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Thursday, July 28, 2016

KING JAMES ONLY BAPTISTS?  by steve finnell


King James only Baptists assert that the KJV of the Bible is the only inerrant translation of the Bible. The problem is they do not even believe what the KJV teaches.

In order to deny Mark 16:16....and is baptized shall be saved... they say Mark 16:9-20 is not found in all manuscripts, therefore it cannot be trusted. Why then is it included in the KJV?
Why do King James only advocates not offer a translation absent Mark 16:9-20?

King James only Baptists do not believe their own assertions about the KJV.

They do not believe: Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16, 1 Peter 3:21, Mark 16:16, Ephesians 5:25-27, Colossians 2:12-13, Romans 6:3-7, and Galatians 3:27.

King James only Baptists do believe many doctrines about water baptism not found in the Bible. Examples: 
1. Water baptism is simply for a testimony of faith.
2. Water baptism is in order to join the Baptist church.
3. Water baptism is not essential for forgiveness of sin.
4. Water baptism is not necessary to be saved.
5. Water baptism is not essential to be forgiven because the thief on the cross was saved without baptism.
6. Water baptism is a good work.
7. Water baptism is obeying the command of Jesus that does not result in a spiritual benefit.
8. Water baptism is not essential to salvation because men are saved by faith alone.
9. You can get to heaven without water baptism, however, you cannot be a member of the Baptist church without being baptized.

King James only advocates trust their own doctrines more than they trust the KJV of the Bible.    


ATHEISTS HAVE FAITH?-BY STEVE FINNELL


Faith Defined: Belief that is not based on proof.

Atheists have faith that there is no God.

Atheists have faith that the theory of evolution is true. There is no scientific evidence to support the theory of evolution. 

Atheists have faith that there is no heaven and no hell.

Atheists have  faith that men evolved from green pond scum. There is no proof that that occurred.

Atheist have faith in the Big Bang Theory and that it produced life. In order for atheist to believe in the Big Bang Theory they have to first have faith that someone created something to crash together. Atheist do have faith. There is no proof in The Big Bang Theory.

Atheist have faith that when they die, they will cease to exist. There is no proof of that.

Atheist  have faith that if they reject God and His Son Jesus Christ that there will be no consequences for their unbelief. They have no proof of that.

Atheist have faith that there is no book of life.

Revelation 20:14-15 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone's name was not fund written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

DO YOU REALLY WANT TO BASE WHERE YOU WILL SPEND ETERNITY BY PROFESSING THE FAITH OF AN ATHEIST?

Matthew 25:31-46 ....These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."

(Scripture from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

DISHONESTY IS NOT A THEOLOGICAL VIRTUE  by steve finnell


To dishonestly misinterpret Acts 2:38 is not an act of theological virtue, it is a sin committed.

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (King James Version)

Many interpret the "for" to mean you are baptized because your sins have already been forgiven. Note: Most Baptists believe that to be true.

For does not men "because of." If "for" means "because of," why is there no translation that translates it that way?

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. (New International Version. Copyright 1973) 

Many say that baptized so that your sins may be forgiven is incorrect and that water immersion is actually done as a testimony of faith.

Acts 2:38 Peter said, "Turn back to God! Be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, so that you sins will be forgiven. Then you will be given the Holy Spirit.(Contemporary English Version)

Most "faith only believers" assert that sins are forgiven and the Holy Spirit is given the very minute of belief in Jesus Christ.

Neither dishonesty nor willful theological ignorance is a virtue.

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Let each one of you repent and be immersed, in the name of Jesus Christ, in order to the remission of you sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (The Better Version of The New Testament by Chester Estes)

Most Baptist believe you are baptized in order to become a member of the Baptist Church. They do not believe baptism is in order to the remission of sins nor to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:38 Peter told them, "You must repent and every one of you must be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ, so that you may have your sins forgiven and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (The New Testament in Modern English By J.B. Phillips)

Most "faith alone believers" contend that the "ands" in Acts 2:38 are not conjunctions, therefore repentance is not connected to baptism and baptism is not connected to receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit nor to having sins forgiven.

Dishonest interpretation of Scripture nor willful ignorance is a theological virtue.        



  

CONFRONTED WITH THE TRUTH-by steve finnell


What should be the response of believers in Christ be when confronted with the truth?

Apollos was confronted with the truth by Aquila and Priscilla; what was his response?

Acts 18:24-26 Now a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man and mighty in the Scriptures, came to Ephesus. 25 This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things of of the Lord, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26 So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. (NKJV)

Evidently Apollos was an excellent student and graduated of John The Baptist Bible University, he knew the Scriptures, however, they were not teaching the new covenant terms of salvation. They were teaching repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of sins and told to believe in Jesus at a later date.

Aquila and Priscilla taught him the truth. In order to be saved you must have, faith John 3:16, confess Romans 10:9, repent and be baptized Acts 2:38.

How  did Apollos react? Did he say John The Baptist Bible University teaches the way of my denomination and I am not going preach it the way Jesus taught it. There is no indication that Apollos rejected the truth taught by Aquila and Priscilla.
How did the twelve men who were baptized into John's baptism respond to the truth? They were baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of their sins.(Acts 19:1-5)
There are many today who are mighty in the Scriptures and have been instructed in the way of the Lord, however, they know only the salvation of the thief on the cross.

The thief plan of salvation: 1. Fear God. Luke 23:40 2. Believe  Jesus is Lord and ask Him to remember you when He comes into His kingdom. Luke 23:42-43

Knowing only the thief terms for pardon cannot save anyone living under the new covenant.

What did Jesus say after He died on the cross and was resurrected? Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved....(NKJV) Matthew 28:19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit. (NKJV)(Acts 2:38, Romans 10:9, 1 Peter 3:21, John 3:16)

Yes, water baptism is essential for salvation.

   

  

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

INVOLUNTARY BAPTISM?-BY STEVE FINNELL


Can involuntary baptism wash away your sins? Is involuntary baptism a Biblical concept? Does involuntary baptism play a role in your salvation? The answer is no, no, and no.

FAITH-REPENTANCE-AND-CONFESSION, MUST PRECEDE WATER BAPTISM IN ORDER FOR BAPTISM TO BE VALID.  

Faith:John 3:16

Repentance: Acts 2:38 (repentance is making the commitment to turn from sin and turn toward God)

Confession: Romans 10:9-10

I know of no one who involuntarily baptizes adults. Why would they, then, force infants to be baptized against their will? It not only is nonsensical, it is not according to the Scriptures.

There are some Biblical accounts of involuntary baptisms.

 A couple thousand demons were involuntarily baptized.(Mark 5:12-13 The demons implored Him, saying, "Send us into the swine so that we may enter them." 13 Jesus gave them permission. And coming out, the unclean spirits entered the swine; and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, about two thousand of them; and they were drown in the sea.

These demons confessed that Jesus was the Son of God, however, they did not repent. (Mark 5:1-13) These demons were not saved. They were not forgiven of their sins. Involuntary baptism drown the swine, but did not wash away any ones sins.

A few unbelieving, unrepentant Egyptians were involuntarily baptized in the sea. (Exodus 14:27-28) The Egyptians who were involuntarily baptized were not saved, all they got was dead.

BIBLICAL BAPTISM

The Ethiopian eunuch heard Jesus preached from the Scriptures. He believed and confessed Jesus Christ as the Son of God. He asked to be baptized in water. He went away rejoicing. (Acts 8:27-38) The eunuch had his sins washed away by the blood of Jesus. The eunuch was saved. He was added to the Lord's church. The eunuch was part of the body of Christ. The eunuch was baptized into Christ. 

If you were baptized before you believed, all you got was wet.
If you were baptized without repenting, that is if you did not make the commitment to turn from sin and and turn toward God, all you got was wet.
If you were baptized without acknowledging that Jesus is the Son of God and that God raised Him from the dead, all you got was wet.        

INVOLUNTARY BAPTISM IS NO BAPTISM AT ALL! 

  

Monday, July 25, 2016

ARE UNREPENTANT CHRISTIANS ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED?  by steve finnell


Are Christians guaranteed eternal security even though they continue in a sinful lifestyle?

If a serial killer continues to murder after becoming a Christian is he still saved? 

If a drunkard does not repent of his drunkenness after having confessed Jesus as Lord, is he still saved? Some would say getting drunk a couple of times a year does not make you a drunkard. If you murder twice a year, you are still a murderer. If you only steal occasionally, you are still a thief.

If a homosexuals, pedophiles, fornicators, and adulterers continue in their sins after becoming a Christian are they once saved always saved?

It takes a skilled professional to convince Christians that they can continue in an unrepentant sinful lifestyle and still be saved.

It takes a master of deception to get men to believe in once saved always saved.

The apostle Paul was not warning the Christians at Corinth about sin because he believed once saved always saved.

1 Corinthians 6:1-11......9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, 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)

These sinful practises were past tense for Christians.((( SUCH WERE SOME OF YOU)))

No man can prayerfully ask God for the truth about once saved always saved and still believe that doctrine.

It takes a skilled deceiver and a willing student to believe that unrepentant Christians are once saved always saved.   

I KNOW WHAT I BELIEVE, DO NOT CONFUSE ME WITH THE TRUTH-by steve finnell


Why do so many believe they are smarter than God? If you change the meaning of Scripture you must believe you know more than God.

Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes dishonor, But with the humble is wisdom. (NASB)

When pride is the primary attribute of the person searching for God's truth, confusion is the result.

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

PRIDEFUL INTERPRETATION: He who has believed and has not been baptized shall be saved.

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

PRIDEFUL INTERPRETATION: For by grace alone you have been saved and God has imputed faith as a gift to those selected for salvation so they might believe.

TRUTH: Peter said to them, "Repent and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (NASB)

PRIDEFUL INTERPRETATION: Repent and be baptized because your sins were forgiven the minute you believed. You received the gift of the Holy Spirit the moment you believed and spoke in tongues. Speaking in tongues was evidence of your salvation.

TRUTH: Romans 6:4 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.(NASB)

PRIDEFUL INTERPRETATION: Therefore we have been buried with Him by pouring, sprinkling or immersion in water into death. Sprinkling and pouring mean a burial. We were already walking in newness of life because we were saved before water baptism.

TRUTH: John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way , and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.(NASB)

PRIDEFUL INTERPRETATION: Jesus said to him, "I am one of many ways to the Father, do not judge other religious beliefs."    

  



Sunday, July 24, 2016

CAN GOD'S PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THE SCRIPTURES?-BY STEVE FINNELL


Do the children of God need priests, preachers, and assorted clergy to interpret the Scriptures for them? Can the Holy Spirit, alone, help  Christians  correctly understand the Bible? Do God's people need clergy to explain the Scriptures?

Acts 17:10-11 The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 Now these were more nobleminded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.

1. Who was being taught? Answer: Jews.
2. Who was doing the teaching? Answer: Paul and Silas.
3. Were Paul and Silas Roman Catholic priests? Answer: No. There was not a Roman Catholic church in the first century.
4. The Bereans searched the Scriptures for the truth. If these Berean Jews could not understand the Scripture, then why were they searching God's word, in order to confirm the truth taught by Paul and Silas?
5. God's people can understand the Scriptures.

Acts 18:24-26 Now a Jew named Apollos, an Alexandrian by birth, an eloquent man, came to Ephesus; and he was mighty in the Scriptures. 25 This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he was speaking and teaching accurately the things of Jesus, being acquainted only with the baptism of John; 26  and he began to speak out boldly in the synagogue. But Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.

1. Apollos knew the Scriptures, however, he did not have the complete terms for pardon.
2. Priscilla and Aquila explain the way of the Lord more accurately.
3. Priscilla and Aquila were not Roman Catholic priests. They were a woman and a man. They were husband and wife. There was no Roman Catholic church in the first century.
4. Any of God's people can understand the Scriptures and teach others.

There is no verse of Scripture that states only priests and or preachers can understand the Scriptures.

THE BIBLE WAS WRITTEN FOR ALL OF GOD'S CHILDREN TO READ AND UNDERSTAND. 

ALL CHRISTIANS HAVE THE INDWELLING GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. ANY CHRISTIAN CAN UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLE IF THEY HAVE A SINCERE AND HONEST HEART.

 PRAYER IS THE KEY TO UNDERSTANDING GOD'S WRITTEN WORD.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

WHAT IS YOUR SOURCE FOR THE TRUTH? BY STEVE FINNELL


If you are searching for the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, who and what are you going to consult? If you are  looking for advice, information and instruction on how to be saved from sin and how to live the Christian life, where can you find God's inerrant truth.

Are you going to consult books written by:
Clement of Rome
Irenaeus of Lysons
Tertullian
Augustine of Hippo
Polycarp of Smyrna
Bishop Fulton Sheen
Martin Luther
John Calvin
John Knox
George Whitefield
Charles "Chuck" Colson
Cotton Mather
Jerry Falwell
Billy Graham
John Piper
Max Lucado
Alexander Campbell
T. D. Jakes
Oral Roberts
Dwight Moody
Joseph Smith Jr.
Mary Baker Eddy
Charles Taze Russel
Sun Myung Moon
L. Ron Hubbard

DO YOU REALLY WANT TO TRUST YOUR SALVATION TO THESE MEN?

As for me I trust the book written by these men:
Moses
Daniel
Matthew
Mark
Luke
John
Paul 
Peter
Jude

I trust the book that was inspired by God. 
2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God....

WOULD THERE BE THOUSANDS OF DENOMINATIONS, IF ALL MEN WOULD JUST CONSULT GOD AND HIS VIEW FOUND IN, HIS BOOK, AND HIS BOOK ALONE?

THE BIBLE SHOULD BE YOUR MANUAL FOR THE TRUTH! 

ELECTION IS NOT PRESELECTION- BY STEVE FINNELL


Calvinism teaches that a select few have been unconditionally elected for salvation, and that all others will spend eternity in hell.

The elect of God are those who accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. The elect have not been individually preselected, by God, for salvation. All men have a choice to accept Jesus or reject Him.

WHY INDIVIDUAL PRESELECTION IS NOT GOD'S PLAN!

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.

The gospel is the power for salvation to everyone. Preselection is not the gospel nor would preselection include salvation to everyone who believes. 

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.

If you believe in preselection, then you have to believe that God wants the unselected to perish.

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

God's grace is not a preselection process. Grace is the opportunity for all men to be saved.

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

Jesus died for everyone. God did not limit nor preselect the number  for whom Jesus died.

Romans 10:9-17...13 for "WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED."......17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.

Faith comes from hearing the gospel preached. Faith does not come because it is imputed to a few preselected individuals.

Acts 17:30-31 Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, 31 because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead."

Why would God call "all" men to repent, if men do not have free will?
Why will Jesus judge the world if only the preselected will be saved? Why would the preselected have to be concerned about judgment if they are unconditionally saved?

Acts 2:40 ...."Be saved from this perverse generation!"

Peter preached the gospel on the Day of Pentecost. Why would he tell them to be saved if they already had been individually preselected for salvation? They would have had no choice in the matter.

GOD DOES NOT UNCONDITIONALLY PRESELECT INDIVIDUAL MEN FOR SALVATION AND UNCONDITIONALLY SEND ALL OTHERS TO HELL.

God does not force preselected men to BELIEVE (John 3:16)
God does not force preselected men to REPENT (Acts 2:38)
God does not force preselected men to CONFESS (Rom. 10:9)
God does not force preselected men to be BAPTIZED (Acts 2:38)



ELECTION IS NOT PRESELECTION!