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Thursday, November 27, 2014

THE MAJORITY RULES OR DO THEY?  by steve finnell


There are five billion on the earth today who reject Jesus as the Messiah. Does that prove that Jesus is not the Christ? No, it does not. The majority does not rule.

2 Thessalonians 1:7-8 and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, 8 in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. (NKJV)

Yes, you must obey the gospel. How do men obey the gospel? 1. You must believe (John 3:16.) 2 You must repent (Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19.) 3. You must confess (Romans 10:9.) 4. You must be immersed in water Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16.)

There are millions who deny that water baptism is essential in order to be saved. Does that view invalidate God's word? No, it does not.

Romans 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, "Lord who has believed our report?" (NKJV)

Yes, the gospel has to be obeyed.

Millions believe that men are saved by grace alone or faith only. Does that render obeying the gospel null and void? No, it does not.

1 Peter 4:17 For the time has come for judgement to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? (NKJV)

Yes, the gospel has to be obeyed. The apostle Peter preached the gospel on the Day of Pentecost. (Acts 2:22-41) Peter preached Jesus as a miracle worker, as being resurrected from the dead, and as both Lord and Christ. When the three thousand believe Peter, he told them to repent and be baptized so they could have their sins forgiven and then they would receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.


Most people reject the sermon that Peter preached. Does that mean that what the apostle Peter preached was wrong? No, it does not.

Acts 5:32 "And we are His witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit  whom God has given to those who obey Him." (NKJV)

God gives the Holy Spirit to those who obey the gospel of Christ.

Matthew 7:13-14 :Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate  and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 "Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. (NKJV)

Heaven will not be crowded.

The majority does not rule on earth or in heaven. God rules.        
  

UNLESS THE FATHER DRAWS HIM   by steve finnell


John 6:44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.

What is the meaning of John 6:44?

1. Does it mean only a few, who have been selected by the Father, will be saved? No, it does not.
2. Does it mean that men only respond to the gospel because of irresistible grace? No, it does not.

WHO ARE THOSE THAT THE FATHER DRAWS?

John 6:45 It is written in the prophets, 'And they shall all be taught of God.' Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me.

The Father draws all who hear and learn. The Father does not force anyone to hear or learn. Men have free-will. God does not impute faith into a few so they will believe and be saved. Faith does not come by injection.

HOW DO MEN HEAR AND LEARN?

Romans 10:13-14 for "Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved." 14 How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?

Men need to hear the gospel before they can learn and believe. The Father draws men by the gospel.

Romans 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.

Faith comes from hearing the gospel. Faith does not come because the Father selected a chosen few, before the world began, to be saved. All who accept Jesus as Lord and Savior are the chosen and that includes whoever accepts God's terms for pardon. Faith does not come because of irresistible grace.

God the Father draws men to Jesus with the gospel.

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,

IT IS THE GOSPEL THAT DRAWS MEN TO JESUS!

IRRESISTIBLE GRACE IS NOT THE METHOD THAT THE FATHER USES TO DRAW MEN TO JESUS.

Romans 10:21 But as for Israel He says, "All the day long I have stretched out My hands to a disobedient and obstinate people."

Israel as a nation reject the gospel. How would that be possible if irresistible grace were in play? Israel turned away from God.

Matthew 23:37 "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling.

Jerusalem was unwilling to be drawn to Jesus by believing the gospel. They had a choice.

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

The Jews had the opportunity to believe the gospel of Jesus Christ, but they were unwilling. There was no irresistible grace in play. The Father draws all who are willing to believe the gospel.

John 6:40 This is the will of My Father, that everyone  who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day."

IF YOU ARE READING THIS BLOG YOU ARE ONE OF THE "EVERYONE" WHO HAS A CHANCE TO BE BELIEVE THE GOSPEL AND BE SAVED.

MEN REJECT GOD.

GOD DOES NOT REJECT MEN DUE TO NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN.

THE FATHER DRAWS MEN TO JESUS THROUGH THE PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL. MEN ARE NOT DRAWN TO JESUS BECAUSE THEY WERE PRESELECTED FOR SALVATION! 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

CHRISTIANS RECEIVE FORGIVENESS---ABSOLUTION?  by steve finnell


Is the doctrine of absolution a Biblical fact or is it a tradition of men?

ABSOLUTION: Absolution is perceived to be the remission of sin, or the punishment due sin, granted by the church.

Can a priest or any man acting for the church forgive the sins of  a Christian? NO, THEY CANNOT!

When Christians pray for other Christians; they are not granting forgiveness of sins committed against God. They are simply making a request. They are petitioning God. The church in general nor individual church members have no authority to forgive sins committed against God.

Luke 5:21The scribes and Pharisees began to reason, saying, "Who is this man who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?"

Anyone who claims to have the authority to forgive the sins of Christians speaks blasphemies. Jesus could forgive sins because He was God in the flesh.

Jesus Christ is the mediator, the intercessor, negotiator, and advocate between Christians  and God. No priest, preacher, the Virgin Mary, pew sitter, nor dead saint stands between Christians and forgiveness from sin.

Romans 8:34 who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also interceded for us.

Jesus is the intercessor for Christians. Priests, preachers, the Virgin Mary nor any other Christians can reconcile differences between man and God.


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


Jesus is the only one standing between Christians and forgiveness from sin. No man or women, dead or alive qualifies as a mediator for the forgiveness of sins.


1 John 2:1 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;


The apostle John said that the advocate for Christians who sin is Jesus Christ. John did not say that a priest, preacher, the Virgin Mary, nor any saint dead or alive was an advocate for Christians who sin.


NOTICE: There is not one case recorded in Scripture were an apostle or the apostles said to Christians I or we forgive you of your sins. THE APOSTLES TOLD PEOPLE HOW TO HAVE THEIR SINS FORGIVEN, THEY DID NOT GRANT FORGIVENESS OF SINS.   

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

DOES GOD LIE?  by steve finnell


Does God lie to mankind? No, He does not. If Satan lies to men and men believe it does that make God a liar? No, it does not. If theologians, preachers, priest, or Sunday school teachers contradict God's word does that mean that God is a liar? No, it does not.

Titus 1:1-3 Paul, a servant of God an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect and the acknowledgement of the truth which is according to godliness, 2 in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began, 3 but has in due time manifested His word through preaching, which was committed to me according to the commandment of God our Savior, (NKJV)

God cannot lie.

Genesis Chapter 3: God told the truth to Adam and Eve. Satan lied and Adam and Eve chose to believe Satan.  One hundred percent of the population believed Satan, however, that did not make God a liar.

God said in Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved...(NKJV). Millions say that water baptism does not precede salvation. It does not make God a liar because millions mistakenly believe that water baptism is not essential to being saved.

Men opposing God's doctrine does not make God a liar.   

     

CAN MEN, TODAY, BE SAVED LIKE ENOCH?  by steve finnell


Did you ever notice that the hydrophobic believers in Jesus want to be saved like the thief on the cross? Their argument is the thief was not baptized in water, and was still saved. Thief  proponents fail to mention that the thief was also saved without being born of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit of promise had not been given at that time. So the logical conclusion would be that men, today, can be saved without being born of water and the Spirit. (John 3:5 Jesus answered and said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.")

The question is why do men, today, not petition to be saved like Enoch?

Genesis 5:24 Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.

1.Enoch did not believe Jesus was the Son of God. Was Enoch saved? YES.
2. Enoch did not confess that God raised Jesus from the dead. Was Enoch saved? YES.
3. Enoch was not baptized in water. He was not immersed for the forgiveness of sins. Was Enoch saved? YES.
4. Enoch did not believe that Jesus shed His blood on the cross so he could have his sins washed away. Was Enoch saved? YES.
5. Was Enoch born of the Spirit? No. The Holy Spirit of promise was not given until the Day of Pentecost. Was Enoch saved? YES.

WAS ENOCH SAVED? YES.

Can men, today, be saved like Enoch? ABSOLUTELY NOT.
Men, today, can only be saved by meeting the terms for pardon under the New Covenant; also known as the New Testament, the New Will, the New Agreement, the New Promise.

THE THIEF ON THE CROSS

Luke 23:39-43...And He said to him, :Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise."

1. The thief believed Jesus was the Christ. Was the thief saved?YES.
2. The thief repented. (He turn from sin and turned toward God). Was the thief saved? YES.
3. The thief did not confess that God had raised Jesus from the dead. Was the thief saved? YES.
4. The thief was not immersed in water for the forgiveness of his sins. Was the thief saved? YES.
5. The thief was not born of the Spirit? The thief did not receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Was the thief saved? YES.

WAS THE THIEF SAVED? YES.

Can men, today, be saved like the thief on the cross?ABSOLUTELY NOT. Men, today, can only be saved by meeting the terms of pardon under the New Covenant.

The New Covenant came into effect after the death of Jesus, on the Day of Pentecost.

Hebrews 9:16-17 For where a covenant is, there must of necessity be the death of the one who made it. 17 For a covenant is valid only when men are dead, for it is never in force while the one who made it lives.

MEN,TODAY, CANNOT BE SAVED LIKE ENOCH NOR SAVED LIKE THE THIEF ON THE CROSS. ENOCH AND THE THIEF WERE NOT SAVED UNDER THE NEW COVENANT.

Note: The book of Acts contains several conversions that took place under the New Covenant. There is no record of anyone saying.
A. I do not have to believe that Jesus is the Son of God.
B. I do not have to be born of water and the Spirit.
C. I do not have to confess that Jesus was resurrected from the grave by God in order to be saved.
D. I do not have to be immersed in water in order to be saved.
E. I do not have to repent, (Turn from sin and turn to God), in order to be saved.

IN ORDER TO BE SAVED UNDER THE NEW COVENANT; WHICH STARTED ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST. YOU NEED TO MEET THE TERMS FOR PARDON.

FAITH: John 3:16
REPENTANCE: Acts 2:38
CONFESSION: Romans 10:9-10
BAPTISM: Acts 2:38, 1 Peter 3:21, Mark 16:16

YOU CANNOT BE SAVED LIKE ENOCH!

(All Scripture quotes from:NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE) 

  

Monday, November 24, 2014

SALVATION AND WATER BAPTISM? by steve finnell


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

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

Certain men say baptism is simply an act of obedience.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Acts 2:38 Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.(NIV-The Thompson  Chain-Reference Bible)

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

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

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

     

   

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


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

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

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

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

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

Men need forgiveness from the sins they themselves commit.

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

INHERITED SIN (ORIGINAL SIN)  by steve finnell


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

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


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


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


WAS JESUS GUILTY OF SIN?


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


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


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


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


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


SINS OF OMISSION


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


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


COMMITTED SINS


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Sunday, November 23, 2014

FREE-WILL IS A SCRIPTURAL REALITY  by steve finnell


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

FREE-WILL

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

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

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

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

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

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

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

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

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

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

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

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

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

ALL MEN HAVE FREE-WILL!    

Saturday, November 22, 2014

ARE CALVINISTS HYPOCRITES?  by Steve finnell


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUPPLEMENTARY REVELATION? by steve finnell


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

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

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

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

THE APOSTLES HAD ALL TRUTH BEFORE THEY DIED!

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

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

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

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

CAN MEN PARTICIPATE IN "SUPPLEMENTARY REVELATION" WITH IMPUNITY?

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

Israel was warned not to embrace "supplementary revelation."

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, November 21, 2014

BLIND VERSES OF SCRIPTURE--BY STEVE FINNELL


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


BLIND VERSES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



       

DO YOU BELIEVE WHAT YOU PROCLAIM?   by steve finnell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DO MEN REALLY BELIEVE WHAT THEY PROCLAIM TO BE TRUE?        

Thursday, November 20, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

They were New Testament Scriptures long before they were canonized.

WRITTEN

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

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

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

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


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