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Friday, May 29, 2015

SAUL'S DRY-CLEANING by steve finnell

Defenders of "FAITH ONLY SALVATION" face a quandary when trying to explain Saul's (the apostle Paul's) Damascus road conversion. How do you get Saul's sins forgiven and keep him dry?

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

The "faith only" advocates proposal is this; Saul was baptized so his sins could be forgiven, however, it was spiritual baptism.

The dilemma is, how can spiritual baptism be commanded? You cannot order someone to be spiritually baptized anymore than you can command  a person to become tall or intelligent.

You can command repentance and immersion in water, as Peter did on the day of Pentecost(Acts 2:38). The results being, forgiveness of sins and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit!

You can command that men believe in Jesus. (John 3:16)
You can command that men repent. (Act 2:38)
You can command that men confess. (Romans 10:10-9, Acts 8:37)
You can command that men be baptized in water.(Acts 2:38)

YOU CANNOT COMMAND THAT MEN BE SPIRITUALLY BAPTIZED!   

NAME OF JESUS by steve finnell


Why pray in the name of Jesus?


WHY? John 16:24 Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full.


WHY? Because it was taught by the apostle Paul. Ephesians 5:20 always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father.


WHY? John 14:13 Whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, so that the Father my be glorified in the Son.


WHY? Because Jesus is our mediator. 1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,


Why pray in the name of Jesus? Because He is the KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS!   

Thursday, May 28, 2015

ORIGINAL SIN PROOF-TEXT by steve finnell


To prove that all men are guilty of sin at conception and therefore born as sinners; original sin proponents quote David in  Psalm 51:5.

David Quote: Psalm 51:5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me. (NKJV)

Was David born into a sinful world? Yes. Was David's mother guilty of sin? Yes. Was David guilty of his mother's sin. No. Was David spiritually condemned because of the sin of Adam and Eve? No. David died physically because of Adam's sin. Men die spiritually because of sins they themselves commit.

DOES GOD CREATE SINNERS IN THE WOMB?

God hates sin.

David Quote: Psalm 139:1,13,14 O Lord...13 For You have formed my inward parts;You have covered me in my mother's womb. 14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And I know my soul knows very well.(NKJV)

God does not create sinners in the womb. God hates sin. How could David be wonderfully made in his mother's womb and at the same time be be created a guilty sinner?

Genesis 4:1 Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, "I have gotten a man from the Lord."(NKJV)

Did God help Eve conceive a sinner in the womb? Of course not. God hates sin. Cain became a sinner by choice.

Was John the Baptist a sinner in the womb? No, he was not.

Luke 1:13,15, ....you shall call his name John. 15 "For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb.

Are men filled with the Holy Spirit if they are sinners in the womb? No, they are not. John the Baptist was not guilty of original sin in his mother's womb nor is anyone else.

Are little children sinners in the womb? No, they are not.

 Jesus Quote: Matthew 18:3 and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.(NKJV)

Was Jesus saying, in order to enter the kingdom of heaven you must be guilty of sin in the womb and born sinners like little children. Of course not. You must be free from sin as little children. Little children were not born as sinners nor are they guilty of committing sins. Little children are trusting souls; and adults must trust Jesus.


ORIGINAL SIN IS NOT MENTIONED SCRIPTURE NOR IS THE CONCEPT OF ORIGINAL SIN PRESENTED.

    
      

ARE ALL MEN BORN SINNERS? by steve finnell

Are all men sinners at birth? No they are not. Men are not sinners until they commit sin.

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

Desire conceived, gives birth to sin. Sin is not conceived at birth nor is sin present at conception in the womb

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

Sin is committed. Sin is not inherited from the womb. Men are not born sinners.

Neither babies in the womb nor newborn infants are tempted to sin, nor are they drawn away by their own desires, nor do they commit lawless acts in the womb nor at the time of their birth. Men are not born sinners.

If all men are born sinners, then men are born as pedophiles.

If men are born sinners, then men are born as drunkards.

If men are born sinners, then men are born as fornicators.

If men are born sinners, then men are born as idolaters.

If men are born sinners, then men are born as homosexuals.

If men are born sinners, then men are born as adulterers.

If men are born sinners, then men are born sodomites.

If men are born sinners, then men are born as thieves.

Men are not born sinners. Men make a choice to sin.

Men do not die spiritually because sin is in their DNA--- MEN DIE SPIRITUALLY BECAUSE THEY CHOOSE TO SIN.


1 Corinthians 6:8-11.....9 Do you not know the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God.....

Babies in the womb and newborn infants are NOT unrighteous!        

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

THE NEW BIRTH? by steve finnell


What is the new birth and when does it occur?

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said him, "Most assuredly , I say to you, unless one is born again,  he cannot see the kingdom of of God."(NKJV)

In order for someone to be spiritually reborn; there of necessity has to be a death occur. When does the death and rebirth occur?

Romans 6: 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. (NKJV)

When believers in Jesus Christ are buried literally and symbolically in water baptism with Him, they die and are raised to walk in newness of life.

Romans 6:6 know this, that our man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.(NKJV)

The old man dies when repentant believers in Christ are buried in water baptism and then the new birth occurs.

Romans 6:7 For he who who died has been freed from sin (NKJV)

Believers in Christ are not freed from sin until they are buried with Jesus Christ in water baptism. Yes, water baptism is a literal burial, an immersion in water and a symbolic burial as well.

YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN

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)

This rebirth takes place when a repentant believer in Jesus Christ is immersed in water.

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (NKJV)

Born again of water-----baptized. Born again of Spirit----the gift of the Holy Spirit.       

    

Baptism and the New Birth

by Dave Miller, Ph.D.

A major cleavage within Christendom pertains to the point at which the “new birth” occurs. Most of Christendom maintains that a person is born again, and thus has sin washed away by the blood of Christ, when that person “accepts Jesus Christ as his personal savior.” By this expression, it is meant that a person must mentally and/or orally decide to embrace Christ as the Lord of his life. Hence, the new birth is seen simply as a determination of the will—a moment in time when the person accepts Christ in his mind and couples that decision with an oral confession.
The passage in the New Testament that alludes specifically to being born again pertains to a conversation that Jesus had with a high-ranking Jewish official:
There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you,unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again’ ” (John 3:1-7, emp. added).
In an effort to avoid identifying “water” (vs. 5) as water baptism, many within Christendom in the last half century have proposed a variety of novel interpretations. For example, some have proposed that “water” is a reference to the Holy Spirit. While it certainly is true that John uses the word “water” symbolically to represent the Spirit later in his book (7:38-39), that fact had to be explained by the inspired writer. However, in chapter three, the normal, literal meaning is clearly in view, not only because water baptism throughout the New Testament is consistently associated with the salvation event (e.g., Acts 2:38; 8:12-13,36-38; 9:18; 10:47-48; 16:15,33; 18:8; 19:5; 22:16; Romans 6:3-4; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:12; Hebrews 10:22; 1 Peter 3:21), but even in this context, eighteen verses later, the term clearly has a literal meaning: “Now John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there” (John 3:23). Additionally, if “water” in John 3:5 is an allusion to the Holy Spirit, the result would be nonsensical: “unless one is born of the Spirit and the Spirit.”
Another quibble offered in an effort to avoid the clear import of John 3:5 is that “water” is a symbol for the blood of Jesus. Of course, no rationale exists for making such a connection. Elsewhere John refers explicitly to water and blood, but clearly distinguishes them from each other in their import (1 John 5:6).
Perhaps the most popular notion, advanced only in recent years, is that “water” is a reference to a pregnant woman’s “water”—i.e., the amniotic fluid that accompanies the physical birth of a child. However, this suggestion likewise fails to fit the context of Jesus’ remarks. In fact, Nicodemus himself thought that Jesus was referring to physical birth (“mother’s womb”). But Jesus corrected his misconception, and contrasted such thinking with the intended meaning of “water and Spirit.” Indeed, Jesus would not have told Nicodemus that he needed to be born physically (“water”). He would not have included the act of physical birth in His listing of prerequisites to entering the kingdom. That would make Jesus say that before a person can enter the kingdom he or she must first be a person! What would be the point of stating such a thing? [Would it perhaps be to ensure that everyone understands that non-humans (i.e., animals) cannot enter the kingdom?!] Later in the same chapter, did John baptize near Salim “because there was much amniotic fluid there”?
If one cares to consult the rest of the New Testament in order to allow the Bible to be its own best interpreter, and in order to allow the Bible to harmonize with itself, additional passages shed light on the meaning of John 3:5. According to the rest of the New Testament, spiritual conception occurs when the Gospel (i.e., the seed of the Holy Spirit—Luke 8:11) is implanted in the human heart and mind (James 1:18; 1 Corinthians 4:15; Ephesians 6:17; 1 Peter 1:23). The Word of God, in turn, generates penitent faith in the human heart (Romans 10:17) that leads the individual to obey the Gospel by being baptized in water (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Hebrews 10:22). The resulting condition of the individual is that he or she is now a child of God, a citizen of the kingdom, and member of the church of Christ (Matthew 28:19-20; Galatians 3:26-27; Romans 6:4).
Additional verses in the New Testament clarify and cinch this meaning of John 3:5, pinpointing the “new birth,” while also allowing us to understand the activity of the Holy Spirit in the act of conversion. Consider the following chart (Jackson, 1988):
John 3:5SpiritWaterKingdom
 
1 Corinthians 12:13SpiritBaptizedBody
Ephesians 5:26WordWashing/WaterCleansed Church
Titus 3:5Renewal of SpiritWashing of RegenerationSaved by Mercy
These verses demonstrate that God achieves conversion through the Gospel message authored by the Holy Spirit. When a person comes to an understanding (Acts 8:30) of the that inspired message, his penitent faith leads him to submit to water immersion for the remission of sins (Acts 8:36,38; 10:47). The result of his obedient response to the Gospel is that he is saved and cleansed from past sin and instantaneously placed into the kingdom of Christ.
Notice that submission to the divine plan of salvation does not mean that humans save themselves by effecting their own salvation. Their obedience does not earn or merit their forgiveness. Rather, the terms or conditions of salvation are stipulated by God—not by humans—and are a manifestation of His mercy! When people submit to the terms of entrance into the kingdom of Christ, they are saved by the blood of Jesus and the grace of God—not their own effort! Water immersion is not to be viewed as a “work of righteousness which we have done” (Titus 3:5). When we submit to baptism, we are being saved by “the kindness and love of God our Savior” (Titus 3:4). We are being saved “according to His mercy” (Titus 3:5).

REFERENCES

Jackson, Wayne (1988), “The New Birth: What is It?,” Christian Courier, 24:14, August.



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UNSAVED BELIEVER? by steve finnell


Is the term, unsaved believer, an oxymoron, or a statement of fact? A few examples are warranted to shed some light on the  question.

UNSAVED BELIEVERS: John 12:42 Nevertheless many even of the rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing Him, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue;

Can faith not confessed save anyone?

UNSAVED BELIEVER: Luke 18:18-23 A ruler questioned Him, saying, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"........22 When Jesus heard this He said to him, "One thing you still lack; sell all that you possess and distribute it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; come and follow Me. 23 But when he heard these things, he became sad, for he was extremely rich.

The ruler wanted to omit the term of pardon he did not like. Can those of us, living under the new covenant, omit the terms of pardon we do not like and still be saved?

UNSAVED BELIEVERS: James 2:18-19 But someone may well say, "You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works." 19 You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.

Demons believe but, would anyone assert that demons are saved?

UNSAVED BELIEVERS: Are believers who deny that repentance or immersion in water are essential to the remission of sins, saved? (Acts 2:38)

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

Can you ignore the requirements of Jesus and still be saved?

Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved...

If men practice a water-less salvation, will that save them?

ARE THERE UNSAVED BELIEVERS?


(All Scripture quotes from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

WHAT IS A COMMUNITY CHURCH? by steve finnell


What is a community church? In the majority of cases community church is simply a euphemism for Baptist Church.

Note the following doctrinal statements of belief taken from community churches on line.

 Salvation: Forgiveness of sin is available to all who accept His sacrifice and claim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

 Salvation: Salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all men, and those who repent and believe in Him are born again of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life, and become the children of God. (Titus 3:4-7)

[NOTE: Titus 3:4-7 Does not say, "those who repent and believe in Him are born again of the Holy Spirit."]  

Water Baptism: God's Word teaches that a person needs to repent of his/her sins and then be baptized. Water baptism is an act of obedience-- not something you do to become saved. We believe that once a person trusts Christ, and what He did for them on the cross, they are saved. By following our Lord's command regarding water baptism, we show His lordship in our lives.(Acts 2:38; Romans 6:1-4)

[NOTE:  Neither Acts 2:38 nor Romans 6:1-4 state the water baptism is simply an act of obedience, nor do they say once a person trusts in Christ they are saved, nor do they say baptism is not something you do to be saved, nor do they state that we show lordship by being baptized, nor do they say water baptism is not essential to salvation, nor do they say water baptism is not essential for the forgiveness in sins.]

Community churches are in most cases Baptists who do not care to admit they are Baptist.


What community churches do not believe is what Jesus said, "He who believes and is baptized will be saved..Mark 16:16 (NKJV)    

IF BAPTISM IS NECESSARY ? by steve finnell


 Quote by John MacArthur " If water baptism were necessary for salvation, we would expect to find it stressed whenever the gospel is presented in Scripture.That is not the case, however." [Ref. source:http://www.gty.org/Resources/Question/Qa79]

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

It is clear that in order to be saved you must believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead. Does God have to mention that every time the gospel is presented in Scripture? Of course not. Believing that God raised Jesus from the dead is essential for salvation even if it is only mention one time in Scripture.

Acts 3:19 "Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,(NKJV)

This verse says men need to repent in order to have their sins blotted out. Is it imperative that this be mention in every Scripture where the gospel is presented? Of course not. One time is enough.

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

Water baptism is essential in order to be saved. Does water baptism have to be mentioned in every verse in the Bible were the gospel is presented? Of course not. One time is enough.

The church of Jesus Christ was started on the Day of Pentecost 33 AD.

 What was presented in the first gospel sermon?

1. Jesus was a miracles worker. Acts 2:22.
2. God raised Jesus from the dead. Acts 2:29-32
3. Jesus was preached as Lord and Christ. Acts 2:36.
4. They were told to repent and be baptized in order to have their sin forgiven. Acts 2:37-38.

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The terms of pardon are obvious to anyone seeking the truth.
1. Faith: John 3:36
2. Repentance: Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19, Luke 24:47
3. Confession: Romans 10:9
4. Immersion in water: Mark 16:16, Acts 22:16, Acts 2:38, John 3:5, Romans 6:3-7, Galatians 3:27, Ephesians 5:25-27, Colossians 2:12-13, Titus 3:5.

The simple truth is whoever believes and is baptized will be saved. Mark 16:16    


    

Monday, May 25, 2015

IS WATER BAPTISM ESSENTIAL FOR SALVATION by steve finnell


The following are views not given by the inspiration of God. They are not included in Scripture. They are based on men's interpretation of Scripture.

UNINSPIRED VIEWS

1. Quote: Dr. Charles Stanley "Baptism allows us to demonstrate our connection with Jesus......But it's important to remember that Ephesians 2:8-9 says faith in Jesus Christ is the only requirement for salvation, not baptism..."[Ref. source: http://wwwjesus.org/following-jesus/baptism/do-christians-need-to-be-baptized.html] 

[ NOTE: Ephesians 2:8-9 Does not say faith is the only requirement for salvation]  

2. Quote: John MacArthur "If water baptism were necessary for salvation, we would expect to find it stressed whenever the gospel is presented in Scripture. That is not the case...[REf. source:http://www.gty.org/Recources/Questions/Qa79]

3. Quote: Irenaeus 120-205 AD "As we are lepers in sin, we are made clean from our old transgressions by means of the sacred water and the invocation of the Lord. We are thus spiritually regenerated as newborn infants, even as the Lord has declared: "Except a man be born again through the water and the Spirit, he shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven'"----(Irenaeus , "Fragments From lost Writings", no. 34, Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol 1, pg 574)

4. Quote: Tertullian 140-230 AD "Happy is our sacrament of water, in that, by washing away the sins of our early blindness, we are set free and admitted into eternal life....(Tertullian, "On Baptism," Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol 3, p. 676)

5. Quote: Irenaeus 120-125 AD "This class of men have been instigated by Satan to a denial of that baptism which is regeneration to God, and thus to a renunciation of the whole faith." (Against Heresies, bk. 1, chap. 21. 1 Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol 1, pg 345.) NKJV

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THE FOLLOWING ARE QUOTES INSPIRED BY GOD

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

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

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

3. Quote: Apostle Peter " ..."Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins....Acts 2:38 (NKJV)

4. Quote: Apostle Peter "There is also an antitype which now saves us, namely baptism... 1 Peter 3:21 (NKJV)

5. Quote: Apostle Paul "not by works of righteous which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit. Titus 3:5 (NKJV)

6. Quote: Apostle Paul  .... "Christ also loved the church..."that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word," Ephesians 5:25-26 (NKJV)        

  


BAPTISMAL FORMULA? by steve finnell

Jesus gave us the baptismal formula. Matthew 28:18-19 Then Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been to Me in heaven and on earth.(NKJV)

After God the Father raised Jesus from the dead God the Father gave Jesus the authority. Jesus did not give Himself the authority. 

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

To deny that Jesus said baptize in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit is to deny the authority of Jesus Christ.

Jesus "only" Pentecostals claim the only formula for water baptism was given in Acts 2:38 ...let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ....(NKJV)

In Acts 8:16 it says they were baptized, in the name of the Lord Jesus. This contrary to Acts 2:38 which says, in the name of Jesus Christ. That would be a different formula.

In Acts 10:48 it says be baptized, in the name of the Lord. This is contrary to Acts 2:38 which states, in the name of Jesus Christ. That would be a different formula.

IN Acts 19: it states, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. That is contrary to Acts 2:38 which says, in the name of Jesus Christ. That would be a different formula.

To do something in the name of someone is to submit to their authority. As when a police officer tell you to stop in the name of the law. If that police officers tells you to stop in the name of his authority as a law officer, it would be the same authority.

When Jesus said baptize in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Jesus was saying be baptized by the authority of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

When the apostle Peter said be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ he was saying be baptized by the authority of Jesus Christ. I believe that Peter baptized them just as Jesus had told him, in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. 

As for me I will stay with baptized by the authority of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, however, I would not say those who are baptized in the name of "Jesus Christ only," have an invalid baptism. 

       
  

GOD'S CREDIBILITY by steve finnell


God's credibility is not predicated by a vote of confidence by the majority. God does not need to have His truth validated by the masses. The Bible and the Bible alone is God's truth to mankind. No creed book, Bible commentary,  nor congregational church vote is needed to affirm God's credibility.

The entire population of the world disbelieved God when He told them if they ate from the tree in the middle of the garden or touched it, that they would die. (Genesis 3:4)

Adam and Eve died even though the majority opinion was in their favor. God's truth was not voided because the total population of the world disbelieved it.

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

Jesus said he who has believed shall be saved. The vast majority of the world disbelieves that. The majority opinion does not invalidate the words of Jesus.

Jesus said he who has been baptized shall be saved. The majority of the world believes water baptism is not essential in order for men to be saved. Majority opinion is not necessary to affirm, establish, or validate the words of Jesus Christ.

God's credibility does not depend on the majority of the worlds population to confirm, validate, endorse, nor corroborate His truth.

GOD'S WORD IS FOUND IN THE BIBLE AND THE BIBLE ALONE. The truth in the Bible is not subject to affirmation by a majority vote.       


Sunday, May 24, 2015

THERE IS ONE GOD! by steve finnell


There is one God in the form of three persons. God the Father. God the Son. God the Holy Spirit.

There is one God: James 2:19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe---and tremble! (NKJV)

There is one God in three persons: 1 John 5:7 For there are three who bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.(NKJV)[THREE ARE ONE]

GOD FATHER: 1 Corinthians 15:23-24 23....who are Christ's at His coming. 24 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. (NKJV)[Jesus is not God the Father]

GOD THE WORD: John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.NKJV)

Jesus was with God the Father in the beginning and Jesus was God. Jesus was the Word and the Word was God.

Jesus is God: Acts 20:28 ...the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.(NKJV) [Jesus is God.]

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GOD: Acts 5:3-4 But Peter said, Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? 4 "While  it remained, was it not sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God."(NKJV)

When Ananias lied to the Holy Spirit he was lying to God.

1John 5:7 For there are three who bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.(NKJV)

There is on one God in three persons: GOD THE FATHER, GOD THE SON, AND GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT.

The Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are the one God in three persons. They are all God, but they are not the same person.

LET US: Genesis 1:26 Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image...(NKJV)

God the Father said let Us make man. Us is more than one person.

ONE GOD IN THREE PERSONS!    



   

THE UNFORGIVABLE SIN! by steve finnell


 What is the unforgivable sin?
Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is the unpardonable sin.
How is the unpardonable sin committed?

THE EXAMPLE OF THE UNFORGIVABLE SIN!

Mark 3:22 The scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, "He is possessed by Beelzebul," and "He cast out the demons by the ruler of the demons."
Mark 3:28-30 "Truly I say to you, all sins shall be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter; 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin"---30 because they were saying, "He has an unclean spirit."

These scribes were committing BLASPHEMY AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT because they said Jesus was casting out demons by the power of an unclean spirit, when in fact it was by the power of THE HOLY SPIRIT.

Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is proclaiming that Jesus was possessed by Satan and using Satan's power; when in fact Jesus was empowered by the Holy Spirit.  
  

Saturday, May 23, 2015

ONE MEDIATOR by steve finnell


How many mediators are there between God and men? Who is qualified to act as a mediator between God and men?

What is a mediator? A mediator is one who mediates. Definition of mediate: To bring about an agreement, accord, truce, peace, as an intermediary between parties.

THERE IS JUST ONE MEDIATOR BETWEEN GOD AND MEN!

1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,

If you believe there is one God, then, why would you not believe there is one mediator?

The Virgin Mary nor any dead saint is qualified to be a mediator between God and men. No priest, preacher, elder, pastor, pope, nor Christian dead or alive can mediate between God and men.

JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONLY MEDIATOR!


(Scripture quote from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE