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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ABSTINENCE OF ALCOHOL?   by steve finnell


Far too many Christians like to defend social drinking. The question is which is the better lifestyle for Christians and non-believers alike? Two choices 1. Total abstinence. 2.Social drinking.

The downside to social drinking.

1. Had Noah not been a social drinker he would have not gotten drunk. (Genesis 9:20-26)

2. If Lot had not been a social drinker he would not have gotten drunk and committed incest. (Genesis 20:30-38)

3. If men were not social drinkers they would not become poor due to their drunkenness. (Proverbs 23:21)

4. Social drinking precedes drunken men staggering in their own vomit.(Isaiah 19:14)

5. Non-social drinkers are not lead astray by intoxicating drinks. (Proverbs 20:1)

6.  Teetotalers will never be prevented from entering the kingdom of God because of their unrepentant drunkenness.(Galatians 5:21...drunkenness....those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.)

The upside of abstinence.

1. Teetotaler will never suffer from alcohol poisoning.

2. Teetotalers will not have to endure liver disease induce by alcohol consumption.

3. Teetotalers will not experience dementia that is cased by alcohol abuse.

4. Teetotalers will not be affected my the adversity of cognitive function brought on by mild to moderate drinking.

5. Teetotalers will not commit crimes while under the influence of alcohol.

6. Teetotalers will not abuse their families due the influence of alcohol.

7. Teetotaler will not be unemployable due alcohol abuse.

Statistics from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.
Alcohol use was a factor in: 37% of rapes, 15% of robberies, 27% of aggravated assaults, and 25% of simple assaults.

There has never been a single person killed by a teetotaler in drunk-driver accident caused by alcohol consumption.

CAN ANYONE HONESTLY DEFEND  SOCIAL DRINKING?      

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

DID THE APOSTLE PAUL PRAISE FALSE TEACHERS?   by steve finnell

Did the apostles Paul praise the false teachers of his generation and of past generations?

What was Paul's attitude concerning the Judaizers and those who lied about the resurrection?

THE JUDAIZERS: Galatians 5:4 You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.(NKJV)

LIED ABOUT THE RESURRECTION: 2 Timothy 2:17-18 And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort, 18 who have strayed concerning the truth, saying the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some.

You will notice the apostle Paul did recommend any books that were written by the Judaizers, Hymenaeus, nor Philetus. Paul did not commend them by quoting them in a positive light. The apostle Paul did not applaud, nor advocate reading books and Bible commentaries written by these men. The apostle Paul did praise men who were guilty of perverting the doctrines of God.

What was Paul's message concerning those who pervert God's word?
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, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so I now say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. (NKJV)
Galatians 1:6-9........8 Let God's curses fall on anyone, including myself, who preaches any other way to be saved than the one we told you about; yes, if an angel comes from heaven and preaches any other message, let him be forever cursed.........(The Living Bible---Paraphrased)

That was Paul's message to those who pervert God's plan of salvation.

The message we hear from Christian leaders today is quite different. Their message we hear all too often is to praise the books of those who pervert God's doctrine, recommend buying their Bible commentaries, quote them in a positive light, extol the virtues of their teaching methods, and applaud their accomplishments.

Why would Christian leaders praise men who?

1. Deny that water baptism is essential for salvation.

2. Claim there will not be a bodily resurrection from the grave.

3. Teach that men are saved by grace alone.

4. Proclaim that men are saved by faith only.

5. Declare that their denomination can add to the Scriptures, because God is reveling new truths through their religious leaders.

6. Teach that their denomination (their church)  is the final authority in faith and practice and that the Bible is simply an aid to their truth.

The apostle Paul did not  praise false teachers. The question remains, why do Christian leaders of today applaud the works of those who pervert God's message.            

Monday, August 25, 2014

MODERN DAY APOSTLES?   by steve finnell


What do modern day apostles believe about themselves?

Do they believe they are receiving direct revelation from God the Father? Do they think that their words are Scripture? Do they believe that when they record their thoughts in church catechisms and new books of revelation they writing Scripture inspired by God?

What does the Bible say about the apostles chosen by Jesus Christ?

1. Galatians 1:1Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead).(NKJV)

Have those who claimed to be modern day apostles had a Damascus road experience? Where they chosen directly by Jesus.

2. Galatians 1:11-12 But I make known to you , brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. 12 For I neither received if from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.(NKJV)

Have men today who believe that they are apostles because of apostolic succession received revelation through Jesus Christ?

3. 2 Peter 3:15-16 ...Paul, accord to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, 16 as also in all of his epistles.....as they do also the rest of the Scriptures. (NKJV)

All of the apostle Paul's letters were, in fact, Scriptures. Are the writings in church catechisms and books of, so-called, new revelation, Scriptures inspired by God?

4. John 14:26 "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. (NKJV)

Jesus told the apostles the Holy Spirit would teach them all things. Which of the modern day apostles did Jesus say that?

5. 2 Timothy 3:15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.(NKJV)

Do the modern day apostles write Holy Scriptures in their creed books and so books of new revelation? Can their writing make men wise to salvation?

6. 2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God...

The writings of the apostles chosen by Jesus Christ were God breathed Scripture. 

Who believes that the writings of modern day apostles are God breathed Scriptures? I, for one, do not believe that they are writing Scripture.

If what the modern day apostles are writing in their creed books, church catechisms, and books of new revelation are not Scripture, then of what value are they?

Modern day revelation that is synonymous with the Bible is unnecessary.

Modern day revelation that contradicts the Bible is false doctrine.

THERE ARE NO MODERN DAY APOSTLES THAT ARE SENT BY GOD THE FATHER.    

   



          

  

IS YOUR NAME WRITTEN IN THE LAMB'S BOOK OF LIFE?    by steve finnell


Who will be allowed to enter the great city, the holy Jerusalem, when time will no longer exist?

Revelation 21:9-27..... 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city , the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God........27 But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb's Book of Life.(NKJV)

That narrows it down. You do not have to speculate about that which defiles. You do not have to wonder what or who causes an abomination or a lie. If your name is not written in the Lamb's Book of Life you are the guilty one.

Philippians 4:3 And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers whose names are in the Book of Life.(NKJV)

Whose names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life? All of those whose sins have been washed away by the blood of the Lamb have their names written in the Book of Life.

How do men get their sins washed away?
1. Faith: John 3:16
2. Repentance: Acts 3:19, Acts 2:38
3. Confession:Romans 10:9
4. Water Baptism: Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16, 1 Peter 3:21, Ephesians 5:25-27

Having your name written on the membership role of your local church does not guarantee that your name will be written in the Lamb's Book of Life.

Your name might be written in the book at the Baptist Church, the Lutheran Church, the Mosque, the Catholic Church, the Temple of Freemasonry, the Methodist church, the Elks Lodge, the Salvation Army, the Mormon Church, the Buddhist Temple, the Community Church, the Christian Church, the Synagogue, etc., however, if your name is not written in the Lamb's Book of Life you will not be allowed into the holy city, the new Jerusalem.

Revelation 3:1-5......."He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before  My Father and His angels.(NKJV)

Yes, your name can be erased from the Book of Like.

Revelation 13:4-8 So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast.....8 And all who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.(NKJV)

At the end times all who do not not have their names written in the Book of Life will worship the beast.

There are men today who worship false gods. There are men, even now, who worship the Pope, the Virgin Mary and other dead saints by praying to them.


Is your name written in the Lamb's Book of Life? If not, you will not be entering the holy city, the new Jerusalem  

Sunday, August 24, 2014

I AM NOT A CALVINIST!   by steve finnell

I BELIEVE IN PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS, BUT I AM NOT A CALVINIST!


It is impossible to proclaim a belief in perseverance of the saints, also know as once saved always saved and eternal security, and at the same time declare you are not a Calvinist.

The Calvinistic T.U.L.I.P explained.

T-Total Depravity.  Means that sin is in every part of one's being, including the mind and will of man. Therefore men are without free- will. Men are saved by grace alone.

U- Unconditional Election. God predetermines who will be saved and who will spend eternity in hell.

L-Limited Atonement. The sacrifice of Jesus on the cross was only for the predetermined elect.

I-Irresistible Grace. God selects men to be saved and then forces then to believe in Jesus.

P-Perseverance of the Saints. The people God has chosen for salvation cannot lose their salvation.

Perseverance of the saints is the culmination of the T.U.L.I.P.
Without the first four points of the Calvinistic T.U.L.I.P there cannot be a fifth point.

You either embrace all 5 points of the T.U.L.I.P or none of the points.

Yes, all five T.U.L.I.P points are contrary to Scripture.

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

All men who hear the gospel can choose to accept God's grace or reject it.

U-Unconditional Election.
Faith: John 3:16
Repentance: Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19
Confession: Romans 10:9
Water Baptism: Acts 2:38. Mark 16:16

There are conditions that need to be met in order to receive salvation.

L-Limited Atonement.
John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold ! The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.(NKJV)

Jesus died for the sins of all men.

I-Irresistible Grace.
Acts 7:51 "You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you.(NKJV)

Men did and still do resist the Holy Spirit. Grace is not irresistible.

P-Perseverance of the Saints.
Luke 8:13...who believe for a while  and in time of temptation fall away.(NKJV)
1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrine of demons.(NKJV)

The Holy Spirit says men will fall away from the faith. Who do you believe the Holy Spirit or John Calvin?

It you believe in perseverance of the saints, once in grace always in grace, eternal security, then you are a  Calvinist.



Saturday, August 23, 2014

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 have the opportunity to accept God's grace)


Titus 3:4-5 But when the kindness of 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,  


God provided 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 for men to 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?...(God provides preachers of the gospel).


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 has provided us with His written word, the Bible, so that we may believe and have life.


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


WHAT IS MAN'S RESPONSIBILITY?     


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


Men need to believe and be baptized.


 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 on 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.


Saul 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.


Romans 10:9-10 that if 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.


Men must confess Jesus as Lord and Savior and believe in a resurrected Savior.


Acts 8:27-38.....35 Then Philip 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 Philip 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, Philip 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(Acts 2:22-37). When the 3000 believed Peter's sermon, they asked what they should do?(Acts 2:37) Peter told them what do (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.)


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 added about three thousand souls.( Peter said be saved, future tense, after they believed and were baptized, they were saved, JUST LIKE JESUS SAID IN Mark 16:16) 


What was the responsibilities of the 3000? 1. To believe in the resurrected Jesus. 2. To believe that Jesus was Lord and Christ. 3. To repent (to repent means to make the commitment to turn from sin and turn toward God) 4. To be baptized (immersed in water).


Noticed, Peter told them to be saved after they already believed in Jesus. They were still in their sins until they repented and were baptized.


SALVATION?


God provides: 1. Grace. 2. The Savior. 3. Preachers of the gospel and the Bible.


Man's responsibilities: 1. Hear the gospel. 2. Believe the gospel. 3. Confess Jesus as Lord, the Christ, and God's only Son. 4. Believe that God resurrect Jesus from the grave. 5. Repent (make the commitment to turn from sin and turn toward God). 6. Be baptized. 


What are man's responsibilities in order to have sins forgiven?
Faith is for the forgiveness 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 of less. No work, no good deeds, and no law keeping is required.---- Then remain faithful until the end. (Matthew 10:22)


(All Scriptures quotes from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)
               
      

Thursday, August 21, 2014

DENYING SCRIPTURE?  by Steve Finnell   

How many times do men have to deny a doctrine of God to make it false? Calvinists believe that once a person is saved they can never be lost. How many verses of Scripture have to be opposed in order to make eternal security a reality? Does denominational teaching cancel the Scriptures?

1. Hebrews 3:7-12.......12 Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God;(NKJV)

Once saved always saved?

2. Galatians 5:4 You have been estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law, you have fallen from grace.(NKJV)

Once saved always saved?

3. Luke 8:13 "But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while  and in time of temptation fall away.(NKJV)

Once saved always saved?

4. 2 Timothy 2:16-18......18 who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some.(NKJV)

Once saved always saved?

5. 2 Peter 3:14-17.....17 You therefore, beloved, since you know these things before hand , beware lest you fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked;(NKJV)

Once saved always saved?

6. 1 Timothy 4:1-5 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.......(NKJV)

Did the Holy Spirit believe in once saved always saved?

7. James 5:19-20 Brethren, if anyone among  you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back. 20  let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.(NKJV)

Once saved always saved? I think not.

8. 1 Corinthians 6:8-11 No, you yourselves do wrong and defraud, and you do these things to your brethren! 9 do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, not adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God......(NKJV)

Are unrepentant Christians once saved always saved?

9. James 5:9-12 Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing st the door!.....12 But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your "Yes" be "Yes," and your "No," "No," lest you fall into judgment.(NKJV)

Does God joke about the possibility of condemnation and  judgement? Once saved always saved?

10. Matthew 10:16-22 .....22 "And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.(NKJV)

Will those Christians who do not endure to the end be "Once saved always saved."

11. Colossians 1:21-23.......22...to present you holy , and blameless, and irreproachable in His sight---23 if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which was preached to every creature under heaven...(NKJV)

There are conditions to remaining saved. Once saved always saved was never promised by God.

12. Revelation 2:10 "Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.(NKJV)

Christians have the choice to be faithful or not. God does not force men to be faithful. "Once saved always saved is not found in the Scriptures."

13. Ephesians 5:1-7 .....3 But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as it is fitting for saints........5 For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of God......(NKJV)

Why would God warn Christians about losing their inheritance  if they were "Once saved always saved."?

14. 2 Peter 2:1-3 But there were false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction......(NKJV)

Apostasy is not defined as "Once saved always saved."

15. 1 Timothy 1:18-20.....19 having faith and a good conscience , which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck....(NKJV)

Is a shipwrecked faith an example of "Once saved always saved?"

16. John 15:1-6.......6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.(NKJV)

Are the once saved always saved thrown into the fire?

17. Hebrews 10:26-29 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins.......(NKJV) 

Does that sound like "Once saved always saved?"

18. 2 Peter 2:12-14......having eyes full of adultery and that cannot cease from sin, beguiling unstable souls. They have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children.(NKJV)

You have to be a Christian to be a child of God. Are accursed children "Once saved always saved?"

19. 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.(NKJV)

Does disqualified mean "Once saved always saved?"

20. 1 Corinthians 8:8-11.....11 And because of your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?(NKJV)

Does the fact that weak Christians can perish prove that the doctrine of "Once saved always saved" is true?

21. 2 Peter 2:20-22 For if, after they have escaped the pollution of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for than the beginning.......(NKJV)

Are backsliding unrepentant Christians "Once saved always saved?"

22. Acts 20:28-30....."For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock.....(NKJV)

Why would anyone worry about savage wolves if all Christians are once saved always saved?

23. Hebrews 6:4-6 Fot it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit.....6 if they fall away , to renew them again to repentance....(NKJV)

Why would God warn Christians about falling away if it is impossible to fall from grace? Once saved always saved, I do not think so.

24. Revelation 3:1-5 "He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.(NKJV)

Jesus says Christians names can be blotted out from the Book of Life. Calvinists say men are once saved always saved.

25. Matthew 25:1-13 ......11 "Afterward the other virgins came also saying, "Lord , Lord, open to us?" 12 "But he answered  and said, ' Assuredly , I say to you, I do not know you.'....(NKJV)

All ten virgins called Jesus Lord, Lord. Five of the virgins were lost. Once saved always saved was not a reality for five of the virgins.

26. Acts 5: 1-11 .....3 ...Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit...5 Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last...(NKJV)

Is this great example of "Once saved always saved?"

27. 1 Corinthians 10:1-12.....12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.(NKJV)

Why would God warn against falling if Christians are "Once saved always saved?"

28. 1 Timothy 2:16-18 ....who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past ; and they overthrow the faith of some.(NKJV)

If your faith has been overthrown are you once saved always saved?

29. Hebrew 4:1-11 Therefore, since a promise remains  of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.......11 Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall after the same example of disobedience.(NKJV)

Why would the writer of Hebrews warn that Christians can fall if they were all "Once saved always saved?"

30. 1 Peter 5:1-8.......Be sober be vigilant ; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.(NKJV)

How could the devil devour Christians who are "Once saved always saved?"

31. 2 John 9 Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.(NKJV)

It is possible to not remain in Christ. John forgot to read the words of John Calvin. Once in grace always in grace, not a Biblical concept.

In order to support the doctrine of "ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED" you have to believe God was confused when He wrote 31 of  31 Scriptures written here.

DO YOU CHOOSE TO BELIEVE GOD OR THE DENOMINATIONAL MAN-MADE DOCTRINE OF "ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED?"              


  

   

      

   

SEEKING GOD?    by steve finnell


Is it possible to seek God? Calvinists teach that none seek God. They believe God selects all who will be saved, making it an impossibility to seek HIM. Man-made doctrines are always contrary to Scripture. God's word is always, the last word.

Acts 15:15-17 With this the words of the Prophets agree, just as it is written, 16 After theses things I will return, And I will rebuild the tabernacle of David which has fallen, And I will restore it, 17 So that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, And all the Gentiles who are called by My name,

Prophets of God agree that all mankind may seek the Lord; a sharp contrast to Calvinistic teaching.

Psalm 10:4 The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, does not seek Him. All his thoughts are, "There is no God."

The wicked can seek God, however, they choose not to. Pride destroys the desire to seek God.

Acts 17:26-27 and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times  and boundaries of their habitation, 27 that they seek God, if perhaps they might grope  for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;

Mankind is to seek God. He is there for whoever is willing to find Him.

Psalm 53:1-2 The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God.".....2 God has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men to see if there is anyone who understands, Who seeks God,

If God selects men to be saved against their will, He would not have to look down to see who seeks Him.

Proverbs 8:17 "I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me.

God says diligently seek Him. Calvinists proclaim that no man can seek God. Who do you believe?

2 Chronicles 19:3 But there is some good in you, for you have removed the Asheroth from the land and you have set your heart to seek God."

Men need to prepare their hearts to seek God.

Psalm 9:10 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, For You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.

The writer of the Psalms says God will not forsake those who seek God. Those who preach, the John Calvin view of predestination, strongly disagree.

Matthew 6:33 But seek first His kingdom......

Jesus says seek God's kingdom. John Calvin says men cannot seek God.

Hebrews 11:6 ....for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

God rewards those who seek Him.

GOD DOES NOT ARBITRARILY FORCE MEN INTO HIS KINGDOM. MEN NEED TO SEEK GOD!

(All Scripture quotes from:NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS?   by steve finnell


The fifth petal of the T.U.L.I.P. of Calvinism is Perseverance of the Saints: Simply put, it means Christians cannot lose their salvation. Nothing could be more dangerous to a Christian's salvation than to believe this misconception.

Jesus did not believe in, once saved always saved. Jesus exposes this false doctrine of Calvinism in the seven letters to the churches of Christ; His church.

Revelation 2:1-7 "To the angel of the church in Ephesus write:.......5 Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place---unless you repent... 7 let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.'

The Christians at Ephesus were not, once saved always saved.

Revelation 2:8-11 "And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write:.....10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days.Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11 ........He who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death.'

The church at Smyrna was not given a, perseverance of the saints, guarantee. Jesus said they needed to remain faithful in order to receive the crown of life.

Revelation 3:1-6 "To the angel of the church in Sardis write: ....3 So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent.Therefore if you do not wake, I will come like a thief , and you will not know what hour I will come to you.........5 He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life......

Jesus told those Christians at Sardis if they repented and overcame He would not erase their names from the book of life. There were conditions to keep their names from being erased from the book of life. They did not have eternal security.

Revelation 3:14-22 "To the angel of the church Laodicea write: ....16 So because you are lukewarm , and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. ....19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent. ......He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne.....

Jesus did not preach, perseverance of the saints. Jesus never mentioned, once saved always saved. Jesus did not even hint of eternal security. Jesus told those in His church to repent in order to keep their names written in the book of life.

POINT: THE T.U.L.I.P of CALVINISM WILTS WITH EVEN ONE PETAL MISSING. THE TRUTH IS, NONE OF THE PETALS CAN STAND THE SCRUTINY OF SCRIPTURE.     


    

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

THE INCONSISTENCY OF FAITH ONLY DOCTRINE       by steve finnell


Faith only advocates are very inconsistent when is comes to explaining the meaning of for the remission of sins that is found in the Scriptures.

Acts 2:38 The 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)

Mark 1:4 John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. (NKJV)

Matthew 26:28 "For this is My blood of the new covenant, which shed for many for the remission of sins. (NKJV)

Faith only advocates proclaim that for in Acts 2:38 actually means because of. In other words the 3000 on the Day of Pentecost repented and were baptized in water because their sin had already been forgiven. Were they save by "faith only?"

Did John the Baptist baptized because those he baptized had already been forgiven? Did for mean because of? Were they saved the very minute they repented. Were they saved by "repentance only?"

Did Jesus shed His blood because the sins of men had already been forgiven? Did for mean because of?  Are all men saved by the "the crucifixion of Jesus only?" 

The same word, for, was used in Acts 2:38, Mark 1:4, and Matthew 26:28.  The Greek word eis has not been translated as because of in Acts 2:38, Mark 1:4, or Matthew 26:28. There is not one single translation that translates eis as because of. Are all translations in error? Is God not powerful enough to have His word translated correctly?

Forgiveness of sins followed the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

Forgiveness of sins followed those who were baptized by John the Baptist.

Forgiveness of sins, under the New Covenant, follows being baptized in water.

MEN ARE SAVED BECAUSE OF!

Men are saved because of God's grace. Ephesians 2:8.
Men are saved because of the shed blood of Jesus. Matt. 26:28.
Men are saved because of faith. John 3:16.
Men are saved because of their repentance. Acts 3:19.
Men are saved because of their confession. Romans 10:9.
Men are saved because of their immersion in water. Acts 2:38.

MEN ARE NOT SAVED BECAUSE OF "FAITH ONLY"  


Monday, August 18, 2014

THE PROCRASTINATION OF FAITH   by steve finnells


Believers in Christ, as well as, non-believers are guilty of procrastination of faith. Believers in Christ postpone dealing with their spiritual problems, believing tomorrow will be soon enough. Non-believers think time is on their side, that  tomorrow is the day of salvation.

Tomorrow is not guaranteed for anyone.

James 4:14 Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.(NASB)

If you are Christian but are living an unrepentant sinful lifestyle, do you really want to wait until tomorrow to repent?

Revelation 16:15 ("Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who stays awake and keeps his clothes, so that he will not walk about naked and men will see his shame.")(NASB)

If you are not a Christian do you want to wait until tomorrow before you, believe-John 3:16, repent-Acts 3:19, confess- Romans 10:9 and are baptized in water-Acts 2:38? (SALVATION IS AVAILABLE TODAY---TOMORROW MAY NEVER COME)

2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief , in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.(NASB)

If you are believer in Christ and know in your heart that water baptism is essential for salvation, but you are waiting until tomorrow to start teaching it to others for fear of losing your preaching position or not wanting to be condemned by family and fellow church members, remember there is no guarantee of tomorrow.

Psalms 144:4 Man is like a mere breath; His days are like a passing shadow. (NASB)

If you are telling the world that only a select few have been preselected for salvation, then, the time of repentance is now. No man knows what tomorrow will bring. (All who hear the gospel and are obedient to God's terms for pardon will be saved.)

1 Thessalonians 5:2 For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.(NASB)

Does it matter if churches look and act more like the world than the Lord's church? Can churches use man-made doctrine as the rule for faith and practice if they make a pledge to change tomorrow?  Can churches wait until tomorrow to mirror the church found in the New Testament Scriptures?

Revelation 3:3 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 will come to you.(NASB)

Repentance only works if there is a tomorrow. Tomorrow is not promised to anyone.

The procrastination of faith is faith not experienced if tomorrow never comes. 

   

   

Sunday, August 17, 2014

THE TRUSTED VERSION   by steve finnell


Is there only one translation of God's word that is correct? Have all others been corrupted?

Some would say that the King James Version would be "THE TRUSTED VERSION", others would advocate the Revised Standard Version, the American Standard Version, the New International Version etc. This presents us with a couple of problems.

The first problem, is who is correct? Some of the advocates who champion the King James Version as "THE TRUSTED VERSION" say it was the first English version, and God did not make a mistake. Actually, the Wycliffe New Testament was translated into English (hand written) in 1385. The Matthew-Tyndale complete Bible was translated from the original Greek and Hebrew in 1547. It is also worth noting the 1611 King James Version sold in most Christian bookstores today is not the original King James Version.


We need to stop worrying about which translation has omitted a certain word or passage of Scripture and just teach, believe, and practice what the Bible declares.


The truly sad thing is even though some believe in "THE TRUSTED VERSION" scenario, many of them still proclaim God's word to be mistranslated if it does not affirm their view of doctrine. To make "THE TRUSTED VERSION" proclamation, is in effect saying all other translations of God's word cannot be trusted. Can this be confirmed using Scripture? No, this conclusion, along with the assertion that the Bible has been, in general, mistranslated, can only be supported by quoting books written about the Bible, commentaries, and other opinions of men. This discredits God's word. The ramifications of which are creating doubt and unbelief in non-Christians, the novice church member, as well as some seasoned Saints.


To discredit God's word is no small matter. Satan's very first act of deception was to discredit God's word. Genesis 3:1-5 Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman , "Indeed, has God said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden?".....3 but from the fruit of the tree which is in middle of the garden, God said, 'You shall not eat from it or touch it , or you will die.' 4 The serpent said to the woman , "You surely will not die!........(In a manner of speaking, Satan was saying do not trust God's word).


Is God to be trusted? 1 Peter 1:24-25 For, "ALL FLESH IS LIKE GRASS, AND ALL ITS GLORY LIKE THE FLOWER OR GRASS, THE GRASS WITHERS, AND THE FLOWERS FALL OFF, 25 BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURES FOREVER." And this is the word which was preached to you.


Luke 21:33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.


If you trusted God to send His Son, Jesus, to die for the sins of all mankind and believe He created all things, then why is it so difficult to have enough faith to believe that God can guide men to translate His word without errors?


"THE TRUSTED VERSION" or "JUST TRUST GOD"?


(All Scriptures quotes from; NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)
(For the serious Bible student I would recommend a word for word translation, such as the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BILE, KING JAMES BIBLE, ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION, or NEW KING JAMES VERSION, however, I have no doubts that 99% of the 60+ translations in English, can give you the proper instruction as to how to get to heaven.