Archive for January, 2011

Infant Baptism versus Acts 8:12

January 28, 2011

Acts 8:12 reads … they (the Samaritans) were baptized, both men and women …

Verse 6 reads And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip … (NKJV)

Out of all the multitude of people, only “men and women” were baptized. Surely among the multitudes, among all the Samaritan men and women who were baptized, some of them would have had children, but … ZERO children were baptized.

As a matter of fact, there is not one case of infant baptism anywhere in the whole Bible.

NOT ONE

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The Unlimited Atonement Implies Unlimited Opportunity For Salvation

January 21, 2011

I John 4:14-15 reads “… the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.”

Do you see how the fact that anybody and everybody who wants to be saved can, is tied to the fact that Jesus died for all (and not just the elect)?

John 6:51 teaches the same as it reads “… and the bread that I (Jesus) will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world . if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever”

Jesus died for everybody so that whosoever chooses to serve God (Joshua 24:15) can be saved.

So it is true that if you disprove one point of Calvinism, then the whole system falls !

First Day Of The Week Collection

January 14, 2011

I Corinthians 16:1-2 reads “Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.”

There were at least two reasons for the above injunction:

. God wants the church collection to be done on the first day of the week

. The congregation was already meeting anyway on the first day of the week to eat the Lord’s Supper together and have preaching (Acts 20:7)

Notice this worship activity was to occur on what we call Sunday – not the Sabbath (Saturday) or any other day of the week.

We have New Testament command and example for First Day Christian worship, but not for the Sabbath.

Sin Is Something You Do, Not Something You Inherit

January 8, 2011

Many are surprised to find out the theory that we inherited Adam’s sin (and were therefore born totally depraved) is not in the Bible. As much as some religious people talk about it (as an excuse for their sin), you would think that you would find the doctrine mentioned on every page of the Bible.

To the contrary the Bible clearly teaches that sin is something you do (like riding a bike), not something you inherit (like blond hair). Notice the following passages:

Matthew 13:41 and them which do iniquity

John 3:20 For every one that doeth evil

Romans 2:9 upon every soul that doeth evil

Colossians 3:25 But he that doeth wrong

III John verse 11 but he that doeth evil

I Peter 3:12 the Lord is against them that do evil

I Peter 2:22 Who did no sin

Proverbs 2:14 Who rejoice to do evil

Romans 13:4 But if thou do that which is evil

Likewise, righteousness is something that you do – I John 3:7:

Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

Not one passage in the Bible teaches the guilt of sin can be transferred from one person to another.

To hear a discussion allowing both sides of this issue to be presented, go to:
http://98.131.169.180/Debates/Audio/OriginalSin-StrawbridgeDonahueDebate2009 0316/index.htm

Jesus Died For The Whole World

January 1, 2011

John Calvin’s “Limited Atonement” theory says Jesus only died for the elect, that is, for those who have been chosen to be saved. But the Bible teaches to the contrary, that Jesus died for the whole world.

I John 2:2 reads, And he (Jesus) is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

Notice some other passages written by the apostle John:

I John 4:14 … the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.

John 3:17 … God sent … his Son … that the world … might be saved.

John 4:42 … this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.

John 6:51 … and the bread that I (Jesus) will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

John 12:47 … for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

I don’t know of a single verse in all of the Bible that uses the word “world” to refer to the saved/elect only. Do you?

If the atonement is limited, someone forgot to tell the apostle John !