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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

WHO HAS THE POWER TO FORGIVE SINS?   by steve finnell


ONLY GOD CAN FORGIVE SINS

Luke 5:20-24 Seeing their faith, He said. "Friend, your sins are forgiven you." 21 The scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, "Who is this man who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?" 22 But Jesus, aware of their reasoning, answered and said to them, "Why are you reasoning in your hearts? 23 Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins have been forgiven you,' or to say, 'Get up and walk'? 24 But, so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,"---He said to the paralytic---"I say to you get up, and pick up your stretcher and go home."

Jesus did not disagree with the Pharisees when they said, "only God can forgive sins." The problem was the scribes and Pharisees did not realized that Jesus was God in the flesh.

The scribes and Pharisees were correct in saying that anyone, but God, who claims the authority to forgive sins is committing blasphemies. What about the men today who claim that they have the authority to grant absolution? Would that not be included the blasphemies category?

No preacher, priest, evangelist, pastor nor any other man can forgive sinners nor saints for the sins they commit against God.

NOTE: There is no mention of the office of Christian priest under the New Covenant. That is man-made position.

JESUS IS THE ONLY PRIEST MEN NEED!

Hebrews 7:23-25 The former priests, on the one hand, existed in greater number because the were prevented by death from continuing , 24 but Jesus, on the other hand, because He continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently. Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

No man-made priest is able to save anyone. Jesus is THE PRIEST.

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 intercede for us.

Jesus is the priest who is at the right hand of God.

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

There is one mediator between man and God. No preacher, priest, not the Virgin Mary, no apostle, no pastor, nor any saint dead or alive is standing between man and God. Only God forgives sin and Jesus Christ is the only mediator between men and God.

1 John 1:5-9 ....God is light.....9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

There is nothing in these verses that indicates we are to confess are sins to anyone other than God.

It says, He (GOD), will forgive our sins. There is nothing about absolution from a priest, preacher, pastor etc.

Those who are already Christians can confess to  God and have their sins forgiven.

JESUS IS THE PRIEST FOR ALL CHRISTIANS---THE ONLY PRIEST MEN NEED!

ONLY GOD CAN FORGIVE SINS!        

Monday, September 29, 2014

SEXUAL IMMORALITY IN THE CHURCH   by steve finnell


Sexual immorality in the church, is it God's will? Some believers in Christ think God looks favorably on congregations that welcome Christians into the fellowship who are actively involved in sexually immoral practices.

Is tolerating Christians who are unrepentant homosexuals, heterosexual unmarried couples who are living together, child predators, those who practice bestiality, or other forms of sexual impurity, pleasing to God?


1 Corinthians 5:1-2 It is actually reported that there is immorality among you, and immorality of such a kind as does not exist even among the Gentiles, that someone has his father's wife. 2 You have become arrogant and have not mourned instead, so that the one who had done this deed would be removed from your midst.


Why are so many churches proud of their tolerance of sexual immorality?


1 Corinthians 5:9-12 I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people; 10  I did not mean at all with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world. 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 church?


That is correct, Christians are to make certain judgments.


1 Corinthians 5:13 But those who are outside, God judges. REMOVE THE WICKED MAN FROM AMONG YOURSELVES.


The apostle Paul says remove the immoral man from the church. Christian leaders say just love him until he repents.


1 Thessalonians 4:3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification, that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality;


In the contemporary church abstain from sexual immorality is interpreted to mean; abstain, if it is convenient and does cause not cause any finical or mental anxiety.


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


The Scriptures tell us loud and clear that Christians who are unrepentant in their sexual immorality will not inherit the kingdom of God. Yet many congregations say we love you too much to ask you to repent. We would rather see you go to hell than to exercise church discipline.


Revelation 21:8 ....immoral person...their part will be in the lake that burns with fir and brimstone, which is the second death.


Why churches think that accepting unrepentant sexually immoral Christians into the fellowship of the Lord's church is an act of love is beyond my comprehension.


GOD SAYS THAT UNREPENTANT SEXUALLY IMMORAL CHRISTIANS WILL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD! 


THE CONTEMPORARY CHURCH TELLS THEM WE CANNOT JUDGE YOU, ALL WE CAN DO IS LOVE YOU! 

TEACHING AS DOCTRINE THE COMMANDMENTS OF MEN  by steve finnell


How teachings of denominational churches are God's commandments as opposed to the doctrines of men?

The Pharisees and scribes were more concerned with keeping man-made traditions than following God's commandments.

Mark 7:5-7 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked Him, "Why do Your disciples not walk according to the traditions of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?" 6 He answered and said to them, "Well  did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. 7 And in vain do they worship Me, Teaching as doctrine the commandments of men.'(NKJV)

Are the doctrines found in denominational creed books God's doctrines or are they the traditions of men?

1. Praying to the Virgin Mary and other dead saints. God's doctrine or tradition of men?

2. Rejecting water baptism as essential to salvation. God's doctrine or the tradition of men?

3. Teaching that some men are predetermined for salvation while others are predetermined to burn in hell. God's doctrine or the tradition of men?

4. Claiming that the Pope is the head of the church of Christ on earth. God's doctrine or the tradition of men?

5. Teaching that because of God's grace those chosen for salvation are force to believe the gospel. God's doctrine or the tradition of men?

6. Asserting that your denominations view of Christianity supercedes the doctrines of God found in  the Bible. God's doctrine or the tradition of men?

Mark 7:9 And He said to them, "All to well you reject the commandments of God, that you may keep your tradition. 


Sunday, September 28, 2014

COULD THE APOSTLE PAUL RESIST SINNING?  by steve finnell


There are Christians who quote the apostle Paul as their excuse for for sinning or living a sinful lifestyle. The example given is  Romans 7:14-15, out of context of course, the lack of proper hermeneutics.

Romans 7:14-15 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do.(NKJV)

Was Paul saying that as a Christian who had been washed in the blood of Christ that he could not resist sinning? No he was not

Romans 7:4-6 Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another, even to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit of God......6 But now we have been delivered from the law...(NKJV)

The apostle Paul as well as all Christians have been delivered from the law.

Romans 7:24-25 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from the body of death? 25 I thank God ---through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin. (NKJV)

Paul was not under the law after he became a Christian. He could resist sin.

Romans 8:1-4 There is therefore now no condemnation now to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but accord to the Spiri.......4 that righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but accord to the Spirit. (NKJV)

Paul and fellow Christians walk according to the Spirit not according to the flesh. They can resist sinning. 

1 Corinthians 9:27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others , I myself should become disqualified.

The apostle Paul could resist sinning.

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. (NKJV)

There is no temptation a Christian cannot resist. Christians sin by their own choice.

2 Peter 2:9 then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgement, (NKJV)

The apostle Paul nor any Christian has to succumb to temptation.

James 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (NKJV)

This was a message to Christians. Christian sin because they resist God, not because they cannot resist sinning.

Ephesians 6:11-18 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil....(NKJV)

Yes, Christian can resist the devil.

1 John 1:8-9 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us......(NKJV)

Yes, Christians do sin. Christians sin by choice, not because they cannot resist sinning.       

  

        

JUDGED BY THE WORD OF MEN?   by steve finnell


If men decide who shall enter heaven, will that hold up on judgement day?

MEN JUDGE: Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man. But its end is the way of death. (NKJV)

JESUS JUDGES: John 12: 48 "He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him--the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.(NKJV)

MEN JUDGE: Men say you can have everlasting life even if you reject Jesus as the Son of God; because there are multiple ways to get to heaven.

JESUS JUDGES: John 3:16-18......."He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (NKJV)

MEN JUDGE: Men say if a man believe in Jesus, but dies before he has time to be baptized he will still be saved.

JESUS JUDGES: Mark 16:16 .....and is baptized will be saved...(NKJV)

When judgement arrives the words of men will not send one person to heaven. Why would anyone trust the opinions of men to secure their place in heaven. No man has nor will they have the authority to judge any ones salvation.   

When judgement day comes we will all be judged by the words of Jesus. Judgement comes from Jesus. Believe His words. 
  

   
6 DAY CREATION  by steve finnell


It is not difficult to understand why secular humanists deny a six-day 24 hour creation period. They have to discredit God and the Biblical account of creation to make their position credible.


What is perplexing, is the number of Christians and religious people who espouse the secular humanist influenced view that the earth was created over a span of millions or billions of years.


Keep in mind that God created time. God was not nor is He bound by time!


Did God create the heavens and the earth in a six day twenty- four hour time period?


Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.


Genesis 1: 3-5 Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.


THAT WAS ONE DAY, NOT MILLIONS OR BILLIONS OF DAYS.


Genesis 1:16 God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night.....


Would not the sun and moon cover a 24 hour period?


Genesis 1:31 God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the six day.


God saw that all He made was good. He created it all in six days, there was no evolution. It was very good after six days!


Genesis 2:2 By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.


Either trust God's word or the secular humanists. BLENDING GOD'S ACCOUNT AND HUMANIST'S VIEWS IS NOT AN OPTION!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

WHAT IS SIN?   by steve finnell

What is sin and what makes us guilty of sin? Are we guilty of sin because of our own actions or are we guilty because Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden? Because of Adam's sin all men will die physically. Because men commit sin they die spiritually and need a Savior.

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


You are not counted as a law breaker due to that fact you were born. Being born is not a sin. Infants are not sinners.


James 1:14-15 But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. 15 Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.


Adam's sin does not give birth to any one's spiritual death. The individuals own evil desire is responsible for sin and spiritual death. Is the baby in the womb enticed by its own evil lust and then, sins the moment it is born? Of course NOT.


Romans 14:11-12 For it is written, "As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue give praise to God." 12 So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.


When you bow before Jesus you will not be required to give an account of Adam's sin. It will be every individuals task to give an account of himself.


ARE INFANTS GUILTY OF SIN? ABSOLUTELY NOT!


Infants would have to be law breakers to be guilty of sin.


1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit 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.


How many infants do you know who are guilty of these sins?


Even it infants were guilty of sin, they could not meet the requirements of forgiveness of their sins.


Belief always precedes water baptism. (Mark 16:16)
Belief and repentance precede water baptism. (Acts 2:38)


Belief always precedes water baptism. (Acts 16:31-34 They said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household."32 And they spoke the word of the Lord to him together with all who were in his house. 33 And he took them that very hour of the night and washed their wounds, and immediately he was baptized, he and all his household. 34 .....having believed in God with his whole household.


Belief always precedes water baptism. NOTE: that there were no infants in the jailer's household. Why would that be the case? Because the whole household had come to believe in God. INFANTS CANNOT BELIEVE IN GOD!


Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.


Guilty of sin? YES.


Guilty of Adam's sin? NO.


If sin is inherited, then, why would the inherited sin of forgiven Christians be passed on? THERE WOULD BE NO SIN TO INHERIT!


HOW COULD YOU, AFTER HAVING BEING WASHED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST, HAVE INHERITED SIN TO PASS TO FUTURE GENERATIONS?     

Friday, September 26, 2014

IS REPENTANCE ESSENTIAL IN ORDER TO BE SAVED?  by steve finnell


A belief among some who claim Jesus as Lord and Savior is that men are saved by faith only. They assert if you simply believe in Jesus your sins are forgiven and you are part of the kingdom of God. Is that a Scriptural concept? No it is not.

Demons believe, however, they are not saved. Demons do not repent.

Mark 5:6-13 Seeing Jesus from a distance, he ran up and bowed down before Him; 7 and shouting with a loud voice, he said "What business do we have with each other, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?  I implore You by God, do not torment me!"........12 The demons implored Him, saying, "Send us into the swine so so that we may enter into 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 drowned in the sea. (NASB)

1. The demons believed in God.
2. The demons believed that Jesus was the Son of God.
3. The demons were not saved. Why? The demons did not repent.
4. Believing in Jesus without repentance cannot save anyone.


REPENTANCE

Mark 1:14-15 Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, 15 and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel." (NASB)

1. Note: Jesus said the kingdom of God is at hand. The church of Christ did not arrived until the Day of Pentecost 33 AD. The Lord's church is the kingdom of God on earth.

2. Jesus said repent and believe the gospel.

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

1. Jesus said repentance was essential for the forgiveness of sins.

2. Jesus said repentance for forgiveness would begin in Jerusalem. It did begin in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost 33 AD (Acts Chapter two)

3. The new covenant church, that is the kingdom of God on earth began 33 AD at Jerusalem.

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)

1.After the three thousand believed the sermon Peter preached, he told the to repent so their sins could be forgiven.

2. Peter also told them to be baptized so their sin could be forgiven.

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

1. The three thousand had to make the commitment to turn from sin and turn toward God.

2. Yes, repentance is essential in order to receive the forgiveness of sins.

3. Yes, water immersion is connected with a conjunction to link repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

Acts 3:19 Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; (NASB)

1. Yes repentance is necessary for the forgiveness of sins.

Acts 3:19 Now change your mind and attitude to God and turn to him so he can cleanse away your sins and send you wonderful times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord. (The Living Bible-Paraphrased)

1. Yes repentance is essential.


Repentance is essential for the forgiveness of sins. Acts 2:38

Faith is essential for the forgiveness of sins. John 3:16

Water immersion is essential for the forgiveness of sins. Acts 2:38, 1 Peter 3:21, Acts 22:16

Confession is essential for the forgiveness of sins. Romans 10:9-10


         
       


DOCTRINES NOT IN THE BIBLE   by steve finnell


There are many teachings not found in the Scriptures that men are willing to accept as doctrines from God. There are only two kinds of doctrines, God's teaching and man-made doctrines. God's doctrine  is found in the Bible. Any teaching that is contrary to the Bible is a fabrication of man.

MAN-MADE DOCTRINE: The Father has a body of flesh and bone as tangible as man's.

GOD'S DOCTRINE: John 4:24 God is a spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."


MAN-MADE DOCTRINE: The apostle Peter was the first Pope, and Jesus made him the head of the church of Christ, and Peter was God on earth.


GOD'S DOCTRINE: Ephesians 5:23....as Christ also is the head of the church...Ephesians 4:6 one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.


The is one head of the body of Christ. Jesus is still the one and only head of His church. Jesus is still King of Kings and Lord of Lords. There is one God the Father. God the Father has not appointed any man as God on earth.


MAN-MADE DOCTRINE: Men are saved by grace alone. God selects certain men to have grace and then imputes faith to them so they may be saved.


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


Faith come from hearing the gospel. Not from being compelled to believe.


GOD'S DOCTRINE: Romans 5:1-2 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.


Faith is the introduction into grace. Being under grace does not precede faith. Grace is available to all mankind, but only through faith in Jesus Christ is grace accessed. MEN ARE NOT GRANTED SALVATION BEFORE THEY BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST.


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


Because of God's grace men have the opportunity for salvation through faith. The gift of God mentioned in Ephesians 2:8 is salvation. The gift spoken of here is not grace nor is it faith.


MEN ARE NOT SAVED BY GRACE ALONE AND IT IS NOT STATED THAT WAY ANYWHERE IN THE BIBLE.


Men can used the Bible and the Bible alone for their instructions from God or they can rely on man-made doctrines.


(All Scriptures from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

ARE INFANTS, THE UNBORN, AND YOUNG CHILDREN SINNERS?  by steve finnell

Are infants, unborn children, and young children sinners? Of course they are not sinners. To believe that you would have to believe the false doctrine of original sin. There is no Biblical evidence that men are now nor were they ever guilty of Adam's sin. Men die physically because of Adam's sin. Men die spiritually because the the sins they themselves commit.


Romans 9:11 (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil......(NKJV)

The unborn cannot commit evil.

Deuteronomy 1:34-39 ......39 'Moreover your little ones  and your children, who you will be victims, who today have no knowledge of good and evil, they shall go in there; to them I will give it, and they shall possess it. (NKJV)

The Lord does not punish children for the sins of their fathers nor for the sin of Adam.

Isaiah 7:14-16 ...Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. 15 "Curds and honey He shall eat, that He may know to refuse the evil and choose the good. 16. "For before the Child shall know to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land that you dread will be forsaken by both her kings.(NKJV)

Even Jesus had an age of accountability. Jesus had to reach an age where He knew right from wrong before He could be charged with committing sin. Infants, the unborn, and small children have to reach a certain age before they can be guilty of sin. Jesus was not guilty of Adam's sin nor did He Himself commit sin.

The doctrine of original sin and infant baptism is a man-made tradition.

Matthew 18: 2-3 ..."Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter into the the kingdom of heaven. (NKJV)

Certainly Jesus was not saying you have to be guilty of original sin like these children to enter into heaven. Little children are not guilty of Adam's sin nor any other kind of sin.

Hebrews 2:10-17....17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. (NKJV)

In order to believe the false doctrine of original sin you would have to believe that Jesus was guilty of Adam's sin and therefore a sinner from birth. Jesus had to made like us in every respect. 

Jesus was born like us all. NOT GUILTY OF ADAM'S SIN NOR ANY OTHER SIN.

Men are only guilty of the sins they themselves commit at the point when they can distinguish  good from evil. Yes, there is an age of accountability.

You can believe the false doctrine of original sin and of children sinners that is written in man-made creed books or you can believe  God's word as recorded in the Bible.       

  

  


SABBATH KEEPERS   by steve finnell


Did God expect Christians to keep the Sabbath? No, He did not.  The Sabbath was given to Israel and Israel alone. Nine of the Ten Commandments have been repeated in the New testament with the exception being, remember the Sabbath, and keep it holy.

Deuteronomy 5:1-21 Then Moses summoned all Israel and said to them: "Hear, O Israel, the statues and the ordinances which I am speaking today in your hearing, that you may learn them and observe them carefully. 2. The Lord our God made a covenant with us at Horeb. 3 The Lord did not make this covenant with our fathers, but with us, with all those of us alive here today..... 12 ' Observe the sabbath day to keep it holy, as the Lord your God has commanded you.......

God did not command Christians to remember the Sabbath.

Christians are saved by grace through faith. Not by law keeping. (Ephesians 2:8)

THE OLD COVENANT IS OBSOLETE

Hebrews 8:7-13.....13 'When He said, "A new covenant," He made the first covenant obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear.

Ephesians 2:11-16 ..the Gentiles.. 12 remember that you were at that time separate from commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ......15 by abolishingin His flesh  the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one  new man, thus establishing peace.....(Also see: Colossians 2:10-16)

When Jesus shed His blood on the cross, the Laws of Moses became obsolete. The old covenant was nailed to the cross. Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy was a Law of Moses.

Galatians 5:1-4....3 And I testify again to every man who receives circumcision, that he is under obligation to keep the whole Law, 4 You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.

Keeping the Sabbath is keeping a law of Moses. Men cannot
be justified by keeping the Laws of Moses.

ARE THERE TRUE SABBATH KEEPERS TODAY?

Exodus 31:12-18....14 Therefore you are to observe the sabbath, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death....

THERE ARE NO TRUE SABBATH KEEPERS TODAY.

(All Scripture from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)  

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WHAT IF A MAN DIES BEFORE HE BELIEVES?    by steve finnell


What if a person is baptized for the forgiveness of sins as an infant or a small child, however, they then die as an adult before they have a chance to believe in Jesus as the Christ? Will they still be saved? The obvious answer is NO.

John 8:24 "Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins." (NKJV)

What if an adult believes in Jesus but dies before he is baptized in water for the forgiveness of his sins? Will he still be saved? The obvious answer is No.

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


The adult who was baptized as a child and refuses to believe is in the same situation as the adult who believes but refuses to be baptized for the remission of his sins. They are both rejecting the words of Jesus.

The truth is that under the new covenant there is not one Biblical account of unbelievers being baptized prior to believing in the gospel terms for pardon. No unbeliever was ever baptized by the apostles.

The Biblical fact is that all of those new covenant Christians   believed first and were immersed in water before the Lord added them to His church.

Acts 2:22-47......40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying. "Be saved from this perverse generation." 41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand  souls were added to them.......47....And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. (NKJV)

Those who received Peter's words were baptized. Infants and small children were not capable of believing Peter's words. 

None of the three thousand were added to their number before they were baptized in water. The Lord added no one to His church before they believed and were immersed in water.     

WHAT DID JESUS DO?   by steve finnell


When Jesus decided to heal the sick and feed the hungry did he participate in a joint effort with the Interfaith Society, The Ecumenical Assembly? No, He did not.

Jesus healed the sick and fed five thousand men, plus women and children. Jesus did not ask the scribes and Pharisees to assist Him.  (Matthew 14:13-21)

What Jesus did say about the scribes and Pharisees? (Matthew 15:1-9 .....3 But He answered and said to them,"Why do you also transgress the commandments of God because of your tradition?............9 And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrine the commandments of men.'")(NKJV) Jesus did not join in charitable endeavors, or joint religious activities where man-made so called truth about God's commandments was celebrated or practiced.

WHAT DID THE APOSTLE PAUL DO?

The apostle Paul was not an advocate of Ecumenical Assemblies, Interfaith Societies, Interdenominational Worship and Bible Studies. He did not participate in charitable works with men who perverted the gospel of Christ. Paul was not a partner in charitable works with the Judaizers, or anyone else who perverted God's teaching.  

Galatians 1:6-9 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel,.........9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.(NKJV)

Why would you not want to follow the examples of Jesus and the apostle Paul.
  

Monday, September 22, 2014

THE JESUS ONLY DOCTRINE?   by steve finnell


The "Jesus Only Doctrine" states that there is only one person in the Godhead, that being Jesus Christ. One of the tenets derived from this doctrine is that when baptizing you must use the formula, (citing Acts 2:38), in the name of Jesus Christ. In Jesus name, used here, simply means by the authority of Jesus; just as stop in the name of the law, means by the authority of the police.

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

Jesus had the authority, and it was given to Him by the Father. Jesus did not give the authority to Himself.

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

I do not believe the apostle Peter ignored the directive of Jesus and baptized in the name of Jesus only.

WAS JESUS THE ONLY PERSON IN THE GODHEAD?

There is God the Father: 1 Corinthians 8:6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him.

There is God the Son: Hebrews 1:8 But of the Son He says "Your throne , O God, is forever and ever, and ever, and the righteous scepter is the scepter of His kingdom.

There is God the Holy Spirit: Acts 5:3-4 But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back some of the price of the land? 4 ......You have not lied to men but to God."

The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are all called God. This God is manifest in three persons.

Genesis 1:26 Then God said, ""Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness...

Us and Our are not synonyms for "Jesus Only."

Matthew 3:17 and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, "This is My  beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased."

Is Jesus in heaven talking about Himself. Is Jesus His own Father? No, He is not!

Matthew 24:36-37 "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven nor the Son, but the Father alone. 37 For the coming of the Son of man will be just like the days of Noah.

If Jesus is God the Father, and Jesus Only is God, how would it be possible that He would not tell Himself when He was coming again? Only the Father knows when Jesus will return!

1 Corinthians 24-28 then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be abolished is death. 27 For He has put all things in subjection under His feet. Bur when He says, "All things are put in subjection," it is evident that He is excepted  who put all things in subjection to Him. 28 When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.

If God is JESUS ONLY, will He be putting Himself into subjection to Himself? 

THERE IS GOD THE FATHER.
THERE IS GOD THE SON.
THERE IS GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT.


There are three persons in the Godhead.  They are the ONE GOD.

THERE IS NOT GOD "JESUS ONLY."


(All Scripture from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)
                    

ARE MEN CREATED TOTALLY DEPRAVED? by steve finnell


According to Calvinism all men are born guilty of the sin of Adam, and therefore  are born totally depraved.

Psalms 139:13 For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb. 14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. (NASB)

God did not create David totally depraved. God does not create people guilty of sin in the womb of their mother. 

Genesis 1:27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (NASB)

God's image is not that of a totally depraved person that is guilty of sin. God is still creating men today in His image.

Ecclesiastes 7:29 Behold, I have found only this, that God made man upright, but they have sought out many devices. (NASB)

God created men upright. Men sin as a matter of personal choice.

Genesis 6:8-9 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. 9 These are the records of the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God.(NASB)

If  God created Noah totally depraved and guilty of Adam's sin, then how could Noah find favor in God's eyes? God hates sin. God did not nor does He create sin.

2 Samuel 22:22-24 "For I have kept the ways of the Lord, And have not acted wickedly against my God.......24 "I was also blameless toward Him, And kept myself from iniquity.(NASB)

How is it possible David could make these claims if he was born totally depraved from his mothers womb? Did God make David a king because he was totally depraved and guilty of Adam's sin?

Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job; and that man was blameless, upright, fearing God and turning away from evil. (NASB)

Job was not born guilty of Adam's sin nor was he born totally depraved.

Psalms 14:3 They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt....(ASB)

Men become corrupt, they are not born corrupt.

58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb; These who speak lies go astray from birth. (NASB)

The wicked go astray. The wicked are not born astray.

Romans 1:19-21 because that which is know about God is evident within them; for God made evident to them.......21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God....but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. (NASB)

Their foolish heart was darkened because they became futile in their speculations. Their hearts were not darkened because they were totally depraved in the womb. Men have free-will.

There is no Scripture that states men inherit sin. There is no Bible verse that says men are guilty of the sin of Adam. There is not one verse of Scripture that proclaims all men are born totally depraved. The doctrine of total depravity and original sin is a fabrication of men.


Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,(NASB)

All men have sinned, however, no man was born a sinner. No man is guilty of Adam's sin but Adam himself.

GOD DID NOT CREATE MEN TOTALLY DEPRAVED. GOD DOES NOT CREATE SIN.