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Thursday, December 18, 2014

LIBERAL INTERPRETATION OF SCRIPTURE---by steve finnell


Liberal interpretation of Scripture is normally preceded by studying creed books and Bible commentaries written by men.

Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. (NKJV) 

Reaching an inaccurate interpretation of Scripture is difficult if you prayerfully interpret Scripture using Scripture.

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

Liberal Interpretation: You been saved by grace "alone" because God imputes faith to those He has predetermined for salvation. Salvation is not God's gift. Grace is the free gift.

Scripture: "For the Lord will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike you. (NKJV)

Liberal Interpretation: If "faith only" believers were to use their criterion of interpretation, it would be interpreted; the blood on the lintel and doorposts was a work and had nothing to do with the pass over. The blood was simply a testimony of their faith.

Scripture: Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. (NKJV)

Liberal Interpretation: He who believes "only" shall be saved; but he who is not baptized will not be condemned because water baptism is not essential in order to be saved.

Scripture: Hebrews 7:30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days. (NKJV)

Liberal Interpretation: Faith only logic dictates that the walls fell down because of faith alone. Faith only reasoning would conclude that the walls fell down before Jericho was encircled for seven days.

Scripture: Acts 22:16 'And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord. (NKJV)

Liberal Interpretation: Saul had his sins washed away three days ago on the road to Damascus. Saul was saved by faith "alone."

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

Liberal Interpretation: Water baptism is not essential for salvation. You can be saved by a good conscience only. Billy Graham says water baptism is not in order to have sins forgiven; if you cannot trust Billy? Who can you trust?


Why not use Scripture to interpret Scripture? Men write opinions. God inspired the Bible.         

    



I AIN'T BUILDING NO STINKING ARK  by steve finnell


Was Noah saved by faith only?

Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.

What if Noah had said, "I ain't building no stinking ark; because building an ark would be a good work and works cannot save us from perishing in the flood?"

What if Noah had said, "Me and my family trust God to save us from the great flood, I ain't building no stinking ark because; we are going to be saved by faith only?"

What if Noah had said, "Building the ark was just an act of obedience, and had nothing to do with saving me and my household from drowning in the flood?"

What if Noah had said, "The eight of us were saved from drowning in the flood the very moment we trusted God, but we built the ark as a testimony of our faith to the community?"

What if Noah had said, "Obedience to God's plan, for our salvation, had nothing to do with our survival on the ark; we were saved by faith alone?" 

If the preceding scenarios had, in fact, been Noah's attitude, HOW DO THINK THAT WOULD HAVE WORKED OUT FOR HIM?"  

1 Peter 3:20-21 .....eight persons, were brought safely through the water. 21 Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you.......

When men, today, consider if water baptism is essential for them to be saved, would it be wise to say, "I AIN'T BUILDING NO STINKING ARK, BECAUSE I AM GOING TO BE SAVED BY, FAITH ONLY?"

Noah was saved by faith plus obedience. Under the new covenant we are saved by faith plus obedience. He that believes and is baptized shall be saved.(Mark 16:16)

(All Scripture quotes from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

PRAYING TO THE VIRGIN MARY? by steve finnell


Is praying to the Virgin Mary worship? Is worshiping anyone other than God a sin?

Worship Defined: To show profound religious devotion and respect to; adore or venerate.

Do Catholics pray to the Virgin Mary? Yes.

ANCIENT PRAYER TO THE VIRGIN MARY

We turn to you for protection, holy Mother of God.

Listen to our prayers and help us in our needs.

Save us from every danger, glorious blessed Virgin.

REF: Catholic Online http://catholic.org/prayer.php?p=1131

Praying to anyone is worship.

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What does the Bible tell us about prayer?

Romans 1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ...(NKJV

The apostle Paul did not thank the Virgin Mary. Paul did not thank God through the Virgin Mary.

Luke 11:1-2 "In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven....(NKJV)

Jesus told his disciples to pray to God the Father. Jesus never told his disciple to pray to the Virgin Mary nor any other saint.

Matthew 26:53 "Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels? (NKJV)

Jesus not once mentioned praying to the holy Mother of God. Jesus never prayed to the Virgin Mary.

Colossians 1:3 We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you. (NKJV)

The apostle Paul nor any other apostle never gave thanks to the Virgin Mary. Yes, Christians who are alive can pray for others, however, Christians should not pray to others, and that includes the Virgin Mary and other dead saints.

Ephesians 5:20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (NKJV)

We are not to give thanks to nor in the name of the Virgin Mary.

Matthew 6:9 "In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
10. Your kingdom come. Your will be done. On earth as it is in heaven.
11. Give us this day our daily bread. 
12. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.
13. And do not lead us into temptation, But delivers us from evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. (NKJV)

The Virgin Mary has no power nor authority to give us our daily bread. The Virgin Mary cannot forgive us our debts. The Virgin Mary cannot deliver us from evil. The Virgin Mary has no kingdom.

Praying to the Virgin Mary or praying to any Christian dead or alive is worship.

We are to pray to God the Father through Jesus Christ.

 No man nor woman can answer our prayers. 

It is sin to worship anyone other than God.   


      

   

HAS GOD'S GRACE BEEN OFFERED TO ALL MEN?  by steve finnell


According to Calvinists, God has only offered grace to a select few who were individually predetermined for salvation before  man was created. Is this what the Scriptures proclaim? No, they do not.

2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God..(NKJV)
The words of John Calvin are not Scripture.
The words of the apostle Paul are Scripture.(SEE: 2 Peter 3:15-16)

The apostle Paul wrote the letter to Titus. Titus is Scripture. John Calvin did not pen one single verse of Scripture. Calvin's words were not Scripture. If John Calvin's writings were  inspired by God, then they should be included in the Bible.

THE BIBLE PROCLAIMS THAT GRACE IS OFFERED TO ALL MANKIND UNDER THE NEW COVENANT TERMS FOR PARDON.

Titus 2:11 For the  grace of  God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. (NKJV)

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.   (New International Version)

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing  salvation for all people. (English Standard Version)

Titus 2:11 For the all saving grace of God has been revealed to all men;  (Aramaic Bible in Plain English)

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation hath appeared to all men, (King James Bible)

The free gift of salvation has been offered to all men who will accept God's terms for pardon. 

THE TERMS FOR PARDON.
1. Faith: John 3:16
2. Confession: Romans 10:9
3. Repentance: Acts 3:19
4. Water Baptism: Acts 2:38 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

PROFESSIONAL DECEIVERS? by steve finnell


The father of deception is the devil. Satan is the ultimate deceiver. (John 8:44 "You are of your father the devil....When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.)NKJV

Adam and Eve believed the lie Satan told in the garden. (Genesis 3:1-24......13....And the woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."....) NKJV

It took a professional deceiver to convince Eve to disregard the command of God.

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)

There are those who have convinced many that you do not have to believe that Jesus is the Messiah in order to have your sins forgiven. It takes a professional deceiver to persuade men that there are many ways to heaven absent of believing and obeying the gospel.

Matthew 4:10 Then Jesus said to him, "Away with you Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God , and Him only you shall serve.'" (NKJV)

It takes a professional deceiver to convince men that praying to the Virgin Mary and other dead saints is not worship.

Matthew 28:18-19 Then Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 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)
Mark 16:16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved...(NKJV)

It takes a professional deceiver to convince people that Jesus was telling his disciples to baptize all nations so. 1. They could join the denomination of their choice. 2. That baptism would be a testimony of their faith. 3. That baptism was not essential for salvation. 4. That baptism was simply an act of obedience without any spiritual purpose. 5. That baptism follows forgiveness from sin. 6. That Jesus was telling his disciple to baptized men with Holy Spirit baptism. 7. That men could be saved without water baptism because the thief on the cross was saved without water baptism. 8. That atheists and unbelieving infants should be baptized in order to remove the guilt of Adam's sin. 9 That infants need to be baptized in order to have their sin nature removed. 10 That infants need to be baptized in order have the original sin of Adam forgiven. [Question: Adult Christians have all their sins washed away by the blood of Christ. How would it be possible to pass sins on to their children?] It takes a professional deceiver to convince men that sin can be inherited.

PROFESSIONAL DECEIVERS ARE IN THE WORLD TODAY.



         

CALLING ON THE NAME OF THE LORD?  by steve finnell


On the Day of Pentecost Peter quoted the prophet Joel (Acts  2:21'And it shall be that everyone who call on the name of the Lord will be saved.')

To call on the name of the Lord is to acknowledge the authority  and power of the Lord, and follow in obedience by meeting the terms of pardon.

The apostle Peter did not tell those on the Day of Pentecost to say the "sinner's prayer." Saying the "sinner's prayer" is not calling on the name of the Lord.

Peter preached the death, burial, and bodily resurrection of Jesus. Peter declared the Jesus was Lord and Christ. (Acts 2: 22-26) They obviously believed Peter's preaching because they asked the question(Acts 2:37 ....."Brethren what shall we do?")
Peter did not tell them to say the "sinner's prayer." What was Peter's response to their question? (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.)


THE NARRATIVE OF CALLING ON THE NAME OF THE LORD.
1. FAITH: Believe in the death, burial, and bodily resurrection of Jesus. Accept Jesus as Lord and Savior.
2. CONFESSION: Acknowledge  Jesus as the Christ and the Son of God.
3. REPENTANCE: Make the commitment to turn from sin and turn toward God.
4. WATER BAPTISM: Be immersed into Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.


HOW DID THE ETHIOPIAN EUNUCH CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD? (Acts 8:25-40


1. Philip preached Jesus to him. (Acts 8:35)
2. He confessed Jesus as The Christ the Son of God. (Acts 8:37)
3. He was baptized in water. Immersed by Philip. (Acts 8:38-39)
The Ethiopian eunuch did not say the sinner's pray nor was he asked to do so by Philip.


Romans 10:13 for "WHOEVER  WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED."


Romans 10:9-10 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from  the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.


To call on the name of the Lord is to acknowledge His  power and authority and confess Him as Lord and Christ . (Acts 2:26,Acts 8:37, Romans 10:9-10) To call on the Name of the Lord is to repent and be baptized. (Acts 2:38)


WE ARE TOLD TO CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD TO BE SAVED. 


We are never told we are saved by "faith only." We are never told that saying the "sinner's prayer" is calling on the name of the Lord.


IF SAYING THE "SINNER'S PRAYER" IS NOT A REQUIREMENT FOR SALVATION? THEN WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR SALVATION.


THE REQUIREMENTS!
1. Faith: John 3:16
2. Belief and baptism: Mark 16:16
3. Confession and belief: Romans 10:9-10
4. Born of water and Spirit: John 3:5
5. Grace and faith: Ephesians 2:8
6. Buried through baptism: Roman 6:4-5
7. Water baptism: 1 Peter 3:20-21
8. Baptism: Acts 22:16
9. Baptized into Christ: Galatians 3:27
10. Believe: Acts 16:30-31
11. Repentance and baptism: Acts 2:38
12. God's mercy, water baptism, and the Holy Spirit: Titus 3:5
13. Water baptism: Colossians 2:12-13
14. Repentance: Acts 3:19


IF YOU HAVE COMPLETED THESE REQUIREMENTS---THEN YOU HAVE CALLED ON THE NAME OF THE LORD!

      

Monday, December 15, 2014

THE COMMANDMENTS OF MEN?  by steve finnell


The scribes and Pharisees had a spiritual problem, they liked man-made doctrine better than God's commandments.

Matthew 15:1-9 ....3..."Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?.....9 And in vain they do worship Me, Teaching as doctrine the commandments of men." (NKJV)

When Jesus said unless one is born of water he cannot enter the kingdom of God; was he expressing God's commandment? (John 3:5)

When men say you have to be born of amniotic fluid to enter the kingdom of God; it that a doctrine of God or a teaching of men?(John 3:5)

How could  born of water be anything but water baptism?

When Jesus said unless one is born of water and the Spirit, He was giving requirements in order to enter the kingdom of God.

Being born of water does not mean you have to exist in order to enter the kingdom of God. The existence of men is obvious. Existence is not a term for pardon.


When Jesus said "he who believes will be saved," was He stating a commandment of God? (Mark 16:16)

When Jesus said he said " is baptized will be saved," was He stating a commandment of God? (Mark 16:16)

When men say "men are baptized after they are saved." is that a commandment of God?

When men say " men are baptized as an act of obedience and it is not essential for the forgiveness of sins", is that a doctrine of God or doctrine of men?


          

WASHING OF WATER? EPHESIANS 5:26  by steve finnell


What does the washing of water found in Ephesians 5:26 mean? Should you, as a believer in Christ, look to creed books and Bible commentaries for the answer to that question or should you look to translations of the Bible for truth? Do you want to trust men or do you want to trust God's written word?

Ephesians 5:25-26...just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, (NKJV)

How did Christ sanctify and cleanse the church? The church is the body of Christ. The church is comprised of Christians. How did Christ sanctify and cleanse the church?

Ephesians 5:26 to make her holy  and clean, washed by baptism and God's word;(The Living Bible- Paraphrased) 

Ephesians 5:26 that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word, (KJV)

Ephesians 5:26 in order to make her holy, cleaning her with the baptismal water by the Word. (Weymouth New testament)

Ephesians 5:26 He did this to make her holy by washing her in a bath of water with the word. (Common English Bible)

Ephesians 5:26 He made the church holy by the power of his word, and he made it pure by washing it with water.(Contemporary English Version)

Ephesians 5:26 In order that he might sanctify it, purifying [it] by the washing of water by [the] word, (Darby Translation)

Ephesians 5:26 He died to make the church holy. He used the telling of the Good News to make the church clean by washing it with water. (ERV-Easy-to-Read-Version)

Ephesians 5:26 He did this to make the church holy by cleaning it,washing it using water along with the spoken words. (God's Word Translation)

Ephesians 5:26 He did this to dedicate the church to God by his word, after making it clean by washing it in water, (Good News Translation)

Ephesians 5:26 He did this to make the church holy by cleansing it, washing it using water alone with the spoken words. (Names of God Bible)

Ephesians 5:26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, (New American Standard Bible)

Ephesians 5:26 He did that so that he might make the church people holy, when they were washed with water by God's word. (World English N.T.)

Do you really want leave the interpretation of Ephesians 5:26 to others,why would you not read it and believe what it says?

Is God smart enough to guide men to accurately translate the Bible?

Two choices: 1. Trust God's written word, the BIBLE. or 2. Trust preachers, priests, pastors, Bible commentators, the man on the street, your friends and relatives or creed books, for the truth and nothing but the truth.

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


Sunday, December 14, 2014

WHAT HINDERS ME FROM BEING BAPTIZED? by steve finnell


When the Ethiopian eunuch said "what hinders me from being baptized," did he mean what hinders me from being immersed, poured, or sprinkled?

Acts 8:36 Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, "See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?" (NKJV)

Acts 8:36 As they were going down the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, "Look! Here's some water! Is there any reason why I shouldn't be immersed?" (CJB-Complete Jewish Bible)

Acts 8:36 And , as they went on their way, they came to certain water; and the eunuch said, Look, here is water; what is there to hinder me from being immersed? (TBVOTNT-The Better Version of The New Testament by Chester Estes)

There are no translations of the Bible that translates Acts 8:36 as..."What hinders me from being poured or sprinkled."

The only place water baptism is expressed as sprinkling and pouring is in books written by men. Do preachers, pastors, priests, and the early church fathers have the authority to change immersion to sprinkling or pouring?

If preachers, pastors, priests, and the early church fathers have been given the authority to change immersion to sprinkling or pouring, then why can they not change water to olive oil or milk. The example of a man-made verse of Scripture. (Acts 8:36 Now as they went down the road, they came to some olive oil or milk. And the eunuch said, "See here is olive oil or milk. What hinders me from being poured or sprinkled?")

God has not authorized any preacher, pastor, priest, nor the early church fathers to change immersion to poured or sprinkled.

God inspired one book, the Bible.

     

Saturday, December 13, 2014

EXTRA-BIBLICAL EXCUSES?  by steve finnell


When men stand before Jesus on Judgment Day will extra-Biblical excuses be accepted as a legitimate defense?


2 Thessalonians 1:7-9.......when the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, 8 dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 These will pay the penalty of eternal, destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,


BIBLICAL TRUTH


John 8:24 'Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins."


If men do not believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that He was sent to be the Savior of the world. They will die in their sins.


EXTRA-BIBLICAL EXCUSE


All men will be saved because it in the "The Book of Universal Salvation?"


BIBLICAL TRUTH


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


Those who do not believe in Jesus will not have eternal life.


EXTRA-BIBLICAL EXCUSE


If a preacher is on the way to tell a person of salvation, but that person dies before the arrival of the preacher, then, that person will be saved. The reference: : "The Book of Probable Belief." Another book by the same author is "What If They Did Not Have Time To Be Baptized?"


BIBLICAL TRUTH


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


Jesus said salvation follows belief and water baptized.


EXTRA-BIBLICAL EXCUSE


Water baptism has nothing to do with salvation. Ref: "The Book of Man-Made Doctrine on Water Baptism."


If men do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus; will it be acceptable to use extra-Biblical excuses as a defense?


DOES JESUS KEEP A LIBRARY OF EXTRA-BIBLICAL CREED BOOKS, CATECHISMS, STATEMENTS OF FAITH, BIBLE COMMENTARIES, AND OTHER EXTRA-BIBLICAL BOOKS, WRITTEN BY MEN; AS HIS SOURCE FOR THE TRUTH?


WHEN JUDGMENT DAY ARRIVES WE WILL NOT BE JUDGED BY HOW WELL WE FOLLOWED EXTRA-BIBLICAL WRITINGS.
   
EXTRA-BIBLICAL EXCUSES WILL NOT BE AN ADEQUATE DEFENSE ON JUDGMENT DAY!

Friday, December 12, 2014

GOD'S CREED BOOK---THE BIBLE by steve finnell


Creed Book Defined: A doctrine or formula of religious belief.

The Bible is the only creed book authorized by God. Men write creed books so they can promote denominational doctrines.

Man made creed books are written as the authoritative teaching of denominations. The words of Jesus and the apostles are Scripture. Creed books written by modern day apostles or church denominations are not Scripture. The Roman Catholic Church is the largest denomination, however, it has no authority to write Scripture. 

Proverbs 30:5-6 Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. 6 Do not add to His words, Lest He reprove you, and you be found a liar. (NKJV)

If denominational creed books are not adding or taking away from God's word, then why are they written? The Bible has all the doctrine men need.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (NKJV)

The Bible gives men all they need in order to understand how to become saved and live the Christian life.

Made-made creed books are not Scripture given by inspiration of God. Creed books are not Scripture. Creed books should not be the source for salvation and living a life for God.

How do I know I am saved? The Bible tells me so.
How do I know how I am to live my life? The Bible tells me.
How do I know the gospel of Christ? The Bible tells me.
How do I know that there is one God? The Bible tells me so.
How do I know God's terms for pardon from sin? Bible doctrine.

God has authority over the church of Christ. The church does not have the authority to add or take away from the Bible.

 GOD'S CREED BOOK IS THE BIBLE AND THE BIBLE ALONE.






    

WHY SHOULD PEOPLE REPENT?  by steve finnell


Is repentance a necessary act that is required by men for salvation or are men saved by "faith only?"

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.


People should repent because God commanded it and because all men will stand before Jesus on Judgment Day.


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


People should repent for the forgiveness of their sins. On the Day of Pentecost, in Jerusalem, men were required to repent in order to have their sins forgiven. They needed to make the commitment to turn from sin and turn toward God. Yes, they needed to repent in order to be saved. (Acts 2:38)


Romans 2:5 But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God.


Men need to repent in order to not experience the wrath of God. A stubborn and unrepentant heart can make men reluctant to believe what Jesus said "and has been baptized shall be saved." (Mark 16:16) Shall be saved; follows water baptism and belief.


2 Corinthians 7:10 For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death. 


People should repent because it leads to salvation.


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


All people should repent in order not to perish. Contrary to Calvinist teaching God wants all men to repent.


Luke 13:2-3 And Jesus said to them, "Do you suppose that these Galileans  were greater sinners than all other Galileans because they suffered this fate? 3 I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will likewise perish.


People should repent because Jesus said "repent or perish."


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.


All men should repent so that they can have their sins forgiven and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.


It men believe (John 3:16), confess (Romans 10:9-10), repent (Acts 3:19) and are baptized in water (Acts 2:38) then they are saved. It can take 2 hrs more or less. 


Repentance does not stop at water baptism. You also need to repent after you become a Christian.


THE APOSTLE PAUL WAS TALKING TO CHRISTIANS IN GALATIANS CHAPTER 5.


Galatians 5:19-21 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions,  factions, 21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.


REPENTANCE IS A COMMITMENT TO TURN FROM SIN AND TURN TOWARD GOD. REPENTANCE IS A LIFESTYLE.      

Thursday, December 11, 2014

GOD AND MAN---SALVATION? by steve finnell


There are two things involved in the salvation of mankind.  What God provides and man's responsibility.

WHAT DOES GOD PROVIDE?

GOD PROVIDES GRACE.

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

All men who hear the gospel have the opportunity to accept God's grace.

Titus 3:4-5 But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, 5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit.

Grace is God's mercy. Men do not work in order to receive mercy. Mercy is an unmerited favor.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 

It is because of God's grace that men have the possibility to receive the  gift of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. We receive the gift of salvation because of our faith in Jesus Christ. We are not saved because of our good works or keeping the Law of Moses.

GOD PROVIDES A SAVIOR.

1 John 4:9-10 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

GOD PROVIDES THE MEANS BY WHICH MEN MAY HEAR THE GOSPEL.

Romans 10:13-15 14...And how will they hear without a preacher? 15 How will they preach unless they are sent.....
Matthew 28:18-20 ....19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations......20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you...

GOD PROVIDED HIS WRITTEN WORD, THE BIBLE, SO THAT WE MAY BELIEVE AND HAVE LIFE.

John 20:30-31....31 but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.

---God provides grace, a Savior, preachers of the gospel, and the Bible---

WHAT IS MAN'S RESPONSIBILITY?

Man's responsibility is to be obedient to the gospel.

2 Thessalonians 1:6-9....8 dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus......

Obedience is required. Good works and following the Law of Moses are not equivalent to being obedient to the gospel.

Hebrews 5:8-9.....9 And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation,

Obedience is man's responsibility in order to receive salvation.

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

You need to believe and be baptized in water in order to be saved.

Romans 10:13 for "WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED."

Whoever calls on Jehovah God will be saved. Calling on false Gods cannot save anyone.

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

Saul was told to be baptized and call on the name of the Lord to have his sins washed away. Saul had already believed in Jesus and repented, while on the road to Damascus,  three days prior.
(Paul was not saved by faith only)

Saul's responsibilities were to believe in Jesus, repent (turn from sin and turn toward God), be baptized in water, and call on the name of the Lord.

When you confess Jesus, you are calling on the name of the Lord.

Romans 10:9-10 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.

Men must confess Jesus as Lord and savior and believe in His resurrection from the dead in order to be saved. (Men are not saved by grace alone)

Acts 8:27-38...35 Then Phillip open his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him. 36 As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch said. "Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?" 37 [And Phillip said, :If you believe with all your heart , you may."And he answered and said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God."] 38 And he ordered the chariot to stop; and they both went down into the water, Phillip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him.

The eunuch believed in Jesus, he repented, he confessed Jesus  as the Christ and as the Son of God. He was baptized in water. The eunuch fulfilled his responsibilities for salvation.

On the Day of Pentecost Peter preached the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and proclaimed Him Lord and Christ. When the 3000 believed Peter's sermon, they asked what they should do? (Acts 2:22-38.....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.)

Acts 2:40-41 And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation!" 41 So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls.

Notice: Peter said be saved, future tense. After they believed and were baptized, then they were saved and added to the church. The three thousand souls were only added after they believed and were baptized.

The Lord only adds the saved to His church. Acts 2:47 ...And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.

What was the responsibility of the 3000?
1. To believe in the resurrected Jesus.
2. To believe that Jesus was the Christ and accept Him as Lord. 3. To repent (repent means to make the commitment to turn from sin and turn toward God).
4. They had to be baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of their sins.

SALVATION?

God provides: 1. Grace. 2. The Savior. 3. Preachers of the gospel. 4. His written word, the Bible.

Man's responsibilities: BE OBEDIENT 1. Listen to the gospel. 2. Believe the gospel. 3. Confess Jesus as Lord, the Christ, and as God's only Son. 4. Believe that God resurrected Jesus from the dead. 5.Repent (make the commitment to turn from sin and turn toward God). 6. Be baptized in water.

FAITH is for the forgiveness of sins.
CONFESSION is for the forgiveness of sins.
REPENTANCE is for the forgiveness of sins.
WATER BAPTISM is for the forgiveness of sins.

Men can be saved in two hours  more or less. No work, no good deeds, and no law keeping is required---Then remain faithful until death. (Matthew 10:22)

(All Scripture quotes from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE) 

      

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

IRRATIONAL CONJECTURE by steve finnell


When men result to irrational conjecture to form a doctrinal position about salvation; then salvation is at risk.

Faith only advocates have reached the conclusion that water baptism is not essential to salvation based on their interpretation of Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. (NKJV)

They reason that since Jesus did not say who is not baptized will be condemned that water baptism is not essential in order to be saved. That is prime example of irrational conjecture.

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

If you take the irrational reasoning used for Mark 16:16 and apply to Romans 10:9 you would reach this conclusion. Since it does not say those who do not confess and those who do not believe will be condemned; then confession and belief are not essential in order to be saved.     

TRUST THE BIBLE OR MEN?  by steve finnell


Do you want trust your salvation to the teachings of the Scriptures or do you want to trust your preacher, pastor, priest, creed book or the opinions found in Bible commentaries? (MARK 16:16)

THE BIBLE: He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. (KJB)

The Bible does not say, he that believeth shall be saved and then should be baptized as testimony of his faith.

THE BIBLE: Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. (NIV)

The Bibles says, and is baptized will be saved. It does not say was saved the minute they believed. Will be saved is future tense not past tense. Saved after belief and water baptism; not before.

THE BIBLE: ....who believes and is baptized will be saved.... (NLV)

THE BIBLE: Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved...(ESV)

THE BIBLE: ...has believed and has been baptized shall be saved...  (NASB)

THE BIBLE: Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved... (HCSB)

THE BIBLE: Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved.. (ISV)

THE BIBLE: ...who believes and is baptized will be saved..  (NB)

THE BIBLE: He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved...(ASV)

THE BIBLE: Whoever trusts and is immersed will be saved...(CJB)

THE BIBLE: He who has believed, and has been immersed, will be saved...  TBVOTNT)

These translations of the Bible are quoting Jesus. Who do want to trust for your salvation?

What some preachers, pastors, and priests teach?

1. Water baptism is not essential for salvation.
2. He that believeth and is sprinkled or poured shall be saved.
3. Men have no responsibility to believe because God gives them the faith to believe and therefore they are saved by grace alone.
4. Water baptism is a good work and therefore is not be necessary for salvation.


DO YOU WANT TO BELIEVE JESUS OR YOUR PREACHER, PASTOR OR PRIEST? THE CHOICE IS YOURS.