Archive for June, 2011

Divorce Is Wrong

June 24, 2011

Matthew 5:32 reads, “But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.”

Notice Jesus says if a man divorces his wife for any reason other than fornication he sins. The divorce itself is sinful, and passages like Matthew 19:9 state any subsequent remarriage results is a second sin – adultery. The simple fact is, this verse rules out all causes for divorce, except for fornication.

The following passages also teach that divorce/separation is wrong: I Corinthians 7:10, 3-5, Romans 7:2-3, I Peter 3:7.

Most churches don’t care about this truth anymore, but God sure does! They are calling Jesus Lord, but not making him their Lord (ultimate boss).

The Book Of Romans And Works

June 17, 2011

Many see a conflict between the book of Romans teaching we are saved by faith (5:1), and the book of James teaching works are also instrumental in our salvation. I am told Martin Luther once called the book of James an “epistle of straw,” because he imagined such a conflict between Romans and James 2:24 which says “by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.”

But the careful student of the Bible will see that the book of Romans is filled with passages teaching salvation is conditioned upon our faith and works – there is no conflict with James. Let’s examine one clear example – Romans 2:6-10. Romans 2:6 reads “Who (speaking of God) will render to every man according to his deeds.” The word “deeds” here is translated from the same Greek word (“ergon”, Strong’s #2041) from which the word “works” is translated in James 2:24. Do you see then how Romans 2:6 teaches exactly the same thing as James 2:24? Both teach God will judge us by our deeds/works. Faith only salvation is refuted by both James and Romans.

Next let’s notice that the context of Romans 2:6 shows Paul is saying our eternal destiny is determined by our deeds – it is not just a matter of receiving different rewards in heaven (as some argue). Verse 7 shows “continuance in well doing” results in “eternal life.” On the flip side, verse 8 says those who “do not obey the truth” receive just the opposite – “indignation and wrath.” Read and see that verse 9 continues this thought by saying “every soul … that doeth evil” will receive “tribulation and anguish” from God. Verse 10 concludes the point by saying “every man that worketh good” will receive “glory, honour, and peace.”

Conclusion: The book of Romans (for example, chapter 2 verses 6-10) teaches our deeds/works will determine whether we go to heaven or eternal punishment. “Obedience to the faith” is required from one end of the book (1:5) to the other (16:26).

Question: Do you see how Romans 2:6-10 also proves the doctrine of “Once Saved Always Saved” is false, because it shows a Christian (just like anybody else) will be judged by his deeds, and if his deeds are evil he will be lost?

Prerequisites Rule Out Infant Baptism

June 10, 2011

The Bible makes it clear there are some prerequisites to water baptism. First notice from the following passages that teaching/preaching to the candidate must come before baptism:

· Matthew 28:19: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them …

· Mark 16:15-16: Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved …

The point being that an infant cannot be taught first. Therefore he is not a scriptural candidate for water baptism.

And regarding what the baptismal candidate himself must do, the following scriptures prove both belief and repentance must come before baptism:

· Mark 16:16: He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved …

· Acts 2:38: Repent and be baptized … for the remission of sins …

An infant cannot believe and repent first. Thus he is not a scriptural candidate for water baptism.

See how simple Bible facts rule out infant baptism?

Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage (MDR) – The Force Of The Exception Clause

June 4, 2011

Matthew 19:9a reads, “Whosoever shall put away his wife, EXCEPT it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery.”

The “except” clause in this verse means the only scriptural cause for divorce is “for fornication” – that’s the force of the exception clause. Let’s illustrate with a few other similar passages …

John 3:3 reads, “except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Do you see how “except” in John 3:3 means there is no other way to enter the kingdom, other than by being born again?

Read Luke 13:3 (“except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish’). Again notice how the exception clause rules out all other ways (besides repenting) to avoid perishing.

Notice how the exception clause in John 8:24 (“except ye believe that I am he, ye shall die in your sins” – ASV) proves there is no other way to avoid dying in sin unless a person believes.

And John 14:6 (“no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”) rules out all other ways to come to the Father other than by Jesus, correct?

Similarly, Matthew 19:9a proves divorce for any reason other than fornication is sin. Violation of God’s restriction in this matter is called “adultery” here. In spite of that, think how many people you know who claim to be Christians but who are in their 2nd or 3rd marriage, without the one scriptural clause being in play. Most churches quit following the Bible on this subject a long time ago.