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Friday, March 27, 2015

BEWARE WHEN ALL MEN SPEAK WELL OF YOU by steve finnell


If all men are speaking well of you, a self examination might be in order. You might find room for improvement.

Luke 6:26 Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their father used to treat the false prophets in the same way.

Jesus was speaking to His disciples. The disciples passed the woe test. All the apostles except John were executed or murdered for preaching the truth. All men did not speak well of them.

Mark 3:22 The scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, "He is possessed by Beelzebul," and He casts out demons by the ruler of demons."

Jesus passed His own woe test. All men did not speak well of Him.

Acts 7:1-59....59 They went on stoning Stephen as he called on the Lord and said, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!"

Stephen passed the woe test with flying colors. Stephen could have just as easily been a "Seeker Friendly Preacher," however, he chose to preach the truth and it cost him his life. All men did not speak well of him.

Secular society, as well as many religious people, will not speak well of men who preach and teach the truth.

BEWARE WHEN ALL MEN SPEAK WELL OF YOU.

(All Scripture quotes from:NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)    

Thursday, March 26, 2015

GOD'S HISTORICAL ACCOUNT by steve finnell


There is only one trustworthy account of the history of God and that is the sixty six books of the Bible.

All the extra-Biblical historical accounts do not confirm the accuracy of the Bible. The Bible confirms that the extra-Biblical account are true only if they in fact parrot the Bible.

2 Timothy 15-17 and from childhood you have know the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 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)

Where are the extra-Biblical historical writings that are inspired by God. Does anyone believe that historical writings outside of the Bible are totally trustworthy? I certainly do not.

Are all church catechisms, creed books, statements of faith, and other extra-Biblical writings given by inspiration of God? Are they equal to God's accounts of Himself found in the Bible?

Why would denominations need creed books written by men as a guide or the final authority for faith and practice? Unless they are they exact copies of the Bible they are adding to or taking away from God's personal account of the history of Himself.

Creed books are written in order to promote man-made doctrine.

God has His account of His history written in the Bible. God does need extra-Bible writings to validate the Bible.

You can put your trust in God's Bible or you can trust books written by men.

Adam and Eve were the first to put their trust in someone other than God. They trusted Satan. 

       


BAPTIZED FOR THE DEAD?  by steve finnell


What is the meaning of baptized for the dead?

1 Corinthians 15:29 Otherwise, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why then are they baptized for them?

I am not the first, nor will I be the last to admit I do not know the meaning of 1 Corinthians 15:29, however, I do know what Paul was not trying to communicate. He was not implying that the dead can be baptized, by proxy, using a living person.

WHAT BAPTIZED FOR THE DEAD DOES NOT SUGGEST.

Matthew 28:19-20 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I command you...

Jesus told the eleven disciples, to baptize, make disciples, and teach them to obey His commands. The eleven could not make disciples  out of dead men. The disciples could not teach obedience to the dead. Jesus was not saying that the eleven should baptize the dead by proxy.

Romans 6:4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism unto death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

The living are buried with Christ so they might walk in newness of life. The dead are not doing any walking.

Romans 6:6 knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with , so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;

Dead men do not have to be baptized by proxy, so they will no longer be slaves to sin. When men die their sinning days are over.

Galatians 3:27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

The apostle Paul was not talking to dead men. Dead men cannot be clothed with Christ.

Colossians 2:12-16 having been buried with Him in baptism...13...He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions....16 Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink...

It was the living that had their transgressions forgiven by baptism. The apostle Paul was addressing the living, the dead do not eat nor drink.

Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved....

If baptizing the dead by proxy was a Scriptural reality; then the living also would have to believe for the dead.

Acts 2:38..."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 Holt Spirit.

The living can no more be baptized for the dead; than, can they repent for the dead. Repentance precedes baptism.

If surrogate baptism for the dead is a valid interpretation of 1 Corinthians 15:29, then the living would have to believe for the dead, repent for the dead, confess Jesus as Lord for the dead, receive the Holy Spirit for the dead, and the be faithful until death for the dead.

What does being baptized for the dead imply? I do not know.

WHAT I KNOW IS THERE IS NO SPIRITUAL BENEFIT RECEIVED BY THE DEAD, FROM PROXY BAPTISM!
    

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

THE TRUTH IS OFFENSIVE! by steve finnell


Some believers in Christ honestly believe that that truth is so offensive that Christians should only proclaim that God is love. Example: Only preach and teach that God loves everyone. Simply repeat John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (NKJV)

The problem is even John 3:16 offends most people.

Those who reject God's truth find part or all of it offensive.

GOD'S TRUTH THAT OFFENDS

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

Mark 16:16 offends those who believe that water baptism is not essential for salvation.

2. John 16:23 "And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.(NKJV)

John 16:23 offends those who want to pray to the Virgin Mary and other dead saints.

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

Titus 2:11 offends those who believe God's grace is only offered to a predetermined select few.

4. Hebrews 6:4-6 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to open shame. (NKJV)

Hebrews 6:4-6 offend those who believe in once in grace always in grace.

5. Deuteronomy 4:39 "Therefore know this day, and consider it in your heart, that the Lord Himself is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other.(NKJV)

Deuteronomy 4:39 offends those who believe in polytheism. 

There is one God. Men are not God nor can they become gods.  



THE NEW COVENANT TERMS FOR PARDON.

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

The terms for pardon offend those who reject the terms.

GOD LOVES EVERYONE, HOWEVER, SALVATION IS CONDITIONAL.    
     

   

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

ONENESS Pentecostalism by steve finnell


Oneness Pentecostalism preaching started in 1913 or 1914. They believe that Jesus is in fact the Father and the  Holy Spirit. It is odd that it took eighteen hundred eighty years for Christians to understand that Jesus was the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Their doctrine is primarily based on one Scripture Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (NKJV)

Is Jesus God? Yes, Jesus is God, however, He is not the Father and He is not the Holy Spirit.

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (NKJV)

Jesus was God. Jesus was and is deity. Jesus was with God the Father. Jesus was not God the Father.

John 17:21 "that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. (NKJV)

Jesus wants all Christians to be one. All Christians are one in Christ, however all Christians are not the same person. When Jesus mentions Himself and the Father He says Us. Us is plural not singular.

Jesus said that Christians should be one in Us. That is be one in the Father and Jesus. That does mean all Christians become Jesus nor that all Christians become the Father.

John 7:16 Jesus answered them, and said, "My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. (NKJV)

Jesus said His doctrine is that of God the Father.

 Jesus did not send Himself to earth as Savior.

Matthew 12:31-32 "Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. 32 "Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to com. (NKJV)

Jesus is God, however, He is not the Holy Spirit.

There is one God that is manifest in three persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

JESUS ONLY BAPTISM

Oneness Pentecostals believe you should be baptized in only the name of Jesus. The Scripture they quote is Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (NKJV)

To baptize in the name of Jesus means you are submitting  to the authority of Jesus. If you are told by a police officer to stop in the name of the law you submitting to the authority of the police officer.

If you want to submit to the authority of Jesus then you should do as He said. Matthew 28:19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. (NKJV)   





       

 

THE DOCTRINE OF SINCERITY by steve finnell


Does it matter what you believe as long as you are sincere? Can being sincere guarantee forgiveness of sin and entry into the kingdom of God? If you are earnest in what you believe and practice concerning Jesus and the requirements for salvation, does it matter if the truth is absent?

Leviticus 10:1-2 Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aron, took their respective firepans, and after putting fire in them, placed incense on it and offered strange fire before the Lord, which He had not commanded. 2 And fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord.

If Nadab and Abihu were depending on the Doctrine of Sincerity, to certify their actions, they were badly mistaken.


2 Samuel 6:6-7 But when they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah reached out toward the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen nearly upset it. 7 And the anger of the Lord burned against Uzzah, and God struck him down there for his irreverence; and he died there by the ark of God.


Uzzah sincerely though he was doing the right thing, by keeping the ark from falling, however, the Doctrine of Sincerity cost him his life.


Did God proclaim the Doctrine of Sincerity as a tenet of the new covenant? I cannot find that declaration.


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


Jesus said you will die in your sins if you do not believe He is the Son of God. Can men claim an exemption by using the Doctrine of Sincerity?


Mark 16:16 ...has been baptized shall be saved....


If men sincerely believe Jesus did not mean salvation follows water baptism, can they declare the Doctrine of Sincerity and still be saved?


Acts 2:38.... be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins....


If men sincerely believe that water baptism is not essential for the forgiveness of their sins, can they declare that they are under the protective umbrella of the Doctrine of Sincerity, and still be saved? If men really believe that Bible teaches that baptism is something men do, after they have been saved and it is just testimony of faith, will they be able to claim sincerity as a defense come judgment day?


If men honestly believe that they are saved by GRACE ALONE,  will the Doctrine of Sincerity saved them?


The Bible does not teach that men are saved by GRACE ALONE.


The Bible does not teach that men are saved by FAITH ONLY.


The Bible does not teach that men can have their sins forgiven without being baptized in water.


THE QUESTION IS: CAN THE DOCTRINE OF SINCERITY SAVE ANYONE?


Monday, March 23, 2015

FREEMASONRY ?  by steve finnell


The relationship that Freemasonry and Christianity share dictates an accountability of the accepted union. It would seem that the two organizations with such divergent objectives and adversative doctrines would create a conflicting confederacy. The real question, is can Freemasonry and Christianity harmoniously co-exist and remain pleasing to God?


Considering the affinity of some Christians for Freemasonry, perhaps the most disconcerting Masonic doctrine is that of the "mystic tie." Eminent Masonic scholar , Dr. Albert G. Mackey, explains the "mystic tie": "That sacred and inviolable bond which unites men of the most discordant opinions into one band of brothers, which gives but one language to men of all nations and one altar to men of all religions, is properly, from the mysterious influence it exserts, denominated the mystic tie; and Freemasons,because they alone are under its influence, or enjoy its benefits, are called "Brethren of the mystic tie."


The contemporary Mason may deny the existence of the mystic tie, and many Christian-Masons may, in all honesty, be unaware of it. The question is not in the denial or ignorance of the mystic tie, but what action is to be taken after one is enlighten. Can a Christian continue in a relationship with an organization that would relegate Jesus Christ to a position of equality with Krishna, Zoroaster, Dhouvanai, Hiram(Hiram is the Masonic redeemer), Horus, Plato, Balder or a redeemer under any other name? If we accept the Bible as God's word revealed to man, then we must believe the words of Jesus "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me." (John 14:6)


Will involvement in the Lodge ultimately bring glory to Christ? Will Masonic membership enhance, or deter, evangelistic efforts in your area? Will you, as a Freemason, serve as a catalyst in the spiritual growth of your Christian brothers, or will you present a "stumbling block?"


2 Corinthians 6:14-15 Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?


HIRAM IS THE REDEEMER OF FREEMASONRY----SHOULD CHRISTIANS BE BOUND TOGETHER WITH FREEMASONS?


(All Scriptures quoted from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)     

SATAN IS THE GREAT DECEIVER by steve finnell

To convince men that for the remissions of sins means because your sins has already been forgiven takes a willing subject and the master of deception.

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

When you take an aspirin for a headache, you do not take an  aspirin because your headache has already been eradicated. For means in order to have your headache cured.

When you have surgery for a damaged heart, you do not have surgery because the heart has already been repaired.

When you take pills for high blood pressure, you are not taking pills because your blood pressure has already been corrected.


For the remission of sins means in order to receive forgiveness.

 For the remission of sins does mean because your sins have already been forgiven.

It takes a maven of trickery, a master of deception, and a skilled professional to convince people that for forgiveness of sins means because your sins have already been forgiven.

Pride can cloud the understanding and wisdom of men.

Honestly seeking God's truth is the way of salvation through Jesus Christ.             

THE PRICE OF TRADITION by steve finnell


A tradition that could cost you your salvation is the one that states that "for"(eis in Greek) in Acts 2:38 should have been translated, "because of."

Let us compare "for" (eis) found in Acts 2:38 and Matthew 26:28.

New American Standard Bible: 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 shall will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.


New American Standard Bible: Matthew 26:28 for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.


Jesus did not shed His blood because the people already had their sins forgiven. Jesus shed His blood for (in order to) the remission of sins.


Those three thousand on the Day of Pentecost were not baptized in water because their sins were already forgiven. They were baptized for (in order to) the remission of their sins.


WHERE IS THE EVIDENCE THAT "EIS"  SHOULD HAVE BEEN TRANSLATED "BECAUSE OF" INSTEAD OF "FOR"?


How did the following translations translate "eis" in Acts 2:38?


NEW KING JAMES VERSION: Acts 2:38 ......for the remission of sins..


NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE: Acts 2:38...for the forgiveness of your sins...


ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION: Acts 2:38...for the forgiveness of your sins....


AMERICAN KING JAMES VERSION: Acts 2:38...for the remission of sins...


KING JAMES BIBLE: Acts 2:38....for the remission of sins...


THE BETTER VERSION OF THE NEW TESTAMENT by Chester Estes: Acts 2:38...in order to the remission of your sins...


THE AMPLIFIED NEW TESTAMENT: ...Acts 2:38...for the forgiveness of and release from your sins....


THE NEW TESTAMENT IN MODERN ENGLISH by J.B. Phillips: Acts 2:38....so that you may have your sins forgiven....


NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION: Acts 2:38...for the forgiveness of your sins.....


NEW LIVING TRANSLATION: Acts 2:38....for the forgiveness of your sins....


INTERNATIONAL STANDARD VERSION: Acts 2:38...for the forgiveness of your sins...


ARAMAIC BIBLE IN PLAIN ENGLISH: Acts 2:38...for release from sin...


AMERICAN STANDARD VERSION: Acts 2:38...unto the remission of your sins...


DARBY BIBLE TRANSLATION: Acts 2:38...for remission of sins....


ENGLISH REVISED VERSION: Acts 2:38 ......unto the the remission of your sins....


WEBSTER'S BIBLE TRANSLATION: Acts 2:38...for the remission of sins....


WEYMOUTH NEW TESTAMENT: Acts 2:38 ...with a view to the remission of your sins...


WORLD ENGLISH BIBLE: Acts 2:38...for the forgiveness of sins....


YOUNG'S LITERAL TRANSLATION: Acts 2:38...to the remission of sins...


THE THOMPSON CHAIN-REFERENCE BIBLE (NIV): Acts 2:38...so that your sins may be forgiven...


There is no translation of the Bible that translates "eis" in Act 2:38 as "BECAUSE OF" NOR DOES "EIS" IN ACTS 2:38 MEAN "BECAUSE OF".


If 'eis" in Acts 2:38 meant "because of", it would have been translated as such.


The shed blood of Jesus is the reason we receive forgiveness from sins. We contact that blood after faith John 3:16-repentance Acts 2:38-confession Romans 10:9-10 and water baptism Acts 2:38. Water baptism is the point of contact. Water baptism is the last act of a sinner, it not the first act of a Christian.


THE PRICE OF TRADITION IS TOO HIGH IF IT PREVENTS YOU FROM ACCEPTING THE TRUTH!


      

Sunday, March 22, 2015

YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN by steve finnell


Jesus said you must be born again to enter the kingdom of God. What did He mean by that statement?

John 3:1-3......3 Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly , I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."(NKJV)

Jesus did not tell Nicodemus that he had to be born the first time in order to enter the kingdom of God. He said you must be born again!

Jesus did not tell Nicodemus that he had to exist in order to enter the kingdom of God. Every person alive, exists, how could that be a requirement to enter the kingdom of God? Jesus said he had to be born again.

Being born of water (amniotic fluid) by natural birth is being born the first time, it is not being born again.

John 3:5 Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. (NKJV)

Jesus said you must born of water and the Spirit to enter the kingdom of God. Remember in John 3:3 Jesus said "You must be born again." Water can mean nothing but water baptism (immersion). Water and the Spirit are both qualifications in order to be born again.

John 3:5 Jesus answered: I tell you for certain that before you can get into God's kingdom, you must be born not only by water, but by the Spirit. (Contemporary English Version)

John 3:5 Jesus answered: Amen, amen I say to thee, unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. (Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition)

John 3:5 Jesus said, 'I tell you the truth. This new birth is by water and by the Spirit. No person can enter God's kingdom if he has not been born that way. (Worldwide English New Testament)

WATER BAPTISM IS A REQUIREMENT TO BE BORN AGAIN.

(SEE: Acts 2:38, WATER BAPTISM AND THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT....YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN! )      

Saturday, March 21, 2015

CRYING WOLF by steve finnell

Is God just "crying wolf" when He warns Christians of falling away or mentions those who have departed from the faith?

The doctrine "Perseverance of the Saints" states that God grants eternal security for all those He has unconditionally selected and saved. IS THAT FACT OR FICTION?

Acts 20:28-30 Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. 29 I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 30 and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

Was God using the apostle Paul to "cry wolf" even though there was no danger to the church?

Galatians 5:4 You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.

Was the declaration by Paul, to those Christians who were trying to be justified by the law, just another example of God "crying wolf" through the apostle Paul?

1 Corinthians 9:27 but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.

If "once saved always saved" is God's doctrine; then how could Paul be disqualified? Was Paul just "crying wolf" as some might proclaim?

Hebrews 6:4-6 For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the good word of God and the power of the age to come, 6 and when then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame.

Why would God warn of the possibility of apostasy if all Christians were guaranteed eternal security? Was God just "crying wolf" one more time?

Revelation 3:1-5 "To the angel of the church in Sardis write......4 But you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their garments; and they will walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. 5 He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life....

Jesus sent this message to the church. Note: Jesus said only a few had not soiled their garments. Jesus makes it clear that church members can have their names erased from the book of life. Was Jesus just "crying wolf?"

GOD CANNOT LIE!
Titus 1:2 in the hope of eternal life , which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago,


God promised eternal life, He did not promise Christians; that they could never fall from grace.

Friday, March 20, 2015

YES, YOUR NAME CAN BE BLOTTED OUT!  by steve finnell


Can  Christians have their names erased from the book of life? Contrary to the doctrines of men, Christians are not, once saved always saved. There is no Scripture that advocates perseverance of the saints. Christians can lose their salvation.

Revelation 3:1 "To the angel of the church in Sardis write:  He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars, says this: I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.

Note: Jesus was addressing this letter to the church in Sardis. It cannot be said He was talking about those who had never been saved. The Lord 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.) The Lord does not add the unsaved to His body, which is the church of Christ.

Revelation 3:2-3Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which are about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in sight of My God. 3 So remember what you have received and heard; keep it, and repent. Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I come to you.

If Christians are once saved always saved, why would Jesus warn the church at Sardis to repent. He will come as a thief? If you are saved and can never be lost, you would not have to repent. If you as a Christian are once saved always saved, you should have no fear of the return of Jesus Christ coming as a thief.

Revelation 3:4 But you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their garments; and they will walk with Me in white, for they are worthy.

Jesus said that only a few members of the body of Christ in Sardis would walk with Him in white. If Jesus taught once saved always saved; then all the members of the church in Sardis would have been worthy.

Revelation 3:5 He who overcomes will be clothed in white garments, and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.

Jesus told the Christians at Sardis that the ones who overcame would not have their names erased from the book of life. It is obvious that those Christian who did not repent would have their names erased from the book of life. Unsaved people do not have their names written in the book of life. Only saved Christians can have their names erased from the book of life.

The Christians at Sardis were not once saved always saved.

Revelation 22:19 and if anyone takes away from the words of this book of prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.

First, only Christians have part of the tree of life, and the holy city. If would be impossible for members of the body of Christ to take words from the book of prophecy, if in fact, they were once saved always saved. Why would God warn Christians of something that was impossible?

Revelation 20:15 And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

There are just two categories of people who do not have their names written in the book of life. 1. Those who have never been obedient to the terms of pardon, and 2. Those Christians who have had their names erased from the book of life.

YES, YOUR NAME CAN BE BLOTTED OUT!

(All Scriptures quotes from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)

THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH!  by steve finnell


Where should you look for the absolute truth? Many believe you should look to the early church fathers for absolute truth. Some believe you should look to preachers of the past and present for the consummate truth.

THE QUESTION: WHICH ONE ON THESE MEN TAUGHT,  PREACHED OR ARE TEACHING AND PREACHING THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH?

1. Norman Vincent Peale
2. John Wycliffe
3. Martin Luther
4. John Calvin
5. Alexander Mack
6. George Whitefield
7. John Wesley
8. D.L Moody
9. Alexander Campbell
10. Billy Graham
11. Joseph Smith Jr.
12. Oral Roberts
13. Pope John Paul II
14. Sun Myung Moon
15 John Knox
16. Max Lucado
17. Cotton Mather
18. C. H. Spurgeon
19. Bishop Fulton Sheen
20. Jerry Falwell
21 John MacArthur
22. Rick Warren

The fact is that while some of these preached more truth than others, not one of them preached, taught or is preaching and teaching the absolute truth.

John 4:24 God is a spirit, and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth.

The early church fathers did not teach or preach the absolute truth. None of the preachers and teachers mention above preached, taught, or are teaching and preaching the absolute truth.

THE ONLY PLACE YOU CAN FIND THE ABSOLUTE, CONSUMMATE, UNMITIGATED TRUTH IS IN THE BIBLE AND THE BIBLE ALONE.
WHY IS REPENTANCE A DIRTY WORD?  steve finnell

Most churches treat repentance like it is foreign to the gospel. The goal of most congregations seems to be church growth, rather than converting men to Christ. Sin is either not mentioned or it is excused. Repentance is treated like a dirty word.

2 Timothy 4:2-3 preach the word; be ready in season  and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,

The problem is far too many Christians have the desire to continue in a sinful lifestyle. And most churches are more than willing to ignore or excuse sin.

1 Corinthians 6:8-11....9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?......

Who are the unrighteous?
1. Fornicators. Do they need to repent? Yes.
2. Idolaters. Do they need to repent? Yes.
3. Adulterers. Do they need to repent? Yes.
4. Effeminate. Do they need to repent? Yes.
5. Homosexuals. Do they need to repent? Yes.
6. Thieves. Do they need to repent? Yes.
7. The covetous. Do they need to repent? Yes.
8. Drunkards. Do they need to repent? Yes.
9. Revilers. Do they need to repent? Yes.
10. Swindlers. Do they need to repent? Yes.

When is the last time you heard a preacher say unless you repent you will not enter into the kingdom of God. When is the last time your preacher named sin by name.

For the record the apostle Paul was preaching to Christians, however, it applies to sinners as well.

If you are not hearing repentance preached, you may be attending a seeker friendly church.

YES, all Christians sin, but all Christians do not make sin a lifestyle.  

  

Thursday, March 19, 2015

BABIES & ORIGINAL SIN by steve finnell


The premise of "original sin," is that because of Adam and Eve's transgression in the Garden, that all men, including infants, are guilty of sin.That is the assertion of some men, but is it corroborated by the word of God.

If original sin is true that would make Jesus guilty of sin!

ARE BABIES GUILTY OF SIN?

Ezekiel 18:20 The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father's iniquity nor will the father bear the punishment  for the son's iniquity; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and  the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself.

ARE BABIES WICKED?

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 forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

DOES THAT DESCRIBE THE THE BABIES YOU KNOW?

People need to be forgiven of the sins they practice. They do not need to be forgiven of the sins Adam and Eve committed.

Not only are babies not guilty of sin, but if they were, sprinkling or pouring water on them would not wash away their sins.

To have sins forgiven requires, FAITH John 3:16, REPENTANCE Acts 2:38, CONFESSION Romans 10:9-10, IMMERSION IN WATER 1 Peter 3:20-21. That  is something only an adult can do.

IF THE CONCLUSION YOU HAVE REACHED CONCERNING ORIGINAL SIN AND INFANT GUILT IS NOT BASED ON THE SCRIPTURES YOU ARE RELYING ON THE WRONG BOOK!