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Friday, October 24, 2014

WAS THE THIEF ON THE CROSS QUALIFIED TO BE A BAPTIST?  BY STEVE FINNELL


Did the thief on the cross meet the qualifications to become of member of the Baptist Church? NO, he did not.

1. To be a member of the Baptist Church you must be baptized in water. 

The thief was not baptized.

2. To be a member of the Baptist Church you must say the sinner's prayer.

The thief did not say the sinner's prayer.

3. To be a member of the Baptist Church you must believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead.

The thief did not believe in his heart that God raised Jesus from the dead. Jesus was still alive when the the thief was saved.

Baptists believe that men today can be saved just as was the thief on the cross.

Was the thief saved. Yes. The thief was saved before the new covenant was in force. Men today cannot be saved like the thief.


Baptists believe you can get into heaven without being baptized, however, they believe you have to baptized to become a member of the Baptist Church.

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

  

GRACE IS NOT A MANDATE by steve finnell


Grace is an unmerited favor from God. Grace is not a mandate from God forcing men to have faith, so that they may receive salvation. God does not arbitrarily bestow, a saving faith, to a few selected individuals. Faith is by choice.


Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;


A. Because of God's grace all men are afforded the opportunity to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, that is being saved through faith.
B. Ephesians 2:8 does not state or imply the that men are saved by grace alone.
C. The gift mentioned is, salvation. The gift is not, imputed faith,  from God to those who have been preselected, by God, for salvation.


Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men....

Grace is not bestowed on or offered to a select few, it is offered to all who believe in Jesus.

Grace in and of itself is not salvation. Grace is God's opportunity for all men to be saved. 

Does this mean the grace of God promises universal salvation? Of course not, it means all men have the opportunity for salvation through Jesus Christ. YES, all men. 


Titus 3:4-7 But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, 5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.


A. God saved us according to His mercy. How? By the washing of regeneration (water baptism) and renewing by the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38, John 3:5.
B. Men are afforded grace only through faith in Jesus Christ.
C. We are justified by God's grace. Without God's unmerited favor of forgiveness through Jesus Christ no man can be saved.


GRACE IS NOT EARNED. GRACE IS NOT MANDATED FOR A SELECT FEW. FAITH IS NOT IMPUTED TO MEN, AS A PRODUCT OF GRACE.


ALL MEN WHO HEAR THE GOSPEL PREACHED HAVE A CHOICE TO ACCEPT GOD'S GRACE BY FAITH THROUGH JESUS CHRIST.

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

The terms for pardon because of God's grace are:
1. FAITH: John 3:16
2. REPENTANCE: Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19
3. CONFESSION: Romans 10:9-10, Acts 8:37
4. WATER BAPTISM:1 Peter 3:21, Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16


GRACE IS MERCY-NOT A MANDATE!   

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A HERMENEUTICS LESSON by steve finnell


HERMENEUTICS IS THE SCIENCE OF INTERPRETATION OF THE SCRIPTURES. ISOLATING VERSES OF SCRIPTURE TO PROVE A POINT OF DOCTRINE IS A COMMON PRACTICE, BUT IT IS NOT A VALID SCIENTIFIC APPROACH TO UNDERSTANDING GOD'S WORD.


Let us answer the question: What must I do to be saved under the terms of the New Covenant? All Christians from the Day of Pentecost, until the present, were and are saved under the terms of the New Covenant, also called the New Testament.

WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?

1. Believe in Jesus. (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.)

Is this verse true? Yes, but does it include all the requirements for salvation? No, it does not. It does not say that all you have to do to be saved is believe in Jesus. Even demons believe that Jesus is the Son of God.(Luke 8:26-31)

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

Is this verse true? Yes, but it does not detail all that men have believe and do to be saved.

3. Confess and believe. (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;)

This verse is true, but is does not include all of the requirements for  salvation.

4. Call on the name of the Lord. (Acts 2: 21 'And it shall be that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.')

Is this verse true? Yes. Does this verse explain the meaning of  calling on the name of the Lord? No, it does not. All of the relevant verses concerning salvation and forgiveness of sin are needed to understand what is meant by calling on the name of the Lord. Being obedient to the gospel is calling on the name of the Lord. Saying the man-made sinner's prayer is not calling on the name of the Lord. There is no verse of Scripture that includes a sinner's prayer under the New Covenant.

5. Be born of water and Spirit.(John 3:5 Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God.)

Is this verse true? Yes, but it does not explain the process to be born of water and the Spirit.

6. By grace through faith. (Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;)

Is this verse true? Of course it is. We have the opportunity for salvation because of God's grace, however, this verse does not say that we are saved by grace alone nor does it say we are saved by faith only. Salvation is the gift mentioned in this verse.

7. Be buried with Christ in baptism. (Romans 6:4-5 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in the newness of life. 5 For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection,)

Are these verses true? Yes, but baptism alone is not the only requirement in order to walk in newness of life. Unsaved men do not walk in newness of life. We are told to walk in a new life after we are baptized. We are not told to walk in a new life the minute we believe. Water baptism is the final step to becoming saved.

8. Water baptism. (1 Peter 3:21 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.)

Is it true that water baptism saves us? Yes, but this verse does not say, baptism alone, saves us.

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

Is this verse true? Yes, but it does not list all of the requirements for salvation?

10. Repent. (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.)

Is this verse true? Of course it is, however, it is not all one has to do to have sins forgiven. Repentance is making the intellectual commitment to turn from sin and unbelief and to turn toward God.

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

Is this verse true? Yes, however, you cannot be baptized into Christ unless you believe, confess, and repent prior to being baptized. You are not clothed with Christ the minute you believe. You are not clothed with Christ the minute you confess. You are not clothed with Christ the minute you repent. You are clothed with Christ the minute you are baptized into Him.

12. Repent and be baptized. (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.)

Is this verse true? Yes, but is does mean that you can have your sins forgiven without having faith and confessing Jesus as the Son of God? No.

13. Believe in the Lord Jesus. (Acts 16:30-31..."Sirs what must I do to be saved? 31 They said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.")

Is this verse true? Yes, however, it doe not state that men are saved by "faith only."

WHAT DOES GOD DO SO YOU MAY BE SAVED?

1. God provides a Savior in Jesus Christ. (1 John 4:10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.)
  
2. God makes His grace available to all men. (Titus 2:11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men.)  

WHAT MUST YOU DO TO BE SAVED?

1. You must believe. (John 3:16)

2. You must confess. (Romans 10:9-10, Acts 8:37)

3. You must repent. (Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19)

4. You must be baptized. (Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38)

WHAT MUST YOU DO TO SAY SAVED?

1. You must remain faithful until death. (Revelation 2:11, Matthew 10:22)

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The Bible says we are saved by grace. It does not say we are saved by grace alone.

The Bible says we are saved by believing in Jesus. It does not say we are saved by faith alone.

The Bible says we are saved by confessing Jesus as Lord and believing that God raised him from the dead. It does not say that confessing Him and believing in His resurrection alone, that we will be saved.

The Bible does say we must repent in order to have our sins forgiven. The Bible does not say that repentance alone saves us.

The Bible teaches us that water baptism is for the forgiveness of sins and that it saves us. It does not say that water baptism alone saves us.  

 In a honest hermeneutical approach to the question "What are we saved by? The answer has to include the following:   

GRACE 
FAITH
REPENTANCE
CONFESSION
WATER BAPTISM


Which one of God's requirements for salvation can we eliminate and still be saved?


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

SAVED LIKE WHOM? by steve finnell


Was Abraham, Noah, Moses, Enoch, and Elijah saved? Yes, they were. Can men today be saved like these men? No.

 Abraham, Noah, Moses, Enoch, and Elijah were saved without believing Jesus was the Son of God. They were saved without confessing Jesus as Lord. They were saved without believing that God raised Jesus from the grave. They were saved without being baptized into Christ. The were saved without being baptized in water for the forgiveness of their sins. Can men living today be saved like theses men? No, they were all saved before the new covenant was in force.

Was the thief on the cross saved? Yes. Can men today be saved like the thief? No. The thief did not believe in his heart that God raised Jesus from the dead. He was not baptized for the forgiveness of his sins. He was not baptized into Christ. The thief was saved before the new covenant was in force.

THE NEW COVENANT TERMS FOR PARDON

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

2. 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;(NASB)

3. Confession: 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. (NASB)

4. Water Baptism: Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved...(NASB) 
     

SAVED WITHOUT BAPTISM JUST LIKE THE THIEF ON THE CROSS?   by steve finnell


Those who want to be saved like the thief on the cross evidently believe they can also be saved without receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The thief was not baptized in water and he also had not been born of the  Holy Spirit.

John 7:39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.(NKJV)

The Holy Spirit was given on the Day of Pentecost after the ascension of Jesus into heaven. (Acts 1:5-11) (Acts 2:38)

Was the thief saved? Yes, he was. Can we who are living under the New Covenant be saved like the thief? No, we cannot.

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

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

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

JESUS AND WINE by steve finnell


What are the facts about Jesus and wine?

1. Did Jesus drink wine? Yes. Matthew 11:19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say , 'Behold, a gluttonous  man and a drunkard...(NASB) Historians tell us that the alcohol content of Jewish wine in the first century was mostly 2.5% or less. Jesus was not a drunkard. He was sinless.

2. Did Jesus turn water into wine for the marriage feast at Cana? Yes. (John 2:1-11) Did Jesus turn the water into red wine? No, He did not. Red wine has an alcohol content of between 10 and 15%. 

3. God forbids men from drinking red wine. Proverbs 23:31-34 Do not look on the wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup; When it goes down smoothly;...(NASB). Jesus did not turn water into wine that God has forbidden men to drink.

Most wines today have an alcohol content between 8 and 22 %. Most beer today has an alcohol content between 3 and 10%.

Does any honest Christian believe that Jesus and the apostles would be engaged in social drinking in today's world? The Jews of the first century mostly drank alcohol wine of 2.5% or less.


Tailgating for Jesus and the apostles, I doubt that would happen.

A HEARING PROBLEM  by steve finnell


Why do so many reject Jesus as the Christ? Why do the majority fail to recognize God's plan of salvation? Why do others simply twist, distort, and pervert the gospel? Why? Because they have a hearing problem!

The majority of the Jews had a hearing problem.

Matthew 13:13-14 Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says, YOU WILL KEEP ON HEARING, BUT YOU WILL NOT UNDERSTAND, YOU WILL KEEP ON SEEING, BUT YOU WILL NOT PERCEIVE:

Why did the majority of the Jews have a hearing problem?

Matthew 13:15 FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HAS BECOME DULL, WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELY HEAR, AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR EYES, OTHERWISE, THEY THEY WOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES, HEAR WITH THEIR EARS, AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART AND RETURN, AND I WOULD HEAL THEM.'

A dull heart causes hearing loss. Yes, a dull heart causes vision problems as well.

How can you insure that you do not have a hearing problem?

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 fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.

A good and honest heart will do wonders for your audio ability.

Luke 9:35 Then a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My Son, My chosen One, listen to Him!"

God the Father said listen to Jesus. He did not say listen to the early church fathers. He did not say listen to the words of church catechisms and other creed books. He did not say listen to extra-Biblical writings.

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

Why do so many refuse to hear Jesus when He says you have to believe and be baptized in water in order to be saved? Is that an indication of a hearing problem cause by a heart condition?

JESUS SAID: John 3:5..."Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

Why do so many not hear what Jesus said? Why do they distort and twist the words of Jesus by stating that water in this verse does not refer to baptism? Has a dull heart caused a hearing deficiency?

JESUS SAID: Luke 24:47 and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

What kind of hearing problem can be attributed to those who do not understand that Jesus was talking about the Day of Pentecost? 

Acts 2:22-41....36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ---this Jesus whom you crucified.".....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.

How is it possible to have a good and honest heart and not hear what the apostle Peter said? Peter said Jesus was both Lord and Christ, and was resurrected from the grave. Peter said if you believe this you should repent and be immersed in water so that your sins can be forgiven and that you may receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Rejecting Jesus as the Christ and perverting the gospel plan of salvation are not possible unless you have acquired a hearing problem.

A GOOD AND HONEST HEART IS ESSENTIAL IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO HEAR THE TRUTH!

HEART SURGERY IS ESSENTIAL TO CORRECT HEARING LOSS.

Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brethren, what shall we do?"

Heart surgery cured the heart condition of the 3000 on the Day of Pentecost. Their hearing was restored, they were ready to listen.     

      

Monday, October 20, 2014

WHY DO CHRISTIANS AND NON-CHRISTIANS NOT UNDERSTAND THE TRUTH ?  BY steve finnell


Non-Christians need Christians to teach them the truth.[ Acts 8:25-39......29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, "Go up and join this chariot." 30 Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, "Do you understand what you are reading?" 31 And he said, "Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?".......NASB] Philip explained the gospel to a non-Christian.

Why do so many who claim Jesus as Lord not understand or reject the doctrines of God?

1. Lack of church leaders teaching. [1 Timothy 3:2 An overseer...must be....able to teach. NASB]

2. Lack of Christians prayerfully seeking the truth. [ 2 Timothy 2:15 .....accurately handling the word of truth. NASB]

3. Lack of an honest regard for the truth. [Luke 8:15 But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have a heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance. NASB]

4. Lack of conviction by those who claim to believe. John 8:31-47  So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him......47 He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God."NASB]

Why do so many who claim Jesus as Lord and Savior not understand or reject the follow doctrines?

A. Why do men not understand what the new covenant church is and when it began?

B. Why do so many believe the false doctrine of original sin?

C. Why do believers subscribe to John Calvin's false T. U. L. I. P.?

E. Why are other unfamiliar with the meaning of the T. U. L. I. P.?

D. Why do believers reject the words of Jesus when He said you must be baptized in water to be saved?

F. Why do men not understand that it is worship to pray to the Virgin Mary?

G. Why do men not understand men have the free-will to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior or to reject His grace?

H. Why do believers in Christ not comprehend basic Bible doctrine?

I. Why do men believe their sins are washed away the minute they believe in Jesus?

J. Why do men believe sprinkling water on infants is Christian baptism?

Why do they not understand the truth?
The answer is either 1, 2, 3, or 4, or all of the above.            

WHAT DO THESE PREACHERS HAVE IN COMMON?  by steve finnell



What do the following preacher all agree is true?

Benny Hinn
Joel Osteen
Billy Graham
Jimmy Swaggart
Robert Schuller
John Hagee
Paul Crouch
Pat Robertson
John Piper
Max Lucado
T.D. Jakes
John MacArthur
Chuck Colson
Charles Stanley

All of the above deny that being baptized in water is essential in order to be saved from the penalty of sin.

All of the above deny what Jesus said in (Mark 16:16) ... is baptized shall be saved.

All of the above deny what the apostle Peter said on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:38) ... let every one of you be baptized for the remission of sins.



Do you really want to look to these men for spiritual direction. Why not just trust Jesus and His apostles?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

NONEXISTENT SCRIPTURES   by steve finnell


 "Faith only" believers no not agree that purpose of water baptism is 1. For the forgiveness of sins. 2. So that men can be saved. 3. That it is a baptism into Christ.

The purpose of water baptism according to "faith only' believers.

1. Baptism is a testimony of your faith.
2. Baptism is in order to become a member of a denomination.
3. Baptism is an outward sign of an inward grace that took place the minute you believe. It could have been that you were saved 2 days ago, 2 months ago or 2 years ago.
4. Baptism is just an act of obedience and has nothing to do with forgiveness of sins.

Here is a list of Scriptures that "faith only" believers use to support their doctrines for the purpose of water baptism

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THAT IS CORRECT "FAITH ONLY " BELIEVERS USE NONEXISTENT SCRIPTURES TO SUPPORT THEIR DOCTRINES ON WATER BAPTISM.


SCRIPTURES THAT DO EXIST ARE AS FOLLOWS.

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

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.

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

Ephesians 5:25-28... 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 any wrinkle; but that she would be holy and blameless.

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

Colossians 2:12-13 having been buried with Him in baptism, .........13.....He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions,

1 Peter 3:20-21...through water. 21 Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you--- 

Romans 6:3-4 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism int death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

Before being baptized in water you were not walking in newness of life.

Before being baptized in water you were not saved.

Before being baptized in water your sins were not forgiven.

Before being baptized in water your sins were not washed away.

Before being baptized in water you transgression were not forgiven.

Before being baptized in water you were not in Christ.

Before being baptized in water you were not clothed with Christ.

Before being baptized in water you were not sanctified, you were not cleansed,
 and you were not holy and blameless.

THE DOCTRINES THAT SUPPORT WATER BAPTISM AS BEING ESSENTIAL FOR SALVATION ARE ALL SUPPORTED BY SCRIPTURE!


THE SCRIPTURES THAT SUPPORT THE "FAITH ONLY" POSITIONS ON THE PURPOSE OF WATER BAPTISM ARE IMAGINARY, MAKE-BELIEVE, THE DOCTRINES OF MEN, THEY ARE NONEXISTENT SCRIPTURES!  


Saturday, October 18, 2014

PREDESTINED FOR WHAT?  by steve finnell


Are men predestined? Yes, but predestined for what?

Those who, believe that Jesus is the Christ, are predestined for salvation.

Men are not predestined by God "to believe" in order that they may be saved. All men have free-will to believe or to reject Jesus as the Christ.

Ephesians 1:11-14 also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, 12 to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory. 13 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation---having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God's own possession, to the praise of His glory.

The Ephesians were sealed with the Holy Spirit because they believed; not because they were preselected "to believe" in order to be saved.

Christians have been predestined for salvation, however, it has not been predetermined who will become Christians.

DOES THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER TEACH PRESELECTION FOR SALVATION? No, it does not!

Luke 8:11 "Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God.

Luke 8:12 Those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved.

Did God send the devil to take the word from their heart because He did not preselect them for salvation? Of course not. Neither did God send the devil to deceive Eve, so Adam and Eve would sin against Him.

Luke 8:13 Those on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm root; they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away.

Does God let some believe for a while; then cause them to fall away because He did not preselect them for salvation? No, He does not.

Luke 8:14 The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones have have heard , and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity.

Is it logical that God would have the gospel preached to those He has already selected to burn in hell?

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

Salvation is achieved by an honest and good heart. God does preselect babies in the womb and transplant a good an honest heart in them, so they might be saved.

ALL MEN HAVE THE FREE-WILL TO JOIN "THE PREDESTINED CLUB."

ALL THOSE WHO BELIEVE HAVE BEEN PREDESTINED FOR SALVATION.

GOD DOES NOT PRESELECT "THE PREDESTINED."

 ALL MEN HAVE THE FREE-WILL TO JOIN "THE PREDESTINED CLUB FOR SALVATION!"

   

Friday, October 17, 2014

DISHONEST CHRISTIAN DRINKERS  by steve finnell


Christians who like to drink beer and wine, like to claim that God approves of social or moderate drinking of alcohol. Christians would not be drinking alcohol were it not for the intoxicating effect.

If God is for social or moderate drinking of alcohol, then who could be against it?

1. Why is alcohol not served in the nations Jr High and High Schools?

If God is for it then who could be against it.

2. Why is alcohol not served at all church dinners and other church functions?

If God is for it then who could be against it?

3. Why is alcohol not available in vending machines?

If God is for it then who could be against it.

4. If moderate drinking is harmless then why is alcohol not served in hospitals?

If God is for it then who could be against it?

5. Why do not Christians offer their heart surgeon a glass of wine before their surgery?

If God is for then who could be against it.

6. Why do race car drivers not have beer or two before the big race?

If God is for it who could be against it?

Those Christians who advocate social or moderate drinking of alcohol, claiming God approves, are involved in self deception. They are not fooling anyone else. 
    

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Social
Drinking by George L. Faull


These are some things you
should know before you start
your social drinking.
There are a lot of things being said out there that are
emboldening Christian people to defend social drinking.
They are making many assumptions from the Bible that
does not lead to the dogmatic conclusions that it is
perfectly acceptable to be a social drinker.
FIRST
They assume that all wine in the Bible is intoxicating wine.
Listen to this jewel of ignorance from a fellow named
Peck, "Two terms for wine are used throughout the Bible.
In the Hebrew Scriptures (OT) the Hebrew word is “yayin”,
while the Christian New Testament, written in Greek, used
the word “oinos”, from which we get our word " wine".
Both mean the same thing, “fermented wine”. There is no
word for “unfermented wine” in Scripture. Wine is wine. It
was always “fermented”.”
This man did not give a studied conclusion. His bold
assertion is as false as it can be.
A. “Yayin” is only one of eleven words translated
“wine” in the Old Testament.
B. “Oinos” is only one of three words translated
“wine” in the New Testament.
C. There are words in the Old Testament that
usually refer to “unfermented wine” and other
words that usually mean “fermented wine”.
D. Sometimes even the word “yayin” refers to the
grape juice. Isaiah 16:10, Jeremiah 40:10,12,
Nehemiah13:15. These all refer to harvesting
grape juice before it is fermented.
E. The word “oinos” is used to translate both the
words that usually mean “fermented” and
“unfermented” wine in the Old Testament.
In other words, “oinos” is a generic word and all
eleven Hebrew words for “wine” in the Old
Testament are translated into Greek by using the
word “oinos”. Only the context of the use of the
word can determine if the word refers to
“fermented” or “unfermented” wine. (Oinos being
a generic word is like several of our words in
English that are generic. When one is offered a
toast, some punch, some eggnog, or some cider,
he does not know if it is alcoholic or not. One
must ask, or else know the person who offers it
very well, to determine if he wants to drink it.
So it is an absurd assumption to believe that every time
the word “wine” is used, it refers to intoxicating wine.
SECOND
If one is going to okay his drinking because drinking wine
is sometimes approved of in the Bible, we need to make
sure we’re talking of the same drink and not comparing
apples with oranges.
It cannot be denied that a Jewish home in Bible times had
both unfermented and fermented wine. However, there
are several questions we should ask. It’s plain ludicrous
to affirm that they had to have either one or the other in
their home.
1. What about the fermented wine? How was it
processed? They usually boiled the wine and
most of the liquid evaporated. This left a honey or
jelly-like substance. They then would add water to
it and it was a common drink in every man’s
house.
2. What was the amount of pure alcohol in it? It
varied. The difference between natural wine and
our wine, which adds ethyl alcohol, differs in
content anywhere from 15% to 65%.
3. Did they add water to their fermented drinks?
Yes, they added three parts water. (Homer says
that he found a black wine that needed to be
diluted with 20 parts water). If it was three parts
diluted with water, it meant that their daily drinking
wine would have been up to 2.5% alcoholic. Our
beverages today have to be 3.2% to be
considered an alcoholic beverage.
"From the cowardice that shrinks from
new truth, from the laziness that is content
with half truths, from the arrogance that
thinks it knows all truth, O, God of Truth,
deliver us."2 THE GOSPEL UNASHAMED October 2009
Is a “toast” always alcoholic? No
Is “eggnog” always alcoholic? No
Is “cider” always alcoholic? No
Is “punch” always alcoholic? No
Why do you assume the generic
word “wine” in the Bible is always
alcoholic?
4. Was there a wine they were specifically to avoid?
Yes, he describes the wine to be avoided. It is
described in Proverbs 23:31, “Look not thou
upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his
colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.”
5. Did they add additional ingredients that made it a
narcotic when added to ethyl alcohol as we do
our beverages? No. However, if they diluted
natural wine with water, it would make it much
less a potent drink.
What would these variables mean? It means that our
alcoholic beverages are not the same beverages that they
drank. It meant that you would have to drink a lot of wine
to get drunk. This is why they were told not to tarry long at
the wine, or not to be given too much wine.
To compare one drinking a glass of their weak wine and
diluting it even further with one drinking the beverages of
today, is comparing a mother lioness with her cub.
However, even the cub can grow
up and be a mother lioness just as
their weak watered down beverage
could eventually get them drunk.
One can drink one beer today and
get drunk because of the alcohol
content.
To not take the above questions
into consideration when weighing
this subject is not a common sense
use of Scripture. Acting like the
wine of the Bible and the liquor of today are the same is
not worthy of those who want to know and do the mind of
God.
THIRD
Fermented wine, being in the homes of the Jews, is no
defense for social drinking. Of course, fermented wine
was present.
A. Wine was used for medicine for the stomach and
other infirmities.
I Timothy 5:23, “Drink no longer water, but use a
little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often
infirmities.”
B. Wine was used for cleansing wounds as an
antiseptic.
Luke 10:34, “And went to him, and bound up his
wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on
his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and
took care of him.”
C. Wine was used for a painkiller for men ready to
perish.
Proverbs 31:6a, “Give strong drink unto him that
is ready to perish…” (Like they tried to give
Jesus.)
D. Wine was used for a sedative for those who were
bitter spirited or anxious.
Proverbs 31:6, “Give strong drink unto him that
is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be
of heavy hearts.”
E. Wine was used for seasoning in cooking or
basting.
F. Wine was used for the drink offering and poured
out on the altar.
Numbers 28:7, “And the drink offering thereof
shall be the fourth part of an hin for the one lamb:
in the holy place shalt thou cause the strong
wine to be poured unto the LORD for a drink
offering.”
G. Wine was used for festivities and holidays to
celebrate. Review the Second point to see it was
watered down and not to be taken in much
quantity, and certain wines were to be avoided.
As I have shown in other writings,
they had processes to keep wine
from fermenting for years and all
Bible wines are not fermented!
FOURTHLY
The Deuteronomy 14:26 passage,
the most difficult passage used by
the social drinkers to defend their
drinking, does not give the haven of
rest they imagine.
Deuteronomy 14:22-27, “22 Thou shalt truly tithe all the
increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by
year. 23 And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in
the place which he shall choose to place his name there,
the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the
firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest
learn to fear the LORD thy God always. 24 And if the way
be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it; or
if the place be too far from thee, which the LORD thy God
shall choose to set his name there, when the LORD thy
God hath blessed thee: 25 Then shalt thou turn it into
money, and bind up the money in thine hand, and shalt go
unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose: 26
And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul
lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for
strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and
thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and
thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household, 27 And
the Levite that is within thy gates; thou shalt not forsake
him; for he hath no part nor inheritance with thee.”
Question – Would this permission allow them pork?
No, it has to be taken in light of all that God said on that
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Admittedly, all kind of arguments are given to prove that
this okays drinking hard liquor and all kinds of objections
are given to show those arguments are false. So what is
the answer?
The answer is that the word strong drink (Shekar) like
yayin and oinos is a generic word. It is a mistranslated
word in this text. It should be translated “sweet drink”.
In fact, it is where we get our word " sugar". To satisfy
your mind on this, read page 232 of “Wine in the Bible” by
Samuel Bacchiocchi.
He quotes Kittos’ Cyclopedia of Biblical Literature,"
Jerome, Young’s Concordance, THE POPULAR AND
CRITICAL BIBLE ENCYCLOPEDIA. He also points out
that all major older English dictionaries derive our English
word “sugar” from this Hebrew word in question.
It is hard to believe that one can drink strong in the fear of
God, before God's tent of meeting house in Holiness. He
had told the priests right after telling them not to come into
his tabernacle drunk, to make a distinction between the
Holy and the unholy. Leviticus 10:9
It is also obvious that since the wine mentioned is the
usual word for “unfermented wine” (Tiyrowsh, not yayin)
that the shekar would not be fermented or strong drink.
How much more sense it makes to translate it “sweet
drinks”. It was made from fruits, but usually the palm
trees.
Would He insist that those who lived nearby bring a tithe
of their fields, vineyards, trees, flocks, and herds, and eat
their harvest before the Lord’s house but those from a
distance could sell their tithes and bring the money to buy
whatever they wanted to eat and drink, including strong
drink that He so often condemns?
Was God really saying, “If you’re from around here, eat
and drink your new harvest of fresh wine, but if you’re
from afar off then you can buy some fermented liquor?”
I think that Isaiah 24:9 will help us see the meaning of
Shekar.
He is describing judgment upon the land of Israel and He
was telling them they would be cursed rather than
blessed. He was using contrastive language and saying
instead of music with your festivity there would not be a
song with your wine and instead of Shekar (sweet
drinks) there would be bitterness to those that drink it.
Look of the entire chapter for the contrasts he is making. It
is obvious to an unprejudiced mind that Shekar has the
idea of sweetness rather than strong drink. This text is no
harbor for social drinkers.
Since both yayin and oinos are generic words, as is
shekar. One cannot be dogmatic that it always refers to
either fermented or unfermented wine. It must be obvious
from this study that fermented wine existed for the above
reasons in Jewish home. It is true yet today.
The question is not, “Did they have fermented wine as
well as unfermented wine”, the question is, “What was
their ordinarily drinking wine, how was it processed, how
was it used and is our wine today the same kind of a
product”?
I am not concerned with those who study this issue. I am
concerned about those who buffalo people who have not
studied the subject into believing that social drinking today
is justified by the Bible accounts. To come to that
conclusion requires a lack of knowledge of the customs
and awareness of all these facts.
FIFTH
Wine is said to gladden the heart of man. Psalms 104:14-
15. It is claimed that this cannot be said of grape juice.
I think that maybe the reader should read the whole
context.
It is a psalm about the majesty and providence of God. It
is a psalm of thanksgiving for all God does for man and
beast and their well being and happiness. He speaks of
angels, springs of water for the beasts, thirst to be
quenched, for grass to grow for cattle, and herbs for the
service of man.
He continues about food out of the earth and wine that
maketh glad the heart of man and oil for his face to shine
and bread which strengthens his heart.
He continues that he is thankful for trees, and cedars and
high hills, the moon and the sun, and even for a chance
for man to work and labor. On and on the Psalmist gives
thanks for his provision.
Wine to a Jew was synonymous with drink at festivities,
holidays, and God’s abundant supply. This psalm is
commemorating life, happiness, joy, and the supply and
provision of God for his people.
The verse is merely saying man has bread to eat and oil
to anoint and wine to drink. Compare Deuteronomy
7;13, 11:14
We have already shown their wine was a mixture of wine
diluted with water and that one would have to tarry all day
to get drunk from it.
This verse proves nothing about justifying a cup of today's
wine that is 6% pure alcohol. The burden of proof is on
the social drinker to show that his brew had the same
content of alcohol as their brew. This we know is not true
because it took so much to drink before getting drunk.
One beer contains 6% pure alcohol.
You might also remember that alcohol is a depressant,
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depression and drunkenness in many people. Their
diluted wine caused cheerfulness, not depression (unless
he drank much of it, and then it brought woe).
Proverbs 23:29-35, “29 Who hath woe? who hath
sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? Who
hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?
30 They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to
seek mixed wine. 31 Look not thou upon the wine when
it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it
moveth itself aright. 32 At the last it biteth like a serpent,
and stingeth like an adder. 33 Thine eyes shall behold
strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse
things. 34 Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the
midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.
35 They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not
sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I
awake? I will seek it yet again.”
A big issue is made because Psalms 104:14-15 says the
word yayin, which usually means, “fermented wine”. I
would remind you that Judges 9:13 says that wine
(throsh, the word usually meaning, “unfermented wine”) is
used. That says, "The vine said unto them, Should I leave
my wine which cheereth God and man, and go be
promoted over the trees?"
So to be technical, according to the Scriptures, both
words that usually mean, “fermented” and “unfermented”
are said to cheer the heart of man.
Do you want proof that wine in the New Testament is
generic?
Jesus said, “No man puts new (oinos) in old bottles…”
Why? The fresh wine put in the goatskin bottles would
expand upon fermentation and burst the skins already
expanded by the former wine.
This is proof positive that fresh juice is called
“oinos”.
This article will be added to my booklet, “Drinking and the
Bible”.

THE HYPOCRITICAL CHURCH by steve finnell


Why is the church of the Lord Jesus Christ not growing? Could the hypocrisy of the church be a factor worth considering? Christians preach repentance to the the world, however, Christians who continue in their sinful lifestyle have excuses made for them or, at best, are simply ignored.

Why would the world want to become  Christians if there is no discernible difference between Christians and those outside of Christ?

The lack of church discipline = a hypocritical church.


The apostle Paul removed a man from the church fellowship who was having a sexual affair with his father stepmother. (1 Corinthians 5:1-5 I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.)NASB

Most church congregations today would rather see sexually immoral Christians burn in hell rather than to practice church discipline.

1 Corinthians 5:9-13 I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people...11 But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler--- not even to eat with such a one. 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the the church? 13 But those who are outside, God judges. REMOVE THAT WICKED MAN FROM AMONG YOURSELVES.(NASB)

The contemporary church says church discipline is to difficult. Just love the sinning church members and accepting them in their sins, after all no one is perfect.

1 Corinthians 6:8-11 On the contrary, you yourselves wrong and defraud. You do this even to your brethren. 9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals , 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.(NASB)

In order to not take responsibility for church members going to hell the modern church has change verse 11 from such were some of you to such are some of you. No church discipline is needed if Christians are not required to repent.

James 5:19-20 My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back, 20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.(NASB)

Do Christians really believe saving a soul from death is reason enough to practice church discipline? 

This message of James was addressed to Christians, not those outside of Christ.

If the world looks at the church of Christ and it is filled with lost sinners, what reason would they have for becoming Christians?    

A hypocritical church will not be the magnet that draws men to the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

 (SEE: Revelation Chapters 1-3 for more hypocritical churches)