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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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
subject. The same is true of wine and strong drink.October 2009 THE GOSPEL UNASHAMED 3
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,
not a stimulant, and drinking even one drink can cause4 THE GOSPEL UNASHAMED October 2009
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)    




       

EXCUSES FOR CHRISTIAN BOOZERS AND SO-CALLED SOCIAL DRINKERS   by steve finnell


CHRISTIANS WHO LIKE TO DRINK ALCOHOL HAVE COMPRISED AN EXCUSE LIST OF SCRIPTURES.

HERE IS A PARTIAL LIST OF EXCUSES FOR DRINKERS.


John 2:1-11....and said to him, "Every man serves the good wine first, and when the people have drunk freely, then he serves the poor wine; but you have kept the good wine until now."

EXCUSE 1. Jesus turned the water into wine, therefore, it is just fine for Christians to drink alcohol. There are no honest Bible scholars who believe that Jesus produced a highly fermented wine for the wedding in Cana. New wine had a very low alcohol content. The Bible is clear that unrepentant drunkards cannot enter the kingdom of God. (1Corinthians 6:9-11). Do you honestly believe Jesus waited until the wedding party was in a drunken stupor and then turned water into highly fermented wine? Jesus would have been contributing to theirs sins. Jesus does not facilitate nor encourage sin. God does not temp men to sin.

1 Timothy 5:23 No longer drink water exclusively, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent aliments.

EXCUSE 2. Christians need to drink wine, for water purification and medicinal purposes. How do you think that excuse will work out for you.

THE ANTITHETICAL EXCUSE LIST FOR DRINKERS.

Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, And whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise.

Not a strong endorsement for alcohol consumption. Drinking wine can cause a loss of wisdom.

Luke 21:34-36 "Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness....

Alcohol is not your friend.

Proverbs 23:31-36 Do not look to the wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup, When it goes down smoothly; 32 At the last it bites like a serpent And stings like a viper....

God makes it clear men are not to drink the highly fermented wine that most people drink today.

Galatians 5:21....drunkenness... that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

The apostle Paul says the downside is that Christians who are drunkards will be kept out of the kingdom of God.

Genesis 19:30-36 So they made their father drink wine that night, and the firstborn  went in and lay with her father; and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose...

The downside of drinking wine can be getting drunk and committing incest.

Wine causes confusion. (Isaiah 28:7)

Wine causes red eyes, eyes that see strange things, and a mind that utters perverse things. (Proverbs 23:29-35)

Wine takes away men's understanding. (Hosea 4:11)

Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, do you want to fill it with wine? (1 Corinthians 6:19-10)

Wine can cause you to forget what is right. (Proverbs 31:4-5)

Too much wine can bring you to poverty. (Proverbs 23:20-23)

Drinking wine can cause your fellow Christians to stumble. (Romans 14:21)

THERE WOULD BE ZERO DEMAND FOR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES IF IT WERE NOT FOR ITS INTOXICATING EFFECT.

DRINKING ALWAYS PRECEDES DRUNKENNESS!  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

THE OPPOSITE OF A POSITIVE   by steve finnell


The opposite of a positive is always a negative. When the positive is stated it is understood that absent the positive, that the negative occurs or has occurred. Example: If a person is alive, that  is a positive. The negative is the opposite, which is, a person is dead.

Matthew 24:11-13.....13 But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.

The positive stated: He who endures will be saved.
The negative implied: He who does not endure will not be saved.

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

The positive stated: He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved.
The negative axiom: He who has not been baptized will not be saved.

Luke 7:50 And He said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."

The positive stated: Her faith saved her.
The negative inference: Without faith she would not have been saved.

Romans 9:27 Isaiah cries out concerning Israel, "Though the number of the sons of Israel be like the sands of the sea, it is the remnant that will be saved;

The positive stated: A remnant of Israel will be saved.
The negative understanding: The whole of Israel will not be saved.

John 10:9 I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.

The positive stated: If anyone enters through Jesus he will be saved.
The negative implication: By not entering through Jesus you will remain unsaved.

Acts 2:41,47 So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there added about three thousand souls. 47...And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.

The positive stated: The Lord was adding the saved to His church. (The saved were those who believed the gospel and were baptized.)
The negative implication: Those who did not believe Peter's message and were not baptized, were not saved, and they were not added to the church.

Romans 10:13 for "Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved."

The positive: If you recognize the authority of the Lord and appeal to His authority you will be saved.
The negative implication: If you deny the authority of the Lord, and do not call on Him, you will be lost.

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

The positive: Baptism saves you.
The negative axiom: Those who are not baptized remain unsaved.

THE OPPOSITE OF A POSITIVE IS ALWAYS A NEGATIVE!

Revelation 2:10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.

The positive stated: Remain faithful in order to receive the crown of life.
The implied negative : If you do not remain faithful you will not receive the crown of life.

THE OPPOSITE OF A POSITIVE?       


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

CONJUNCTION DENIERS   by steve finnell


Who are the conjunction deniers? That would be those who deny that "and" is a conjunction.

What is a conjunction? A "conjunction" is used to connect grammatically coordinate words, phrases, or clauses. Example: 5 and 5 equal 10.

Denying that the word "and" is a conjunction in order to support a doctrinal position is either disingenuous, duplicitous, or a honest misunderstanding of the English language.


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


To deny that and does not connect, has believed and has been baptized shall be saved, makes that person a CONJUNCTION DENIER.


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.


To deny that and does not connect repent and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, makes you a CONJUNCTION DENIER.


ONE THING IS CLEAR, IN ORDER TO BE SAVED, YOU NEED TO BELIEVE AND REPENT AND BE BAPTIZED IN WATER! 


(All Scripture quotes from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)   

Sunday, October 12, 2014

THE BATTLE OF THE BIBLE TRANSLATIONS   by steve finnell


Are there translations of the Bible that are not trustworthy? I know of one or two translations out of sixty-plus English  translations that are not trustworthy. Many take the position that the King James Bible is the only dependable translation of God's word.

A TRANSLATION COMPARISON.

KING JAMES BIBLE (KJV)
THE LIVING BIBLE-Paraphrased (TLB)
NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE (NASB)

John 3:16 For God so loved world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.(KJV)

John 3:16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that anyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (TLB-P)

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

You will notice in the KJV and the TLB-P use lower case when translating, he and him. The NASB uses He and Him when talking about God and Jesus. Should God and Jesus be capitalized? Of course. Does that mean that the KJV and TLB-P are not trustworthy translations? NO IT DOES NOT. All three translations say the same thing.

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. (KJV)

Acts 2:38 And Peter replied, "Each one of you must turn from sin, return to God, and be baptized in the name Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; then you also shall receive this gift, the Holy Spirit. (TLB-P)

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. (NASB)

Notice all three translation say that in order to have your sins forgiven you must repent and be baptized. Some men deny that repentance and baptism are essential for sins to be forgiven. MEN DENY THIS, NOT BECAUSE OF INACCURATE TRANSLATIONS. THEY SIMPLY CHOOSE NOT TO BELIEVE IT.

Men are not going to be lost because of faulty translations. Men are lost because they refuse to believe in the translations they trust.

99% of all translation are trustworthy. 


JUST PICK A TRANSLATION AND BELIEVE WHAT GOD SAYS.