SO-CALLED NEW REVELATION FROM GOD TO UNDERSTAND THE GOSPEL OR HOW TO LIVE A CHRISTIAN LIFE.

(All Scripture from : NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)      

     

Saturday, June 20, 2015

TONGUES OF PENTECOST? BY STEVE FINNELL


HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED THAT CONTEMPORARY TONGUE SPEAKERS NEVER CLAIM TO SPEAK IN TONGUES LIKE PETER AND THE ELEVEN APOSTLES SPOKE ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST?

WHO SPOKE IN TONGUES ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST?

Acts 2:12-15....14 But Peter, taking his stand with the eleven, raised his voice and declared to them: "Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let it know to you and give heed to my words. 15 For these men are not drunk, as you suppose....

These men, were Peter and the eleven apostles. These men, were not the one hundred twenty. These men, were not all of the three thousand who were saved on the Day of Pentecost. Peter and the eleven were the ones who spoke in tongues.

WHAT KIND OF TONGUES WERE SPOKEN ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST?

Acts 2:1-11...4 And they were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5 Now there were Jews living in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6 And when this sound occurred, the crowd came to gather, and were bewildered because each of them was hearing them speak in his own language........

When Peter and the eleven apostle spoke, each man heard in their own language.  Peter spoke in tongues  and each man heard in their own language.  They did not need an interpreter to understand. There are no contemporary tongues speakers who claim to have the same gift of tongues that the apostles spoke on the Day of Pentecost.

It Christians today had the gift of tongues, like Peter and the apostles demonstrated on the Day of Pentecost, they could go to the floor on the United Nations and speak in tongues and all present would be able to understand them without an interpreter. If Christians today had, the Day of Pentecost gift of tongues they could be missionaries to every country in the world without studying the language of that country.


WHY DO CHRISTIANS TODAY NOT HAVE THE GIFT OF TONGUES THAT WAS SPOKEN ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST? WHY? BECAUSE TONGUES HAVE CEASED!

1 Corinthians 13:8....if there are tongues, they will cease...

(All Scripture from. NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)