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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

DIRTY LITTLE SINNERS by steve finnell

Are all babies born into this world as dirty little sinners?

BABIES ARE NOT GUILTY OF ADAM'S SIN

ORIGINAL SIN: Accord to the proponents of original sin, men are born with hereditary depravity and corruption of nature and liable to God's wrath. They think all men are inclined to do evil, and that continually. They believe every person born into this world deserves God's wrath and damnation due to the sin of Adam. They believe all men are guilty of sin at the moment of birth. They believe all babies are dirty little sinners.

Mark 10:14 But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant  and said to them, "Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

Was Jesus saying the kingdom of God belongs to DIRTY LITTLE SINNERS, like these children?

Mark 10:15 Truly  I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all."

Was Jesus saying in order to enter the kingdom of God you have to be DIRTY LITTLE SINNERS, like children?

If all babies are born DIRTY LITTLE SINNERS; that would have made Jesus a DIRTY LITTLE SINNER.

Hebrews 2:14-17 Therefore, since children share in flesh and blood, He Himself  likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil.........17 Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make the propitiation for the sins of the people.

Jesus was a descendant of Adam. He was made like His brethren in all things. According the original sin advocates that would make Jesus born as a DIRTY LITTLE SINNER. JESUS WAS NOT GUILTY OF ADAM'S SIN NOR ARE ANY BABIES GUILTY OF ADAM'S SIN.

1 John 3:5 You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.

Jesus was not born a DIRTY LITTLE SINNER.

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

Did David believe God made him, wonderfully made, because God made him totally depraved and a DIRTY LITTLE SINNER?

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.

Men will not be punished for their fathers' sins nor will they be punished spiritually for Adam's sin. Men do not inherit sin. Men are not born as DIRTY LITTLE SINNERS; they become sinners by choice.

Matthew 19:14 But Jesus said, "Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.

Was Jesus saying the kingdom of heaven will be filled with unforgiven DIRTY LITTLE SINNERS? No, He was saying the kingdom  belongs innocents like these children.

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

How could Job have been blameless and upright and be born as a DIRTY LITTLE SINNER? Job was not totally depraved, and inclined to do evil continually.

2 Kings 2:1 And it came about when the Lord was about to take up Elijah by a whirlwind to heaven....

Did the Lord take Elijah to heaven because he was born a DIRTY LITTLE SINNER and deserved His wrath and damnation, because of Adam's sin? Elijah was not totally depraved.

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

Noah was a righteous man. How is it possible for Noah to be born a DIRTY LITTLE SINNER; only inclined to do evil, be guilty of hereditary depravity, and find favor in the eyes of the Lord? Noah was saved because he trusted God and was obedient. Noah was not going to be sent to hell because of Adam's sin. Men will die spiritually because of their own sins; not Adam's.

Acts 10:1-2 Now there was man at Caesarea named Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian cohort, 2 a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, and gave many alms to the Jewish people and prayed to God continually.

Cornelius was neither Jew nor a Christian, but he feared God and gave alms to the poor. How would it be possible for Cornelius to act in this manner if he was born a DIRTY LITTLE SINNER; inclined only to do evil, and was totally depraved? Cornelius was not guilty of Adam's sin nor was he guilty any other man's sin.

Luke 8:15 But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.

Jesus said some men have a good and honest heart. How can a man who was born as a DIRTY LITTLE SINNER and are totally depraved, and only incline do to do evil, have a good an honest heart?

MEN ARE GUILTY OF THE SINS THEY COMMIT; NOT THE ONE ADAM COMMITTED.

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

Babies no not practice lawlessness in the womb.

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

Babies are not tempted and enticed by lust in the womb. Adam and Eve sinned when they were enticed by their own lust. Men today sin because the are enticed by their own lust. Men will be held accountable for their own sins, not Adam's.

MEN WILL DIE PHYSICALLY BECAUSE OF ADAM'S SIN.

MEN WILL DIE SPIRITUALLY BECAUSE OF THE UNFORGIVEN SINS THEY THEMSELVES COMMIT.

BABIES ARE BORN INNOCENT OF SIN.

BABIES ARE NOT DIRTY LITTLE SINNERS!

(All Scripture quotes from: NEW AMERICA STANDARD BIBLE) 

Why Preachers Leave The Restoration Movement? 

GEORGE L. FAULL



Dear Brother Faull,

I am seeing a rash of preachers who used to be a part of the Restoration Movement who have left preaching for the Churches of Christ and Christian Churches, who either have started preaching in denominational Churches, or are working for Para-Church organizations that are interdenominational, or quit the ministry all together and put their membership in Baptist or Community Churches which historically teach the absolute opposite of what the churches where they used to preach.

My mind staggers at this and has caused me such anguish of heart that I feel like I need to find a Juniper tree like Elijah but I know that the Lord would rebuke me and ask me what I was doing there.  He would remind me there are 7,000 who have not bowed the knee to Billy.

How does a man who stood for years in the pulpit preaching the Old Jerusalem doctrine, end up with those who oppose it in so many ways?

ANSWER:

1.                          They get hurt at one of our churches and blame all Restoration churches for their pain.

2.                          They got fired and were treated bad for preaching truth and have compromised due to family obligations.

3.                          They met a friendly unique denominational preacher they liked and followed him.

4.                          They felt excitement at the music when they attended some function and stayed (bound by the sound).

5.                          Their kids got involved in a growing and going youth group.

6.                          They attended Promise Keepers and Max Lucado got them to repent of saying anything bad about another’s Church.

7.                          They read Calvinistic books and never read any of the books of the great Restorationists who refuted their false teaching.

8.                          They became Pharisees themselves when they saw hypocritical Pharisees among us.

9.                          Their colleges never taught them the difference and Restoration history was scoffed at by their professors.

10.                   They attended inter-faith preachers’ meetings and found a bunch of nice guys who couldn’t possibly be lost because they were “so spiritual”.

11.                   They totally lack discernment.

12.                   They followed fads.

13.                   Church growth became their idol instead of converting people.

14.                   Lack of commitment to objective truth.

15.                   Led by wives to compromise.

16.                   Their associate ministers and youth ministers, who had little or no Biblical knowledge, sucked their whole Church into the denominational vacuum.

17.                   Upon leaving their Church, they did not want to leave their community and sell their house so they sought out another Church in the area.

18.                   They married denominational women.

19.                   They went to denominational colleges that call us a cult.

20.       They could not handle being called “legalistic”, “self-righteous”, “fault-finder”, “radical”, “separatists”, unchristian”, “unlike Jesus”, “sectarian”, “judgmental”, Pharisaical”, “bigot”, “troublemaker”, “intolerant”, “old-fashioned”, “narrow-minded”, “unloving”.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Hebrews 6:4-6 and the Unpardonable Sin

by Kyle Butt, M.A.

Forgiveness is one of the most sublime concepts in the Bible. To think that our Creator loves us in spite of grievous sins that we have committed is thrilling. And to know that the blood of Jesus can forgive us when we repent and obey is nothing short of amazing (see Lyons and Butt, 2015). One of the most terrifying ideas, however, is the thought that maybe we have done things that are so wicked and sinful that we are beyond God’s forgiveness. Some believe this due to an incorrect understanding of two concepts in the Bible—the unpardonable sin and a statement in Hebrews 6:4-6.
The idea of an unpardonable sin scares some people, because they believe they may have committed it, even though most of them do not have a proper understanding of what the sin actually is. We read about the unpardonable sin in Matthew 12:31-32, Mark 3:28-30, and Luke 12:10. The sin is the very specific sin of blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. That means the act of speaking evil of the Holy Spirit. It was committed by those who actually saw Jesus perform miracles and attributed His power to Satan. Because no one today can see Jesus perform such miracles, then the sin apparently cannot even be committed today. Some have suggested that the sin is any sin that is unrepented of, or murder, or adultery, or various other behaviors. The text is plain that those sins cannot be the unpardonable sin. It was specifically blasphemy that was the result of seeing Jesus’ miracles (see Butt, 2003).
With the idea of an unpardonable sin in mind, many people then go to Hebrews 6:4-6 and are convinced that they have fallen away from God and that it is now impossible for them to be saved. A closer look at Hebrews 6:4-6 will show the problem with this thinking. The text reads:
For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame (Hebrews 6:4-6).
Notice what the text does not say. It does not say it is impossible to forgive a person who has fallen away. This is in contrast to the unpardonable sin. The gospel writers describe that sin as an “eternal” sin, for which there was never any forgiveness. The text in Hebrews says that if people fall away it is impossible to “renew them again to repentance.” The difference between forgiveness and repentance is profound. The message in Hebrews 6 is not that those who fall away have committed sins that God will not forgive, it is that their hearts have become so hard that they will not repent. Thus, if a person is willing to repent, he or she cannot be one of those who have fallen away according to Hebrews 6:4-6. A similar idea is found in 1 Timothy 4:2, where we read about those who have “their own conscience seared with a hot iron.” Again, it is not that God will not forgive these people, it is that they will not repent and come back to God.
An excellent example of the difference between forgiveness and repentance is seen in the lives of Judas and Peter. In a very real sense, both of these apostles betrayed their Lord. Judas sold Him to the Jewish leaders, and Peter denied three times even knowing Him. Their actions after their sins, however, show that Peter was willing to repent and come back to his Savior, but Judas’ heart was so calloused he would not repent. Peter was forgiven and Judas was lost, not because Judas’ sin was so much more grievous than Peter’s, but because Judas had allowed his heart and conscience to be so seared that he would not repent.
In summary, any person who reads Hebrews 6:4-6 and wonders if he or she is a person who is without hope and has fallen away from God can easily answer that question. If that person is willing to repent of sins and obey God, that passage cannot apply to him or her.

REFERENCES

Butt, Kyle (2003), “Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit—The ‘Unpardonable Sin,’” Apologetics Press, http://www.apologeticspress.org/apcontent.aspx?category=11&article=1218.
Lyons, Eric and Kyle Butt (2015), “Receiving the Gift of Salvation,” Apologetics Press,http://www.apologeticspress.org/pdfs/e-books_pdf/Receiving%20the%20Gift%20of%20Salvation.pdf.




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THE SCRIPTURES AND JESUS    BY STEVE FINNELL


Did Jesus have a different view of the Scriptures than do contemporary believers in Christ?

WHAT JESUS SAID. Matthew 21:42 Jesus said to them, "Did you never read in the Scriptures....?"

WHAT JESUS DID NOT SAY. "Did you never read in the Scripture commentaries....?"

WHAT JESUS SAID. Matthew 22:29 But Jesus answered and said to them , "You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God."

WHAT JESUS DID NOT SAY. "You are mistaken not understanding the man-made traditions of the elders nor the power of God."

WHAT JESUS SAID. Mark 14:49 Every day I was with you in the temple teaching , and you did not seize Me; but this has taken place to fulfill the Scriptures."

WHAT JESUS DID NOT SAY. "Every day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize Me; but this has taken place to fulfill the opinions of men that have been written in creed books.

WHAT JESUS SAID. John 5:39 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me;

WHAT JESUS DID NOT SAY. "You search the Scripture commentaries, religious catechisms, and other denominational creed books, as well as all other extra-Scriptural writings; because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me.


WHY DO MEN TODAY NOT TRUST THE SCRIPTURES AND THE SCRIPTURES ALONE? 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

WHAT JESUS SAID AND DID NOT SAY by steve finnell


Why do men reject what Jesus said and believe what He did not say?

WHAT JESUS SAID: Mark 16:16 He who has believed and been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. (NASB)

WHAT JESUS DID NOT SAY: Mark 16:16 He who has believed is saved already and should be baptized as an act of faith.

WHAT JESUS DID NOT SAY: Mark 16:16 Unbelievers such as infants and atheists should be baptized so they can be forgiven for the original sin committed by Adam.

WHAT JESUS DID NOT SAY: Mark 16:16 He who believes shall be saved, however, water baptism is not essential for salvation because it is a work of the law of Moses.

WHAT JESUS DID NOT SAY: Mark 16:16 He who believes because they were individually selected for salvation shall be saved.

WHAT JESUS DID NOT SAY: Mark 16:16 Believing in Me is one of many ways to be saved.

WHAT JESUS DID NOT SAY: Mark 16:16 Be baptized for your sins and believe at a future date and you will be saved.

WHAT JESUS DID NOT SAY: Mark 16:16 He who believes and speaks in tongues, as evidence of their salvation, shall be saved.

WHAT JESUS DID NOT SAY: Mark 16:16 He who believes has been saved by "Faith Only" and should be baptized into the denomination of their choice.

WHAT JESUS DID NOT SAY: Mark 16:16 He who has been selected by God to be lost will burn in hell and all others will be forced to believe so they may be saved.

WHAT JESUS DID NOT SAY: Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has water sprinkled or poured on him will be saved


PROVERBS 16:25 There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.(NASB)  

The Lord's Supper And Emblems 

GEORGE L. FAULL


Dear Brother Faull,

Is it wrong to say that the Lord’s Supper represents his body and blood or that they are emblems?

ANSWER:

We often use figures of speech.  Here are some we use often:

SIMILE

This is when something is “LIKE, or AS” something else or there is a resemblance to another thing.

METAPHOR

Something which represents another thing.  Spoken of as being another thing.  It says it is the other, though it is not actually the other except it represents the other.

HYPOCATASTASIS

This is an implied representation or resemblance.  The word is used but it is only an implied resemblance.

Take for example when Jesus was speaking of the doctrine of the Pharisees.  He did not say, the doctrine of the Pharisees is like leaven (SIMILE) or the doctrine of the Pharisees is leaven (METAPHOR).  He said, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Saducees.”  (HYPOCATASTASIS)

He did not say, this doctrine was “like” or “is” leaven but rather He actually substituted the word “leaven” for the word “doctrine.”  He thus is implying their doctrine was leaven.  Matthew 16:11, 12

So if it is a Simile it is “like” unto it. E.g. “LIKE” a lamb that is led to the slaughter.

If it is a Metaphor it “represents” it.  E.g. “The Lord is my rock.”

If it is Hypocatastasis there is an implied representation or resemblance to it.  E.g. “Go tell that fox..”

What did Jesus say in Matthew 26:26, 28?  He used a metaphor.  He said, this “is” my body, that is, the supper represents what He would do to establish the new covenant.  He would shed His blood and give His life.  The cup and loaf are not changed into His body and blood either actually or spiritually.  This memorial simply represented the act that would make the new covenant possible in that He would give His body and blood for the remission of sins. Peter later would declare the new covenant was available and their sins could be remitted.  Acts 2:38, “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

Let’s use Matthew 13 as an example of a string of metaphors.

Speaking about His parable, Jesus said in Matthew 13:37-39, “37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is (represents) the Son of man; 38 The field is (represents) the world; the good seed are (represents) the children of the kingdom; but the tares are (represents) the children of the wicked one; 39 The enemy that sowed them is  (represents) the devil; the harvest is (represents) the end of the world; and the reapers are (represents) the angels.”

Now apply this to what is said concerning the Lord’s Supper.

1.                “…this is (represents) my body.”  Matthew 26:26c

2.                “For this is (represents) my blood of the new testament…”  Matthew 26:28

3.                “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not (does it not represent?) the communion of the blood of Christ?…” I Corinthians 10:16a

4.                “…Take eat, this is (represents) my body which is broken for you.”  I Corinthians 11:24

5.                “…This cup is (represents) the new testament in my blood…” I Corinthians 11:25a

The expression “for the forgiveness of sins” in Matthew 26:26 is the same as Peter used in Acts 2:38.  Jesus gave His life’s blood for the remission of sins and when one believes and repents and is baptized, he receives what the new covenant promised would be available.

Listen to the promise.  Jeremiah 31:31-34, “31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: 33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

Forgiveness is what we have under the new covenant.  When we commune we are partaking of the memorial or remembrance which He gave that represents what He paid for our sins.

Since Jesus used a metaphor and said, “this is my body” and “this is my blood,” rest assured we are only partaking of representative things, not the actual body and blood of Christ They are in fact emblems.  Simply because those two words are not used in English does not mean they are wrong to use to describe what Jesus said.  The old covenant commemorated the deliverance from Egypt.  The Lord’s Supper now is a memorial where the emblems represent the price paid for our forgiveness under the new covenant.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

BLASPHEMOUS WORSHIP  by steve finnell


 Who should men worship? What is worship? What is false worship?

Who should men worship? Revelation 22:8-9....Worship God.(NASB) Matthew 4:8-10..."Go, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.'"(NASB)

What is worship?  WORSHIP: 3. a prayer, church service, or other rite showing reverence or devotion for deity; religious homage or veneration. [Ref: Webster's New Universal Unabridged Dictionary.]

Prayer is worship. Worshipping anyone or anything other than God is sin.

Like all prayers to Saints, our prayers to Virgin Mary rely on the Saints' special powers to intercede for us before Christ and the Father. But since Mary has a unique role in salvation, and a unique relationship to the Trinity, our prayers to the blessed Virgin also rely on her special power on intercession. [Ref: beginning Catholic.com]

Prayer to Saint Gregory, Pope and Confessor: O invincible defender of Holy Church's freedom, Saint Gregory of great renown, by that firmness  thou didst show in maintaining the Church's rights against all her enemies, stretch forth from heaven thy mighty arm.....[Ref: Catholicism.about.com]

Prayers to anyone other than God is sin.

Teaching the doctrine of men IS VAIN WORSHIP. Mark 7:7 'But in vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrine the precepts of men.'(NASB)

Does the Scriptures tell us who to pray "to"?

Luke 11:1-2 It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one disciple said to Him, Lord teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples." 2 And He said to them, "When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be Your name....(NASB)

Jesus said to pray to God the Father. He did not tell them to pray to the Virgin Mary, Moses, Abraham, Job, nor any other person, dead or alive.

Ephesians 5:20 always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;(NASB)

The apostle Paul said pray your prayers of thanksgiving to God the Father in Jesus Name. Paul did not say pray to Peter, the Virgin Mary, nor any other person dead nor alive.

John 16:23 In that day you will not question Me about anything. Truly truly anything, I say to you if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you.(NASB)

Jesus told His disciples to ask God the Father in His name when they prayed.

Jesus never told anyone to pray to the Virgin Mary, Popes, nor to Saints dead or alive.

Teaching men to following the doctrine of men is false worship. Matthew 15:9 'But in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrine the precepts of Men!"(NASB)

Praying the Virgin Mary, dead Popes and Saints is sin, and makes your worship to God, vain worship.



   
        

Thursday, September 24, 2015

SATAN'S GAME   BY STEVE FINNELL

Why do so many people play Satan's game? Satan's game of soul destroyer is like a game of baseball.

Satan wants men to remain in the batter's box. John 8:24 :There 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)

If men will not say in the batter's box Satan can tolerate 1st base.[BELIEVE] 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)

If men run to 2nd base Satan can live with that. [REPENTANCE] Acts 3:19 "Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that in times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. (NKJV)

If men insist on going to 3rd base, Satan says fine, thats o.k.. [CONFESSION] 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)

The thing Satan cannot abide is when men reach home plate. [WATER BAPTISM] 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 remain on third base is to die in your sins.